Did you watch Dhoom, and What did you think about the film?
Of course I have watched Dhoom and the success of Dhoom creates a very good platform that obviously motivates a sequel, but what really propelled me into doing the film, was the inherent script of Dhoom 2 itself. So that really was my calling card. It was exactly what I was looking for at that time and space. Because I was actually quite bored and stuck at that one end of the spectrum where I was doing this blatant good boy, good son, good brother, good lover kind of role. Though ofcourse they are also quite enjoyable but it was time to take the big leap towards the other end of the spectrum. And what was waiting for me there was Mr A Ö Aryan, so I am really glad that I got the opportunity..
You have never been seen in a negative light on screen and what motivated you to do this?
I donít really see Aryan as negative, I see him on the wrong side of the law, but as subtext which is ofcourse in my head and my producers and directorís mind, donít take this too well, but Aryan seems to be a guy who has this secret mission of ridding the world of all objects of desire that instill feelings of greed, create politics and feed the ego, all these pieces of high desirable objects, like diamonds and jewellery , just displayed to the world that you can just sit and covet. According to him, these are the things that create greed and need and comes in the way of true caring and being true to the people around you. It makes you lose yourself in wanting more and getting these objects for yourself. One really does not know what he does with all the things he robs in the film. So in my head, he does it because he can and because he thinks these objects of desire are something that are the cause of most of our egoistic battles and his mission is to rid the world. So I donít really see him as a villain. And his modus operandi is very unique because he does it with such a flair that really makes him out to be someone you want to be.
Everyoneís been talking about your many disguises in the film, without giving anything away, how did it feel to get into so many disguises to con people?
The makeup experts that they brought in from London were truly people with a magic wand. They completely transformed me into other human beings and I cannot express how much fun and how exciting it was to live and be and project another completely different human being that particular day, or days of those shoots. I had the time of my life.
You are stepping into John Abrahamís character which was extremely popular, is that a challenge?
I think every film is a challenge, though Aryanís character does fit the space of the villain that Johnís role was in Dhoom, but its got nothing to do with it whatsoever, itís a completely different world and I would say that if weíve gone a notch higher with Dhoom, its not satisfying enough, it needs to be 10 notches higher for it to actually make a mark, and thatís what I am hoping for.
What are the kind of stunts you have done in the film, and how did you prepare for it?
I have done everything in this film that anyone can aspire to do in an action film, be it sand boarding, snow boarding, Sky diving, train walking, jumping off a cliff, bikes , cars everything that you can think of. So I donít think thereís anything left, I think Dhoom has got it all. I had no idea what was waiting for me once I was preparing to get into Dhoom and what I realized was that what I had done for Krishh was nothing in comparison. It was asking a lot more of me, so yes of course there was 3 months of roller blading training which I think is the most difficult sport to pick up, and the most dangerous, cause if you fall, you most definitely break a bone. I have never given 3 months of my time, to any training, 3 months just for one sequence, then ofcourse there was snow boarding for which I flew to Dubai and trained myself there in an indoor snow mountain that they have created very fantastically. Then there was walking on the train doing stunts, on and off the train, sand boarding, behind the train, I was actually hooked on to a rope that I was holding onto with my bare palm, with a train at a speed of 60 kms per hour and I was on a sand boarding just skimming behind it on this sand and a little falter here and there and what I would land on was the tracks and at that speed to land on and graze the tracks would spell nothing less than Ö yes, I have taken a few tumbles and scraped through near death experiences, but came out feeling most exhilarated and alive ever. So itís been a great experience.
What was it like working with Aishwarya and Bipasha for the first time?
It was a pleasure to work with Aishwarya coz she is one of the actresses who thinks about the entirety of the film and not concerned with just her close up or make up or what she is doing in isolation. So its great, to work with actors like that. Her talent is definitely much beyond her looks and her beauty. So itís been inspiring, engrossing, exciting its been a whole lot of fun. Bipasha is just so casual to be with, you know she is just herself and sheís got no airs and is really easy to be with though Iíve got no scenes with her in the film, but there was a this schedule in Brazil, I think every film u know has this one particular schedule where that becomes memorable because thatís the one in which you all bond, so the Brazil trip while we were there for over a month in Rio, we all bonded Abhishek, Aishwarya, Bipasha, Uday and I and because of a bit of problems we had a lot of time together, so it was great.