Tell us about your background.
I was born in Hong Kong and then lived in Hawaii and France because my mum was involved with an NGO. I only lived in the UK, in Finchley, London, between the age of 14 to 17.
Your mother is living in India?
Yes. I needed her soon after arriving here because I was going through a tough time.
Any memories from your time in London?
During the time that I lived in London, I felt like I did not fit into English society. I was in a horrible college. It was at that time of my life when I was wondering what to do.
So you don’t like England much?
Oh, don’t get me wrong. My grandparents are still there. They live in Bath. The shopping scene is great there.
Do you like Indian or British food?
Now, I’m used to Indian cuisine. England has nice restaurants though. Three of my sisters still live there. They all work in London. It’s a great place. I really like it for a while but then I want to return to Mumbai because I miss the confusion and madness, which one doesn’t get in London.
Is Mumbai better than London?
For me, it is for sure. Life in England is so lonely for many. I connect more with my Indian side.
Is the modelling industry different here?
Completely! I think different cultures have different standards of beauty and the way I was accepted and admired here was unlike anything I got there.
Are you still in touch with Kaizad Gustad?
Do you miss your sisters?
Terribly, I wish all my six sisters could live in India. Three are in London, one in Mexico and two in America. One of my sisters — Isabel — is trying to become an actress. She’s studying at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.
You’re paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Was there any difference acting opposite a young actor like him as compared to Akshay Kumar?
One learns a lot while working with senior actors but it’s more like cut-to-cut work. But if I hadn’t worked with these actors at the beginning of my career, I wouldn’t have improved and learnt the technical aspects of filmmaking, which is useful to an actor. Now, I find it fun to work with someone my own age because they don’t yell at me for doing something.
What’s Rajneeti about?
It’s an interpretation of the Mahabharata. I’m not portraying Sonia Gandhi in it.
Did you attend Jessica Simpson’s party?
No, why should I? She’s just another American actress. People make such a big deal about them.
Are you meeting Danny Boyle?
What’s the point? It’s not like I’m waiting for him to launch me in one of his films.