He was introduced to sports like boxing and rugby by his mother, and Rahul Bose grew up to play for India’s rugby team. However, he was equally interested in acting and made his debut with English, August, which went on to become a cult film. His debut in direction was with Everybody Says I’m Fine. By now, Bose has acted in several well-received films, from Jhankaar Beats to Chameli. Now, he’s looking forward to the romantic comedy Kuch Love Jaisa, the multi-lingual I AM and the bilingual Fired.
Your typical Sunday?
Shooting! It’s the only day you get permission to shoot on the roads! Else, newspapers, swim, lunch, books and music store, read, nap, movie, work emails/phone calls/texts, food, sleep.
Complete the sentence: Breaking news is...
...the American public actually gets Obama.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could keep five things with you, what would you choose?
iPod, PG Wodehouse, photo of my niece and sister, a rugby ball, and, choose never to come back!
The whackiest prank you ever played on someone?
Calling up my father’s best friends from his phone (months after he had passed away) late at night, pretending it was him from another world, exhorting them to give me all their money.
If you had to make a comedy film, who would you cast?
All the desperately self-important TV anchors/editors who sermonise from the mount rather than let people with heft and depth speak to the country.
One film dialogue you love?
Tumhara naam kya hai, Basanti? from Sholay.
The gadget you are lusting for?
If you could go back in time, which period of history would you go back to and why?
Yesterday! Had a meal of parathas and shammi kababs at a friend’s place, died and went to heaven.
What drives you up the wall?
Self-righteousness (you can imagine how much I hate myself).
If you had to spend one crore in a day, what would you do?
Have a heart attack.
The turning point of your life?
Last month, a liftman at a 5-star hotel looked at me kindly and said, ‘Saab, jab aap bade ho jaoge, aap zaroor star banoge.’
One thing you love about your partner?
Why do you want to make a grown man cry? Haven’t had a partner for 10 years. Dammit. Now the tears won’t stop. Excuse me. I simply have to go. Don’t worry. I’ll be fine.
The one thing you would always like to get as a gift?
I told you I had to go! Sniff. Running shoes or a book.
You are sentimental about...
My Indian rugby team jerseys.
The craziest rumour you have heard about yourself?
I am going to be on Brunch’s Personal Agenda page. Yeah, right.
If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
Don’t you know? I am an animal – a party animal. Okay, just joking.
Your exercise routine?
Rugby, squash, distance run, swim, circuits in gym, tennis/badminton, Tibetan lama rites plus freehand – one for each day of the week.
You have faith in?
...The inner voice in all of us.
What do you do in a crisis?
What any strong, balanced person would do – panic, blame others, drink lots of alcohol.