Birthday: November 4
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Place of birth: Scotland
School/College: Dr Antonio Da Silva High School, MH Saboo Siddik Institute, Mumbai
First break: Alisha Chinai’s Made In India video (1995)
High point of your life: Winning the national swimming championship in 1984
Low point of your life: Not representing India at the Asian Games in 1986
Currently I am...
The ‘Mantastic’ face (and body) of Old Spice India
Your body hasn’t changed since you jumped out of the box in that Made In India video. What’s your secret?
No secret. I just love my body. I think if you love your body, you won’t want to change it.
Whatever happened to the snake in that shoes ad from 1995?
I hope it went off to live happily ever after and had hundreds of snake babies.
Is it easier or harder to be a male model in 2013?
Arrey, it’s much tougher today. There are millions trying to make it. In my day, there were 20 models in all of India, three of whom were male. One of whom was me.
You already have one Limca record (running 1,500km in 30 days). What will your next one be?
I want to set up the world’s biggest triathlon.
Model, actor, film producer, runner – which of these has been the most rewarding and why?
You forgot that I also have an event company and a TV production house! They are all equally rewarding.
One thing Indian men get wrong about Indian women and vice versa.
That they are both equals, both capable and both deserving of respect from each other.
What are the clothes you are the most comfortable in?
I feel best naked. Otherwise, running shorts.
Your dream holiday destination.
I used to enjoy Europe and Africa. These days, it’s my home in the hills.
A trait you detest in people.
When they make excuses instead of giving good reasons.
Who’s your 3am friend?
My friend of 15 years, Arunima Roy.
Three things that define a real man.
Chivalry. Honesty. Sincerity.
Your earliest happy memory.
Family picnics by the lakes in England.
The craziest thing a fan has done for you.
One girl was making me really uncomfortable. Then, she went and had, let’s say, a self-inflicted accident. The worst part was I chose not to go see her in the hospital or she might have got the wrong impression.
The biggest risk you’ve ever taken.
Riding a bull on Fear Factor. Those animals are 800kg, they’re wild and they hate you. You sit for barely a second before you’re thrown off.
What’s on your bedside table?
Photos and a copy of Bill Bryson’s science book.
What beauty advice would you give the Indian man?
Be fit. It will keep your body and skin looking good.
The last film that impressed you.
Kung Fu Panda
The most overrated film.
Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies
The most paisa vasool film.
The movie you can watch again and again.
On Golden Pond
The film you wish you’d done.
The Godfather. I’d play Vito Corleone
From HT Brunch, November 3
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