I am not ready to fit into the mould of commercial cinema.
For me, acting is becoming naked in front of people, you know? And when you know in the back of your mind somebody is testing you, you cannot really bare yourself. That’s a feeling I always have when I’m auditioning.
I will only do a Hollywood film when there is something special offered to me.
It surely gives you a high to be an international actor with quality work.
I cannot live anywhere else except India.
Language does not make one an elite.
You cannot reduce the power of story with the tag of money because it’s not a share market. So you must know the seriousness of the power of storytelling.
The sign of a good society is where talent is respected.
A nation needs to know how to utilise talent.
Cinema is changing every week, and multiplex audiences are demanding every week.
I can recite poetry, but I cannot write it.
Sometimes when you’re playing a very intense character, a disturbed character, you find other layers. That’s much more interesting to me, rather than just playing ‘intense.’ I find it too boring.
Parsi theater was known for melodrama.
I don’t want to do romantic roles where I have to lip sync to a song. A role that explores romance on a new level would suit me.
It’s always an inner wish of every actor to reach out to maximum audiences.
Hollywood isn’t ready for an Indian leading man.
I want to entertain people, but with some substance.
When you come out of the theatre and you don’t even talk about that film or remember it, then it disappoints me.
I can’t think of a more pathetic situation for an actor than to do a film and not connect to it. And I pray to God that I never face that situation.
I’m trying to strike a balance between Bollywood and Hollywood.
I am lucky that the Western world chooses me to play roles in their movies an television, whatever language it may be.
Maybe to become famous is to reassure yourself that whatever you’re lacking inside, you’ve fulfilled that.
What happens with every role, you have to trick yourself, you have to creatively find ways to explore the mental state of your character.
I’ve played many characters that have consumed me and owned me.
In India, therapy is not part of the culture; it has not become such a big need.
A film engages you emotionally and intellectually.
I was going through a crisis once, so I went to therapy because I was so unbearable for myself.