A true Mumbaikar at heart, what was your childhood like?
Mumbai is so full of emotions and life, I love it to bits. The city offers freedom in every way possible and there is this sense of security here, which you can’t find anywhere else. It has a great mix of culture, there is so much ambition - and these are some qualities that I completely resonate with. I think growing up my life was all about school roadside Mumbai sandwiches, tuitions where we had students from all different schools. We used to visit the Nehru Planetarium, going to Ranchi Baugh, Marine Drive, Juhu beach, eating rolls at Carter Road, and watching films at Regal.
How did a casting assistant become an actor?
I always wanted to be an actor, but I started as a casting assistant because if I hadn’t taken up a job, my parents would have moved me to England. I didn’t even know what a casting assistant does, but I did my work with all my heart and love. Over the years, all my seniors and different directors saw the talent in me. I was so young at that time, I was 20-21 and that’s when I met Shanoo. She has a very big hand in my career. She spotted that there is something in me and started working upon it. And, within a month the script for Dum Laga Ke Haisha came and they asked me to gain weight for the role. Of course, I had to audition for the part, but eventually, I got the role, and that was it.