Special interview: Actor and former Miss India Pooja Chopra believes in hard work
She had astounded the world with her courage when she competed at the Miss World finale (2009) strutting with a plaster on her fractured leg. That quite encapsulates actor Pooja Chopra’s grit and determination that has seen her through good days and bad.
After a successful debut in Commando and an impressive performance in Aiyaary, the feisty actor has debuted in the web with Poison 2 that’s streaming from today on ZEE5. We had a chat with the beauty on the same. Excerpts:
Tell us about your role in Poison 2?
It’s a very gripping story with several twists and turns, where everybody has an agendum. Even my character, Isha Khanna has her own agenda but while everyone takes the wrong route and manipulates to get where they are, Isha is probably the only upright woman who works hard and takes the tough route to reach her goal. It takes her five years to be where she is just because she holds on to principles and morals.
Isha has a lot of similarities with you as a person.
Yes, to a great extent. I want to send across a perfect message to my fans in this age of instant gratification that it’s important to stick to your principles and wait it out. I had no one to advise and all decisions were mine, good or bad but it’s important to have a good support system. Maybe star kids get five more films after their debut while outsiders like me have to struggle even after a fantastic debut. But one has to take that with a pinch of salt that some are born with privileges while others are not. The appreciation for my acts in Commando and Aiyaary never converted into work and I am still struggling.
What are your other projects?
I will be seen in the romcom Babloo Bachelor opposite Sharman Joshi. I play a journalist from Lucknow. The movie will have a theatrical release.
Your daily beauty regimen?
I wash my face with Cetaphil and use a water-based moisturiser from Avene. I massage my scalp and hair twice every week with evion capsules, coconut, almond, olive and castor oils. I use a sulphate-free shampoo by De Fabulous.
What is the biggest fashion faux pas that one can make?
Wearing something just because that’s trending despite feeling uncomfortable.
Biggest turn-off and turn-on in a man?
Trying too hard being something he’s not. A self-made and sensitive man turns me on.
Diet and exercise?
I eat home-cooked food and my comfort food is pav bhaji. I eat everything in moderation. I play tennis, swim, cycle, jog and gym in rotation, to avoid monotony.
Your health shot?
Green tea and whole fruits, especially oranges.