While some celebs refrain to be on social media, considering the public scrutiny that they are subjected to, some are sporting enough to take the trolling head on. Actor Celina Jaitly, who has been a recipient of trolls on social media, says that although it is not a pleasant situation, she takes it in her stride. “I have had some recent very bad trolling incidents, but you got to take it in your stride.But when you are going through it, it’s not a pleasant scene.I use social media for all the work that I do with United Nations. I have been a spokesperson with the UN for the past six years now. Its an amazing platform. Although it can go wrong, if you use it wrongly. I use it to encourage people,”says Jaitly who was in Gurgaon recently to launch her chain of gyms.
And with festive season underway in India, the actor confesses to be an Indian at heart who fasts on Karva Chauth. “I always keep the fast. I am an Indian at heart. The only time I didn’t keep the fast was when I was pregnant. Although my husband feels that I shouldn’t be fasting without water and food.”
Popularly known for her roles in No Entry(2005), Golmaal Returns(2008), the actor, who took a sabbatical after the birth of her twins in Dubai, is currently busy with an international production. “I love cinema, I am cinema. It’s in my blood. I am doing an international project called Scarlet Poppy. And then there is the home production, which we just launched. You are going to see me in a lot of comedies. There is so much misery in the world, I want to make people laugh. When you do a comedy film, you work in a very positive environment. There are lots more movies to come, and I am looking forward to that.”
Celina, who hails from an army background, says health comes before wealth and fitness has always played an integral part in her life. “Earlier fitness was all about being a beauty queen. I belong to an army background. As a result, fitness was an integral part of our upbringing. I know the value it adds to your life. Once you become a parent, fitness becomes important.”
Although the actor took a sabbatical after the birth of her twins, Viraaj Haag and Winston Haag, in Dubai, she says her heart truly belongs to India. “I have been in Dubai since the time I had my twins, about six years. It’s more of temporary home. I am always ten days in Dubai and ten days in Mumbai. I took a sabbatical for two years, as that is the time I wanted to keep my kids away from the limelight. They speak Hindi and German as good as any other Indian or Austrian and are a perfect combination of Indo-Austrian kids.”
Ask her if she is keeping tab on the films that have been going around in Bollywood, and pat comes the reply, “I’ve been totally over dosing on Pink (2016). It’s such a fabulous movie, a revolutionary film.”
Also sharing insights on her humble beginnings, Celina shares, “I have faced a lot of struggle in life. I remember when I had participated in my first national level beauty pageant, I only had Rs 500 in my bank account. Never give up on yourself. People always look for someone else to help them and take them out of situations in life. Nobody can do that task for you. There is only one helping hand, and that is at the end of your shoulder. Use your own hand, help yourself, be among those who add positive things in your life.”