So, ad-filmmmaker Manav Menon is the new man in your life?
I reserve the right to speak about this one gentleman in my life… The only information I am willing to share with you is that I am very happy now. Touch wood.
Apparently Manav travelled with you all through your world tour
Perhaps he was. I refuse to answer this question (laughs).
Where did you meet Manav Menon the first time?
Hmm… I met him the first time during the shoot of an ad-film. Manav seemed very interesting, and promising. Later on we interacted some more, and that’s how our friendship grew.
Was it love at first sight?
Ha, ha, ha… We aren’t talking about a teenybopper film here, are we?
Are you serious about Manav?
Serious in what sense? Manav is my friend and I am happy to have him as my friend.
Do you see yourself married soon? Do you believe in the institution of marriage?
I do believe in the institution of marriage. However, marriage will be a sudden event in my life, for sure. It will be sudden, not because I am impulsive, but because I expect a lot from a relationship. The day I feel that I have found my ideal man, I’ll go for it with my eyes shut. Until then I will keep my eyes wide open.
You admit that Manav is important in your life, yet you don’t want to talk about him
I would love to talk about him. But we don’t know our future yet…
Your photograph with Manav has not yet appeared in print
Manav is a private person and doesn’t like being photographed. I am a public figure, and with Randeep it was different issue because he is also an actor. But with Manav, the situation is completely different. He has his own issues, why drag someone else into trouble? In fact, recently a photographer stood outside his office the whole day to take his picture. Now that’s insane. If someone doesn’t want to be photographed, why can’t he exercise his democratic right?
However, you have always been willing to talk about your private life?
Absolutely. To deny the existence of a person in your life, according to me, is an insult to the person. The fact that I have moved on from my relationship with Randeep Hooda is no big secret. I only wait until I am absolutely sure of my feelings. I have no problem in admitting to relationships beginning or ending. However, if my talking disturbs another human being and his equations with others in life, then I can only talk about my own feelings… Right now, I am happy, very happy.
How difficult is it for you to end a relationship?
It’s really difficult. Relationships are like habits in your life, after a point you get used to them. The scary part is that you don’t realise at what point in time love turns into a habit. In fact, there comes a time when there is no love, just a habit.
So Randeep became habit in your life?
Randeep will always remain a habit… a good habit. (Laughs) I have often said that there is a childishness in Randeep which I love. I have really enjoyed the relationship with Randeep, because I have never dated anyone younger than him. He always kept me on my toes. ‘Sush, let’s play football, let’s do this, let’s do that…’ He is very alive. But then we grow out of relationships because we need different things in life. There is a certain impatience in him which is beautiful, but if I start imbibing that impatience, I’d be in trouble. On the other hand, I cannot expect him to have the kind of patience that age and experience has built, in me. It would not let him live life the way he wants to.
So you feel bad about moving on?
Randeep is still important to me. It’s never easy to end a relationship. My relationships, be it with the man in my life or my friends I meet, they are very important to me. So every time a break-up takes place, it really hurts. Randeep helped me to understand the childlike side of myself. I had started behaving all grown up, when he came along and fixed it. He made me see myself as a child again. Then I realised that I was becoming too much of a child, so we parted. I think the parting is a good thing for both of us.
Does your public image bother you?
No. If my public image changes on the basis of my personal relationships is an image I am happy to live without. All this doesn’t matter to me anyway. I love being who I am.
Recently your exboyfriend Vikram Bhatt claimed that Ankahee was based on his relationship with you. But you have always refrained from commenting on this issue
When I heard that Vikram is making a film on our relationship and his equation with his wife, I didn’t want to comment on the issue, I didn’t want to stop the project either. He had a relationship with me and I thought that as a director he has the right to incorporate some instances in his film.
Are you on talking terms with Vikram Bhatt?
I would love to talk to him, but it has been years since we spoke to each other.