Shraddha Kapoor Curated

Indian actress and singer

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  • What do you enjoy doing besides acting?

    I like gardening, reading, watching movies, spending time with my little cousin. I love writing. I’ve been writing poems and songs since a young age. I like maintaining a personal diary. I love sketching and painting. I have done some doodles. Someday I’d want to share my art with the world. Maybe, I’d sell them for charity. I would like to publish a book of my poems. (Smiles) That’s why you don’t see me out anywhere!

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  • What have you discovered about yourself over the years?

    I’ve discovered that I am moody. That I am lazy sometimes, I get bored easily. That I am mad about food. I love sweets. I love watching old movies. I love music, dancing, singing and being in front of the camera.

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  • What have you learned from your parents?

    The biggest thing I’ve learned from my father (Shakti Kapoor) is being grateful for what you have in life and to value all the good that has come your way. The best thing I’ve learned from my mom (Shivangi) is not to do anything that doesn’t make you happy.

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  • Do you get angry easily?

    Not actually. But if I get angry toh main ghar sar pe uthha leti hoon. Chillam chilli karti hoon (I scream and shout) but I only do that with my close people, those who know me. After that I say sorry 20 times. I cool down quickly.

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  • What is the real Shraddha like?

    I am shy. I’m not a people’s person. When I attend film parties, I don’t know what to do, what to say. Half the time I don’t know if I should even attend those parties. I feel comfortable with my close friends from school and college. I can talk to them non-stop as with my family. I am an extrovert with people I know well. Also, I’m basically a sentimental person.

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  • So what’s on your travel list?

    Recently, I visited Berlin and Prague on my birthday. I wish I could travel across India by train. I want to visit Uttarakhand.

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  • Once your dad Shakti Kapoor mentioned in an interview that Shraddha doesn’t know how to handle money?

    That’s true. I’m a spendthrift. I used to spend money on bags, shoes, clothes. I was addicted to shopping. But now I like to spend money on travel.

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  • Are you a possessive girlfriend?

    Yes, I have been one. But I don’t want to be a possessive girlfriend anymore. I want to give space to that person. Allow them to do what they want.

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  • Do you view love as an inspiration or as a distraction?

    I view love as a necessity. Pyar har insaan ki zindagi me bahut zaroori hai.

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  • How has your definition of love changed through the years?

    My definition and understanding of love keep evolving. My current understanding of love is that when it happens you cannot deny it; you can’t help it, no matter what you do.

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  • What are you looking for in a man?

    Earlier, I was like my man should have a good sense of humor, a sense of adventure... But now I realize that love can happen with anyone, anytime, anywhere. And when it happens, I won’t be checking for those qualities in him. Because when you connect with someone, that’s all that matters.

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  • How much can a star boyfriend help in an actress’s life?

    I don’t think anyone can help an actress – except for her work and talent. The same applies to an actor. I don’t believe that dating someone famous will help you professionally.

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  • Between stardom and relationships, which is difficult to maintain?

    Both. But my family and friends keep me grounded. They give me a reality check. I am not talking about romantic relationships here. I’m talking about relationships with friends and family. They remind you that you need to spend time with them as well. And then you do that.

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  • Is it difficult to balance a relationship with your career especially in showbiz?

    Yes, sometimes it’s difficult to give time to a relationship. But I don’t believe it’s impossible. If you want to have a relationship, you will manage to balance it with work.

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  • Does being single help you focus more on work?

    Yes. Right now, I’m happy being single and focussing on my work. Agar boyfriend hota toh main distract ho jaati. Right now I don’t feel it’s necessary.

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  • What do you have to say about the rumors linking you with Farhan Akhtar?

    What I can’t control, I ignore. Because there’s no truth in it. And my focus is on films. I don’t focus on rubbish stories that people write about me. As actors, we work hard to deliver a good performance. Reporters should be responsible when they write about us. Link-up rumors are not fair. It affects my family also. But now I have learned to ignore it.

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  • Being a celebrity do you miss doing the regular things?

    Sometimes I miss going out like a normal person. I enjoy walking on the streets. Earlier I’d walk down to Juhu market. I miss stepping into an auto and moving around freely in the city. I miss eating roadside paani puri. But these are very small things. We actors are blessed and should have no reason to be unhappy. I have a beautiful house, I have a career and people want to cast me. I’m living my childhood dream.

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  • Is there something that you like or dislike about the industry?

    I love that it gives you opportunities to live different lives as characters. I hate the fact that sometimes it can take you to such a high that you can forget who you are.

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  • Do you equate happiness with success?

    Success is not the main reason for my happiness. My happiness lies in the fact that I’m living life on my terms. I’m doing what I love to do.

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  • How was it sharing a frame with your brother Siddhant Kapoor who plays Dawood Ibrahim on the reel?

    I was nervous because we were sharing screen space but Apoorva sir would be like, ‘Yaar jo bhi tumhari real-life chemistry hai wohi onscreen dikhao, don’t get anxious’.

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  • You’re also doing Apoorva Lakhia’s Haseena. Was it difficult to play a real-life character?

