Congrats for being on Karan Johar’s first x-rated talk-show episode?
Was that what I’ve done? Well, thank you. I am finally in an x-rated work. Why do you say that?
Well, the episode has been shifted from the usual 9 pm to a safer to 11 pm?
Well, I’ve to admit I’ve never heard of a chat show being postponed to a later slot. I don’t think I’ve said anything that sensational…Oh man, now I am scared. I hope I didn’t go too far. I hope people laugh about what I say and not take it too seriously.
Why have you called Ranbir Kapoor a ‘gossip queen’ on ‘Koffee With Karan’?
Isn’t it self-explanatory? But when people say a lot of bad things about others I am very uncomfortable. And they smile at those very people they are bitch about.
‘Madras Cafe’ got you good reviews? Did it get you good roles?
The offers did come in. But at the moment after ‘Main Tera Hero’, I am only doing ‘Shaukeen’. I did receive many compliments for that role.
From ‘Rockstar’ to ‘Main Tera Hero’…What has your journey been like so far?
I’ve learnt a lot about the ways of Mumbai’s entertainment industry. But not enough yet. The one thing that I’ve sadly realized is when people are working with you they are your best friends. Once a film is over the friendship is also over. This is a painful process for someone who thinks friendships for a lifetime.
How much at-home do you feel now when you are 3 years old in Bollywood?
Shall I be honest? I am still a fish out of water. I don’t understand a lot of things here. I am still trying to find my way around this place, trying to ‘belong’. Like I am told that if you are working in Bollywood you have to use accessories like wigs, false eye lashes and lots of make-up. So I do that although I am totally anti-accessory.
You don’t have to do what everyone does?
You do! If you don’t everyone will accuse you of being difficult. It’s very tough to create a balance between what I am comfortable with and what people expect from me. If I have to survive I’ve to try to be a conformist. But I’ve to admit there are lots of things I still don’t understand. What hurts the most is that people here are so friendly when they are working with you and then they become like strangers. For someone like me who is very picky about friends that’s very painful. But a friend told me. ‘You got schooled, not fooled.’ You feel stupid when you are conned by people. But eventually you come out wiser. continued…