Neha Dhupia's Birthday: Celebrating the Actress, Model and TV Show Host On Her 39th Birthday
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Neha Dhupia's Birthday: Celebrating the Actress, Model and TV Show Host On Her 39th Birthday

Neha Dhupia is celebrating her 39th birthday today. Here’s a look at how the actress-model has managed to carve a niche for herself in Bollywood.

Indian actress, model and talk show host, Neha Dhupia has carved a niche for herself in Bollywood and is known for her stunning, glamorous looks and for breaking stereotypes. The actress was born on 27th August 1980 in Kochi, India, in a Sikh family. Her father served in the Indian Navy and her mother is a housewife. She graduated from Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi, with honours in History and then made her acting debut in theatre with a play titled Graffiti. She went on to star in a music video for Indipop band Euphoria and also appeared in ad campaigns. Neha shot to fame in 2002, when she participated in the Femina Miss India pageant and was crowned as Miss Universe India. Following this, she participated in Miss Universe 2002 pageant and secured a position among the top 10 contestants.

Film and TV Career

Neha made her film debut as a child artist in a in 1994 Malayalam film, titled Minnaram and starring Mohanlal. Her Bollywood debut film was Qayamat: City Under Threat, released in 2003. The film achieved moderate success at the box office but Neha received several nominations and an award for Best Female Debut. She went on to star in many movies, such as Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005) and Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), but is best remembered for her supporting roles and cameos in films like Chup Chup Ke (2006), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007), Singh Is Kinng (2008), Tumhari Sulu and Lust Stories (2018). For her performance in the blockbuster film Tumhari Sulu, where she played the head of a radio station and Sulu’s (Vidya Balan) supportive boss, Neha received three awards.

Neha has also moved out of her comfort zone and successfully ventured into other areas of the industry. In 2016, she conceptualised and hosted No Filter Neha, a Bollywood podcast on the Indian music app Saavn, in which she interviews different celebrities. She has also been working in television in various projects; she has been a host on Comedy Circus, a gang leader on MTV Roadies Rising, a judge on Colors TV’s Chhote Miyan Dhakkad and so on.

Breaking Stereotypes and Saying No to Fat Shaming

Neha is known for being vocal and outspoken about different issues, especially women’s empowerment. In 2017, she appeared in a video titled, So Basically | Neha Dhupia -- released by Culture Machine's digital channel Blush on YouTube -- where she urged women to break free from all the stereotypes and follow their dreams. She talked about how women are stopped from pursuing their dreams by their families, friends and even neighbours. In 2018, Neha was honoured by Sony Pictures India for “unleashing her inner venom” and “breaking societal stereotypes” by sharing her honest opinions and influencing society.

Neha who is married to actor Angad Bedi and has a daughter Mehr with him. She also spoke against body shaming earlier this year, when she was fat shamed for her post pregnancy weight gain. Responding to a story in fashion magazine titled, ‘Neha Dhupia Shocking Weight Gain Post Pregnancy’, she wrote, “I don’t owe anyone an explanation because fatshaming like this doesn’t bother me one bit. But I do want to address this as a larger problem because fatshaming needs to stop for EVERYONE not just celebs. As a new mom I want to be fit, healthy and energetic for my daughter. So I work out everyday, sometimes twice a day because for me...’Fitness’ is a priority and not ‘fitting into society’s standards regarding looks. And I hope in the future people are kinder to each other while making such vapid and vile comments. To quote @pattonoswalt ... “Be Kind. It’s chaos out there.”

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By Ayesha Hoda
Ayesha Hoda is a senior communications professional and writer, currently based in Dubai, UAE.

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