Birthday: November 1
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Place of birth: Mumbai
School/college: St. Xavier's Higher Secondary School and College, Mapusa, Goa
Meeting Marc Robinson, ramp choreographer, through a hotel manager
Low point of your life
Moments of doubt on Barfi! over doing justice to the role of Shruti
High point of your life
Being awarded the Best Female Debut for Barfi!
Doing the Clear Nothing to Hide, Lots to Show campaign
Do people pronounce your name wrong or keep asking you for its meaning?
Yes they do! Probably because it isn’t a a common name. I just tell people to split it up and say IL-E-ANA.
Your take on your award-winning performance in Barfi!
I always wanted my debut to be challenging. I knew that such a film would never come my way again. That’s why I went with my gut and just took it up.
A classic Hindi film you would have loved to be a part of.
The sexiest people in Bollywood.
Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone.
Bollywood’s most romantic pair.
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh are one of the most beautiful pairings in the industry.
One director you really want to work with.
Since I’m just one movie old, I really don’t want to restrict my choices right now.
The best thing about your hair.
That it is healthy, nourished and free of any scalp related issues.
Three cosmetic products you can’t do without.
Tinted lip balm, compact, face tint.
If you were the editor of a magazine for a day, who would you put on the cover?
Katrina Kaif. I admire the woman for her sheer hard work and drive.
Your dream destination.
Fraser Island, Australia.
Who is your 3am friend?
What’s on your bedside table?
Little black dress or black sari?
Why choose? They are both for keeps!
One song that describes your current state of mind.
Singin’ in the rain!
What makes your day?
A good coffee, a good workout and spending time with family.
What spoils it?
Obnoxious, egotistical people.
The film you have watched more than five times?
The most overrated film?
I’d get into trouble if I told you!
The most paisa-vasool film?
A movie that was a part of your childhood?
Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
The first film you watched on the big screen?
Jurassic Park. But I had my eyes closed through most of the film!
A dessert that describes you?
A tough cookie!