She’s petite and vivacious, she’s radiant and chirpy, she’s determined and effortless. Nushrat Bharucha is a beautiful, young actor who believes in taking life as it comes- as much in the real version as in the reel one. She shares her travel secrets with us. By Rashima Nagpal
What was your childhood like?
I was a grumpy child. I remember this one time when my mom dressed me up as Hawa Hawaii for a fancy-dress competition and I refused to perform while on stage. I wasn’t fearful; I was just stubborn. Even when I was in college, I liked being behind the stage. It wasn’t until my first film, Love Sex Aur Dhokha, that I enjoyed being in front of the camera.
What is your earliest travel memory?
It has got to be the Goa trip I took with 12 of my friends right after our class 10 exams. One of our teachers had promised us complimentary coupons of a resort in Goa, if we scored well. So, we did!
From being a regular Mumbai girl to a Bollywood star, how has life changed for you over the years?
When I was studying Mass Media at Jai Hind College, the biggest struggle was to board the local train. That is not the case anymore. But I like trains, and after those five years [in college], they have become special [to me]. You’ve done some unconventional roles and films in the past.
What kind of projects are you looking for now?
For me, the script is the hero. If I like a script from the audience’s point of view, I take it up. My sensibility in cinema has a bit of both worlds, the drama and the commercial angle, as well as some sense of reality.
What do you look forward to at a destination wedding?
Firstly, the company. The people that are going to be with me make all the difference. Then, the food! I am a big foodie, even if it might not look like that. And if it’s a destination like this one [Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty], then [there’s] nothing like it!
How was your experience at this Hyatt property?
It was so good that I wish I could extend my stay. But prior commitments don’t allow it. I’m definitely staying here the next time I’m in Kochi. I am all for coastal destinations.
What kind of a traveller are you?
The kind with seven suitcases! Also, a water baby and adventurous.
Do you plan your trips extensively, or are you spontaneous?
I love it when my friends plan and I just have to show up. I prefer being
spontaneous [on holiday].
How do you usually kill time on long layovers?
I am good with airports. I spend time shopping or eating, or both! Once, I almost missed my connecting flight because I got occupied at a coffee shop at Changi Airport (laughs).
Who’s your favourite travel companion?
My girls! It’s five of us, from the same group that travelled to Goa in school.
What’s your dream destination for a romantic getaway?
To me, company matters more than the destination. Take me anywhere—be it somewhere in Lonavala [near Mumbai], or an island far away.