‘I have always lived as if there is a recession’

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Mugdha Godse
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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.

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Tusha Mittal has been with Tehelka since March 2008. She was educated at La Martiniere, Kolkata, and has a bachelor’s degree from Depauw University in Indiana. While in the US, she worked as a reporter and a special sections editor for a local newspaper in Boston. She also interned with CNN Internationalin Atlanta and NBC Universal in London. In her final year in college, she studied the idea of peace journalism and the role of the media in covering conflict.

She travelled to Kashmir for her graduation thesis, which dissected the role of the Indian and Pakistani media in shaping public perception of the Kashmir conflict. Her journalism interests include reporting on environment, human rights, and conflict. She has recently won The Press Institute of India award for best articles on humanitarian issues published in the Indian media. AtTehelka, she has written extensively on land rights and displacement struggles. She is based in New Delhi.

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