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After GOLMAAL RETURNS, SHORTKUT: THE CON IS ON is your first release and it’s again a comedy. It seems you have got into the comedy mould.
(Thinks). No it’s nothing like that but yes comedy has certainly done a lot for me. It has given me an identity and somehow I love doing that. But there isn’t a serious attempt towards doing only comedy films. Comedy films are working and that’s why I have been getting more offers. And I think every actor these days is doing more comedy films. In a way there’s comedy everywhere (smiles).
So are you contented with the way your career has shaped up in the last few years?
I am happy but not contented. In fact no one should be content. There is always room to learn more and more. That’s how every actor grows. I am happy with the kind of roles I am getting. The last few years have been really good and I hope to keep doing good and entertain my audiences.
“Someday for sure I will direct films.”
And I have learnt a lot from that and that’s the reason I never feel one should be content. I have learnt it the hard way.
SHORTKUT is said to be one of the biggest comedies in a long time.
I hope it turns out to be. A lot has gone into the film. We all have given our best to get something that will really entertain the audience. It’s a film within a film and so far we all are hopeful about the film doing well. It’s a mad…mad film.
What’s your role?
I play a struggling actor… not only struggling but also a real bad actor who. Akshaye Khanna plays a director and he wants to make a film with Amrita Rao who plays a successful actress and me, a bad actor. In doing so everyone is trying to con the other and a spate of hilarious incidents take place. It’s the story of three people.
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In fact it is said that you did not have a good time with Akshaye Khanna on the sets and there were a lot of differences.
(Laughs) Who said that? There were no difference of opinions and we both have worked together earlier. Our chemistry in the film is to watch out for. I don’t know how people get to know such stories but honestly speaking I have stopped reacting to such things.
But every time a film of your releases, a controversy revolving around you crops up.
I really can’t help it. So I have accepted it. At times it is disturbing, very disturbing but I can’t do much about it. But that’s a part of life when one is into this trade. Now, I can’t go on making people believe that there wasn’t any problem between Akshaye and me. It’s up to the people to believe what they think.
(Cuts in)… Now see, what could we do. We are happy as a family and we are always seen together in public. So if someone things differently I can at the most defend up to a point but after that I can’t do anything.
Interesting. So you have also turned producer with KAUN BOLA and that too is a comedy.
Ha…ha…ha… Now, I don’t know what controversy will start before the film releases. I hope nothing happens. It’s my first film as a producer and I am really excited about it. It’s very close to my heart. I have written the script and during the making I had a learning experience, not only as an actor but also as a producer. It’s a vast arena and there’s so much to learn.
You started your career as an assistant director. Then why didn’t you direct it yourself?
(Smiles). I could have… many of my friends suggested me to do that but I don’t think it’s the right time. I want to do one thing at a time. And as a director Kabir Kaushik has done a fantastic job. He is a friend and I had full faith in him. Since, I am already acting in it and also producing it, I thought that would be too much. I really respect all those people who act, produce and direct at the same time because it’s a huge job and demands immense responsibility.
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So, when do you direct?
May be sometime soon… in another couple of years but for sure I will direct my films too. I am writing scripts and let’s see what works out. I am waiting for the right opportunity.
Your next film ISHQIYA is directed by Vishal Bharadwaj and you play a negative character.
Well at least not comedy this time. (Chuckles). It’s a very good film. My look is very earthy… that of a rugged person from Uttar Pradesh. It’s a very intense role and I am looking forward to it.
When do you start with MUNNABHAI CHALE AMERIKA? People have really fallen in love with your character Circuit.
It has been a kind of revelation and I am happy about all that I got from playing Circuit. Raju (Raj Kumar Hirani) is busy completing 3 IDIOTS, which I think will be over by August or September. After that we will work out and probably we will start shooting sometime early next year.