Model Yana Gupta writing a book on health and nutrition ...

By Shweta Thakur, Indo-Asian News Service

imageNew Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Czech model-turned-actress Yana Gupta, whose sizzling item number "Babu-ji" won her many fans, admits to being such a fitness freak that she used to carry self-cooked food to homes where she was invited for dinner.

"I am passionate about fitness and every day I work out religiously for an hour. I eat properly and take five small meals in a day. In fact, I make my own stuff. At one point of time I liked self-prepared food so much that I started carrying it to my friends' place where I was invited for dinner," Yana told IANS in an interview.

And while she waits for interesting film offers to come her way, Yana is writing a book on nutrition and fitness. It is slated to hit bookstores by the end of the year.

Yana says working out in a gym not only keeps her fit but is also a spiritual experience.

"Working out in the gym makes you both physically and mentally fit. It is the only time when you can switch off your mobile, relax and do self-introspection. In my case, it is a spiritual experience, which can't be expressed in words," added Yana.

Her item song "Babu-ji" in the movie "Dum" proved a huge hit. But the actress could not repeat the success story and vanished from the silver screen.

Explaining, Yana said: "I did not disappear. I do not want to compromise on quality. If the music is mediocre, I would not take up the project."

Item numbers are not all she wants. Yana would like to establish herself as a full-fledged actress.

"Honestly, not many projects were offered to me. And the few that came my way, were not good enough to be accepted. I am still waiting for a good project."

With a dearth of good offers, Yana is optimising her other skills - she is singing, composing and writing.

"I cannot wait for things to happen. I know my potential - that I can generate projects. The whole of last year I spent in creating projects. I am writing a book on nutrition and fitness.

"I am also working on my jazz music album for which I have written, composed and sung songs. The music of the album is given by Needless To Say. I am planning to release it abroad. I have also joined hands with a British artist for a hip hop Hindi-English mix song."

She also complains about lack of good artistes in the Hindi film industry.

"There are very few actors in Bollywood who are true artistes. Most of the time I have come across actors, who first enquire about their looks in a film rather than their performance. I feel it is more about looking good than acting good in Bollywood."

Yana, who featured in Adnan Sami's latest music video album "Kisi Din", is also set to wow audiences with her item number in "Kaise Kahe", which according to her "drove her crazy".