If you weren’t an actor, you’d be...
An aspiring actor! It was only after 2004 that I realised what I wanted to do.
Which dance form would you love to learn?
I’m currently learning ballet from an instructor called Fernando from Argentina.
Were you fond of reading detective novels as a kid?
Maybe not novels, but I remember watching TV shows like The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes, Byomkesh Bakshi and Tehkikaat.
You are playing Dhoni in a film. How tough is it to prepare for a biopic?
You need to imitate the person in such a way that people recognise the familiar characteristics, and yet, you manage to bring your own touch to it. It’s different from playing a fictitious character. In biopics, you need to be sure about how you want to play that person.
How passionate are you about cricket?
My sister used to play cricket professionally, so there was always some cricket talk at home.
What’s the best thing about Bollywood?
That it’s changing for the better.
Does television act as a good platform for aspiring actors?
Yes, it’s a good learning experience.
Define your sense of style.
Very easy and casual. I must feel comfortable in what I wear. And that’s where my confidence comes from.
The biggest risk you ever took.
Not getting a degree when I was just eight months away from becoming an engineer.
The best thing about your partner Ankita is…
That she understands how the industry works and is very loving and patient.
The directors you love working with.
Apart from Dibakar Banerjee, I’m very lucky to be working with Shekhar Kapoor and Neeraj Pandey.
Which of the characters played by you do you relate to the most?
I couldn’t completely relate to any of them. Some personality traits match. That’s why I could play them well.
A song that describes your current state of mind?
Kya se kya ho gaya from Guide (1965). But in a happy way.
Your fitness fundas.
Seventy per cent of it boils down to the correct diet. I combine it with workouts, sports and martial arts.
From HT Brunch, April 5
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