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On popular demand, we are back with the Must Try List. This time, we have got some interesting must haves, including make up and skincare favourites, much anticipated films and more. All set to make your February special? Then you must read on to know more!

Must Have - Fragrance: The Body Shop Black Musk range
While we be doing a detailed review of this range very soon, we must say that we can't stop loving the all new Black Musk range by The Body Shop. The newest addition to their musk range after White Musk and Red Musk, the black musk has a delightful fragrance and comes in both Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum. It contains community fair trade organic alcohol, which crafted from sugar cane. We love the packaging, which makes it a perfect V-day gifting option!

Must Buy - Foundation: Lakme 9 to 5 weightless mousse foundation
You saw all live updates from the launch event of this product on our Snapchat account, and well, this super light foundation mousse has made it to our list of favourites for this month. Since February is a pleasant mix of warm and cold weather in most states, we think the Lakme 9 to 5 weightless mousse foundation is perfect for this month! The light texture and packaging makes this product super travel friendly. That's all we can reveal for now, as we will be talking about the product in detail soon.

Must Check Out - Skincare: Clinique Dark Circle Recovery Kit

Dark circles are a major concern for almost everyone, and one of our favourite skincare brands - Clinique - has come up with a Dark Circle Recovery Kit, which aims at lightening the under eye area over time through a three step process.  The kit includes - Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (a gentle, tinted eye treatment formula to lighten the entire eye area and prime skin before makeup),  All About Eyes Concealer (a multi-tasking, long-wearing, moisturising concealer that not only disguises dark under-eye circles but also reduces the look of puffiness) and finally, the Quickliner for Eyes Intense (distract attention from dark circles with our phenomenally versatile eye pencil for all day wear). Always wanted to surprise your loved ones with a caring gift? Don't think it can get better than this. Or perhaps, it can make for a good self help gift as well.

Must Watch - Film: Neerja and Fitoor
While one tells the tale of a brave heart, the other is a cinematic adaption of one of Charles Dickens' most popular novels. February looks like a good month for films as we have Fitoor and Neerja releasing one week after another. Abhishek Kapoor's Fitoor has been in the news since quite sometime, thanks to the multiple changes in cast and more recently, Katrina Kaif's hair makeover worth 55 lakh. But, the promos have caught our eye and we think this Aditya Roy Kapoor - Katrina - Tabu starrer is something to watch out for. Fitoor hits the screens on February 12.
On the other hand, we have Sonam Kapoor stepping into the shoes of PanAm braveheart Neerja Bhanot, in a biopic titled Neerja. We are loving Sonam's look in the film and the promos have already left us speechless. Some scenes are enough to give you goosebumps. The film shows an important journey of a girl, who single handedly changed the lives of several passengers, while sacrificing her own. We have got your eyes on ad-man Ram Madhvani's directorial debut. Neerja is all set to release on February 19.

Must Read - Book: Anything But Khamosh
We all know him as the industry's most loved 'Chainu' or 'Kalicharan'. But, for those who always wanted to know about the struggle that went behind the making of legendary actor Shatrughan Sinha,  we suggest you pick up his biography. Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography - by popular veteran journalist Bharti Pradhan, is a fascinating read that retraces journey of India’s most popular Bihari Babu. Let us know if you would like us to review this book!

Must Use: Lipstick - Maybelline Lip Gradation
Experimenting with your lip colours just got easier. Well, ladies, the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation is here and it promises to help you experiment with different looks everyday. The lip gradation is a buttery soft powder stick with a color stick at one end and a cushion blender on the other side and comes in eight powder shades. Maybelline claims that these are lipsticks have highly saturated pigments to give you a gorgeous pop of colour (well, we can figure that out once we try it, yes?) The Maybelline Lip gradation is priced at Rs 500.

Must Visit: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (Mumbai)
February is not just about love. In Mumbai, it also marks the beginning of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. The week long festival includes art installations, workshops, performances, and specially curated exhibitions that will keep the art lover in you hooked on. Plus, shopaholics can head straight to the Rhythm House lane, where a wide variety of items from across the nation (Yes! You read that right), right from Rajasthan to Orissa and even Maharashtra, are available for sale at the stalls. Still need a reason to visit the KGAF? Click on the image to watch our exclusive video from KGAF 2014.

