To be able to make statements, you need to be confident about what you think. You need to have a sense of right and wrong.
I take time to open up with people. But once I know you, I'm fine. I'm a shy person.
Whatever dream you have, be sure that it is going to be happen, and then forget about it. Then you have to come back to the present and be there 100 percent.
I think people generally are lost, as they keep thinking about what is going to happen and what they have done. They are not alive anymore. The art of listening is missing. In their head, they are doing something else.
I am not lost. I am very much alive.
No matter what you achieve, what you want to aspire to be, or how famous and powerful you become, the most important thing is whether you are excited about each and every moment of your life because of your work and people around you.
Everything happening around me is very random. I am enjoying the phase, as the journey is far more enjoyable than the destination.
The only strong opinion that I have about myself is that I don't have any opinions.
The more I learn about things, I realise how wrong I was before.
What keeps me going are my learnings, which I would rather call my 'experience,' and my urge to explore.
We should never forget the inevitable, as we will lose everything eventually. So, why fret over any kind of security? The idea is to just fly and experience it all while it lasts.
For me, the opposite of happiness isn't sadness but boredom.
Everything that is somehow related to direction and filmmaking fascinates me, like cinematography.
My morning starts with some form of exercise, and I give two hours - from 5:30 to 7:30 A.M. - to my personal fitness.
I will continue doing things irrespective of the medium as long as I'm excited about it.
I have seen extreme lows because of factors that were not in my hands - be it not having money to buy my first bike, dropping out of a prestigious engineering college without having a single rupee in my bank account, living with seven boys in a single-room kitchen in Mumbai, or eating nothing but khichdi every day. But I cherish all those moments.
I've stopped taking myself seriously because now I understand how fickle my thoughts are.
If you are seeing something for the first time, one of your first reactions should be fascination.
My strength would be my honesty and my passion towards my work.
Instead of sounding pretentious, phony, or repetitive, I'd rather not speak.
If you are confident about yourself and wear what you love, you will exude a style of your own.
My dad told me when I was very young, that I should not get married before 30. His only advice to me was to live my life.
When I was in the eighth standard, I would dance to 'Suraj hua madham.' I have to achieve many things before I become even the 'S' of SRK.
I am learning the importance of living in the moment.
I really wanted to buy a Range Rover. It was a big dream, and the day I bought it, I was very happy, but by evening, I was immune to it. That's when I realized that excitement, if it's happiness, is not in reaching the goal but in the process. Thus process trumps over realization.
My favourite actor is Daniel Day Lewis. He's the finest actor in Hollywood. I've studied his performances.
I pray to God every day that he makes me the biggest superstar, but before that, I ask God to make me a good actor. Being a star is hard, but being an actor is even harder. I want to be both before I am done.
A man should definitely own a couple of blue denims, white crew neck T-shirt, a versatile blazer, comfortable pair of boxers, and coloured sneakers.
I'm a trained engineer, so I'm conditioned to come up with a right answer to a difficult question, but when it comes to art, there is no definite answer because it's so subjective.
For me, the script is important. If it excites me, I'll do the film.
The best thing is to accept the circumstances, not take them personally, deal with them, stop complaining, and give everything your best.
I think we are all insecure, and there is nothing wrong in accepting that. But the problem arises when we try to counter this insecurity by cultivating this illusion of control, and we start taking ourselves and everything we know too seriously.
Things are difficult for outsiders in the industry, and it is very evident, too. It does not mean that insiders have it easy or that it's impossible for outsiders to break in. More often than not, the difference is about how successes and failures are viewed and magnified.
Practical knowledge of what works and what doesn't work is much better. Theoretical knowledge is important, but I think practical knowledge works better.
There are so many ways to approach a character. You have to figure out the similarities between you and the character, build on them, and at the same time, blur the dissimilarities. Since you do it day in and day out, it becomes a process and a part of you.
The closest synonym of happiness is excitement, and you can generate it by doing something that you can't completely comprehend. This understanding makes the process rich and exciting.
I realised quite early that by the time I articulate my thoughts into words, I'm on to another thought. And what comes out wasn't what I thought of exactly. So not talking was a better option.
Everybody is in a hurry to decode you in a certain way, and then they expect you to adhere to their definition. How can they possibly do that when you yourself are finding it hard to discover yourself?
Money was a big differentiator when I was growing up, but I made sure it doesn't stay that way.
If you spend time with your loved ones, you get the energy to do your job better.
TV helped me understand camera angles, close-ups, master shots.
I might not be over-enthusiastic about socialising and making friends, but I am not a loner. I love hanging out with my friends, and I do it often when I am not working. Maybe, since I am not often invited to the 'happening' parties of our industry, where the media is around, I have earned the reputation of being a loner.
I have four elder sisters, and being the youngest, I was pampered.
Let me clear it once and for all: I was never offered 'Befikre.' But had I been offered, I wouldn't have done it.
I have songs that define characters from each film of mine. It can be a song from that particular film or something that just goes with the wavelength of the film; you listen to it, and it gives you that rhythm. I can't articulate how it helps, but it somehow gives you an understanding of the character.
Along with some of my college friends, I would often bunk classes and drive to Murthal, which is about 50 km from New Delhi, just to have some piping hot parathas. There was this small roadside dhaba where they would serve absolutely delicious aloo parathas with dollops of butter.
I was the youngest child and the only son. I was expected to shine in academics. It seemed like too big a risk to take up cricket as a career. I thought I had to live up to my family's expectations. So I chose to be an engineer.
