I would always get punished by my teachers: Ranbir Kapoor

Wake up sid
Ranbir Kapoor: Wake up Sid

IF you thought that Ranbir Kapoor, with his chocolate boy looks and innocent eyes, was the Mr-Goody-Two-Shoes, you're in for disappointment. The 27-year-old who went to Mumbai's Bombay Scottish School was the naughty kid who hated books. "I was least interested in studies and would always get punished by my teachers. I have memories of spending some quality time outside the class," the actor confesses with a laugh. But college ó the reputed Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York ó is where he found his ground. "It was the first time I was living without my parents and actually studying subjects that I was keen on. And unlike my character in Wake up Sid, I wasn't one bit confused about my career," says Kapoor, adding, "I had my best pal for my roommate and I had to learn cooking and I even washed my underwear, none of which Sid has ever done, I guess."

Uday Chopra: Pyaar Impossible

THERE are few actors who would accept that back in school and college they were geeks who could never get themselves to talk to the girls they had crushes on. But Uday Chopra says that he, like his character Abhay in Pyaar Impossible, was one such guy. "I had a lot of girls in my group of friends and would chat with them nineteen to a dozen but if I came face to face with the girl I had a crush on, I'd go numb and never approach her, watching her from a distance. Back in school I had a crush on a girl in my class. Instead of telling her about my feelings, I just kept collecting the packets of chips that she used to eat and throw away," he smiles. And that's pretty much how Abhay is in the film. "He falls for Priyanka Chopra's character Alisha in college but doesn't let her know. When he arrives at her doorstep one fine day, she mistakes her for the butler and he plays along just so he can be around her," explains Chopra.

R Madhavan: 3 Idiots

FOR someone who graduated in electronics and spent five glorious years in NCC, it comes as a surprise that R Madhavan chose acting as his career of choice. Always on the move, the chocolate boy spent most of his college life training at the various NCC camps across the country. "I was enrolled for BSc Electronics at Raja Ram College in Kohlapur but my attendance was a mere seven per cent," grins Madhavan as he recounts his college years. Unlike his typical IITian character in 3 Idiots, the actor who started his career in the film industry down South, says that he would consciously stay away from books. "I barely scraped through my exams at college. By the second year, I had met my wife Sarita in college. So between camps, friends and Sarita, I hardly made it to the classes. I miss those carefree days so much. 3 Idiots helped me relive that phase."

Riteish Deshmukh: Aladin

THOUGH Aladin is a fantasy each one of us wishes to be a part of, the movieó slated to release this Novemberó reduces Riteish Deshmukh, who plays the protagonist, to a loser in the first half. A shy and inhibited college student who dresses up like a school boy in uniform, the actor says that he can, on certain aspects, draw parallels between Aladin and himself. "Like Aladin, I was very shy. And though Aladin is a lonely lad with no friends, I had a handful," he reminisces. A student of architecture at Kamala Raheja School of Architecture in Mumbai, he says that he enjoyed the anonymity of neither being a back-bencher nor a front bencher: "I was somewhere in between but I miss the mad rush to meet deadlines for our projects or spending five days and five nights at a friend's place, working on a group assignment." Never one to make a pass at a girl, Deshmukh says he never believed in candy floss love the way we see it on-screen. "I pretty much stayed away from that," he smiles. Good boy, this one, we say.

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