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"In my subconscious, I definitely knew that I wanted to be somebody famous!” COME...
FSJ January, 2013


My 1st Autograph
I think that happened when I was quite young. I must have given myself an autograph!

So you always knew that this was where you’d be?
No, I don’t think I really knew that I would be in this profession but I used to practise my signature as a kid. When my mom told me that I should be in the movies, I kind of cried and said, no, are you mad, how can I be an actress? So I don’t really know if I wanted to be an actress but in my subconscious I definitely knew that I wanted to be somebody famous. I didn’t know that this would be the path.



“MY DAD HAD TWO BYPASS SURGERIES…AND WITH THE PASSING AWAY OF MY MAMA AND A COUSIN, I BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND THAT HEALTH IS WEALTH!”

But wasn’t it obvious since you do come from a film family?
No, because dad never really made movies when we were growing up, he was mostly handling Filmalaya Studios (owned by his family, the Mukherjees) at that time. When he started making Bengali films, I was completely out of touch with it because when you are growing up, you are more concerned with studying and your school life. I was never a big film buff, I watched whatever one normally did on TV.

You were always a little bit chubby. How did you lose weight? What was the motivation?
My dad had two bypass surgeries. He has always been not quite well and we have been doing the hospital rounds very often. All the doctors I met always emphasised on the importance of health. So very early in my life, because he had his first operation in 1992 which was 20 years ago, I understood the importance of health. It took me time to understand its relevance vis-a-vis me because for me it was always that older people fell sick, never the younger ones.
With the passing away of my mama (uncle) and a cousin, one died of a cerebral attack, another died when his pancreas burst, I began to understand that especially in this profession, it is important to maintain good health. Also, when you talk to doctors they say that it’s important to stay fit because then there will be fewer complications in your life. So over the years I have become very health conscious. I genuinely believe that health is wealth.

“I DO A LOT OF CARDIO. YES, I HAVE A GYM AT HOME. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD ONE”

What is your workout?
I do yoga and a few basic exercises. I do a lot of cardio. I have a trainer with whom I work out six days a week. Yes, I have a gym at home. I have always had one.

Are you also careful about what you eat?
It’s not about being careful. Because I work out every day, I can sometimes take the liberty of cheating, so I cheat. But I try to eat healthy most of the time. Sometimes I let myself go like in this period when I am not preparing for a film. Not that I am eating pizzas and burgers and chocolates and ice creams every day but once in a while if I feel like it, I eat it. It depends on my mood. But the next day I compensate with my workout.

“I JUST LOVE FOOD AND THAT’S MY BIGGEST PROBLEM BECAUSE I AM ALWAYS FIGHTING IT”


So you do allow a little indulgence?
I allow a lot of indulgence! I just love food and that’s my biggest problem because I am always fighting it.  But if I cheat every day I would really be overweight.

Losing weight is one part of it but maintaining it is another.  
Yeah, it’s tougher because when you are losing weight, you set a goal for yourself and you are constantly at it. Maintaining weight is difficult because you think you are working it out the next day but you are probably not doing as much as you need to.
You know what? When I see my earlier films I don’t think I was that chubby. But what I did was to get toned. Toning your body and losing inches is more important than losing weight. When you are toning up you are actually healthier.

Your height?
I must be 5’2”

Your present weight?
I get trauma weighing myself, so I’d rather not check it!

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