The beginning: I worked with Aamir in Sarfarosh as Sultan.
I had to enact my entry scene in the film. I still remember all my dialogues because I don't have too many in the film! I wanted a bigger role. I kept telling Ashu I want more scenes, more dialogues. He told me to be patient because everything would turn out great.
The shoot: Two months before we started shooting, we got a bound script. We were sworn not to tell anyone the story. We were all well paid. This is the highest I've ever been paid in my career.
Everything was organised. Even the technicians were given good clothes so they looked smart. The food was excellent: Samosas, eggs, toast, juices, idlis, dosas, etc, for breakfast. For meals, we had to choose between Chinese, Italian, Punjabi and Gujarati cuisine.
One day, Aamir was late and missed the actors' bus that took us to the sets. That day, his wife Reena, the executive producer, scolded him for being late. She told him he had to set an example for the rest of the crew. If he started coming late, how could she tell the others to come on time? Reena is such a nice person!
The temperature was around 50 degrees Celsius. There were so many people around -- everyone couldn't be provided with shades. Umbrellas and shamianas were given only to the main actors and some crew members.
When I went back to Bhuj on June 10 for the premiere of Lagaan, I was shocked. We stayed in an eight-storeyed building. I expected ruins after the quake. But it was just ground!
On Lagaan: Ashu reminds me of Shekhar Kapur. Very cool and prepared. Very comfortable to work with.
Future projects: I'm not doing any films at the moment. But I'm considering some ad films.
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