Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: 'I never had time for films during my days at SRCC'



New Delhi, July 18 -- Would you believe us if we told you that filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, known for films such as Rang De Basanti (2006) and Delhi 6 (2009), never had the time to watch films while completing his graduation? Sounds unbelievable, but it's true! The 50-year-old director, who spoke to us as part of HT City-Fever104 Campus Ka Mahayuddh, says he didn't have time for films because he was into sports. "I used to be a swimmer. After classes got over, I used to head to the swimming pool. If not the pool, I'd be in the badminton area or played cricket. And, in the evening, I used to go to the national stadium. I never really had time to watch films in cinema halls," he says.

Mehra, a 1980-83 batch student of B.Com Hons at Delhi University's Shri Ram College of Commerce, also spoke about the impact of college days on his life: "When you finish school and move to college, there is a sense of freedom, there is no uniform and most importantly the boundaries that existed at school vanish. I remember the lovely environment of my college during those days. There was healthy rivalry between colleges in various fields including sports and academics."

Ask him about his favourite eating joints, and Mehra says, "There was no one permanent place. There was these T-Dabs (Tibetan Dhabas), Hindu College ka samosa, St Stephen's ke cutlets aur Shri Ram ki chai. These were the most popular during my time."