Now, you have taken to blogging in such a big way. Is it because you don’t have faith in journalists or want to clarify certain things to your fans?
I am not writing to confront journalists; this is a wrong impression. The blog is my way of writing whatever I want and a means of talking directly to my fans. I like to continue writing because fans respond. Yes, if I feel that anything incorrect is written by a journalist, I do point it out on my blog. Usually, even if I ask for a retraction, it is not given by the journalist. They say that their source is correct and I am wrong. I write because it is my right to write whatever I want, and not because I want to fight or disrespect someone. Usually, I write about day-today life and stuff that’s going on in my mind. If my words are twisted out of context, yes, there are controversies, but how am I to be blamed for it? What I have written is the truth and if someone has a problem with that, I apologise. I have no problems with apologising.
You endorse many brands. Do you use every brand you endorse?
Firstly, I do not endorse brands that I do not use. I do not smoke, drink or use tobacco, so I don’t endorse any of those brands, but I eat Chyavanprash, so I endorse it!
You quit national politics for good. But what about the politics in the film industry? It is said that there is a lot of it…
I have never paid any attention to this and even if politics does exist in the industry, I have no idea what it is.
But your name is also often dragged into this, especially in the context of your relationship with Shah Rukh Khan. How much truth is there in such controversies?
You’ll have to ask those who manufacture these stories. I don’t make these stories up. All is well with me and my co-stars.
I think something similar was being talked about your and Shatrughan Sinha’s relationship. But at Shabana Azmi’s birthday party, you met him quite warmly.
What else would we do? If two friends of many years, who have worked together in so many films, meet, they are bound to talk. Do you expect us to draw our swords? The media people make up these tales; they have a right to keep doing this.
As a performer, which is more challenging – performing on the big screen or the small screen?
Both have their own pluses but I experience far more nervousness when I am on television, because there is no written script there. While shooting a film you know that the film, the story, your character, the dialogues, the costumes are all taken care of by others. But on television, you have to do everything by yourself. I have done two shows,
‘Bigg Boss’ and ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. You have to do the talking and predict and adapt to the mood of the show. I was under the impression that doing television would be easy, but after I did ‘KBC’ and ‘Bigg Boss’, I realised that TV needs lots of resources and people .TV is a strange animal, it needs content every day. How you manage the TRPs, get the audience in and, finally, get in advertisements, is a very tough job. I commend the speed and accuracy efforts of those who sit in the TV control rooms. I would definitely give television higher numbers.