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Watch the food

Experiment with food, not lifestyle_Jimmy Shergil at Inter-Continental The Grand in New Delhi. Photo: Sandeep Saxena.

THESE DAYS Jimmy Shergil is a changed man. He is more conscious about his style and his looks, not to forget eating habits. "I have had enough of running around. I would hardly get time to look after myself. I used to eat only to survive," he says. Then, sitting at New Delhi's InterContinental The Grand, he takes a trip down memory lane. "During the making of Mohabattein, I used to travel a lot. I would eat anything and everything. One fine morning, I realised that I had had enough of hectic schedules. I decided to take lesser assignments and look after family and myself. Now not only I have stopped working in double shifts but also started taking calorie-specific food."

Jimmy is at Champions, the lounge bar of the hotel on Barakhamba lane. He is all ready to "experiment with lighter food" comfortably placed while shifting his gaze to the walls adorned with huge pictures of cricketers and others stalwarts in sports like badminton, basketball and golf, etc. "Now, I take less of oily and spicy food. In the past I used to freak out on fried chicken," he admits, probably still missing the delectable non-vegetarian dish. "Well, maybe... " his tongue rolls off. Jimmy should know something about food. After all, during his school and college days he used to cook. "I used to do a lot of mountaineering. So wherever we would camp, our makeshift kitchen would travel along; a stove, some spices, some canned stuff and so on. I would invariably end up cooking," he recalls as a platter full of fruits and soups arrives for starters.

Not a prolific cook those days, though, the actor who received critical acclaim for Tigmanshu Dhulia's Haasil, once had a "great chance" of laughing at the culinary efforts of his cousin and then be laughed at his in the bargain!

A culinary fiasco

"We once gathered and decided to cook. My cousin tried his hand at baking a suji dough and I attempted making a pizza. After half an hour I was rolling down with fits of laughter. His suji had transformed into black ash as he over baked it. But little did I know that a minute later it was their chance to laugh at me. They asked me where was my pizza. I rushed to see my labour of love. I was shocked to see that it did not get puffed up at all. I took it out from oven only to find that I forgot to put maida in it," he recalls with peals of laughter!

The mood for food is set. Chilly cheese toast is served with tomato ketchup. Also there is murg malai tikka with mint sauce as a quick addition on his table. Relishing the food, he reveals his favourite: wazwan from Kashmir valley. "Every time I go there, I invite myself to my very close friends there. That's the time I care two hoots for calories," he winks. This time too during the shooting of his forthcoming film Yahan, Jimmy had "a chance to devour eight to 10 varieties of mutton."

You might categorise him as a food lover who can cook fried chicken, rice and roti. And he thinks that he is lucky as his wife is a good cook. "I also make sure that in a week I take her out for dinner once or twice," he reveals. Now it's time to relish fish strips served with tartar sauce. "Not anything more please. Meri health ka kya hoga," he puts a full stop!


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