The Answer Lies Within. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu speaks to the actor in Mumbai on his upcoming projects
What made you agree to Talaash?
When I heard the script of Talaash, I loved it. That's when I decided to associate myself with the film. The screenplay has been penned by Reema Kagti, who is also the director of the film, and Zoya Akhtar.
How will you define your character in the film?
This film is more of a suspense drama where my profession is that of a police inspector (Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat). Apart from investigating the case, this person is dealing with some things in his past which he has not come to terms yet. And that's where he is internally battling with himself.
Are you set to give a competition to Akshay Kumar (Rowdy Rathore), Ajay Devgn (Singham) and Salman Khan (Dabangg) who have already played cops in films?
I don't think I am competing with anyone. All the films where Akshay, Ajay and Salman have played police inspectors were very successful films. But my character in Talaash is a bit different. My character in the film is not as colourful as that of Chulbul Pandey in Dabangg. Surjan Singh Shekhawat is struggling with himself and his past and Talaash is not an out-and-out entertainment film. However it is very entertaining to me from a different angle. The story is really strong and after a long time audience will get to see a suspense drama.
There was a time when films like Woh Kaun Thi?(1964), Mera Saaya (1966), Madhumati (1958) and Howrah Bridge (1958) were made. But recently Bollywood has stopped making those kind of films. So Talaash will give you the genre back after a long time. I am really happy with the way the film has shaped up.
How was it working with Rani Mukherji and Kareena Kapoor again?
When I look at the film today, I don't think anyone else would have been able to fit in Rani's role and the same goes for Kareena's character ... they have done a brilliant job.
Kareena has an item song in the film. Is that a part of the film or was included just for the sake of it?
The film is about a certain underbelly of the city and Kareena plays a hooker in the film. So that is definitely a part of our story.
Do you know Talaash was first offered to Shah Rukh Khan?
No I don't. In fact, why Talaash, even for my other films I don't know who was offered them before me.
Is there a pressure on you to make sure your films do well at the box office?
There is always a pressure of doing good, especially if your last films were successful. And this is a good thing as it shows people have higher expectations of me. At the same time, it's a bit scary.
You are also shooting for Dhoom 3. How is the experience?
Dhoom 3 has a fantastic script and I am doing an action, fun film after a long time. So it's a great experience. We are still shooting and the film will release some time next year.
Any plans to come up with a new season of your television show Satyamev Jayate?
After finishing Dhoom 3, I will start Raju Hirani's Peekay with Anushka Sharma. I hope by the time I finish Peekay, our research for Satyamev Jayate Season 2 will be complete and I can start with the show then.