Actor Ranveer Singh, who is recuperating from Dengue in his Mumbai apartment, talks about love, films, Deepika Padukone and his next, 'Ram Leela'.
Who works through dengue?
When I felt a fever coming in Durgapur during 'Gunday’s shooting, I got it checked but it didn't show up in the reports. I wasn't given the option to not shoot. Nobody told me that if you are not feeling good, take some time off, but I was told that "Buddy, we know you are not feeling good so how do we make you feel better so that you can shoot." So I finished my shooting, came back to Mumbai and straight away went to the hospital.
You've had quite a few health scares. As a hyper energetic guy, how are you coping?
I've noticed that whenever my shirtless picture appears in the newspapers, something happens to me. The first time it happened I had my back injury during 'Lootera,' then shards of glass pierced my foot and now before 'Ram Leela,' I got dengue. I've been told to rest and sleep till my energy levels come back but I'm getting stressed. I feel as if time is running out. I'm not getting any younger. There are so many films that I want to do.
Did working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Ram Leela make you discover something new about yourself?
I like to believe I'm the ultimate Bhansali hero. Apart from the looks — I need to be taller, fairer and better looking — but in terms of the personality, I have it down pat with the craziness, the madness and volatility. Bhansali and I come from the same school of melodrama — we both love it so when we work together, we combust.
Did Bhansali live up to his reputation of being difficult and demanding?
Sanjay doesn't like script readings which was very different from my experience with YRF and Vikramaditya Motwane, who believe in extensive readings and finding the pitch during workshops. Bhansali is itching to get on the set. He makes his film on the sets. He keeps improvising and that’s why he’s a demanding director.
He expects his actors to be on their toes and be ready to deliver whatever he asks for. He might take four hours to light a frame with the intention of shooting a two-page talkie with perfect dialogues but at the last moment he might turn the scene into a silent