From the 2009 Telugu blockbuster Magadheera, the 2011 Bollywood film Singham to this year’s Khiladi No. 150, actress Kajal Aggarwal has been a success story across three film industries. A simple girl by her own admission, she loves to spend time with family and unwind when she’s not working.
What inspired you to become an actor?
I became an actress by chance; I didn’t plan to get into movies while growing up. It just happened for me and I went with the flow. I am more than happy to have stumbled upon this career path.
Which movie, according to you, brought you to the forefront?
I believe that Magadheera (2009) deserves to be called the turning point of my career. It’s a classic film after all and it put me on the map as a mainstream actress.
What do you like doing when you are not acting?
It mostly depends on who I am with, and what I feel like doing. But at home, I am a very normal girl and I like to spend time with my family and friends. I always try to make sure that relationships don’t get affected because of the career path I have chosen.
One thing that you would like to change about yourself.
I am a workaholic. I like to strike a balance between my work and personal life.
What do you do to keep fit?
I do yoga, cardio and also weight training. At the same time, I really focus a lot on taking a balanced meal with lots of healthy food.
How do you decide on a film?
I am very instinctive when it comes to my movies. Of course, I give a lot of importance to the script and story during narration, but it always depends on the contribution that my character gets to make to the overall story-telling.
The new thing among celebs these days is the ‘airport look’. Do you have one?
For me it’s all about comfort when I am traveling, something easy and comfortable. My attire should keep me relaxed. So, while I tend to opt for a contemporary look, but at the same time, I make sure that it is also cozy.
You have worked with many huge superstars. Have you ever felt intimidated?
I truly believe that if you know your craft and have confidence in yourself, there is no reason to get intimidated. I have had my shares of ups and downs in life. I have got the chance to work with many fabulous people, and I consider myself lucky in that regard. It is a fun journey and I am fortunate to be in it.
How do you combat with work pressure?
Well, I like to de-stress once in a while. The idea is to take regular breaks. I spend time with my family; go for long walks and spa treatments to unwind. Also, music relaxes me like no other.
You worked in Bollywood, Telugu and in Tamil cinema. Which is your first love?
It’s really hard to answer, as I am equally attached to all and I can’t really choose one over the other. All three cinema industries have been equally important for me in the journey.
What advice do you have for seeking a career in acting?
My advice for any such person is to be prepared to face a lot of hardships, to come to the realisation that it is not really as glamourous as it seems to be. You will have to give up a lot on your private life. And it will also require an astounding amount of dedication and hard work.
One character which was the hardest for you to play on-screen Playing Jenny in Do Lafzon Ki Kahani.
Do you think that the quality of Indian cinema is getting better lately?
Independent cinema is an important contributor to this change. Good movies are being made with a small budget. The industry has become contentdriven and big names are no longer enough for both recognition and box-office success if the content is not great.
If you weren’t an actress, what field of work would you be in?
Handling the brand management of a multinational company.
Any plans of taking up a negative role in the future?
I believe in versatility and taking on challenging roles. Also it is essential for an actor to take on different sorts of genres.
Written By : JAIDEEP PANDEY