In asking what advice he has for the younger artists, he said, “These days, budding actors are more interested in grooming and building their body. They focus on building muscles than emotional exercise, which is important for actors. Build your mind rather than your body when you prepare for acting because if you have the acting skills, you will surely become an actor. If you don't have that, you are replaceable. Look at me, do I have the body? But I am still working, because in every film I try to create a character."
He added after a pause: "Okay, I may be old, I do not inspire youngsters. But look at Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao
, Ranveer Singh
, Vicky Kaushal and I'm not taking his name because he is my son but Ranbir too is a talented actor! None of them have 'dole-shole.’ Kyunki dole rahne se, kalakar nehi banoge. Bus gym mein paise phukega (Having muscles won't ensure that you remain an artist, you'll only waste money in the gym). Bachchan Saab ko Dekho (look at Mr. Amitabh Bachchan
), he did not have muscles. But even today, he is the original angry young man of Hindi cinema!"
In Jeethu Joseph's The Body, Rishi co-stars with Emraan Hashmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, and Vedhika. The film is set to release on December 13.
During his time abroad in the US for health treatment, Rishi recollected how his films have stayed relevant even among the international community.
“When I got to know that they had an interest in watching my films, I suggested around 10 titles, and 102 Not Out was one of them. The next morning a guy came to our place with flowers and a long handwritten emotional note. He couldn't hold his tears because he said the film narrated the story of his life. He said that his son wants him to die fast so that he can get all the properties. He said that he is 82-years-old and his son does not even talk to him. I realized cinema as a medium is so universal that it touches thousands of hearts. I felt bad for him, but I got moved by the power of cinema," the actor concluded.