At 22, where were you career-wise?
My career was on top of a palm tree swaying left and right… yet rooted.
What was your bank balance?
My bank balance was my mom, dad, sincerity and good looks.
What was your romantic status?
My love for Ayesha (Dutt now Shroff) was deep-rooted. I loved her then and I love her now. It is unchanging.
And your focus in life?
To be able to give my parents a comfortable life. My biggest dream then was to give my parents a beautiful home.
Your frame of mind?
Who was family to you and what was your equation with them?
My mother, Rita Shroff, and my father, Kakubhai Shroff, were my whole world.
What was your style statement?
Sasta, sundar aur tikau (Cheap, beautiful and long-lasting). Khadi zindabad!
Were you into fitness then?
I was fit. I was into swimming, weight training, judo and I danced a lot.
The cuss words you used most then?
Maa ki aankh.
Who were your friends at that time?
My friends were Arvind (Budda), Sanjeev Chitre (Sambo), Kuldeep, Pramod (Pepe) and Ramesh Patel. They are still my friends.
What was your favourite hobby?
I liked to ride motorcycles, dance as well as swim.
What was your most prized possession at the time?
My mom and dad.
If you had a chance to change one thing about your life at that time, what would you change?
I would reverse the clock and get back my brother (Hemant) whom we lost (in a drowning accident) when I was 10.
Has your attitude towards love changed with time?
At 22, love was like an intense fire that engulfed me. Even now, after so many years, it is still simmering and giving me warmth.
From HT Brunch, August 8, 2021
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