Mumbai, Oct. 11 -- He is known for his acting prowess, and Kay Kay Menon's performance in a recently released film won him critical acclaim yet again. But, in this candid chat, he points out why he has not received an award in a nearly 20-year-long career and talks about his plans for television and theatre.
So much critical acclaim, why does it not translate to awards?
Let's accept that awards are television programmes. We all know why people go and dance. Each channel has an awards function, and they are revenue-making enterprises. For me, getting two good film offers after a release is a reward. Not getting an award does not upset me.
Do you think you lack certain qualities that make a person a star?
Unlike sports, where only performers are celebrated, talents are rarely called stars in Bollywood. I believe that no actor after Amitabh Bachchan is a star. He is not a media creation, and he did not require marketing. A star is more about image creation in this industry.
The difference in treatment given to a star and a talent also reflects in their pay cheques. Does that bother you at all?
Pricing depends on a person's market value here. I am happy with what I have. I will continue doing work that I feel is good rather than concentrating on marketing or selling myself.
You have worked in television shows in the past. Are you still open to doing something on the small screen?
That era was rich in content. The quality [of shows on TV] has now gone down. I don't know what is wrong with it.
What about theatre?
For theatre, you have to dedicate a lot of time for rehearsals. That process is the most interesting part, as you discover a lot of things about yourself as an actor. When I get that kind of time, I will dedicate it to theatre.