Bollywood on a budget: Alia Bhatt wants to cut down her phone bill

  • Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt, AR Rahman, Imtiaz Ali, Wieland Speck

    Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt, AR Rahman, Imtiaz Ali and Wieland Speck (Head of Panorama section) on the red carpet of the World Premiere of Highway ...

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     Alia Bhatt on the red carpet at the World Premiere of Highway at the 64th Berlin Film Festival.

  • Imtiaz Ali, A R Rahman, Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda

    Imtiaz Ali, A R Rahman, Alia Bhatt & Randeep Hooda strike a pose at the World Premiere of Highway at the 64th Berlin Film Festival.

  • Alia Bhatt

    Alia Bhatt at the World Premiere of Highway at the 64th Berlin Film Festival.

On Monday (February 17), India’s finance minister P Chidambaram presented the interim budget that ended up making some items, like cars and computers, cheaper.

As analysts sift through the intricacies of this budget, we talk to a few Bollywood actors and ask them what things they would like to ‘budget’ in their own lives.

Alia Bhatt
"My phone bill — especially when I am travelling. I am always stuck to social networking sites and the Internet when I am travelling. As a result, I come back with a huge bill, for which I get an earful from my mother (laughs). So I can definitely budget that. Apart from that, I don’t spend much on my clothes or make-up."

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Bipasha Basu
"I don’t live a very indulgent life. I am a conscious spender, and I have immense value for money. But yes, my electricity bill is one thing that I would love to curb."

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"I think (I would limit) buying luxury cars. It’s a depreciating asset. All you need to do is travel from point A to B, which nullifies the whole point of over-spending. I would prefer to invest in property instead. Or I would like to spend more on travel, which makes you aware in life."

Soha Ali Khan
"Actually, the things that I would like to budget aren’t really in my control. Firstly, I travel a lot, which is an integral part of any actor’s life. Since air fares are high, I end up spending a lot, but that is out of my control. Also, diesel is exorbitantly priced, that’s another thing I would like to cut down on. And the third would be electricity bills. In Mumbai, they are much higher than they should be. So I have very aam aadmi (common man) problems." 

Shraddha Kapoor
"I would like to control my shopping budget, especially for shoes. This will definitely be a challenge, but I will surely give it a try."

 

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