Television

Actress Sneha Upadhyay at Sydenham College's Simsree Simerations 2013

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2015/08/17/Sneha%20Upadhyay.jpg?itok=lyfCAaZr

Actress, model, DJ, Pantaloons Femina Miss Fashionista 2012 and Kingfisher Calendar finalist Sneha Upadhyay (Madhu Sneha) is on a high this year after having walked the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week for Ritu Kumar and as a Pool Model; as well as for Shantanu & Nikhil at IIFA Rocks 2013.

Sneha was on the jury of Sydenham College's Simsree annual fest Simerations 2013 along with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's favourite choreographer Mudassar Khan (Dabangg, Bodyguard, Bol Bachchan and Boss amongst others) and Dancing Curve's Itika and Raunak. Sneha, who found the Simerations show too 'filmi', crowned Beat Breakers from Chinai College as the winners along with the second runners up from NK College.  

Incidentally, Sneha is also finalising a very unique show on a niche channel where she is playing herself as a successful model - well, she really is the Tyra Banks of India when it comes to films, fashion and television.  

This mesmerizing model was born in Howrah (near Kolkata) and was a studious conservative middle class family geek till she participated in the Bhawanipur College Fest and her entire life changed! The scintillating Sneha Upadhyay is the first runner up of the Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2012 hunt in association with NDTV Good Times and chosen in the Top 3 after a long hunt for a talent race among contestants from all across India. The girl, who had not even worn track pants is now scorching the ramps across India with what ace lensman Atul Kasbekar calls is the ‘perfect body’.  And renowned Bollywood designer Manish Malhotra chose only this Kolkata girl for his shows. The diva now aims to model her career a la Trya Banks and wants to replicate the global icon’s success in India.  

Sneha started off with an audition as a ‘Cat Woman’ and the model with ‘Rhythm in her Body’ had leading  fashion choreographers drooling over the Indian equivalent of Hollywood star Halle Berry! In fact, Sushma Puri from Elite Model Managemetn chased her all the way upto the Kolkata Fashion week in order to sign her on. And ace designer Nandita Thirani chose her as the lucky opening mascot for showcasing her Lakme Fashion Week collections.  And then followed a string of fashion designer fans including Manish Malhotra (he only chose Sneha from Kolkata she closed for him in the Kolkata Fashion Week), Jaya Misra  and Shantanu-Nikhil amongst others.  

“I always had a feeling of being extraordinary and rising above my surroundings but didn’t have any clue. I strode the normal path for a girl of my background till my teens. My letter from the engineering college got misplaced and I was mulling entering dental college. When suddenly a new avenue of ramp modeling opened up in my life. It created a ruckus in my conservative household and my parents were very upset. My elder sister stood by me and gave me the confidence and courage to pursue it,” says Sneha. When 5-6 hoardings with my face were put up across Kolkata, my parents finally relented when people appreciated my work. And yes, she has not taken a single penny from them for her pursuits.

On the Kingfisher Calendar show, Sneha was initially very disturbed with the emotionless approach of the crew! “I was just another candidate with a lovely body. I wanted to tell them that I had an equally intelligent mind to back my body up. I am proud that it was seen in the tasks that I did. The other candidates found my reading habits and my religious chanting from my rosary very weird. And while they used to diet, I used to eat quite a lot and still maintain my demure size zero tall frame. But when I started posting success after success, they started taking me seriously,” says Sneha.  She adds, “Others were competing while I was really enjoying myself.  I am very happy to win the Most Beautiful Body and the Most Photogenic Body titles. My mantras were confidence, determination and focus.”

In fact, Sneha’s biggest fear on the show was that she was frightened of water and scared she might be asked to swim. “There was an accident in Chennai where I literally lost my life and was scared of swimming and going underwater. I joined this contest to confront my biggest fears and showcase my inborn talents. In the early rounds, they gave me an underwater task and I had to channelize all my resources to complete the task. I did well and proved a point to myself and peers. I won the maximum tasks and surprised myself and others. I have become very carefree and fearless.”   

An ambitious young fresh face, Sneha quit her marketing job in the fast-paced city of Mumbai to change her career course to the glamorous world of fashion. A true believer in herself, Sneha swears that soon the world will know and believe in her! She is the most confident about “Myself as a whole” and her asset is her “confidence that has got her quite a lot at a young age.  She reads quite a lot and is a linguist with English (literature graduate with honours), Hindi, Urdu and Bengali. And she claims that she is a born dancer. She has dabbled in copywriting and thinks of writing scripts during her leisure time. She has also tutored the contestants of the Indian Princess contest organized by the Mumbai-based Atharva Group. She enjoyed the task of grooming and tutoring young raw contestants and elevating their self-esteem, self-confidence and self-belief.

