Your personal life has been in the news for quite some time now. You were in a relationship with your Bigg Boss 15 co- contestant Tejasswi Prakash…
I’m calm, happy aur bohot sukoon mein hoon abhi. wow importance hota hai life mein. I’m at peace right now because I know what I want. I have clarity. It was not a task and happened naturally. It’s a normal relationship where two people come together and try to be normal. Tejasswi and I are very different and it is an imperfect love story. There are a lot of imperfections so it’s perfect (laughs).
Many people are skeptical about the reliability of the relationships that flourish within big boss annual house. Yours must have been placed under the scanner as well. How do you deal with such criticism and judgment?It happened so far. Honestly, I’m at the stage where I don’t care about these comments anymore. I cannot continue to prove a point to everyone. If someone hates you, no matter how well you do in life, they will disband you. I can’t care less about someone sitting somewhere behind a screen writing those nasty comments. They didn’t pay my bill.
So Tejasswi and you are getting married soon right?
When you’re clear about things, these things don’t seem to matter. jab ek relationship mein koi cheez lack karti two tabs aap tension lete hain inn baaton kee. There is an unspoken clarity between us that this is not something we should worry about. Our parents know each other. We stayed together all day and only went away when we were filming. Normally, insaan pakk jaate hain itna time saath mein reh kar. We continue to discover each other, have been through the ups and downs in our relationship, but every time something goes wrong, we come back stronger. So these things seem unimportant kyunki pata hi hai. Consider this relationship ki jab jo hona hai ho kar hi rahega toh stress hello lena band kar do. This is a stress-free relationship. to be relationship mein siyappe nahi hain.
Ishq Mein Ghayal marks the return to the fantasy world of werewolves and vampires after Fanaah (2014). You will be treated as Veer, a gray character…
Veer is completely black. It’s the coolest and coolest character I’ve ever played in my career. Also, I feel that the concept of positive, negative or gray no longer exists on TV. Time has changed. Back in the day, a bad guy would do everything wrong with no regrets about it and an actor was afraid of being typecast. I don’t think that happens anymore.
What factors govern your choice of projects at this stage in your career?
Over the years, I’ve realized that everything is about the character, because it stays with the audience. If the character has touched them, they will remember the actor who played it. Also, I understand that no matter how well written a character is, unless you portray it convincingly, it won’t impress the audience. It’s all about what you bring to the table.
What prompted you to return to the genre of fiction after hosting a reality show? Aren’t you thinking of discovering movies?
I don’t believe in planning because whenever I make plans for my career or life, they never come to fruition. Of course, Bigg Boss has opened up a lot of avenues for me. I acted in two movies, hosted two reality shows. I took a long break before agreeing to participate in this program. I don’t think you need to take a break from watching television to discover cinema. I don’t think a movie director considers what I’m doing ya kya kiya hai when he wanted to leave me. Agar aise hi hota toh big boss kyu karta ya yeh only kyu karta. big boss bad luck movie kyu karta. I did enough work for them to know that I could play the character and they could choose me. I feel comfortable with what I have achieved. I understood that I needed to be a good actor and that I needed to be associated with good projects. These days, actors are known not by the platform they are on, but by their acting prowess. Nowadays, people are not focused on being a hero. Instead, they want to be recognized as good actors. I believe it’s more of a long-term career choice than thought ki main yeh sab chhod kar ab yahi karunga. Yeh pehle hota tha, ab nahi hota. Ab artist ki value two.