    Yes, it’s difficult and challenging. I met Haseena’s (alleged don Dawood Ibrahim’s late sister) family, spent time with them, and tried to understand her. I had to put on some weight as well. I also did some reading with the cast.

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  • This is your third film with Mohit Suri. What’s special about him?

    He makes films from the heart. He understands the emotional quotient of the Indian audience. The way he directs and presents the scenes, it connects with the audiences. That’s why his films do so well.

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  • Coming from film families, did you know each other?

    ’ve known him through my growing years. He’s my elder brother Siddhanth’s (Kapoor) friend. I’ve known all of them Varun (Dhawan), Tiger (Shroff). Varun is my childhood friend. Ours is a special connection. Tiger Shroff used to be my junior in school. So when we did Baaghi together, it was like OMG we’re opposite each other! Tiger’s extremely dedicated. Then Aditya Roy Kapoor and I became good friends. We did two films – Aashiqui 2 and Ok Jaanu. I love working with him. He’s an involved actor. Shahid Kapoor (Haider) is also professional.

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  • What’s the equation you share with Arjun Kapoor?

    Very good. I’m fortunate to have had some great co-stars who eventually have become family. The same is the case with Arjun. He will win much appreciation for this role. He’s given his heart and soul to it. Also, one thing I love about him is that he’s a nice guy. I like his wit and sense of humor. I love the way he speaks in both English and Hindi.

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  • What makes Half Girlfriend a special outing?

    It’s the first time I’m playing the title role. It’s an intense love story. It’s not the usual girl-next-door role. I’m playing the rich Riya Somani. She wears branded clothes, moves in luxury cars, and attends college with blow-dried hair. People assume she’s the happiest girl in the world as she has everything. But it’s not like that. She finds joy in simple things. Like she loves getting drenched in the first showers. That’s why she falls in love with Madhav (Arjun Kapoor). He can’t converse in English but she loves his simplicity.

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  • Tell us about somebody you look up to; a person who has shaped the way you think and behave?

    My mom. I look up to her for who she is and how she thinks. In fact, my parents have played a huge role in shaping my perspective. —With inputs from Nikita D’silva

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  • A style trend you love, and one you can’t get on board with.

    I am not a big fan of animal prints. A trend that I do love is wearing athleisure as everyday casuals.

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  • Are you mindful of your diet? If yes, any tips and tricks to maintaining a healthy physique?

    I am not rigid with my diet because I love food. However, I do try to keep a balance between junk food and eating healthy.

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  • What’s an easy everyday style you won’t tire of?

    My favorite track pants, a T-shirt, and sneakers.

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  • How do you deal with failure?

    By not letting it get to me, moving on, and working on what I need to do next.

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  • What’s one fun thing you do to stay fit?

    For me, the best way to stay fit is to dance. With Street Dancer, I got the opportunity to dance to my heart’s content.

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  • If we were to visit you on a Sunday at 6 pm, what would we find you doing?

    On most Sundays, I am working. But on a day off, you will find me at home with family or with my friends.

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  • We don’t hear you talking about your personal life much. Is that a conscious decision?

    Definitely. I am here to live my dream of being an actor; I prefer keeping the focus on that.

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  • What do you count as some of your biggest achievements since your debut in 2010?

    The love that I have received from this country and the audience is special.

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  • Tell us about your plans for 2020. What are you looking forward to this year?

    I am stoked to be a part of Street Dancer. After ABCD 2, expectations were high, and I hope everyone has loved the film. I am also thrilled about Baaghi 3, and the Luv Ranjan film (untitled) I am doing with Ranbir Kapoor.

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  • As an actor, how do you describe this space of constant growth and empowerment?

    The best part is that you get to play different characters as an actor. While some characters are inspirational, you might not be able to relate to the others. But you must tap into an aspect that allows the audience to connect with what they see on-screen. The more versatile a role, the more you discover yourself. And when you get constructive feedback, you start understanding how your process can also be different for each film.

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  • Following your passion also entails learning from your failures. What have your failures taught you?

    My career started with lows; that laid a solid foundation to stay grounded, irrespective of the highs, and success. I am grateful for that beginning because it didn’t come easy to me.

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  • How do you deal with criticism?

    Constructive criticism is important, as it helps me improve myself. But if the criticism is silly, I don’t pay much attention to it.

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  • In an interview, your father spoke about how you were offered your first film at 16 when Salman Khan saw you in a play. He said you rejected the offer as you were studying. Stardom chased you much before you got into the industry. Did that help or add to the pressure of succeeding?

    No, I always wanted to become an actor. However, I felt that at the age of 15 or 16, I was too young and wanted to finish schooling and attend college. I don’t think to get offers back then has defined my success. But it was difficult to turn it down and focus on studies because it was such a fantastic opportunity to work with Salman Khan.

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  • What are some of the truths you’ve learned about yourself and Bollywood since you entered the industry?

    My perception of Hindi films was different before I got into the industry. I couldn’t imagine the hard work that goes into being an actor. I didn’t foresee it, and I think that has made me work harder. It has made me love and respects my craft more.

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  • We remember reading a story about you accompanying your father to one of his shoots, where you and Varun Dhawan held a torch pretending it was a camera and danced to Govinda’s songs. Do you now take a moment to look back and be proud of yourself for chasing and living your dream?

