Summing up the gist of his character in the forthcoming film, Maximum, which will hit theatres on June 29, actor Sonu Sood says, "To play the role of an encounter specialist was an experience in itself; my role demanded a few dialogues but an expressive silence."
"The other challenge," he says, "was to work with Naseeruddin Shah, an actor who I have grown up watching. However, it was a compliment when he said during shooting that there were a few actors who could look him in the eye while delivering a dialogue and I was one of them."
Sonu, who played the negative lead in Dabangg, minces no words, "Maximum is not about one cop fighting 10 people or has over-the-top characters who make you feel that the film's not real. Maximum is real Mumbai, thus acting had to be real."
The actor from Moga will next be seen in Shootout at Wadala where he plays Dawood Ibrahim. "From a cop to an underworld don, both the roles called for research. Studying intensively on Mumbai has helped me in both my roles. To know about the underworld, it's so important to know a cop first," smiles Sonu, who has also made a name for himself in Tollywood.
But why has this Punjabi lad not contributed to Punjabi cinema as yet?
"I would love to sign a script that is convincing. I was pretty close to signing two Punjabi films but having worked down south and in Bollywood, I have realised that Punjabi cinema needs good technicians too. Get me a good script and I am in," wraps up the actor.