We are told you are fond of chess…
With chess, the more you do, the more it comes instinctively. It's like acting; the more you do it, the more it will come from inside. Chess, like cinema, is a way of life. You have to dedicate yourself. You have to keep doing it and there is still no guarantee you will win every time. You can plan and strategies but, in the end, like the movies, it is a feeling.
Who taught you chess?
My father, who was a fantastic player. He was a Pathan from Peshawar and his chess partner was the Hanuman temple's main priest whom I fondly called Pundit Uncle. My father and he used to play on Tuesdays. They used to sit behind the temple and I used to watch them.
What do you feel will appeal most to audiences watching your latest film?
It's a happy film and I think most people want to be happy. We made this film with a lot of happiness. [Co-star]Deepika [Padukone] has done amazingly well. I have been responsible for lots of heroines doing well -- that is what people say -- but, here, she makes me look good by her radiance.
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