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‘Why should I play second fiddle to Imran Khan?’

That’s LSD debutant, Anshuman Jha’s reason for turning down Delhi Belly and opting for Love, Sex aur Dhoka instead. Read on for the full interview...

entertainment Updated: Mar 19, 2010 14:54 IST
Prema K

Isn’t Love, Sex aur Dhoka about voyeurism?
Yes, it is and also about how the camera rules our lives without us being aware of it. It shows the thin line between sensationalism and reality. I’m playing a modern-day Rahul, who’s believable, charming and confident. He’s making a film and in the process falls in love with his heroine. Everything you see in the film happened while were making our film.

Are you a voyeur?
I’d give away too much if I answer the question.

Have you done explicit love scenes?
Yes, when you watch the film, you’ll know just how explicit they are.

Were you comfortable?
I’m an actor. It’s okay as long as it’s not forced. But don’t watch the film if you are expecting vulgar scenes. You’ll be disappointed. A city tabloid carried a still from the film of you and a girl caught in an intimate moment on the ofice floor.

Tell us more?
(Laughs) You want to get me killed? Keep guessing.

Aren’t you worried about your family’s reaction to the scenes?
They’ll love me after watching the film. After all, I’m jsut doing my job. It’s a dream debut. I always wanted to start my career with either Dibakar Bannerjee or Anurag Kashyap.

I turned down character roles in Wake Up Sid and Delhi Belly. Why should I play Sid’s best friend when I can be Sid myself? Why should I play second fiddle to Imran Khan just because I’m not Aamir Khan’s nephew? Many industry people have told me that I don’t have the looks of a conventional hero. That’s a polite way of telling me that I’m ugly. I know I’m the ugliest debutante but also the most impressive.

Wasn’t the cast supposed to be kept under wraps till the film released?
No, it had been decided that we’d be revealed a week before the release.

Any other films?
I’ll be starting Anurag Kashyap’s film in June and touring the US with Girish Karnad’s play, Bali.