How did Gangs of Wasseypur happen?
I had auditioned for Dev D. That didn’t work out, but Anurag (Kashyap) told me, “I will work with you in the future”.
As a newcomer, how was it like working with senior actors like Manoj Bajpai?
Totally unnerving, but I made friends for life.
How did you prepare?
I didn’t. Anurag wanted me to be instinctive. I just worked on the dialect.
That must have been tough.
Manoj helped me with the dialect. He told me, “‘Sh’ ko ‘s’ kar do, ‘f’ ko ‘ph’, aur ‘z’ ko ‘j’.” So it was ‘Phaijal’ Khan, instead of Faizal Khan. It became simple after that. He supported me, being around after his shots got over, and gave me cues.
What was the biggest challenge in this role?
I had to go from being 16 to 60, and had no reference point for older characters. I had to thicken my...