I have made a lot of mistakes, but I am proud of them all.
I come from a family of doctors and engineers, and everyone expected me to take up a similar career. That was the most natural thing to do!
I have been blessed with strong leg muscles, and dancing really exercises one's legs.
The way Nolan looks at things is just amazing. It can be easily seen in all his films. I was just watching his videos on how he came up with the screenplay of 'Memento,' and it's just extraordinary. It just opens up your mind.
I am not a private person; you can ask those who hang out with me.
I despise women wearing too much makeup. It hides their actual beauty.
I am ecstatic that 'KPC' was a commercial hit and was critically acclaimed. The 60 days we shot for it were the best days of my life. I still get goosebumps when I think of them.
As an actor, you think you know your craft, you know the conflicts in your character, but often you don't.
I remember when the results of the All India Engineering exams came out. I ranked 7th. I even got a scholarship. But it was during the sixth semester of my engineering course that I decided to call it quits and pursue acting seriously.
It took me 13 months just to prepare for 'M.S. Dhoni'... I started by watching every single video I could find of his, repeatedly. After three months, people who met me started saying that they could see similarities, and I knew I was on the right path.
Theatre is a must for actors. They should try it at least once. It makes you disciplined, teaches you to respect your work, and boosts your confidence as an actor.
When I was young, I was supposed to study in the afternoon, and 4 - 5:30 P.M. was playtime. The entire day would revolve around that time. We would play anything - kabaddi, cricket. Those one and half hours would feel like 5 minutes.
I crave for adventure. It makes me feel alive and excited. It's a constant tussle between what you want to do and other parameters that aren't in your hands.
People assume that actors working in films won't have the time to do theatre. But I make sure that whenever I'm free, I watch a play.
I've been a fan of Dhoni for years. I've seen him play for India for over 10 years.
The equation I share with the camera doesn't change whether you place a camera in front of me or a live audience. Just the pay cheques differ. But that doesn't matter to me because I've so much money, I don't even think about it. It's just lying there.
It's cruel to compare two actors working with two different filmmakers on two different characters.
Our job, as actors, is not to tell the audience how interesting we are, but to entertain them with our films.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the best actor because his choice of roles are so diametrically opposite from each other, and he pulls it off almost every time so convincingly.
Frankly, I'm an actor right now because of Shah Rukh. When I was in school and even when studying engineering, I used to watch his films.
What people think of me doesn't affect me. As bizarre as it sounds, I don't have a Google alert on my phone; I don't read newspapers, and I don't watch television. If something important happens, I will get to know about it.
I never think about what people will think when they watch me on screen.
An actor has to remember the primary reason why he chose the profession that he did. If every role that I do doesn't challenge me, then what is the point of being an actor?
Given a chance, I would love to romance Tabu. I wouldn't mind doing a film with Manisha Koirala, either. Or Madhuri Dixit.
There is a very thin line dividing characterisation from impersonation. I've to make sure I don't cross over into mimicry.
Bringing out your vulnerable side and shedding your privacy in front of complete strangers is so very difficult, but when you are into the performance, the relief and release is so extraordinary that you get addicted.
Before the film begins shooting, in your head, you need to be the character. You have to convince yourself somehow.
I experienced a lot of things while I was working with Dibakar Banerjee.
I think, for every actor, the most challenging part of playing a character, specially a real-life character, is to convince yourself that you are the character.
I am not saying that those who crave for conventional stardom are wrong in their aspirations. But that's not what I want.
I left everything I had to become an actor. So, I better be excited, or otherwise, there is no point in doing all this. Else I would end up being disappointed with whatever I achieve.
If 'Befikre' was representing the new-age youth of India and romance as what it was claiming, it would have been great irrespective of the box-office numbers. But unfortunately, it didn't do that, and hence, I would not be interested.
Since I think I am very boring in normal life, I tend to hide behind all these exciting characters, making people believe that I am someone else entirely. That feeling is very powerful.
I am not bothered with whether my characters are conventional or not. Because I am not in this for the designer labels and the autographs.
Every character that I've chosen has made me evolve as an actor. And I am lucky that my directors have shown so much faith in my abilities.
I cannot think that I am a good cricketer and just become one. For this, one needs skill.
My exercise regime is a mix of gymming, marital arts, sports, etc.
Both Dhoni and me, we are so interested in what we are doing right now that we don't sit and think about future. This thing commands your attention because you love it so much. Your experience is not distorted by your fear or desire to attain something.
I can also romance a guy if I like the character and the script. Obviously, only in the film!
I was very excited and interested as a background dancer or as a theatre actor or when I was working on TV, or even on the film which didn't do well, like 'Byomkesh.'
Cricketers have to perform in front of millions, and there are no retakes. If then you become a hero, you deserve all the accolades coming your way.
I wanted to be a cricketer. But I was not skilled enough to be a national-level cricketer.
If you have skills to pull off even a four-hour film, people will go and watch it.
I was a studious child, heavily into academics. For the longest time, I wouldn't talk.
Dibakar and Shekhar have the vision that we would associate with European cinema. They leave their actors on their own to give a personal narration on the screen.
When I am not acting or performing, I want to keep quiet and not to have a conversation.
When I am in front of the camera or on stage, I am not me.
You can't make two films at the same time.
I was offered 10-12 films during the time that we were working on 'Paani.'
I read the script. If I like it, I would do anything I am asked to.
Four days a week, I do gymming, four days marital arts. Once a week I normally play lawn tennis, and once a week I horseride.
I love layering with great fitting jackets.