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Get me some seekh kebab: Russell Brand

Hollywood funnyman Russell Brand, 35, is craving for more Indian barbeque after he tasted some on his latest trip to India. Here's what else he longs for. Read on.

entertainment Updated: May 17, 2011 11:28 IST
Robin Bansal

Love him, hate him. You can’t get over him but what leaves Hollywood funnyman Russell Brand, 35, urging for more is the Indian barbeque. “I have tried a lot in my recent trip to Rajasthan and Seekh Kebabs are my favourite,” says the British comedian-actor, who proposed American singer Katy Perry, 26, on a holiday in the arid area before tying the knot with her in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Rajasthan last October.

Prod him why India of all the places and he says, ““India has a rich cultural heritage and that’s the reason for choosing India as our wedding destination and the entire experience was simply experience.”

“I wanted our wedding to be colorful, rich and vibrant and seeing Katy in the traditional Indian attire with the nose-ring was the best part of our wedding,” he adds.

So how’s married life coming along? “Pretty good. I am enjoying every bit of it,” says Brand, who plays a man-child in the 1981 Dudley Moore classic Arthur remake that hit Indian screens last Friday.

Throwing light on his character in the movie, he says, “I play a prince, an archetypal character, a person of huge potential who has been inhibited by a perpetual childhood. Also, there is a simple benevolence and charm to him. He’s a man who regards the world with the eyes of a child who, whilst he’s incredibly privileged from the perspective of social position and monetary excess, has been denied a conventional upbringing.”

“We live in an age that extends adolescence—men dressed like 11-year-old boys playing computer games into their forties—because people are easier to manage when they live in a world governed by the stimulation or fulfillment of desire.”

“He doesn’t have a father, doesn’t have a connection with his mother, and his best friend and servant (Helen Mirren) —ultimately his entire emotional sphere is fulfilled by one person,” he adds.

Ask him if it was difficult to get into the skin of his character, he says, “It was not to difficult to get into the skin of the character I just went with the flow.”

And how was it rubbing shoulders with Helen Mirren?

“It was a tremendous opportunity for me as a performer to be involved in the genesis of the project and then to be able to work with people as talented and as visionary as Helen. It’s been phenomenal because at the first moment, it was useful that I could improvise. It was useful that I had ideas and that I was working with collaborators that had their own ideas,” he says.

Rumours are rife that an Arthur sequel is also in the offing. Is it true?

“Really?” asks the comedian, who doesn’t mind claiming he’s not a “planned person”.

Noted for his eccentricity and controversies in British tabloids, Brand, a former heroin and sex addict, and a recovering alcoholic has been arrested 11 times. He has now sobered down and found solace in Hinduism and meditation.

“Its true that I am a follower of Hinduism and what drove me towards it is the serenity that it brings to the mind and body. I have also been practicing Yoga for quite sometime now,” he says.

Having been to the Taj Mahal and Rajasthan, “on my next trip I surely want to visit Mumbai and want to go to the Himalayas”, says the comedian before adding, “I love your country.”

Talk of acting and Brand doesn’t deny exploring Bollywood too. “Id love to someday! Maybe a comic role?” Not many know that he is also a singer and if “given an opportunity”, Brand wouldn’t mind cutting an album with his wife.