So after a few disappointing roles in "Mangal Pandey - The Rising", "Chocolate" and "Kal", coming up next is "Apaharan".
Yes, and I am very happy the way my character has taken shape. Something I am really looking forward to and it is useless giving explanations about my characters and roles in the few films you mentioned because it is gone by and I believe in the present... in the power of now.
Your character in "Apaharan"...
Coincidentally, in the film also my character is called Murli, who is a middleman in kidnappings deals.
How was the experience of working with Jha?
Very nice. Very pleasant. Besides being a great storyteller and filmmaker, I think he is a wonderful human being. Almost the entire credit for my performance in "Apaharan" must go to him. All I did was do my lines and follow his instructions, because he was so focused and clear. I am already looking forward to work with him again.
And how was Ajay Devgan to work with?
Very humble... down to earth... co-operative. One of those stars whose aura doesn't disturb you. I have some great scenes with him.
What is it about chewing over a hundred "paans" during the making of the film?
Well, Murli's character is a "paan chewing Bihari" who is very colourful, dresses very meretriciously. So, in every scene and every shot I was required to have a "paan" in my mouth. Through the entire shoot I must have had at least hundred "paans", and also when I was dubbing, but I am glad as it's looking nice.
How was Nana Patekar to work with?
Unfortunately I didn't have any scene with him in the whole film. I hope I get a chance to work with him soon but its great to be a part of the same film.
What next after "Apaharan"?
There is "Teesri Aankh" with Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel. It's a Harry Baweja film where Mukesh Tiwari and I play the negative leads. And there is also Sohail Khan Productions' "Fight Club" where I do a guest appearance.
Currently what are you shooting for?
There is a Shekhar Jha film called "Ek Dastak", which is the story of a few income tax officers. And I am also shooting for a Cinevistaas Sahara show called "Kohinoor".
Unlike many others, you intend to continue with television.
As an actor I am looking for orgasmic work, which will give me immense joy and satisfaction, be it films or television. But, yes, films are my priority and as and when I have time and a good role on television I will take it up.
Happy with where you are in life...
No, I am not. I want more. I am a greedy actor. I am not talking about materialistic things, but work. I am not in a hurry. I won't do stuff just because it will keep me busy or give me money. And it's so difficult to say no.
I don't want to repeat my mistakes. And I read somewhere that "The life you live... is the choices you make". So I am being careful while choosing.