    That’s a good recollection because it’s one of my fondest memories of being on a film set, with Varun (Dhawan) and Namu (Govinda’s daughter Tina Ahuja’s nickname). And, yes! It feels surreal. I am grateful for being able to realize and live my dream. Every day has been a dream come true with the kind of films I have been part of, and the ones I will be doing in the future. It’s challenging, but amazing nonetheless.

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  • You practically grew up in Bollywood’s backyard as Shakti Kapoor’s daughter. How much did knowing the ins of this industry help you in dealing with your own career trajectory?

    The irony is that my father has never picked up the phone to get me to meet anybody, and I feel like somewhere I’ve had to carve my own path. I have auditioned for many roles and faced several rejections. I am grateful for them because they have made me the person I am today.

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  • Each role that you have essayed so far has required you to step out of your comfort zone. Is that something you actively look for while signing a project?

    As an actor, I want to be a part of different films, take on versatile roles, and push boundaries. The bar was set high with ABCD 2. Thus, in Street Dancer, it was crucial to outdo that performance, and I have received great response.

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  • Tell us about somebody you look up to; a person who has shaped the way you think and behave?

    My mom, I look up to her for who she is and how she thinks. In fact, my parents have played a huge role in shaping my perspective. The irony is that my father has never picked up the phone to get me to meet anybody, and I feel like I’ve had to carve my own path. I have auditioned for many roles and faced several rejections. I am grateful for them because they have made me the person I am today.

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  • You finished 10 years in the movie industry, how does it feel?

    Honestly, I can’t believe it, talk about time flying. I think this feels like that. I don’t know how that’s supposed to make me feel. It’s amazing how this time has just gone by and it’s been so beautiful and amazing.

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  • What’s next after Baaghi 3, do we see a Baaghi 4 in the pipeline as well?

    Well. Why not? If the audience continues to show the same love to our film as it has for the first two installments of the franchisee, there will definitely be a Baaghi 4 and I would love to be a part of it. Besides, I am currently awaiting to begin shooting for Luv Ranjan’s next film where I am paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor, it is an exciting project and I hope it gets the same love all my other films.

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  • How would you rate your satisfaction level at this stage of your career?

    I think I am in an amazing phase of my career right now. I am working on commercial films which have larger-than-life subjects. For instance- Street Dancer helped me understand the problems of people living on the streets in London. I learned that dance is a powerful medium and it can be used to impact lives positively.

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  • In the film, you’re also seen grooving to Dus Bahane 2.0 alongside Tiger Shroff who is a brilliant dancer. How much of pressure has it been?

    Tiger is certainly a much better dancer and his moves are so effortless. But it has always been my dream to dance in a film. The pressure is more to do better than what I have done and enjoyed the process.

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  • How has it been reuniting with Tiger Shroff after the first Baaghi?

    It is always a pleasure. I love it when people say that we have great on-screen chemistry. Tiger has been my junior in school and I used to be taller than him. He used to run around the school corridors in his basketball jersey and the moment he would see me, he would stop and say hi in a soft tone and disappear. He is a really nice person in real life, talks to everyone on set, and shows his concern for others. It is lovely to work with nice people like him.

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  • How was it performing action sequences in the film?

    I had to run from T-72 soviet military tanks. These tanks are some of the biggest ones in the world and as far as I am aware, no other actress has ever done this before in the history of Bollywood. The fact that I actually did the running shot without the help of any special effects or CGI makes it special

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  • What is in store for Baaghi 3 after Baaghi 2 was such a huge success?

    It is so exciting to be back with Tiger working on Baaghi 3, my character is a unique character. I am super excited about it and being back with Sajid Sir. Ahmed sir is directing it and he is so lovely and so amazing to work with. Tiger has worked super hard for the movie.

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  • You have a strong following down South and finally, you are making a debut in the Telugu film industry with Saaho, opposite Prabhas. Excited?

    You know, when I signed Saaho, the makers very sweetly told me the same thing and I was very excited, happy to know that I have fans down South. Saaho is going to be a multi-lingual film and it will be shot in two languages simultaneously, which is in Hindi and Telugu. It will further be dubbed in some more regional languages. Naturally, I am very excited about my Tollywood debut!

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  • Your last film, Haseena Parkar, had you essaying the role of a woman who evolves over the years. Was the process of getting into the skin of a character, in a film that is based on true events, challenging for you?

    Absolutely! I had to show the character’s journey from 17 to 45, which is the range of her age in the film. You know, the different transitions and changes in various phases of life, right from her teenage years to 20s, 30s, and 40s are very distinct. She evolves through the years and to be able to do justice to her evolution while essaying the role was a big task. Haseena has experienced a lot of loss in her life and to be able to portray a character who has experienced so many things, it did get quite challenging and emotionally heavy.

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  • You have sung quite a few popular songs for your films. Which one was the most challenging to record? Was there any nervousness?

