Indian model turned actresses
While watching Love Aajkal, I noticed how poor of an actress is Deepika Padukone. She looks great at times but she cannot act at all (the scene where she is apologising to Rahul Khanna :O). Anyways that made me think of all the actresses who had a successful modelling career before they left it for movies. Here is my compilation of models who did not enter the movie business through pageants or through family connections. But have they succeeded as actresses? You decide:
Before Slumdog Millionaire, Frieda Pinto hosted a travel show Full Circle on Zee International Asia Pacific for two years. And for four years before that Pinto was a budding model. She walked the ramp for India’s biggest designers and appeared on the covers of the biggest magazines. She was also seen in commercials for Wrigley’s Chewing Gum, Škoda, Vodafone India, Airtel, and DeBeers. She was doing pretty well as a model but her heart was set on acting. After six months of auditioning for various big banners of bollywood, Pinto auditioned for Danny Boyle’s SM and was finally selected.
Bipasha’s modelling career started when she was very young. She did modelling and ramp shows part time while studying in Kolkata. When she was 17, she met model Meher Jessia at a function in Kolkata who suggested that Basu takes part in the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest. Basu participated and eventually won the title. She became a supermodel overnight. She was flown to New York by Ford Company where she became the face of success at the age of 17. She later went on to win Ford Models contest- Supermodel of the World in 1996.
Anushka Sharma is the newest model to join bollywood. She has said on couple of occasions that she wished to make it big in the modelling world but had no aspirations for cinema. She began her modelling career at Lakme Fashion Week for Wendell Rodrick’s Les Vamps Show. She was later picked as Rodrick’s Finale model for his Spring Summer 2007 collection. Since then she was picked for shows of biggest Indian designers. She also appeared in commercials for Silk and Shine, Whisper, Nathella Jewelry and Fiat Palio.
Deepika Padukone modelled for her college fashion society while studying. She was spotted in a ramp competition in NLS, Bangalore. She was soon spotted in many Indian brands such as Liril, Dabur Lal powder, Close up and Limca. She was also made the brand ambassador for ‘Jewels of India’ retail jewellery show and the international spokesperson for Maybelline. At the fifth annual Kingfisher awards she was awarded the title of ‘Model of the year’. Shortly afterwards she was chosen for Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar 2006. She also won ‘Female Model of the Year – (Commercial Assignments)’ and ‘Fresh Face of the Year’ at the Idea Zee Fashion awards the same year. Later she was chosen as the brand ambassador of Kingfisher Airlines, Levis Strauss Signature and Tissot SA.
Her increasing visibility in the social circles of bollywood got her the music video for Himesh Reshamiya’s song ‘Naam Hai Tera.’ Then she was picked up for Om Shaanti Om and the rest is history.
Malaika Arora Khan
Malaika Arora Khan was selected as one of the MTV VJs when MTV India started its operations in India. She instantly became a hit after shows like Love Line and Style Check. She started modelling soon after that. She appeared in many commercial advertisements like Pearl Pet, Bare Necessities, Mafatlal, Benzer, Arena, Tanishq, Tribhuvandas Bhimji, De Beers and more. Soon she was picked up for cameos for song and item numbers in Bollywood films such as Chaiyya Chaiyya in the film Dil Se.
Later, she appeared in two pop music videos – Gud Naal Ishq Mitha sung by British Asian singer Bally Sagoo and Pyar Ke Geet sung by Shubha Mudgal. She started her acting career with the film Aaja Meri Jaan (1993). Since then she has acted and appeared in various Hindi films such as Bichhoo, Indian, Maa Tujhhe Salaam, Kaante, Kaal, Hey Babby, Om Shanti Om, Welcome, EMI.
What do you think of these women as actresses? Let us know below.
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