Actor Kabir Bedi speaks about his sexy voice, his favourite food and more...
Birthday: January 16 (Capricorn)
Hometown: Delhi. But now I live in the city once known as Bombay
Place of birth: India
Delhi Public School and Sherwood, Nainital/St Stephen’s, Delhi
High point of your life: Sandokan, which made me a star in Europe; being knighted by the Italian Republic
Low point of your life: Death of my son, Siddharth, 25, after he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University
First break: Becoming film chief of Lintas Advertising at the age of 23
Currently doing: Acting, writing, presenting and activism
If you could trade your sexy voice for someone else’s, who would it be?
I adore The Chipmunks.
You’re the desi Bond. Name your favourite Bond film and the two women you would woo.
Casino Royale, for sure. And I would woo Priyanka Chopra and Chitrangada Singh.
One film/TV show you regret doing?
I don’t want to remind anyone of that stuff.
The play/role you’d want to enact on Broadway?
Salieri in Amadeus, or Shah Jahan in John Murrell’s Taj, which I performed at the Luminato Festival last year in Toronto.
If you were the editor of Playboy, who would you put on the cover?
The pill. It revolutionised sex. Men should worship it.
If looks could kill, who would be your first victim?
I don’t believe in murder.
The most alluring vamp on screen?
Vamps no longer exist. Stars have taken their roles.
The biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Leaving a good corporate job in advertising to become an actor.
You’re the PM of our country for a day. What would your first step be?
Order a national referendum for adopting a Presidential system of governance. A close second – a strong Lok Pal Bill.
A rumour you would like to start?
Aliens have landed in India. However, some people already believe it.
A fictional character you wish you were?
Not many. Maybe Howard Roark in Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead...
A book that puts you to sleep?
If a book could do that, I would stop reading it.
If someone was to make a TV show based on your life, who would you cast as Kabir Bedi?
We’re not at the casting stage yet!
Food items you can’t live without?
Fried eggs, marmalade on buttered toast and a cup of tea. Sounds like perfection, doesn’t it?!
The perfect pick-up line in your opinion?
There’s nothing called a perfect pick-up line. Men always have to face the risk of rejection.
The craziest thing a fan has said to you?
Once, a fan in Madrid shouted, “I want your baby!”
A piece of advice you wish someone gave you 10 years ago.
Invest in property. Though prices looked surreal even then.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Having made the world a better place in some way.
Your favourite comic book hero?
Now, Batman. When I was young, The Phantom
A movie you would watch When you’re feeling low...
The British Carry On series
When you’re in high spirits...
James Bond movies. After all, I played the villain Gobinda in Octopussy
A movie you can go back to?
Gandhi and Dr Zhivago
First movie you saw on the big screen
I watched Insaniyat when I was seven. And Zippy the Chimp that made me laugh a lot
From HT Brunch, November 4
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