I’ve been known as a No. 1 choreographer, a director who has made hit films, a mother to triplets, an actor and producer, and an awards-winner.
But my biggest achievement now is the fact that I had a tummy tuck at the age of 47, and I admit it! I think the women of the world will give me a bravery award for saying so. People are amazed when I tell them that I’ve done this. In fact, I even had visitors at the hospital. Many people took my surgeon’s number and I’m sure he’s busier than ever now.
Usually, people say they’re going on a holiday when they’re actually having surgery. If you’ve had surgery, what’s wrong with admitting it? Also, some surgeries are evident. People go abroad with one face and come back with another. And then they say, ‘It’s a diet’, ‘I’ve been going to a new gym,’ and what not. When you ask them the address of the gym, they get amnesia. I think to myself then, ‘That gym is in some surgeon’s office!’
I’m sure I’m the only moron in the world who debuted as a heroine looking as round as a ball, and then had a tummy tuck! The movie wasn’t about my figure, but when I saw the rushes of the film, I realised I needed to do something. Whatever your achievements, for a woman, it eventually boils down to looking thin... or at least thinner than you are.
I’m not saying I’m thin even now. I still wear a size large T-shirt. I knew that at this age, just working out wasn’t going to be enough. So, I chose the other way. And now I work out and even follow a maintenance diet, and it’s great! The only one who’s upset about my tummy tuck is my son. Now that my stomach has gone in, he’s sad because he’s lost his cushion.
There’s no harm in being open about what you do with your body. Why lie? People aren’t stupid. Most actors have had cosmetic surgery and it’s fine. Acting is a job that demands a great body and looks. There are great insecurities. I completely empathise. I’ve done one movie and I never want to act again. People tell me I look cute in the film, but I know exactly what they mean.
Now that I’ve had a tummy tuck, I know that when people say that their hot body is a result of pilates, it’s all crap. Aisa flat stomach pilates se nahi aata hain! But I’m happy with what I’ve done. Now when I go to a shop, I find something that fits me. But your mind plays the devil’s role. Now that I fit into a large, I want to be a medium!
This column is to be taken with a big tongue in your cheek and dollops of humour. It’s with malice towards none and truth towards all.