The megastar says that the fear of not living up to the expectations of the audience always haunts him.

“I have not achieved anything. Your gracious words are humbling to me. The fear always is of not being able to live up to the expectations of the audience,” he said.

The National Award-winning, who is all set to hit the screen with ‘Bhootnath Returns’, seems to be in awe of fresh talent and says he is not in the same race as them.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. The most difficult thing is to connect with the kids through films. How does it feel to get connected with children through films like "Bhootnath Returns"?

A. Bhoothnath is a loveable character. I presume kids love to connect with him. We hope they shall do that in 'Bhoothnath Returns'.

Q. You share a great relationship with your grandchildren. What have you learned from them?

A. "That child is the Father of Man!"

Q. "Bhootnath Returns" is releasing during the general elections. Do you feel this may affect the film any way?

A. I wish and hope not. The production and the direction would rather hope the opposite happens...the film opens before the election process takes place.

Q. Filmmaking has changed over the years. What do you think of the changes?

A. Yes, when times change, a lot changes with it...Thinking, concept, storytelling, music...everything. There have been great advances in technology and in the professionalism aspect. That bodes well for the film industry.

Q. Being a superstar, a megastar, how difficult is it for you to lead a normal person's life?

A. I am none of what you mention. These are epithets that are media creations. I am a normal person and lead a normal life.

Q. What keeps you going as an actor?

A. The challenge of another creative experience.

Q. You are a star, husband, father, grandfather...which is the most difficult position to handle and why?

A. These are all the most welcome positions in life, barring the star bit. I am blessed to be a husband, father and grandfather. It does not happen often?

Q. You have seen several ups and downs in your career. How do you deal with tough situations in life?

A. Ups and downs are the constants in life. No life on earth can avoid them. They cannot be categorised. Life is a daily struggle; you learn to deal with it. There are no definite solutions.

Q. One hears that you have taken a break from your work. How is your health?

A. I have taken no break. And my health is fine.


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