By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Monday, August 07, 2006
Though it's been eight days since she got her tattoo, the actress is strangely reluctant to have it photographed.
Tell us about the tattoo?
It says, "Love Saves the Day" - a quote I have always believed in. I believe love saves the day. We need that extra dose of love to make our mornings better and our nights beautiful. Work and money come and go, but love stays forever. I am a die-hard romantic who believes in true love and a happily-ever- after ending.
Explain the tattoo choice.
It's a dialogue from a Hollywood film and I've been hearing of it since childhood. It's like making a statement I strongly believe in. I was always a 'nice girl' who never got her belly pierced or a tattoo. I got my ears pierced for the first time at the age of 18.
Where did you get it done?
I did it at Funky Monkey on Carter Road, Bandra about eight days ago.
How long did it take?
It took about 20 minutes to get done and it wasn't painful at all. But it could be my first and last tattoo. I'm not a very adventurous person. Though, in fashion, I do believe in making my own style statement.
Reactions from family?
They are very cool and loved it. My friends too are very happy that I went for something different from the usual emblem like a butterfly or dragon. It's a beautiful piece of writing. In fact, after I got my tattoo done I influenced Malaika to have one done on her lower back. It says "Angel". Malaika in Swahili means angel.
Amrita's tattoo cost Rs 3,500. The Funky Monkey Tattoo&Design Studio charges Rs 2,000 upwards for a one-and-a-half inch tattoo in black ink, and Rs 2,500 upwards for coloured tattoos. The price is fixed according to the detailing, number of words and design.