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'China...feels a bit like a Government office'

Actor Ranvir Shorey talks about his Chandni Chowk to China experience with Mauli Singh-Jigar Shah in his usual witty manner...

entertainment Updated: Jan 08, 2009 19:21 IST

Ranvir Shorey is that rare unconventional success story to emerge from Bollywood. “Having work is more important than having a whim,” he says. “They are trying very hard to typecast me but I have oiled my body so I elude their grasp.”



Actor Ranvir Shorey talks about his

Chandni Chowk to China

experience with

Mauli Singh-Jigar Shah

in his usual witty manner. Here is more from the Shorey School of Wit.




What do you play in

Chandni Chowk To China?

I play a half-Indian-half-Chinese conman from Chandni Chowk, named Chopstick. Like the Indian Chinese, he speaks less of Chinese and more of Hindi —

Chandni Chowk mein rehta hai na...


Did you get to do any action?

No, Akshay doesn’t let anyone else to do that. My job is to do action with my mouth.



How difficult was the Chinese get-up?

My face is very easily made-up. If you do some shading here or there, it can easily look like a samosa or a batata-wada. I have worn a beard and moustache, and had done my eyes in a certain way for the Chinese get-up.



How was it working with the Chinese actors?

China, as a whole, feels a bit like a Government office.<b1>



What Chinese food did you try?

Chinese food is awesome. Producer Rohan Sippy, director Nikhil Advani and I would enjoy sit-down dinners. We mildly experimented... nothing as radical as monkey brains.



Do you find striking similarity between us and the Chinese?

Certainly. We both feel strongly about cultural identities.



Was there any hassle communicating with the Chinese?

It was painful. We had people who spoke Chinese, Thai, English, Hindi. So at times the translation underwent a change and went from Hindi to English to Thai to Chinese.



Did you pick up some Chinese?


Yes, I ate some. I meant words...


I learnt a few, but can’t repeat them. They were stored in a temporary memory space in my brain which gets deleted the moment director says ‘ok cut’!