In a short interview, he talks to us about stardom, career, action films and how martial art has helped him in his life.
Pros and cons
I don't hate anything about anything. What I like about stardom is that it makes you more aware about yourself, that is, if you want to be so. It challenges you and makes you push the limits. And I do enjoy the attention (laughs). At the same time, it's important to be grounded and prepared for the unpredictable. Life is very fickle in tinsel town.
I am glad to be a part of Rajji's (Rajkumar Santoshi) film. Heis not only a very capable director and storyteller but also a wonderful human being. Working with Tigmanshu (Dhulia) was an equally rewarding experience. He is one of the best directors in the country. I have started work on Commando 2, and everything is going well.
Being able to showcase action and scale newer heights whilst doing it will always be my focus and fascination. In India, Bollywood is the biggest platform, and thus was a natural progression for me. Seeing Bollywood films take on action landscapes that can be globally recognised makes me feel extremely proud to have entered films at such a stage. I would do anything to work in a film with Clint Eastwood. He’s an absolute legend in the action genre.
No fear of stereo-typing
I love action and all its genres - be it action drama, action comedy or action romance. I feel that action films will never die out. If the hero has to save the heroine in a film, he has to fight, doesn't he? (laughs). And action films don't necessarily mean mindless fights. They can have intelligent stories as well. Whether it’s Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Sunny Deol or John Abraham -- I love them all. However, I would not like to follow anyone's career path because I don't think that anyone of these followed one another. I would rather work hard and create my own destiny.
My martial arts training has made me rooted, committed and ambitious. I remember at the age of six, while learning the fight technique, I was told to push above my weight and antagonise those who may seem stronger and tougher than me. Combat teaches you never to underestimate yourself or your opponent. You're only as good as your skill and your own determination to take it forward consistently. My martial arts background makes me follow regimented, mutually respectful and committed life - both personally and professionally.