    I think the first track that I recorded - Galliyan (Ek Villain) was quite challenging. When you do something for the first time, it always has an edge to it. There is always a sense of nervousness. Thankfully, the song got a great response and I was very happy to see the reaction. Even Rock On 2 was a challenge, especially since I was playing a singer. The script demanded that I sing my own songs and I had to ensure that I do my rehearsals well.

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  • Music or acting, which one would you choose as your first love?

    It would be very difficult to make a choice. Both acting and music are extremely close to my heart. And, I love dancing also. So, the choice between all of these is extremely tough.

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  • Who has been your biggest influence, when it comes to multitasking and creating a fine balance between career and passion?

    Jim Carrey was quite an influence during my growing up years. He is a fantastic actor, and he also paints very well. His paintings are absolutely fascinating.

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  • Was there any point in life where you thought you could give music a chance and a make career in that field?

    I feel that although professionally I am an actor, I am getting the opportunity to do the things that I love. Being an actor, singing, dancing; I love all of this! In fact, I also write, but I haven’t had the chance to share my writings with the world. I also paint. So, I am doing everything that I love and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  • Did you take any formal training for music or singing?

    Yes, I have taken some formal training. I particularly trained for Rock On 2, recently. Plus, coming from a family with a musical background, I was lucky to get the chance to train with my Nana (Pandit Pandharinath Kolhapure).

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  • Ever since your debut, how have you managed to maintain the right balance between your career and passion? How do you take time out for riyaaz?

    The thing is, I got the opportunity to take my passion the next level through the films that I was a part of and went on to sing for. So, I did have the time. I have given music the attention that it deserves in my life. Also, I truly believe if you really love something, it is possible to make time. One must make time for anything that they are passionate about, aside from pursuing their professional commitments.

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  • At one point in time, you had 5 super-hits in a row. But after that, 3 films consecutively didn't meet the expectations. So, how did you manage both success and a sudden drop?

    I just know that it's all in the audience's hand. If they don't want to watch, they will not. Somewhere, I also think that the bar was so high that in comparison to that, everything else seemed to be not enough probably. Half Girlfriend has done decent business but people thought like 'Yaar ye to blockbuster Nahi hai'. But I am proud of all the films I did."

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  • Nowadays, actors are open to go and meet the directors, producers, etc., to get a film. Have you ever done that? Or how do you see it?

    Something like this happened with Haider. I came to know Vishal sir is working on this project, so I messaged him and also asked my manager if we could get to meet him somehow. And he was open to meeting. He asked me to give an audition, so I gave an audition and got the part. I am always open to approach people. And why not?"

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  • As you are working in a horror-comedy, do you believe in ghosts?

    I don't know. Sometimes it's like 'Lagta hai ki hai, lagta hai ki nahi hai...' I sleep with one light on because I am scared of darkness. So those little things are there. But yes, I have not experienced anything like ghosts so I don't believe it. I am more scared of thunder and lightning."

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  • Talking about your father, Shakti Sir has been one of the most versatile actors of Bollywood. So when you look back to his films, do you also feel the desire to want to do a comedy or a negative role?

    There is definitely a desire. I wish at some time people say that she could match up to her father. There is a long way to go. He shares many stories about the roles he has played, about the nuances and it's very interesting. I would love to do a versatile kind of work and I hope it will come to my way soon."

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  • What are the suggestions your father (Shakti Kapoor) gives to you while choosing a particular script or a role?

    He always encourages me. Because he knows the value of even getting a film in this industry. I am born with a silver spoon, but things were not like this with him. I too find it very difficult to say a 'no' to a film. I have my own struggle to make my mark in the industry. You have to keep working hard. I don't take things for granted. My father has such a deep value in the film industry because it has given him so much and he cherishes this a lot. This industry is very close to his heart."

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  • Do you believe in the Box Office rat race in Bollywood?

    I don't want to make it my ultimate goal. My focus is to be a part of memorable films, I want to be remembered."

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  • How is the Saina Nehwal biopic preparation going on?

    It's going on really well. It is very challenging, very tough. I have to be very good in a very short span of time. She is a champion and doing it for years. So I am trying hard, at the same time I am also doing another challenging film, which is Saaho."

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  • Do you go back and think about what went wrong? And did that change the way of your selecting a script?

    I think it didn't change the kind of films I wanted to be a part of definitely because I am doing another biopic right now of Saina Nehwal. I can just work hard and give 100 percent to my audience. Probably my perception changed a bit. I don't want to do the kind of movies I have done before. For now, I just want to do films with good content."

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  • When a film doesn't do well, do you lose confidence? How do you take it?

    I try not to get much attached to success or failure. What I want to do is to do better work, to bring improvement in me. And offer the audience something different with each film I do. I want to be a part of really good content-driven films."

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  • But it is also disheartening when a particular film, where you have put in a lot of effort, doesn't work, isn't it?

    Ya, it is. Because we work hard on any film for months. But you have to accept the rejections as well. And that's how cinema works. Here the audience is everything. This puts more pressure on us to bring more and more good content and to be a part of films which have that material."

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  • How do you see the present scenario of stardom versus content?

    I think now the audience decides what they want to watch and there are no rules. Sometimes, the biggest film with a huge star cast does not work. I think now the line between big film, small film, commercial film, and a non- commercial film is quite blurred. Now content is getting more importance and it is an exciting time for all of us."

