Second with Dharma after riding high on the success of I Hate Luv Storys and the recent Mere Brother Ki Dulhan... What are the expectations?
There is no guarantee to success. Dharma gave me my careers biggest opening with 'I Hate Luv Storys. EMAET is my second outing with them so the confidence is there. Karan Johar takes care to see that the movie is well made. He is very much like mamujaan (Aamir Khan) who looks after every detail and makes sure that the movie is up to mark.
How did EMAET happened to you?
Shakun Batra the director of this film is a friend of mine for quite some time. He was the assistant director of 'Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na' since then he had this script in mind.
The no.1 choice of first time directors and generation next...
Yeah.. Since Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na to Mere Brother Ki Dulhan... All my successful films are with first time directors. I have tried to do films which I can relate to and am glad to find my makers identifying their character in the actor in me.
I don't wear designer clothes, I am a very simple looking guy; I wear T-shirts, jeans and canvas shoes. I can be anybody on screen people see and identify themselves, their friend, and brother in me. Because I am not pretending and trying to do what I am not. Less glamorous, donít play larger than life characters.
So how close is Rahul from EMAET with the today's youth?
Rahul is an NRI boy who has always been told what to do. Walk like this, talk like this, wear this, and eat this. He does a job which his parents want him to do, dresses the way his parents want him to. He has never done anything on his own has never watched movie, not had fun at nights.
One day he meets Riana (Kareena) who changes his outlook of life. She is a joyful, happy outgoing girl who makes him realize what he has been missing in life.
Do you know anyone like this?
Yeah, some of my friends who have entered dadís business just because they have to, but from inside they want to do something else.
Does Rahul believe in love?
No he doesn't.
How different EMAET is from other love stories?
It's not entirely a love story. Itís a coming of age flick where a guy realizes what he is and what he wants to be. Yes there is a romantic angle in EMAET but itís more of a relationship between the guy and himself.
Worked with Katrina in Mere Brother and Kareena in EMAET. How easy/difficult it is to work with B-town top heroines?
At sets we are two professionals; it doesn't matter whether you have done 2 films or your co-star has done 20. It's all about how you give that particular shot/scene and make your day.
Kareena as a co-star...
Kareena is basically a chill out, friendly, sweet person who makes you comfortable while working. She doesn't have any air around her of being the B-town power house. It was fun working with her...
We hear some whispers of the film being similar to the Hollywood flick What Happens in Vegas...
Only the location is the same Ė Vegas. Other than that there is no similarity. What Happens in Vegas revolves around two people who discover they've gotten married following a night of craziness with one of them winning a huge jackpot after playing the other's quarter. They try to con each other for the money... In EMAET there is no jackpot no con. The hangover is there but nothing similar to What Happens in Vegas.
The wildest thing you have done so far?
I am not a wild person. Do I look like a wild person? I am here for almost 4 years. Have you seen heard any wild stories about me...
Have you ever got drunk?
Yes I have. But that doesn't mean I start doing crazy things. 2-3 pegs are enough for me.. I don't have that big capacity also (laughs).
From Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na till EMAET, how the journey had been?
I have delivered 4 hits since my entry in 2008 with Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na and have a long way to go... I am here to learn more, do good work; I am always taught to strive to more. Whenever I get appreciated my family tells me that I can do much better.
Which one is closet?
Delhi Belly for its thought and approach which was beyond contemporary Bollywood given the fact that dark comedies have not fared well at box office.
You have been touted as the top contender for the crown of B-town prince charmingÖ How it feels?
Honestly all the credit goes to my audience and the people who have given me the chance to work with them. I try to do honest work with those who I like and when people appreciate it feels great. I am thankful grateful for all this.
On competition with Ranbir Kapoor...
I donít understand this idea of competition. If somebodyís films flops it's not going to help me and if somebody's film is a hit itís not going to help me either.
Who decides the fate of a film - audience or the expert critics?
It's the audience who decides. A critic opinion is restricted to one ticket. Those who come in numbers again and again make the difference at the box office.