Favourite film: Cinema Paradiso
Cinema Paradiso is a film about a director who goes back to his hometown. He starts reminiscing about his past, his relationship with the projector and cinema in his hometown. I saw the film in 2009, 11 years after the movie released but I am glad I finally decided to watch it. The film brings in a sense of nostalgia beautifully. I keep thinking about the film even today though I haven’t been able to go back to it today.
Tusshar Kapoor is an actor
Favourite album: Delhi 6
I would have to pick Delhi 6. The album was a sonic delight — we saw a very different avatar of Mohit Chauhan in Masakali, which went on to become a huge hit. Dil Gira Dafatan was a song unlike any I had heard. Sasural Genda Phool was a beautiful take on a folk song. Bhor Bhaye by Shreya is among my favourites because it had some singing backed by a tabla. It blended beautifully and the bassline was to die for.
Nakash Aziz is an Indian playback singer
Favourite book: Gandhi before India
When I was thinking about moving back to India in 2007, Ramchandra Guha’s India after Gandhi introduced me to the modern history of India like I had never known it. When he wrote the sequel Gandhi before India several years later, it talked about how the Gandhi we know, discovered himself and invented his methods while in South Africa and the UK. I could relate to the story of a bania leaving his dad’s line of work, studying and working abroad, and then being moved to come back to India. I think it made for a fascinating read with unbelievable depth of research.
Kashyap Deorah is an author
Favourite performance: The Edinburgh International Festival
I would recommend that everyone visit the Edinburgh festival at least once in his or her lifetime. The festival hosts plays, music concerts, stand-up and gigs annually and is nothing short of an elaborate affair. The vibe is magical — where else do you see people travelling from across the world to witness the best cultural acts? A lot of international acts premiere their shows here first, so one is spoilt for choice — you have several award-winning shows right under one roof. Divya (my wife) and I went to the fest way back in 2009 but we are trying to make a plan for the second time around.
Aditya Hitkari is a theatre actor
Favourite restaurant: Indigo Deli
When it comes to food, I’m not easy to please since I’m a chef myself, and a foodie! But a place that I can never complain about with respect to food is the Smoke House Deli in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai. The food and the service are both wonderful. SHD’s dishes are always flavourful and perfect for someone who loves European cuisine.
Mohit Chotrani is a chef
Favourite T.V. show: Scandal
My favourite TV show is Scandal because I absolutely love the character, Olivia Pope. She is strong, independent, smart, fierce and yet a woman in love. I thoroughly enjoy any show with a political backdrop, the intrigue, the twists and turns. That’s probably why my other favourite show is House of Cards and I’m eagerly waiting the new season.
Sophie Choudry is an actress and singer