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My fabulous Friday: Gauhar Khan

When she’s not on the ramp or shooting for reality TV shows and films, the Bollywood actress and model’s time is taken up by food, family and visits to the UAE

By Shreeja Ravindranathan
18 Apr 2016 | 11:55 am
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WEIGHT WATCH

My workout schedule varies depending on how busy I am. I focus on weight training as I don’t like cardio, with its running and jogging. I try to squeeze in at least an hour’s worth of exercise every evening.

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MORNING RITUALS

I’m usually up by 9am, even on weekends. I’m obsessed with having a balanced breakfast as it is the most important – and my favourite – meal of the day. It’s usually a bowl of cereal or an egg-white omelette and tea.

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KEEPING IT REAL

Reality shows have been really good for my career. Winning Bigg Boss (the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother) was the best thing ever; I got to showcase my dancing skills on Dancing with the Stars; and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi helped me overcome acrophobia and an aversion to reptiles. I love watching TV. And as you can guess, reality shows are my favourite!

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MAKE-UP FREE

Being a model and actress I’m always in make-up as my job requires it. On my days off, though, I like to keep it simple with a spritz of Chanel Chance, my go-to fragrance, and Uriage lip balm, which keeps my smile moisturised.

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CHOCOLATE CHEAT DAYS

I come from a family of foodies and enjoy trying new dishes and cuisines. Keeping my weight in mind, I eat in moderation. Having said that, I can never say no to a slice of chocolate cake. That’s my weakness.

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FUN WITH FILMS

I love to catch up on movies with family and friends to unwind on weekends. Hollywood films like Notting Hill and Pretty Woman and Hindi films like Khoobsurat and Barfi! are some of my favourites. I can watch them over and over.

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SECOND HOME

I love visiting the UAE. It’s almost my second home as my sister Zakia Jeelani lives in Dubai and my other sister Nigaar (an actress as well) has moved to Abu Dhabi after marriage. Mall trawls are an added bonus, of course, but spending time with my family trumps shopping any day. We often chill out at Zakia’s Italian restaurant Per Te, in Jumeirah, where I gorge on the caprese. It’s divine!

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CHOCOLATE CHEAT DAYS

I come from a family of foodies and enjoy trying new dishes and cuisines. Keeping my weight in mind, I eat in moderation. Having said that, I can never say no to a slice of chocolate cake. That’s my weakness.

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COOKING UP STORMS

Cooking is such a pleasure. I try and cook whenever I can find the time. During the reality show Bigg Boss, my housemates loved all the non-vegetarian dishes I used to make for them, but my personal favourite is bhuna mutton (spicy lamb curry). Whatever I know of cooking I learnt from my mother. I think she’s the best cook in the world and she makes the best biryanis.

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

By Shreeja Ravindranathan

Lifestyle Writer