But there was none of the banter and playfulness he is more popular for. He looked a bit grim and not without reason—having just come out of an emergency appendicitis surgery in Sydney.
Fresh from the success of Being Cyrus, he confesses that he was “stunned” by the reception accorded to the movie.
“When I did the movie, I considered it an experimental movie. I was not even paid my full remuneration for the film. But I had no idea it would turn out to be such a hit.”
The royal scion who was considered a misfit when he entered the industry — the kiddish actor with long hair who neither fitted the role of an action hero or the serious character, has come a long way today.
With the kind of movies he has done recently — be it Parineeta, Hum Tum or Being Cyrus — he is today in a position to say he won't do those "typical Bollywood movie anymore”
And he is confident that with directors like Vishal Bharadwaj, there would be more artistic movies in the anvil. Or like he puts it, what he is looking for is “commercial cinema shot at a higher standard.”
“A couple of years back I would have been really concerned about someone like Soha coming into the industry, but now I look around and realise that there are niches for different people to fit into.”
Ask him what prompted him to come to Dubai knowing very well he can’t perform on stage and he says woefully, “Commitment”. Atleast unlike most actors who claim they love performing in front of a live audience, he is honest enough to admit that, "Six months back the money looked tempting.”So now we know why stars are ready to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to stage shows abroad!
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