Opener: Ran­deep Hooda

WHAT MAKES THEM TICK, TUNE IN, AND TURN ON

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - By Priyam Chaturvedi

Ran­deep Hooda “I be­came an ac­tor be­cause I couldn’t do any­thing else!”

COSMO: Hi Ran­deep, you have a big re­lease com­ing up this month with Alia Bhatt... tell us, how did you think of be­com­ing an ac­tor?

RAN­DEEP HOODA: “Well, to be hon­est, I be­came an ac­tor be­cause I thought I couldn’t do any­thing else.”

C: Wow, you’re hon­est! Tell us more about your role in High­way. What was it like work­ing with Alia and Im­tiaz Ali?

RH: “I can’t tell you much, but I play a typ­i­cal Gu­j­jar boy from in, and around the NCR. The thing about work­ing with Alia is that she has th­ese qual­i­ties she gets from her fam­ily, like

she’s very per­se­ver­ing and im­mensely ta­lented. So it was a lot of fun work­ing with her. And Im­tiaz is kind of a Sufi artist in a way and a very dili­gent school boy, so he’s lost in his own world some­times.”

C: What’s keep­ing you busy right now?

RH: “It’s mostly work that’s keep­ing me oc­cu­pied. I’m fin­ish­ing a movie about a jail­break in­ci­dent of 1986 from Ti­har jail, the one where Charles Sho­braj was also in­volved. This movie traces his es­cape. Apart from that, I’m work­ing on another in­ter­est­ing project called Kick with Sal­man Khan and Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez, which is di­rected and pro­duced by Mr Sa­jid

Na­di­ad­wala.”

C: Looks like you have your plate full. On a dif­fer­ent note, talk­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence, tell us the best and worst part about be­ing a celebrity.

RH: “The best part is that you get to ‘live’ dif­fer­ent lives with­out any reper­cus­sions. And the worst part pri­mar­ily is that you tend to get re­ally in­volved in it and could some­where lose per­spec­tive.”

C: What do you re­mem­ber most dis­tinctly about fac­ing the cam­era for the first time?

RH: “It was like, ‘Oh my God! Is this it?!’”

C: Re­ally? Like a bub­ble burst! If

you had to de­fine your­self in five words, what would they be?

RH: “I can­not be de­fined eas­ily! ( Laughs!)”

C: Do you think an ac­tor can be friends with his con­tem­po­raries?

RH: “Yes, sure, why not?! It’s not so much about be­ing a con­tem­po­rary or not, the thing is that since it’s a very self-in­volv­ing pro­fes­sion, ev­ery­one is busy in their lives and it’s ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to keep in reg­u­lar con­tact. Which is prob­a­bly why one tends to lose touch with each other.”

C: Okay, now tell us the one thing you just don’t get about women...

RH: “Don’t sue me for this, but I think I un­der­stand women rea­son­ably well. But I can tell you what I don’t like in a woman—I don’t like skinny women. I think a woman should have curves. And she should have a nice smile.”

C: What ac­cord­ing to you makes a re­la­tion­ship work?

RH: “It re­quires a lot of ef­fort, time and pa­tience. And of course, good sex!”

C: And what is your big­gest turn on and turn off?

RH: “My big­gest turn off is a drunk woman. And my big­gest turn on is un­doubt­edly a woman who is very forth­com­ing and di­rect.”

C: What do you think is the best part about be­ing in love?

RH: “It’s the feel­ing of think­ing about another per­son and not just your­self—their feel­ings, their mo­ti­va­tions, their am­bi­tions, their ideas, and their out­look to­wards life.”

C: Tell us, do men get ner­vous when go­ing on dates?

RH: “Well, it de­pends on who they’re go­ing out with. Like, if you want that per­son, then yes, it can cause ner­vous­ness. Oth­er­wise not.”

C: What’s the one thing a woman must ab­so­lutely never say on a date?

RH: “I’m not much of a dater, but I guess cer­tainly not some­thing like ‘I just had an abor­tion’. ( Laughs!).”

C: Since you don’t date much,

what do you do when you’re not work­ing?

RH: “I like spend­ing time with my horses or be­ing at home watch­ing movies, or just par­ty­ing with friends.”

C: Do you think be­ing a sports­man has helped you in your out­look to­wards life, too?

RH: “Oh ab­so­lutely! I’ve al­ways be­lieved that sports should be com­pul­sory for every­body...it teaches you the spirit of sports­man­ship and tells you that you should ac­cept your losses grace­fully and not take vic­tory as the ul­ti­mate thing in life.”

C: Okay, let’s talk about crit­i­cism now. How do you han­dle that?

RH: “I be­lieve you should al­ways take crit­i­cism at face value. Don’t take it to heart. You need to have enough faith in your ca­pa­bil­ity and also know how much truth there is in what’s be­ing said.”

C: Com­plete the sen­tence: no one would think I am sexy if they knew... RH: “I lose my tem­per very quickly.” C: Let’s turn to fash­ion—tell us about your per­sonal style?

RH: “It’s ca­sual and com­fort­able. And for cer­tain oc­ca­sions, I def­i­nitely like ex­per­i­ment­ing.”

C: Last ques­tion then: what should a woman be wear­ing on a date with you?

RH: “Some­thing she thinks she looks smash­ing in.”

Well, hello there, hot­tie!

Ran­deep is pas­sion­ate about horses

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