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“I want to be the face of Rajasthan Tourism!” – Lekha Prajapati

Lekha Prajapati, our cover girl this month, is a model and actor from Jaipur, Rajasthan. She is a perfect blend of pretty looks and positive attitude. Taking time out from her busy schedule, Lekha spoke to IAD to share her love for the glamorous ad world, a peek into her life, and her mantra for success. Here are some snippets from our interview. What made … Continue reading “I want to be the face of Rajasthan Tourism!” – Lekha Prajapati

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“You have to be comfortable in your own skin to feel confident” – Smriti Subramaniam

State Basketball player-turned-fashion model, Smriti Subramaniam, talks to IAD about the must-haves for a model to be successful in the much competitive fashion industry! A Biotech graduate from RVCE Bangalore, Smriti moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in modeling. More about her journey and life in her own words. Is modelling more exciting than engineering? Tell us about your college days and the transition? … Continue reading “You have to be comfortable in your own skin to feel confident” – Smriti Subramaniam

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“Models bring credibility to brands!” – Anandita Pagnis

Cute and confident are the words that come to mind when you look at her work. Having started commercial modelling while in school, she has more than 100 advertisements to her credit. Perhaps most recognized for her Himalaya Herbals campaign – whose billboards are all over the place – the cheerful Anandita Pagnis is more captivating than what meets the eye! Read on. Anandita, what’s your definition … Continue reading “Models bring credibility to brands!” – Anandita Pagnis

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Humorously Yours! – Pooja Verma

She is as well known for her quick wit as she is for her roles in Pollywood movies. She has endorsed many top brands in the country and added glamour to popular music videos. Meet actress and model Pooja Verma from Delhi. Pooja debuted in Punjabi cinema with ‘Baaz‘, starring alongside Babbu Maan, Mukul Dev and Yograaj Singh. She got recognized in the South with … Continue reading Humorously Yours! – Pooja Verma

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The Success of a Rebel – Teena Singh

“I have always been a rebel since I was a child; I always knew I was made for greater things in life. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I would do something more than just living in Punjab all my life and getting married and making babies.” Model and actor Teena Singh talks about her journey through advertisements, about her upcoming film Akira … Continue reading The Success of a Rebel – Teena Singh

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“Embrace the faith in yourself!” – Priyanka Karunakaran

New York Film Academy alumna, performance artist, and fashion model with the will of steel, Priyanka Karunakaran shares with us what it takes to be a model, and what keeps her fit and ticking! Read on… When did you get your first breakthrough in the industry and tell us about your love for stage?  I was blessed to be born in a South Indian family … Continue reading “Embrace the faith in yourself!” – Priyanka Karunakaran

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“I would love to be a part of a movie with a social message!” – Onima Kashyap

No matter what part of the country you are living in, you have seen the poster of Onima Kashyap, stylishly gulping the Coke! If being the face of Coca Cola on a million copies is a feat, the model is a gifted artist and has several experimental creations to her credit. IAD tries to take a sneak peek into Onima’s life (and her creative mind)! We … Continue reading “I would love to be a part of a movie with a social message!” – Onima Kashyap

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“Many people focus on the weaknesses than appreciating the goodness in others” – Vibhoutee Sharma

Two beauty crowns winner, model and an actor in the making, Vibhoutee Sharma wants to inspire others through a positive attitude towards life. Read on as she enthusiastically talks about what gave her the confidence to move to Mumbai! An IAD exclusive. What does your name “Vibhoutee” mean? Vibhoutee means “Glory”. Some people mistake it to “Bhabhuti” though, which means ash. “Cute!” Do you hear that often?  Haha, … Continue reading “Many people focus on the weaknesses than appreciating the goodness in others” – Vibhoutee Sharma

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Model in the New Men Will Be Men – Seagram’s Imperial Blue Lift Ad!

Hey guys, Thank you for the love and trust you have shown towards IAD. Yes, we are as much curious to know about the models in the ads as you are! So here is name of the female model in the new Men Will Be Men – Imperial Blue television commercial: Prarthana Saikia.   Let us remind, Prarthana was seen in the Find Magic, Find Love with Woo App campaign earlier (with … Continue reading Model in the New Men Will Be Men – Seagram’s Imperial Blue Lift Ad!

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“I am so glad that I got to study Shakespeare in school; I’d recite speeches running around in my lawn, without any reason”- Nidhi Singh

She is natural on-screen, effortlessly slips into her characters, humble in real life and stole our hearts with her portrayal of ‘Tanya’ in the TVF series Permanent Roommates. Nidhi Singh talks to Indian Ad Divas about her forever dream of being in the acting field, life so far and how her city (Allahabad) is the biggest motivation   How did your foray into the acting/modelling happen? As a … Continue reading “I am so glad that I got to study Shakespeare in school; I’d recite speeches running around in my lawn, without any reason”- Nidhi Singh

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“I think you must have a very balanced mind. Your mind is where everything starts”- Tulip Joshi

Indian Ad Divas in an exclusive with Tulip Joshi on her life, career and what makes her tick   I am sure you have been asked this question a million times but it’s such a precious piece of work that we have to know from you what your experience was working on Matrubhoomi which was so ahead of its times and so bold. What was it like … Continue reading “I think you must have a very balanced mind. Your mind is where everything starts”- Tulip Joshi

