Content will always be the king for me.
I don't really take things to heart.
I have observed Afghani people and their Urdu is not as chaste as it should be and that reflects in the way they speak. Their native language is Pashtun.
Writing is a little box of interest that I take out once in a while.
In both 'Dondo', which has been directed by Tarun Mukherjee, and 'Krishna' directed by VV Vinayak, I got to play interesting characters. Moreover, I have enjoyed working for these films, because it was a challenge to learn two languages and express my emotions in them.
Riding a camel was a challenge.
With the years passing I feel the need to know more about meditation, kriya yoga and chanting.
I'd love to play a commercial pilot on screen.
My role in 'Yamla Pagla Deewana' was widely appreciated, and the best part was that my character connected me with my Punjabi fans.
I am selfless only to an extent, I can't be a martyr, I have a daughter to raise.
I have always liked comedy but with 'Yamla Pagla Deewana', things were really different. I realized that situational comedy is the new trend, where you don't need to indulge in buffoonery to make people laugh.
TV works at such amazing deadlines and the audiences you're catering to is a very different audience than the one that watches films as the attention span is less.
In 'Burrraah', I play a teacher whose aim is to reform a bunch of rowdy boys. My character is very interesting and I chose this film for a Punjabi debut because of its story, script, screenplay and director, Sagar Sharma. I love the way he narrates a story.
In the serial 'Kutumb', I play a psychopath.
'Satya' was a groundbreaking film that opened people's eyes. People like Ram Gopal Varma and Shekhar Kapur introduced such films in the industry as never seen before, and it wasn't easy if you went to a producer with an arthouse film back in the '90s. They'd laugh you out of the room.
Since I was a kid, I have always froze when I saw an action star perform a stunt defying the parameters of safety and fear.
I like to read all kinds of books ranging from spiritual, philosophical, to best-sellers and crime thrillers.
If they ask me to do something like 'Emotional Atyachar', I am not doing that. I have a daughter at home, not that she will judge me but there are certain things, which I feel I don't fit in at all.
Lamb chops is my favourite.
I think Punjabis have an inherent quality - of being gregarious and happy - and that makes for very good characters, and that's the reason why every actor wants to play a Sardar.
As a child in awe of my policeman father, I wanted to grow up to be a cop.
My father knew how to speak in Pushtan; he understood the Afghani culture very well.
In the mid '70s when 'Sholay' released, people had never seen action like that - horses, jeeps, dacoits, fights on a bridge - it was all very new, and the movie set a benchmark.
Undoubtedly Sunny Deol, he is the most handsome Sardar. You cannot look better than him in a turban.
Among non-fiction authors I like Richard Bach, Nichiren Daishonin, Burton Watson, Deepak Chopra and MJ Akbar.
I hate cluttering my bed.
My favorite corner in my house is my study and meditation room.
Language does not matter to audience if content is good. It is the director's belief which is translated on screen and roles are written according to his imagination.
I like to write on anything that is intriguing, unheard of - something that is offbeat.
When I was writing the story of 'Omerta' I was not writing it to make a film or something. But when a filmmaker like Hansal Mehta picked up my story and turned it into a film, I thought that now I can consider myself as a legitimate writer.
Back in 1995, I was young, fresh out of the academy and jobless.
I have been on only one reality show, which was a dance show, a long time ago.
I don't think I am cut out for reality shows.
I spend a lot of time thinking of stories and reading and that's where my creativity comes from.
I love all kinds of books, which include fiction and non-fiction.
It was my brother Rahul Dev who suggested my name for the original film 'Krishna' as he didn't have the dates.
A horror film does not rely on dialogues and music. It is the sound of creaking doors, the window banging open and the build-up that is not easy to achieve.
Punjab is inseparable from my personality as I have spent a lot of time in my growing up years here.
I am an actor who also writes.
Long back, I did a television show 'Gharwali Uparwali', and it was appreciated for its light-hearted humor.
Punjab is a great place.
I have to get my eight hours of sleep. Otherwise I'd be cranky all day.
I approached flying with full enthusiasm and even won a scholarship. Fate, it seems, had other plans and after completing my course, i ended up modeling.
I believe a good actor does not have an accent of his own.
Shashi Kapoor's son Kunal Kapoor made for such a handsome Sikh in 'Vijeta.'
I am open to writing more, and not just film scripts but maybe also a book.
I attribute my lean physique to the regime I've been following thanks to my brother Rahul who made sure fitness was of prime importance in my life.
I am more of an outdoor person, but when I can't run outside, I make sure the treadmill sees a lot of me.
I use an extremely soft mattress. Hard ones are a complete no-no.
I love to eat rajma chawal anytime.