After graduating from Delhi University, Neha made her acting debut with a play called Graffiti and a TV serial, Rajdhani. In 2002, she decided to try her luck in the Miss India pageant and won the Miss India Universe title. Soon, Neha’s passion for acting made her shift to Bollywood, where she debuted with Qayamat: City Under Threat. Neha got good reviews for films like Julie, Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Mithya, Singh Is Kinng and Dasvidaniya. Her forthcoming films include With Love to Obama, Action Replay and I Am 24. She’s also the host of the AXN Action Awards.
What would you do if Superman paid you a visit?
I would ask him to fly me to outer space and back.
What is your idea of a highly boring evening?
Sitting at a table with 20 people, none of whom I can make conversation with.
Complete this sentence: Breaking news is...
...anything from a little boy stuck in a gutter to a woman landing on the moon!
If you were stranded on a desert island and could keep five things with you, what would you choose?
My iPod, books, a matchbox to light a fire to cook food and keep me warm, sunscreen and a camera.
The turning point of your life?
Winning Miss India.
What drives you up the wall?
People who are not on time and people who do not respect other people’s time.
One film dialogue you love?
Teja main hoon, Mark idhar hai from Andaz Apna Apna.
One household chore you’d rather do yourself?
Arrange my bookshelf.
If you could go back in time, which period of history would you go back to and why?
The ’60s, because I love the music, the makeup and the clothes of that era!
Three places you love shopping in?
New York, Paris and Milan.
If you had to spend one crore in a day, what would you do?
Invest it in real estate.
The one show you don’t like to miss on TV?
Top Chef, Indian Idol and American Idol.
If you had to go for a fancy dress party, what’s the whackiest costume you would come up with?
The last time I went for a fancy dress party, I was dressed as a toothbrush. I won a prize for it too!
You are sentimental about...
My dad’s handwritten letters.
The one thing you would always like to get as a gift?
What do you do in a crisis?
Sit back, shut my eyes and work out options in my head.
The craziest rumour you have heard about yourself?
That I am the next Bond girl!
If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
A dolphin, because it signifies freedom in the truest sense.
Your exercise routine?
Yoga every morning, followed by cardio thrice a week. This is interspersed with swimming, squash and weight training.
You have faith in?