stardom is also different, it is more about the movies. More about characters, the work you do in the world of entertainment. The good part is that a film will go beyond a star today. I think that’s a good change.
And how does one consolidate one’s brand in times like these?
To me film-makers and the choices you make are the only factors that builds your brand value. I don’t do PR. I think forced social work or images like casanova and wild child — all of it is a fraud and people see through it.Today because of these social networking platforms, everybody is a critic, everybody has a voice and a fair opinion so it’s very important that you do good work because you can put down a facade, but you can’t put down a good work.
You have defied all stereotypes — your father often mentions how the roles you picked went against conventional wisdom and yet you made them work for you.
I am constantly fighting and changing it. I am not consciously, but subconsciously doing parts and becoming a part of worlds which are challenging me as an actor. In my entire career there are only two films of my 10 films that I relate to and that’s Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani because they are urbane characters and are somewhat derived from my life. All other films are derived from the film-makers I am working with. So as far as image is concerned, I am not trying to stick with one. I am too new for that, but I am sure as time passes by, with new voices — both directors and actors coming in — that image is also going to break.
Any films that you watched recently and enjoyed?
I saw Highway the other day and I truly believe it’s one of the finest films I have ever seen. I was so bowled by it. Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar, Kai Po Che and The Lunchbox are other films that I really enjoyed. I thought they were all very, very fine films.
Okay so what gets you to say yes to a film/director?
It depends on the director—if I just meet a person who is honest with his work, has a story to tell and is making a film with me not because he will get my dates or because I am