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Today, name any Indian dish, and I can make it-Kiara Advani

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Kiara Advani, Bollywood’s newest masterchef, is tackling the lockdown with ghar ka khaana and baking cakes, cookies
Akash Bhatnagar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 6, 2020)

While the prolonged Coronavirus lockdown has rendered many restless, Kiara Advani is happy to be home. “I have always been a homebody, so I don’t feel cooped up and I am not dying to step out,” she avers, quick to add that if there’s one thing she misses, it’s work. But till it’s time to get back to film shoots, the actress admits that she is enjoying spending quality time with her family, revisiting indoor board games like Ludo and Uno, which she used to play when in school, and watching old videos from her childhood. “I even connected with my school teachers recently and it was a trip down memory lane,” she gushes.

Meanwhile, Kiara has been honing her culinary skills and exults that she had no idea she was such a good cook, especially when it comes to Indian cuisine. “Maybe it’s my love for ghar ka khaana,” she reasons. Thanks to online tutorials and recipes, she can now stir up simple vegetarian dishes, including the all-favourite khichdi. “Once in a while, I bake a cake or some cookies. I also made gajar ka halwa the other day. Today, you name any Indian dish and I can make it. And that makes me really proud.”

Her new-found talent is a motivation to exercise. As she is quick to point out, workouts are not just to stay fit and be positive, but also to burn all the excess calories.

However, the actress is equally aware that there are many out there who are hungry and suffering, and that no matter how much charity you do, there will always be that one person who needs help. Recently, Kiara came across a blogger online, who had tested positive for Covid-19, and reached out to her. “I stayed in constant touch with her during her stay in the hospital. Thank God, she’s fine now. She was a complete stranger, yet we connected. Everybody is one at this time and I feel so inspired after this,” she shares.

The actress recently interacted with fans on Instagram to discuss the pandemic and the emotions it evoked. “Several people, including me, were confused about the situation. I was concerned about what was happening outside and I wasn’t alone. So, I thought, maybe if we all came together, we could help each other get through it,” she maintains, overwhelmed by the response to the pep talk. “Some were suffering from sleep disorders while some were worried for their future. There was a lot of negativity, but there were also people offering suggestions on how to combat it. The idea was to open up about our feelings and help each other. I recently came across an online course on well-being and happiness that piqued my interest. I’m considering taking it up. Now, is a good time to reflect and understand myself better.”

Kiara confesses that during the early days of the lockdown, she did not want to take the pressure of doing something productive. But after the extensions, she has come to realise that she is in a profession where she can’t work from home, like her parents. “Even school kids are taking online classes and I keep thinking that maybe, someday in the future, we too will be able to shoot a movie from home. But for now, all that I can do is research what to do next,” she rues.

2019 was a big year for her, with Kabir Singh becoming the year’s biggest grosser, and Good Newwz also doing well commercially. Her Laxmmi Bomb was to open this Eid, with the Vikram Batra biopic, Shershaah, following. Bhool Bhulaiyya 2 had also gone on the floors and Kiara was sitting pretty when the virus struck, sending everyone scurrying indoors. “Earlier, I was so busy working, I didn’t have the time to enjoy my recent successes. Now, I do. I’m praying every day that we can go back to the sets as soon as possible. It’ll be a lot different, but I’m hoping for the best,” she signs off optimistically.

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