'I have learnt to accept myself'

From 'Paa' to 'Ishqiya' to 'Dirty Picture' and now 'Kahaani', you have experimented with roles. Have you reached a phase when you keep asking yourself ‘what next?’

No, not yet. I have got more than I have ever wished and there is no point in getting worried about anything else. I choose to do one or two films per year as I like to invest time and passion into each film. Lot of exciting things are happening in Hindi cinema and there is no dearth of good work. The stories that are being written and the roles being offered are quite different.

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After Parineeta, you had done films like ‘Heyy Baby’ and ‘Kismat Konnection’ which didn’t fare well at the box-office. Do you term them as mistakes?  

All films I have worked hard for have fared well at the box-office. Even the other films did well, though not for me. But if I look back, the ratio has been pretty decent.

You seem to have a magic wand, when it comes to box-office success, what had been your biggest learning curve?

There has been quite a few but the most important thing is to accept yourself. If you do that then people also accept you and this applies to life as well. I feel the same amount of excitement and nervousness before my films releases but they don't stress me out anymore. I don’t read newspapers, I don’t watch TV, and so I have no reason to be stressed.

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