The actor factor

REALITY BYTES: It is just incidental that both my films had a serious tone. It wasn't intentional. In fact, my next release is a laugh riot directed by Priyadarshan. I am just being cautious about my career moves.

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Published: Fri 16 Feb 2007, 11:49 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:01 AM

I am selective because I don't have backing, and the decisions I make are crucial. Moreover, I am not in a hurry. So, I'd rather concentrate on quality. I am in the process of experimenting with my looks and image.

Testing time: It's just a matter of perception that child artistes don't make for successful stars. Maybe the move towards lead stars didn't work for others, but I don't ponder about it. All I know is that I am living my dream of being an actor. And that's my only goal. Instead of analysing what others did and calculating my moves, I'd rather pay undivided attention to my work.

Dreams unlimited: There are a lot of roles and actors that I like, but I don't really idolise anybody. I'd rather be myself and test my own limits. At the moment, I am just concentrating on a career in films. Working with Madhur Bhandarkar has been one such great experience. He gives you the freedom to perform in the film and allows you to explore the character. He isn't difficult or a tough taskmaster.

Lessons learnt: It's interesting to observe these young boys on the traffic spot. I think some of them are just born performers. I remember falling for their sales techniques only to realise that the prank was, once again, pulled on my friend in the next car! But of course, working in a film that highlights the life of the street kids has brought me closer to reality. I always respected them for their sheer passion to live. I don't give them money, but I often buy them shoes, shirts or sweets. I feel, it's important to educate them about rights and health issues.

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