The famous actress who has played the lead role in the Vikram Bhatt directorial ‘Kasoor’ opposite Aftab Shivdasani has opened up about her life. She says that she absolutely hates being boxed into a certain identity and this is the reason why she has been known as the sex symbol at the age of 16 haunting her to every bit. The actress has released her memoir “Close to the Bone” published by Harper Collins that explains about her journey. She hopes that the readers would understand her better after coming close to her journey through the memoir.
Lisa Ray told the reporters, “I hate to be labelled and put into boxes but I had to deal with it since a young age because I was a sex symbol at the age of 16. It was completely unanticipated. To suddenly become this figure for an entire nation and on top of that, to look much older, that has haunted me my entire life up until now.”
The actor cum model who just fought for her life and overcame multiple myeloma (a cancer of the white blood cells), said that the book should not be read keeping in mind how she fought with the cancer or as a cancer memoir but consider her entire career right from the beginning of her fame. “A lot of people will understand how I have this ambivalent relationship with my career, how I am an accidental actress, how I always had one foot in and one foot out of it and how I believe that I have been underestimated only because of the way I look. Although, I don’t believe they shouldn’t be at odds with each other.”
The 47 year old Indo-Canadian actress said that while she was at the peak of her career, her mother had met with an accident that completely left her wheelchair-bound. “I understood at a very young age – I was 16 then – that all the aspects that you call success — name, fame and money — they don’t solve the questions of the soul. So, my ambitions became different. My goal wasn’t to become famous. That explains a lot of my choices, all the projects I said no to because I really understood that my answers were not waiting at the end of it.”
“I do cover my cancer experiences but that comes much later. Having said that, cancer was the launching pad for writing this memoir because initially, that’s why I was approached to write this…” “When I sat down and thought about it, I realised that I couldn’t write about my disease in isolation from the rest of my life because everything is connected with what came before.”