Street: Be honest, how many girls have you picked up from being in Penn Dhamaka?

Rohan Malhotra: I got picked up quite early, actually—freshman year. So I guess one girl, and it’s lasted.

Street: Tell us something we don’t know about Dhamaka.

RM: As much as we’re all guys and can be really bro–y a lot of the time, we’re much more divas than people would think. A lot more drama than you would expect.

Street: What inspires your choreography?

RM: For me, every dance I’ve choreo–ed, there’s usually some plot or thematic element to it. So it’s just like trying to tell a story.

Street: If Dhamaka had a mascot, who or what would it be?

RM: Something super energetic and happy. Flubber? That’s the thing that bounces everywhere? Let’s go with Flubber.

Street: What’s your nickname?

RM: One of my friends gives me a nickname everyday. It just has Ro and then blank. RoHannah Montana. RoHand Job.

Street: Tell us something we don’t know about Oracle.

RM: We have four Fulbright–ers this year.

Street: What’s your favorite book?

RM: Larry Bird’s Drive, his autobiography. I’m a huge Celtics fan. I would listen to whatever he told me to do.

Street: Do you play basketball?

RM: I play basketball with my friends. But if you look at me, I’m definitely not very good at basketball.

Street: Fill in the blank: There are two kinds of people at Penn.

RM: Those who eat chicken and rice at 38th and Spruce and those who eat it at 38th and Walnut.

Street: What does that mean?

RM: The food trucks. The food truck at 38th and Walnut has a huge line all the time. Their chicken and rice is really good. And there’s one at 38th and Spruce, and people battle over the two.

Street: Describe yourself in three words.

RM: Can Ralph Lauren be one word? RalphLauren. Dhamaka. Douchebag.

Street: Why do you describe yourself as a douchebag?

RM: I’m a closet douchebag. People tend to think I’m a really nice guy when they meet me, but I judge everyone.

Street: What’s your guilty pleasure?

RM: I tell people I get coffee, but I really get venti white chocolate mochas with whipped cream. It’s so good!

Street: What’s your favorite word?

RM: Luxurious. 

Street: Who’s your favorite designer?

RM: I’m slowly going towards Brooks Brothers.

Street: So where did this prepster thing come from?

RM: Andover, let’s be real.

Street: If you are what you eat, what would you be?

RM: An M&M McFlurry.

Street: What’s your spirit animal?

RM: A white tiger. I’m pretty white for an Indian. And white tigers are pretty white for tigers.

Street: What do you love most about Penn?

RM: There are so many options that you can take advantage of. I feel like I’ve invested so much more in the extracurriculars than I did in academics. I don’t know how I feel about that. The real thing to take away is getting really close to people through  these things you’re passionate about.

Street: What do you hate most about Penn?

RM: This culture of: I need to get a job and show off my accolades as soon as possible. It’s really shitty for 

some people.  

Street: Reverse KFM. You give us your own options.

RM: I’d marry Emma Watson. I’d fuck Adriana Lima. I’d kill jeans. I hate jeans.

Street: What was your first AIM screen name.

RM: AirLebron95.

Street: Do you fantasize about joining the NBA?

RM: I played a lot of NBA basketball games. Sports were never a realistic dream with two Indian parents.


This interview has been edited and condensed.


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