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'I don't consider myself a star'

Paresh Rawal refuses to be categorised. He wants to be an actor, who can make you laugh, cry and shake in your boots with fear.

But lately, the actor seems to prefer comedy, a far cry from his villainous role in Naam, two decades ago. And after giving us memorable hits like Hera Pheri and Malaamal Weekly, the actor is all set to regale us with another Priyadarshan comedy Mere Baap Pehle Aap, where he plays the baap in question. His son, played by Akshaye Khanna, tries to marry him off.

Syed Firdaus Ashraf met up with Paresh Rawal to know more.

Do you get time to see your own films?

Yes, a few of them. I get a sense of whether the film is good or bad during dubbing. There are some films I see again to see how much I've grown as an actor.

Tell us about Mere Baap Pehle Aap.

This is a family entertainer and a Priyadarshan film at that. I enjoyed acting in the film because I got to work with Akshaye Khanna after a long time. Plus, the film has a nice story.

Do you sign Priyadarshan's film because of him or because of the subject?

I do it because Priyadarshan is a nice human being. He is not here to cheat anybody. He is also a very successful director, who can make hits even with newcomers.

With the success of Malaamal Weekly, you proved that a film does not need a saleable star to be a hit. Which begs the question: Did you feel that you have also become a star in your own way?

Somehow, I don't like the word 'star'. I don't consider myself a star because that term comes with an expiry date. I am an actor and I will keep growing as an actor. Stardom is time bound. Also, what is the point in becoming a star? How do you benefit?

Lots of money, for one.

I earn enough. Greed has no limit.

But you earn more than many heroes in our film industry, isn't it?

It is not like that. The producers give us as much as they can recover. I don't think my demand is illegal.

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