'I give in to all my cravings'
Actor and director Rahul Bose says he needs a good 400 days in a year to complete all that he likes doing. “Time is just not enough. I love sports, movies and food. I give in to all my cravings and don’t hold anything back,” he tells Metrolife as he sits down to have lunch at a popular hotel in the City.
He calls in the chef and asks him to tweak his prawn curry a little and the chef, who looks like he knows Rahul’s taste only too well, nods and hurries off.
“Oh yes and please bring me appalams too. And the prawns can be cooked in the South Indian style but less spicy,” he says. “I love appalams. I can eat 10 to 12 of them in one go,” he laughs.
Rahul Bose, who was seen at the IPL Playoff match in the City, thinks the IPL is steeped in a lot of strategy. “I think there were some exceptional bowlers in this year’s IPL,” he says and adds, “The game is important, never mind all the muck around it. It’s all part of the game.”
Rahul doesn’t compromise one for the other. “If I go swimming on one day, the next day, I would go for squash and on another day, I would hit the gym for muscle strengthening and sometimes, I would take to the mountains in Himachal, where I have a house,” he says.
And after all this, Rahul finds time for movies as well. The much-talked about, Kamal Hassan-starrer Vishwaroopam has Rahul playing a substantial role. “Kamal Hassan is one of the finest actors in the country. It’s a privilege to be able to understand his imagination and the way his mind works,” he observes.
Rahul Bose and Konkona Sen Sharma will play the lead roles in director Suman Mukhopadhyay’s adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic Shesher Kabita. “It’s a period film with Konkona in the lead. I am glad the director thinks I am worthy to play such an important literary character,” he says. And talking about actresses, Rahul says he can’t think of anybody better than Konkona. “She’s unparallelled when it comes to versatility,” he notes.
Talk about food and Rahul confesses that he has a ‘lion’s diet.’ “A lion eats only when it is hungry. I am somewhat like a lion. My diet is quite unpredictable. Some days, I feel like eating just cereals for breakfast and on some other days, it could be mutton biryani. I completely give in to my cravings,” he signs off as he gets ready to
dig into a plate of lamb chops.