If not an actor, I would have been an international art thief: Rahul Khanna

Updated on Oct 24, 2014 04:27 PM IST

VJ-turned-actor Rahul Khanna talks about how he would have loved to take Marilyn Monroe out for dinner, playing the big brother and much more.

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Hindustan Times | BySatarupa Paul
VJ-turned-actor Rahul Khanna talks about how he would have loved to take Marilyn Monroe out for dinner, playing the big brother and much more...

If you weren’t an actor, you would’ve been...

An international art thief.

If you were to depict your life through one art form...

Definitely film, because anything’s possible in the movies!

If you were to go back to VJ-ing, what would be your trademark sign-off?

A simple "Thank you and good bye" is always best.

The most expensive thing you carry with you always.

A sense of humour. It’s priceless.

One classic film you would’ve liked to be part of.

Alfred Hitchcock’s North by North West. I think it’s one of the most stylish films ever.

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I’m incredibly organised, neat and disciplined. Perhaps I was Swiss in my last life.

If you could date one actress from the past, who would it be?

I would have loved to have taken Marilyn Monroe out for dinner. Under her flamboyant public persona, she was said to be incredibly thoughtful.

One Hindi film you would like to make into a musical.

My dad’s Amar Akbar Anthony would really be great, campy fun as a Broadway or West End show. Of course, I would want to play Inspector Amar.

What’s the craziest thing that a fan has done for you?

When I lived in Singapore, a fan broke into my apartment, helped herself to a few souvenirs, then tidied my room and made my bed! Thankfully, I wasn’t home at the time but it was really creepy.

The one designer you love.

I think Rajesh Pratap Singh’s shirts are simple, distinctive and incredibly crafted.

One actor/actress you admire for their impeccable style sense.

British actor Bill Nighy.

A one-line primer for actors who might want to/have to shoot a nude scene.

Hope that the lighting is flattering and, most importantly, that the set is not too cold!

Your favourite fashion accessory.

A beautiful vintage wristwatch from 1956.

An absolute must in your wardrobe.

Crisp, white, button-down shirts. You can never have too many.

One quick tip for men’s grooming.

Make an effort but don’t overdo it! Men who are overly groomed look quite strange.

How many suits do you own?

Not many at all. I am a bit of a minimalist and what I have most of in my wardrobe is space.

Acting as the older brother in Fireflies v/s being the elder brother in real life...how similar/different are the two?

In Fireflies I’m quite a mean, ruthless elder brother. I hope I’m more affable in real life!

The last book that you read

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Your idea of the perfect first date.

An evening that involves great food, a fantastic bottle of wine and some stimulating, witty conversation.

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