Do you believe in luck?
So tell us about your character in the film.
I play a common man, someone you would not really pay attention to. Things change when he takes to gambling for want of money.
How was it acting opposite debutante Shruti Haasan?
We’ve known each other since childhood and so there was an inherent comfort level. I did, however, get self-conscious at times as I felt she would realise where I was being fake. But she honestly surprised me with her work.
The film has a unique cast—Danny, Mithun and Bhojpuri star Ravi Kissan.
The casting of Luck is interesting and bang on. Being the first to be cast, I watched all other characters who followed and felt each one suited his role best.
And South Africa was the location. Why?
Soham (Shah, director) wanted diverse locations. A small area around Cape Town offered a varied terrain—deserts, mountains and beaches. The climax was shot in Thailand.
Why did you do the stunts yourself?
You can’t fool the audience with a duplicate or graphics. Original stunts may not bring crowds but they do hold the attention successfully.
How do you take success and failure?
I try not to get carried away by either.
What impact does the overwhelming presence of star kids have on actors with no godfathers in Bollywood?
It makes no difference. For every newcomer with a film background, there’s one completely on her own. Look at Priyanka Chopra or Katrina.
Film promotion budgets have really shot up.
Promotion is necessary but may not always require huge sums of money.
What kind of films are you looking at after two action-oriented movies?
A romantic comedy produced by Karan Johar opposite Sonam Kapoor.