An extremely spiritual human being, Sneha philosophises, “I get bored very quickly and keep looking for new challenges and frontiers of expressing myself.  I still feel I haven’t expressed myself fully and am still in the process of discovery. I continue to get plum assignments without really auditioning or striving hard. I continue to meet greater human beings and aspire to match their greatness with my latent talent and abilities. I believe that an actor lies hidden within me. I always fantasise about giving several expressions for a particular situation. I am Power Woman and will be the one that will make a difference to the lives of millions of Indians.” Incidentally, her father was an amateur actor and used to do a lot of theatre and encourage her to watch serious cinema.  But no one else in her family has any remote connection with showbiz. And Sneha is determined to make it on her own steam.   

As in sync with her Kolkata mindset, Sneha dreams of doing meaningful globally crossover films in the mould of actress such as Aparna Sen, Smita Patil and Madhuri Dixit amongst others.  She is still adjusting to the metropolis of Mumbai in terms of films, finance and fashion.  And Sneha Upadhyay is very clear that she is here to be and carve a niche for herself while leaving her footprints in the sands of time. ..

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/29/times.jpg?itok=qmhk59m5
Times Internet's M360 partners with Google to enable effective monetization for digital publishers

M360, Times Internet’s turnkey publishing and monetization platform for publishers, has partnered with Google as a Google Ad Manager partner. M360 will now be able to monetize publisher inventory using the Google Ad Manager platform. Times and Google have a long standing partnership on Google Ad...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/29/dangal.jpg?itok=XeqoCLgb
Enterr10 Television increases its regional footprint with Dangal Kannada

MUMBAI: Strengthening its presence in India, Enterr10 Television Network forays into the south with its latest channel launch Dangal Kannada. Hard on the heels of its launch of Enterr10 Rangeela in the Bhojpuri market, Dangal Kannada underlines the network’s aggressive expansion into the growing...

Television TV Channels Regional
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/29/zee.jpg?itok=5x71F-7j
Zee TV set to launch four TV shows in October

MUMBAI:  With the upcoming festive season around the corner, Zee TV has a bumper entertainment extravaganza coming its viewers' way that is bound to spread cheer and bring families together over sampling a vast array of fresh content in the month of October. The channel finally let the cat out of...

Television TV Channels GECs
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/29/samarth.jpg?itok=tkh1DYs0
Why Zee Bangla’s Samrat Ghosh is looking forward to Durga Puja

MUMBAI: Zee Bangla and Zee Bangla Cinema cluster business head Samrat Ghosh is really looking forward to the next couple of months, like almost everyone in the industry. A large part of 2020 has been a bit of a washout for the channels that he runs, at least in terms of the topline. But with west...

Television TV Channels Regional
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/29/tt.jpg?itok=bmVWuKVC
Viacom18's global push with international animation series

Entertaining kids on television is not a child’s play. Many an Indian broadcaster will agree. But Viacom18 owned Nickelodeon India has managed to do it well by bringing to life iconic characters like Motu Patlu, Gattu Battu, Shiva and Rudra amongst several others.

Television TV Channels Kids
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/28/zee-cafe.jpg?itok=LQSATwrr
The Kitchen Is Set Ablaze Once More As Famed Reality Show MasterChef Australia Season 8 Airs Weekdays On Zee Café

Mumbai:  If you’re thinking of brewing something new today, then look no further. Catch the best of Famed reality cooking show, MasterChef Australia Season 8 as

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/28/the-unxplained-with-william-shatner.jpg?itok=CVmLNqvu
HistoryTV18 investigates the world's most inexplicable mysteries on 'The UnXplained with William Shatner'

MUMBAI :Have you heard of birds that predict disasters days before they take place, or sinister cults that manipulate hundreds of people to willingly take their own lives? Can science explain why some areas just seem strangely evil, and is there any truth behind ancient stories of unearthly...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/28/the-honey-bunny-show-with-kapil-sharma.jpg?itok=VNodsRLk
Kapil Sharma and Sony YAY! collaborate to give a festive treat to all Honey Bunny fans

MUMBAI: This festive season, in a bid to deliver the ultimate laughter riot to its audiences, Sony YAY! brings in the comedy king of Hindi television entertainment, Kapil Sharma to the ‘Jholmaal’ gang. Keeping in mind the endearing bond kids share with Honey and Bunnyand massive fandom of the...

Television TV Channels Kids
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/28/chrmoe.jpg?itok=r-kJhXkS
English GEC emerges as top gainer in Chrome DM week 38

MUMBAI: After seeing a noticeable spike in week 37, the television genres have witnessed slight growth in week 38. English GEC genre has become the top gainer in week 38, 2020 of Chrome Data Analytics and Media data. The genre has grown by 0.71 per cent. Among English GEC channels, Comedy Central...

Television TV Channels Viewership

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required