Known as a comedian, aren't you somewhat miscast as Salesman Ramlal?
In Bollywood you get slotted, you have to accept that. But there is a serious actor in me.
What interested you about the role that's been played by many great actors?
Two aspects: the character's vulnerability and inability to face up to the present. Also a personal reason. My father was a salesman so I can understand it better.
Will the Hindi adaptation rob the original of its essence?
The play has succeeded in capturing what is conveyed in the original. And its success lies in the fact that you can identify with Ramlal.
As an NSD-trained actor, do you think your slapstick-oriented roles in big Hindi films have let the breed down?
Thanks to my theatre training, I've approached each role differently. I try and bring in nuances.
Why did you make the transition to direction?
When I first arrived in Mumbai in 1980 there was no place for a comedian. I couldn't really sit idle, so I decided to assist Shekhar Kapur.