Randeep Hooda thought someone was pulling on a prank when he was told that Imtiaz Ali wanted to work with him in ‘Highway’.
With the film ready to release, Hooda, 37, looks back with joy on their road adventure which took the cast and crew through six different states of India.
“It was very nice working with Imtiaz. He guided us beautifully in the film. He is a Sufi artist kind of fellow but has the diligence of a school boy so you always feel safe. He really participates and helps you with what you are going through as an actor without interfering much.
According to Randeep, “Sajid Nadiadwala and I used to joke that he is such a nice guy that it can’t be true. He must turn out a villain in the end but that did not happen”.
He is paired opposite newcomer Alia in the movie but Hooda does not consider their onscreen pairing as unusual.
“I don’t see it that way. There is no unusual pairing. It was the demand of the story that characters are cast in a certain way. It was done to serve the story in the best possible way and I must say Alia is superb in the movie,” he says.
After ‘Highway’, his slate is full with ‘Main Aur Charles’, where he plays Charles Sobhraj, then there is Salman Khan starrer ‘Kick’.
“I will be shooting ‘Kick’ till April or May. It is a big movie for me and I have a great part in it. ‘Main Aur Charles’ is about to finish, ‘Shooter’ is finished as well. All of them are interesting films.”