Now you want to be called an ‘actor’ rather than a ‘star’. Why so?I was an actor even earlier, but maybe I didn’t land those roles. But I’m not complaining. I have had one of the most accomplished careers for 25 years as a romantic star. Not many actors have had this distinction. For 25 years, I was at the helm of affairs. Maybe I was not the number one star of the country, but I was never number four also. I was always there, always working, always romancing the heroines. I have done best of the films and worked with the best of the directors. I had a terrific innings as a romantic star and now I’m enjoying every moment of this innings of my life.
Would you call this your second innings?Since 12-13 years, I’m playing a character actor. It’s only that I’m getting more recognition now, as I’m doing all these different kinds of roles.
How do you choose your projects?I should have an interesting role. The story should be interesting with interesting people to work with. Roles just come by.