On the verge of his Bollywood debut in Kal Kissne Dekha, Jacky Bhagnani admits that he has had to struggle...
You went from 132 kg to 72 kg in three years... how did you do it?
I had to give up on everything — chocolates, fried food, pastries, white bread and rice. As a youngster, I used to drink once a week. Now, it’s once in two or three months.
When did you realise that acting is your true calling?
It was when I was 15. I was assisting my father Vashu Bhagnani on the sets of Tera Jaadu Chal Gaya. But then, I was reluctant because of my weight. When I was 19, I told him of my ambition and he asked me to lose weight. I lost 60 kg in three years and started working on my film.
Any actor you look up to?
I feel my story is a lot like Hrithik [Roshan]. There was a time when I was an ugly duckling who was rejected by society and who suffered because of obesity.
How did Kal Kissne Dekha happen?
My dad chose the script for me when director Vivek Sharma approached him. My character is simple and colourful at the same time.
Does having a godfather in the industry help?
I have struggled very hard for five years. This achievement is hard earned and not a gift from my father.
Do you intend to compete with the youth brigade in Bollywood?
Right now, I just want to prove myself like Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan have done.
Are you single? What kind of a girl would you go for?
I’m very much single. And I would be lying if I say looks don’t matter in my choice of a girl. But looks aren’t everything — she needs to be intellectual and jovial at the same time.