There is viral in the air in Mumbai and I am one of its victims. I always believed that it was impossible for me to fall sick — evidently not. Usually, whenever I am under the weather, I make it a point to walk, talk and eat normally because I’ve always held that if you pretend you are not sick you will be fine. Sadly, that is just a myth. It was only when my mother came and said I was burning up that I realised how high my temperature was.
As luck would have it, I was on a three-day break from the shooting of Hook Ya Crook, almost as if God created a window for me to fall sick. But in sickness or in health, I take my work very seriously. Which is why I will be taking a month off to prepare for my film with Abbas Tyrewaala. I’m trying to build a character sketch of my character, complete with his history and life experiences.
For one month, I will be living the life of my character. It’s the first time I’m preparing so intensely for any role, and from here on, I plan to make the same effort with every role.
All said and done, this was probably the best time for the multiplex- film producers’ strike — what with the IPL and elections. Standing by the producers on this matter, I believe that their demands were completely justified. But it’s time to move on with life. Historically, the only industry that does well during a recession is the entertainment industry and it’s time for the show to go on.
My film New York will probably be one of the first movies to release once the strike officially ends and I am very excited about the prospect. It’s a brilliant film, with a great ensemble and all the credit for it goes to my director, Kabir Khan.
I must say that all the crucial breaks in my career have come courtesy Aditya Chopra. With New York, too, he asked me if I felt I could do it, and said, “I’m putting a big film on your shoulders.”
In the end, he was extremely proud of my work. Now I’m looking forward to your feedback, so do write in once you catch the movie.