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life? A. You miss it when you don’t get the love. I, for­tu­nately, still get a lot of love, maybe be­cause I still do a lot of work on the small screen, a lot of stuff on YouTube. My fam­ily is my pri­or­ity, so act­ing did take a back seat out of choice. Sched­ules can be very er­ratic and that’s some­thing I didn’t want as my child was grow­ing up. To­day he is six and I am read­ing scripts and I might de­cide to say yes or no, but that’s about it. This is my 25th year in the in­dus­try and I have not done a film for 8-9 years. Peo­ple still have faith in me, through my work on the small screen or in the dig­i­tal space. So I miss act­ing, but not the fact that I’m not on the big screen. Q. If given a chance, what kind of script would you choose for your come­back project in Bol­ly­wood? A. I think I have be­come too prac­ti­cal when it comes to scripts. My script sense has changed and that comes with time and ex­pe­ri­ence. It would have to be some­thing I have not done be­fore and the di­rec­tor has to be good, would have to of­fer me some­thing that would tempt me. I am not in­ter­ested in do­ing drama, there is enough drama hap­pen­ing in our lives. I want to do a funny film, a film that is en­ter­tain­ing and if pos­si­ble, a film that can be shown to my son. Q. Of all the roles you’ve done, which was the most chal­leng­ing? A. I think my most chal­leng­ing part was the part of the pro­tag­o­nist in Phir Milenge, where I was play­ing the role of an HIV-pos­i­tive woman. And Rishtey was com­pli­cated, too, as I had to prac­tice a di­alect. Also, Life in a Metro, in which I played the role of a wife who is un­happy in her mar­riage and nearly com­mits adul­tery— she still won sym­pa­thy from the au­di­ences, and that was a great feat. Thanks to the di­rec­tor. Q. You pro­duced a film, en­ti­tled Dishkiyaoon, in 2014, but it did not do well at the box of­fice. What do you want to say about that ex­pe­ri­ence? Any other films you are plan­ning to pro­duce? A. Some­thing that looks good on pa­per doesn’t al­ways trans­late well on the screen. We did our best as pro­duc­ers, and I be­lieve we need to do good work. We have been do­ing TV shows and we are do­ing a lot of an­i­ma­tion for kids. I am more in­ter­ested in do­ing stuff for kids. Q. You are a fit­ness idol to many. Do you fol­low a spe­cific ex­er­cise reg­i­men? A. I’m a yogi. So, yoga is the rea­son I’m able to stay fit phys­i­cally and men­tally. That’s some­thing I want to prop­a­gate. I want to play cat­a­lyst in terms of mak­ing more peo­ple aware of the ben­e­fits of yoga. So that is part of my reg­i­men as well. And it’s not just about the pranayams and asanas, but also about liv­ing the “yogi” life, about just keep­ing it sim­ple. Other than that, I think af­ter the age of 35 one loses mus­cle mass and bone den­sity. So I do weight train­ing and work on core-strength­en­ing... Also im­por­tant is the right food, dis­ci­pline, a life­style mod­i­fi­ca­tion and con­sis­tency in terms of fully main­tain­ing my diet and mak­ing sure that I take out time to work out. Q. For the last few years, you’ve been spear­head­ing a health cam­paign of sorts, as a celebrity, but also as an au­thor. Tell us about your 2015 book, The Great In­dian Diet. A. The Great In­dian Diet came from my heart, not my mind. I knew Luke Coutinho [au­thor and nu­tri­tion­ist] and was happy to col­lab­o­rate with him on this book. I did it only to raise aware­ness and make peo­ple un­der­stand that it wasn’t hard to lose weight or to stay fit and well. I’m happy that peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ated the book. Q. Tell us about your as­so­ci­a­tion with Coach In­dia for their new In­dia-ex­clu­sive bag launch? What is your go-to ac­ces­sory? A. I had a great time launch­ing the new In­dia-ex­clu­sive bag by Coach. It’s a very ver­sa­tile bag and I have re­ally en­joyed us­ing it. It makes a per­fect gift for the fes­tive sea­son. It’s ab­so­lutely multi func­tional and the best part—both my mom and I can use it. It is gold, and it is ver­sa­tile and it goes with all my out­fits. Q. Your new Ama­zon Prime Video ex­clu­sive, Hear Me Love Me, is now out. How did you de­cide to be­come a part of this show? A. It’s a dat­ing re­al­ity se­ries and I re­ally feel that the OTT plat­form caters to a dif­fer­ent set of au­di­ences. As you’re aware, Hear Me Love Me is meant for mil­len­ni­als. It’s built on a very dif­fer­ent and unique con­cept. Hence, I de­cided to do the show.

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