Birthday: April 9
Sun Sign: Aries
Sardar Patel Vidyalaya; Miranda House; Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Tanu Weds Manu (2011)
High point of your life
Being nominated for best supporting actress for Tanu Weds Manu and winning the award
Low point of your life
Whenever I feel insecure about my place in the industry
Shooting for Abbas Tyrewala’s Mango
If not an actor, you would’ve been...
A history or anthropology teacher.
You’re a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. What other dance forms do you perform?
Baaraat naach! It’s so much fun.
What makes you laugh?
When a wrong-doer gets pinned down. That gives me a lot of pleasure.
The most memorable time on the sets of Raanjhanaa.
Shooting the Holi scene. It was freezing cold at the time and we were drenched in water.
Yoga or the gym, which do you prefer?
The toughest thing about being in the film industry.
Having to wear stilettos and trying to look good all the time.
The scariest film you’ve ever seen.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005).
What makes your day?
Directors you would love to work with.
Vishal Bhardwaj, Joe Wright and Wong Kar-Wai.
Your favourite gadget.
I’m too technologically challenged, so a cellphone is as far as I can go.
If we raid your fridge, what will we find?
Cheese, milk and bread.
A period in history you would love to revisit.
India during its struggle for Independence.
Your idea of a perfect weekend.
Chai and baat-cheet with family and friends.
Your dream destination.
A song that always makes you want to dance.
Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira.
One thing you will never eat.
A rumour you’d like to start.
That I’ve won the National Award.
The biggest risk you’ve taken.
Packing my bags and arriving in Mumbai without knowing a single person in the film industry.
A lesson you learnt early in the industry.
It is very essential to groom yourself. Also, self-deprecating humour isn’t always rewarding.
If you could ask for a skill, what would it be?
To be able to speak every language, including the language of animals!
— Interviewed by Kasturi Gandhi
From HT Brunch, December 1
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