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Eat chocolate, teach Depp

Soha Ali Khan shares some of her secrets with t2...

A person I identify with the most: I am quite like my father (Tiger Pataudi) as a person. He is a sort of legendary figure. As far as temperament goes, I am exactly like him.

I have looked my best: In Khoya Khoya Chand, till now. I have a no-make-up look in my unreleased film Mumbai Meri Jaan, which I also love. I think it adds vulnerability to my character.

One old Bolly role that I would like to do: My mother’s (Sharmila Tagore) in Mausam.

My favourite Bollywood era: The Fifties. I particularly like the actresses from that era like Meena Kumari and Madhubala and their roles in films like Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool. Unfortunately, I think that period can never come back.

My favourite actress of that time: Meena Kumari.

My favourite black-and-white film: Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam.

My favourite film in recent times: Jab We Met. I really enjoyed it.

The actor I make the best on-screen couple with: Let the audience decide.

The best compliment paid to me by a man: I like it when people tell me that I am very special or when they describe me as a blend of beauty and brains. But it’s very difficult to repeat compliments. You end up sounding foolish when you are saying nice things about yourself (laughs).

If I were to teach Hindi to a Hollywood actor it would be: Johnny Depp. Hands down.

I feel nostalgic: When I go home either to Delhi or to my family home, the Pataudi house. Whenever you go back to an environment where you have grown up, it always takes you back into the past. Also watching certain films make you nostalgic. Anything that stimulates your senses also transports you back in time.

My guilty passion: Chocolates. And once I start eating, I won’t be satisfied with anything less than the whole bar.

The quality that impresses me the most in a man: Everybody says sense of humour. I would say the man should have the ability to make me laugh but also the ability to laugh at himself.

The director who has extracted the best out of me: Sudhir Mishra in Khoya Khoya Chand.

My favourite film starring my brother Saif: Omkara in terms of performance and Dil Chahta Hai in terms of entertainment. You can watch Dil Chahta Hai every day.

One role I would do for free: There are lots of films that you do at a very subsidised rate because you believe in them, especially when you do Bengali films. Art films are not made for money but for the love of cinema. I did Antarmahal because I loved the role even though there was no money in it.

One thing that annoys me the most: Intolerance in people.

Things that give me a high: Playing a sport, giving a great shot, the camera, a good scene.

One question that I am tired of answering: How often does your mother give you advice?

A part of myself that I want to change: I am quite comfortable with the way I am. If you ask physically then there could be umpteen things, so there is no point going down that way! Temperamentally I am very moody, so I would like to be just a little more in control of my moods.

The most interesting gift I have received so far: The gift of life from my mother.

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