Q. 1 How was it like to act in Heartless, a film directed by your dad Shekhar Suman?
I always knew that my father would make an e
motional film with a lot of soul. And Heartless for me, has been a very emotional journey. Apart from the fact that it’s a medical thriller, it’s also hugely a love story, because my character Aditya is suffering from a heart disease called endomyocardial fibrosis. When he falls with love, he wants to live and decides to go in for a heart transplant. It’s a very emotional love story.
Q. 2 What’s your idea of love?
In Heartless, there’s this song Ishq khuda – it is a love-making song, and yet there’s no sexuality as such in it. It expresses everything through the eyes — and that is the beauty of the song. I feel love is not just about being intimate or physical. A lot of it is expressed through the eyes, and I find that sexy (laughs). I like that kind of love being portrayed on screen, but very few want to show it that way now.
Q. 3 What about love, off-screen?
In my personal life also, I don’t think love is just about being together. I can be in India, and my girl friend can be in America, and one can still be in love despite the distance. It’s not about being together all the time.
Q. 4 Any love story you’ve come across in recent times and found really sweet?
There’s a friend of mine, who found his girlfriend on Facebook, and eventually got married to her. I think that’s a very cute love story. At a time when there’s so much social networking going on, replete with fake profiles et al, to be able to connect despite all that is really commendable.
Q. 5 Are you a romantic at heart?
I’m a die-hard romantic. I like putting candles all over the room and decorating the walkway with rose petals. I can get very filmi like that!
Q. 6 Has any love story on screen, made you want to be a part of it?
That would have to be Pretty Woman. It’s a beautiful love story between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. I also love Titanic, it can’t get more emotional than that. I wish I could do a film like Titanic or Pretty Woman.
Q. 7 Name a favourite romantic song.
The most romantic track for me has to be Soniyo from Raaz 2; it’s special. And a lot of people tell me, how they’ve used that song to impress their girlfriend.
Q. 8 It’s often said that love today is not what it used to be. What do you have to say about that?
With time, everything has changed. A lot of relationships today are based on materialistic happiness, and I see that happen all the time. In fact, I’ve been in a couple of them too. It’s kind of sad, but what can you do? Eventually, you got to choose your own partner and your own way.
Q. 9 What, according to you, is the most important factor in a relationship?
Respect and loyalty. These are lacking nowadays in a relationship and that upsets me because I’ve never been schooled that way. People are also cheating on each other. I don’t know about other people, but I can’t live with myself if I’m not loyal. It’s very important for me to be honest, if I’m committed to someone in life. If it doesn’t work out, that’s another story.
Q. 10 How have your parents influenced your thoughts on love and relationships?
What I’ve learnt from my parents is that love is unconditional and selfless. For instance, no matter what my father has been through, my mother has always been there by his side. Even if there’s nothing in his life, she’ll still stay with him. That kind of unconditional love hardly exists today.
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