My mother wanted to be a teacher when she was young and my father didn’t approve of it so she fought very hard to become one. And she did it. So when I said I wanted to become an actress my mother was very supportive. She always said to me ‘There’s no such thing as ‘can’t.’
There is a big misconception about arranged marriage. Yes it can mean that you meet someone and then have to marry them but this was my mother saying ‘I’m going to introduce you to so-and-so – If you don’t like them fair enough.’
I’d love to do a romantic comedy. And perhaps if the character was right and I had a good gut instinct a Bollywood movie. And I’d love to direct. One day. I’m learning a lot on the set of ‘The Good Wife.’
I like to cook Indian food when I can. I find the process of creating a home-cooked meal to be unwinding.
When I was younger I was fat. I was never conscious of it and was content with who I was because I was so loved. My mother never told me to lose weight and my father doted on me but my agent told me. I tried but I loved Indian food too much.
I don’t ever want to be hugely famous because I had a little taste of it after ‘East Is East’ and ‘Bend It.’
I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an actor. I never even thought about other careers. The acting field is certainly not the path many Indian parents encourage their children to take but mine were very supportive. They wanted me to have an education but understood that this is what I wanted to do.