The less people know about you, the more you understand how beautiful life is. It's good when you exist only on screen. I don't want them to take me home. I love to have my privacy.
— Fahadh Faasil
When you are talking about human emotions, stardom doesn't matter.
I like to laugh and to make people laugh.
I want my films to do the talking. I feel if people have to understand me better, I should do more good films. I just want them to know me through my films.
I give my best to each role that I do.
Mistakes happen, and then you try to overcome those. I like that process.
Failure is part and parcel of the process of experimenting with roles and films.
I want the audience to watch my films, and that is what I value more than any awards.
Roles don't fascinate me. It is the narrative, the screenplay that is fascinating.
I believe that anyone with a bit of guidance can act.
I will happily sit at home and take care of the house.
I am an actor, and I would like to reinvent myself through every character that I portray.
I think it would be a dream for any actor to play someone like Changampuzha.
I'm not a person who goes out of my way to change my look. I like my characters to look as natural as possible.
There are two kinds of films: the ones that are devoid of logic but can still hijack the audience, and those that can win them over with logic. Both kinds can succeed, and I like to work in both.
It is easier to produce a film on your own than convincing another person to come on board.
I have never been 100% confident that I am right about anything.
People know me through my characters. I don't think they have any idea about the individual that I am. They know I am a director's son, and I am married to an actress.
What I look for in a project is whether the storyline excites me.
When I am with my friends, I am comfortable.
I have always maintained that the audience should take a call on this. Its up to them to decide whether they want to see a pirated version or not. They should understand the effort and amount of hard work that go into a film.
When I listen to a basic thought, I try to visualise the cinema in it. Sometimes it is dark, sometimes boyish, sometimes amateurish. It is a trial and error method. But the bottom line is that I want to entertain the audience.
My films may not have a great opening, but I am not bothered about it. Whatever the numbers be, I want those viewers who come for my films to be excited about watching the movie.
It doesn't matter to me how I look on screen. What matters to me is how I connect with the audience.
People expect star kids to be perfect - horse-riding, fighting.
I have grown up seeing success and failure.
I trust my directors to see me through, for I don't consider myself as a natural actor - or a good one at that.
I don't know how to be professional. But I always enjoy what I do.
I'm an actor who evolves once the shoot starts.
I've always wanted to do a role based on a real-life person.
Offscreen, I'm a private person. I'm shy and don't know how to face the public.
All I believe in is, you need to be yourself.
If I do a film, I go to the place where it is based on, interact with people, and then, I believe, you pick up things without you even noticing.
Mohan Raja is an interesting filmmaker. He is constantly, if I may use the word, contradicting himself. He explains a scene, and then he will try to break that and rebuild it. That, to me, is filmmaking. Every scene is constructed after a lot of discussions.
As an actor, you create a character from your understanding of what you have heard and your observations. Eventually, every film is an extension of the images that I have seen or what I have heard or read somewhere.
The characters I portray are an extension of what I've seen, heard, or read, and so what you see in my films are how I understand life.
Let me make something clear: I can't do anything in particular to make others laugh. I do what is necessary for a character. The body language of the character may make others laugh.
People often ask whether marriage has changed me. I didn't marry because I had to change.
For me, 'Diamond Necklace' is a commercial attempt, as it has songs and glamour.
I am not affected or carried away by success or failure.
I feel that entertainment happens when fact and fiction is balanced.
Failure affects me hard.
The only thing my famous last name got me was a foothold in the industry. That was the easy part. The biggest problem is survival. As Fazil's son, I am expected to know everything - acting, dancing, horse riding... I am not trained in all these, and I don't think I ever will be.
It's the failure of my debut film which made me an actor, which made me want to succeed in the industry. But that doesn't mean I regret whatever choices I've made over the years. No, not even 'Kaiyethum Doorathu!'
I do only what I like. If we do something we don't like, we will become someone else.
I am a person who doesn't like responsibility of any kind. But I do enjoy what I do.
It feels good to hear good things about yourself.
I've done only things I've liked, and I'm happy that others have liked them, too. I hope it keeps going that way. But l would never want to do films which please just one set of audience; they should connect with everyone.
My thought process is in Malayalam. So, every time I have to work outside Malayalam, the process is a little stressful. I have to translate my Malayalam thoughts into English and back to Tamil.
Every character, when it comes to a cinematic representation, gets complicated and layered. You are given a lot of dimensions than a single dimension to an individual. That's the main difference between seeing something out of the window and seeing something on screen.