Travel Talk with Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor, Bollywood actor, spent two months in Lucknow, shooting for his film Ishqzaade and fell in love with the city. Here is what he had to say about travelling to Lucknow:

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He says that “A holiday for me means being in paradise. No matter where you are, you should be free from stress and just be yourself.”


Q: Where did you go on your latest trip?


Arjun: I went to Lucknow for the shooting of my first film Ishqzaade. We were there for two whole months and it was more of work cum holiday for me.



Bara Imambara (Photo by Prakhar Gupta)


Q: Who accompanied you on this trip?


Arjun: I went there with the crew of the film…almost 200 people.


Q: Where did you stay?


Arjun: We stayed at The Piccadily Lucknow. It is just a few minutes drive from the airport and has clean, well laid out rooms.


Q: Did you meet any interesting people?


Arjun I met lots of interesting people. I met Abhinash Yadav, the reference for my character. He has such a different personality. The man is six feet tall, is a pure vegetarian and goes for walk early in the morning. My chauffeur too was an interesting person.


Q: Did you do any shopping?


Arjun: I did not shop at all…but yes, a few members from the crew bought Lucknawi Chikan kurtas.


Q: Any Sightseeing recommendations?


Arjun: Bhool Bhulaiya in Lucknow is a major tourist attraction and a must visit. The city is an architectural wonder. Buildings in the new as well as old part of the city are also worth a visit.


Dilkusha Haveli (Photo by ramesh_lalwani)


Q: Any travel tips?


Arjun: Right from the hotel bookings to the travel tickets, I have the habit of reconfirming everything on my own. I want to head for the destination fully prepared instead of just landing there and then repenting. That’s what I’d tell the readers too: be fully prepared before you leave for any destination.


Q: What have you learnt?


Arjun: Going on a holiday makes me realize the true value of work. Work can be really exciting but once you are totally exhausted you yearn for a holiday.


Ixigo: I’d love to visit?


Arjun: I would love to go to Ladakh for a shoot. I feel it offers one a lot scope to experiment.