A life at the movies aside, Aditya Roy Kapur is treating life as a thrill ride of adventurous holidays. The actor let us into his best travel experiences. Read on…
Unlike other actors, you seem to enjoy a life beyond films.
When a film is on, everything else takes a backseat. I give my 100 per cent to a film. I can’t shoot during the day and then party with friends at night and report on the set next morning. But I have many interests besides films. And when I’m not shooting, I like to explore those. I like to take off and visit new places. I’ve travelled a lot alone. I’ve stayed in hostels through my late teens and early 20s. I’d just go backpacking for 20 days.
And this was before GPS and other navigation apps came into the picture. I’d share a room with 10 people, make friends with random people and go out with them. Everyone’s on a budget there. I wanted to be part of the group so that even my expenses remained limited. When you travel alone, you can push the boundaries and learn a little more about yourself. You can be yourself. It’s a great process of discovery.
Travel is a teacher.
Of course, it is. On a few occasions, when I was travelling alone, I didn’t even know whether I was enjoying. I was only figuring out things. Now when I travel alone, I’m far more relaxed. Travel gives you the larger perspective about life. It makes you realise there’s more to life than just the movies. I know people who are only interested in movies. Their life revolves only around films and that’s beautiful too. But for me, when I’m not shooting, I have no reason to sit and think about other people’s movies and what is happening in the industry. I enjoy playing football, cricket, snooker, jamming with my friends as well.
Tell me about one of your best travel experiences.
I had a life-altering trip when I went to Hawaii after Guzaarish. I was there for two months. I learnt windsurfing. I met a girl there and we went to this place called the The Big Island. That place is famous for active volcanoes. So the last night we were there, it erupted. There was a big buzz in the village about it. There’s a private land through which the lava flows into the sea. We were not allowed to go there as it would mean trespassing. So we bought a couple of beers, took our night supplies.We drove to the point till the car was allowed. Then we walked through the forest and came upon this open land where the lava was flowing and the entire forest around was burning. It was surreal. I touched the flowing lava with a stick, running away when it came closer. We had to be careful and not go near the fumes because it had sulphur. It was a mad experience.