Gurmeet Choudhary: My ideal weekend is catching up with friends, going out for coffee with wife

Gurmeet Choudhary, film and TV actor, tells SANDEEP HATTANGADI just how he chills over the weekend

How do you like to spend your ideal weekend?

I look forward to letting my hair down, relaxing, having food and drink and making merry with my friends at our house and just chilling. My ideal weekend is all about catching up with friends and going out for a coffee or a meal with my wife or close friends.

Is there any hobby or sport you catch up on during your weekends?

I like watching television a lot as I remember in my early days a television was a luxury and you had to watch programmes and films on black and white television sets at your friends’ houses or somewhere else. Now I am passionate about watching television as I started my career with television too.

How do you make your weekend a memorable one?

I have a good meal along with a good film and some me-time with my wife and we chat  for long on different topics. Then friends from all walks of life drop in and we discuss a lot and generally have a good time. All my weekends are memorable for me.

Gurmeet Choudhary: My ideal weekend is catching up with friends, going out for coffee with wife

What do you like the most about your weekends?

I like the fact that after a strenuous working week you can just relax with your friends. My wife Debina and I indulge in activities that we like, such as watching films with our friends and analysing them since I am from the industry. We especially enjoy doing this with films which have won Oscars and Indian cult films like ‘Mother India’ and ‘Sholay’.

What kind of food and drink do you treat yourself to on the weekend?

Nothing specific. But I don’t binge as I have to maintain my body as I am an actor.

Do you believe in a work-life balance concept? Why is it important?

Yes. It is very important because after a strenuous five days at work you tend to have a yearning for a break. After 12 hours a day at work you need some time for yourself and then on Monday, you can start afresh.

How do you keep stress at bay?

Working hard and holidaying even harder is my mantra for keeping stress at bay. One should make some time for holidays too to keep stress at bay.

Gurmeet Choudhary: My ideal weekend is catching up with friends, going out for coffee with wife

How often do you go for short getaways on the weekends?

I often go to Lonavala or Khandala in my car as I enjoy my drive. Even when I didn’t have a car I still went with my friends and now since I can enjoy my own car a holiday in Lonavala or Khandala is a memorable one for me.

What is that one thing that makes you feel rejuvenated at the end of a busy day?

I am a qualified gymnast and I indulge in my gymnastic routine to feel rejuvenated at the end of a busy day.

What tips would you like to give readers to strike a work-life balance?

Work hard and party harder!

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