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" You will never see me dancing around the trees, chasing a heroine; I will never do films, no matter what the budget, for the heck of it. "
" I don't believe in the 100 crore club. "
" Prior to joining NSD, I was briefly associated with a small theater group in Delhi called Sakshi. Saurabh Shukla, Manoj Bapayee were my seniors in that group. I performed a few supporting roles in Sakshi plays. "
" There are thousands of ways to make people laugh - satire, black comedy, slapstick. "
" I still can't believe it when people say I am a celebrity. "
" Background scores allow me an absolute flight of the imagination, and I travel in my mind's eye. I do not like the scores to have vocal notes, because they act as a limitation to these flights of fancy. "
" One should go to the line through the character. You should see their lifestyle in the way they speak. "
" In 'Haraamkhor,' I have explored a few things which I wouldn't have been able to do in bigger films. The process of shooting this film was so organic that it enhanced me as an actor and an artiste. "
" Often when I feel I am reaching a saturation point in my performances, I think of coming back to NSD and attending workshops. "
" When someone is looking at me, I feel they are looking at someone standing behind me, not at me. "
" For me, as an actor, there is no commercial or independent or art cinema. For me, it's a character that is given by the director. And it is a task for me that I have to fulfill it to the best of my ability regardless of the kind of film that it is. "
" I am ably balancing big and small films. With every big film I do, I try to take up films that are high on content and small on budget. "
" I am doing characters that have so many layers. And I am very lucky that I show a lot of variety. "
" 'Freaky Ali' may look like an easy role to others, but it is not easy. "
" I am very confident about my work because I have worked very hard. "
" If I am expected to play a dancer, I will learn dancing but won't do the random, meaningless dancing. "
" How long will we keep making films where hero-heroine is dancing around trees? "
" If I am comfortable with my co-star, then that always shows in my performances. "
" My character in the first instalment of 'GOW' was very shy and reserved. It was completely different from 'Kahaani,' where I played a no-nonsense cop. And in the second instalment of 'GOW,' it is again very different. "
" I feel happy that I am being honoured for doing films of my own liking. "
" Most people go to ashrams or retreats to destress and rejuvenate themselves. But I come back to my roots, the place where I spent half my life. And when I return, I spend time in the farms, eating a stalk of sugarcane, driving a tractor, and chilling with childhood friends. "
" I have seen people climbing up and down the ladder of success, and I learnt a lot from them. "
" I was shooting for 'Kahaani' and 'GOW' back to back. I was in a village on work, where a man extended a paper to me. For a minute I thought he wanted another actor's autograph. I looked back and forth, but there was no one. That was quite an experience. "
" There was electricity in our village only for 2-3 hours a day, so all my life, I studied under a lamp. "
" I have done theatre, and I enjoy the process of smaller films a lot more. When I do such films, there are certain things which I get to do which are untapped. The scenes give me the liberty to play and mould the character in accordance to the director's mindset. "
" Behind every easy role, there is a lot of hard work that goes in. "
" I don't want to take names, but there are some people who get everything served on a platter. This is a movie, this is your role, and you have to do it. Some people have to strive so hard to reach where they have and want to. "
" Only heroes get stereotyped. As they do the same kind of roles again and again. "
" I think there is no racism in this film industry. They are only in need of talent, though it takes time; but, if you are talented, you will get your due. I am thankful to be part of this industry. "
" I prefer if friends come over to my office and we talk our heart out over a cup of coffee. I feel that no one talks freely at industry bashes. Everyone has to behave in a certain way, and I think no one is real there. We can't have heart-to-heart conversations, and I start feeling uncomfortable at such dos. "
" I interact with journalists all the time, and I note how they behave. "