With Ishqiya, you’ve done realistic cinema after seven years; the last time was Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II in 2000. People couldn’t digest Waisa Bhi… Plus, after Munnabhai released, I got only commercial films.
So were you disinterested in most of the work you were doing in between?
Pretty much, yeah. It’s like eating the same food every day. I enjoy comedy, but I do have more emotions! Also, my idea of comedy is not slapstick like falling over a banana peel.
Do you think Ishqiya helped you break out of that image?
The appreciation I’ve received for this movie has outdone the appreciation for Circuit (from Munnabhai). But only the younger, brighter people have faith in me, yaar. The big banners still stick to the formula.
For romantic films, they’ll take Shah Rukh, for action, they’ll take someone else, and for comedy, they’ll call me.
What was the toughest part of shooting Ishiqya?
The love scenes, man! I was s**ting bricks before it. Nothing has ever scared me in acting as much as the kiss scared me. Vidya and I finally decided not to embarrass ourselves. If we were in it, we had to do it right. And you know, I shouldn’t be saying it, but I think it’s one of the best kisses I’ve seen on screen.
What’s happening with Munnabhai 3?
There’re rumours that it will star different actors... That’s such bulls**t, man. Why would anyone in their right minds mess with a fabulous brand equity?