For actor Arshad Warsi and director Sanjay Gupta, riding is a form of meditation
He’s been in love with bikes since he was a child, and the romance of the road has lived all these years for filmmaker Sanjay Gupta.
“I was lucky to be gifted my first bike, a Hero Honda CB 100, when I was in class 12,” he recalls. “A few years later, I managed to buy my own bike and was on cloud nine after that.”
The filmmaker, best known for making Kaante (2002), was never attracted to bikes for their speed. “On a sports bike, you spend more time trying to control it than enjoying the ride.
On a tourer, on the other hand, you can tell the bike what to do,” says Sanjay. “The feeling is unique – a feeling of oneness between man and machine. And you share a bond with fellow bikers, whether you know them or not.”
At times, like many other avid bikers, Sanjay does face some constraints. For example, city traffic is hardly pleasurable for a biker, and then there’s his work that calls for long and unpredictable hours.
“The Mumbai climate is either very hot or very wet,” he says. “It is impossible to ride my precious bikes in these conditions. So only the period between November and March (the winter months) are conducive for riding.”
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From HT Brunch, May 10
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