Pooja Banerjee: Being married to a swimmer means an extremely disciplined and healthy lifestyle
Actor Pooja Banerjee shares her experience of supporting her husband, national-level swimmer Sandeep Sejwal, at the Asian Games. Sandeep failed to win a medal this time, but that’s part of the game, says Pooja.
Actor and swimmer Pooja Banerjee, who tied the knot with national-level swimmer Sandeep Sejwal last year, has a fun take on being married to a top-league sportsperson. “It means you have an extremely disciplined life and definitely a healthy one,” she says with a laugh. Sandeep was a part of the Indian squad at the on-going Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Pooja had accompanied her husband.
“The feeling was amazing. This was the first time I ever cheered for him at an international tournament. More than cheering for him, I was extremely happy that I was there supporting my nation,” says the actor, known for her TV shows such as The Adventures of Hatim, Swim Team, Chandra Nandini, and Chandrakanta.
Sandeep couldn’t win a medal, but as they say, participation is the important thing. “Sport is all about living in the moment and enjoying the journey. You sometimes win, and sometimes you don’t, and that’s why the term ‘sporting spirit’ was coined,” says Pooja. “What went wrong would be extremely difficult to tell, since it’s all about chances. He did work hard for it and we all were expecting a medal, but maybe this time he wasn’t destined to win.” The actor adds that she’s motivating him to focus on the next competition. Being a swimmer herself, Pooja understands Sandeep’s sport and passion better.
Would she herself take part in competitive swimming again? “Not at all! I have no time at all,” says Pooja. “I work for 12-14 hours every day. It’s practically impossible,” adds the actor, who’s doing a number of TV shows right now such as Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, Vikram and Betal, Kehne Ko Humsafar Hai, and also a web series.
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First Published: Aug 30, 2018 18:37:34