Your relationship with Dr. Nene became a long distance one, courtesyAaja Nachle? Was it tough?
No. Distance makes the heart grow fonder (laughs). Plus, Sriram and I have our mobiles and we were in touch.
Did you get mobbed in the city when you went out during this stay?
To be honest, most of the days I have been shooting, and my life is restricted from home to studios and back. I went for a few movies with my kids-Arin, Ryan- and once to the Juhu beach. Many people came up to say hello, but nobody became unruly or misbehaved.
Did Arin and Ryan see other places in Mumbai?
They did. Sriram was here for some time, and he took them out to the Gateway of India and Taraporevala Aquarium. They also visited many malls. It's wonderful to see that Mumbai has changed so much in the past few years.
Have Arin and Ryan started seeing your films?
No. They have seen only Devdas. In fact, they saw some other films in Mumbai- Bheja Fry, Ta Ra Rum Pum, Dhoom:2. They sat through all of them. Apparently, they love Hindi films. Good na?
Did you catch up with your Bollywood friends during this stay? Any regrets that you couldn't meet someone?
I met up with all those whom I wanted to meet. I met Shahrukh Khan, Anil Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Ahmed Khan, Rani Mukerjee, Preity Zinta... the list is really long. No regrets at all.
New actors who have impressed you and you think they'll go a long way?
Konkona Sen Sharma, Kangna Ranaut- she was awesome in GANGSTER, Priyanka Chopra, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shourey and Riteish Deshmukh.
When are you coming back to India?
From whatever I have been given to understand, Aaja Nachle will release sometime around Diwali. I will be coming sometime before its release - for the promotional activities.