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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

I am single and available: Gaurav Chopra

Debasmita Ghosh , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 12, 2014
First Published: 16:38 IST(12/7/2014) | Last Updated: 16:41 IST(12/7/2014)

Gaurav Chopra is as much known for his baritone and ­charming demeanour, as he is for his romantic linkups in the industry. Over a ­candid chat, the 35-year-old actor talks to us about his current ­relationship ­status, what’s keeping him busy post bidding goodbye to an ­ongoing TV show, and more.

Back with Narayani?
Chopra and actor Narayani Shastri’s love affair was much talked-about until they split, five years back. He laughs off a recent report that claimed the two are back once again. “It’s irresponsible to cook up such a story. As much as I’m flattered by this ­attention being showered on me, it’s embarrassing being linked up with your ex, out of the blue,” says Chopra, claiming that he had simply bumped into Narayani at a shopping mall. “It’s not like we were trying to hide, there was no ­awkward moment... we are still friends, and what’s laughable is that the ­tabloid used a two-year-old picture of ours to justify their story!” Did Narayani react to the report? “Yeah, she sms-ed saying: ‘Ignore, LOL’,” he says.

Single, and ready to mingle
Chopra was also linked up with actor Sumona Chakravarti, who plays Kapil Sharma’s wife in a comedy show. “Sumona and I have known each other for years, ever since we acted in a play together. But no, I’m not dating her... or anybody else for that ­matter. By linking me up with people, please don’t kill my chances of actually having a relationship. I’m single and available,” says Chopra.

On going off TV
Chopra believes that every good thing must come to an end. “I believe my contribution to the role of Raghavendra Rathore is done. It was supposed to be a seven-episode cameo but we continued for several years. Now, like every creative person, I need a break to do something new,” says Chopra, adding, “I’m reading new scripts, and also relaxing. The objective is to break away from the routine. I just finished Marlon Brando’s autobiography. Now I’m reading Dilip Kumar’s biography.”

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