I’d love to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Sooraj Pancholi
Sooraj Pancholi talks about the genres he would like to be part of, wish-list of filmmakers, and a sneak peek into his growing-up years.bollywood Updated: Jun 07, 2017 17:37 IST
Sooraj Pancholi will next be seen in an action love story, helmed by director Faruk Kabir. The actor says exploring action and romance genres has always been on his wish-list. In a quick tête-à-tête, the actor talks about movies, money and more.
What kinds of movies would you like to be part of?
I’d like to act in a pure romantic movie, with no skin show — just a beautiful, heart-wrenching romantic film. I like action and romantic movies. Also, the script is most important for me. I am not at that level where I can choose a director. Nowadays, the directors have become so big, that actors have to chase them. It has really become like Hollywood now. To get a good director takes a while.
Do you have a wish-list of film-makers you’d like to work with?
Yes. I would love to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Kabir Khan and Neeraj Pandey.
In one of your interviews, you had mentioned that you like staying alone and prefer small houses over big ones.
Right. Actually, I can’t sleep in big rooms; not even in hotel suites. Since childhood, I need a small room and a small house to sleep in. I can’t even sleep without the lights off. It has just been a habit. However, if I make it big [in Bollywood], I’d like to get a house that can accommodate my pets and family.
You are really fond of animals…
I am an animal lover. At one point, I had 14 dogs. It was not easy [to maintain them], but they were like family. I would take care of them. Now, I have seven. They are all adopted from the streets.
What memories do you have of your growing-up years?
I was the naughtiest kid in school. I was one of the backbenchers, and always out of the class. I’d always be punished, but never troubled or fought with anyone. I was one of those who would just be roaming around. But I don’t encourage this.
Do you recall your first job and salary?
Yes, as an assistant director. I would get Rupees1,500 a month. And for working as an assistant director on Ek Tha Tiger (2012), I got Rupees 10,000 a month, which I gave to my mum.
The actor, who made his debut with Hero, will next be seen in an action-romance film.
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