Randeep Hooda has had a couple of close shaves of late. While shooting for Kusarprasad Ka Bhoot, the antenna of his car hit him near the eyes and left a deep gash on his face.
Next thing you know, a horse fell on him at a polo match — all 550kg of it! Now, Randeep has an iron plate screwed in his crushed leg, and has to gingerly walk on crutches. “That’s life,” he shrugs. “You haven’t lived if you haven’t had a little adventure,” says the star of Rang Rasiya, the film on the painter Raja Ravi Varma.
This never-say-die attitude extends to his career. After seven years in films, stardom has eluded him, but Randeep is sure that “somewhere down the line, one of the movies will click and I will get my due”.
The actor, still identified by many as Sushmita Sen’s ex, has a lot of hopes for his next film, Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, where he plays the ideal male, “because he understands, listens and makes women laugh.” The heroine (Raima Sen) imagines him as characters from movies. “Sometimes I am Amitabh Bachchan for her, then Dharmedra, then James Bond or Zorro...” If that does not grab viewers’ imagination, what will?