If you weren’t an actor, you would have been...
Definitely behind the camera.
If people address you as Mahadev off screen, what’s your reaction?
I don’t get any time to react as they just fall at my feet or hold my hand. I’ve become immune to it now.
How long does it take you to get into the Mahadev costume?
If you had to insure a body part, which one would you choose?
I would prefer to get my hair insured as I’m really scared of going bald.
You favourite episode of Mahadev?
The rudra avatar of Lord Shiva.
What’s your fitness regime?
I go to the gym at least five days a week and also go for a run whenever possible. I hardly eat sweets and I’ve cut down on carbs.
The last movie you liked.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
The cheekiest compliment someone has ever given you.
That I look better as Shiva than in real life.
What do you look for in a woman?
Nothing but simplicity.
Does playing God work well with the ladies?
I don’t think so. All they want is to touch your feet then!
What’s your favourite Shiva story?
When I was young, my father would tell me that putting bel patta and milk on the shivling brings him closer to us. In one of the episodes when Sati is remembering Shiva, he tells her the same thing.
One song that defines your current state of mind?
Mauja hi mauja… from Jab We Met.
The best thing about working on TV.
The reach is immense. People from all over the world watch you.
The most stylish person in entertainment.
Amitabh Bachchan, undoubtedly.
What is your fondest memory?
Once, Mr Bachchan had come to inaugurate a restaurant and I barged in to shake hands with him.
Who are you closest to?
One lesson about fame you want to teach an aspiring actor.
Just treat it as a job like any other.
A movie you would want to debut in.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
Your last meal would be...
Rajma chawal cooked by mom.
A dessert that describes you.
Gajar ka halwa.
You have five minutes to pack; what do you take with you?
My mobile phone, money, credit cards and blessings from my mother.
One street food you can’t resist.
Your dream destination.
The last line of your autobiography would read…
To be up and doing, that’s all there is in the game.
The film you have seen more than five times.
Most overrated film.
Most paisa vasool film.
Ferrari Ki Sawari
One film that took you back to your childhood.
Taare Zameen Par
First film you watched on the big screen
Satte Pe Satta
Place of birth
Kendriya Vidyalaya School, Jammu, Jammu University
High point of your life
Being a part of Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev
Low point of your life
Losing my dad
Grasim Mr India, 2006
Currently I am ...
Looking forward to the Mahashivratri episode of Mahadev, which airs tonight on Life OK
From HT Brunch, March 10
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