Opener: Randeep Hooda
WHAT MAKES THEM TICK, TUNE IN, AND TURN ON
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
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