You have worked with Abhishek before, what was different about this time? And what was it like working with two of the hottest sex symbols of Bollywood?
He has just got madder with every single day. He’s a mad boy. Definitely the energy in ‘Dhoom 2’, for me, will be a memorable experience because of the friendship I share with Abhishek and Uday. Hrithik and Ash I got to know there. The kind of friendship that I have with Abhishek and Uday is too cute. I would look forward to coming to ‘Dhoom 2’ sets too much fun. Sexy, I don’t look at these boys as sexy, but yes, they are definitely hugely in demand. Hrithik I would really like to talk about, he has been extremely popular, huge in all the films that he’s done and you can’t take his success away from him, but as for me I think Hrithik excels in D2. For one, he’s not so perfect he has a little unkempt look not all the time wearing buttoned up clothes. It works on him, he’s a good-looking boy with a great body. So that loosening up that has happened with ‘Dhoom 2’ is what I find sexy in Hrithik. Otherwise I find Hrithik too perfect and I like a little imperfection in my man.
This is the first time that you have worked with Hrithik and Ash. What was it like?
They are fantastic people. Hrithik when you look at him he seems a very serious person but he is a comedian, a joker on the sets. He’s also a lot of fun, lot of energy, not as hysterical as Abhishek but still a lot of fun. Ash, the image that she projects, one would think you can’t reach out to her, and she is the kind of person you wouldn’t be able to talk to, but its not like that. She gives out a different image like somebody who is unapproachable, but she’s very approachable. She would sit in the group like all of us used to sit together, not only the actors the entire unit, so we were always a team, we would go out together, work out together, sight see together, so it was a group thing and she’s an easy person, not unapproachable at all. That myth has gone after working with her.
What do you think of the Dhoom 2 music as compared to Dhoom? U have lent your voice for the first time for the song ‘My name is Ali’, what was it like?
‘Dhoom’ original soundtrack was fantastic. Definitely it was a rage which picked up. Our music is very good but I always feel that the audience has to identify with the picturisation. I think track ‘Dhoom Again’ is fantastic, the kind of music that has been put, the original song has been adapted very nicely in a completely different manner. Also my favourite song on the track is ‘Touch Me” – too cute. I like to define people as sexy cute. It shouldn’t be just sexy or cute, then it would be boring, sexy cute is fun. This song is sexy cute and I love it. I have only said words for the song ‘My Name is Ali’ its not singing, a long way to go for that. Too husky a voice.
What was the best moment for you while shooting the film?
The whole Rio experience. I think the place was so lovely and for me I am a person who can easily fit into Rio not because of the way I look. In ‘Dhoom’ I had this long hair and its not just my physicality it’s my whole nature is very laid back as the people in Rio. So, I would make friends on the road and look like a local and make local friends. Everyone used to have bodyguards, I used to go without the bodyguard, I don’t like people cramping my space and checking on what I am doing in my time off, away from the world. So I used to go sometimes without the bodyguard and have fun. I used to look around, go for walks on the beach, used to have my own private moments in Rio and those were really good and the one thing I would like to say about Rio which is a cute thing is that from the age of 10 to 80 people work out everyday. In my gym there used to be 20 old women, old means old with wrinkled skin but yet they were so fit. They used to have these dance exercise classes in our hotel and I used to have such a good time with them. They were all my buddies in the gym, it was really cute. The people are not body conscious, everyone is not fit but people are wearing tiny bits of clothing but nobody is looking at them.
Do you think D2 can outdo the success of Dhoom?
I don’t like to ever judge a film before its release. You can’t. And I can only hope because it’s my film, it definitely has a lot of visual delight. D2 is going to be a lot of fun to watch I just hope people like it. You can’t outdo your own branding.
What was it like shooting in South Africa do you have a message for the people there?
Fantastic people, they are the most friendly and sweetest people I have ever met. It’s not only my Dhoom experience it’s also my past experience. I’ve shot in South Africa many times and they are really genuinely nice people. It is a beautiful country, it’s got various landscapes and it’s very well endowed with all kinds of things, so I enjoy my trips to South Africa and this time is going to be memorable for ever because I did my bikini shot in Durban. I cannot ever forget that! Shooting in a bikini is not easy. It not about being conscious it’s about the fitness level you have to reach. And 3 days of eating oranges, working out thrice a day, going paranoid, ‘am I fat’. I did not want to look very oomphy I wanted to look athletic, I do not know what the final result is, as to how I look, but for me I wanted to be a Cameron Diaz, I did not want to be a Pamela Andersen. Girls whenever have shot in a bikini are basically rolling on the beach or some such thing, but I think I will give due credit to my director and the team who have shot me in the bikini, I think its athletic and very youthful, and looks like I am comfortable wearing it, not ‘oh wow!’ Its not a cheesy shot, I can just proudly claim that. So South Africa I can never forget. It’s difficult working out so many times a day and not eating when everyone’s gorging on food.