‘Given the chance, I’d want to re­peat ev­ery­thing’

Riteish Desh­mukh be­lieves one has to give time to each of life’s phases in or­der to truly en­joy ev­ery mo­ment

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - NEWS - an­jali.shetty@htlive.com An­jali Shetty

It’s been 15 years since Riteish Desh­mukh made his foray into Bol­ly­wood. He started out with Tu­jhe Meri Kasam (2003) op­po­site Genelia D’Souza — who he’d go on to marry al­most a decade later — and later saw suc­cess and fame with films such as Masti (2004), Kya Kool Hai Hum (2005) and Bluff­mas­ter (2005). But the ac­tor says that he is happy with the way things have hap­pened, and wouldn’t want to change a thing. “It has een over­whelm­ing to have ved this life and to be part of a am­ily that has made me who I m. This has got noth­ing to do ith what my dad achieved as politi­cian. It is a choice I ade, and given a chance, I ould want to re­peat very­thing. Of course, it’s os­si­ble I could have done me­thing bet­ter or been ore un­der­stand­ing, but that oes for ev­ery­one,” he says. Riteish feels that though ere is a lot to achieve and xpe­ri­ence in a life­time, it hould not come at the cost miss­ing out on life. He ys, “Peo­ple need to phase ut their lives in sec­tions. any peo­ple tend to ex­tend one phase for too long and miss out on the oth­ers. This is sad, as ev­ery phase has its own beauty.” Speak­ing about his chil­dren, Ri­aan and Rahyl, the ac­tor says, “Ri­aan doesn’t know what his par­ents do, but he thinks that YouTube or tele­vi­sion is where he can see his par­ents dance and per­form. I am sure he thinks ev­ery­one’s par­ents are on YouTube. I don’t think he re­alises what we do yet.” Riteish is cur­rently work­ing on his next pro­duc­tion, Faster Fene, which is based on a comic book about a boy who be­comes a de­tec­tive. Who was Riteish’s favourite su­per­hero while grow­ing up? “Hon­estly, Shivaji Ma­haraj was the only one who truly in­spired me by his hero­ics,” the ac­tor says. The Lai Bhaari (2014) ac­tor, who stud­ied for a year in Pune, loves the fact that the city has man­aged to ap­peal to both ur­ban and ru­ral sen­si­bil­i­ties. He says, “Pune has al­ways been spe­cial, as it is where my dad stud­ied. It is also a city via which we reach our home­town, Latur. It has been a part of my child­hood.”


Riteish Desh­mukh

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