Looking dapper in a black-and-red striped shirt and black blazer, Kapil Dev dropped in at Chhote Nawab on Circus Avenue with wife Romi and daughter Amiya on Friday. In town to attend the wedding of ex-cricketer Ashok Malhotras daughter, Indias first World Cup-winning captain got chatting with t2 about life beyond cricket — between bites.
Did you want to be a cricketer right from childhood?
I was an extremely notorious child. I was never a good student and kept playing all the time. The teachers loved me only during sports. Yes, I was really young, about 10 years old, when I decided to become a cricketer. Gradually, I took it seriously and now I am known for what I loved the most!
What made you join the Territorial Army?
In north India, everybody is passionate about joining the army and serving their country. Same was the case with me.
What are your other interests?
(Taking a bite of the Nawabi Fish Tikka) I enjoy many things — from flying kites to playing marbles and even golf. I am too old to play cricket now.
What about politics?
As of now, I do not have any plans to join politics. I just like keeping track of what is happening. Just like any other Indian, I want good people to help the country progress.
Is Amiya interested in sports?
My daughter has her own life... like most other children, she loves games. But since she is in the tenth standard now, she is studying really hard.
You have done a few cameos in Bollywood. Any plans to act some more?
I do not act. I play myself. Be it in Iqbal or Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, I have played myself. There is no acting when one presents his real self to the camera.
What is your favourite food?
When I am hungry, even tasteless food seems good (laughs). However, any food that is cooked well appeals to me. At home, it is either my cook or my wife who prepares the food.
What do you like most about Calcutta?
It is the people here who make the city so special. The love and warmth that one receives in Calcutta draws one to it time and again. I even love the club life in Calcutta.