Koena Mitra created a frenzy in Bollywood with racy, foot-tapping numbers like Ishq hai jhoota, Khullam khulla and O saki saki re.
Unlike other actresses, who made it big with item songs, Koena doesn't like to be labelled as an item girl and is looking for meatier roles, reports Bollywood Trade.
She was seen as a solo heroine in Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena with Fardeen Khan. The film sank without a trace and she is now keeping her fingers crossed for Subhash Ghai's Apna Sapna Money Money.
In this interview, she discusses her take on issues like beauty, spirituality and fitness.
"Mumbai is hyperactive and people are truly workaholic. That's what I love about Mumbai," says Koena Mitra
What do you prefer - beauty or brains?
I'd choose both. Half the people who choose the latter only try to show how cool they are, but the fact is beauty and brains both matter a lot.
If you could change one thing about India, what would it be and why?
Traffic, I think it should move faster so that people can spend more time at work and with family of course.
What is sense of humour to you?
It's very, very important considering today's hectic lifestyle and crazy on-the-run schedules.
One thing you can't live without?
I am a gizmo person so I can't imagine life without gizmos and gadgets. Also I am very passionate about music.
Craziest or weirdest thing that you have ever done?
Well, I don't think this is weird or crazy but I have been to the gym at four in the morning. Like when I am busy shooting and I feel the need to look toned, I just can't stop exercising.
Spirituality is a very relative term. It is more of a personal belief. I believe in Ma Kali and Durga. If I am in Mumbai I visit the temple every Saturday. It is like a feel good factor. Having said that, I don't think people who go to temples are more religious or something.