Let’s start at the beginning. Tell us about your family and your upbringing.
I was born in Himachal Pradesh, near Dharamshala, the home of the Dalai Lama. My childhood was wonderful, I was very blessed growing up with the finer things in life and many luxuries; my father was a Minister and successful businessman. My mother raised me to have good values and strong morals.
What prompted you to move to Mumbai?
Like so many girls in India, I grew up mesmerized by Bollywood and the glamour of the movie industry. I insisted on making it on my own, and so the interesting thing is that I left a Princess Life with my family to pursue my dreams.
You now run a respected charity foundation in Mumbai. How did you pivot from the glamour industry to your social work and philanthropy?
After experiencing disappointments and frustrations trying to crack into Bollywood, I made a life-changing decision after a lot of soul-searching and introspection.
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