Got a favourite already? Tell us what you are excited to try from my 'Must Try' list for February.
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The Dancebee

I'll make this an honest confession. Like most girls my age who grew up in the 90s, I have grown playing with Barbie dolls (and Hot Wheels too. I am cool that way). But, my obsession with these shiny, glamorous dolls was something else.  I was never one of those who would rip Barbie's bright blonde hair or tear apart those fancy outfits (Even today, I cringe at the thought of kids torturing their dolls). In fact, most of my Barbie dolls, ranging from Princess Barbie to Sticker Craze and even the limited edition Holiday Collection Special, stayed put in their respective boxes and were kept neatly on shelves. They were almost like a prized possession. My friends would often come over, only to see my huge collection. Relatives and friends of my parents would go 'Woah' after looking at my sincerity towards these dolls (Yes! There was a point when I had almost 80 dolls. I still have many of them. Too precious, but I did part away with some of them, in order to make other kids else smile).

Now, this is post has nothing to do with my obsession of Barbie, but a recent piece of big news about Barbie's much anticipated makeover is creating some serious buzz. Despite being the darling of several young girls and the makers - Mattel supporting women empowerment through various career themed dolls, Barbie has faced a lot of criticism for being 'too perfect' and 'unrealistic'. While there were reports about Barbie aka Barbara Millicent Roberts getting a new look, Mattel has finally revealed the transformation that their iconic 57-year-old doll has gone through. The doll will come out in three new body shapes. Yes! Barbie will now be seen in a tall, petite and curvy version, which will be sold alongside the original model. This is the biggest transformation for Mattel's Barbie in their 57 year long history. The campaign is called #TheDollEvolves and a confirmation regarding the same was posted on Barbie's official Twitter account.

It is not just the body that will undergo some serious transformation. Barbie will also be available in new skin tones and hair textures, some of which were already introduced last year. While it is certainly a huge risk and change for Mattel, we think evolution is the need of the hour and the new version will slowly and steadily connect with the kids of today, who can’t seem to take their eyes off or stop themselves from getting addicted to mobile gaming world. 
The dolls are now available for sale on the company's official website - Barbie.com and will appear in retail stores later in 2016. We can't wait to see them in India!!

What's your take on these transformed Barbie dolls? Leave a comment or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

The Dancebee

It's amazing how in a span of just seven years, actor Sushant Singh Rajput has created a strong impact in the industry! It started from ruling the telly tube and eventually led him to becoming the rising superstar of Bollywood. He was much loved in a daily soap titled Pavitra Rishta in 2009, and his natural portrayal of the garage owner - Manav, won several hearts. His natural act, confidence and sincerity, plus the ever growing fan base and popularity, helped him bag an amazing Bollywood debut in the form of Kai Po Che. Since then, there has been no looking back. From turning detective to a lover boy, Sushant has done it all, and now, all eyes are set on M.S.Dhoni - The Untold Story; one of the much awaited films of 2016, where the actor has stepped into the shoes of captain cool. As the actor turns 30 today, we take a look at moments and reasons, that make SSR one of the most loved young superstars of Bollywood today!

 Dream Dancer
We all know that he was a part of SDIPA (Shiamak Davar's Dance Institute) and performed at several award functions, including Filmfare. But, what really leaves us in awe is his sincerity and dedication towards the art form. He is a constant learner and loves exploring new dance forms. He performs like a dream, and we have been fortunate to see several glimpses of his flawless performances in shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Also, remember, Bach ke Bakshy? Though, we wish to see him dance more often on the big screen.

Fitness First!
One look at his lifestyle, and we can't help but get inspired. Despite the work load and hectic schedule, Sushant makes it a point to follow his workout routine religiously. His inspirational fitness videos - #TillIGetItRight - on YouTube are proof. The actor has always been vocal about maintaining a healthy, fit lifestyle and recently, even spoke about how he ushered tons of positivity in his life after kicking the butt (read: he quit smoking and inspired others to do it too).

Conventional Route? Naaa!!
Not the one who follows the typical, old school route, Sushant has preferred walking on the unconventional path, right from the early stage of his career. He is not someone who is bound by mediocrity. Instead of opting for stereotypical roles or sticking to one genre, he went for unique scripts and experimented with his characters. Be it Raghu - the tourist guide or the charming Sarfaraz, Sushant has always left us impressed with his acting skills.

Sushant balances his professional and personal life very well. He avoids becoming a part of controversies, and instead, prefers to shift all his focus towards work. He is known to have a professional approach towards all his commitments and is always punctual.

