Naseeruddin Shah is like an acting school: Randeep Hooda
I am enjoying spending this time with my horses,” says the actor, whose career has seen resurgence in the past couple of years. Excerpts from an interview.
Who: Randeep Hooda, Actor
What: Speaking about his mentor, career and love for horses.
Working with Naseerji (Naseeruddin Shah) is a matter of honour and pride. I have worked a lot with him in theatre. He is like an acting school. Naseerji has guided me whenever I have felt disillusioned with life or work. He is my confidante. Being featured in a film poster with him is a huge thing for me. I remember not finding a place in the poster of Monsoon Wedding, my debut film that also starred Naseerji. He teases me all the time, he pokes fun at me, but I know that he’s proud of my success.
Change for the better
I have developed a lot more gratitude for people around me. I am more patient now. Working on so many films has added to my thought process as an actor. I feel glad when directors say that they have created a role keeping me in mind. As of now, I am saying yes to projects that seem fairly good. My sense of responsibility has also increased. At the same time, I have become a little cautious in choosing projects. However, I will still continue to do films with friends. Doing diverse roles is my priority as different characters add to my performances and personality as well. >I like playing grey characters more than the positive ones, as the good guys are so boring.
Not so diplomatic
I am trying to tone down my brashness. However, my Jat genes don’t allow me to be too polite or diplomatic. I am enjoying the process though. I know that journalists are doing their job by asking me about my personal life. I try to be as honest as possible.
Tags don’t matter
I don’t think it is bad to be bohemian. I am bohemian at heart because I don’t care much for worldly possessions. I find happiness in animals and other small things. I honestly believe that the best things in life are for free. As far as being called a Casanova, the tag doesn’t irritate me. I would say that I am not one, but then I am not that good either.
My horse-riding competitions take place in the months of October, December, January and April. I doubt whether I will be able to participate, as I am busy shooting. I haven’t had time since the past two years. Earlier, I would say no to work to concentrate on the competitions. I don’t do such silly things now.
I have realised that I need money to look after my horses.