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Being declared cancer-free was the high point of my life: Lisa Ray

Actress and social activist Lisa Ray is open to everything that life has to offer. The Afreen afreen girl on marriage, films and more.

brunch Updated: Mar 22, 2014 19:12 IST
Veenu Singh
Veenu Singh
Hindustan Times

Actress, role model or social activist, how do you define yourself?

I prefer to call myself a life hacker now. I'm open to everything that life has to offer today. Hindi film would you have loved to be your debut?

Something like Black (2005) would have been perfect.

Your favourite Bollywood heroes?

I really like Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, John Abraham (a very good friend) and Farhan Akhtar.

What would you say to someone suffering from an illness?

Have hope, never give up.

What has your illness taught you?

Life is meant to be lived and cherished. Now I live a balanced life, which I wasn't doing earlier.

The best thing about marriage... that it is so awesome. I avoided it for many years, but I guess the timing was just right. I have found my soulmate.

What is your sense of style?

I don't blindly follow trends. I can either be very casual or I like to dress up in very classic retro silhouettes.

Whose fashion sense do you admire?

I'm a big fan of certain classic silhouettes of the '50s and the '60s like those worn by Sophia Loren. I also admire my friend Sujata Assomull's style.

One outfit that you have been criticised or praised for.

Well, the red bathing suit I wore in Afreen Afreen is something that people still talk about.

Even though you haven't really been a part of mainstream Bollywood, what is your take on it?

There has been a major focus on the script now. And that's a welcome change.

Directors you want to work with.

Imtiaz Ali, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Anurag Kashyap.

Describe yourself in three words.

Free-spirited, positive and childlike.

Three foods you'd never eat.

Mass-produced beef, pork and tuna.

A dessert that describes you.


Your life's theme song.

Any Patty Smith song.

Your idea of a great weekend.

Being outdoors in the sun with my husband.

If you could ask for any talent or skill, what would it be?

I'd like to be able to sing, and also learn Kathak.

Something no one knows about you.

I have trained as a mime artist in London.

Your fitness schedule.

I do a mix of yoga, gymming and spinning. I also love go for a hike or take a walk.

You destress by...

...hanging out with my husband and meditating.

The last line of your autobiography would read…

...You will have to wait some more to read that.

Birthday: April 4
Sun Sign: Aries
Place of birth: Toronto
Hometown: Mumbai. But right now, Toronto
School/College: High school from Toronto and drama school London
First break: Bombay Dyeing ad campaign (1987)
Low point of your life: My mother's car accident in 2008 and being diagnosed with cancer
High point of your life: My marriage, acting in Water, being declared cancer free
Currently I am...: Finishing my autobiography, starting a blog. And launching Rado's Esenza Ceramic Touch

From HT Brunch, March 23

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First Published: Mar 22, 2014 16:49 IST