Doctor-turned-TV star, Anuj Saxena believes, "It's
nice to be important, but it is more important to be
nice. I have a good sense of humour and common sense –
a trait not at all common."
We met Anuj and his lovely wife Ishmit on a lazy
Sunday afternoon over a meal of delicious soup and
pasta. The hero of Lips (he co-stars with the
modelicious Maushami in an extramarital drama) and
Kkusum's confused screen pati, Anuj is very clear in
his real life priorities. No cooking, no shooting on
Sundays and no oily food as far as possible.
Thought for food
The first thing I do in the morning is touch the feet
of Sai Baba and it's also the last thing I do in a
A hot cup of tea is a must. Now my wife has hooked me
on to honey and hot water which is good for the
I start my day at the gym at 5:30 am. I have my own
personal trainer and a gym in my office too. I
alternate between the gym and martial arts. I leave
for my shoot or office at 9 am.
I try to take a break from shooting on Sundays.
For breakfast, I have homemade dhalia with milk, two
teaspoons of honey and dry fruits and a papaya or some
other fresh fruit.
My favourite fruits are papayas, bananas and
strawberries. I normally have a protein shake also
after the workout, in which I add egg whites and
I am strictly a non-vegetarian, but we eat mostly
vegetarian for dinner.
In the office, I have boiled chicken and salads, or if
I am in the mood, I order a chicken sandwich made of
whole meal bread with no mayonnaise or butter.
I avoid the food on the sets because it is invariably
oily. I have only khichdi and kadhi, if at all. At any
set, it's always, "Anujji ke liye ek khichdi aur dahi
bhej do, bas aur kuchh nahin."
I don't like or eat red meat. I am partial to chicken
and also relish seafood; fish, lobsters and crab. I
have even experimented with seahorses — they wriggle
down your throat.
Thai Pavilion has the best crabmeat in town. Fish is
best eaten steamed. I don't eat spicy food because it
doesn't agree with my system.
In Mumbai for Chinese food, I love Golden Dragon at
Taj, Sampan at Holiday Inn and Alfresco at Ramada
I fast on Mondays and Thursdays for religious reasons.
In vegetarian fare, I prefer paneer and capsicum,
baingan bharta, black dal and hot rotis. I hate karela
and tinde ka sabji.
Yoghurt is a must with every meal.
In the evenings if I am hungry, I have biscuits with
tea. When I am in a mood to splurge, I eat chocolate
bourbons, otherwise it's glucose biscuits.
I have a weakness for samosas, hot, fried and crispy.
Everybody, from my makeup man to the unit hands, ask
me, "Anujji, samosa hai. Chahiye aapko?" In pickles, I
like mirchi ka achar, nimbu ka achar and chhunda.
At dinner, food at home varies from day to day. My
favourite dal is black dal without butter.
In meetha, I like chocolate brownies with vanilla ice
cream. I can have a box full of walnut brownies, ice
creams and kaju burfi. Barista serves excellent walnut
brownies. At Shatranj, the brownies are hot, steaming
and wrapped in aluminium foil.
The last thing that I have before sleeping is water.
In North Indian cuisine, I love tandoori kebabs and
raan. I relish it when someone sends across Sindhi
curry or dhoklas and theplas. Rupa Diwechaji (Sarla),
who plays my mom in Kkusum, is a Gujarati. She brings
pastas and theplas with hari mirchi ka achhar for me.
I like pizzas with a lot of cheese.
I don't drink aerated stuff, but there's diet coke in
my fridge because my wife is a diet coke freak.
Toblerone, Mars, Snickers and Kit-Kat are my favourite
My favourite drink is Campari on the rocks. I can have
a whole bottle without getting high.
Both my mom and my dadi are amazing cooks.
Outside H R College, you get the best pav-bhaji. When
I was in Jai Hind college, I would hang outside HR. We
would frequent Samrat for aamras puri.
When I was studying in JJ Hospital, there was a place
called Almas. They made excellent chicken makhanwala
I can only cook pasta. Once at a Christmas party, I
emptied two bottles of champagne in pasta and the dish
got so popular, it was over in minutes.
A friend also taught me to make aloo soup. It is fast
to cook and good to drink, particularly in winters. I
don't cook any more.
My favourite kitchen appliance is an electrical
On a hot summer's day, I like drinking lots of Pina
Coladas, beers and Bacardi.
In Delhi, there is a restaurant in Gaffar Market,
Karol Bagh where my dad and I would feast on fried
fish and bheja masala. I like the House of Ming at The
Taj in Delhi too. In Kolkata, I binge on Bengali fish
and mishti doi.
I met my wife for the first time at the sea-facing
lounge at the Marriott. It was raining that day.
While shooting for Lips at Queens End, we stayed at
Hotel Pan-American. We would have sandwiches, salads
or lasagna. A lot of Indians would send Abhay Kapoor
(my character in Kkusum) home-cooked food.
I think I resemble a ladyfinger.
My wife is learning to cook. She made a very delicious
Thai meal for me once. We sent the servants off and
had a romantic meal, candle light et al.
We celebrated our honeymoon in Maldives — alcohol,
seafood, the works. or a romantic meal, I would like
to sit at home, cuddle under a blanket, share a cup of
tea and watch a movie together. Why do you have to go
to Paris to feel romantic?
I am a black coffee addict. I drink 4-5 cups a day.
Try a combination of milk rose and fresh orange pieces
churned thoroughly with ice in a mixer. One should
also try papaya and kharbooj ka juice. It is very
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