After a three-month break, Alia Bhatt is back in action with three films and prepping for long night shoots with nimbu paani, khichdi. Alia Bhatt is candid enough to ad mit that she’s a far cry from what she looked like two years ago. She’s healthier, happier and still has her fair share of sugar and salt. But the years of feeling bloated and constipated are behind her and today the 24-year-old style icon is happy to bust food fads for young girls. “Trust me, no boy is worth starving for!” she exclaims.On Wednesday, she spoke to fans across age groups from New York and Dallas to Dubai and parts of Africa, with dietician-nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, on how to stay fit and fine. She looked radiant despite being up since 3am and attributed it to right snacking, no gaps between meals, regular workouts with walking and cycling thrice a week.
“Everyone’s talking about gluten-free pizza, brown bread and red rice, about reducing their carb intake, and I’m eating white bread and butter at 4am. Rujuta showed me how local food eaten in moderation can be healthy,” she informs. Alia who has been on a three-month break after her last release, ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’, in March, has been learning different dance forms and travelling in the interim. She will now return to action with three films in quick succession Meghna Gulzar’s ‘Raazi’, alongside Vicky Kaushal, Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Gully Boys’ opposite Ranveer Singh and Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Dragon’ with Ranbir Kapoor.
“Her schedule and hours will keep changing. She will have rigorous dance sessions, action shoots and emotionally taxing days. She needs to look fabulous through it all,” points out Rujuta, who shocked the actress by suggesting she add a spoonful of sugar and saffron instead of honey to her daily dose of nimbu paani.
“Ever since Rujuta told me that the drink is great for my hair too, I don’t skip it. Not having sugar or salt gave me cramps, it’s harmful to give it up entirely,” she warns, revealing that her sister, Shaheen, who is an insomniac and has low blood pressure tops her food with salt because she craves it. “Eating anything in excess directly affects your health.”
Rujuta explains that sugar is a coolant and an actor needs to cool down their body temperature after rigorous workouts so that they can run the extra mile on the set. So, she has advised Alia to drink lots of lassi and chhaas. The milk is strictly organic and her mother, Soni Razdan, has it delivered in glass bottles as opposed to plastic packs. The Times of India : 30th. June,17