Sonali Bendre Quotes.
The upbringing my parents gave me has got me through the ups and downs in my life. My parents always believed that children need to be compassionate and caring human beings above anything. I wish and hope the same for my son Ranveer.
I read anything and everything. Comfort food for my brain is fantasy fiction or science fiction.
As it is, ‘Size Zero’ is not for me. I feel a woman should have a feminine figure.
I think you should allow your kid to know and watch what is dangerous instead of keeping them away from it. Otherwise, how will she or he know that it is unsafe?
There’s a hidden Goth in me: I have a dark sense of humour; I have a dark sense of fashion.
I would be happy to do ‘Sarfarosh 2’. The script should be as good as the first one. I don’t want to destroy the goodwill of the first one.
My mother has done a great job with her kids. The daily struggle of raising three daughters with a very limited income yet seeing to it that they get a good upbringing, giving her daughters wings even after not being so educated – that person is my hero.
I believe, as human beings, we sometimes indulge in self pity more than it’s necessary. Over my life’s journey, I have realised that overthinking about your problems and indulging in self-pity is not the answer to get through tough times.
Until Ranveer was born in August 2005, three years into our marriage, I was working in Hindi or South Indian films. After marriage, I began learning how to run a house. My mother wanted to teach me the basics, but I was never home. So when my mother-in-law taught me chores, it was hard to adjust.
My parents are naive in their morality of things, and so, without realising it, I landed up being ethical and having strong opinions.
There is no reason to compare Bollywood and Marathi films. Both have their own charm.
People often confuse self-respect with arrogance. I believe that there is a very thin line between the two. Balance between the two is often what leads to happiness.
There are certain images attached to an Indian woman – a mother, daughter, homemaker… there are certain parts of it that I really like, and I love having that identity also, but I feel women shouldn’t be limited to that.
My memories of the whirlwind ’90s are a blur of work schedules. I was completing my B. Com. degree in 1991 when I took to modelling and acting in TV serials. A year later, I found my foothold in movies.
The parenting books didn’t work for me; I got my parenting lessons from everything but the books! And it was about figuring things out. So every time I had a thought, I would put down my conclusions and thoughts.
If someone would ask me to choose between TV and films, I would go for TV. I am content with it. Also, I have a family and a son to look after. A mother needs to be there with the child.
I’m so glad that my profession helps me find a balance. I have the luxury to choose between my work and my family. Many women don’t. I thank my stars for whatever I have.
Life goes on, and one should look ahead and not backward.
I am a completely self-made person. It’s been a tough journey – I learnt on the job, worked 48 hours without sleeping.
Why should I limit myself or drive myself towards a woman-centric film. Sometimes, the most interesting role is not that of the protagonist.
Once you are a parent, everything takes a back seat. It ceases to be a role. It is a reality. Once I had Ranveer, I realised that I was cracking under the pressure and that I cannot be a superwoman. I had to open myself to learning.
I have realised that to ensure my family stays healthy, it is important I stay fit and healthy myself.
As a contemporary Indian woman who has been handling so many things, I think she can be a very strong woman, a very strong working woman. We need more and more working women in our country.
Incorporating small changes/additions in one’s daily routine can have a big impact. For example, eating a healthy diet, including a handful of almonds every day and a regular exercise regime, not only helps me maintain a healthy life but also balance both my family’s health as well as my own.
My writing did turn out to be quite intact, as it has all my experiences gathered at one place.
For a formal look, I wear saris, and certain occasions require a dressed up look. But wherever I can, I like being in something easy and casual.
The point of human evolution is adapting to circumstance. Not letting go of the old, but adapting it, is necessary.
Bengalis have the best skin and hair; there’s something more about the fish from here. I think I will start ordering fish from Bengal!
As I started parenting, I realised there is no formula to it.
I have fond memories of consuming a handful of almonds that were soaked the previous night and peeled the next morning. All through my school life, my mother would ensure she kept some almonds in my tiffin box so that I would always have my daily dose of nutrition handy.
My routine is very simple because I realised that the more complicated the exercise sessions are, the less likely I am to make it for them. They have to be simple and doable in my daily routine.
My mother-in-law thinks I’m more beautiful than all the other faces around. She keeps encouraging me to take up more work.
I don’t want to be equal to a man. We are different and are meant to be that way. Women are more resilient than men. I thrive on the difference between a man and a woman and love a well-behaved man opening doors for me and a certain amount of caring that happens.
Unless you are aggressive, you will never become number one.
Every time I feel fearful of something now, I do it.
I feel I should get better at my fitness regimen, but I think it’s about doing it more regularly rather than expecting miracles. There are no shortcuts.
There should be a sequel to ‘Sarfarosh’. It was a different film.
If I return to films, the feeling to do it must come from the heart.
Personally, I wear a lot of my mother-in-law’s chiffons and my mother’s silk. But when I buy saris for myself, then they have to be understated.
I have never planned my career. I never wanted to be an actress. Films were an instinctive step, just like modelling and television.
Time management is surely the most critical aspect of acing multiple arenas: home, work, and family.
I don’t want people to crowd around me and give advice on what I should and shouldn’t wear. Style comes naturally to me.
I tell women who have gone through cancer that healing from it requires receiving care, receiving support, letting friends and family rally around us. It is time to receive.
As a writer, penning down personal stuff was not easy for me, as it was way too close to my heart.
Ranveer was almost three when I began my second stint. I took up TV assignments so that I could have enough time at home. While being 24/7 with my child was amazing and his company stimulating, I missed adult conversations.
Every cancer is different. The symptoms and treatments are different, and every human body deals with it differently. There are no formulas to it. That, I think, was the biggest takeaway for me.
During Holi, my mom prepares lovely puran polis, and everyone in my family makes an exception in their diet plan to include this delicious food item!
Comfort is always a priority, but that doesn’t mean, just for the sake of comfort, I will wear some silly stuff and make myself look tacky.
Well-settled is just a state of mind. I don’t think I’m in that state. I look for challenges every day. Bringing up my child, looking after my house is also a challenge.
As an actor, there are a lot of personas and personalities that you carry. Whatever you wear, you adapt to it, and people feel that’s your style. But that’s not necessarily an actor’s style. There are some things that are very ‘you,’ and some are only to suit your persona.
For a movie actor, the biggest challenge on TV is the number of close-up shots.
My whole life turned upside down once I became a mother.
I know people have always seen me in very fitted clothes because that is required and so is done, but personally, I like the deconstructed look.