Speed Demon

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SummaryUday Chopra is an incorrigible biker, which is evident from the 'Dhoom' series. But thatís not the only thing he is passionate about. An adventure addict, he confesses to more

1) Do you remember your first encounter with a bike?

I didnít know how to ride a bike before. I rode it for the first time for the film 'Charas'. When 'Dhoom' was being planned, I thought that if I have to do the film, I need to learn to ride it really well. So I went to London, and trained from ex-police officers.

2) Is it speed that draws you to bikes?

In fact, the trick of riding a bike is to be able to do it slow. I learnt that the more you speed, the lower is your centre of gravity, and therefore youíll never fall unless you hit something. The real test of a rider is to ride in a straight line at a slow constant speed. Thatís the test of a professional rider, and thatís how I was trained.

3) And with 'Dhoom 3', the conscious decision was to get a lot more adventurous with bikes?

We did some really big stunts in 'Dhoom 3', and spent a lot of money which shows in the film. It's something we felt is the next level of action for Indian movies, that's not been seen at least in Indian movies. People seeing it are comparing it to the films in the west, and that's the kind of reaction we were expecting.

4) Off-screen, how adventurous are you?

I used to be a lot more adventurous than I am Iíve done sky-diving, I love skiing, I have two licenses in scuba diving, one from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), I love the outdoors. Itís just that of late, I have not been able to do that. I want to revive it. I do have an adventurous streak. In fact, if thereís any television show that I ever wanted to be on, it was 'Survivor'.

5) What leads you to indulge in these adventures?

Thereís so much adrenaline rushing through your body when youíre doing something adventurous, that you really cannot think of anything else. It really takes your mind off, because you have to really focus on it. When I was training for my stunts in 'Dhoom 3', I would come back and feel so clear-headed, for those few hours. One has to be focussed when handling a huge bike; if anything went wrong, one would end up hurting oneself. But thatís the fun of adventure sports. Itís not just the adrenaline

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