Birthday: June 5
Sun sign: Gemini
Place of birth: Delhi
School/college: La Martiniere College, Lucknow
High point of your life: Riding at over 18,000ft on the Khardung La Pass, Ladakh
Low point of your life
Neena Gupta’sTV series Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr (2002)
Currently I am…
Preparing to climb the Everest and shooting for Aditya Datt’s 10 Janpath
A song you can’t stop humming.
Zinda from Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013).
I always fall back on yoga.
Your dream destination.
To be on stage at the Academy Awards. Imagine being close to all those Oscars!
Your strategy in a crisis.
To embrace the problem and deal with the repercussions as they come.
One lie you usually get away with.
“It wasn’t me!” For me, it works every time!
What did you do with your first pay cheque?
I spent it all on a holiday.
If not an actor, you would’ve been…
A footballer. It’s my favourite sport.
What gives you a rush?
Sky diving. Courage is a must for every adventure junkie.
How do you like to spend your weekend?
I like to go running on the beach with my dog.
The last time you took public transport.
I’m not all that fancy. I took an autorickshaw yesterday.
A gadget you can’t live without.
None. I think I could live very well without all of them.
A political figure you admire.
The biggest risk you’ve ever taken.
Leaving television for films. It’s such a different world.
One lesson you’ve learnt from life’s struggles.
Never stop, no matter what. Just keep going.
If you were in charge of the country, what would you change?
I don’t want to be in charge of the country, ever!
A piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
I wish someone would have told me to calm down more often.
Your biggest critic.
The best compliment you’ve been paid.
Someone once told me that I’m full of imperfections. That was wonderful.
Your favourite memory from Kai Po Che.
Auditioning and meeting the director, Abhishek Kapoor.
Directors you want to work with.
Rajkumar Hirani, Anurag Kashyap and Farhan Akhtar.
What would we find on your bed side table?
The book I’m currently in the middle of.
Favourite Street food.
A hot dog
The last film that made you cry.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
A film you wish you’d acted in.
A film that gives you goosebumps.
They don’t scare me, really.
The ultimate adventure film.
Point Break (1991)
A film to watch with friends.
Iron Man (2008)
From HT Brunch, October 13
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