She may not know her classics, but she knows her pulp.
“I never studied literature. I was a science student. But I read novels and lots of fiction.
“Wilbur Smith, Stephen Hawking. I am a huge fan”, says Gul Panag was in the capital for the launch of Never let me go, by Sachin Garg, at the ongoing Delhi Book fair. She was dressed in a white jacket with robot motifs and and characters best described as outer space inhabitants. It complemented her cropped hair.
“This is the new me,” Panag quipped, on the topics of books again. “I have read Tolstoy .He really captured the socio-political scenario in Russia. I am also reading Anna Karenina. “It is being adapted into a movie.” She said her next venture will be “something based around the Russian classic.”
Panag confessed to being a die hard fan of Hindi pulp fiction. Surendra Mohan Pathak is her favourite Hindi writer. She added, “I cannot put down anything to do with espionage, political thrillers, action. I am reading Ayn Rand.”
The actress undertook, a project collecting signatures from the fans of the international band U2.
“I wanted them to know they have a fan base here. I was not able to give the message to them personally, but I handed it over to their representative.” Panag heard U2 during a concert in Toronto.Since then she wanted to get them here. “It was a magnificent experience. 70,000 people. We need to raise ourselves to that level.
Her forthcoming venture is Ab Tak Chappan-2, is a sequel to the hit of the same name starrring Nana Patekar. Till then she reads.