You are part of some big and hit project like, ‘Chuck De! Bharat ‘,’ Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ‘,’ Dangal ‘,’ Judva 2 ‘, and now’ Suryavanshi ‘- which film is closest to your heart and why?
I consciously decided to be a part of some big movies because that’s what people watch. You can wait for a big role in your own film but if no one sees it, it makes no sense. I want to see, showcase my work and be a part of good cinema. The only choice you have as an actor is to take the opportunities that come your way and also to play small roles.
It hurts me a lot because once you start doing small roles people don’t see you in the lead role. However, things are changing. People are understanding the talent and how it works. Things are also changing with the advent of OTT.
Of the films you have mentioned, ‘Dangal’ is very close to my heart. I thank Aamir Khan for giving me this opportunity. Also, the ‘hero’ is close to my heart. Nikhil Advani was one of the first to realize that I could be more than a dimensional bad guy. He gave me a very interesting role. He, along Salman Khan Sir, give me a chance to confront the little hero and portray myself as a new age villain.
‘Suryavanshi’ is also great because of Akshay Kumar Sarna Rohit Shetty Sir and I had such a wonderful time on set. It was one of those moody times where he would break into endless soliloquy with himself.
You’ve shared screen space with Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and many others – who do you think has the most fun working with?
I think all come with different kinds of experiences. It’s fun to work with Akshay Sir. He is very funny and always brings light humor on the set. It brings this energy to the set you want to be a part of. Aamir Sir is very thorough and professional. You can learn a lot from him in performance and everything. Shah Rukh Khan is very hardworking and diligent. He works hard even when he is not on set. There is a lot to get rid of.
After waiting for more than a year, ‘Suryavanshi’ has finally been released in cinemas. What kind of reactions are you getting from your audience?
‘Suryavanshi’ has performed brilliantly. I think in this day and age Rs. Making a 200 crore film and staying in that club is wonderful. He also faced many obstacles. It had only 50 percent of the audience. I’m sure if we had 100 per cent viewers, we would have spent Rs. 300-400 crore would have been crossed.
I’m getting messages from people all over the world. They are praising my acting. Getting the love and support of an international audience also seems overwhelming. It’s weird.
How was Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and others on the set of the film Ranveer Singh? Can you share some fun or interesting jokes from the sets?
Ranveer Singh is happy. It brings a kind of energy when it comes to the set. Once it’s gone, the whole mood lightens. Akshay Sir uses to pull his leg because he is a junior and we should all be a part of it. Ajay Sir is very professional. I had never worked with him before so it was an experience.
Akshay Sir built this temporary pull-up road on the set where he organized a pull-up competition to see how many pull-ups we could do. So being a part of it was a lot of travel.