Mugdha Godse, 26, Model/Actor Mumbai
Mugdha Godse hesitates. “You’ll get me an income tax raid,” she laughs. Former Miss India semi-finalist and model, she made her Bollywood debut this year with Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion. Some of her many movie offers have been cancelled because of budget constraints. “Recession has been good for Bollywood. Because people don’t have money to waste, only good scripts and projects are getting cleared.” She says she isn’t directly impacted by recession. “I’ve always lived my life as if there’s a recession; I’ve always saved money,” she says. “I’m getting my house redone now because labour is cheaper, and I might buy another house in two months because property prices have dropped.” She is trying to cut back on luxuries but would be concerned if she could not have some things. They include broccoli, her protein shakes (which are sometimes substitutes for her meals), 25 pairs of sunglasses (“everyone should have at least five pairs”) and her car. “So when the recession comes, I can wear my sunglasses, get into the car, and run away. I could easily live on Rs 80,000.