10 years in Bollywood. It must be an emotional moment for you.
Of course, there is no denying that. There aren't many who enter the industry and survive a couple of years. In that sense, a decade isn't bad at all (laughs). From being tagged with various not-so-flattering titles at the initial phase of my career to be acknowledged as someone dependable is quite a journey I guess.
After your last production 'I See You', I hear that you are looking at reviving your production house now.
Yes, I am making a film for my production house. We are at the final stages and should be making an official announcement soon.
Considering the fact that you haven't quite stuck to one particular genre and have done films as diverse as a 'Housefull' (comedy) or 'The Last Lear' (art house drama), do we see you picking an extreme genre? Or since romantic comedies are in vogue,
Well, you would have to wait for that announcement. I can tell you though that the film which would come out of my production house would be classy and entertaining for sure.
Films like 'Raajneeti', 'Housefull', 'Rock On' and 'Om Shanti Om' have turned around your career as an actor in last few years. Now 'Ra. 1' is bound to give further impetus to your career later this year. What next? Direction?
I won't deny that direction is the very extension of being an actor. If you enjoy making cinema then every actor would somewhere in his heart carry a desire to make films the way that he wants. Also, actors come with some great imaginations and it should not be a surprise anymore if an actor makes a decision to turn into a director.
Since you sound quite open about wearing the director's hat, why don't you just take the plunge now? Why not play an added role that allows you complete control over the proceedings?
Well, right now that's not something on my mind and I am not took keen to focus on it either. If I have to direct a film then I need to get into that space that allows me to take charge of everything. Right now I want to work in other people's imaginations. But then of course, never say never, you never know what could entail tomorrow.