You also took a short break after you got married and had a kid. Did the number of offers decline after that?
I got married in 2007 after which I had so many hits in Telugu. After the birth of my son, I continued to do work as and when I felt the need to take up an interesting project. If my career got affected, it certainly wasn’t because of my marriage or child.It was because I didn’t want to do 10-20 films a year. I was never over ambitious about it. Even the kind of offers I was getting was the same as before. I think my work probably took a backseat when I moved to Dubai for a year. Even at the height of my career in Telugu films, when I had back to back hits, I did not want to be No 1 and that kind of thought never crossed my mind. I worked out of my comfort zone and still plan to do the same.
How did MS Dhoni-The Untold Story happen?
I got a call from the casting director Vicky Sidana and he told me that the director was keen on meeting me for the role. I met Neeraj Pandey and he narrated the script and told me the concept behind the film and also my character sketch. He also mentioned very clearly that even though this film may not give me as much time and space on screen, the movie was going to be one of the good films of the year.
There are 2 reasons why I signed on this film -one is that it was a biopic of one of the finest cricketers India has today and two, the fact that it was being made by Neeraj Pandey, whose work I totally admire. So, when I was offered this film, I didn’t have to think much.