Disha Patani has broken the internet several times since she ascended to the throne of It-Girl-dom in the short time since her debut in M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story. Sexy selfies, killer dance moves, a selfless love for animals and that sunshine personality make it pretty easy for everyone to succumb to her vivacious, larger-than-life vibe. She recently wrapped up filming Baaghi 2 opposite Tiger Shroff, and we caught up with her between shots for a quick chat, Maxim style.
Welcome to Maxim, Disha! Hope you had fun doing this shoot?
It was so good! The shoot went so well and so fast. It was raining very heavily in Mumbai that day, it was just one of those days. But we had so much fun trying different looks. The results are so young and cool and sexy. I really loved my whole shoot experience.
It’s pretty early in the day right now. Are early mornings your thing?
It depends. Sometimes we have to wake up as early as 4.30 am for shoots. And I wake up earlier because I like to work out before the shoot—I can’t work out at night. Today, I woke up a little late, though.
So you’re a morning person—lucky you. We hear you’re a fitness fiend, too?
Yeah, but right now I don’t have the proper equipment here at the hotel; they don’t have a proper gym. I keep two activities a day—I do cardio in the form of dance or kick-boxing and, in the evenings, I usually do weight training to gain some muscle.
You’re super fit, and you exude positivity. Tell us the secret because we’d really like to try it out.
Honestly, I feel you can’t be positive all the time. You have those days when you’re down or it’s something else like hormonal imbalances, ha! I think whenever I’m working, I’m happy. When I’m not working, I need to move... I need to do something every day otherwise I tend to get depressed. So I keep myself busy. Also, I believe once you decide to be happy, everything will be happier!
We couldn’t agree more, to be honest. When it comes to your personal style, are you one of those who’s a stickler for perfection?
I pretty much live in my trackpants and gymwear every day. Only when I have to go for events or somewhere I have to look a little presentable is when I dress up. But I hate dressing up. If you ever see me in those “spotted” pictures, I usually look bad. I love sportswear. I’m a sporty girl... more like a guy, actually.
We beg to differ, as do millions of your fans! When do you feel sexiest?
When I dance. Otherwise, I’m not a very cool person. But when I dance I feel very confident, cool and sexy— I feel like Beyoncé! Just thinking about her makes me feel sexy.
You’ve also called Beyoncé your idol…
I love Beyoncé, yeah! She’s my idol because she’s so strong as a woman, so independent, and she really inspires me because she’s ruling it right now. She’s so hardworking. I’ve watched all her interviews, but the best thing she said is that for you to find a soulmate—someone who completes you—you need to complete yourself first, by finding something you like. You need to have your own passion, your own aim. Then, you can complete someone else, too. Having your own name, passion and aim is very important.
Very true, and you’re well on your way, we might add. Your go-to stress buster?
Travel—I wish I could do it more often. I love travelling so much. I love the beach and I love swimming. I wish I lived on a beach and my room opened up to the water. Unfortunately, Mumbai isn’t like that and I can’t teleport to a beach every time I’m stressed. So, I usually just eat something decadent to feel better.
What do you find the most attractive about a man?
I like simple guys because I’m a simple girl. I don’t have many demands. I would be attracted to someone with some passion and motivation in life. I like that.
What’s your guilty pleasure—TV shows or classic movies?
I like watching films before I go to sleep every night. I’m not really into TV shows, though I did watch 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, and it was a cool show. If I get the time, I switch on the TV to watch films. Recently, I’ve enjoyed Annabelle 2. I love horror and action movies... told you I’m a guy! I’m not really into romcoms.
You’re a super dancer. Any chance you’re a fantastic singer, too?
No, no, no! I can’t sing at all. This is something I can’t do anymore. I used to sing well when I was young but then my voice changed and now it’s horrible, and I just can’t—that’s why I don’t go for karaoke nights. And, somehow, every person around me sings. I like to hear people sing, but it’s intimidating because you’ve got people singing professionally at those karaoke nights! They’re hitting all the notes and I just can’t do that.
Bummer! Your Instagram fan base is pretty crazy…
They’re so sweet and very loving. I still manage my own account so I have instant access to them.
How do you deal with all the attention—and, sometimes, the hate—that comes with it?
The hate is a part of it. One mantra I follow is that you shouldn’t be too happy or too sad about anything. That’s why nothing affects me too much—either too much appreciation or too much negativity. Girls, especially, get a lot of shit for nothing. People will judge you for what you wear. I don’t really care about that. I’m here to live my life and I’m happy to be doing my work. Nobody knows me better than me. It’s also kinda cool when my fans, who are really just good people who support women, come out in defence and, then, there’s a comment war going down. And, when you think about it, everyone’s fighting over one picture in cyberspace? Instagram isn’t real life, you know. People tend to take it too seriously sometimes.
Given the nature of the Internet, everything is anonymous so trolls get away with a lot of stuff that they wouldn’t have the guts to say in real life.
Yes! All the profiles writing the hate stuff are fake accounts. No one will ever own up and say it. They just want attention. That’s that. Just ignore them, I say.
What’s 24 hours in the life of Disha Patani like…
When I’m not filming, I wake up and play with my new puppy and kitten—they’re so cute. They love each other. Bella, my puppy is the dominating one, of course, but they’re happy to have each other. Then I go for my morning workout—kick-boxing or dance every alternate day. I come back post-noon and have lunch. Then I take a nap. Naps are very important to me. Then I go to the gym in the evening, come back, have dinner and... that’s my day!
PHOTOGRAPHS: NICK SAGLIMBENI
STYLING: SUKRITI GROVER
HAIR: MARCELO PEDROZO
MAKE-UP: FLAVIA GIU
PRODUCTION: IMRAN KHATRI PRODUCTIONS