So when CS caught up with Vidyut Jamwal at the launch of a toy range, we couldn’t help asking him about the toys he likes now. “Swords and sticks!” he answered with a laugh. To understand what the actor meant by that, read on:

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Warrior tales
As a kid, I never collected toys. I started training in martial arts at the age of three and never had time for toys. In fact, my toys were the swords and sticks with which I grew up in the ashram. But then, an aunt in America sent me a video cassette of these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I was very influenced by them. I liked that they were all warriors. They were all names after four Renaissance artists and I liked Leonardo the best of them all as his weapon were two katanas.

Swords and sticks
I don’t have any favourite toys. I didn’t even have any favourite toys back when I was a kid. Usually men have their cars and bikes. But I’m still stuck with my swords and sticks! (laughs)

A good influence
If you give something good to children, they will be influenced. It’s like if you haven’t seen cricket, then you won’t go out and play it. Give them a cricket bat and they will want to go out and play. Honestly, unless you play with toys, you don’t realise their importance. Even I was never stopped from playing with toys as a kid, it’s just that I didn’t have the time to do that.