He bears a strong resemblance to his father, former Maharashtra chief minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh. But when he made his film debut in 2003, Riteish stepped out of his father’s shadow to create his own niche. After his nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Masti, Riteish has been on a roll, giving one commercial hit after other. He will next be seen in Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, Housefull and Dostana 2.
What would you do if Superman paid you a visit?
I’ll make sure he wears his underwear inside his pants or tights or whatever it is he wears.
Your typical Sunday?
The one that comes after every Saturday.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could keep five things with you, what would you choose?
I would have said five women, but you can’t disrespect them by calling them ‘things’, right? So, umm, still thinking.
The wickedest prank you ever pulled on anyone?
I convinced Nikhil Advani to let Milap Zaveri direct a film for him. Haha!
Complete this sentence: Breaking news is...a myth.
If you had to go to a fancy-dress party, what is the whackiest costume you would come up with?
I’d dress up as a magic lamp for women so that I could make their wishes come true as soon as they rub me!
The craziest rumour you have heard about yourself?
That I’m a good actor.
What do you do in a crisis?
Say “Oh f***!”
You’re sentimental about...
I am sentimental about TODAY. Because tomorrow, it will become yesterday.
If you had to make a comedy film, who would you cast?
Kader Khan, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor and Amjad Khan. What a combo! It doesn’t get better than this.
One film dialogue you love?
“Nanga nahayegaa kya aur nichodega kya!”
Your exercise routine?
Unfortunately, for me, exercise is not a routine.
The one show you don’t like to miss on TV?
The news. It’s the best entertainer in town these days.