After 7 years you are back in action. Why you have taken 7 years gap and do you think Rowdy Rathore is perfect for your come back in action?
According to me this movie is the best launch for me. Rowdy Rathore is a raw action film directed by Prabhu Deva. It took 7 years because I wanted to take break from action. Before that I did action for 14-15 years but it's never too late and now constantly I have 3-4 action films in hand.
How different is the action in this film than your previous films?
It is different. It is a raw action. I was more into martial arts and technical fights but it is a practical and complete street fight.
How was the dancing experience with a great dancer like Prabhu Deva?
Well surprisingly Prabhu sir is such a big choreographer but he didn't choreograph me. In the film he didn't choreographed but he used to help me and make the steps in such a way that it appeared simple.
How rowdy you are in real life?
I am very rowdy...
Rowdy Rathore is getting compared to Dabbang. Your comment.
It feels good when it is compared to big and hit film but not with the flops.
Producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali is not an action film producer but when he offered you the film what was our reaction?
See, producing is different and directing is different. I don't think he would like to direct any action film and even if he does then I am sure it will be defiantly be good because he loves action film. He called Prabhu sir and they held a meeting where he said that he wants to make a film with lots of action, then we came up with Rowdy Rathore. Even the title is suggested by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
How much input SLB has in it?
He came to the set on very 1st day then he never came to the set. He gave the keys to Prabhu sir and told "when you are done with the film then show me".
Any special training for this street type fight?
Every day I take training so there wasn't any requirement to take any other training.
Has today's action become safer with those special effects?
Yes. Now it's safer than earlier as now there are number of machineries for that. Who is not verse can also do it for screen but the thing is you have to work hard in it.
Any action film offered during these 7 years?
I used to get many offers but I deliberately left it out.
Is there any particular film which caught your attention so you wanted to come back in action?
No. I am back in action because I wanted to.
You have not grown original mustache
Because it would have taken 72 days to sit at home without work and I cannot afford that luxury.
20 years in industry which genre have you mastered?
After doing 12 comedy films you don't become master of it, after doing 15 action films you don't become master of action. Action, comedy, thriller, horror, drama.... The more you get into you explore more. It is just a genre but there are lots of branches which we are not even aware off. Every year people come up with new thing in every genre. I see myself learning more and more from these kinds of films.
You are someone who is always away from the controversies what is the reason behind it?
Might be I escaped controversies. At times there are situations which becomes controversies. Nobody likes to see negativity about them in press. Everyone wants to hear good things about them. At times you get trapped in such situation but I am lucky to be escaped.