I remember the first of the day of the shooting - my struggle with the language got me the surname - Madam. However, everyone was kind to me to make me comfortable and I enjoyed every bit of it. After this, I did two more movies, but soon came the big opportunity - Ms India pageant.
The 1994 event was the first one to be telecast live as I participated with Sushmita Sen and Aiswarya Rai for the title. I received the second runner-up or what is now called Ms India Asia Pacific to further up my career. This was indeed the Moment of Truth for me. When I won it, all I could think of was going home to my parents and celebrating with them. I actually did not know how to handle the attention. I faded into oblivion for two months before I came back to the scene - only to be stunned by the limelight on me - I was one of the most wanted women in India.
I went to Manila in the same year to participate in the competition but came only fourth. But as luck would have it, my biggest ticket to the fashion world - Gladrags Supermodel contest came my way.
The glamorous event held at the Mahalaxmi Race Course was the cynosure of all eyes as I was crowned the first Supermodel among females along with Kelly Dorjee among males.
Then there was a series of fashion shows and ads before I got my first glimpse at Hindi films - a song in Ishq which became an instant rage. Few more roles later, I lost interest or simply I could not manage between my first love - modelling and movies. When I wanted to get back, I found to my chagrin that I had no godfather. I did whatever came my way before accepting a meaningful role in Malayalam.
My own people accepted me with open hands and consequential roles, and here I am today, much appreciated and much loved. I simply want to say thank you, all…please keep on loving me.
My motto in life is to be happy and positive, circumstances do not matter.
Let me summarise with another evocative thought from the greatest actor of the 20th century, Sir Laurence Olivier:
“I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it. Have a very good reason for everything you do”
Me too, Sir,