After 10 minute BRU breaks with Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapoor the very adorable Rahul Khanna agreed to do a quick interview with a twist and even answered a bunch of your Twitter questions. I think he’s totally awesome, don’t you? :)
Psst! Love that he sent me a birthday Twitter-wish too, Yaay!
MM: Rahul Khanna, we love you but you’re a bit of an International man of mystery, what are you up to these days?
RK: Well, maintaining IMM status is quite time consuming. When I’m not testing camera pens, cracking ciphers, mixing martinis and getting fitted for the perfect tux, I’m busy meeting filmmakers and reading scripts for potential new film projects, battling my Punjabi/Parsi gene cocktail at the gym, doing photo shoots, maybe filming an ad, doing an appearance or hosting an event. And, at night, I put on a cape and fight crime.
MM: You seem like a reader, what’s your favorite book of all time?
RK: That would be Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Growing up, I read and re-read it so many times, completely awestruck by what a vivid imagination and wonderfully quirky sense of humour Roald Dahl had. All the characters were so specific and unique and the visual imagery and sensory descriptions were so fantastical and are probably what lead to my (now chronic) chocoholism. And I loved the message at the heart of it, about being true to yourself, even if you’re the underdog and that ultimately being a good guy pays off.
MM: I collect movie quotes so was wondering, what’s your all time favorite line from a movie ever?
RK: I don’t know if this counts but the song “Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book that Baloo sings to Mowgli:
Till today when I see ants, I think, “They look fancy. Maybe I should try a few.”
MM: What was the last song stuck in your head?
RK: Character Dheela. I just can’t get the darned thing out of my head. I do, however, think it’s an absolutely brilliant title. 10 points to whoever came up with it.
MM: Give me three words to describe Bollywood.
RK: Wild. Colourful. Loud.
MM: How about three words to describe yourself?
RK: Salty. Fuzzy. Cranky.
MM: Do you have a favorite memory from childhood?
RK: Body surfing in the sea during weekends at our beach house with my brother and cousins, trying to catch the biggest waves at the right point. The aim was to literally be spit out by the ocean and find yourself turbo-deposited right at the waterline on the beach, gasping for breath, with a very sand-grazed torso. It sounds violent and painful but it was fun!
MM: Are you and your brother Akshaye close? What’s the last fun thing you guys did together?
RK: Yes, we’re close. We both love dogs and Akshaye has just adopted 2 gorgeous strays so lately we’ve constantly been discussing issues that crop up with them and Googling canine training, nutrition and health advice together.
MM: I confess I’m a (reality TV junkie) but whats your take on reality TV?
RK: I don’t watch Reality TV at all. (Well, maybe sometimes I don’t switch channels when the Kardashian sisters are on.) I’m more of a sitcom junkie. I probably know every line from Friends by heart. I also love Fraiser, Two & A Half Men, Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens. Apart from sitcoms I love shows like True Blood, Californication, Rome, Spartacus and, my new favourite, Episodes with Matt LeBlanc.
MM: What’s the one thing about you that nobody would ever guess?
RK: I secretly believe I was bought from gypsies and my parents just made up a random birth date because I have yet to read a horoscope that came anywhere close to being true.
MM: And now for a few of your Twitter Qs:
RK: Thank you so much for your kind words, @k_disha. I adore making movies and I would like nothing more than to be constantly working on new projects so I am always on the lookout for interesting new roles.
RK: Hmm… Witty is probably on the top of the list. A sense of humour is sexy. Regular sexy, kind, secure, sweet smelling, great cook, fellow hand-sanitizer addict, a nice tan… all qualities that would be make up a perfect girlfriend. If this sounds like you, @Nisha123, call me.
RK: Now that Bin Laden is no longer at large, I was wondering what the new million dollar question was. Thanks for clearing that up, @Zina_Tasreen… :-)
RK: Sorry you feel out of the loop, @FashionPaparazi but I’m not much of a romantic and a rather private person by nature. In the unlikely event wedding plans do materialize in the near future, I will try and remember to personally send you the announcement but I can’t guarantee that because I’m also quite absentminded… :-)
RK: Many thanks, @RakshitaRavi. I’ve been lucky to have worked with some very talented stylists over the years, so maybe I’ve picked up a tip or two along the way. Though, most of my friends complain I’m too boring in my dressing and that I only wear black, white, blue and grey. Looking at my clothes in my wardrobe, they may have a point… :-)
MM: Psst! @RakshitaRavi read Rahul Khanna’s style tips here!
RK: Feisty. Persistent. A modern-day Basanti. Thanks for the sweet message, @elmedico_nyc
I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did interviewing him! By the way if you want more eye candy check out the Pirate Radio set he did with me last year! xoxo