Actor/TV host Samir Kochhar talks about cinema, sports and his favourites.
Which do you enjoy doing more: acting or anchoring?
What is the best thing about cricket?
The fact that it makes you celebrate and cheer for your country. Also I like that you need a lot of skill whether you are a batsman, bowler or fielder.
What sports do you enjoy playing?
Football and basketball. I was the football captain in school. I used to stay back after classes and play. Football and I were inseparable while I was growing up.
A classic film you wish you were a part of.
In Indian cinema,
(1975). In Hollywood,
The Shawshank Redemption
What’s more satisfying: commercial cinema or festival-circuit cinema?
Both. I like good cinema, irrespective of the genre.
The biggest risk that you’ve ever taken.
Jumping off a plane at 20,000 feet.
A piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago.
To study the discipline of the field you want to work in. You shouldn’t enter it and get a rude shock. You should know exactly what you want to do with your career.
How would you define your style?
Easy, casual and understated.
Grooming products that you can’t do without.
A good face wash and hair gel.
The craziest thing that a fan has done for you.
A girl has taken on my surname. If I ever meet her, I will give her a hug.
Your dream destination.
I love to travel. I covered the west coast on my last holiday to the United States. I love the Bora Bora islands.
Your strategy in a crisis.
To stay calm and not let emotion or anger take over.
Your fitness fundas.
Don’t be hard on yourself. Eat whatever you want and work out to make up for it.
What are you reading these days?
I am reading a lot of parenting books. They are all about how to be a good parent.
What is the best thing about Delhi?
The fact that it’s my home. I grew up there, my family is there, and so are my childhood friends whom I played with. Also, Delhi has great open spaces.
And your favourite places in Delhi include...
Bengali Market, because my school was next door. Also, the Lodhi Gardens are beautiful.
A song that describes your current state of mind.
by The Cranberries, since I am doing too many things at one time.
From HT Brunch, April 19
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