“Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of being a model. And I was a cute kid, so people would say, ‘Modelling karo, filmo mein jao.’
But back then, girls were meant to be at home & if they wanted to work, it had to be a ‘respectable job’. So I started sneaking around to participate in plays. I even got an offer for a Gujarati movie–but Papa said, ‘Achhe ghar ke ladkiyan yeh sab nahi karti.’ I didn’t want to rebel so I gave my dream up.
I went about completing my studies & then got a job as an admin officer.