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You received rave reviews for your performance as a complex cop in Shaitan. So has life changed after the film?
Life has always been good (Smiles). It's a satisfying feeling to see your hard work being appreciated. But rather than getting carried away, I prefer to move on. After my film's release on a Friday, Monday is a whole new ball-game for me. I like to walk ahead with a smile on my face.
You have only worked with new filmmakers till date - Rajkumar Gupta in Aamir, Bejoy Nambiar in Shaitan and now with Neeraj Ghosh in the forthcoming Soundtrack. What attracts you to them?
It's their sheer energy and passion. Since they are new, they are bubbling with novel ideas and are open to experimentation. And moreover, it's a wonderful feeling when you see their hard work shape up beautifully onscreen. The look on their face is priceless when they see their dream translated into reality. I feel really happy for them!
What is your role in Soundtrack?
I play Raunak, a small-town guy who comes to Mumbai and hopes to make it big someday. He wants to become a musician but takes up a job as a deejay (DJ) to sustain himself. He finally becomes successful but everyone knows that with success comes power and pride. He falls prey to drugs, alcohol and women and his career is affected. The whole idea of the film is to show that it's important to be grounded and never forget your roots.
How did you prepare yourself for the role?
I did a crash course with two DJs for 10 to 12 days. I wanted to
learn how they use the equipments. But rather than aping them, I have
added my own touches to the character. Some DJs are loud, while others
are more demonstrative. I managed to understand their nuances to play my
This is also the first time you were working with Soha Ali Khan. How was the whole experience?
It was inspiring. Soha is a hardworking actress and approaches every movie as her first film. Both of us wanted to give our best shot, so the atmosphere on the sets was always charged up.
How would you describe the music of Soundtrack?
It's eclectic. Midival Pundtiz and Karsh Kale have scored the music for the film. Apart from that, the album also features a track each by singer-composer Papon and Ankur Tewari.
What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to all kinds of music. It depends on my mood and the time of the day. When I wake up, I like to listen to chants . When I'm heading for a shoot, I like to listen to fast peppy music to charge myself.
You sing quite well, so do you have any plans of turning singer?
I enjoy singing. But once I had gone to a studio for a recording
and I heard Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shaan sing. That's when I realised
my true potential and felt that I should stick to being a bathroom
On the personal front, has life changed after marriage?
Life is definitely more stable (Smiles). It's nice to come back home to someone you love.
You were supposed to return to television with the second season of Sach Ka Saamna. When is the show going on air?
I have no idea. I have shot for the first schedule but I think the channel is yet to finalise the dates.
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