Maxim Man Pulkit Samrat tells us exactly what it takes to stay the course.
Welcome to Maxim. How’s it going?
Thank you so much! It’s such a pleasure working with you guys. Being on the cover of Maxim has been one of my dreams. Life’s been kind to me. Looking back at the innings, it’s been a fabulous journey so far…
Tell us about your morning routine.
I wake up and I don’t check my phone. I write at least three pages of whatever I feel at that time: good, bad and ugly. This exercise throws out all the toxins from my head and helps me sail through the day seamlessly. Then, I chill for a bit, play with my pet, have breakfast with my family, and finally, I head to work: it could be a shoot or my dance class, guitar class, sketching session or singing class. My folks jokingly say that I am enjoying my summer vacation, as I have back-to-back classes.
You look super fit. Do you work out really hard or is it just genes?
Thank you! If it’s my genes, my parents would be super happy, but they won’t agree with you. However, it’s a lot of hard work; not just my hard work, but a lot of people’s too, especially my trainer who takes care of my entire routine. And, of course, my cook who makes sure I get healthy meals on time. They’ve inculcated in me the habit of making healthy choices. However, I do have my share of indulgence days every fortnight.
Imagine you’ve got only 24 hours to live, how would you like to spend it?
Being everything I always wanted to be. Doing everything I always wanted to do. And, of course, I would spend time with my family and close friends.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Mann ki baat samajhna ya sunna (to know what the other person is thinking) would be very interesting. Also, I love travelling and I hate paying for it, so I guess I would love to experience teleportation.
You’ve grown up in Delhi, but now you live in Mumbai. Which place do you call home?
Delhi is my janmbhoomi (birthplace) and Mumbai is my karmbhoomi (workplace). They’re poles apart, but I love them equally. I keep going to Delhi, and I can never be thankful enough for the love the city has given me. And, I will never forget the amount of respect, acceptance and recognition Mumbai has bestowed upon me.
What are two things you (and other men) wish you knew about women?
If they think they’re looking fat, why do they ask? And, how do they have these wild cards whenever an argument crops up? A wild card from a 1975 argument will re-appear in a 2018 fight—what kind of a time machine do they have? Jokes apart, I think if we men were put into women’s shoes, we would’ve definitely collapsed seeing the amount of oppression they’ve had to face. I salute the spirit of women who’ve fought and raised the bar. Today, from corporate to showbiz, women are ruling the nation.
What’s your signature move on a date?
Smile. I’ve been told I have a nice smile and I smile very less. So, if I smile then I am genuinely interested.
How do you know if a girl is interested in you?
When she smiles back.
What would you bring to a bachelor’s party?
I would obviously bring nimbu-soda to the table, and I’ll throw a (female) clown party.
Are you a biker?
Yes, now I am!
Go-to biking route?
I love the old Pune highway. The feeling of friction on that road is absolutely pulsating. Even the Mumbai-Goa route is incredible.
How do you like to spend time with the boys?
We rock and then we roll!
Who is your dream co-star?
I was always very fond of Madhubala; I wish I could’ve worked with her. I’m also a big fan of Madhuri Dixit, and I hope I get to work with her. Also, I would love to work with Alia Bhatt.
Going forward, what kind of roles would you like to do?
Anything that challenges me as an actor. I wouldn’t mind doing a similar character more than once, provided it is portrayed in a different light. It’s like you are trying to create two different personalities with one person—it is so intriguing.
If you could turn back time, what would you like to do differently in life?
I would’ve learnt how to ride a bike in Delhi itself. I learnt it when I moved to Mumbai. It was quite late in the day, and this has cost me a couple of auditions, too.
How much of your real life do you portray on social media channels?
Oh, I keep it very, very real.
Streaming is being talked about a lot these days. Are you open to doing a web series?
Why not? I think it’s a great medium. But, the medium is not the greatest focal point, the most important thing is that you’re getting an opportunity to showcase your talent and entertain people: be it theatre, road shows, television or something else.
If not an actor, what would you’ve been?
I would have been a magician. I’ve been fascinated by magic since I was a child, and I was also into street magic, illusions, mind-reading and the like.
What kind of movies do you enjoy watching the most?
I like Zoya Akhtar’s films: Dil Dhadakne Do, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara… I also love Dil Chahta Hai. So yeah, light-hearted films that’ll make you laugh a little and cry a little.
How important is fashion to you? Do you actively follow trends?
I’m really bad with trends. When suede goes out of style, I wear suede. So that’s why I’ve people like Akshay Tyagi who ensure I stay away from any serious fashion faux pas.
What should always be stocked in one’s bar?
What’s the one thing every man should do/can do to make the women in his life smile? (Maxim’s got a public service campaign called #MakeHerSmile that aims to educate and create awareness about this.)
Make sure when you smile at her, it is a genuine one. Fix everything, appreciate your girl and be there for her. Without a woman, your life can’t run.
Photographed by MUNEESH TARSEM
Styling by AKSHAY TYAGI
Make-up by RAKESH KUMAR H. SONI
Hair Styling by TEAM HAKIM’S AALIM
Shot on location at RENAISSANCE MUMBAI CONVENTION CENTRE HOTEL