Being Human
The actor is known to be very humble and rooted. He has always confessed that no matter where he goes or what he does, he will never forget his middle class roots. Sushant, who comes from a humble family and went through a lot to struggle, does not believe in giving up and dares to dream. In a recent interview, he confessed that he constantly strives to realise his full potential and become a good human being. His positive and real approach towards life, and philosophical thoughts (often seen on his official Twitter account) make him a very cool, young inspirational actor!

We wish you a very happy birthday, Sushant! Have an incredible 2016. Keep shining.

Team Dancebee

From what I can remember, I have been multi-tasking and working on several things at the same time since childhood. Assignments, work and my approach towards time management kept changing, but the multi-tasker in me is still the same. I just cannot stay still in one place, without doing something new. I love working on multiple projects, discovering something to learn and stepping into new roles everyday. Thanks to my super busy schedule, a lot of times, I end up editing, proof reading posts and working on social media assignments while traveling. That's the only time (thanks to our massive traffic jams), apart from burning the midnight lamp, where I can sit back and work on editing. While traveling, I always prefer working on a tablet (carrying a laptop is a big no-no on event / recording hopping days). And that's where the Asus December 2015 launch - Zen Pad 7.0 - comes to the rescue.

The Asus ZenPad 7.0 is a good looking gadget, which is packed with some impressive features. It has a 7 inch display and we absolutely love the chrome lining around the screen area, which gives it a classy and sleek look. The one we reviewed came with two covers - the regular plastic cover and a gorgeous audio cover, which is definitely one of the biggest highlights of this gadget. But that's not all, there is much more to this stunning ZenPad, then what meets the eye. This gadget comes as a huge relief to fellow multi-taskers, who like working on the go, and is packed with some seriously impressive features. Read on to know about our favourite aspects.

7-inch display: Comfortable to use and not very huge. It fits your hand perfectly (though it is slightly bigger than my palm, there was no discomfort while typing or clicking pictures) and is not very bulky. The display makes it comfortable for your eyes to edit / proof read and even read updates on the go.

Expandable storage up to 128 GB: While the gadget comes with 16gb internal storage, it can be expanded up to 128 GB, which is perfect for those who want a good mix of songs, photos and videos on their gadget.

8mp camera: While the rear camera has a good 8mp camera, even the front 2mp camera is quite decent and ensures you get some amazing selfies. Moreover, it comes with in-built beautification options, filters and options to shoot GIF images as well. Even the video quality, which is full HD, is great.

Calling Facility: Always wanted a tablet that can help you make calls? Then, look no further. ZenPad 7.0 comes with a SIM slot, making it easy to make / receive calls as well.

Sound: Hands the best part about this gadget, ZenPad is a must have for music lovers, thanks to a great audio output. Those who buy it with the audio cover definitely have an edge, as the cover ensures you hear your favourite tracks in crystal clear sound. Watching movies with the cover on is a lot of fun, thanks to the inclusion of 5 speakers and one subwoofer, which are placed under the sound bar area on the audio cover. You will get used to ditching your headphones more often, thanks to the incredible sound quality.

We have been testing this gadget for over a fortnight, and so far, the experience has been great. Asus 7.0 ZenPad works on ZenUI with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. The battery life is average, with around 3450 mAh battery and an average of 6 hours screen-time (with the audio cover). On the technical / software front, we haven't experienced any difficulty or lags. The gadget works smoothly and like we said, watching videos / films on this ZenPad is pure delight. Another plus point of buying the Audio cover is the fact that is comes with 2300 mAh battery, making it easier for you to charge your gadget while the cover is on. Being music lovers, we are loving it and how!

- Incredible sound
- Easy to carry, as the gadget is light and sleek
- Good camera quality for images with natural light
- Good HD video quality
- Perfect for on the go work

- No in-built FM

Verdict: If you are looking for a mini home theatre in your hands, that can be used to watch videos and enjoy movies while traveling (and get some work done as well), then the Asus 7.0 ZenPad is a must have!

Price: Rs14,999 with audio cover
Available in three colours - Black, Silver and White

Have you tried the Asus ZenPad 7.0? Got something to say? Join the conversation on Twitter at @priyaadivarekar or leave your comment in the box below.