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  • We've heard that Stree is a franchise? Is that true?

    The director and producer will be able to give you a proper answer to this. But ya, I would love to be a part of a franchise like this."

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  • So, you were not skeptical about playing the role of a ghost?

    See, we don't know if I am the ghost yet (Laughs..). But there is nothing to be skeptical, I just wanted to be a part of a good film. And this movie has a great story, great dialogues. Then I knew about the star cast Rajkummar, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti, so I was really excited. This was an opportunity for me of a lifetime. Doing this film had its own challenges. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging on the sets, so I had to put pressure on myself. I really wanted to be as good as them."

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  • What made you say a 'yes' to Stree?

    I really loved the script. I laughed quite a lot during its narration. Within 10 minutes of the narration, I was sure that I am doing this film. I had to say yes. I was like, 'thank God they offered this to me'. It's such a unique story about a female ghost."

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  • What kind of a theme is Stree carrying?

    The film is handled in a light-hearted manner. It’s a horror-comedy. In the film, the roles are a little reversed. Normally, females are expected to stay alert while out and not to stay out late. In Stree, we reversed that, so the men need to be on alert now. It is all done in a comedic flavor and good spirit

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  • What is your favorite destination?

    Ladakh is my favorite. I was there for ten days with my friends a few years back. The place is filled with beauty, with their monasteries, valleys, the flowers, and the people. All of that and again just getting in touch with nature.

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  • What is your favorite part of filming a movie?

    I like traveling a lot and one fantastic thing about being in the movies is that you get to travel with your films. I really like that very much. We were in Tehri for the Batti Gul Meter Chalu shooting. What a beautiful place is Uttarakhand! I enjoy traveling to places where there is a lot of nature. Through nature, I feel you find a deeper connection within yourself.

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  • There are a lot of ups and downs in an actor’s career, what do you do to learn from each film?

    I think there is a lot to learn from success and failures, but where I think one can learn most and where I learned most from is actually from sets. Working with actors like Raj and Pankaj Ji also provides learning moments. Success and failure are something I choose not to take to my heart at all because I want to focus on doing some very memorable work and keep bettering myself each time.

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  • How is it working with Prabhas in the upcoming movie Saaho?

    It’s amazing. It is so fabulous to work with him. I just feel so good about all the films that I am working on at the moment. There is a lot of hard work. This year is quite a physically challenging one, but it is a very exciting one as well.

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  • What is the status of Saina Nehwal biopic?

    The status is that the training is going on in full swing and from next month onwards, I will start shooting for the film. The badminton portions we will be shooting next year. I have to train more for that because it’s very challenging. It takes a lifetime for people to become a badminton champion. I have to try to play like one in a very short amount of time, so I am trying my best.

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  • How do you handle criticism?

    Constructive criticism always helps. I always want to do better at what I do than what I have done before. So, I want to work harder and harder every time. But I also sometimes felt that after Aashiqui 2 (2013), suddenly all my films were doing so well that something that didn’t do as well, was panned even more. There was a comparison to extremes. Having said that, it’s entirely up to the audience. They are the ones with the power and I respect their taste. I try to not take criticism to heart. I try to not take success or failure to heart because there are always ups and downs. So, I just want to keep my head down and work hard. That’s what I want to focus on.

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  • Do you personally believe in the supernatural?

    I think there is no definite information about supernatural beings, but I also don’t believe it does not exist altogether, that everyone is making it up. I would not rule it out completely. You never know what powers, which powers are actually in this world. If there is, we should respect it.

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  • Do you like horror films?

    I am very scared of horror movies and pure darkness is terrifying for me. I sleep with my night lights on always. In Chanderi, it’s so quiet there that the quietness in itself scared me. With this film also, if it was just a horror movie, I wasn’t sure if I would have done it or not because I would be afraid. So, it’s one genre that I don’t even watch much because I am petrified of it, and that feeling stays even after the film is over. I won’t be able to sleep.

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  • Was there any supernatural incident on the sets?

    During shooting, some incidents happened which were weirder than supernatural. One sad thing that happened was that one of the light-men fell from a high level and when we asked him how he fell, he replied that he felt as if someone pushed him. We were very stunned and started thinking about what is happening. Some things are a big question mark

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  • Could you please tell us something about your new movie Stree and your experience while shooting it?

    Stree is a horror-comedy. I am very excited about this film. It’s a purely content-driven film. The story of the film is the king and I am grateful that I got the opportunity to be a part of it. When I got the narration of the film, I was so happy. I was going mad laughing. It was such a funny script. It was fantastic to work with Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurrana, and Abhishek Banerjee and all. Not only did I get to work with such an amazing script but also, I got to work with such fabulous actors. I am a big fan of Pankaj Ji and Raj.

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  • Before ABCD 2, you had spoken about how weird it was to be romancing Varun Dhawan on screen because you’ve known each other since you were kids. Did it get easier with this one?

