What he said:
“While announcing my name, they said `ladies and gentlemen, Bollywood is in equestrian sport now. Please give a big round of applause.“
Bollywood star, Randeep Hooda, recounts his initial competitive experience in equestrian sport.
“I was in an event called fault and out (one mistake and you are out of the competition)… and my horse refused the first jump itself.
I can’t tell you what I went through. I didn’t know where to look.As an actor, a celebrity, I draw extra attention and if I fail people are quick to pull me down. That’s one of the reasons I need to work extra hard, so I don’t make a mockery of myself. I needed two more years before I got into a winning spree.”
The macho actor recently won seven medals, including three gold and two silver, at the National Equestrian Championship in dressage and show-jumping events.
“I would have loved to be part of this strong Asian Games contingent.But as my movie career is just gathering momentum, I didn’t even try this time. By the next edition, I want to be in a position to take off for eight-nine months and give it a shot.”
“Like every sportsperson, I want to win a medal for my country . I want to be on the podium when the Indian flag is being hoisted.”
What he really meant:
“I could have done without the extra attention. I just wanted to focus on doing well in my event.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“I thought they were referring to my thoroughbreds—Ranji, Johnny Walker, Simply Supreme, Rommel and Atilla. They’ve all got showbiz names.”