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Tell us about your forthcoming release I Am.
I Am… tells four different stories tackling four different issues - surrogate pregnancy, homosexuality and criminalisation of homosexuality, the Kashmir issue and child sex abuse. I play the role of a gay man called Omar, in one of the short films that deals with homosexuality. All the four issues shot by director Onir shows his mature imagination.
What is happening to Kuch Love Jaisa?<
Kuch Love Jaisa is a Vipul Shah film. The film's shoot is complete and it is now in the mixing and dubbing stage. Vipul is looking for a date to release it which probably could be in the month of May. It is a love story between two extremely opposite people; one is an affluent housewife while the other is a small town crook. The two meet one day when circumstances put them together. The film is a journey of this unlikely couple.
What about your films like Mumbai Chakachak and Bits And Pieces?
There are about three films that I have worked in and will never be released. They are Mumbai Chakachak, Bits And Pieces, and The Whisperers. Why they cannpt be released can only be answered by their directors but I have no regrets as I enjoyed shooting for them.
What about the sequel to Pyar Ke Side Effects and Jhankaar Beats 2?
No one has contacted me for the sequel of Pyar Ke Side Effects. I have heard murmers of Jhankaar Beats 2 but nothing is official. Instead, I am in talks for a film that focusses on secularism and inter-religious hatred between Hindus and Muslims. And another is a psychological thriller. But a lot has to be finalised on both these projects.
It was in 1999 that you did The Square Circle and Seascape with Sharks and Dance. Are there any chances of getting back to theater?
Well, may be, I might get back to theater. I am slowly reopening my mind towards it but I am not in a hurry.
You have been acting since 1994. According to you, which is your most memorable role?
I like my role from The Japanese Wife the most. Snehamoy Chatterjee, a lower middle class Bengali boy who was an introvert and cut off from the rest of the world was a great role. Playing such a character was challenging. Also, playing Sid, an urbane, sophisticated, charming and wealthy psychopath in The Whisperers was very interesting.
You also do a lot of social service. What inspires you?
The amount of injustice in our country disturbs me and I always try and reduce them. I work for various social causes through my NGO, The Foundation, that looks to eradicate child sex abuse and educates under-privileged children.
How do you unwind?I love working. It is my pleasure, my get away.
You are also into sports. Are you enjoying the cricket World Cup?
Oh yes I am. I love watching cricket. I went to Bengaluru and Nagpur to watch the matches live! It was fun.
You have worked with Konkona Sen Sharma in Mr And Mrs Iyer. She recently became a mother. Your thoughts?
Yes, it is wonderful news. How time has flown. The boy is lucky to have parents like Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranvir Shorey. He is going to be super talented.
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