— By Mukul Jain
Tulip Joshi is an Indian actress who has appeared in Bollywood. She was born in Mumbai to a Gujarati Indian father and a Lebanese Armenian mother. She was brought up in Mumbai where she attended the Jamnabai Narsee School, and later Vivek College from where she graduated majoring food science and chemistry.
Tulip entered the Femina Miss India in 2000. She did not make it to the list of winners but was noticed by many people from bollywood as well as hollywood. She appeared in a number of advertising campaigns for big brands (Ponds, Pepsi, Siyaram, BPL, Smirnoff, Tata Sky mobile tv, etc.). She also appeared in a video made as a tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. She has also appeared in recent movie Jai Ho with Salman Khan. Let’s talk more about her in her own words.
1. Three things we don’t know about you…
a) Am very private by nature, love spending time with my family.
b) I am a health fanatic; I exercise vigorously and meditate every day without exception.
b) I love masala tea.
2. What has been the most difficult challenge for you in the industry?
The lack of accountability is sometimes difficult to deal with.
3. How did you get involved in Acting?
The legendary Mr. Yash Chopra spotted me at a function. He walked up to me and offered me my first feature film role right there and then.
4. What are your latest projects?
Am currently working on Season 1 of a series called ‘Airline’. It’s an action thriller series with lots of CGI and will soon be aired on Star Plus.
5. Are you satisfied with the roles you have performed throughout your career?
Yes but I always look forward to something more challenging.
6. Tell me about an area in which you would like to improve as an actor?
In the strife for excellence, improvement is a never ending process.
7. Do you ever think that you could have done a bit better in any particular role?
Always and every time
8. What are your strong points as an actor?
My sincerity. Acting is not my profession, it is my passion.
9. Do you think that you have matured as an actor?
Definitely. Some conscious and deliberately while some unconsciously.
10. What kind of roles do you prefer?
Where I can sketch out a character different from the ones I’ve done earlier. And characters that are unlike me in real life.
11. What is the hardest part of being a celebrity?
It’s wonderful to be recognized and respected. The unpleasant events are far outweighed by the delightful ones. Gossip, slander and few unhappy events are part of everyone’s life so it’s okay, there’s nothing to complain about 🙂
12. Give me a few tips for struggling actors
Stay true to yourself and please stay real. Don’t get carried away by the trappings of fame and glamour, they are an illusion. Identify the genuine people in your life and hold on to them for life. Besides this, always follow your dreams…spread your wings and fly, take your loved ones with you 🙂
13. How would you describe your work style?
Unique, I have never repeat personalities in the characters I portray.
14. Who or what are your priorities right now?
My priorities have been crystal clear since the beginning. Number 1 is Captain Vinod Shankar Nair, Number 2 is our business. Acting always has been and still is my passion. I get complete support and encouragement from Vinod, he always urges me to be the best I can be in any field of my choice.
15. Do you remember any difficult sequences which you had where you really had to push yourself?
I do that in every shoot. Unless you push your acting muscles to the limit every time, they will not get stronger. So I get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself every time.
16. What is your favorite dressing style
Classy, elegant yet stylish
17. List five words that describe your character.
Honest, practical, real, committed, Indian.
18. Anything you like to share or say for your followers?
Life is too short, don’t take things for granted especially your health.