Do you plan to sing for a film or have a singing career like your cousin?
Singing is my secret talent. Ever since I was three, I have wanted to sing. I would like to sing playback for my movies.
An advantage of being a YRF actress.
I had the best debut! I never imagined I would be an actress. Going from PR to the face of YRF, I guess it was destiny.
You worked for Manchester United. Which is your favourite football team?
The German team. Arsenal’s mid-fielder Mesut Ozil is my favourite player.
Songs on your playlist right now.
Just a Dream by Nelly Furtado, Hey Baby by Pitbull and T-Pain, Loca by Shakira and Who’s that Chick by David Guetta and Rihanna.
Your ultimate escape.
London. But, I would love to see Ladakh and Kerala.
London or Mumbai, which city you most enjoy being in?
I absolutely love London. All my friends are there, I studied there. Also, London has everything – the beach is an hour away, there’s the best shopping, the best food. And the weather is always amazing.
The craziest thing a fan has done.
There are some who I meet often and they take a photograph and autograph every single time. I ask them, “Didn’t you take a photograph two days ago?”, and it really doesn’t matter to them.
We hear you’re a gadget geek...
I am! I’m always on my iPad. I keep changing my phones all the time. I just love the feeling of a new electronic item in the house. I spent my first big movie pay-cheque on an Apple laptop.
You were a geek in school too. Has it helped in Bollywood?
Glamorous or minimal roles, which do you prefer?
I’ll also do glamorous roles, but the script has to be good. At the same time, I want to be the best actress in commerical films.
A snack you cannot resist.
I eat full meals in the middle of the night, especially pizzas.
A classic film you wish you were in.
Hands down, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995).
Banking or PR – the career you would want to go back to.
Banking. I have a back-up plan and I think everyone should too.
A book you can’t put down.
Everything by John Grisham.
The most paisa vasool film
The best piece of advice that you’ve received from Aditya Chopra.
“Give me the best performance and never make me feel I should have considered someone else for the role.”
The film you have watched most number of times
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
A movie that was a part of your childhood
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
From HT Brunch, August 31
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