This is the second year that you are promoting 'HCG Pinkathon - Run to Lead', an all women's run to spread awareness about breast cancer and the importance of being fit. Do you think women today actually ignore their health for the sake of their families?
Yes. Life is so precious. We as women, in different roles - mothers, wives, daughters, bind the house together. But it's so important to love yourself. From the time we are born, we are taught to be givers. We kind of somewhere forget ourselves. It's very important for each and every woman that she is precious for her family, and above all for herself. As a woman it is very important to look after your health and be aware.
Do you think India lacks breast cancer awareness?
That's why events like Pinkathon are important. Breast cancer awareness is important for every person - man and woman. We keep thinking it can't happen to us. But truth is, it can happen to anybody. So you have to be careful.
Would you like to associate yourself if a film is made on the topic?
Films are topical and they carry the message very strongly. If there is a film made on such issues, I would definitely like to be a part of it.
You are known for your fitness. But how much health awareness do you put on people in your family?
Being fit runs in the family. Let me tell you, this philosophy that I always talk about, I learnt it from my mother (Mamata). She has looked after three daughters. She is a homemaker, she provides for us, yet she always looks after her health. I have seen this since my childhood days and I have learnt the mantra for being fit and healthy from her.
What about your sisters?
Every morning as I wake up and I am about to do something active, the first two calls I make are to my Didi (Bidisha) and my younger sister (Bijoyeta). I consciously talk to them. I have to say sometimes it is tough because everybody takes one's life for granted. My older sister has rheumatoid arthritis and I have got osteoarthritis. It's not easy to have these problems at a young age and yet to be fit. But everyday I motivate myself and I try to motivate as many people around me - my friends, people I meet at gym, people I meet at work. It makes me happy to see a person get fitter in front of my eyes. It's a way of life now.
What is the secret of your radiance?
I love running. When you run, you have happy hormones in your body and happiness shows on your face. That's behind my radiance, I guess.
Who do you think is the fittest in Bollywood other than you?
I think all of them are fit. Akshay Kumar is the fittest.
Have you ever fallen headlong in love?
I am in love with everything.
Okay. Let me rephrase that. Are you single?
I am single till I get married.
--IBNS (Posted on 30-11-2013)