‘I don’t like being mature and responsible’


With three major films — Lootera, Ram Leela and Gunday up for release, are you happy with the way your career's shaped up?

I think so. Lootera is poetic, Ram Leela is intense with mainstream sensibilities, while Gunday is a complete masala entertainer. I am in a position today where I don't have to go asking for work. Also, I have progressed as an actor. There is no complacency, but a lot of comfort. I am putty in the hands of my directors and that has worked for me. Working with different directors has made me realise the various ways of making a film. I have realised that I can submit myself completely to someone I have faith in.

When you first came into the industry, your directors and co-stars often said that you obsessed over each scene in the film. Do you still do that?

(Laughs) I used to have sleepless nights then. But I have changed over time. I still have the same value for the scenes, but I am calmer. I remember when we were shooting for Band Baaja Baaraat (BBB), Anushka (Sharma) used to often tell me to relax. She used to say, "It is going to be shot tomorrow and it will remain forever. But your getting stressed isn't going to make it any better or worse." I did not understand it then, but over time, I understood what she was trying to explain.

How does this reflect in your performance?

I have found my groove and have started enjoying the process. In my recent films, Sonakshi (Sinha) and Deepika (Padukone) taught me the same thing I learned from Anushka — they taught me to control my energy and use it only when needed. I feel I am in good form now. For me, the greatest time is between a director saying 'action' and 'cut'.

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