TULIP JOSHI Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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Tulip Joshi was born on September 11, 1979 in Bombay, India, to a Hindu  Gujerati father and a Christian Lebanese mother. As a result she has  practiced both Hinduism and Christianity. She participated in and  excelled in sports activities. She studied in Bombay, and went to  graduate from Mithibai College in Food and Chemistry. She excelled in sports, competing in athletics at the National level.


She has two  sisters, Selphi and Monalisa, and the latter is married to Bollywood  actor Rajat Bedi. She has a nephew, Vivaan, and niece, Vera. Tulip entered the Femina Miss India Contest in 2000.  She did not make it to the list of winners, but was noticed by many  advertising agencies. She appeared in a number of advertising campaigns  for big brands (Ponds, Pepsi, Siyaram, BPL, Smirnoff, etc.). (She also  appeared in a video made as a tribute to poets-and-dancers/nusrat-fateh-ali-khan" href="/great-musicians-dancers/nusrat-fateh-ali-khan" >Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.


When she attended the wedding reception of Yash Chopra’s son, Aditya,  she was noticed and asked to audition for a role in ‘Mere Yaar Ki  Shaadi Hai’. Since she is not fluent in Hindi, she enrolled in Feroz  Khan’s Studio, where she was re-named Sanjana, and went on to star in  her very first Bollywood movie. This movie did not do too well at the  box office, but Sanjana was noticed.


Before she could launch her career and sign up for more pictures, her  personal life faced considerable rift when her parents openly  disapproved of her appearing in commercials and on the silver screen,  and broke off all relations with her. This resulted in her being  depressed for almost a year.


She made her reappearance in a Telegu movie ‘Villain’ and then in ‘Dil Maange More’ in 2003.


She  did not appear in any movies or commercials for close to two years, due  to severe back problems, resulting from a slipped disc and a shifted  spine.


In 2005 she made a come-back with ‘Matrubhoomi’ - and  this she scored, and went on receive considerable praise. She went on  to sign for lead roles in ‘Shoonya’ and ‘Hostel’.


Although she  has practiced Hinduism and Christianity she has now converted to  Kimmaya, a religious order that was founded by her present  boyfriend/spouse, Captain Vinod Nair.