Born and brought up in Mumbai, Sonali Bendre started her career as a model before getting selected by the Stardust Talent Search. She acted in several films, including Sarfarosh, Zakhm, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Kal Ho Naa Ho, but quit the industry in 2002 after marrying film director Goldie Behl. Sonali now regularly appears as a TV judge on India’s Got Talent. The latest season of this Colors show will be on air soon.
One word that describes you best?
Contradictory might be a good way to describe me.
If a traffic constable hauls you up, what will you do?
I’ll smile at him. It always works.
What makes you feel sexy?
Being sexy is a state of mind for me and it has to be a person who can get me into that state of mind.
What did you do with your first pay cheque?
I gave it to my parents.
Earth’s crowded and full of trash. Choose another planet.
Any other planet that is habitable.
If you could have had a star perform at your wedding, who would it have been and why?
I was the only star at my wedding as it was a very close affair.
Do you love Luv Storys?
Only if they are a little dark.
A tune you can’t get out of your head?
It is a very old but beautiful song, Ye nayan dare dare...
The one law you would break if you could get away with it?
I am actually too law-abiding.
Share a secret with us… you can trust us, we’ll only print it!
After all these years, everyone knows a lot about me and what they don’t know is meant to be a secret.
Your first kiss was...
Too perfect to be described.
A place where you would like to be lost for a month?
It would be somewhere in Europe, which is so full of interesting art and architecture.
You get high on?
Life. Very typical but absolutely true.
Which superhero would you like to be and why?
No superhero, but I would love to be more like the X-Men with all their super powers.
...the only true thing.
Choose: Air India or Indian Railways?
Air India simply because it is faster.
What is the weirdest thing that ever went into your mouth?
A creepy, crawly bug went into my mouth while I was on my first shoot in Bangalore.
What makes your day?
Getting a compliment first thing in the morning.
What screws it up?
Not getting my breakfast in a particular style.
If you were the last person left on Earth, what would you do?
I would be really depressed and really not do anything.
Life in the fast food lane: choose your menu
My menu would definitely include interesting stuff like yummy chaat.
The last movie that made you cry?
It wasn’t a movie, but some performances I saw on India’s Got Talent.
You are late for work and all the roads are jammed. choose a mode of transport: a cycle, a horse or a skateboard. why?
A cycle for sure as i love cycling.
From HT Brunch, July 17
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