Former model and actor Sangeeta Bijlani now turns to social work
Sangeeta Bijlani has seen it all — as a model, actor and wife of a top cricketer. Her new-found love is to serve the people of her husband’s constituency. Mohammad Azharuddin is the Member of Parliament from Moradabad and Sangeeta is his guiding force.
In a chat Sangeeta, who has looked the same over the years, talks about food, cinema and life. “I don’t starve myself. I eat every three hours — mostly vegetarian food. I drink at least three litres of water a day. I live simple. I think simple,” she stresses.
Sangeeta loves her association with the film industry. “I enjoyed every moment of my film career. It is a wonderful time to be in the film industry today. Technically, the progress has been amazing. The range is much more. Cinema today is more realistic. Even big banners are willing to experiment. The focus of Indian films is international now. I really like watching films. It is a great way to unwind.”
Her personal best? “‘Tridev’. It was a huge hit and director Rajeev Rai convinced me to work in the movie. Cinema taught me to deal with the masses, to be aware of different languages and culture, get a flavour of all walks of life.” How much did modelling help? “It was a stepping stone to get into movies.”
Sangeeta was one of the key poll planners for Azharuddin. “It helped to be an actor when I campaigned for him. I was running a parallel campaign for women and youth. Meeting them during Azhar’s poll campaign was a humbling experience.”
Our talk veers towards cricket. “Honestly, I don’t understand the game much but I know it was a wonderful experience to watch Azhar play. He was a great entertainer. He is still so dedicated and passionate about cricket.”