With a renowned lyricist, writer and poet father, actor mother and actor-cum-director-cum producer brother, Zoya Akhtar has Bollywood running in her veins. She worked on a number of film projects in different capacities, starting as assistant director for Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya, and moving on to executive producer for her friend Reema Kagti’s Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. Zoya made her directorial debut with Luck by Chance, which didn’t do too well at the box office. She then moved on to direct Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara in 2011, which was a huge box office success.
One word that describes you best?
If a traffic constable hauled you up, what would you do?
I’d ask my driver what the problem is.
Your first kiss was…
What makes you feel sexy?
Being fully covered.
You get high on…
A tune you can’t get out of your head?
Life in Mono by Portishead.
What did you do with your first pay cheque?
I think I gave it to my mom and it was so measly that she gave it back to me :-)
Do you love Luv Storys?
I like good stories... the genre is irrelevant.
Which law you would break if you could get away with it?
I would stay at a bar till I was ready to go home. This 1 am deadline sucks.
Choose: Air India or Indian Railways?
The last time you rode on a bus?
Last year in London.
If you could have chosen your own name, what would you have chosen?
I like Zoie.
What is the weirdest thing that ever went into your mouth?
One girl’s weird is another girl’s delicacy...
Share a secret with us… you can trust us, we’ll only print it!
You’re quite funny :-)
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 horse... I think people would move out of the way.
Earth’s crowded and chock full of trash. Choose another planet.
If you could be born either rich or intelligent, which one would you choose? You can’t say both.
The cure for everything.
The last movie that made you cry?
Dhobi Ghat the end was moving.
Life in the fast food lane: Choose your menu.
Anything with meat or dipped in chocolate.
If you were the last person left on earth, what would you do?
I’d be lonely.
A place where you would like to be lost for a month?
I am lost I need a place where I can be found.
What makes your day?
Music no matter what the mood is, the band plays on.
What screws it up?
Skipping breakfast or a bad breakfast.
Your favourite freedom fighter
The colour pink for you is…
Which superhero would you like to be and why?
A powerpuff girl they mean business
If you could have a star perform at your wedding, who would it be and why?
The rolling stones it would just be that kind of wedding :-)
From HT Brunch, October 2
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