I’ve always wished I had long, skinny legs: Joshinder

Actor, dancer, choreographer Joshinder Chaggar on tricky situations, beauty and women who embrace their femininity.


October 24, 2010

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

To be surrounded with people I love, to feel spiritually connected, be in good health and be engaged in a stimulating creative project.

What is your greatest fear?

Cockroaches!

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I wish I was more assertive.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Insincerity.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Perfume.

What is your current state of mind?

I’m filled with a sense of possibilities.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Outer beauty.

On what occasion do you lie?

To get out of tricky situations...

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I’ve always wished I had long skinny legs.

Which living person do you most despise?

George W Bush.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Kindness.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Courage. And also women who like being women, who are strong and soft, who embrace their femininity.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Zabardast.”

When and where were you happiest?

I feel that I have never been happier in my life than right now. Married to my soul mate, and doing work that I love.

Which talent would you most like to have?

To be able to sing.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I was one of those people who rise and shine at 5 am... and meditate and do yoga. I wish I had that level of discipline.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A tree. I always feel a sense of awe when I see trees. How they can just ‘be’. Calm, still, quiet, they don’t compete with other trees, they just are what they are, whatever size or length or type. Imagine if humans had that state of mind!

Where would you most like to live?

India. I would love to immerse myself in classical dance and yoga, and India is obviously the perfect place for that.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My laugh — I have a very loud laugh!

Who is your hero of fiction?

Batman! Very sexy!

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Katherine Hepburn — for her dedication to her craft and her fearlessness.

What is your greatest regret?

I have many. But the person I am today is a result of all my life experiences, so in that case I don’t regret anything.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Don’t sweat the small stuff......and its all small stuff.”

How many hours of load shedding did you experience yesterday?

None...very lucky.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 24th, 2010.

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