If you weren’t an actor you would have been?
A director. I genuinely couldn’t see myself doing anything else but films. I’m totally passionate about cinema.
Which classic movie or character would you have loved to do?
(1987). I grew up watching it and loving Anil (Kapoor) chachu’s work in it. That movie is timeless.
Your dream destination?
I really want to go to Australia, Spain and South America
Which character do you relate to most: the roguish lover of Ishaqzaade (2012) or the goofy boyfriend of 2 States (2014)?
As a person I’m closer to
as I could relate to the character but as an actor it is Ishaqzaade as the film made me proud of myself.
Since Kapoors seem to be ruling Bollywood, how much importance would you give to being a Kapoor?
As long as good films are being made, it doesn’t matter what the surname is. Take your work seriously – don’t take yourself seriously, is what I believe in.
What did you do with your old clothes after you lost weight?
I donated them to charity. Some of them I got altered (laughs).
What attracts you in a woman?
Conversation. Its nice to have someone who can engage you instead of just agreeing to everything you are saying or being quiet.
Given a chance, would you like to go back to college?
I have thought about this. I’d like to back to college. But the thing is that I would end up bunking lectures again.
(2014) was an enjoyable road movie.
Do you like going for road trips?
was the first time I got an opportunity to be on the road. I have led a sheltered life that way, only travelling overseas all the time. So I really enjoyed the road trip in this film.
One place you would love to explore alone on a cycle?
Kerala for the ayurvedic treatments and for the fact that it is a stunning place. I have never been there.
Apart from Salman, who do you look up to in the industry?
Anil chachu is someone I really look up to, subconsciously I have grown up trying to emulate him in many ways. My father for the way he conducts himself. My mother too has been my hero for the sacrifices she made to help me reach where I have.
Are men with beards more attractive to women?
That’s something you need to ask the women. It certainly adds character to your face!
Your take on the bromance between Ranveer Singh and you.
It’s a genuine friendship. Two boys who grew up knowing each other and happen to be in the same profession without being insecure.
The best thing about Mumbai?
It’s a truly cosmopolitan melting pot. And a very tolerant city that gives you space despite being so crowded.
Three things you are sure to take with you when you travel.
A mouthwash, a trimmer and cologne.
The biggest risk you have taken?
To become an actor. It’s one profession that comes with no guarantee.
One piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
To play more than one sport. I learnt kabaddi during
(2015) and now, I’m learning to play football.
The last line of your autobiography would read…
See you at the movies.
From HT Brunch, July 26
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