"Asambhav" is your first action film. Tell us something about the film and your character in it.
I play a commando in the film. I've always wanted to feel like a commando. We had special uniforms made. It's a unique film where I have done all the stunts on my own. This is my first action film. The cops in the film look real, and even the theme of espionage is very interesting. The technique is very Indian.
This is not a "Mission Impossible" kind of film. I remember when we were shooting "Pyar Ishq Aur Mohabbat", there was a sequence where I had to bang against a car and topple. But it wasn't working. I even told Rajiv that. But we did get it finally. There are no dream sequences; no 'I love you'. There is no time to dream. Even the negative characters in the film have their own agenda. There are different relations in the film that develop. It is not a conventional film.
Have you at any point of time wanted to join the army? Is that why "Asambhav" appealed to you so much?
I've never wanted to join the army. But both my grandfathers were in the army. My brother is in the army. I guess when everyone wants you to do something, you always land up doing the opposite. And in the film, there is only one scene with the army. The theme essentially is espionage. So from that point, it's not really an army film.
Having done so many romantic films, did you ever think you would be slated as a romantic hero? And now with "Asambhav", do you think you will get slated as an action hero?
I have been doing romantic films. But even after doing "Asambhav", I'm not scared of being typecast as an action hero. "Pyar Ishq Mohabbat" was a romantic film. At that point, the demand was more for romantic films. Now new scripts are emerging with different themes, so there is no question of being typecast.
It's not fair to be typecast as an action hero or a romantic hero. But I love action. I've grown up watching action films, so I'm glad that I got to do an action film with Rajiv Rai. Rajiv is a dear friend.
Did you undergo any formal training for your character of Captain Aadit Arya to look more realistic?
I trained very hard. I did karate for six months. I was eating boiled food, boiled eggs. Everyone else was eating delicious food, pizzas and pastas. My co-stars constantly teased me but it was worth it. I look good in the film. Your body language and physique should match that of a commando. So I feel I have justified my character in the film.