‘40 is not so bad’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - kavita.awaasthi@hin­dus­tan­times.com Kavita Awaasthi

Hus­sain Kuwa­jer­wala turns 40 to­day and the birth­day boy says he couldn’t be “hap­pier” about how his life turned out. He has been shoot­ing for his sit­com and will meet fam­ily and friends in the evening for a small cel­e­bra­tion. “Tina and I went on a 15-day hol­i­day to Scot­land and London, UK, re­cently for a pre-birth­day cel­e­bra­tion,” he says. The ac­tor, who is known for host­ing In­dian Idol, says he isn’t much of a birth­day per­son but his wife Tina Kuwa­jer­wala loves cel­e­bra­tions. “She loves to go all out and plan cel­e­bra­tions. Ev­ery year, there is a party — big or small — with fam­ily and friends com­ing over. The best birth­day gift Tina ever gave me was in 2013. It was a book called The Story of Us. She had put to­gether pho­tos from the time we met and later years. She in­cluded our lives, our fam­i­lies, friends and spe­cial mo­ments in our lives which de­fined me in ev­ery way and it was so spe­cial that I was touched. More than the book, it is the ef­fort she had put into it. Get­ting the pho­tos, cap­tion­ing each one, de­scrib­ing mo­ments and shar­ing sto­ries etc., took a lot of ef­fort. I can’t do such a thing but I don’t think she can top that gift now (laughs).” Talk­ing about turn­ing 40, Hus­sain says, “I don’t want say the cliché line that age is just a num­ber but that is true. As long as you feel good, it’s okay. Sure, I would love to be 20 but 40 is not bad ei­ther. When I was 21, I felt bad that my teenage years are be­hind me and when I was 30, I felt bad too that now I am 30. Back then, it felt like my life was over (laughs). Now at 40, if I feel bad, then life should end at 50 (laughs).” 2016 was a good year for Hus­sain as the ac­tor bagged a com­edy TV show and is en­joy­ing him­self. “There are times when you have work but you aren’t happy with what you are do­ing and are do­ing the job be­cause you have to work. I am happy about my work. The past six to seven months on my show have been won­der­ful and it feels like we started yes­ter­day. I have been busy and I am con­stantly learn­ing on the set, which is the best part about work­ing. Also, Tina and I moved into a new house last year. Things have been great.” The birth­day boy says he “just couldn’t ask for more”. “It feels self­ish to ask for any­thing else. I think, I have al­ready got a lot. But if I get some­thing more in life, it won’t hurt ei­ther (laughs). I am con­tent in life.”

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