Mrs. India New Zealand 2015 Runner Up
This was my life's most surreal experience when I represented both the beautiful cultures of India and New Zealand and was crowned Mrs. India New Zealand 2015 Runner up; along with Mrs. Beautiful Eyes and Best Beachwear Titles.
I would like to express my gratitude towards the Organizer of the pageant Mrs. Sukhwinder Bhuller for facilitating me and many women like me with such a wonderful platform; and of course the judges.
A Proud Entrepreneur
I consider my self blessed to be one of those rare combinations of Beauty Queen + Business Woman. I believe women are born multitaskers and can juggle duties so impeccably. I have always been brave, industrious and positive and these are the three elements you'd need for entrepreneurship. The icing on the cake is when you have an incredibly fabulous better half.
I and my husband Jiten started our first business in 2009. Our pure dedication, determination, hard work and perseverance has blossomed into three well run business models as I am writing this now. It always feel exhilarating when you create something out of nothing. Doesn't it?
Talent Show Auditions Judge
I recently was privileged to witness abundance of talent and be one of the Judges at Gujarati Sahitya Mandal New Zealand (Gujarati Literature Organization NZ). I thoroughly enjoyed my responsibilities as there were participants aged from 10 to 75; and they showcased incredible enthusiasm and many types of talents. Thank you GSMNZ for gracing me with this pleasure. I truly treasure it.
I have always been on stage since I was a child Thanks to my extrovert and immensely talented mum! Whether its Poem Recitation, Debate, Elocution, but my hunger for performing arts developed when I inclined towards Skits and Theatre during my Uni days. Having won competitive Theatre, One Act Plays, Mimes and Skits back in the day; I feel the best reward is the live applause of your audience and the feeling of being alive and being the best version of my self whilst on the stage. Here you can see some images from a Full Length Play called 'Ver Na Vavetar' here in New Zealand produced by a Theatre Company called Rangmanch, another Full Length Play called 'Yogesh Patelnu Vevishal' produced by GSMNZ (Gujarati Sahitya Mandal, New Zealand), both performed at the The Playhouse Theatre, Auckland. And a little old looking picture is from one of the Skits that I have acted in, written and directed long back.
Short Film Actress
I have done couple of Short Films so far. My first short film was subjecting Suicide and depression in youngsters namely The Unseen Shadow written & directed by the multi-faceted Ms. Mehwish Mughal. Here you can see the screenshots of another short film that I have acted in - 'A Jasmine And the Nightshade' directed by the same talented lady. This short film talked about issues like domestic violence and depression and was also selected to be shown to University students as a part of social awareness. I would love to explore the Short film sphere more yet.
Master of Ceremony
I have always enjoyed interacting with people. I recently had a chance to interact with mass audience at a Talent Show called 'Rangberangi Gujarati'. It was so much fun entertaining and engaging with a full-house audience while introducing amazingly talented participants along with my co-host Mr.Brijesh Oza! I would like to extent my sincere thanks to the Treasurer of Gujarati Sahitya Mandal Mr. Rupesh Parikh who conceptualized this brilliant show and also to the selfless members of this organisation who transformed this event into a roaring success!
Skit - 'Men's Day' written, directed and acted in by me for Mr. India New Zealand 2016.
I am glad that I got to perform at Mr. India New Zealand 2016. And this Skit is special to me as its my directorial debut in New Zealand. 'Mens' Day' was an honest attempt to make audience laugh out loud in order to achieve comic relief. Also, giving out a sensible message at the same time that usually women are easily believed to be victims but we all should have a neutral point of view and see the facts before jumping onto conclusions.
Truly thankful to Mrs. Sukhwinder Bhuller (the Organizer of the event) for inviting me to perform at such prestigious event.
Cover Model for Guldasta Magazine
Guldasta is a widely read Hindi & English language Indian lifestyle Magazine in New Zealand. From knowledgeable articles, traditional recipes, fun games, stories for children to useful remedies, skincare and health tips. Its a magazine for everyone; in fact should rather be called 'Family Magazine'! I'd like to express my gratitude towards the Publisher of the magazine Mr.Madhu, the lovely Editor Mrs. Neelam Madhu and the amazing Photographer Mr.Janesh Kharbanda for this fabulous experience.
Dance for a cause
I am incredibly indebted to God for gifting me this beautiful form of art. Dancing has been my passion since I was a kid. And I consider myself lucky to have gotten to follow my passion ever since.
It could not get more satisfying where I could utilize my passion to support some meaningful causes which are near to my heart. Here you can see me dancing for Starship at Bollywood For Starship Event organised by Barfoot and Thompson. In next picture I volunteered trough my dance at the Senior Best Chef Competition - one of a kind event especially organised for the seniors of our community by Life's International Charitable Trust. My Sincere Thanks to Ms. Leela Patel who introduced me to Bollywood For Starship, Ms. Priya Shankar (Barfoot & Thompson and Starship) the organisers of Bollywood for Starship and Mr. Janesh Kharbanda @ Life's International Charitable Trust for making me a part of something meaningful.
Bollywood Blockbuster - A Street Performance by Prayas Theatre Company
Bollywood Blockbuster was a part of the Albert-Eden Neighbourhood Arts Festival. It was a one of a kind Street Performance; performed at Sandringhamthat asked for various types of spontaneous skills like acting, improvisation, dancing and communication from the participants as the idea was to incorporate the general passing by public into the performance. It was my utter pleasure to meet and to work the creative and innovative team of Prayas Theatre Company.
Garba is a one of a kind, nine nights long Indian Regional Dance Form Festival which is celebrated in honor of Goddesses and women power. More than 1000 (0r as many as) people (male and female) gather in circle/s and perform this Gujarati Dance Form. And a very interesting thing is you don't have to register for the competition; if you are dancing on the ground with all those 1000 or 2000 people then you are in for the competition automatically. I have been winning this Garba Competition persistently since I was Fifteen both back in India and here in New Zealand. And have started an extremely difficult task 'Judging the competition' for last couple of years.
Thank you to the people who had been inquiring to me if I was giving classes for Garba; I have been conducting Garba Coaching for last couple of years now. I believe knowledge, art and culture best to be shared. And it is my social duty to preserve and pass on this beautiful culture onto the next generation here in New Zealand and also to the wider range of communities. I thank all the invaluable volunteers who come up and help me make this event happen ever year.
Hair & Make Up Model
My Hair & Make-up Modelling journey started in 2004 when I modeled for the very famous Bollywood Make-up Artist Mr.Thakkar. And then continued to model for some local Make up Artists. I recently modeled for Ms. Rhonda Kay and Ms. Dorin Chan from Mary Kay. I have modeled for various themes from Next Door Girl Look, Engagement and Bridal look to extreme looks. I confidently can carry any look that I am chosen for.
In June 2018, I collaborated with two other creatives Ms. Shachee Amin a very talented MUA at Brush Whispers and Mr. Ravi at R K Clicks a very creative photographer. The theme of the photoshoot was Coachella meets Snow Queen and we all were pretty satisfied with the surreal outcome of three creative minds!