How are you doing during the pandemic?
I’m just trying to cope up with everything around me and stay calm and strong. I am hoping for this pandemic to come to an end now. I am currently in Delhi and since we can’t step out to help people, I have turned my social media account into a platform where I am constantly sharing leads for oxygen, hospital beds, plasma donation information and everything related to healthcare.
Your family has been affected by the virus too…
When I was in Mumbai, my entire family in Delhi had tested positive and later, my Mumbai family tested positive too. It’s not a joke. When the whole nation is doing their bit to control it, some idiots aren’t helping by not wearing the mask. I have been calling out such people many times.
How has it impacted you as a business owner?
I have been affected by the pandemic like everybody else in the world, but fortunately, we kept getting orders for my brand. However, keeping the health of my workers in mind, we shut our business temporarily. We will start operating once things get better and meanwhile, we are wrapping up pending orders. We are trying our best to help our workers and their families too in ways we can.
Is it tougher to balance between work and home now?
It’s very challenging. My brand production is in Bombay and I’m with my family in Delhi, so, I’m constantly checking the work update from distance. Here, I have my daughter Samara who keeps asking me when she can go back to school and I have no answer. I have been telling her to consider this as an extended holiday, but, as a parent, it is worrying to see your kid get such little activity. She is trapped in a home and we have no choice! In between keeping her busy and keeping tabs on my work, I sometimes feel demotivated.
What keeps you going?
Throughout the day, I take out an hour to myself when I meditate and do yoga. I have been doing it since my college days and it helps me calm myself down.
What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere.
Do you feel you got an advantage while launching your brand since you are a star kid?
kya hota hain (What’s advantage)? We have grown up with the name and have got used to it. Besides, you might get a lot of eyeballs due to your family name when you are starting a brand, but later the brand speaks for itself.
If I were to become an actress, I’d be told that it was a given since my family is into films. Ranbir, Karisma, Kareena are star kids but their work has spoken for itself; their success comes purely from their talent. They are superstars only because they are great at what they are doing.
Whether you do acting or fashion or anything else, even a star kid has to have to do something in life. People are going to talk irrespective of what you do, the best you can do is do your job and let it do the talking.