The Dancebee

Once again, the year belonged to Deepika Padukone, as she charmed her fans and cinema goers with delightful performances, one film after another. With Piku, she broke stereotypes and won several hearts with her impactful act, while with Tamasha, she earned accolades and love for her impeccable performance as Tara. Deepika ended the year with a bang, as she stormed the box office with an epic love saga - Bajirao Mastani. As the charming and beautiful warrior princess Mastani, Padukone created magic on the screen with her graceful performance. Needless to say, the actress is all set to sweep multiple awards yet again (well, the rounds have already begun, as she has already bagged two Best Actress trophies at a few recently concluded award functions). The stunning actress celebrates her 30th birthday today, and currently, she is on a much deserved break. On her special day, we bring you an up, close and personal conversation with Deepika Padukone, where she speaks about films, fashion, life and more.

On 2015
It has been a wonderful year, on both the professional and personal front. I couldn't have asked for more. From Piku to Tamasha, and now, Bajirao Mastani, each film has been special.
(This is what Deepika Padukone has to say about being experimental with her roles)

On Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Our actress - director relationship has been based purely on trust. It is a pleasure and honour to work with him, especially in two beautiful films. He is a taskmaster, and a very demanding director. He is very clear about what he wants and in that process, he pushes you to discover something new in yourself. Something that even you didn’t know. In that process of working under a hard taskmaster, you learn so much. Portraying Mastani and working on the film has been the most difficult experience of my life, but when you see the end result, everything seems worth it!

On Imtiaz Ali
Over time, there is a lot of trust, love and respect that grows between an actor-director, who have worked together on a few films. The same goes for Imtiaz and me. It won't be wrong to say that I am his fan, and in a lot ways, I also admire him. It is almost like a modern day guru - shishya relationship, because we are also friends and the fact that he is always open to criticism and advice from our end as well. That is because of our love for him. Imtiaz understands the human being that I am. He values your opinion and will be all ears to listen to you at any time. And I love sharing my thoughts with him for two reasons, because he is non-judgemental and the fact that he has known me almost since the time I started off in this industry. I take his advice very seriously. And that is largely how we worked on Tamasha. We were not bound by a ready script. A lot of times, we were just asked to improvise. Imtiaz would just call us and say, "These are the lines, but I want you to improvise and act it out the way you would. Show me what all you can do." That's the kind of freedom he likes to give his actors and puts his trust in you, in order to make sure that you deliver your best.

On Fashion
Fashion for me is what I believe in. The clothes that I wear should suit my body structure and I should be able to carry it off with ease. I am not dictated by fashion masters telling me, “You should wear this, because it is in trend.” Every individual should just go out there and wear what suits your personality. There’s much more to life than just following trends. Also, I have never been someone who is conscious about the brand that I wear nor have I been loyal to any particular brand. I have never been brand conscious. It’s all about the kind of stuff that I like wearing. 

On Films
I am someone who believes an actor needs to be honest about their work and give their 100 per cent while working on a film. It is that honesty and truth that shows when the film releases and eventually, reflects at the box office too. When you are honest about your work, the audience can see that very well. A recent example of this was Piku. There was no planned release date, no big announcements. A lot of people would say, "why are you doing this film?" Oh! You are paired opposite Irrfan, so weird!" But, I had a lot of faith in the film and its content. Our intentions for making this film were very true and honest. Everything else just follows. And eventually, the film got a great reception and a lot of love.

Image source: Hello Magazine

On the Film Industry
I am a 'go with the flow' kind of a person, and I am quite happy with the way things are going in the industry. No regrets. 

On Style statement
My style has always been simple, very basic. I like my outfits to be comfortable and wearable. It’s been this way since sometime and my style hasn’t changed a bit. You will never see me in anything that makes me feel ill-at-ease. I might experiment with styles like, edgy or goth for my photoshoots, but that doesn’t come naturally to me. My everyday, casual look would be white teamed up with either tan or denim. I like my clothes to be in lighter hues, more like a white or some pastel shades. Another colour that I like is coral. Also, I don’t really like accessorising too much. A simple watch or a good pair of sunglasses is enough.

On Live, Love, Laugh
The fight against depression is a cause very close to my heart and is one of the largest health issues that the country is facing today. Having experienced depression in the recent past, I realise how difficult it is to recognise the problem, find information and get the right kind of professional help. during the initial stage, the foundation will work on removing the stigma attached to depression and spread awareness about it. All the information will be available on our website for anyone who needs any kind of help in dealing with stress, anxiety or depression.

On 2016
I haven't signed any film. So, there is nothing that I am working on as of now.

