His tongue-in-cheek humour and no mincing words make sure that you are all ears when he talks. He makes the ladies go weak in their knees with his hot looks, at the same time he makes sure that his performance talks loud and clear. Well by now you must guessed it all, I am talking about the super talented Randeep Hooda.
In a freewheel chat just before the release of 'Do Lafzon Ki Kahani' the actor gets candid about playing a quintessential romantic hero for the first time, why he believes in all his films and much more.
Excerpts from the conversation-
1. On His Last Film 'Sarbjit'
A. I am so grateful that it has been appreciated. However there is a lot of chatter that it did not live up to its expectations. Looking at the nature of the film that it is, an emotional, heartfelt story; it was bound to do a business like this. I am glad that people have come out of the theatre being better human beings. I am thinking about humanity which I believe is a victory on part of Omung Kumar to have created this film.
2. On Receiving A Letter From Amitabh Bachchan Applauding His Performance In The Film
A. We have been watching Bachchan Saab's movies before we knew it was acting. I have grown up on his movies. From watching that to now my career spanning so many years and having worked with so many people, to get appreciation of that kind from the star of the millennium is something which I absolutely treasure and I felt very elated to get validation from someone who is an industry in himself. 'Do Lafzon Ki Kahaani' is an opposite transformation for me from 'Sarbjit'. For 'Sarbjit' I had lost a lot of weight and for this film I had to gain similar amount of weight. So in one year I had a very strange relationship with my fridge. In 'Sarbjit' it used to sing love songs to me and call me to it and for 'Do Lafzon Ki Kahaani' it used to say 'Bas kar bhai..kitna khaayega!' (laughs). It has been a very hectic year for me in the sense of promotions which are the least pleasant part of the film-making process because we have to say the same thing again and again. But I am very happy that my work is coming out one after the other. I hope that this would people realize the kind of effort and difference I try to create with every role in my films.
3. On Playing A Romantic Hero
A. It was good and different. 'Do Lafzon Ki Kahani' is a simple love story about a boy and a girl. I play a very shy kind of character who is not out there. So it's a very integral part which was quite challenging. He also has a past in the movie. Of course there was a lot of training required for the fighting part of my role. So I used to train for 2 hours every morning with Irfan Khan who is one of the best MMA fighters in the country. In the evening I used to practice with Mansoor Sayed for body-building. The funny part is Avinash Rai who is the producer of this picture participated with me in the training all the time. Every small town boy or any boy feels that you know 'I could do something for my lady love with my fists and my kicks and my brawn'. So in this that fantasy has come true. Our film is a very fantastical love story in that sense. Quintessentially it's a very formulaic film. It has love songs, action, romance and all of those things. I think by far this is one of my most commercially directed film.
4. On Whether He Is Romantic In Real Life Too
A. I am very romantic. But not necessarily only with a woman. I don't mean men but I romance life. I find all my roles very romantic actually because my romance is with my work. Romance is there in everyone but hey this can be described as a romantic movie.
5. On Why He Needs Songs
A. When actors die their memories are all their songs. And I thought that hey, in all my career I have not had songs. What's going to happen? When I die what are they going to play? They won't play scenes from my films. (laughs)
6. On Whether He Enjoys This New Phase
A. I enjoy being in all spaces. I have done all genres of films from a 'Highway' to a 'Kick' to a 'Main Aur Charles' to this now. I am one of those fortunate actors who has the opportunity to be a part of lot of different genres. I think it keeps my work very interesting. And hence the romance is so utterly focussed on my work.
7. On His Films Which Failed The Box Office Numbers
A. I really liked 'Lal Rang' a lot which released before 'Sarbjit'. It is one of my favourite films. But you know what happens with these movies of mine is that I don't necessarily go with the big production houses. If it's a good story with a good director and my role is good I would do it. It's not the malice on the parts of smaller producers but it's just inexperience of how to place and market the film and garner the eyeballs. They don't have the muscles that the big producers have. That's just the box office and it comes and goes. But the film will be there forever. It will be a part of my filmography. People can pull it out 50 years from now and watch it. So I don't think any work goes waste.
8. On Working With Kajal Aggarwal
A. It was great. She has got of lot of effervescence about her. She is very cute and chirpy. She brings a lot of energy on the sets. It's not easy playing a blind. Although mine and her working style is totally different but then that's with almost every actor. I work on some other tangent only. But ya..we gelled well. There was a lot of laughter between us during the film. She found me witty which is very good.
9. The Most Challenging Thing For Him- Action Or Romance
A. It has to be action. I have practised romance before.
10. On Working With Salman Khan In 'Sultan'
A. It's always great to work with him. Not just working with him but even hanging out with him. I have learnt so much from him. He is a very righteous, generous person and has a great sense of humour.