If you weren’t an actor, you would have been...
A sportsman for sure. Or if these were different times, then I would have been happily faffing around.
A classic film you would have loved to be a part of.
I would have loved to play the main character in films like The Godfather, Once Upon A Time in America, Devdas, Pakeezah and Doctor Zhivago.
Between theatre and films, which one is more rewarding for you?
Both of them are equally rewarding as well as consuming. What hurts me is when it doesn’t give me something in return for my efforts.
Are biopics a good way to highlight a good story or highlight a person?
It should ideally work both ways. What we need to see is whether the story is glorifying a person or sending a strong message. Paan Singh Tomar (2012) started the trend and worked well as it wasn’t about glorifying a person. It highlighted the system through the story of that person.
A movie you had the most fun shooting.
It has to be Piku. It has been a great experience and I’m going to cherish that for a long time.
What is the best thing about working with Vishal Bhardwaj?
I really feel fortunate to be a part of his ventures. His choice of subjects is very unique.
Your favourite co-stars.
I have enjoyed working with so many of them. Whether it is Nimrat [Kaur], Konkona [Sen Sharma] or Angelina [Jolie]. I’ve had great relationships with them all.
Traditional Indian wear or smart casuals. Which do you prefer?
One thing about your appearance that you would want to change.
Your favourite song.
I enjoy songs in Spanish, Turkish and Punjabi, among others. One song that I really enjoy in Punjabi is Mera Ishq Bhi Tu, Meri Jaan Bhi Tu.
Your favourite holiday destination.
I enjoy going back to Uttrakhand again and again.
The biggest surprise you gave your wife.
Asking her to marry me.
Clothes you are most comfortable in.
I wish society allowed us to live without clothes, especially during summer.
From HT Brunch, December 7
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