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B-Town's dynastic and has become a cold business model: Aditi

Actor Aditi Rao Hydari talks about Bollywood, about days when she feels fat and her mantra for success.

brunch Updated: Aug 16, 2015 15:05 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times
Aditi Rao Hydari,The Princess Diaries,Wuthering Heights

A fictional character you would love to be.

I’d love to be Mia Thermopolis from

The Princess Diaries

and also play Catherine Earnshaw from

Wuthering Heights


What royal traits would you say you possess?

These things are ingrained and I wouldn’t know what a royal trait is unless someone points it out. For me, it’s about how I have been brought up and it’s what comes naturally.

Your mantra for success.

Success to me is not achieved, a person is always a work in progress. You need truckloads of courage, patience, a lot of hard work, good instincts, strength and the ability to make the right choices.

Who are you closest to in your family?

My mum. I look exactly like her!

What was your family’s reaction to you joining Bollywood?

They were hugely supportive, but also very concerned because I come from a protected environment and the film industry can be very harsh and competitive.

Your feel-good move for days when you feel fat.

I do the Ashtanga yoga routine and cut out water-retentive foods, especially sugar, salt and complex carbohydrates.

A dessert that describes you.

Pana cotta with a citrus sauce – delicate with a surprise tangy kick.

The song that always lifts your spirits.


by Pharrell Williams. exercise routine that scares you.

Running. I had to do it in school and that was why I started yoga – to bunk uphill and long runs.

Define your sense of style.

It is eclectic and effortless, and quite often whimsical. It’s a mix of vintage, classic and sporty. It depends on my mood.

Whose style sense have you admired over the years?

Audrey Hepburn, Maharani Gayatri Devi, Kate Moss and Jennifer Lawrence. Style goes beyond seasonal trends.

Describe yourself in three words.

That. Isn’t. Enough!

The worst thing about Bollywood.

It’s dynastic and has become a cold business model. There is talent but it takes conviction to hang in there and keep your heart from freezing over.

Skincare products you can’t do without.

I prefer using only natural ingredients like seaweed and sea salts for my skin.

The book you are currently reading.

Farthest Field

by Raghu Karnad.

Three foods you would never eat.

Ripe jackfruit, frog legs and trifle pudding.

Your idea of a great weekend…

Heading to the beach with music, food, friends and a volleyball.

If you could wish for a new talent/skill, what would it be?

In this profession, the gift of the gab and magical powers.

Tell us a secret about yourself.

I have dimples on my shoulders.

You destress with...

Music and yoga stretches.

From HT Brunch, August 16
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First Published: Aug 14, 2015 17:20 IST