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Model-turned-actor Bikram Saluja uses the Net to prepare for his film role

Arti R | August 12, 2003 11:06 IST

Bikram Saluja

Claim to fame:
Model-turned-actor who appeared in Fiza (Hrithik Roshan-Karishma Kapoor). He will be seen in the multi-starrer LoC and Sanjay Gupta's Plan.

How Net savvy are you?
I am quite Net savvy. I chat, email and even shop online. I am not a Net junkie, so I don't have to log on every day. But I get online when I have free time and then I am hooked.

What do you enjoy doing on the Internet?
I usually surf a lot. Especially for my role in LoC, I found all the articles online and downloaded them for preparation. I found articles from India Today's special issues, which I would have to hunt for in a library if the Net didn't exist.

I even surf sites like Gap and Banana Republic to check out their new wares. While I don't use it for work, I usually check out Rediff Movies and to figure out the latest buzz in the film world. Also, a definite favourite is surfing Amazon and looking for DVDs. I've even ordered some English titles which are not available in India. But I send them to my brother who lives in the US, so they've never been misplaced or lost.

I would like to put my own site, maybe a few years down the line. Though, by then, getting my own domain might become a problem!

Your favourite Web-based gadget?
I usually lug my laptop everywhere. That way I can hook up online and also watch DVDs on it, especially when I am in my make-up van.

What do you like most about the Internet?
What I like most is the ease in getting information and being connected all the time.

What do you hate about it?
What gets me really irritated is the amount of spam that is around and it just doesn't end. Also pop-ups and complete strangers wanting to add me on messengers are very irritating.

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Any strange experiences online?
Yes, I once had someone impersonate me and talk to my friends. I found only a few days later when I buzzed a friend on MSN and he told me he had just spoken to me. I sent emails to Hotmail and finally managed to get my password changed and even set up a new account just for my friends. That was bizarre. Since then, I always sign out, no matter what happens and I change my password frequently.

One celebrity you would like to chat online with?
I am not star-struck. I would like to chat with any good actor -- that would be interesting and a learning experience.

Something, you are keen to try online...
I have never downloaded music. That is something I would like to make the time for.

What's the ring tone on your cell phone?
It was The Godfather ring tone for a few months. Now, it is the regular Nokia ring tone. I am looking for something from a classic movie like Braveheart.

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