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“LOVE YOURSELF”: Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu with under-privileged children at a programme in New Delhi on Saturday to support girl child education. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty
“LOVE YOURSELF”: Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu with under-privileged children at a programme in New Delhi on Saturday to support girl child education. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Appealing to economically disadvantaged girls to devote time to their studies, Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu on Saturday said it was important to remain focused on one's goal and stand on one's own feet.

In a freewheeling interaction with children from Satya Bharti Schools in Haryana in the run-up for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon slated for Sunday, the Bengali actor who was reportedly “indisposed” said they must be ambitious and follow it up with regular reading and writing.

“Since I was a Science student, my favourite subjects at school were Chemistry and Biology. I liked Mathematics but not so much! If you want to become engineers or doctors it is important that you study with full confidence. Those who are aspiring to become actors must realise that acting is a creative medium where you require talent and luck,” she said replying to a query at the programme organised to support girl child education.

Later, the actor said she was immensely pleased by the fact that the children aspired to do well in life.

“I learnt so much from them. How much effort (in presenting a Haryanvi dance) they had made to bring a smile across my face is simply laudable. One of the students asked me about my fitness mantra. I told him that we are blessed with the beauty of life and must remain fit so that we don't fall ill. Weight training in gym, swimming and running are part of my work-out. I also emphasised that fitness is the key to a healthy mind, body and, most importantly, happiness.”

Though Bipasha herself is a role model for youngsters, her own icons are senior citizens who work out in gyms because they don't want to be dependent on anyone.

The tall and athletic actor who is the face of the marathon said she was enthusiastic about the event as senior citizens and NGOs supporting charities or extending support to education of girl child are participating in it.

“People from all walks of life will participate. My message is that Delhiites must learn to love themselves. I hope the event concludes peacefully. International athletes are participating and it is expected that a number of records would be broken,” she said.

Stating that Delhi occupies a special place in her heart, Bipasha said: “I had a difficult day today. Therefore, I prayed to the Almighty to give me extra energy so that I could come to Delhi. It is my birth place and I have stayed here for eight years. I am excited about the marathon as it stands for fitness and health. We must celebrate the marathon as it is a matter of international pride.”

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