Kiran Rao is your first cousin. Tell us about your equation with her.
I don't meet her that often in Mumbai but I do visit whenever possible because I love playing with Azad. I try not to talk about family because attention gets diverted and also because work doesn't come in the way at all. Our families are very close. I treat her as an older sister and I keep it at that.Whatever I have done, I have done on my own. And she would be proud of me for that.
What was behind your hot bikini body in Boss?
It was just a very sensible diet. I couldn't eat golgappas for a month. I was only eating salmon, vegetables and spinach. I had an exercise regimen for my body type. I wanted to retain my natural curves, so, I didn't bulk up much. I did resistance training, yoga, sprinting and stretching.
How do you handle intimate scenes?
I may look innocent but I am also a normal girl and intimacy is a part of normal life. That is the way to show two people in love -to show intimacy . I've worked with great co-stars and if you're not together, your chemistry is even more palpable and organic. Sudhir Mishra once told me, `Tum dekhti ho seedhi-saadhi par camera ke saamne bilkul besharam ho jaati ho'. I love that I have no inhibitions. I like to be shameless in front of the camera.
What's your take on item numbers? Would you do one?
I'm not comfortable with the term item number. I wouldn't be interested in an `item' number, but I'd love to do a dance number. An item number can be shot with any good looking person with a sexy body . And the choreographer and director use this to add sex value to a song. A dance number is more like using an art form for sen suality and seduction but in a beautiful way . I would happily do it.
How would you describe your personal style?
I like to look effortlessly beauti ful. I love to dress up. I am a very girly girl.
Which is your favourite getaway destination?
Turkey because it's the best combination of Europe and the exotic. I like London too. I have a half-Irish grandmother, so I have a special affinity to that place.
The best compliment you've ever received?
I have got compliments from various people like Amitabh Bachchan, Meera Nair, Anurag Kashyap, but I can't recollect the compli ment. I remember the feeling though. I was really happy . My teacher had once told me it's the feeling of the compliment that should be remembered because if you remember the compli ment, you get self-conscious.
Actors and directors on your wishlist?
Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. Directors include Imtiaz Ali, Anurag Basu, Shoojit Sircar, Aanand L Rai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Any beauty tips for your fans?
When you are young, you shouldn't use any makeup. I try to stay away from makeup even at events. And get good sleep; 7 8 hours is necessary. Drink lots of water and exercise. And be happy . When you're happy , you look beautiful.
Any message for your Follo'ers?
It's important to have a lot of fun and be joyous. At the same time, be responsible, treat people well, especially women. I really love you guys so please give me lots of love in return.