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Up, close and personal with Parvin Dabas

Though he made his debut with the film Dillagi in 1999, it was Monsoon Wedding that catapulted him to stardom. Here's getting to know the actor better...

entertainment Updated: Aug 13, 2011 15:39 IST
Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi
Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi
Hindustan Times

An alumnus of Hans Raj College, Delhi, Parvin started his career as a model, but soon found himself drawn towards Bollywood. Though he made his debut with the film Dillagi in 1999, it was Monsoon Wedding that catapulted him to stardom. Parvin won critical appreciation for his work in Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara and Khosla Ka Ghosla. He played a small role in My Name Is Khan and now Parvin, who is also an underwater photographer, is all set to make his debut as a director with the forthcoming film Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande.

One word that describes you best?

Which superhero would you like to be and why?
Batman – he’s the only one who does not actually possess any superpowers but is a self-made superhero.

If a traffic constable hauls you up, what would you do?
Reach for my wallet.

ParvinYour first kiss was…


You get high on…
Being underwater.

The colour ‘pink’ for you is…

A tune you can’t get out of your head?
Naino wali whiskey!

What did you do with your first pay cheque?
I bought a painting for myself.

The one law you would break if you could get away with it?
The speed limit law.

Do you love Luv Storys?
Yes, I am a romantic at heart.

Choose: Air India or Indian Railways
Indian Railways – they have a much better on-time reputation.

The last time you rode on a bus?
Bangalore to Pondicherry, 10 years ago, with no leg space, stuck between two drooling kids.

If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have chosen?
Parvin Dabas – wouldn’t want to change a thing.

What is the weirdest thing that ever went into your mouth?
An eel. When I think about it, I can still feel the slime.

Share a secret with us… you can trust us, we’ll only print it!
I’m actually below the drinking age limit.

You are late for work and all the roads are jammed. Choose a mode of transport: a cycle, a horse or a skateboard. Why?
Cycle. A horse can go crazy and throw you off and a skateboard’s too unstable.

Earth’s crowded and chock full of trash. Choose another planet.
Since women are from Venus, I will go for that.

If you could have had a star perform at your wedding, who would it have been and why?
I would have wanted Rishi Kapoor. I used to be a big fan of his dancing in movies like Karz.

If you could be born either rich or intelligent, which one would you choose? You can’t say ‘both’.
Intelligent. You can take away the money but not the brains.

What makes your day?
My newborn baby’s smile.

What screws it up?
Hypocrites and people with misplaced attitude.

Your favourite freedom fighter
Anna Hazare. He’s definitely fighting a war for freedom and we should all support him.

Love is…
What keeps one going every day.

The last movie that made you cry?
Taare Zameen Par.

If you were the last person left on earth, what would you do?
Find a good beach to chill on.

A place where you would like to be lost for a month?
The Bora Bora islands. Absolutely stunning.

Life in the fast food lane: Choose your menu.
I only go for salads, which I feel, are the best fast food

What makes you feel sexy?
Davidoff cologne. It's been an all-time favourite

First Published: Aug 12, 2011 17:10 IST