Talking Shop With Actress Shweta Tripathi & Falling In Love

Shweta Tripathi

She goes by @battatawada on Twitter and has been bagging all the awards at the shows for her debut in Masaan. It was also the recipient of the Best Film prize in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Today, a short film featuring her, Koi Dekh Lega releases on the Y Films channel on YouTube. I’m talking about the extremely spirited actress, Shweta Tripathi. Incidentally, the year before I was features writer at Filmfare, Shweta did her internship at Femina. That’s how a common friend introduced us on Facebook. At the time we became ‘friends’ online, she was helping with casting for Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. She innocently asked me if I knew any Kashmiri looking girl and I felt really bad for not knowing one. Of course, Nargis Fakhri eventually did that role and Rockstar became one of my favourite films. Fast forward some years and Shweta is shooting for an ad film in Bangkok and I’m on a FaceTime call with her, talking about everything under the sun. It took a lot of co-ordination and lighting (Shweta was actually sitting in front of the television to catch light, so I could see her) but once we got talking, a little more than an hour just flew by.

Shweta Tripathi
Shweta Tripathi

Here’s what you need to know about her: She’s not changing her twitter handle from @battatawada to @ShwetaTripathi449 or something else anytime soon. She doesn’t believe in losing her quirkiness to make herself easily searchable. (I love that.) She follows Robert Downey Jr. and Jim Carrey and likes to think people on Twitter follow her because she is herself even on social media. It is interesting to follow people who have opinions on things like movies or topics that interest a user.

@battatawada twitter snapshot
@battatawada twitter snapshot

Her twitter DP is also making me extremely nostalgic. Remember this?

I’m the tomato sauce to your #spaghetti. #LACMA

A photo posted by Dhruvi Shah (@alicewandering) on

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Alice’s First “Twinterview” | Snippets

Hola readers. It’s been a while. I hope everyone’s doing good. I’m feeling excellent. As you already know, Alice was crowned a “Femina Blogger Bee”. Following the crowning was a “twinterview”. It was a first for me and wasn’t anything I could prepare for. It was just something that had to be spontaneous and honest. In case you missed it, here are snippets:

Femina Twinterview
Femina Twinterview
Femina Twinterview 1
Femina Twinterview
Femina Twinterview 2
Femina Twinterview

I hope you enjoyed it. To read the entire interview, log on to the Femina website or click on this link –> http://buzz.femina.in/featured/twinterview-with-dhruvi-shah/

Thanks for all the love and support. 🙂 Talk soon.

Alice is a Femina Blogger Bee :D

Doesn’t every household have a copy of Femina in the rack? I remember huddling over it with friends and discussing articles, pictures and quizzes in detail. So obviously, I’m super excited to be crowned a ‘Blogger Bee’ by Femina.

Alice crowned a Femina Blogger Bee
Alice crowned a Femina Blogger Bee

I totally relate to Femina’s new brand campaign, “For all the women you are”. Especially since I’m always explaining to people how I’m a blogger, a film critic, a fashion columnist, a personal shopper, a garage sale organizer, a sister, a daughter, a friend and so much more. It makes perfect sense then that Femina is going to spotlight the modern Indian woman’s expanding roles and changing equations at home, her workplace, her social space, her online space and most importantly, her personal life.

I think I’m a Femina Woman! Just like Kalki in the ad. Aren’t we all? 🙂