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Acting is about reinventing yourself, every day – Nikkesha Rangwala

We tuned in with Nikkesha Rangwala on a warm Tuesday afternoon. Forthcoming, grounded, and a self-confessed shy bird, Nikkesha talks about keeping it real in the entertainment industry. On starting early How did you set off in the entertainment industry? Did you always know you wanted to be an actor? Growing up in Canada, I was always the kid who was into dance, drama, and … Continue reading Acting is about reinventing yourself, every day – Nikkesha Rangwala

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“Though born with a silver spoon, I never took advantage of it” – Yoshika Verma

Yoshika Verma is a Mumbai-based actor, commercial model, and a voice-over artist. Having received training in acting from the Barry John Acting Studio, Mumbai, and the LB Acting Studio, Canada, Yoshika has appeared in over 30 television commercials and five feature films. IAD connects with Yoshika to learn that she’s the daughter of renowned action director & producer, Mr. Pappu Verma, and more in an … Continue reading “Though born with a silver spoon, I never took advantage of it” – Yoshika Verma

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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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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

“Focused work better than hard work”- Muskaan Chowdhary

One of the best things about talking to artists is looking at mundane life through their interesting perspectives; sometimes a joyride, at other times an intense experience through their journey and on special occasions, magical stories that show you how majestic it is to be your own person, think the way only you can dare to think and spread your talent as far and wide as … Continue reading “Focused work better than hard work”- Muskaan Chowdhary

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“Acting gives me the power to know myself better” – Jannat Sorathia

Her discipline and dedication not only to her art but her life is contagious. Jannat Sorathia tells us what it takes to sustain and achieve success in showbiz   Which city are you from? I was born and raised in Mumbai. I am a true Mumbaikar; I love this city for its spirit and the opportunities it has to offer.   How did you get in to … Continue reading “Acting gives me the power to know myself better” – Jannat Sorathia

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“We all struggle in our own way… but I never had to sit at home without work”- Parul Gulati

She has been in over 70 ads, is a beauty by all standards and definitely has the talent to back up her looks. IAD finds out from model and actor Parul Gulati about her roller-coaster ride in this industry   What are your memories of the first print/tv ad you ever did? My first TVC was for a car, Chevrolet Beat. I still remember it … Continue reading “We all struggle in our own way… but I never had to sit at home without work”- Parul Gulati

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The Vintage Vibes

The quality of vintage material is contained in the history it carries, the stories they hold and the timelessness wrapped around it. A piece of vintage equipment  has a quality, an aura that enchants and thrills admirers in its periphery. The charm is irresistible, the beauty raving with a mind that takes on a life of its own. We stumbled upon some vintage advertisements with some of India’s … Continue reading The Vintage Vibes

Bijuria girl – Ishita Arun

Did you know that throat hoarseness is caused because of a little khich khich bacterium who loves to hang in there? The animated monster from this nostalgic Cough Drops ad is the clingy USP of Vicks even today.   The cutie winking in the above ad is Ishita Arun, daughter of the popular folk songstress and actress Ila Arun. While Ila is renowned for her songs like Choli ke Piche, Ishita is famous for her husky anchoring voice (VJ on … Continue reading Bijuria girl – Ishita Arun

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Prachi Thaker – A diva with many facets

Prachi Thaker is a perfect blend of beauty and humility! A bubbly young girl from Ahmedabad, Prachi prides in being a gujju. From studying commerce to textile design in NIFT to modelling to acting, she has a lot in her bucket. Winner in almost everything she steps into, Prachi has series of awards that include – Miss Ahmedabad, runner up 2010; Miss University Gujarat, Winner 2011; Dabur Asli … Continue reading Prachi Thaker – A diva with many facets

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Giselle Monteiro

Indians or Brazilians, ad divas are all adored here…. 😉 Upon popular demand, IAD has introduced a new section dedicated to Brazilians beauties who are beaconing in the Indian Advertising Industry (and the Bollywood at large!). Let’s start this initiative with subtle beauty Giselle Monteiro, the girl who was introduced as a traditional Punjabi kudi Harleen Kaur in Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal. The director concealed the identity … Continue reading Giselle Monteiro

Umang Jain – the Cadbury girl!

The line, Kya main aapko jaanthi hoon? (Do I know you?), with a confused and irritated look of Umang Jain in a Cadbury advert has fluttered a million hearts, adding up to this peary-eyed model-plus-actor’s fanbase. Everything about the Cadbury Shubh Aarambh’s commercial was adorable – the mood of the picture, the simplicity of the dialogues, and the subtle background music – and icing on … Continue reading Umang Jain – the Cadbury girl!

Rakul Preet

Vicco decides for a brand makeover, give it much younger look, a broader and lovely smile, and TA-DAAH… appears the angel!! Presenting Rakul Preet Singh, one of the most beautiful amongst the bevy of (multitalented) beauties! Need I remind you that Rakul was one of the top five finalists in the Pantaloons Femina Miss India (PFMI) 2011 pageant? Voted as the Miss India People’s Choice, she was … Continue reading Rakul Preet

Dipannita Sharma

She seems to have the habit of making a mark in whichever arena she forays into – quite evident from her work record. Starting as an amateur college-going model, her life took a fascinating turn when the golden girl was shortlisted as one of the final five contenders at Miss India 1998 contest, and was adjudged ‘Miss Photogenic’. Dipannita Sharma Atwal – yes, the name … Continue reading Dipannita Sharma

“I couldn’t believe it was me when the ad went on air during IPL matches” – Manasi Rachh

Theater artists are ‘special’, rather ‘gifted’ is the word. The most amazing thing about them is their energy and self-belief to tell a story boldly and convincingly; bringing a scripted character to life, and taking audience through a roller coaster of emotions… All this action in ‘live’! We bring to you one such incredibly talented theater artist and commercial model Manasi Rachh. Her accomplishments as an actress could be … Continue reading “I couldn’t believe it was me when the ad went on air during IPL matches” – Manasi Rachh