Girl Boss - Pernia Qureshi
Elle India|September 2015
Girl Boss - Pernia Qureshi
Fashion favourite and Bollywood fresher Pernia Qureshi can be both worker bee and queen, finds Vatsala Chhibber.
Vatsala Chibber

I'm pretty certain my handbag is causing Pernia Qureshi some anguish. I’m sitting on a high-backed sofa, and out the 12th-storey windows, the sun is winding up for the day. Qureshi has only just walked into her sea-facing Mumbai pad, and immediately grimaced at the sight of an out-of-place vase. Polite, uniformed Tia duly fixes the eyesore. My handbag lies slumped over the edge of a chair, and I feel Qureshi’s razor-sharp senses picking up on the seabed of loose change inside. I hope it doesn’t hurt too much.

“I’m always on time,” she tells me after a brisk but sufficiently warm greeting, when I ask how she’s managed to fly in from another city and make an entrance at the exact minute of our scheduled meeting. I can see the social media notifications crowding her screen every time her phone lights up, but Qureshi never gives in — I have her full attention. Anyone walking through the door is cast away with a cursory hello, including her parents, who’re visiting from Delhi. It’s only the inconsistencies that jolt Qureshi out of her organised manner: Malfunctioning light bulbs, stray strands on her couch, nettling delays (“Hi, you’re late as usual,” signals the entry of her manager).

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