Since I began my film career - after doing TV serials - with the unusual, that has become usual. After Baazigar, Darr and Anjaam, I finally became the normal, romantic hero with Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and a bit of an action hero with Karan Arjun. With Raam Jaane and Chaahat, I even did the sort of roles which were associated with Anil Kapoor. So, see, with your permission, I can call myself an all-rounder.
They're a law of nature. I would have liked a 100 per cent success track record but that's like asking for the moon, isn't it? Setbacks happen to me because I'm a good guy. I have never given grief to anyone knowingly. I don't interfere, I don't behave bossily, whether at work or home. I don't know if it's the correct thing to do, but I don't even look after the house. It runs on its own. I have a wonderful wife, beautiful children, food in the 'fridge... and quite a few award trophies in my living room.
I can't ever sit still, I'm always hyper. Still, I can delude myself into believing that I'm chilled out, lie down on the sofa and lift my hand only for a cola. I've tried many times but I can't nap in the afternoons. Even at nights, I psyche myself to doze off for three to four hours. In fact, Mahesh Bhatt once told me I suffer from workaholism. That's okay by me. When I'm not in front of the camera, I read a book, repair the roof, tinker with the airconditioner or the doorbell.
What competition? No one's competition for me.
At the outset of my career, I'd use pauses, silences, a halting style in delivering dialogue and bring about a certain intensity to the most ordinary script situations. It was said I was aping Dilip Kumar. If that's true at all, I think I did a terrific job. Seriously though, I don't like comparisons with A, B, C or Z. Moreover, such comparisons belittle a great actor who was beyond extraordinary, especially in Devdas, Ganga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam and Shakti.
I react very sharply only to blatant lies. My wife, Gauri, is from an orthodox family. It's enough that she married outside her faith. And I'm an actor to boot. That's a deadly combination. We try to keep away from the buzzing grapevine. Gauri doesn't even react to my films.
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