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He is single, yet in love!

Actor Riteish Deshmukh talks about three things that get his heart racing.

entertainment Updated: Feb 24, 2011 02:06 IST

In love with Cricket
As the World Cup fever is gripping one and all, we ask Riteish about his love for the game. With child-like enthusiasm, he says, “I have loved cricket since childhood. I even dreamt of joining the Indian cricket team someday. To be honest, everyone wants to be be in Team India. I want the men in Blue to win the World Cup. It would be so great... While shooting in Mauritius for Faltu, my co-actors and I played cricket during our break time. I have even played cricket at school and college level. Whenever I am unable to catch important matches, I keep checking scores.”

In love with Politics
Riteish is son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister, Vilas Rao Deshmukh. Even his brother is in politics. When asked about his inclination towards politics, Riteish says, “As I hail from a political family, I love politics and understand its dynamics. But that is very different from whether I want to make a career in politics. To be honest, I don’t see myself taking up politics as a career. I love films. I have seen my brother doing work at the grassroot level for more than 12 years. It is not an easy job to be a politician,” says Riteish in a serious and mature tone, unlike his usual lighter self.

In love with Movies
“I tried doing serious films like Rann and Aladdin but didn’t get much success. On the other hand, people really appreciated me in comedies. So, when people love me in comedy films why shouldn’t I do them,” asks Riteish. That may explain why his upcoming film Faltu is a comic caper, which sees Deshmukh playing a young college principal. He says, “I think a teacher-student relationship must be based on mutual respect; age has nothing to do with it.” He further adds, “I will be seen in more comedies this year, including Double Dhamaal and Housefull 2.”