Jaaved Jaaferi is an actor, dancer and a comedian. We remember him best for the song Bol Baby Bol Rock & Roll. He's also known for his television shows like Boogie Woogie. The actor opens up about life, career, style and more...
If you had to make a comedy film, who would you cast?
Jim Carrey and myself.
One role of yours that you dislike?
One of my old films, Zakhmi Rooh.
On what occasion would you lie?
When someone would ask me to lie (down).
Which living person do you most despise?
I don’t despise people, I despise mindsets.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
What is your greatest fear?
That people will know I do not write my own answers and that someone else does it for me.
Movies, dance shows or TV gigs, what do you enjoy most?
Your ultimate travel destination?
One film dialogue you love?
It’s from Pyaasa – "Mujhe kisi insaan se koi shikayat nahi. Mujhe shikayat hai samaaj ke us dhaanche se jo insaan se uski insaniyaat cheen leta hai.
One thing you can’t do without?
The time your act backfired on stage?
Once in college.
The craziest rumour you’ve heard about yourself?
That I took two Russian girls to my hotel room at four in the morning in Delhi.
Dancers you most admire?
Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
The one time you brought the house down?
Quite a few times... Once literally with a log cabin in Kulu Manali.
Describe your personal style.
Clothes don’t make a man, character does...
A cause that’s dear to your heart?
Education for the underprivileged and food for the impoverished.
What are you addicted to?
Movies and ‘Words with Friends’ (a game on my phone).
The one woman you want to kiss?
Can’t really say that here. I am a happily married man ;-)
The one thing you love doing with your kids?
Just being with them and spending time doing whatever they are happy with.
Your mantra for success?
Give your 100 per cent.
Success is incidental, if it comes. Enjoy the effort.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My allergies (to certain people).
A practical joke that went off nicely?
I’m not much of a practical joker.
Your typical Sunday?
It’s mostly with family.
If I could...
I would Change the politics of this country
Convert Westerners from wiping to washing
Develop a gizmo to understand
What women are thinking
Your favourite cartoon character?
Johnny Bravo and Don Karnage from TaleSpin
St Teresa High School, National College, Bandra
High point of your life
When I got married and went for Haj. Also when my kids were born
Low point of your life
When I visited the Dead Sea
I recently funded and co-produced a documentary. I am also working on the post production of a film I produced and trying to get two massive television properties off the ground, but I can’t disclose much at this stage
From HT Brunch, April 15
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