Birthday: August 20
Place of birth: Mumbai
School/college: Bombay Scottish School and St Xavier’s College
First break: Aisha (2010)
Low point of your life: The two years after I left my job as a copywriter to pursue acting
High point of your life: Being appreciated for my debut performance in Aisha
Currently I am...
Planning to go abroad to do a short acting course
You started with theatre. Any memorable performances you’d like to share?
My first professional play was when I was 19. I was nervous as hell. For my first line, I had to walk onstage and address the audience before the play started. I missed my mark and said all my lines in the dark.
Your worst day on the sets so far.
I can remember a few really rough days on the sets of Aisha.
And your best day?
On Kai Po Che, most of my scenes with Raj Kumar Yadav were a huge learning experience. I think I’ve performed my best in those scenes.
The directors you want to work with.
I would love to work with Gattu again. Also Sameer Sharma, Anurag Kashyap, Anurag Basu, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Abhishek Chaubey, Vikram Motwane. The list is long.
Of your three heroes in Kai Po Che, which one pulled your leg the most?
Sushant Singh Rajput.
A gadget you can’t do without.
The last thing you bought for Rs 10.
A bottle of water.
One lie you often get away with.
“I got stuck in awful traffic.”
Your strategy in a crisis?
To focus and take it one thing at a time. And to call someone who can sort me out That person is almost always my dad.
A fashion faux pas you’ve made.
I think I have made more than one.
How many pairs of high heels do you own?
Not that many. I prefer flats.
One thing you will never eat.
Two things, actually. Snakes and dogs.
You wouldn’t be caught dead wearing…
A workout that scares you.
Why would a workout scare me?
Was it difficult to learn Gujarati dialogues for the movie?
I didn’t have too many. Most of my dialogues were thankfully in Hindi.
Your favourite hangouts in Mumbai?
The Breach Candy Club, The Yoga House, Elbo Room.
A rumour you’d like to start.
That I am Woody Allen’s new muse.
The best thing about Bollywood is...
That you don’t have to have professional training or a degree or an agent to begin. I think that is also probably its biggest downside.
A film you have watched more than five times.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The most overrated film.
Iron Man 3
The first movie you watched on the big screen.
I don’t remember.
The most paisa vasool film.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
A film that always makes you cry.
I don’t cry every time I watch a film. Just the first time.
— Interviewed by Mignonne Dsouza
From HT Brunch, May 26
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