The one basic necessity for a starlet along with roti-kapda aur makaan is mirrors! It’s part of my job to look in the mirror while working or just for no reason at all. In my teens, my Godrej cupboard’s hazy mirror was where I discovered my fantasy of being an actress and where I practised my patent-pending filmy turns. During my hostel days, my roommate gifted me a full-length aluminium-rimmed mirror with inspirational stuff like “Carpe diem” inscribed on it for my Miss India preparation. Before my first portfolio shoot, when I asked the photographer how I should learn poses, he told me to make the mirror my best friend.
A typical mirror in a green room or vanity van is usually bordered by a lot of bulbs. Facing the mirror, you sit down while the make-up artist does their thing. While the harsh light beating on my face gives them an idea of how the cake-like make-up will look on the brightly-lit set, it gives me a headache and makes me sweat, all at the same time!
Though mirrors can be extremely useful, they can also be highly distracting. The shift in focus from the internal to the external doesn’t do wonders for acting. When you truly feel the scene, the expression can never go wrong, and then the need for re-assurance from a shiny object disappears. So, I now resist temptation and have banned 'mirror acting'!
Today, there’s increasing pressure to look young, and with ‘Fair and Lovely’ raking in the moolah, it's not surprising that so many women have a love-hate relationship with their mirrors. But the next time you look at yourself in the mirror, observe what your ‘mirror expression’ is. Then walk away and live!