How was the experience from your first Kannada film 'Julie'?
It is superb. I have worked for 14 days and I feel home coming with this my first Kannada movie.
Is it difficult to get Dino Moreo for more Kannada films?
I would make it very clear. I am a Bangalore born boy and I am ready to take up more challenging films. The offer should be attractive. No routine ones.
If you quote your remuneration then it will be easy for producers to contact you?
Ask them to call me. In a discussion we can decide on all these matters.
How was earlier days in Bangalore?
I did my schooling and college from St Joseph's. From the beginning I have been in to competitions. I was going to school in my bycycle. I represented Karnataka State under 13 in Tennis. I was in to volleyball. Sports interested me a lot from childhood days.
That helped you to keep fit?
Oh Sure. You know if one is a sportsperson then he picks up the good physique. In a place like Mumbai as of now there is no space. You can't think of cycling. I keep telling my friends Bangalore is the best place to live. In Mumbai there are quite a lot of Bangalore boys doing good.
Living in Bangalore for 21 years how come you are not fluent in Kannada?
In the beginning days I studied in Army school. In St Joseph's I took Kannada as third language. At the home level I was not able to speak Kannada as my father who is in Italy doing import business and mother who has mix of Marathi and Malayalam languages.
And Mumbai is to….
Mumbai is to live competitively. It shows how one has to work very tough. Get going with hard work is what it shows.
Modelling is a best proposition financially when compared to films…..
There is money in modelling is right. But the canvas of films is too big. The money is also big. Money is of course an essential part in life. I am an economic graduate and I can work out the best way.
Appearing in a remake film that too a heroine oriented Kannada film 'Julie' what would you gain?
I was looking forward to give something to my birth place Bangalore. At that time this film offer came and I said it right. I know Kannada a little bit and I took the prompting and my dialogue sink perfectly with the dubbing artiste. I used to write Kannada words in Hindi and appear on the sets.
How is your career as on today?
I am in the comfort zone. I am attending shooting all the days. Concentrating on my fitness. Going to gym. I am not leaving anything short to conquer something big.
How many films you have on hand?
Three of my films are releasing in February and I hope 'Julie' is also getting released in Kannada in the same month.
From 'Raaz' to 'Julie' what is that you gained?
A lot of things. All my experiences are superb. How to face the competition and make it going I learnt in the last few years.
What is the best part in 'Julie' Kannada film?
I have worked under good director Poornima Mohan. I have worked with Pooja Bhat also. The women directors are very good in narration of any tale. I am back to my roots. When she called me up for the film and said Ramya is acting as my co star I was confused to Ramyakrishna. I was wondering how can a 40 years old actress Ramyakrishna be my co-star in 'Julie'. I was told that this Ramya is different. A good atmosphere I have got in my first Kannada film. Another best part of 'Julie' is that it is getting dubbed to Hindi. 20 years ago 'Julie' starring Lakshmi and Vikram came in Hindi and that was a super hit. Now the revised edition is coming up with new star cast.
Who is your best girl friend?
Bipasha Basu with whom I co starred in 'Raaz' is my girl friend from last five years. She is very caring and sweet.