Boxing or acting, what is your first love?
It will always be boxing.
What requires more patience, boxing or acting?
After working in Fugly, I think it’s acting. My first shot took place in Leh and we had to do several takes for it. It went on for six-seven hours. It’s a bit tiring and requires loads of patience.
Doesn’t acting affect your dedication towards boxing?
I don’t think so. I have my priorities quite clear. In fact, next month, I’m going for the Commonwealth Games. And I am working hard for it.
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What is the best thing about Bollywood?
Since childhood, I have had a fascination for the camera.
The toughest opponent you have faced in boxing.
My opponent during the final fight at the London Olympics (2012).
Whose acting skills do you admire?
Akshay Kumar’s. He is my all-time favourite and also like a mentor. When I joined the industry, he advised me to not waste time attending parties, to concentrate on my work and lead a disciplined life.
The best actress in Bollywood.
Shraddha Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.
Adventure sports that you are fond of.
I enjoy paragliding and bungee jumping.
Which body part will you get insured?
My heart. It is the most important organ.
One piece of advice you would want to give to aspiring boxers.
Never give up and always believe in yourself.
The best thing about Delhi.
It is the centre of power, has so much historical value and my wife also belongs to this city.
How do you keep yourself fit?
Besides my regular training for boxing, I regularly go to the gym and do a lot of cardio exercises. I am very fond of swimming too.
Your favourite cuisine.
How does it feel to be a father?
It feels great. I love spending time with my son.
A secret no one knows.
That I am not rude or arrogant like most people think.
The catch-phrase of your life.
Self-made people are the best.
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The worst thing that can happen to a boxer.
Their eyes get badly affected, which leaves them with very few options. I hope the government takes steps for their welfare.
How do you feel about movies being made on the lives of sports stars?
It feels great to see them being honoured.
What makes your day?
My son’s smile.
What spoils it?
Being away from him.
Your dream destination.
Any place where I can spend quality time with my family.
Your favourite co-star.
I had a great time with all of them but I learnt a lot from Jimmy Shergill.
You get angry when...
There is a lack of punctuality.
You destress by...
BIRTHDAY: October 29
SUN SIGN: Scorpio
PLACE OF BIRTH: Bhiwani, Haryana
School/college: MD University, Rohtak
First break: Fugly (2014)
High Point of Your Life: Winning the bronze medal for boxing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics
Low Point Of Your Life: I don’t believe in them
Currentlu I am..Excited about my debut film, Fugly
A film you have seen more than FIVE times.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995) and Dabangg (2010)
The most paisa vasool film
Hera Pheri (2000)
A movie that was a part of your childhood
The first movie you saw on the big screen
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
From HT Brunch, June 22
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