These past few weeks I have done nothing but retrospect, but now my foot is perfectly fine and life seems to be getting back to normal.
I leave for London in a few days too shoot for Abbas Tyrewala’s
. We will be there for 40 days and my aim is to run at least 400 kilometers in that duration. I plan to run 10 kilometers a day, though the doctor has asked me to walk initially, when I do start running I plan to do a
By now most travelers would be a frenzy trying to figure out what to take and what not to, but not me. In all, I have about 20 odd shirts, 4 - 5 jeans and a couple of jackets. There’s always a scarcity of clothes in my wardrobe. Whenever I am about to leave for a long shoot, Chiro my man-Friday asks me “two suitcases or one?” and I reply “Two” to which he says, “but why, you have nothing to put in it.”
The only part of my wardrobe I spend on is my helmets. I have about seven to eight of them — the likes of Valentino Rossi helmets and AGV Agostini Helmets — and I treat them like my babies. I always feel that people don't respect their helmets enough. They leave them lying around without realising how dangerous even a slightly damaged helmet can be. If your helmets falls even once it is ‘fractured’ or cracked and can no longer protect your skull on impact.
Never strap it to the side of your bike or hang it, there’s a risk of injuring your helmet when you go over a bump. Also, always get the right helmet with a good fit. Let your helmet be your statement. I have helmets with the number 46 on it (Legendary Moto GP driver Valentino Rossi’s number) and bikers understand and appreciate the significance of something like that.
Now, coming back to my impending journey. People have been saying that the weather in London is beautiful - but there’s no novelty to London for me anymore. What I’m really looking forward is to is my film. In many ways I’ve already started living the life of my character —emulating some trademark mannerisms (like the way he walks and talks) of his and I will soon reach a stage where no one can make me budge from that mind-space — for the next two months, until the shooting is over.
My family knows that I am an extremist when it comes to my work and even Bipasha is clear that she’s lost me for the next two months. At the end of the day I guess it’s part and parcel of being a professional in a creative field, your art must always take precedence — to everything but your health.