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I still take mom's advice: Soha Ali Khan

Now, my team has gone off to Kolkatta for the promotions while I am stuck here” she sighs. However, the spark returns while speaking about the just concluded Navratri festival and her career..

Soha Ali Khan

Time to celebrate 
As a family, we celebrate different festivals which include Navratri and Durga Puja. This year, Kunal’s (boyfriend Kunal Khemu) mom made me promise that I would turn vegetarian for two days during the festival (laughs). I remember the time when we attended the Durga Pooja in Kolkata. It felt like a carnival with colourful clothes and delectable Bengali delicacies. Since we belong to the Tagore clan, people showered us with a lot of love and warmth. ¬†Recently, I was in Jaipur for my film’s promotions. It is so interesting to experience the different colours and moods of different cities. I played dandiya for the first time in front of a huge crowd. Thankfully, my co-star Sharman Joshi taught me how to move the dandiya sticks. It was easy to learn because I love dancing.

Linguist delight
When I was in Delhi, we spoke Hindi and Urdu at home. I can speak Bengali though not fluently, I have done two Bengali films. I remember when Saif and I would do some mischief, mom would start scolding at us in Bengali. I would then say that contrary to what people say, it is not a sweet language (laughs) at all. Mom counts cash and calculates expenses too in Bengali.

Big dreams
I have always been a headstrong person. I like the fact that my mother and brother are well-known actors. But I wanted to carve my own identity in films. Thankfully, the nine years that I have spent here have been fulfilling. Whenever I am in doubt, I take mom’s advice. Also, my directors supported me with their suggestions and feedback like the late Rituparno Ghosh, Sudhir Mishra and Tigmanshu Dhulia. My most memorable role is the one in Khoya Khoya Chand. It was a huge compliment when mom said that I did justice to my role.

A disciplined lifestyle
I have many people to look after me, the security staff, driver, spot boy to name a few. I eat after every two hours and my staff helps me do that. My hairdresser gives me a good foot and head massage to de-stress me. I am not a party person, as most parties begin at 11pm and end at dawn. I hate keeping late nights, even while shooting out doors, I am back in my hotel room at 10 pm to catch up on my eight hours of beauty sleep.  

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