How is your son doing after his successful treatment in Canada?
He is doing fine and is going to school. He thought he had gone for a vacation there. I plan to show my upcoming film Raja Natwarlal to him, I think he will enjoy it. Those who have seen the film say it`s a family movie. I am proud of it and I want my son to see the film. When the kissing scene comes on, I will cover his eyes.
The last year must have been tough on you.
It was very tough to manage. I was cursing myself because I am in a profession where I had to come back for shooting and leave him there for three months while he was undergoing treatment. If I had a business I could have just left. Working in films and smiling in front of the camera while my son was undergoing treatment was very difficult.
Since you are playing a gambler in Raja Natwarlal, what card tricks did you learn?
Teen Patti is a bit tough. Kunal (Deshmukh, the director) would come home every day in my house to ensure that I got the hand mannerisms right. In one scene, I was required to flick a wallet and I actually managed to flick Kunal’s wallet.
Your trek to success has been unique. How do you look at it?
My journey has been very unconventional. The kind of films I did earlier were not perceived as mainstream films. I started off as a supporting actor (Footpath), did a negative character in my second film (Murder) and slowly I got into the erotic thriller genre. Gradually, they understood me when films like The Dirty Picture did good numbers. That’s when they said, ‘Okay we will take a departure from the family film and try our hand at making something else with this actor’.
But I am not going to do a romantic film. I can’t do the sunny, bright, dancing-around-trees kind of films. I like wicked characters.
So you will never be part of Sooraj Barjataya films?
Nope, probably I won’t fit in. I think in a devious way.
Do you miss out on not working with A-list actresses?
Because of my brand, I have always brought fresh faces into the industry. There are great actresses and when I get an opportunity, I will work with them but there is no yearning that my next film has to star a big heroine.
But you are working with Vidya Balan in Humari Adhuri Kahani.
Yes, this is the third time around. It’s my first love story and I find that very interesting. It has a great script by Bhatt saab.
You are doing Ungli with Karan Johar. Are you are also going to work with YRF?
We are in talks ; we still have to lock the script. It would be a good blend of an Emraan Hashmi film and YRF trying out something different in commercial cinema.