NOT EVERYONE CAN AFFORD TO BE WEIRD YET INTERESTING: RUBINA DILAIK
She's the style diva of TV, known for her acting prowess and penchant for picking unique roles. She last played a transgender in Shakti : Astiva Ke Ehsaas Ki and went on to win Bigg Boss hosted by Salman Khan, soon after. She's also been doing her bit to celebrate pride month by auctioning outfits to aid the community. In a chat with 6Degree, Rubina discusses fashion, travel and work
You are known for your style. Is there anything you are particular about when it comes to fashion?
I am very particular about the fabric of the outfit and the styles that my body type can carry. I’ve made a lot of blunders in the past in terms of colours and fabrics but with experience I realise how important it is to wear outfits that flatter your body shape.
The most memorable feedback you have received for your dressing?
The best feedback that I have received is that I have a weird sense of dressing and I truly believe it’s a compliment. Not everyone can afford to be weird and yet interesting, so people can look back and comment on it.
What was your lockdown look?
I wore a lot of Bodycon dresses during the first lockdown because at that point I was working out and in great shape. I was eating clean. I loved wearing Bodycons often because it elevates your look and enhances your curves. I spent half of the second lockdown in the Bigg Boss house so I couldn’t style myself because I was busy working.
5 outfits from your wardrobe that you love?
I love dressing in sarees, Bodycons, loose T-shirts with denim shorts, Bomber jackets with track pants and finally loose long dresses.
Which are the places on your travel wishlist once the lockdown ends and what will you be packing for the trip?
The places on my priority list are definitely Norway and Antarctica, although you need at least a month to explore these places well.
You are known as one of the best and most popular faces on TV, is there something you are particular about when selecting scripts?
The script has to be challenging. We need to push ourself out of our comfort zone and the audience appreciates our risk-taking ability. I give my approvals to such scripts and characters.
After a powerful role in Shakti- Astitva Ke Ehsaas KI where you played a transgender and have also been actively participating in celebrating Pride month, what would be your next dream role?
I dream of working on a biopic of Kalpana Chawla, she was my inspiration during childhood. I took up aeronautical engineering because I wanted to be like her, though I was bad at Mathematics. I attempted it, failed miserably but such was the inspiration that kept me motivated.
Having won Bigg Boss are you open to more reality shows?
I don’t think there is any other show like Bigg Boss. Reality shows on Indian TV are of different flavours so when the makers approach me for other reality shows I will decide then and there.
Your music video with husband Abhinav Shukla was well received. Do you’ll plan to work together anytime soon after he returns from the Khatron Ke Khiladi shoot in South Africa?
He’s in South Africa and I’m here in India so as of now our projects together are delayed. We don’t know when these projects will come into shape.
Having successfully defeated Covid any suggestions for those on the path to recovery?
Everyone who is coping with Covid or is successfully getting over the situation, must have faith. It sounds unrealistic but that’s what kept me going by keeping me in a steadfast state of mind. That helped my body recover soon. Yoga too helped me fight Covid. You can’t give in to the fear of the pandemic, your body reacts to how you think. This too shall pass.