Your high energy levels I am quite fed up of hearing – Ohh he is so energetic, so quirky. It’s not calculated; I was always like this. My school report cards would always have remarks about my vivacious energy.
Have you ever analysed why you are this way?
I think it’s because I am very scared that there is such little time and so much to do. I have one life. My philosophy is that what is there today will not be there tomorrow. When I broke my back in Lootera, I didn’t know if I would work again. Some life experiences have taught me that there is no guarantee about tomorrow. So for me every day is the last day. Every time I perform live in front of the camera, it’s like my last shot. I treat everything as if it is my last. I let myself really enjoy it. It could even be simple things like working out – I treat it as my last work out. If I am meeting my friends and gaming on PlayStation, I treat it like it is the last time I am meeting my close buddies. Whatever I do, I do to the fullest.
Dull moments in life?
I have very few. I have an appetite for life, so dullness rarely creeps in. I’ll always find something. Boredom is alien to me.
Bajirao Mastani originally had Salman Khan and Aishwarya. Do you think Deepika and you will be able to create the magic of what Bhansali had imagined?
I have approached this film as one of my dearest creative ventures and the history was not on my mental periphery. For me, it was not about who was going to be cast in the film, but the fact that it is Bhansali’s most precious film and he selected me. I knew that Bajirao is his most precious character. So for him to entrust it to me is a really big deal because he is one of the greatest directors of Hindi cinema.
On working with Anushka after a break
I was very close to Anushka because I did my first two movies with her; so I worked with her for two years consistently. Then then we took up differnet projects and we kind of drifted apart. When she was signed for Dil Dhadakne Do, I was over the moon as she is such a great actor. A huge star, she is a great asset to our film.
On working with a woman director
I knew Zoya before I was an actor. Some of her best friends are my best friends. Zoya and I bonded very deeply because she is somebody who approached our dynamics with an open heart. As did I. Then it just became beautiful. I have a great admiration for her as a creative person and I have great affection for her because I think we speak the same language of affection – we are both huggers and kissers. We have the most engaging and stimulating conversations. I would love to be in every Zoya Akhtar film ever made.