Feel Good Friday with Vardhan Puri

Legendary actor Amrish Puri’s grandson Vardhan Puri is the new starkid on the block. Starting his cinematic journey as an assistant director with Habib Faisal on Ishaqzaade and Daawat–e-Ishq and later with Maneesh Sharma on Shuddh Desi Romance, Vardhan has always passionate to know about cinema. Vardhan recently made his Bollywood debut in ‘Yeh Saali Aashiqui ‘ with Shivaleeka Oberoi and has received great reviews for his performance. We talk to him on how he spends his Friday

What is your plan for the weekend?

I plan to read a script I received this morning, start watching Indian Matchmaking on Netflix and spend time with my sister and brother in law at home. I also plan to cook Italian food for the family.

What are three things you are most grateful for this Friday?

I am most grateful for my family, my friends, the roof above my head, the food on the table and last but not least – the magic of cinema which makes my life so complete.

What song are you enjoying the week?

I am rediscovering the magic of AR Rahman and am currently obsessed with the albums of Rangeela, Saathiya, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Bombay, Roja.

What’s your weekend morning routine?

I wake up by 9 am, do oil pulling , cook up a nice breakfast comprising eggs and cereal for my parents and me, enjoy it with them and then workout to my favourite music an hour later.

TV show you are currently enjoying?

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, a recommendation I got from a dear friend and fellow actor, Zaheer Iqbal.

Are you a Tea or Coffee Person?

I actually cannot stand either tea or coffee as they make me hyperactive and don’t allow me to sleep for days. I stick to almond milk. I love it.

What’s your favourite comfort food?

Curd rice is my favourite food in the world. You can feed it to me all day every day and I will still be asking for more. I also love mac and cheese.

What is the funniest thing you have read about yourself on the internet?

I had read somewhere that I was spotted with a female actor and her family at a mall when I wasn’t even in the country at that time. It was hilarious. And what’s even funnier is that I haven’t even ever met the girl.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Nutella. Nothing beats Nutella.

Your favourite quote?

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close up, but a comedy in a long shot.” – Charlie Chaplin

What’s your spirit animal?

I would like to believe that my spirit animal is the elephant due to it’s quality of loyalty, happiness and wisdom.

Where are you going on vacation when the pandemic is over?

Amsterdam. It’s my favourite city in the world after Mumbai. It makes me very happy.

What advice do you have for any kid who looks up to you?

I would tell him/her to work very hard, believe in God and his/her own potential, not pay heed to what people say, be grounded, never quit and most importantly to always listen to his/her parents as parents are always right. I am speaking from experience.