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The Dancebee
The first day of January will be a special day for most us, as we get set to ring in the new year. But, actor Nana Patekar has got multiple reasons to celebrate. While he turns a year older tomorrow, his much awaited, most ambitious Marathi project - Natsamrat - will also hit the screens. While the advance bookings and early reviews are already working in the film's favour, Patekar already looked satisfied. He is extremely happy about the way Natsamrat has turned out, and is satisfied with the response that the trailer had garnered, with even Amitabh Bachchan going gaga over the glimpses of his portrayal of Ganpatrao Belvalkar. While an occasion like this would otherwise see an actor celebrating with great pomp, Nana has decided to keep it low, as always, keeping in mind the crisis faced by farmers in Maharashtra. I caught up with the actor on a quiet weekday afternoon. Dressed in his usual, simple attire - a crisp white sadra lehanga, Nana walked in and after a warm welcome (I always touch his feet for blessings before a conversation), we quickly settled down with a hot cup of tea in our hands, to discuss Natsamrat, NAAM and more. Excerpts from a delightful conversation with the inspirational actor:

You had stated that Natsamrat is one of the most ambitious projects in your career as an actor. What made it so special?
I have no two doubts about the fact that Natsamrat is a great film. Kiran Yadnyopavit has done an incredible job of adapting and working on the original script by V.V Shirwadkar and Mahesh (Manjrekar) is a fantastic director. After this film, even if I don't act or do a film, it won't make any difference to me as an artist. That's how incredible the film has turned out to be, at least for me. As for that commercial aspects, that shall depend on the audience, but I can vouch for the fact that even non - Marathi speaking audience members will understand and love the film. Acting in this film has given great satisfaction to the artist in me. Playing Ganpatrao Belvalkar was an emotionally draining process, but the experience was truly special. He is a retired actor, who continues to live in nostalgia. Even while walking from one place to another, he switches between Hamlet to Prataprao or an Othello. The story remains the same, but we have tweaked things a little bit.

Were there any pre-shoot workshops or rehearsals that the cast went through?
I used to sit with the script all day, understanding the character and his personality. I personally believe that thoroughly reading the script and knowing your character in and out really helps, because you become one with it.

Do you think a role like that of Ganpatrao Belvalkar provides great creative satisfaction to an artist?
Absolutely! It does, to a great extent. Essaying a character like this ensures that you go through a lot of sleepless nights and pain, like I said, it can get drain you out.

You recently announced that you will be shifting focus towards producing films. How did that happen?
There many ways to earn money, but for me, producing films is not one of them. Through production, I can make films based on topics, issues or stories that I believe in. The kind of conviction I may have about a particular story or issue, may not necessarily appeal to a producer, who has to finance the film. Hence, this decision. My son will be heading the production house and the main focus will be on serious films. Also, I have told my son, it is not necessary that I need to star in all the films under our banner (laughs). He is free to cast any actor, and the film's fate will also be his lookout. There won't be any interference from my side in anyway.

There are reports that you will be seen in an international film based in the pre-independence era.
Yes, we are in talks. To be honest, I am not very fluent with the language. For someone who started learning basic english in a village only after standard 5th, and later, spent time with brushes and paints at JJ School of Arts, I am very good with the right use of English words and sentences. Even in college, I felt like the society is making fun of the fact that I don't know English and would often have an inferiority complex. But later in life, I did a Kannada film and realised, that I could pick up the language pretty well. So, I thought to myself, if I can learn Kannada, why can't I do an English film? At least, I fairly know the language and can learn. Let's see how it goes. As you said, it is indeed set during the pre-independence era and is a political film.

When will we get to see you on stage? It's been quite sometime since you did a play.
In all probability, you will see me in Saumya Joshi's next play, where my character is that of a 102-year-old man, whose son is 75. The father wants to beat the world record of the oldest living man (i.e 112 years) and since that requires him to live in a peaceful, happy environment, he doesn't want to see his son's detonating condition. This father plans to leave his son in an old age home, but his son does not want to leave and requests the father to allow him to stay. The former agrees, albeit with a few conditions for his son, which includes weird tasks like writing a love letter for his dead wife, discussing memories of his childhood among others. Within a few weeks, his son's condition starts improving and the audience realises that the whole exercise was the father's plan to enable his son to fight the world and face it on his own. In the end, the father dies, with a dream to see his son beating the world record of the oldest living man. It's a beautiful script, and I am planning to approach Mohan Agashe to play my son's role. Hopefully, it should pan out well. 

