Randeep Hooda has delivered a hit or two and has also received critical acclaim as well but Highway has him put in a totally different league. The actor talks about life beyond Bollywood, how home is his dream destination and much more.
If you weren't an actor, you would have been...
An equestrian sportsman (which I am) full time or a wildlife photographer.
How many horses do you own?
I have seven of them.
Which classic Hindi film would you have loved to be your debut?
I don't look at other people's films to want to be in them. I am happy with Monsoon Wedding.
What do you get complimented more for, your voice or your body?
More for my voice. A lot of people have great bodies.
What has been your best road trip?
Who do you share a good equation with in Bollywood?
Naseeruddin Shah, who is my guru, friend and confidant.
Don't you think that playing the brooding actor over and over is monotonous? How about doing comedy?
If you look at it with an untrained eye, it looks similar. But I actually go through a lot of different emotions and diverse pathos in all my movies. I would love to do comedy, provided I get a good role.
What makes you so hot?
It's my constant ability to be unaware of it.
Rate yourself on the scale of 1 to 10.
That would be very pompous of me. Let others do it.
Would you ever do a condom ad?
Sure. It is a very important thing.
One character or role you are dying to play.
The characters that I'm playing are the ones I want to play.
Which of the top five actresses (Deepika, Katrina, Kareena, Priyanka and Anushka) would you like to kidnap and why?
I don't know. I wouldn't want to kidnap anyone. They would probably chew my brain out. But I like Deepika the most.
What is your sense of style like?
It's very casual.
Whose style do you admire?
The film industry has lots of stylish people who take good care of themselves.
One fashion faux pas you committed.
I once wore a white suit to a black-tie party.
Directors you want to work with.
I have no wishlist. I'll work with whoever gives me a good role and respects my work.
Describe yourself in three words.
I. Don't. Care.
A dessert that describes you.
Hot chocolate fudge.
Your fitness schedule
It's very minimal.
Your dream destination
It has to be home.
The most paisa vasool film.
The first movie you saw on the big screen.
Chandrawal (1984), a Haryanvi film
A movie that was a part of your childhood.
Lots of Tom and Jerry shows and Ghulami again
PLACE OF BIRTH
MNSS Rai, Sonipat (which shaped me as a sportsperson) and Melbourne University
Monsoon Wedding (2001)
HIGH POINT OF YOUR LIFE
The kind of adulation I have been getting for Highway
LOW POINT OF YOUR LIFE
My nani's demise and having no BATMAN for three years
CURRENTLY I AM...
Shooting for Kick, have launched the Cool Wool collection by Woolmark
From HT Brunch, May 4
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