Assam’s Dipannita Sharma shines in Bollywood

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Assam’s Dipannita Sharma shines in Bollywood

Dipannita Sharma, one of the popular models who have acted in films like My Brother Nikhil, Asambhav, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar and 16 December etc. will be seen in an upcoming Bollywood movie in a leading role. After lying low for a while, Dipannita is now back and will be seen in Yash Raj Films’ forthcoming venture Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl. In the film, Dipannita plays a corporate executive who falls prey to the flattery and guile of Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) as he cons his way through life. Along with newcomer Parineeti Chopra, Dipannita now joins the lead pair, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma, in director Maneesh Sharma”s ‘Rom-Con”, shooting of which starts end of March.

She came into the limelight after making it to the final five of the Miss India 1998 contest. She was also judged the ‘Miss Photogenic’ in the same contest. She has also done a couple of television shows starting with Life Nahi Hai Laddoo. She made her film debut with 16 December in 2002.

Dipannita was born on 2nd Nov, 1976 in Duliyajan in Assam. Her father was a doctor in the O.I.L hospital. She was in Holy Child School, Chandmari, Guwahati till her ninth standard (high school), and finished her schooling from St. Mary’s school, Naharkatia in Assam. She is married to Delhi entrepreneur Dilser Singh Atwal, a third generation businessman who is into his family business of mining and currently lives in Mumbai, India. She started her career as a ramp and TV model and has now done several Hindi Films. Dipannita appears in the ad campaigns of various products including Dettol soap and she is a famous face for products. She had a relationship with Abhishek Bachchan who is now married to Aishwarya Rai. It may also be mentioned that she was a contestant in the realilty Show Khatro Ka Khiladi with Akshay Kumar.

This Delhi-based model is making waves in Mumbai. Having worked with all the fashion gurus in the capital like JJ Valaya, Ravi Bajaj, Suneet Verma; Dipannita shifted base to Mumbai only recently to give a boost to her career. She has already done shoots for designers of the order of Shahab Durazi to Manish Malhotra. This history student from Delhi University used to habitually participate in fashion shows, held at college. Dipannita feels that the Miss India contest four years back was a good platform for her to be noticed. Dipannita who is blessed with flawless complexion (despite her penchant for fried food and chocolates) is the current face of Synergie. She is a diehard chocolate freak and likes to be flamboyant on stage but has her head squarely on her shoulders otherwise.

She has featured in Udit Narayan´s music video where Priyanshu Chatterjee is romancing her. An avid watcher of TV serials, Dipannita calls herself a ´couch potato´. In future, Dipannita would like to work for the small tube. The big screen may follow, but she is not commenting on this as yet.

It’s been three years since model Dipannita Sharma tied the knot withbusinessman Dilser Singh Atwal and she still maintains her position as one of the top models in the country. She reveals that marriage didn’t interfere with her work at any point of time. “When I decided to get married, I was very aware of what I was getting myself into. My husband is a third generation businessman and they are into the family business of mining. When we decided to get married, we knew that nothing is going to change on the work front and that is still how it is,” says the Assamese model and former beauty queen.

Ask Sharma if the three years of marriage has ever resulted in the now famous three-year-itch and she laughs out loud. “No! On the contrary I would never have imagined that three years would pass off so quickly.Trust me, I just celebrated my marriage anniversary and it still feels like I got married just last year. The three-year-itch hasn’t gotten to me yet,” says the actress who made her Bollywood debut with Koi Aap Sa in 2005.

Quiz her about starting a family and Sharma says that it will happen when the time is right. “I guess starting a family is a decision that we both will take at the right point of time. Not to have kids now was a decision that we both took consciously. We both are of the opinion that we should take a few more holidays and finish off other responsibilities before stepping into the world of parenthood. We still have a lot of time on hand,” she says candidly. On the professional front, she has signed up for a couple of leading brands and with the fashion events increasing manifold, she says that her diary is full. “Besides, we are also talking about a Bollywood movie, but I can’t divulge more now. But yes, apart from being a brand ambassador for a few leading brands, I have a lot of comparatively smaller projects in hand too. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have time for my family. It is a fine balance that we (women) all learn to make with elan at some point of our lives,” she concludes.(Special thanks to Manab Das, Raj Jyoti Konwar and Amarendra Das.)

Neelim Akash Kashyap

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