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Just a sweet something

Table for two A string of flops notwithstanding, Mahima Choudhary believes that a happy occasion to have sweets is just round the corner


I am surviving on hope and a little sugar Mahima

Photo: Anu Pushkarna

LUCKY MASCOT: Mahima Choudhary savouring laddoos at Le Meridien in New Delhi

Sweets! I love them. I am such a laddoo, you know.' A prolonged bad run at the box office and a troubled relationship notwithstanding, Mahima Choudhary remains as effervescent, as bubbly as ever.

"When I was doing my first shoot for Pepsi, Prahlad Kakkar gave me this title, laddoo. He still calls me the same though I keep telling him now I have become such a pichkoo," quips Mahima during a laddoo break at New Delhi's Le Meridien before the release of her forthcoming film Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye.

"Sweets play such an important role in Indian customs that whenever there is some good news we rush to have something sweet."

When it comes to food habits, Mahima remembers her roots. "I can't do without curd. Though it is a very Punjabi thing to do, but even my breakfast has to have curd. In fact, I have a soft corner for all milk products. In Mumbai you hardly get pure milk, still I usually finish the day with a glass of milk. I even prefer sweets with a milk base," Mahima is unstoppable.

Talking about her role in Samar Khan's first film, Mahima says she is playing a modern Muslim woman Gulab Khan in the film.

"Kuchh... is a combination of a number of stories bringing out the message that in the urban society we don't give much time to relationships, whereby small misunderstandings result in major problems." She adds, Gulab is a character who understands the complexities and decides to stay friends with her lover at the end of the film.

Nothing spicy

She refuses the offer of samosas and continues with her title, "Earlier I used to have lots of spicy stuff, but now my system can't take it. I survive on simple dal roti and chawal." And chai, considering she has spent her early days in Darjeeling where her father was in the tea garden business?

"Oh! That's an addiction. I try to quit tea but somehow come back within six days. I have tried different varieties, but Assam and Darjeeling tea remain my favourite."

Mahima denies she has been responsible for the delay of her films.

"I am too small an actor to cause any delay. Zameer, Sarhad Par and Mastana all got delayed either because of the lead actor or financial hassles. Now Tanuja Chandra's Filmstar is complete but it is also getting delayed because of reasons beyond me."

Fruits attract her attention, but she wants to reserve her appetite for the evening because her brother has come up with a Night Club in Le Meridien. Is she going with some culinary advice?

Mahima bursts into laughter.

"Whenever I cook, everyone in the family decides to eat out that day. But I am good at making a number of paneer dishes and jhaag murki."

A pause and she bursts out afresh.

"Hey! I am very good at making phulkas. My phulkas are always round, and they always phulo (swell), which is the most difficult thing to achieve. To top it, I am super quick at that, almost like a bai (maid)."

The girl has been threatened with the writing on the wall more than once but is still chugging along. She calls herself the lucky mascot for films like Dhadkan and Baghban.

"I am surviving on hope and a little sugar." The trademark smile flashes, but this time the eyes are not in agreement.

ANUJ KUMAR

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