What is your ideal time to indulge in a cup of coffee?
When on night shift, I get too sleepy. Then I take cold coffee with a double shot of espresso.
What about a cup of coffee in bed?
I drink milk when I wake up in the morning. Coffee is for night shifts when I really start passing out.
Are you a good coffee maker?
When I was in boarding school I used to make very good pheta huya, foamwala coffee ... that was my speciality. And young ladies from the nearby girls' hostel used to come to me and request to make that special coffee for them.
Do you go on coffee dates with your wife Avantika?
It has been a long time now. These days we can't go to cafes since it becomes a bit problematic. But yes, when I was dating Avantika, cafes were the best place to hang out. I used to take Avantika on coffee dates often.
Given a chance, other than Avantika, who else would you like to take out on a coffee date?
I will never answer that. Do you want me to get killed?
Did it upset you that your last release Gori Tere Pyaar Mein with Kareena Kapoor Khan did not work well at the Box Office?
It saddens me when a film does not work well. But hits and flops happen in our industry. You have to learn to bear with flops as well.
People say an actress loses popularity when she gets married. What do you think about it?
It's a wrong notion that a heroine's stocks fall after she gets married. It's nothing like that. If a film fails, then there is something in the film that the audience did not like and all of us - writer, producer, director, actors - have to think about it. It's not fair to put the blame on one or two people.
What do you think went wrong with your last release?
See, after release of a film, it's easy to point out the weak points. But while making the film, it's not always possible to determine where exactly things went wrong. We just have to keep trying and learning from our past experiences.
What will be your next film?
My next film will be Bhavesh Joshi. It is being directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. Right now we are in a pre-production stage. We hope to start shooting by February-March.
Are there other projects?
Right now I am concentrating on that one film. There are no confirmed talks on other projects. Also I want to work at ease.
Are you slowing down on purpose?
I did three films this year - Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara! and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein - which is a lot for me. I don't want to do so much work. There were back-to-back shootings this year. Personally, I don't want to work like this. I want to do one or two films a year.
--IBNS (Posted on 14-12-2013)