Saturday, May 5, 2007

Indian model and actress: Tulip Joshi

Indian model and actress: Tulip Joshi Tulip Joshi, born 1972, is an Indian model and actress in Bollywood. She was born in Bombay, India, on September 11, 1972, is a Virgo, and stands 5'6" tall. She has dark-hair, brown eyes, and measures 32-26-36. She has two sisters, Selphi and Monalisa. The latter is married to Bollywood actor, Rajat Bedi. She has a nephew, Vivann, and niece, Vera.

Tulip was brought up in Mumbai, and attended the Jamnabai Narsee School, and later Mithibai College from where she graduated in food science and chemistry. She excelled in sports, competing in athletics at the National level.

Tulip entered the Femina Miss India Contest in 2000. She did not make it to the list of winners, but was noticed by many advertising agencies. She appeared in a number of advertising campaigns for big brands (Ponds, Pepsi, Siyaram, BPL, Smirnoff, etc.). (She also appeared in a video made as a tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Tulip entered movies quite by chance. She was a friend of the bride of Aditya Chopra, the son of director Yash Chopra. The family noticed her at their wedding and asked her to appear for an audition, following which they cast her in Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai.

Not being fluent in Hindi, she trained in Hindi diction and in acting at Feroze Khan’s studio. She was also advised by the film-makers to change her name to something more Indian, as audiences might have difficulty in accepting a heroine with such an unconventional name. She chose the name Sanjana, which was also the name of the character she was playing

The film was quite a success Despite the good reviews and success, Tulip was heavily panned for her acting.

Afterwards, she vanished from cinema for two years because of severe back problems resulting from a shifted spine and a slipped disc. She reappeared in Matrubhoomi - a dark film about a futuristic world with almost no women. Her performance in it was praised and established her credibility as an actress.

Reverting back to her given name, Tulip next appeared in the Telugu film Villain. Her next Hindi movie was Dil Maange More with Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia and Soha Ali Khan. The film got average reviews but it was not a box office success.

She is of mixed parentage, with a Gujarati Indian father, and a Lebanese-Armenian mother. Currently, she is in a relationship with self-styled faith healer and mind-reader, Captain Vinod Nair. Her parents do not approve of her being involved on the silver screen nor in advertisements.

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