This birthday is a work day for you.Is that the way you like it?
Yeah this is the way I like it. What I love to do is act. I’d rather be doing what I love on my birthday. I’ve never been the sort who throws big parties, never been that way.If I am not shooting on my birthday it’d be a small intimate family thing.
How are you ushering in your birthday otherwise?
I am ushering in my birthday with the Citadel team .I love them they’re like my family. So I’m definitely getting that family feeling on my birthday. We are in a wonderful place. And we are shooting something awesome. I think this is the best way to celebrate .
Tell me about your early childhood memories of your birthdays…the cakes balloons,parties?
I’ve two elder brothers. Growing up,there was a lot of cake, yes. We always fought for cake. I remember fighting with my elder brothers for cake on our birthdays.
The last two years have not been easy on you.How have you coped with all the scary setbacks?
I am okay. I am at point in my life when it can only get better(laughs mirthlessly). Like you said, there have been scary setbacks. So I think the only way forward is…up!
You have a massive fan following and yet there is a section that is constantly attacking you.How do you manage to not let the vitiated sections get to you?
Yes,I am blessed to have so many supporters. They love me. I think the hate is a part of the deal. You can’t have just the love. The roses have to come with the thorns. There are people out there who disagree with and disapprove of everything I do. It is natural in a high-profile profession like mine.If I have chosen to be an actor, I am kind of signing my life off to those who love and hate in equal measures.
You have your career in both Hyderabad and Mumbai.Do you ever unpack your suitcase?
I am blessed to be working with great teams. I am blessed to now have a wider reach and bigger opportunities.I am very happy with the quality of work that I am getting. Every day I enjoy my work,because it is enriching. You know, the kind of parts that are coming to me pose new challenges for me.And I’m enjoying that. I enjoy challenges. I get bored easily. I have my hands full with challenges every single day. It’s a good place to be. I am looking forward to the release of Citadel and Kushi.
How do you intend to balance out the separate geopolitical work cultures?
I think I go where a good script and character invites me.. I think these are the only criteria for selection. The language no longer matters.Because of all that has happened in the recent past, I’ve become even more picky about the work I do. I will be doing very selected projects.I will take it a lot slower now than I used to.
Considering your disillusionment with love are you open to finding love again in the future?
I don’t want to be pessimistic or negative about anything in life.Whatever has to happen, will happen. I don’t think anyone has control over destiny.I didn’t have any control over the things that happened in my life. So I wouldn’t say a vehement no(to love). I’d just say, que sera sera.
To all the girls who look up to you,your advice and message?
Life is too short to live it for others. Ask yourself who the real you is, and live that life truthfully and unabashedly. That’s my advice.