Birthday: May 15
Place of birth: Mumbai
School/college: Divine Child High School/Parle College, Mumbai
First break: Rajshree Productions’ Abodh (1984)
High point of your life: When I got married.
Low point of your life: I recently lost a very close friend
Currently doing: Representing Olay and launching its Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex product.
While growing up, did you always know that you’re stunning?
No. I never thought I was beautiful.
Who do you think can replicate your dhak dhak moves the best?
Why do we need anyone else when I am there!
One contemporary dance form you want to learn?
I want to learn the tap dance and the waltz.
How many times do you look at yourself in the mirror?
Well, at least 10 times a day. It’s a professional hazard.
What will we find on your bedside table?
I hate cluttered bedside tables. I just keep the remote for my AC there.
What is the secret of your marriage?
Any marriage will work if two people, however different, set the same goals. Then, it’s a cakewalk. Also, trust is of paramount importance.
Your favourite read?
The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck.
Your dream destination?
What do you miss the most about America?
The wide roads and the space to be yourself.
The quality you admire most in a man?
What do you value in your friends the most?
Well, they have to be loyal to be my friends. Otherwise, what’s the point of friendship?
Mohini or Chandramukhi, who is sexier?
They are both very sexy, but they are very different kinds of sexiness. Mohini was young and vivacious, while Chandramukhi was soft and sombre.
The one thing you’d like to unlearn?
That’s the smartest thing anyone’s asked me in a while. I don’t know, but this question will make me think a lot.
If you could be the Prime Minister of India for a day, what’d you change?
I will definitely start with the roads.
How did your children learn Hindi numbers? Did you make them hear Ek Do Teen?
No. Interestingly, they heard the song somewhere and were humming it. When I asked them if they knew what it meant, they said no.
The easiest way to spread happiness?
Smile a lot and be kind to everyone.
The biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
I did some very dangerous stunts in Hifazat (1987).
The craziest thing a fan has done for you?
A fan once shaved my name on his head.
A piece of advice you wish someone had given you 10 years ago?
I don’t live in the past so I don’t pay heed to anyone else’s
Five things that make you smile
1. My kids make me laugh every day
2. When I feel beautiful
3. My husband makes me smile
4. Good food
5. Watching Padosan
From HT Brunch, December 23
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