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‘Newton’ starring Anjali Patil is India’s first official entry to the 90th Academy Awards – Oscars. It is scheduled to screen on March 4, 2018, at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. And right before this, the international actor heads off to City of the Angels for the promotion of Newton, Patil reveals her favourite food to eat, whether or not she cooks at home, what she loves most about Delhi, and more!
Q. One food item/dish you could eat any time, all the time?
Khichdi – I simply love it and I like to add a little ‘Patil’ twist to it and mix it with sprouts, vegetables, brown rice, and of course, ghee.
Q. What’s your least favourite thing to eat?
Until recently, my least favourite food item was hands down karela. But the last time I was in London, I ended up trying karela in Southall, and it was super tasty. Since then, I have started loving that too.
Q. What’s the most important meal of the day for you? Why?
I feel each and every meal is very important. For me, it isn’t about breakfast, lunch or dinner! I tend to eat in between as well if I’m hungry – whether I should eat or not has more to do with the demand of my body.
Q. Do you cook at home?
Yes, I cook a lot at home. For the last two years, cooking has become one of my few passions and I’ve discovered a lot of new things. Given I’m from a typical Maharashtrian family, so earlier whatever I cooked had a Marathi touch to it, but slowly over time, that has changed.
Q. If you could permanently remove one food item from the planet, what would it be and why?
I think, it is not appropriate to remove any food item from planet Earth because whatever the mother nature has given to us, there is a reason behind it. Probably, I want to remove plastic.
Q. Which is your favourite restaurant abroad?
Given I try out different restaurants all the time, I can’t limit my favourite restaurant to just one.
Q. Can you make any prediction, about anything, exactly one year from now?
Nope, I can’t make predictions, because I think it’s impossible to make predictions. However, the only prediction I can make about myself is that I will be a better person tomorrow, after one month, one year or even a decade.
Q. What do you do on your days off?
My days off are pretty chilled out – I cook, read, and watch my favourite movies (at least three to four of them). As I’m a loner, I prefer a little bit of ‘me time’ whenever I am free from work.
Q. What do you love most about New Delhi?
Two places – National School of Drama (NSD) and Bengali Market.
Q. One thing you can never live without?
‘Questioning’ is one thing I can’t live without, it is like food for my brain.
Q. One hobby you’ll never give up?
There are a lot of things that I’ll never give up, but if I had to pick out one, then it definitely would be walking!
Q. What scares you the most?
To be unable to help a person who needs my help is what scares me the most.
Q. One thing you love about the film industry?
The film medium itself, as we are all artists here, always creating beautiful stories on screen. I am very proud to be a part of this amazing world that is so great, so extraordinary.
Q. And one thing you dislike…
I dislike that some people forget that what you perform in front of the camera, is not a lie. It is part of the reality. Here people also think that honesty will not pay further, but it’s not true.
Q. A fashion trend that can never let you down?
I think maxi dresses and gowns will always be trendy and I really love them. And, I also love Sufiana kind of dresses which are flowy and very comfortable.
Q. A dessert you just can’t live without?
I really like Bengali sweets. All of them, be it Rasgulla or Kheer Kadam, they all hold a special place in my heart.
Q. Who do you look up to for advice in life?
I look up to myself. I do have some very close friends, but I think I can give myself the best advice.
Q. Now that you are busy with films, do you still do theatre?
No, since I passed out from National School of Drama, I’ve been constantly working on different films and have no time for theatre. I am currently busy writing my own film and most probably next year, you’ll see me directing as well.
Q. What’s one thing you like to have with you on set?
My headphones and a book!
Q. What made you want to be an actress?
Ever since I was a kid, I just wanted to be an actress.
Q. What’s the one thing you learnt as an actress?
Limiting what I’ve learnt as an actor to only one thing, seems a tad bit unfair.Every day I’m learning so many things and this is the best part about this profession.
Q. What has been your greatest professional achievement so far?
“I really like Bengali sweets. All of them, be it Rasgulla or Kheer Kadam, they all hold a special place in my heart.“
Q. 2017 so far has been?
2017 has been the busiest year of my life – from shooting for 200 days, to attending press conferences, etc. This year has been crazy. And of course, ‘Newton’ happened this year as well.
Q. Which is the one movie you watch over and over again?
‘Tree of Life’
Q. One thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I think people get surprised when they meet me cause they don’t know me, so anything about me surprises them.
Q. When do you feel most creative?
When I see someone walking barefoot on the road or when I see someone parting at the airport – raw emotions and nature makes me creative. When I see a piece of nature, a butterfly, a landscape, that is the moment I feel creative, that is when I write a poem.
Q. The last movie you watched?
I watched a documentary ‘The Vietnam War’ by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
Q. A movie you’d never watch again?
‘The Walking Dead’ sorta movie, and some horror movies that I watched as a kid, I’ll never watch these again.
Q. If you weren’t an actress, what would you be?
I probably would’ve been a chef, basically anything related to any practical creative field.
Q. What’s your take on the burning debate about nepotism in Bollywood?
I honestly don’t have any opinion or clue about it. I feel I am so much outside and so much not-in-Bollywood, that I don’t think I have time to really think about all these things.
Q. What’s your definition of travel?
Can be anything, you travel with a backpack, you travel with your mind, but openness is necessary. You have to be open in your conversations.
Q. Where did you last travel to?
I just came back from Scotland where I was shooting for a film.
Q. Which city has the best nightlife in India? And outside India?
In India, it is only our Mumbai – nothing can beat it. And outside, I think it is Berlin and London.
D.O.B: 26 September, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Hometown: Nasik (Maharashtra)
You are happiest when: When I am travelling
The dish you cook best: Everything
Your fridge always has: Tomatoes, cream masakan and fruits
Favourite cocktail: I don’t drink
Favourite actor: Ben Affleck
Favourite actress: Meryl Streep
Your go-to health drink: Water
Snippet from Anjali Patil’s movie – Newton:
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