Citra’s brand ambassador Pooja Hegde was kind enough to indulge us at the brand’s launch at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai…
You made your debut with Mugamoodi and have since worked in multiple Indian-language film industries. How has the experience been like?
It has been a great journey from Mugamoodi to Mohenjo Daro. Mugamoodi was my first film, and I felt like a child without any confidence since I didn’t have any acting experience. So, I was just happy to be a part of it. It was also a superhero film and it was great fun!
It’s great to work on multiple language film sets. The people and experiences are very similar—only the language changes. The real fun is in making different kinds of films that cater to different kinds of audience.
What is the secret behind your lovely hair?
It’s quite simple really. Take good care of it, nourish it with the right products, and it will flourish.
The movie business is notorious for being very demanding. How do you cope with the stress that comes with the territory?
You just have to accept it and deal with it. For me, working out really helps. Sometimes when you’re doing things like punching and kickboxing, it really helps vent all the frustration out.
Anyone and everyone would love to have flawless, radiant skin like yours. What is your skin care regimen like? Any particular skin-care products you bank on?
One of the most fundamental things for me is to ensure that my skin is clean and nourished. I never sleep with make-up on. No matter how tired I am, I always remove my make-up and make sure that I wash my face with a good face wash, like the Citra face wash with Japanese Green Tea. We have to be very conscious about using good skincare ingredients, especially since most of us live in cities where pollution levels are quite bad. We need to ensure that our pores are clean as it allows the skin some breathing space.
I rely on good skincare products a lot. I love a good moisturiser, like the Citra Korean Pink Pearl Face Cream, a good face wash, as well as hydrating sprays or masks.
Shooting schedules, travelling, and other commitments must play havoc with your fitness routine. How do you manage to stay in such fabulous shape?
There is no secret to it, only hard work. I work out for around 1 hour everyday—I do a lot of Pilates, mixed with calisthenics like kickboxing or any exercise where you use a lot of your own body weight. I avoid eating junk food, but other than that I eat practically everything. I believe food is a very important part of looking and feeling good.
In this day and age, teenage girls (a sizable amount of our readership) often feel under pressure from peers and society to look good from an early age. What would be your advice to them?
Less is more. Apply less make-up; it’ll let your skin breathe. Start early in life when adopting a good skincare routine. Take good care of your skin by using right products with good ingredients, like Japanese Green Tea and Korean Pink Pearl that Citra offers. Take care of your skin, and it will take care of you.