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Permanent Roommates: Of love, live-ins and life

Long-distance relationships, live-relationships, transitional worlds, man-woman equation, love, generational differences, the inter-web, real world problems and more. Tvf’s Permanent Roommates explores all this and more, all topped with some humour. The main characters in Permanent Roommates, played by Sumeet Vyas and Nidhi Singh are no strangers to many of us who live the urban life, meeting people like the characters in the series from time … Continue reading Permanent Roommates: Of love, live-ins and life

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“There are times when I hear my dad sing and I am in tears” – Hamsika Iyer

She is as eclectic as they come. From Bollywood to Electronica, Hamsika Iyer’s work is diverse and refreshing. She has a voice, the talent, perseverance and taste. Not only did she become a household name with hit numbers including Chammak Challo, Chanda Re and tons of other songs but her work in genres outside the films is as solid. Hamsika’s work with Juno Reactor (UK) … Continue reading “There are times when I hear my dad sing and I am in tears” – Hamsika Iyer

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“We Are Known As The Dream Merchants!” – Sarita Chadha

Director Sarita Chadha chats with IAD about her successful career in the industry and tells upcoming directors to be deeply involved in work, stay focused and to keep a cool head on the set. Did you always want to be a director? Right from my childhood, art and craft always attracted me. Whenever I got appreciation for my drawings and singing, I thought I’d do … Continue reading “We Are Known As The Dream Merchants!” – Sarita Chadha

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“I Love Doing Highly Experimental Makeup” – Kulsum Parvez

Kulsum Parvez, make-up artist, hairstylist and grooming expert discusses her transition from the hospitality industry to showbiz, her love for experimentation and bringing a wealth of change in women’s lives through her art. Kulsum puts you at ease instantly and the conversation flows effortlessly. She is uninhibited and simple. Maybe it’s these qualities that she picked up working as a flight attendant that when brought … Continue reading “I Love Doing Highly Experimental Makeup” – Kulsum Parvez

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“We are rarely invited for the success parties of the films/TV series we worked on” – Mamta Gurnani

She is a voice-over artist as well as an actor. It’s a tough job to be successful in one career while Mamta Gurnani juggles two and does them both eloquently well. IAD catches up with Mamta to discuss ads, voice-overs and surviving in this industry. Tell us more about the voice-over industry; how competitive is it? The growth of the media industry in India in … Continue reading “We are rarely invited for the success parties of the films/TV series we worked on” – Mamta Gurnani

All you need to know about Indian model & actress, Persis Khambatta

Persis Khambatta was born on October 2, 1948 in Bombay, India. At age 17, as Femina Miss India, she entered Miss Universe 1965, dressed in off-the-rack clothes she bought at the last minute. Khambatta became a model for companies such as Revlon. Her biggest acting break was getting the role of Lieutenant Ilia, the bald Deltan alien in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). This … Continue reading All you need to know about Indian model & actress, Persis Khambatta

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“Gymming is my only bad addiction!” – Elinor Chhris

Just three years in the fashion and advertising industry, Elinor Chhris has become a sort-after model, endorsing a ton of brands – from watches and jewellery to real estate and luxury cars! Elinor has adorned several magazine covers; played lead in Marathi movies – Mungala, Jarab and some groovy music albums. IAD got a chance to talk with the Pune model; read her success story in her words! IAD: Elinor, how did … Continue reading “Gymming is my only bad addiction!” – Elinor Chhris

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The Influence of Indian Cinema on the Evolution of Salwar Kameez

Over the last century, Hindi mainstream cinema has not only mirrored our society but also helped to shape many attitudes and trends. Among the most impact it has had is on the way we dress. With the allure that our leading ladies manage to create on the silver screen, no wonder commoners try and imitate them as best as they can in their bid to … Continue reading The Influence of Indian Cinema on the Evolution of Salwar Kameez

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New Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk’s – The Two Puppeteers!

Two young puppeteers (Parul Joshi & Karanvir Malhotra) are in the midst of a performance and cannot control their craving for the rich, smooth and creamy Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk – the most adorable commercial on air. This beautiful ad film conceptualized by Ogilvy & Mather perfectly builds on the Silk’s signature theme: irresistible Silk, encapsulating the romantic jingle: “Kiss me… close your eyes”. O&M turns the simple Romeo-Juliet-kind … Continue reading New Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk’s – The Two Puppeteers!

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*Her – A micro drama starring Regina Cassandra

*Her is the story of thought-provoking conversation that happens between a star actress who has a large fan base (Regina Cassandra) and her ardent admirer (a 4th year B-Tech student). The talk takes place in Regina’s broke-down car over a cup of green tea. This simple, feel-good micro drama by Chai Bisket sheds light on the lives and feelings of normal girls living behind their … Continue reading *Her – A micro drama starring Regina Cassandra

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“My daddy is my hero!” – Priyanka Chandel

Meet Priyanka Chandel: the confident and pretty model and television artist from Dehradun   Tell us about the influence of your city on your upbringing? The city of Dehradun (Uttarakhand) has moral values instilled in me and I feel that these values are the key to my professional growth.   How did you end up in the MTV Splitsvilla? Honestly, I never thought of participating … Continue reading “My daddy is my hero!” – Priyanka Chandel