By Ridhi Suri
New Delhi (UNI) Five years after he wowed cinegoers with his portrayal of Mahabir Bhati in Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’, actor Randeep Hooda is teaming up with the filmmaker for his next venture.
As he gets ready for the yet unfilmed film, Randeep says that he hopes to create some magic again together with Imtiaz.
‘I am really happy to be teaming up with Imtiaz Ali again after ‘Highway ‘. After ‘Highway’, the character of Mahabir Bhati was etched out in the people’s memory fondly and so beautifully. I hope we can create same magic again,’ Randeep told UNI in an interview.
Speaking about the film, Randeep said, ‘It is a very interesting take on ‘love’ and how it has changed over time. It is not like it used to be.’
The actor was all praises for Imtiaz’s style of filmmaking.
‘I really like the purity of his approach towards work, art, films and acting . I hope the feeling is mutual. I really like the process of rediscovery of what I love,’ Randeep said.
Refusing to divulge further, Randeep said he was leaving that for Imtiaz.
Talking about his journey as an actor, he said, ‘I always wanted to be an actor. I wanted to play different characters. I used to watch movies and sit somewhere alone and visualise myself saying the fame that I have got is just a side effect of being an actor.’
Though much details of the film are not known, trade sources say filmmaker Imtiaz Ali’s next is the sequel to his 2009 hit ‘Love Aaj Kal’ , which would star Kartik Aryan and Sara Ali Khan in lead roles.
The last time the duo of Randeep and Imtiaz Ali teamed up was for ‘Highway ‘in 2013, which featured Alia Bhatt as the female lead.
Besides his love for acting, there is something that the actor is passionate about and that is ‘horse riding’.
When asked, he said that he don’t merely own horses to show off but loves them.
Randeep, after returning from the shoot of the Chris Hemsworth-starrer Dhaka in Thailand, took part in the qualifying rounds for the National Equestrian League in Mumbai at Mahalaxmi Race Course this year.
However, despite suffering a leg injury, the actor participated in the second qualifying round that was held on Monday and won the silver medal.
Speaking about the Pulwama terror attack and the airstrike on JeM terror camps by the Indian Air force, he said,’I think we had been quiet for very long to incidents of terrorism from across the border. We have not really retaliated, but in the last few years we have. That, kind of acts as a deterrent for incidents like Pulwama. There is a sense that we have avenged the attack of Pulwama.
I hope the exchange stops and does not escalate into a bigger conflict which might cost more lives. I hope they (Pakistan) do not repeat something like Pulwama .’