    Yeah. It’s a completely new story with completely new characters. What’s interesting is that our dynamic has changed. In ABCD 2, we were on the same team. In this, we’re against each other. I have my own team, he has he and I are super possessive about my team, we’re arrogant about the way we dance, we’re the best and we own it. So it was super exciting to have that kind of friction. Sometimes, when you hate someone, there’s an undercurrent of attraction of sorts. That is sort of there in this film. And it wasn’t that hard to be against him because we were completely in character.

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  • You got injured quite a bit in this film, didn’t you?

    It required so much prep that I was just dancing through injuries. My ankles and shins were busted, my neck and shoulders were busted. We had physio on set for all of us all day because it was just hard. One day, Remo Sir decided that my character needed a dramatic moment for her intro in the film. He was discussing it with the choreographers, Rahul and Kruti, and goes, ‘Should we throw her off a car?!’ (Laughs) And I was right there! I asked if there would be a harness and the choreographers go, ‘She’ll manage’. I even have a making-of video where they’re teaching me how they’re going to fling me over a car and catch me on the other side. And they decided this on the day of the shoot.

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  • Have you discovered a dance form that you love performing and anything that doesn’t come easily for you?

    In this film, I realized what I love to do. It’s robotics, popping, and locking. So, I love that style and it’s just so much fun. And new-school is hard. You have to catch every minute beat of a song and that’s hard. But it looks outstanding. Everyone’s jaw drops when someone’s doing new-school.

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  • You spoke early in your career that before acting, it was a dance that you fell in love with...

    In a way, I think so. My brother (Siddhanth Kapoor) and I, while growing up, loved dancing and would dance in front of the mirror. My mum would put a hidden camera in the room and so we have footage of us dancing to all these amazing ’90s songs. So, dance has been a love for both me and my brother. I learned a little bit formally. My mother enrolled me in classes with Shiamak Davar and Ashley Lobo.

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  • Did you want to be a part of Street Dancer 3D have anything to do with what the film and the character required of you?

    I just had a feeling that he wouldn’t be calling me if the role wasn’t a step up from the previous one. That’s what it is and I knew he’d make sure he gets it out of me again and in a bigger way this time. That faith was there for sure. There’s a certain kind of appreciation that came out in ABCD 2 for the dancing and I got a lot of love for the song Sun saathiya. He knew that we had to cross that. There were so many times during the film where I asked him if I’d manage to do it and he had more faith in me than I did in myself when it came to dance.

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  • Did you have a chat with Parineeti Chopra when she was signed on for Saina?

    In fact, it was offered to Parineeti even before it was offered to me. It’s amazing how what’s meant to come to you, comes to you. We spoke about this.

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  • You had to make a choice between this film and the biopic on badminton champ Saina Nehwal. That must have been incredibly hard because you prepped so much for that one...

    I did, and it was really hard. But I just couldn’t say no to Remo Sir (D’Souza, the director of Street Dancer 3D) because he had given me a film like ABCD 2, and the dates were clashing. It was a decision that came from the heart. A director who had given me a very memorable film was calling me and I needed to be there for him.

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  • The first couple of years were a little hard on you. What do you remember of those years?

    I think the first couple of years for sure, and also that spell when certain films weren’t doing well at the box office. It’s really been like a roller coaster, but the low phase that hit me the hardest was the one at the start. You have your hopes up for your first films and then they don’t do well. But it was such a blessing in disguise. Had that not happened, so many other things would not have been put into perspective for me. It helped me with where my focus actually needs to be... it can’t be attached to a film doing well or not. You can’t start thinking that everything is over because a film hasn’t done well. Or that you’re set for life because a film has done well. It made me realize that the only thing that’s in my hands is how good I can be and the kind of work I do. So I focused on that more than anything else.

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  • In a couple of weeks, you complete 10 years in the business...

    Next month, yeah. I can’t believe it, talk about time flying. I think this feels like that. I don’t know how that’s supposed to make me feel. It’s amazing how this time has just gone by and it’s been so beautiful and amazing.

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  • You have had an uber-busy year.

    Yes! There is no time to think in the last two years. I have just had five days off in December. And though I am a part of the cinema, can you believe that I had no time to catch up on watching films? I have just started watching “Game of Thrones” after it is over.

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  • In a very competitive arena, what do you think is your greatest strength?

    Umm…I never felt like an industry kid, but like an outsider, I say that in a good way, like “Teen Patti” was not a typical debut. My choices, whether it is “Aashiqui 2” or “Haseena,” have led to whatever standing I have today. And I am proud of my journey every step of the way. Different things work for different people and there are no rules. This has been MY journey.

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  • Was there any real challenge in doing “Saaho?”

    Yes, we shot everything twice, so I was worried whether I will be able to get the same reaction in the shot in the other language.

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  • With the budget here being high and you're feeling the pressure, did you go on a pilgrimage or ask for a “mannat” for the film’s success?

    Actually, I don’t ask God for anything ever and just give gratitude. I am telling this for the first time, but for a few years now, I am meditating off and on. I am, in any case, nervous before every film! In one week, the audience decides on a film on which we have put in months of hard work!

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  • Did you not get injuries from your action sequences in this film?

