How is life post Rang De Basanti?
Well, it is heartening, it is wonderful, it is great to be accepted by the critics and the public
Yours was the only character that was not well etched, like there was no reference point to your family life. Do you think your role was edited?
Nothing like that. See, every character need not have a family life because you are making a two and a half hour three hour film, so you possibly can not accommodate everything. What is required is if the character really demands a family life then it is different. It is as simple as that. It all depends upon the director’s point of view, the writer’s point of view as to how they imagine a certain role.
How was it like working with Aamir Khan?
It was a treat. Special. Very very special. He is a special guy, a superb actor. He is a special human being. And it is an experience which will be with me for a long time.
You started off with niche films like ‘Style’ and ‘Excuse Me’, then did a big budget ‘Shaadi No.1’ and now ‘Rang De Basanti’ which is a blockbuster. How has life changed in the last six months?
It is nice. When you are embarking on your career, one wants to work with leading directors, writers and actors. And I am living my dream. It’s a humbling feeling. Makes me feel more responsible.
I read that you’ve decided not to do any more comedies
Actually what I said was that I wouldn't do any more comedies at this juncture. I don’t feel like doing an out and out comedy. I am alright with a romantic comedy film, a thriller comedy, an action comedy. But I just feel that I want to do comedy which has a little more substance to it. More depth to it. And two years down the line there may be a point of time when I may want to do an out and out comedy, so it is all relative, it’s intuitive.
What is it that you liked about Golmaal that made you sign it?
I loved the plot of ‘Golmaal’. I am an avid film watcher and for me personally I haven’t seen such an interesting plot. That’s the USP of this film. And hopefully our audiences feel that same too.
What are the other films that you are doing currently?
There’s one film that I’ve signed. Raj Kanwar and T-Series are producing it. Anurag Singh is the director. Rahul Khanna, Tanushree Dutta and myself are in it. It has not been titled yet. But it’s in the Social Drama genre.
Do you want to do solo films or is multi starrers the order of the day?
See, Solo films are also related to commerce. So, for me as an actor to pull off a film considering there’s a lot of money involved, I am ok with the fact that a producer or a director may not want to take that risk at this point of time. But of course if there’s an interesting script and there’s a producer backing it, I would latch on to it.
How is it like working with stars like stars like Arshad Warsi, Paresh Rawal and Ajay Devgan?
Ajay again is a big star, big actor. He has won national awards. I felt intimidated again. It’s the same process that started from ‘Shaadi No.1’. First Sanjay Dutt, then Aamir Khan and now Ajay Devgan. But all these three men have this special quality that they put you at ease. They make sure that their co-stars are comfortable. They ensure a healthy working environment so that as an actor I can give my best. As far as Arshad is concerned, then his timing is a treat. His common sense, his spontaneity, it keeps you on the toes and keeps you alive. And it becomes quite easy for you as an actor as you know that once you’ve said your line, you shall get the right kind of response. Paresh Rawal again. His theatre background. And the fact that he worked with my dad Arvind Joshi was a big help. I’ve seen Paresh bhai as a kid. I’ve sat in the same green room with him. It was as if I was living my childhood dream.
You have quite a bit of theatre experience yourself…
I have around eight odd years of theatre experience. Since the time I’ve graduated from college I’ve been associated with the stage.
Any plans of doing work with director N Chandra who gave you a break with ‘Style’
Nothing as yet. But if there’s something in the offing, then I would love to do it.