When Film Companion asked him about his approach to preparing for a role, he said it has remained unchanged over a 26-year-long career and it takes him five minutes, at best, to get into the skin of a character.
"I am a lazy actor, I don't prepare myself. For me, before the shot starts, I would think about how the character behaves and react in a situation like this. I just become the character. I am not someone who can get into the psyche of the character," said the actor.
"I am the character, so I'm fine. I'm not me. As soon as the action happens, I just become what the character is supposed to be. That's all I do, I do nothing else. It's become a lot easier getting into character, but the approach has not changed."
Speaking about one of his most powerful performances, he said, "During [1998 film] Zakhm, what happened was that the script was so powerful, the character was so strong, whenever [Mahesh] Bhatt saab used to narrate a scene, you could literally feel it and you had tears in your eyes. So, eventually I told Bhatt saab, 'Is it okay if I just stand there feel it and do nothing?' and he had the guts to say, 'Okay go ahead.' I just stood there and I just felt what was happening in the scene. If my mother is supposed to be dying there, I am just standing there and doing nothing. Because it was so strong, I could feel it inside, it was showing on screen. It comes on your face."