Updated: January 17, 2014 12:38:49 pm
For me, it is Rajkummar Rao, who has surprised me a lot this year. He has shocked me with his growth as an actor from the film Chittagong. In Shahid, he had an amazing control over his character.
— Manoj Bajpayee, Actor
The double role that had Aamir Khan playing two distinct well-defined characters in Dhoom 3 has not been seen in Indian films or even Hollywood. It can be rated as one of Aamir’s finest performance for which he delved into his emotional memory.
— Vijay Krishna Acharya, director (Dhoom 3)
Not available for comment
— Dhanush (Raanjhanaa)
The role demands a certain kind of approach — the way you are, the way you speak, the way your body is in terms of language and not the way it looks. That’s all a part of it. I don’t know how to break it down into saying this is how I approach it because it doesn’t happen like that. You have to start believing that you are the guy and then everything follows.
— Farhan Akhtar
in an earlier interview
(Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
I always believed that my performance as Shahid Azmi the lawyer would be loved, but being nominated in the Best Actor category was unexpected. The biggest challenge for me as an actor while portraying Shahid was to make him believable and not heroic. I visited several courtrooms to gauge how lawyers argued their cases. This realism was aptly displayed in the court scenes, where I did not scream, but spoke as a real lawyer would in a court. This was supported by my director Hansal Mehta, and I am glad that it worked.
— Rajkummar Rao (Shahid)
In my entire career, there are only two films (out of the ten that I’ve done) that I relate to and that’s Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. That’s because they are urban characters and are somewhat derived from my life.
— Ranbir Kapoor
in an earlier interview
(Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
Not available for comment.
— Shah Rukh Khan (Chennai Express)
Am I surprised at the nomination in the Best Actor category? No, I am not! The Lunchbox is a special film — it’s innovative and the cinema of the future. What worked for me was the fact that the film gave me a chance to romance in the most interesting way — I never really get to meet the girl. My character Saajan Fernandez just wanted to be loved, and to play the part convincingly I tried certain mannerisms. To think, I was sceptical about doing the film because when Ritesh Batra offered me The Lunchbox, I had this apprehension of playing a guy in his fifties.
— Irrfan (The Lunchbox)
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