By Shatabdi Chakrabarti
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Videographer / director: Shams Qari
Producer: Shatabdi Chakrabarti, Ruby Coote, Nathalie Bonney
Editor: Sonia Estal
Rodrigo spent the last day of his trip to India visiting some of Delhi’s tourist spots, eating local food, exploring the market and, of course, clothes shopping.
Despite having visited India before, Rodrigo, 34, believes this trip is the first time he’s really got to understand and appreciate more of the country’s culture.
And he’s already planning his next visit, where he hopes to have yet more plastic surgery, this time changing his eye colour.
Rodrigo said: “I have been to India in the past. But it is actually the very first time that I have had the chance to learn a little bit more about the culture and the history and immerse myself into it, and I am amazed with what I have learnt and what I have seen.
“People are very special here. The food is the best. Everything has been amazing. Everything has been really fantastic”
The plastic surgery addict, who’s undergone 50 surgeries, plus countless procedures, costing close to $500,000 in total, is used to attracting attention but Rodrigo admitted the scrutiny he received in India took on a whole new level:
As a well-known celebrity back home in Brazil, Rodrigo is used to the paparazzi and crowds following him. But the experience here has been a bit different.
“People back home or in the US, they know who I am. But here, even when people don’t know that I am a celebrity, they have come up to me and taken pictures with me.”
“People everywhere stare at me. They stare at me because I am blonde and because I wear make-up and different outfits and because I look different as well.
“I get stares everywhere I go but here in India it’s quite overwhelming. Everywhere I go, I see people with their telephones and and they want to take photos with me not even knowing who I am.”
Before hitting Delhi, Rodrigo was in Jaipur to make his Bollywood acting debut playing a Danish prince in a secret film project.
He said: “I have been given this amazing Maharaja outfit for my role as a Danish prince in the movie. This beautifully detailed costume was tailor-made for me and I also get to take it back home with me.”
Despite being used to being in front of the camera, Rodrigo was in for a surprise while shooting in India.
He said: “We all know how big Bollywood is, but the production value is amazing and immense. The crew working with me was quite vast. If I am filming in Hollywood, I have five people working with me, here I had 20! The experience has been amazing.”
Making the most of his time abroad, Rodrigo took time out from his Bollywood debut to do some sightseeing as well as go on a detox.
He said: “India is also known for its therapeutic treatments, massages and tea. And I live a very busy life. I travel a lot. I film pretty much everyday. Every night I attend an event and drink champagne. It’s no good for you.
"This kind of a lifestyle takes it toll. So I decided to turn it into a detox holiday.
“I have been detoxing and on my time off I have been able to travel and to explore amazing destinations here and get to know the people and to learn what India is really about.
“I was the first person to arrive at the Taj Mahal very early in the morning. And when I saw that big, great mausoleum I was really taken back. I was like, ‘Wow! I’m in front of the Taj Mahal right now.’ I was really mesmerized.”
But it was his final day in Delhi that provided Rodrigo with the truest sense of Indian culture. At India Gate he interacted with locals who were eager to take selfies with him.
Rodrigo then had lunch at a local eatery, trying street food and eating with his hands – before a spot of shopping.
He said: “This trip really made me realise that there is much more to life, and I definitely have learnt a lot that I am going to take on board on a daily basis in my life.
"I live a great life. I live a great lifestyle. I have three beautiful houses. I travel the globe. I have nice clothes, I eat well and sometimes I take that for granted.
"And seeing the real India and the way that some people live here made me realize how blessed and how lucky I am.”