How was your journey as a mannequin?
After finishing my research from a university in Delhi, I began modelling. I used to be not conscious of the principles of modelling, however I used to be eager to make a reputation. I used to observe YouTube to study the physique language of a mannequin. Then in 2008 I participated in Mr India expertise hunt contest and was positioned within the high 10. In 2011, I shifted to Mumbai and step by step began getting good affords for modelling. I’ve been to Johannesburg and Shanghai Fashion Week, and for me it was a fantastic expertise. For a younger man from Haryana, going overseas and strolling the ramp was a giant achievement.
When did you begin performing?
I at all times needed to behave in South-Indian movies and essay characters with gray shades. My mates, who had been eager on enjoying a hero, used to marvel why I needed to change into a villain! My first movie was in Telugu titled Jil. For that, I acquired an IIFA nomination and that was a prestigious second for me.
How will you sum up your expertise of working with Nawazuddin Siddique in Bole Chudiyan?
I at all times needed to work with three actors in my life — Nawazuddin Siddique, the late Irrfan Khan and Manoj Bajpayee. I’m lucky that I acquired the possibility with work with Nawaz bhai on this one. He is an performing college. I shot with him for 45 days and would say it was a fantastic studying expertise.
What is your position in Bole Chudiyan?
In Bole Chudiyan, I’m not enjoying a villain. It’s a parallel lead position; you may name it the position of an anti-hero.
You are enjoying Raavan within the web sequence Ramyug, any particular preparation for the position?
Director Kunal Kohli had given me a free hand, however requested me to do correct analysis. I learn books, labored on my physique language and even learnt sword-fighting for the position.
We hear you may have signed up for a global venture as nicely; are you able to share particulars?
Yes. It’s a Bangladeshi-Turkish movie titled Netri – The Leader. I’m enjoying a Turkish villain in it! Bangladeshi star Ananta Jalil performs the lead position within the movie, which will probably be launched in 80 international locations. That is large for me as an actor!
How do you retain your self calm in these troubled occasions?
I’ve at all times adopted a correct routine. I do yoga, meditation and make it possible for I get correct sleep. In truth, day-after-day earlier than sleeping I meditate for round 20 minutes. I’m utilising the lockdown time to the fullest. I’ve additionally written a movie and sooner or later it’ll certain see the sunshine of the day!
One director who you’d like to work with?
Sanjay Leela Bhansali.