    Not too many here, but a lot when I was shooting for “Street Dancer 3D.” Of course, with the kind of budget “Saaho” was – I think Rs. 350 crore – there was huge pressure. My neck is still not completely normal, I can’t turn my head sideways easily, but that’s from “Street Dancer 3D!” But one of my worst experiences was shooting the song “Chham Chham” for “Baaghi” at a railway station in the rain when the platform as completely rough. My director wanted me to wear shoes, but it would not have had the same feel, so I danced barefoot, and my feet were bleeding!

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  • Given the man, an “emotional” question: After “Baaghi” with Tiger Shroff, how was it working with the father, Jackie Shroff, here? How would you compare them?

    Ummmmm…How do I say this? I don’t have any scenes with Jackie uncle. I barely met him on sets. But as kids, my brother Siddhant and I would go to his house for Tiger’s and his sister Krishna’s birthday parties, and he was very, very kind. Because of my father (veteran Shakti Kapoor), we are family friends.

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  • What attracts you to a role now? You are kicking butt again in “Saaho” after doing a bit in “Baaghi.”

    I think I got attracted here because my journey as a character has lots of layers, and it is a very strong role. In any case, I feel that meatier roles are being written for women now. In all kinds of films, even the out-and-out commercial ones, women are seen in stronger roles. The people want it that way.

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  • Can you name one exercise that has really worked for you?

    Dance is good fun and it really helps me to stay fit. So it serves a dual purpose …. it makes you happy and keeps you fit at the same time. And if you love dancing, well, nothing like it.

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  • What are the dos and don’ts that you have set for yourself when it comes to endorsements?

    I like what Ranveer Singh does when it comes to endorsements. I love his craziness and personality. He is just himself and naturally entertaining. That’s why he stands out. I would like to do what suits my personality. Having said that, I would also like to experiment.

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  • How different is wearing make-up for a film and applying it off-screen?

    Both are very different. For films, I have to keep things like lighting and weather in mind. In natural light, we use different make-up, and when it is very hot, we use make-up which does not run down with the heat. In Haider, my character Arshia is a Kashmiri girl and Vishal Bhardwaj (director) wanted a no make-up look. But to get the no make-up look you have to wear make-up! That is harder because you have to have the right amount of control and give a very natural feel. That’s the challenge of film make-up.

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  • What’s the best way to de-stress?

    By working. My work helps me to de-stress. I get stressed if I am not on a film set. On my day offs, it’s like kya kare, kya kare. Also spending time with my family helps me to unwind.

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  • Do you enjoy wearing make-up?

    Frankly, I really enjoy the days when I don’t have to wear any make-up. It’s nice to have nothing on your face. But being an actor, you must look good when you are in the limelight. My make-up varies with the event that I am attending. So, it’s both ways; I enjoy applying make-up and at other times, I also like it without make-up.

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  • Which actors in the film industry have the best lips?

    Since I am a big fan of Hrithik Roshan, I think he has nice lips. Amongst the actresses, I admire Priyanka Chopra and feel she has good lips too.

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  • Do you use beauty products that you endorse?

    Yes. I use the products I endorse. For instance, I always carry the new Lakme Lip Love that I launched, and if you come home, there is one on my bedside table too.

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  • Which food forms an essential part of your diet?

    I think Broccoli is one of the must-have foods, as it contains multi nutrients and is high in vitamin C. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates and fish to is healthy. There is nothing that I have on a daily basis as it becomes monotonous.

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  • Which natural beauty product would you vouch for?

    I completely agree that sound sleep is the best beauty product. Sound sleep, one of the most important but underrated thing, helps to make you more beautiful. I can never understand how people work so hard that they miss out on their sleep. Drinking ample amount of water makes you beautiful inside out. Otherwise, when using cosmetics, one should make it a point to use the right and trusted brands.

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  • What is Shraddha Kapoor’s style statement?

    My style statement is to be myself! Because if you try to imitate someone else, you will end up feeling uncomfortable.

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  • We have never seen you go out and protest. But this time you came out on the streets with activists for Aarey forests?

    I am a citizen of Mumbai and I wanted to stand up against the fact that they had given permission to cut so many trees. I don’t know if they’ll reverse it. I hope they do. And I still tried to play my part in that. And my fingers are crossed for it because we need more trees and we need to do our bit for the environment as much as we can.

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  • And you know with the movie business there’s always… like you win some and you lose some. We heard that you were a part of Saina Nehwal’s biopic. Do you think not doing it will have an effect?

    I don’t know, I just know that like it was a film that I really wanted to do it because Street Dancer came my way and I couldn’t say no to Street Dancer. The dates either had to be allotted to that or Saina. So I had to do Street Dancer because couldn’t say no to Remo sir because he gave me ABCD 2. He gave me the platform to do something that I love to do which is dance. I had to be a part of Street Dancer.

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  • And how do you unwind? What’s Shraddha Kapoor’s process of unwinding?

