The 51-year-old actor says, “I am agnostic in real life. I’m very secular in the sense that I think too much religion worries me because they put an emphasis on the afterlife. And not enough emphasis on this life.
“I find too much of religion to be an organization and too many problems — associated with basically my god, or your god or whose god is better. I pray and I try to focus my own energy on things,” he adds.
The ‘Omkara’ actor says that he believes in a “higher power,” but doesn’t like to “get very carried away by the rules and regulations of religion.”
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“I’m more spiritual…I am not about the afterlife… I have a very sad feeling that once you die, it’s just lights out. That’s the end, nothing more. I sometimes hope there is more. And I’m not hundred per cent sure that there isn’t one. I fancy the older I get the less convinced I am, I think that’s a self-defence mechanism in the brain. I think the younger you are the more you can be like this. But certainly, I don’t get very carried away by the rules and regulations of religion,” he explains.
Speaking of work, he says that his decision to do any project is primarily instinctive. “Something has to grab you that you would want to be part of the whole process. When you hear a story or when you read a script you visualize the movie in a way and you think, ‘Is this what I wanted to do?’” he says, signing off.
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