Riteish says, "Every time during the elections, from the time I could vote, I've been going to Babhalgaon to vote. I was born there and have loads of friends apart from having our farm and home there. It's convenient for me to change my voter's ID to Mumbai but I don't want to do that. My roots are there and I never want to forget them. I want to vote in the village I was born in. It's a different experience altogether."
The actor adds, "I take a day to travel to Babhalgaon and stay back for a few days. I am still in touch with my friends there. I have ended up voting for my father in the state elections. I vote for him because he's a good man."
Riteish feels voting is a must for the youth of India. "I certainly feel that when you have issues against the government or establishment — like bad roads, economy, taxation, terrorism, etc you have to make the effort to vote. It's important to be a part of the process by casting a vote. If you are bothered about what's happening to your country and want to raise a voice against issues plaguing it, go out there and vote to raise questions. It's not a holiday on voting day to watch a film or go for a picnic — it's to vote for the love of your country!"
Apart from shooting for Ram Gopal Varma's 24/7, Riteish (who is also an architect) will be travelling next month to Milan for the Architecture and Building Exhibition there. "I'm designing my friend's home and a couple of offices in Mumbai so I will be attending the exhibition there to pick up some architectural stuff from there. They have everything from furniture to tapestry and building materials; where we can order from the catalogue. It will be great fun also as a number of my friends are coming over for their work. It will be one grand get-together!"