    To begin with, I love what I do so that in itself is some kind of unwinding. Apart from that, I love spending time with my loved ones at home my family, and being at home reading a book, spending time with my dog. Clean my room, clean the house. I love dusting and rearranging things and reorganizing things. That’s a big stress buster for me as well. Just being in bed some days and not doing anything and just flinging my phone to the side. There’s this one corner that I have in my room which is my meditation corner. My plants are there and it’s really peaceful. What I have been doing is very liberating. Before I go to bed, I just fling my phone to that side. And it’s done, I don’t know where it’s landed. There’s a cushioning down so my phone won’t break. So you know it’s kind of disconnection. I can imagine what just doing that would feel like. Done for the day.

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  • When was the first time that you actually realized that this is an issue?

    It actually took me a couple of years to realize that… you know I was getting a lot of physical manifestation of anxiety. Neither I nor my loved ones really knew what was wrong. So whenever we would like to go and get some tests done everything would come out normal. I was told it’s anxiety. To begin with, I refused to believe it. I didn’t have any reason to be anxious. To accept the fact that it’s okay to be anxious, it’s okay to have anxiety, and to work on it was a process. What really helped me was altering my diet as well. Eating right, getting the right amount of sleep. Keeping time for myself as much as I can and really introspecting and reflecting. You know a lot of self-love also goes into it. So those kinds of things have been helping me a lot.

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  • You’re an actor, you’ve been in the industry for so long. You’re always in the public eye and there’s always judgment. People are saying things even about your personal life. You’ve also spoken about anxiety. So now that you know of it, how do you deal with it and keep yourself sane?

    What really worked for me was my support system, my family, my friends. And a lot of patience with myself. And practices like meditating like really spending time doing the things that I love to do.

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  • Are you someone who actually cares about box office numbers or you take it with a pinch of salt?

    You know the thing is that numbers are a reflection of how many people have gone and seen your film. That means a lot of people have liked your film, a lot of people have loved your film. So it automatically translates into numbers. I don’t know the business of it but I do know that a large number means a large amount of audience going and watching the film and the movie doing well. So in that sense, it is important for a film to have a certain kind of impact.

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  • You had ‘Ok Jaanu’, ‘Haseena Parkar’ and ‘Batti Gul’, then you have ‘Stree’, ‘Saaho’ and ‘Chhichhore’. How do you take the highs and lows?

    Highs and lows are bound to happen and that’s something that happens with everyone. Two films releasing back to back and both of them doing well is a great feeling.

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  • Can you name one exercise that has really worked for you?

    Dance is good fun and it really helps me to stay fit. So it serves a dual purpose …. it makes you happy and keeps you fit at the same time. And if you love dancing, well, nothing like it.

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  • What are the dos and don’ts that you have set for yourself when it comes to endorsements?

    I like what Ranveer Singh does when it comes to endorsements. I love his craziness and personality. He is just himself and naturally entertaining. That’s why he stands out. I would like to do what suits my personality. Having said that, I would also like to experiment.

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  • What’s the best way to de-stress?

    By working. My work helps me to de-stress. I get stressed if I am not on a film set. On my day offs, it’s like kya kare, kya kare. Also spending time with my family helps me to unwind.

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  • Which food forms an essential part of your diet?

    I think Broccoli is one of the must have foods, as it contains multi nutrients and is high in vitamin C. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates and fish too is healthy. There is nothing that I have on a daily basis as it becomes monotonous.

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  • Which natural beauty product would you vouch for?

    I completely agree that a sound sleep is the best beauty product. Sound sleep, one of the most important but underrated thing, helps to make you more beautiful. I can never understand how people work so hard that they miss out on their sleep. Drinking ample amount of water makes you beautiful inside out. Otherwise, when using cosmetics, one should make it a point to use the right and trusted brands.

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  • What is Shraddha Kapoor’s style statement?

    My style statement is to be myself! Because if you try to imitate someone else, you will end up feeling uncomfortable.

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  • What is your favourite destination?

    Ladakh is my favourite. I was there for ten days with my friends a few years back. The place is filled with beauty, with their monasteries, valleys, the flowers and the people. All of that and again just getting in touch with nature.

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  • What is your favourite part of filming a movie?

    I like travelling a lot and one fantastic thing about being in the movies is that you get to travel with your films. I really like that very much. We were in Tehri for Batti Gul Meter Chalu shooting. What a beautiful place is Uttarakhand! I enjoy travelling to places where there is a lot of nature. Through nature, I feel you find a deeper connection within yourself.

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  • There are a lot of ups and downs in an actor’s career, what do you do to learn from each film?

    I think there is a lot to learn from success and failures, but where I think one can learn most and where I learned most from is actually from sets. Working with actors like Raj and Pankaj Ji also provides learning moments. Success and failure are something I choose not to take to my heart at all because I want to focus on doing some very memorable work and keep bettering myself each time.

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  • How do you handle criticism?

    Constructive criticism always helps. I always want to do better at what I do than what I have done before. So, I want to work harder and harder every time. But I also sometimes felt that after Aashiqui 2 (2013), suddenly all my films were doing so well that something that didn’t do as well, was panned even more. There was a comparison to extremes. Having said that, it’s entirely up to the audience. They are the ones with the power and I respect their taste. I try to not take the criticism to heart. I try to not take success or failure to heart because there are always ups and downs. So, I just want to keep my head down and work hard. That’s what I want to focus on.

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