Man of the hour

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Wait­ing for Ran­bir Kapoor to meet me, I won­der if he’s go­ing to be in a jacket. Whether it’s an im­age from a movie or his off­screen ap­pear­ances, I can’t imag­ine him in any­thing else. Five min­utes later, we are sit­ting op­po­site each other, and there he is, in a jacket. As I point it out, Kapoor smiles. “The thing is, I am ter­ri­bly con­scious about my arms. I’m so lanky that wear­ing a jacket makes peo­ple think I’ve some meat un­der­neath all that bulky fab­ric.” In the days pre­ced­ing the meet­ing, friends, taken by gossip col­umns and his flam­boy­ant roles, had warned me that he could be any­thing from an in­cor­ri­gi­ble flirt to a brash heir of the Kapoor legacy. In re­al­ity, through our 20-minute in­ter­view, the 32-yearold re­mains in­cred­i­bly po­lite and funny, un­per­turbed by the en­tourage milling about him, and thor­oughly mod­est about his sense of style. Not to men­tion less than half hour off­sched­ule, mildly mirac­u­lous for a Bol­ly­wood star.

Tag Heuer’s new am­bas­sador, Kapoor is in the Cap­i­tal to launch its global cam­paign ‘Don’t Crack Un­der Pres­sure’. At Greater Noida’s Buddh In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit, best known as the venue of the In­dian Grand Prix, the stage—or shall we say the track—is abuzz. Cheer­lead­ers have gath­ered for fi­nal re­hearsals while pro­fes­sional r ac­ers are swoosh­ing by at deaf­en­ing deci­bels. The ac­tor, who is s ched­uled t o make an air­borne ar­rival into the event in a Paramo­tor, is thrilled about his new r ole as am­bas­sador to the Swiss watch­mak­ers. “As a child, I re­mem­ber try­ing to sketch the Tag Heuer logo be­cause I was so ob­sessed with it,” says Kapoor, “and my first watch was a Grand Prix edi­tion from the very brand, a gift from my par­ents.” Fol­low­ing Shah Rukh Khan, whose

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