I was born in Africa; did my schooling in
Karnataka; went to the US for post-graduation
studies as my father works for the United
Nations. I am a linguist who speaks eight
languages - all the four South Indian languages
in addition to English, Amhari (African),
French and a smattering of Hindi. I have completed
my doctorate (Ph.D in food and agriculture
fact, my languages skills ensured that I was
chosen the jury member for the RAPA awards
for television. It was an enjoyable experience
as there were so many entries (in varied media)
in different languages.
into the world of films:
My tryst with glamour started long back
when I was in the United States. I won the
Miss Photogenic title at the annual Miss India
World 1999-2000 pageant held in New York.
Bollywood veteran Dev Anand and Meenakshi
Seshadri were amongst the panel of judges.
in Bangalore saw my pictures and showed them
to director Upendra who was launching himself
in his debut film. 'A' broke records
and created history by completing 275 days
at a stretch. Critics loved my character of
a pampered actress who has a change of heart
towards the end of the movie when it is revealed
that she has an incurable disease. 'A' was
made in Rs 10 million and earned Rs 200 million.
followed up my first success with a string
of films in the South which performed well
- AK-47 which completed 100 days; and
a bilingual film with Om Puri, Girish Karnad
and two different heroes (Shivraj in Kannada
and Sai Kumar in Telugu).
have also acted in a Gujarati film called
Maru Ghar Kya Chhe produced by Venus
music company and co-starring Rita Bhaduri.
It was a women-oriented theme and I play a
character who ages from 16-60 years. Actually,
I feel as if this is the story of my life
because I, too, don't know where I belong.
narrowly missed co-starring opposite Sunny
Deol in Zee Telefilms' Gadar-Ek Prem Katha
(Amisha's dates were clashing and finally
she sorted out the dates issues) and Shah
Rukh Khan (Hrishita Bhatt eventually played
the role in Asoka).
debut Hindi film Wonderful Moments
is with Kabir Bedi's son Adam. The film is
being produced by Rajesh Sheth of Giriraj
Music and Media Exim.
I watch TV. The two channels I simply love
are God channel and Hallmark which shows the
kind of movies I love to watch.
like the Simi Garewal show for all the guests
end revealing something very personal - a
true dimension of their personality. I also
admire news channels that bring us "the
world" at such a low cost.
I would like to change about Hindi film industry:
Bollywood is the only place where knowledge
of Hindi is a barrier. Not knowing Hindi properly
is seen as a handicap only in the Hindi film
industry. So many aspiring actresses or actors
haven't made it here due to this unjustifiable
excuse given by film makers. No other film
industry gives as much importance to language
as acting is beyond language barriers. Also,
it is a great experience to work with several
TV, theatre and film artistes (Ashok Banthia,
Nishigandha) in my first Hindi film. These
actors are equally at ease in vernacular films
or serials or theatre.
years from now:
I see myself touching peaks of popularity
and working with famous well-known directors.
I am getting some good offers from big names
in the industry. I am getting a lot of offers
from down south in addition to the numerous
am looking for modeling assignments which
strangely didn't happen despite the fact that
people say that my face is photogenic and
camera friendly. I also see myself getting
lots of modelling assignments.