Perseverant, whimsical, and a romantic at heart, actor Vaani Kapoor is determined to make heads turn wherever she goes. She opens up about love, travel, and a career on the rise. By Rashima Nagpal

Vaani Kapoor Interview
The mural at Park Hyatt Hyderabad’s Rika easily becomes our cover star’s favourite spot to flaunt this pistachio-green outfit.

1. Describe yourself in three words.

Awkward, loyal, and real.

2. On a scale of zero to 10, how romantic are you?

I think, an eight or nine.

3. What is your idea of love?

I firmly believe in the idea of unconditional love. The kind that makes two people enjoy the mundane things together, and also respect and inspire each other.

4. What do you think of the portrayal of romance in Bollywood films?

I think it’s still very much in the songs and dances. There has to be a bit of magic in romance. Even if it’s cliched, I still idealise the Shah Rukh [Khan] kind of romance.

5. What do you like most about acting?

The fact that I get to play so many characters and live so many lives in different atmospheres. I feel strangely more confident pulling off a new character than just being myself.

6. A strength and a weakness of yours?

My biggest strength is that I don’t give up. No matter how hard the circumstances might be, my sense of belief keeps me going. And my family is both my strength and weakness. The things you love the most are the things you’re most afraid to lose. But then, I also derive strength from my weaknesses—it’s a yin and yang equation.

7. What led you to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism?

I have always had a knack for travelling. At the time, it felt like a good idea. But then I got into modelling, and then, acting happened—both of which make me travel the world anyway.

8. What kind of traveller are you?

I am a city girl at heart, waiting to explore the entire world. I grew up with a lot of animals in my house—my father used to run an NGO. I still live with two cats, Kiki and Koko. When you grow up with pets around, you learn to be kind and compassionate. That’s probably why I love to explore wildlife as a traveller, which is why South Africa is on the top of my list right now.

9. Which is your favourite city?

Mumbai, my home city. I like its sense of freedom and the fact that it’s always buzzing.

10. What do you think of Hyderabad?

I think it’s a very chilled-out city. I often come here to visit a friend, and sometimes, to shoot at the [Ramoji] Film City.

11. Destinations on your bucket list?

Too many! Iceland, Japan, South America…the list is endless.

12. What are the kind of films that you look forward to being a part of?

I still feel very new and am receptive to whatever comes my way. Every new project starts from square one — that’s what excites me.

Kapoor’s Favourites

Book
One Thing I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey.

Romantic Movie
All of Audrey Hepburn films, especially Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Snack
Fish tacos, particularly the ones at the Mexican restaurant Tortuga in Dubai.

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