Birthday: March 13
Sun sign: Pisces
Place of birth: Pilani, Rajasthan
First break: Kumar Sanu’s Tera Mera Pyar video in 2004
School/college: Because my dad was in the army, I went
to six different schools, including Delhi Public School, Noida. I then attended Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi
High point of your life: It’s yet to happen
Low point of your life: I’ve had tough days, but no rock-bottom moment, thankfully
Currently I am...
Promoting Airlift, and endorsing Wella Elements
The one thing you wouldn’t mind carrying in your lunch box every day.
My nani’s rajma, hands down. I also love cold-pressed juices. But they’re tricky to carry in a lunch box.
A misconception about Indian women you detest.
That we are demure, afraid to ask men out and are all good girls. Not all of us are.
One thing about Akshay Kumar that cracks you up.
He’s effortlessly funny. And the combination of being distractingly handsome and funny is insane. We share a lot of Punjabi jokes.
A film you’d have loved to be part of.
Mr India (1987). It’s my most favourite film.
100-crore film or festival favourite.
How about a combination? Why do I have to choose?
Tasneem Qureshi in Homeland or Alex Parrish in Quantico?
Tasneem Qureshi. I really enjoyed playing the bad guy. It’s fun to be the nemesis of a hero.
A hairdo that you can almost always pull off.
Unruly, out-of-bed hair. People often ask me what I have done to my hair and I say, “Nothing at all, I’m just born with blown-out hair”.
One thing you’d want to steal from your mother’s beauty kit.
She doesn’t have one, but it would be her skin. It’s flawless.
Little black dress or a black sari.
A black sari, any day.
If you were to get another tattoo, what would it be?
I’m planning to get another one with my younger sister. It would be something to do with love and togetherness.
One food you can’t resist.
Dark chocolate. I love Royce and Nama.
The weirdest thing a fan has done for you.
I keep getting marriage proposals on Twitter that read ‘Please merry me. Why don’t you? What is your problem?’ I don’t know how to answer them anymore.
One haircare tip you fall back on.
Applying egg yolk. It’s great for the hair.
One thing Mumbai can learn from Delhi and vice versa.
Mumbai can widen its roads, if that’s possible, and Delhi can learn how to drive from Mumbai.
The best compliment you’ve received.
My mom tells me that I remind her of my father.
Three things you would pick from your house in an emergency.
My two cats, photos from my childhood and my shoes. I can’t buy all those shoes again!
What’s on your bedside table?
A cat or two, a copper jug I keep water in, a wooden box of things from the past, and a book.
A piece of advice you remember from your dad.
To never be afraid of anything. Also that the biggest lessons you learn in life come from the things that make you afraid.
The biggest change after global fame.
Getting over jet lag. With global fame comes a lot of travel and I’m left awake at 3am in India.
The last line of your autobiography would read…
“A beginning to a new end.”
Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Hollywood hero: George Clooney
Song of the moment: Soch from Airlift
American TV show: Friends
From HT Brunch, December 27
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