Your commendable work for the NAAM foundation is being talked about by everyone.
You know, a few days back, somebody asked me, "Aap kis vajese kisaano ko yeh paisa de rahe hain?" The thing is, like most of us, I have been saving some amount of money since years. I didn't know what to do with the collected amount. Some people might spend that kind of money on clothes, cars or jewellery. But for me, instead of using 1 crore for buying a car, bringing a smile on a farmer's face mattered more. I don't live a luxurious lifestyle. I lead a simple life, my needs are very limited. If you have money which you won't use, it makes sense to offer it to someone in need. Also, Makarand (Anaspure) is doing a brilliant job. He is well connected with all the NGOs and families in several rural areas and villages. He is a great human being. My first priority was to ensure that the money reaches the families of farmers who have committed suicide. Our global climate has gone for a toss, and one cannot predict rainfall or extreme cold / heat anymore. It is difficult for farmers to harvest crops, which usually die due to the climatic conditions, and with heavy debts on their head, they commit suicide. Can you imagine the plight of those young widows? They are hardly in their early 20s, with little children in their arms, and are going through a lot of pain to make two ends meet. Also, the way our society looks at a widow is not very positive. There are evil minded people who are always looking for way to use or hurt these young girls. All this could lead to a lot of trouble in the future for their families. I am emotionally attached to these people. I don't want to roam around in a Mercedes, at a time when our country continues to lose one farmer after another. Aisi luxury ka kya fayda? 

During our last interview, you had mentioned that you will be directing the third instalment of Ab Tak Chhappan. Is that project still on?
I want to work on the third instalment on my own. I am very serious about the fact that the story, direction and other important aspects need to be monitored by me. Otherwise, I won't do the film. I am not comfortable with their constant interference. Right now, I am focusing on another project, which will be helmed by me. A little girl will be seen as the lead protagonist and you will also see me in an important role. I am currently looking for suitable locations in Kathmandu and the Himalayas for our shoot. There is also a biopic on Baba Amte, which I will produce and direct.

Have you got a chance to watch any new film?
Honestly, I don't watch too many films. I am passionate about reading, and I can keep reading books for hours. Also, I love visiting villages and meeting people. Mujhe logon ko padhne ka shauk hain. Reading their face, understanding their pain and getting to know more about their lifestyle. I don't connect with them as an actor, but as a human being. As for films, I catch them later on television, whenever I get the time.

We never saw you work with Amitabh Bachchan, despite the much appreciated equation in Kohram.
Kya pata? Kisine cast hi nahi kiya (smiles). But, he is a good friend and we got along very well. I still remember how once on the sets, I complimented him about his look and said, "Wah! Beehtareen shirt pehan ke aaye ho." After wrapping up the shoot for that day, I went back to my vanity, only to see his shirt hanging inside my vanity van. I was later informed that he wore my shirt and went back home. I still have that shirt with me. Then one day, he was distributing sweets and I casually asked, "What happened?" He exclaimed with joy, stating that his daughter had given birth to a child, and he is now a 'Nana'. "Itne saal lag gaye? Mujhe dekh, main janam se Nana hoon," was my instant response (laughs).

Is there any actor of this generation whose work left you feeling impressed? 
Not really. No actor from the current crop has left an impression or can inspire. I look upto great actors like Balraj Sahni, Motilal sahab, Yakub sahab, Nutanji. These days, actors are only focusing on running the 100 / 200 / 300 crore race. But, I had recently seen the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and loved the efforts put in by the cast.

Who has been your biggest inspiration in life?
My parents, especially my mother. Even at the age of 95, she lives by the 'never give up' attitude. Fourteen years back, she was diagnosed with cancer and was told that she won't survive. Even after that, she has gone through several operations for various problems. A few months back, she broke her hand, which resulted in a compound fracture. Despite the pain and medication, after four days, I saw her walking with the help of a walker. Her strength, will power is incredible and she is a great inspiration. Also, I look up to Baba Amte.

We always see you working or running around to help people. Do you ever get the time to take a break or enjoy a holiday?
Whenever I take a break, I don't look out for exotic destinations. I find solace in my farm. Spending time with animals is a different experience and I find it very relaxing. Their silence speaks volumes. I like spending time in a peaceful environment and there is nothing better than being surrounded by nature.

You will be turning a year older on the 1st of January. What's the secret behind your fit body, mind and soul?
I am 65 now, but I always ensure that I work out for at least 2 hours everyday. It is very important for an individual to look after their body. I am not someone who is fussy about food and I eat everything. I don't go out partying or spending hours at events that don't appeal to me. Also, I don't smoke, so that helps.

The Dancebee