When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Growing up, I used to see actors around me because of my family. I often wondered what it would be like if I had an opportunity like them. But my parents wanted me to continue my studies. I finished my engineering studies and later even applied to universities abroad. At first I was afraid to tell my parents about my acting aspirations. When I was an engineer, my mother told me to finish my studies and then we would see. But I kept giving clues. When I finished my engineering, I was clear that I wanted to act. My mother wanted me to complete my master’s degree. But I knew acting was what I wanted to do. That’s when my parents told my sister and my brother-in-law. I had started the preparations with dance lessons. It was my brother-in-law who told my mother that it would be good if I took action.
We heard that Prem started preparing you for your acting journey long before Ek Love Ya…
I started working with my brother-in-law right from The Villain. We have developed a real professional relationship. It became very comfortable for me, as I wouldn’t consider him a member of the family. It was a good director and actor relationship on set. So even when I had to do intimate scenes, I had no inhibitions. He brought me that level of comfort. I remember being made to drink beer in front of the camera on the very first day of my debut. It set the tone (laughs). In fact, it was a very fruitful and enriching experience. As we were a young team, it was like a picnic on the sets. The director was like a teacher on set. I remember the last day of filming in Gujarat. It was a bittersweet experience. On the one hand, we were happy that the film was finished after the delay, but it was sad to leave a team that had become a family.
It seems like the perfect launch pad, as the promos show elements of action, romance, drama, and mass…
When we looked at the scripts, we were sure it had to be a commercial artist with all the emotions, but it had to be a love story. My brother-in-law was clear about launching a new pair. We all wanted to avoid the stereotypical love stories that everyone grew tired of. They wanted something unique. It was the sixth or seventh story we had heard and we all agreed. Today, I can say that the love story is very different. It has a thriller element and also has a very good and relevant message about an important issue that is seen in today’s society when it comes to girls. There is content, entertainment and, at the same time, a message that sets the film apart. The story travels about 15 years in the life of my character and my friends. We see the change in look and also, we play three different shades. So it was a great opportunity and a complete package.
Where do you see yourself in the film industry?
I want to avoid being pigeonholed. I want to make all kinds of films in all genres. Today, we only look at cinema in terms of content. So my goal is to make sure I make enough films whose content will be remembered.