60 Seconds with A-Listers - Mittu Chandilya
ccupation: Management Consultant, Advisory Services
He’s a highly assured and confident guy who has great convictions about what it takes to be a modern gentleman. Mittu Chandilya firmly believes that the gentlemen of yesteryear still has a place in today’s world.
AM: Your personal style and elaborate on that...your style in different scenarios.
MC: I am calm, genuine, confident and most of all comfortable in my skin. My personal style symbolises all of that. I am honestly not someone who follows the current fashion trends, and would much rather wear something that I feel comfortable in and represents who I am. Some days that could be my three-piece tailored pinstripe suit, some days it could be my good old blue jeans and button down white shirt, or some days it would be my boardwalk surf shorts and a lazy T-shirt.
I am privileged to be in a profession I love; where I am able to advise captains and leaders of industries on some of the most critical decisions that they would need to make for themselves personally as well as for their organisations. This responsibility of being a trusted advisor and being called on for my expertise and insights is one that I take very seriously. I don’t ever take it for granted.
AM: What is the one thing you own that speaks of your personality? What’s the story behind it?
MC: My first (American) Football. It was something my wife gave me when we were first dating and is a source of energy for me. Being an ex-athlete, it speaks about a personal road not taken and subtly reminds me of the key qualities of the sport that is synonymous with my personality today: such as leadership, passion, strategy, tenacity and a never-quit competitiveness.
AM: What is your idea of a perfect day?
MC:. A perfect day for me is one where I can have one or two great client engagements, one or two deep conversations and walk away with one or two thought provoking insights, while coming home to spend enough quality time with my kids and wife.
AM: Which actress (or actor) do you find to be absolutely, undeniably, irresistibly hot?
MC: Three come to mind: Natalie Portman, Cameron Diaz and more recently Brooklyn Decker. All three are beautiful, sexy and tough.