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Actor and former model Rahul Dev made his entry into Bollywood with the movie ‘Champion’. It was a perfect launchpad for the talented actor and his portrayal of the antagonist won appreciation from all quarters. Some of his other notable works were films like ‘Footpath’, ‘Aan: Men at Work’, ‘Ashoka’,  ‘Narasimha’, ‘Bombaat’ and ‘Aadhavan’, among others.

The actor has not only made a name for himself in Bollywood, but has carved a niche for himself in Punjabi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali film industries as well.

He was last seen as a contestant in ‘Bigg Boss 10’ and recently walked the ramp at ‘Bangalore Fashion Week’ for designer Govind Kumar Singh.  

Cuisine | Indian

“My food choices oscillate between great Chinese food and simply cooked Indian food. I absolutely love homemade ‘parathas’ with plain curd and pickle, along with spicy green chilli and a dash of onion. I also like Chinese cuisine. Sticky rice with mixed veggies is one of my favourites.” 

Cinema | Amitabh Bachchan 

“In terms of contemporary commercial cinema, I have always been an Amitabh Bachchan fan. Off late, I also find Ranbir Kapoor’s work very inspiring. He is an effortless actor. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is another actor who I genuinely admire. He really struggled before he finally got a foothold in the industry. He is a very humble person. In terms of movies, ‘Children of Heaven’ and ‘The Father’ (1966) by director Majid Majidi are my all-time favourites. I like most of his work; he makes a lot of simple and relatable films.” 

Music | Amjad Ali Khan

“Music is something that keeps changing but there are some artistes like Phil Collins and Kishore Kumar who are people I can keep listening to endlessly. In terms of musical pieces, I have started listening to some works of Amjad Ali Khan. There is a certain magic in the way he plays; I believe he is genuinely a lover of the sarod. I loved the way he played ‘jingle bells’ lately. The sarod is a very tough instrument to play and calls for tremendous physical strength, especially when one is ageing.”

Author | Rhonda Byrne

“My wife was an avid reader and we have a tiny library at home. ‘The Magic’ by Rhonda Byrne is one of the books we have but honestly, I didn’t read it for years. It was only a few years back when I laid eyes on it. I read a few messages from the book, which made a lot of sense and eventually I read the entire book. I don’t read books on a regular basis, but of the books that I have read, ‘The Magic of Life’ by Ace Starry is something I could relate with. The question of  ‘why me’ or ‘why not me’ keeps the reader hooked. Another book that I can go back to is ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho.” 

Inspiration | Guru Tarneiv

“The one person who has consistently inspired me since the past one and half years is my guru Tarneivji. His presence has been a life changing experience for me. However, on a daily basis, I also draw inspiration from the people around me and the various aspects of their lives.

Every day, I see incidences and meet people who inspire me in some way or the other.” 

Travel | Edinburgh

“I love travelling and I have travelled to a lot of places around the globe. At the moment though, my heart is in London since my son studies there. I keep going there to visit him. Edinburgh is another place which is unforgettable; it is called the valley of flowers and is in Scotland. Greece and Florence are other places that are extremely beautiful. Back in India, Rajasthan and Kerala are some places that I love going to.”

(As told to Surupasree Sarmmah)

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