This undoubtedly has been Unmukt Chand’s year. But, the dashing skipper of India’s under-19 team doesn’t seem like a man to dwell on his successes or even talk about them much. “Well, the last three-four years have been very crucial for me and I am happy that I could see some real progress this year. Obviously, winning the World Cup was a big thing for the country, and it means a lot for all of us. We had prepared long and hard for the tournament and it has given all of us a serious kick-start,” he says evenly.
The Delhi Daredevils player, who has garnered generous praise from the cricketing giant and IPL team captain, Mahela Jayawardane, for his great knocks this season, is in the city for his Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka.
One of the most romantic things he’s done so far is the wedding vows he wrote for me. We both wrote our own wedding vows for each other. In one of his vows he said, ‘I vow to love your beautiful hair forever and God forbid, if something were to change, then I will still love you and I knew I found my man.’”
Getting candid on how the duo met, she adds, “We met in Toronto through a mutual friend, a media personality, who was organising a charity show and asked me to be involved in it as a guest. I met Jason there who was also part of the charity. I feel, when you do good, you get good. But it’s just been really hectic, with all the wedding functions, settling down and then this India visit. I’m off to Delhi now for a few days and then back to Canada. We just bought a new house and we plan to spend my first Christmas and New Year at home with him. I love India, so I’m trying to convince him to move closer to India, maybe somewhere in Asia. He’s the vice president of Scotia Bank Group.”
Lisa who successfully battled a rare cancer of plasma cells has come out as a stronger person. Is she completely cancer-free now we prod and she replies, “It’s not fully recovered.” We wonder if it’s annoying to battle questions about her cancer and she patiently replies, with a heart-warming smile, “I love to share my experience with others. I feel this way I can always help those who are suffering too. It’s all about being positive and surviving through tough times. I never get tired of speaking about it.” With news making rounds about Manisha Koirala battling cancer, what advice does Lisa have for the actor? “She needs to have the right spirits and fight it with an open heart. My heart goes out to her and I wish her a speedy recover,” she states.
Talking about her fresh projects, the actor who made her Bollywood debut with Kasoor, says, “Film scripts are bubbling under and I’m hosting Top Chef Canada, which is running a successful series there. I’m also collaborating with Satya Paul to start a collection based on my wedding sarees. January onwards I will be looking at some new projects, but it’s a little early to talk about it now.”