Vasujit Kalia(VK): A trend has set in, of TV actors making it big in movies. What was your experience of being cast for the movie Hacked?
Mohit Malhotra (MM): In the movie Hacked, I will be seen playing the role of a protagonist who helps to un-hack things. Actually, I had previously done a web show with filmmaker Vikram Bhatt called Maaya — the casting crew of Hacked saw it and really appreciated my work. So, when Mr Bhatt called me and narrated the story, I was completely consumed by it…. and that’s how it happened.
VK: What is your biggest extravagance?
MM: Well I would say my new house is my greatest extravagance. It is completely automated. I have really spent a lot on the interiors—hired India’s best interior designer. It has all the comforts a person needs.
VK: Which sunglasses brands do you like? Can you list three hot favorites in order of preference?
MM: I love Tom ford, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ray Ban. I love Ray-Bans because they are the most iconic shades around and apart from being so stylish, Ray Ban is known for its best quality lens in the world.
VK: A sunglass is considered to be important accessory and many people wear it just to be in vogue. Do you agree? Why?
MM: I totally agree and I think the right sunglasses enhance your personality. They change your look besides protecting your eyes. And yes, many people wear them to make a fashion statement.
VK: Have you experimented with your looks with shades/contact lenses?
MM: Yes, I do it all the time. In fact, by using different shades I have changed my looks, as and when my roles demand.
VK: Your favourite shopping destination for shades?
MM: That would definitely be Italy and New York.
VK: Good brands often come with an expensive tag. How much are you willing to shell out for your favourite brand?
MM: I am okay spending on shades as long as they give me the satisfaction of it’s worth. There are some brands which are costly but they don’t serve the purpose.
VK: How many shades do you currently have?
MM: I think I have around 15 shades and I try to add to this collection every time I go abroad.
VK: Which is your favourite shape in shades?
MM: I love Ray Ban Aviators and Wayfarers as they suit my face. Aviators give me a very suave look and that goes well with formals. Wayfarers, on the other hand, are ideal for fashionable attire. My preference for shapes changes with what’s in and what works best for my face cut.
VK: What are the factors you keep in mind while purchasing sunglasses?
MM: First and foremost it has to suit my face, has to be stylish and, yes, the brand name counts too.
VK: Do you prefer metal sunglasses or acetate ones and why?
MM: I am fine with both as long as they suit my face.
VK: Eyes are the most precious of the five senses. How do you look after them?
MM: Eyes are probably the most important organ. I have a strict screen time that I follow, the less time I spend looking at screens, the healthier my
eyes will be.
VK: Can you recollect any funny incident in relation to shades which has happened with you?
MM: Oh yes, I was walking down the streets of London and since it was very sunny, I was wearing shades and when I entered a small store, I kept it hanging on my shirt and forgot about it. After an hour when I came out, I started searching for my shades everywhere but didn’t find them. This went on for an hour. Finally, a girl came across and curiously asked me what I was looking for. I told her I lost my shades to which she started laughing and told me it was hanging on my shirt. We both had a hearty laugh.