Shahana Goswami caught the attention of the audience with her debut role as Arjun Rampal’s ill-tempered wife in Rock On (2009). Though she went on to do many more character roles, it’s her new international film Winds of Change with Deepa Mehta, an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s book Midnight’s Children, that’s brought her back in the news. Goswami will also be seen in the forthcoming Game and Ra.One.
One word that describes you best?
If a traffic constable hauls you up, what will you do?
Pay the fine but not the bribe.
People’s warmth towards me.
What did you do with your first pay cheque?
Encashed it and played a game with myself pretending to be a don paying money to get someone killed: ‘Ye lo, kaam ho jana chahiye!’ (I was 12 and got Rs 3,000)
The last time you rode on a bus?
Very recently when I went to Lonavala. I love bus rides.
The weirdest thing that went into your mouth?
Rotten biryani that I thought was great!
If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have chosen?
I would have chosen Mrinalini but Shahana is better!
You are late for work and all the roads are jammed. Choose a mode of transport: a cycle, a horse or a skateboard. Why?
Cycle – I don’t know how to ride either of the other two! Also it’s good exercise!
A tune you can’t get out of your head?
Most of the Beatles’ songs.
The one law you would break if you could get away with it?
I would use my judgement and break a signal in a hurry.
What makes your day?
Waking up having slept just the right amount!
What screws it up?
Having to wake up very early. I’m a night bird.
Share a secret with us…you can trust us, we’ll only print it!
I’m actually a young boy trapped in a woman’s body.
You get high on?
Food and music with great rhythm.
If you were the last person left on Earth, what would you do?
Make friends with the animals.
Life in the fast food lane: Choose your menu
It will definitely include loads and loads of pizzas!
A place where you would like to be lost for a month?
Spain. I just love the place. It’s so romantic and there’s so much to see.
Which superhero would you like to be and why?
Batman because it’s all created, not supernatural
From HT Brunch, March 13
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