Press Esc to close
Wednesday 26 July 2017
News updated at 12:14 PM IST

'I don't like starving or dieting'

Last updated: 12 December, 2011
Kavya Balaraman 18:35 IST

Working out

A lot of mainstream actresses may be dipping into the glamourous world of item-numbers these days, but Bollywood still cant get enough of Malaika Arora Khan.

From her infamous ‘train dance’ in Chhaiya Chhaiya to her latest oomph-filled avatar in Munni Badnaam Hui, she’s managed to keep all eyes trained directly at her.

What’s more, she doesn’t seem even remotely bothered by the bevy of beautiful ladies who’ve been encroaching on her territory. Metrolife caught up with the diva recently to find out more.

It’s been more than a decade since Chhaiya Chhaiya, but Malaika is still the reigning item-girl in the industry. Ask her how she’s managed this, and she says, “I’ve just hung on to the title. Actually, it’s quite close to my heart. And for me, it’s not about age or being young — rather, it’s about having a fan-base and understanding the need to constantly reinvent yourself.”

She also dismisses the idea that she feels threatened or marginalised by all the new entrants to the genre.

“I don’t bother about competition. To each his own, really. I think there’s enough work for everyone, and really have no time to dwell on who’s doing what. In fact, with most girls, the competition is with themselves. It’s all about bettering yourself,” she explains.

She may be a mother, but she still has a body that’s the envy of many of her peers. She insists that she’s quite conscious about maintaining this. “I’m quite particular about my health, as well as my physique. I make it a point to work out and eat right. I’m also really into yoga and pilates,” she says.

However, she maintains that she’s never fallen in with the cult of excessive dieting. “I’ve always propagated being healthy and eating well. I don’t like starving, or dieting to stay skinny. I’m a mother, and I can’t afford to do that — I wouldn’t be able to manage half the stuff that I do now, if I did,” she says, adding, “I propagate a fuller, healthier body — which means eating right, not dieting, and not smoking. No one should do anything stupid.”

Malaika, who is half-Malayali, admits to growing up on films in that language. “I’ve seen lots! I’ve grown up watching Mammootty,” she says, adding, “now, most Hindi movies are re-makes of Southern films. I think there’s a great bank of movies here — the industry is very organised, and there are some amazing scripts, which is why many Hindi movies tap into South Indian reserves. But we have some great, original films in Bollywood too.”

It’s been a while since she’s been to Bangalore, and she says a lot has changed here since her last visit. “Bangalore is great, and coming here is always special. It’s been quite some time since I came here, so everything feels new. But it’s still amazing,” she concludes.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Newly sworn-in President Ram Nath Kovind inspecting a guard of honour in the forecourt...

Newly sworn-in President Ram Nath Kovind inspecting a guard of honour in the forecourt...

Tri-services guards leave after the swearing-in ceremony of the 14th President of India, at Vijay...

Tri-services guards leave after the swearing-in ceremony of the 14th President of India, at Vijay...

Indian Youth Congress activists hold placards during a silent protest against BJP and suspension...

Indian Youth Congress activists hold placards during a silent protest against BJP and suspension...

A view of Parliament after heavy rains in New Delhi on Tuesday....

A view of Parliament after heavy rains in New Delhi on Tuesday....

Fire brigade and NDRF personnel carrying out a search and rescue operation following a building...

Fire brigade and NDRF personnel carrying out a search and rescue operation following a building...

A Haj pilgrim displays her affection with her relative at Hajj House Bemina in Srinagar on Tuesday..

A Haj pilgrim displays her affection with her relative at Hajj House Bemina in Srinagar on Tuesday..

Members of the Kangleipak Students' Association (KSA) demand constitutional protection...

Members of the Kangleipak Students' Association (KSA) demand constitutional protection...

India's Ravichandran Ashwin tosses a ball during a training session ahead of the first test...

India's Ravichandran Ashwin tosses a ball during a training session ahead of the first test...

Actors Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor promote their upcoming movie

Actors Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor promote their upcoming movie "Mubarakan" in New Delhi...

A view of waterlogged George Town Police Station after heavy rains in Allahabad on Tuesday...

A view of waterlogged George Town Police Station after heavy rains in Allahabad on Tuesday...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.