As a performer
I was an active girl at school (product of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Vizag) both in indoor activities like extempore, debates and in sports. I was the event manger for surprise birthday parties for my cousins and I would also entertain them with dance and other performances. From Washing Powder Nirma ad to the latest mass number, I could replicate everything through my song and dance. I was spotted at a reality show, bagged a TV role and then got into movies. Radio, TV, movies or live shows - I am in love with any medium that allows me to perform.
A day in the life of Rashmi
When I am at work, I am at the studio by 5:30 am for makeup. Then we shoot till 11 pm with breaks for breakfast, lunch, dinner and outfit change. I crash at home. Rinse and repeat. On off days, I wake up at noon, watch back to back reruns of Vampire Diaries or Modern Family on my laptop, go out for coffee with friends in the evening and crash late night to get ready for work next day. Early mornings, late nights, excruciating heat, crazy makeup sessions, harsh lights, hot hairdryers are all part of the day.
About the adult comedy in her shows
If I were hosting a children’s show and talked dirty, shoot me. My show is at 9 pm and your kids should be asleep by then.
When I stood up for myself
once went to a bowling alley and posted my pictures in trendy shorts. The next day I see that someone made me the face of rape saying that outfits like these are the reason for rape. Excuse me, there are African tribes where women walk naked and that is their culture. That doesn’t mean they are asking for it. I had to really fight this out through my social media channels. I love to take fan’s comments and want to ensure I meet their expectations, but getting malicious and misogynistic and dragging my family or upbringing is not done! Imagine someone from abroad sees celebrities’ photographs but once they read the nasty and vulgar comments below, it reflects on our culture. Those who are abusive at strangers on social media need therapy. If someone in your family is doing that, take them to a doc.
Three hashtags that define you
#Foodie #Experimental #LazyBones
Three things you think you should not have done so far
- Can’t name, but there are three movies that I cringe when I watch. Don’t want to mention them.
- Not have trusted people blindly.
- Not got emotional and signed movies.
Three throwback memories you are proud of
- Mom’s video shoots of me for every birthday. She would hire a professional photographer for a day, put makeup for me, dress me up in the most beautiful clothes, make me feel like a princess and keep those memories safe as videos and photographs.
- Growing up days at Vizag with cousins.- Pulling off a great show every week for Jabardasth and now with Extra Jabardasth.
Three lessons from three role models
My mom Sabita taught me that you should do what your heart tells you and that you should give a damn about the society. As a single mom, she had the strength and conviction to bring me up as a bold and straightforward girl. Most single moms are forever trying to get rid of their daughters my getting them married off by 18. My mom gave me all the resources to pursue my dream of becoming a performer.
- My grandfather SP Mishra taught me that ‘When you spend, God will send’. I spend like there is no tomorrow and trust me, I have never gone bankrupt
- Conduct my life like Madhuri Dixit who balanced her work, home, family, vacations and hobbies beautifully.
Three things you think should change in India
Toilets. The gross and irresponsible way of disposing sanitary napkins. Our understanding of menopause
Three professional milestones you are proud of Yuva, Jabarsasth and Guntur Talkies
Three times you were supremely embarrassed
- When I hangout at a coffee place and the youngsters look so hep, hot and sexy and I get a complex.
- When people look at me as I go finger licking after eating South Indian food.
- Confuse names and faces, especially of those I work with.
Three websites/apps you visit often (besides FB, Twitter, YouTube - Madhuri Dixit’s dance app - Dance With Madhuri
- Roposo fashion
- Food apps like Swiggy, Fasoos
Three people you follow on social media and why Madhuri Dixit; Nina Dobrev (who plays Elena Gilbert The Vampire Diaries) and all the superstars of Tollywood.
To be abducted by an alien or fall in love with a vampire.Current status: In love with my work and having fun too.
My goal: To achieve the kind of serenity that helps me take life as it comes.
Three annoying things of being a celeb
- Not being left alone. When I have a relaxing vacation and get a bit chubby, they say I have got implants. If I had a tiring week and worked too hard with little sleep, they say I’ve had a lipo suction.
- Unable to meet people’s expectations of being a chirpy and flirty girl at the airport or the supermarket, they way they see me in my shows.
- Too much exposure through social media, selfies etc.
Worst rumour I’ve heard about myself:
That I went to the US to get my back treated. That was the morning news. By afternoon, it was that I went for a cosmetic surgery. By evening, they had all the details - that it was a facial surgery. I went to Seattle for a fundraiser and charity dinner for actor Balayyas’s Indo-American Cancer Hospital. How they don’t realise that one week is too short to go for a surgery to the US and even do a show back home in India.
What’s on your mind right now. what do you propose to do about it A bad craving for prawn biryani and I am trying to see if Swiggy can deliver it home right now.