You seem to have gone into hiding?
Why do you say that? I've been written about, the professional and personal aspects of my life. I've done cameos in Karzzzz and Heroes and I want to be written about that. But alas the press finds other things in my life more interesting.
And your brothers?
My elder brother Niki is running the cafes, the Crepe Station chain. He isn't into movies at all. But my younger brother Santino is assisting Karan Johar on his next My Name Is Khan. He wanted to act. But now he enjoys being behind the camera. Then Santino will join my production house. All three brothers live together in my house. And since none of us is married, it's like a bachelor's pad.
What happens when Lara Dutta comes home?
Doesn't Lara visit you?
She is a dear friend and she does come home. All my friends are allowed to come home, and that includes you.
How special is Lara?
She's very special.
More special than your other female friends?
Ha ha. Stop comparing women. That's bad manners. Behave yourself.
You're known to be quite a womanizer. Suddenly we see you in only one woman's company?
Womanizer? That's completely untrue. I'm just very friendly by nature. And even when I'm having lunch with a friend, it's misconstrued as a romantic liaison. As for being seen with Lara, she's great company. I enjoy being with her. We do go out together.
Lara and you make a great pair. When do we see you together on screen?
I don't deny we make a good pair together. It's up to producers and directors to cast us together.
Will she be in your first production?
It's entirely up to my director. But yes Lara is in on my wish list. I am right now working on my career. I know I'm stepping into a new phase. I'm being very careful about the work I choose. I haven't accepted a script in the last year-and-a-half. I wanted to be sure about the script and banner. I'm very excited about Sanjay Gupta's Acid Factory. It was really fun shooting with Manoj Bajpai, Danny Denzongpa, Aftab Shivdasani and Fardeen Khan. We had a blast. I might be doing another film with him.