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Parvin Dabas says he loves to hang out in Gurgaon with friends

Actor Parvin Dabas remembers his Delhi University days and tells us why he loves to visit the Millennium City.

bollywood Updated: Jun 11, 2017 15:25 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
Parvin Dabas,Gurgaon,CyberHub
Actor Parvin Dabas talks about fond memories of his college days at Delhi University.(Yogen Shah)

With flourishing microbreweries and the best of the world cuisine, Gurgaon’s nightlife is booming by the minute. And the city just added another fan to its list of admirers — actor Parvin Dabas. He recently visited a pub at Gurgaon’s Cyber Hub, and was all praises for the city’s nightlife, when we spoke to him. “I like to go to Gurgaon for a meal and a drink and catch up with friends. I really like Cyber Hub to eat and chill out. I have been to sector 29 in the past as well,” he says.

Not just soaking the nightlife, Dabas is also part of a cycling group that often organises rides in Gurgaon along the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway. “Most of our cycle group rides are also organised in Gurgaon off the Gurgaon- Faridabad highway.”

We would meet a friend over for chowmein. At Hansraj, the canteens were the hang out places. I have memories of lounging around in canteen hanging with people mostly from the dramatics society and the basketball team.

Delhi-born actor has many fond memories of his time in the city. Dabas, who is a proud alumnus of Hans Raj College, Delhi University (DU), recalls, “After finishing my school, I joined Hans Raj College. Those times were very different from now. They weren’t really partying days like kids do today. We would meet a friend over for chowmein. At Hans Raj, I have memories of lounging around in the canteen, hanging with people mostly from the dramatics society and the basketball team.”

He adds, “It was a great time as I made some really close friends. We are still in touch on Whatsapp groups.”

Every year, there’s immense pressure among the DU aspirants to get admission in the college of their choice. Sharing his opinion on the same, Dabas says, “Sometime I feel sorry for everybody, because there is so much pressure having to be a part of the rat race, but what can you do? That is how you get a job and people define you.”

For Dabas acting has been his go-to medium above his other interests such as photography and direction. The actor, who has been a part of several successful projects such as Monsoon Wedding (2001), Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005), Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006) and others, feels the audience has become more open to fresh storylines. “It’s great to see Hindi Medium doing so well. If good content is executed well, it really catches on. Our bread and butter is still of course the masala films. Despite that films such as Dangal, Sultan(2016) and Chak De (2007) did so well. It might not have been possible in the early 2000s.”

He shares that every film adds to his growth as an actor. “Every film, you learn what to do and what not do. Coming from a non-film background, one has to learn how to navigate the film industry. One is always learning along the way,” he signs off.

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First Published: Jun 11, 2017 15:21 IST