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WHY SHE WON’T KISS

Your character in Gulab Gang...

I play Sandhya. She has been a part of the gang ever since Madhuri forms this group of women. She is strong, resilient and extremely loyal towards Madhuri’s character.

Ice-breaking moment with Madhuri...

The ice was broken immediately. She was genuinely interested about each one’s background. She wanted to know about my training, about Gangor (the 2010 film directed by Italo Spinelli). We’ve done a song shoot together already and she is always dancing and moving and I relate so much to that because I can’t sit still either!

Your favourite Madhuri Dixit films...

Pukaar, Devdas and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

The first thought that comes to mind when you think pink...

Gulab Gang! It’s a colour that feels healthy and, positive. It’s the colour of rock ’n’ roll, it’s the new black!

Your definition of the perfect woman...

Good behaviour. It doesn’t matter how she looks, if she’s well behaved, is compassionate and cordial, she will shine more.

A complete woman you look up to...

Konkona Sensharma [co-star in Shunyo Awnko], because she’s the one I’m hanging out with right now. I’ve always admired her for her choice of roles. Now I’m getting to know the human being that she is. She has this way of understanding any situation that she is in. She’s also beautiful, very well behaved and also very punctual.

One actor you’d love to act opposite...

Irrfan Khan! I think he’s an amazing actor and I think we’d look good together.

Tolly directors you want to work with...

Aparna Sen and Rituparno Ghosh.

One thing you’d never do on screen...

Maybe what I did in Gangor (go topless) and I don’t think I’d kiss on screen again either (she has a kissing scene with Priyanshu Chatterjee in Shunyo Awnko). I mean, it’s not a pleasure when I look at it now. Even though the scenes in Shunyo Awnko are aesthetically done, I think I suffer. I know Holly actors are doing it every day without inhibitions and earlier I used to think it’s very easy, but it’s not. It’s uncomfortable and I have to cross a lot of bridges.

One thing in a man that turns you on...

Good manners, courtesy, chivalry but not the 1950s kindů A man treating people and women with respect and as an equal is a turn on.

One thing that turns you off...

Bad breath and shameless flirting.

Best thing about being a mother (to three-year-old daughter Naima)...

It’s one of life’s biggest lessons you learn. It’s not like a woman is trained to become a mother for years but the moment you become a mommy, you just naturally and instinctively adapt and also learn about preservation of yourself.

The sexiest mom...

I work very hard, so it has to be me! And then the rest of themů (Laughs)

You look sexiest in...

My husband’s T-shirt!

A fashion fetish...

Heels. It’s a huge fetish. And I find Steve Madden quite exciting these days.

The good thing about being a Bengali...

I like how Bengali women are soft-spoken and look a certain way. I can’t say the same for myself but I like that I belong to a certain culture, books, cinema that gets imbibed into our personality.

One thing you miss as a non-resident Calcuttan...

I’m glad that I don’t live in Calcutta because when I come back it’s sweet romance. I have fun, go back to Bombay and then come back again for more fun. Had I been living here I would see the good and bad and be troubled by it. So when I’m gone I miss all the food and sari shopping which I’ve taken to majorly this time on my trip.

One thing you’ve learnt in Bombay...

To use my time well. Because on one side life is fast-paced and on the other I’m not always working. That helps me pace myself well, instead of running around in circles.

Priyanka the girl-next-door or Priyanka the hottie...

Hot?! (Laughs) I don’t know what hot really is.... A girl-next-door can be hot too. I hate being categorised like that. If one wants to know me, meet me, see my films and then see what you naturally make of me.

One question you’d like to be asked...

Would you like a cup of coffee?

And your answer to thatů

‘Yes, black with no sugar!’ And no matter what the next question is, it would keep me happy and going.

Mohua Das