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Congratulations on winning the National Award for The Dirty Picture! Has it sunk in yet?

(Laughs) Thank you, thank you! Well, it’s sinking in. When I went up to collect the award, I remember looking into the audience and seeing my parents, standing, smiling, clapping… that was just so special. My sister and my brother-in-law couldn’t make it because of the babies though...

And congratulations on your item number for Ferrari Ki Sawaari! Red is your colour.

(Laughs louder) I love red! I love orange, yellow... yes, red is my colour. Isn’t it just the hottest colour?

What feedback are you getting for Mala jau de?

I am glad people are liking the song because I have really enjoyed the making. It’s good to be back with Vidhu Vinod Chopra... it’s where I started and Rajesh Mapuskar (the director of Ferrari Ki Sawaari) was an associate director for Lage Raho Munnabhai, so it’s all known territory. I didn’t want to get bogged down with the steps, so I rehearsed a lot beforehand... so I could just go and enjoy the shoot. Lavani is a dance form I like, it’s about strong body language and strong facial expressions.

Just like Vidya Balan!

Ha ha! Thanks!

You are wearing a traditional sari as well in the song…

Yes, it’s a traditional Maharashtrian paithani. These take months to make and are one of a kind.

It’s not a usual item song. Sexy but in a different way…

You know, if you see the film you will know why. It’s a sweet, endearing film and no other kind of item song would do. The choreographer has kept the moves and the feel as authentic as possible. The song just fits in beautifully in the film and I hope it does well... inshallah.

Tell us about your Aliva campaign…

The tagline for Aliva Multigrain Waves is ‘Upar Se Tasty, Andar Se Healthy’ and I play a double role. The idea is that healthy and tasty need not be mutually exclusive. I always wanted to play a double role but films like Chaalbaaz and Seeta Aur Geeta don’t get made anymore! The ad is a perfect combination of Parineeta and Silk and it fits in with the campaign. Aliva has many flavours and I love to snack on it. It doesn’t make me feel guilty! So, yes, it’s all tied in very well!


Food that is healthy but you wish was also tasty:

Boiled paalak.

Food that is tasty but you wish was also healthy:

Banana chips.

Calcutta food you miss:

Luchi, bhaji and Mishti Doi.

Top fit-food tip:

Eat everything in moderation.

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