I don't have anything fresh in terms of raw foods or salad after 4 P.M. And no food after 7 P.M.
People have this misconception that people with six-pack abs can deliver hits, but that's not the case. Had I built six-pack abs for 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns,' I wouldn't have been able to justify myself.
It took me 15 years of being in the industry to know that you need makeup and styling when you go out, that you need to have PR.
Actually Maddy is my name. But I feel that whenever you address somebody, there needs to be certain amount of dignity rendered to it - irrespective of whether it's a film star or somebody you are fond of. I find it very pleasing when somebody refers to me as 'Mr. Madhavan' or 'Sir' or 'Mr. Maddy.'
As an actor, I would never agree if a newcomer doesn't give me a final word on the script. If it is well-written, then you need not speak to me. I will speak for you.
All of us wish for a dignity that commands respect. But few have it.
'Tanu Weds Manu''s brilliance lies in the fact that it makes the middle class want to be aspirational.
I have been very cautious about the films that I do. I hope to always entertain my audience. The day I am not able to do that, I will quit acting.
I don't think there's anymore chocolate boy left in me... Like, if I do the roles on the screen that border on romance, it will be age-appropriate.
When you go into the realm of a double role, you have to take it to another level to make it believable.
I'm fantastic at cooking up stories. In the kitchen, I can, at best, make tea and a badly shaped dosa.
I studied B.Sc electronics to be an engineer and later did masters in communication and advertising. I loved engineering for what it could accomplish to make our lives easier. But, I realised that it was not my passion.
I am an extremely selfless but, at the same time, supremely confident actor.
I think new directors come with new perceptions, energy, and passion to win. They don't have to worry about an already existing image or budget that they have to recover.
My assistants will bear testimony to the fact that I am a very angry man.
I don't want to buy a jet plane. I don't want to live with an entourage.
If I could, I would like my son to study in Jamshedpur, where I did my schooling.
I value my independence a lot, and the thought of having to lose that due to age or any other reason terrifies me.
If I hadn't been part of '3 Idiots,' I would have felt bloody jealous.
Sequels face the risk of being constantly compared to the first film.
I would prefer to work for directors who give me the script and written screenplay at the outset.
I have found out what I am allergic to, and I am trying to avoid that in my daily food intake.
Being a parent, it is heartening to see your child wake up every day at 5:45 in the morning to pursue his passion and then manage school as well.
When we make a film like 'TWM Returns,' it is important that we don't think of bettering anything. It's like a baby being born: all you can hope for is the best. But you can't decide how the baby is going to look. Similarly with the movie - you can't think of making it better; you only can think of making the best film possible.
When I go to hotels, sometimes I find waiters and people who do not address me as 'Mr.' or address me as a normal guest would have been addressed, simply because my name is Maddy. I find that slightly offending, but I don't react to it thinking that maybe the name is so casual that people think it's a buddy that you are talking to.
The thing about organic farming is that the produce will not look the same. Your tomato will not resemble the rich red one from the textbook, and that's the beauty of it.
I had built my body to look like a boxer, then I lost it completely for 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns.' It was really tough gaining weight, building muscles, and then losing it completely for another film.
Any story, any screenplay can only happen if the whole unit is professionally working towards it.
Nobody is in the world should be deprived of the joys of eating.
When it comes to filmmaking, we have to deal with ego, anger, and a lot more; barring all these, how the team works towards the outcome matters.
Television is a good training ground for aspiring stars. You can experiment and get away, imbibing the positive and viable aspects. Whereas, in cinema, the stakes are high. If something goes wrong, the film falls flat.
One needs to be super intelligent and have an above-average IQ to be able to work in movies.
Acting is like any other profession. I do not think stars need to have any hang-ups in public. I do not like to be treated like someone special - and this I say because I am normal and not because I want to sound humble.
Whenever you have chemistry on-screen, then you have to be very attracted to the person.
I always believe that the elders in my family are the reason for my success.
All great scripts need not reach silver screen, and every good story can't be narrated in a 2-hour film.
I am one of those people who are really short-tempered, but I don't lose it unless it is justified.
For me, my realism has stood me over 15 years, so the kind of films that I have done has garnered enough respect for me to be able to survive the industry.
If you do not have a good script, then no matter what the genre is, the film will not be a success.
I think Anand Rai is one of the few brilliant directors we have.
I eat exactly three times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. I sit quietly for 20 minutes without anybody disturbing me, and I chew each mouthful 60 times.
For every film that I have believed in - from 'Tanu Weds Manu' to 'Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein' - it was very difficult to find producers.
If you say actors have a social responsibility to do things, you are right, in a way. It's a wishful decision. But if it's done out of force, I don't think it will accomplish anything. Everybody starts counting how much work they have done and see if they have done their due for the week. That is not social service. You need to go way beyond that.
I am no more the 'chocolate boy.' Still, romance is always going to be a part of my life.
When I listen to scripts, I never ask who my co-star is - instead, I ask about the characters and the producers of the particular venture.