" A Turn Off Would Be to KISS 'N' Tell "
She’s sugar ‘n’ spice, and everything nice! Yes, we’re talking about the super sexy ANGIRA DHAR. From working behind the scenes to sizzling onscreen in the webseries BangBaajaBaarat and now being the lead in the film LovePerSquareFoot, she surely knows to strike the right chords. Meeting her on a lazy afternoon and having a masaledaar conversation was indeed fun. Read on…
How did you become an actor? The acting ka keeda was always there in me. It’s just that because I was raised in an academically inclined family, I could never actually tell my parents or friends. You know how it is, you have to do your MBA or CA. I always wanted to become an actor and had that keeda in me but couldn’t own up to it. Because I didn’t have any kind of acting or theatre training, I enrolled myself in a Film and TV course from Xavier Institute of Communications to understand more about the process. And before the completion of my diploma, I joined a
production house. A lot of people asked me to be in front of the camera which I was not really very sure of. But there was a point in my life when I just opened up and accepted my reality. It was at that time that I was sitting in a café and casting director Shanoo Sharma happened to be there and I didn’t know her back then. She asked me if I was an actor and I replied that I could be one! I did not say I am not an actor. Because that’s how positive I was about it. That’s how she got in touch with me and that’s how I auditioned and got through Yash Raj... That happened after the Cadbury ad. My growth and this process has been pretty natural and organic. I am thankful that things are happening for me.
How did BangBajaaBaraat happen and how did Loveper SquareFoot happen? I was with Yash Raj when they were making a webseries and I just heard a synopsis of it. I got a chance to work on it behind the scenes and gave an audition for it as well. I was called for a three-hour long audition with Honey sir separately and also had a longer audition with Anand Tiwari. I feel auditions are just a means to know yourself, whether you are capable of taking on the role or not. Being an outsider, what is your take on nepotism? I am very new to the business so I don’t know if it has happened to me because it could have and I may have not noticed it! There is the whole nepotism bit, it actually prevails everywhere. Matlab if my father has a business, I will eventually become the heir to it. I don’t blame anyone for it as it is the natural course of action for them but for me, I know it is difficult but I need to make a place for myself. Also, I feel that if you do your job well, then you will definitely land up in a good place.
Tell us three things that the world doesn’t know about Angira Dhar? Three things that you don’t know about me are: I don’t cook, I always wanted to learn percussions and that I am a Kashmiri Pandit, people think that I am a Bengali!
If not an actor, what would you have been? A director.
The projects you have picked up till now are very youth centric. Have you specifically wanted to choose such topics or are you ready to move on for more? I want to tap into many genres and don’t want to stick to one. Although it is great, the stuff which I have been doing is very youth centric and I believe that as actors, we have a big responsibility towards the youth as we belong to that category. I want to project things that could get the youth inspired.
Which genre would you like to experiment with next? I would like to do everything. I would like to do a thriller, a film on road trips and I would really like to do solid roles like a solid script. A solid script is the spine of every film. It can actually make or break a film, it is like the hero of the film.
I feel that if you do your job well, then you will definitely land up in a good place.”
What are the five things you carry with you all the time? My house keys, phone, car keys, wallet and my hair scrunchy.
Any health and beauty tips which you would like to give our readers? I feel it is very important to be happy and drink a lot of water and exercise.
One thing which you swear by? It has to be Amla! It gives you a lot of Vitamin C in your body and I definitely recommend it to people.
Who according to you are the sexiest actors in the industry? The sexiest actor in our film industry has to be Akshay Kumar and the sexiest heroine is Katrina Kaif.
One Bollywood actor you have a crush on. That has to be Shah Rukh Khan.
What is your idea of a perfect date? A perfect date would be in the comforts of my or anyone’s home. And there has to be great wine, food, music, a good film and a lot of conversation.
What in a man turns you on? A turn on in a man would be the surety he comes with. It is very rare to find a person who is sure.
What in a man turns you off? A turn off would be to kiss ‘n’ tell.
If you had a superpower, what would it be? It would be like the superpower to fly. I want to see everything from a height.
What is your idea of love? Love would be having a 50-50 partnership, that is in everything.
Have you ever been hit on by the same sex? What was your reaction? Yes, I have been. I was pretty taken aback. I was like I don’t know if this is my scene right now. I didn’t run away from it as I felt that it was fair that a person is attracted to you, be it from any sex.
When was the last time a guy chased you? Or you chased a guy? If the person reads it, it is going to be crazy! There was this one guy who I really liked and I hope he doesn’t read this interview. I sent him a book and I am not a person who will do this generally but it was really weird for me. It was a long distance thing so it was easier. It wasn’t really a chase but this is not at all me!
Ladies at times worry about the size of their assets, what is your point of view as an actor, does size really matter? Your work and personality does!
What would you prefer to be: the girl next door, a power packed performer or a sex icon? A power packed performer.
What did the word sex mean to you when you were 15, and now? I don’t know if I should divulge this information. Sex at
The sexiest actor in our film industry has to be Akshay Kumar.”
15 was unknown to me and now it’s known to me! Or rather I know more about it now.
Have you ever gone out with someone double your age? Not exactly double my age but definitely someone who is a decade older than me.
What kind of guy do you prefer: Lean and slender or bulky? A lean and sporty guy.
Which is the awful one liner you have come across till date? I don’t actually remember. It was probably so bad that I’ve forgotten it!
Have you ever drunk dialed anyone? Never!
What kind of a body would you prefer? A voluptuous one or a svelte bod? A sporty one as I think that is what my natural course of body change would be!
The most awkward situation you have faced till date. I have had a lot of them. I meet people who I have met before and I don’t remember them. It happens to me all the time. It is not that I don’t want to remember them but it just doesn’t register.
Have you been ever cheated? Yes.
Are you lucky in love or lucky in cards? I think both!
What is the first thing you notice in a guy? His eyes.
How would you want your lover to be – wild and funny or soft and surprising? Wild and funny. I like people with a great humor. They are amazing!
Have you ever taken advantage of your celebrity status? No, never! I don’t even know what that means!
What is your take on open relationships? I don’t know about open relationships as I haven’t subscribed to one.
What are the projects you are currently working on? I am reading a lot of good stuff and meeting a lot of people, so you shall soon know!
If you could live someone else’s life for a day, who would it be and why? I would really like to live Michael Jackson’s life for a day and maybe an astronaut’s life too, provided there is a guarantee to come back!
Sex at 15 was unknown to me and now it’s known to me!”