If you weren’t an actress you would have been...
A journalist. Definitely!
One classic you would have loved to choose as your debut film.
I would have loved to debut with a Hindi version of Cleopatra.
How was the experience of being a part of Bigg Boss 8?
I truly enjoyed my stint in the Bigg Boss house. I learnt to cook, made friends and came out as a better person.
The biggest lesson life has taught you?
Whenever I have wanted something very badly, it has never come to me. Whenever I have let things go, that’s when have I got them.
The biggest risk you have taken.
I have never taken any risks as such.
Your favourite actors in Bollywood.
Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor.
The most romantic reel pair.
Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. I’ve enjoyed watching them together.
One song that describes your current state of mind.
A Little Party Never Killed Nobody by Fergie.
Directors you really want to work with.
Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Hirani, Habib Faisal and Neeraj Pandey.
Is it essential to have a godfather in Bollywood?
Yes and no. I believe that after the first film, it’s all about you, rather than about your godfather.
What do you miss the most about Delhi University?
That it’s the closest we have in terms of big campuses like abroad, with good quality education. I hope it has become safer for women now.
And your favourite haunts in Delhi include...
Khan market, Vasant Vihar, Hauz Khas Village and the Hauz Khas market.
Your favourite street food.
I just love kebabs and the variety of chaats.
Define your style.
Casual yet comfortable.
What clothes can you live in?
T-shirts and long leggings.
A black sari or an LBD, which do you prefer?
A black sari.
Yoga or gym?
I’m totally a gym person.
The sweetest thing a fan has done for you.
There are these three fans of mine, Suneet, Abhilash and Vineet, who run a fan club for me on Twitter. And they do much more than any PR person would do for me.
What makes your day?
Waking up and looking thin.
What spoils it?
The day I don’t look thin.
A Hollywood actor you admire.
What are you most passionate about?
Reading and learning new things.
What are you reading?
I’m really enjoying reading Rajdeep Sardesai’s new book 2014: The Election That Changed India which is verywell written.
The last line of your autobiography would read...
"Your choices make you who you are."
From HT Brunch, January 18, 2015
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