Dipti Mehta

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Dipti Mehta
Dipti Mehta.jpg
Mehta at the World Premiere of Life! Camera Action... in New York.
Born Dipti Mehta
Ahmedabad, India
Education Ph.D in Molecular and cellular biology
Occupation Actress
Website
diptimehta.com

Dipti Mehta is an Indian American actress best known for her portrayal of Reina in Life! Camera Action... bringing her multiple international awards and nominations.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mehta was born and raised in Mumbai. Her native home is a small village in Rajasthan. Mehta dreamed of being an actor since she was very young. She studied at SKI Jain Girls High School in Marine Lines, Mumbai and went to Wilson College and then to Sophia College for her Bachelors and Masters degree.[citation needed] She majored in Microbiology with Biotechnology as her minor. Mehta has earned a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology form the University of Arizona.[2] She acted in plays and various theater projects while attending college. She was a part of a semi-classical dance group in Arizona. She got training in Bharatanatyam and Kathak dance forms while getting her doctoral degree.

She has worked as a radio jockey on the FM station of All India Radio hosting music shows in Hindi and English. She has also appeared in Hindi TV shows and Bollywood films.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Mehta started her acting career on stage with Gujarati plays and moved on to becoming a regularly heard voice on All India Radio with the FM section of Mumbai. This launched her into the world of hosting live and recorded events. She then starred in the TV serial Hum Tum on Zee Next as the fashion designer Anjali. She also hosted a yoga show "Arogya Sampada" on Zee International. She auditioned for the Gujarati series of the yoga show then continuing to be a co-host on Hindi show Yoga for You for Zee International. In all she recorded 450 episodes for Zee International. Before starring in Life! Camera Action... Mehta did cameos in a few Bollywood films. In an interview Mehta revealed that In an informal meeting before the audition for Life! Camera Action..., director Rohit Gupta thought she was not right for the part, although she was invited at the audition, where he failed to recognize her at the first tryout. Mehta did get the part, and it became her debut film as a lead.

"Rohit and I met as someone had suggested my name for this role, but in that meeting he told me, I was not right for the part, and maybe in future we would work together on another project. I still got an audition call and I thought it was probably a mistake that I had been called in, but decided to go anyway. Since I had nothing to gain or loose, I went without dressing up like an actor (to impress). I was wearing regular shirt and jeans and no make up at all. Rohit did not recognize me at first and then when I introduced myself he said you look very different today. I auditioned and he offered me the part.[3]

She also appeared as the lead in Penumbra, a short film which was showcased at Short film corner - Cannes film festival in 2012. She played the role of Priya in Yaatra which she also wrote and produced.[4]

Mehta was seen playing Nisha in an off-off-Broadway show, Bollywood Wedding in New York. In addition to acting, Mehta also loves to write. She has written two plays and one screenplay so far. The first play she wrote was Grahan, which won her best script and three other awards at a theater competition, "Astitva 2004" in Mumbai. In 2012 Mehta wrote and performed her one-woman show, Honour.[5] She performed 5 different characters in Honour which was produced by “La Mama and Loose Change Productions”. She was invited to perform a Bollywood form dance sequence at the World Music & Independent Film Festival's 2011 gala awards ceremony in Washington D.C where she was nominated for the Best Actress award for her performance in Life! Camera Action..... She shared the stage with 2 times Golden Globe and Academy awards nominee Carol Connors (singer).[2]

Philanthropy[edit]

Mehta’s one-woman show Honour throws light on sex trafficking and her show provided platform for an interactive panel discussion for AF3IRM NY chapter.[6] She was also invited to speak at the panel discussion on “Global Atrocities of Human sex trafficking” organized by “Blue Kite Press” and NYU bookstore on Feb 14, 2013.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Role Character Notes
2008 Colors of Passion Sohail Tatari Actress Reporter
2009 Victory Ajit Pal Mangat Actress Gauri
Red Corvette Brenton Covington Actress Larry's friend
2010 Walkaway Shailja Gupta Actress in a cameo role Nidhi's sister-in-law
2011 I dream of hope Prakash Nambiar Lead Actress Sia short film
Khushiyaan Tirlok Malik Actress punjabi language film
2012 Life! Camera Action... Rohit Gupta Debut as lead in a feature film Reina received universal acclaim
Yaatra[7] Erica Gould, Dipti Mehta Lead actress, Producer, Writer, co-director Priya short film
Penumbra Ajayan Venugopalan Lead Actress Krishna short film
A Date.. (Nuvvu, Nenu...Tanu) Raman Amaravadi Actress Mona short film
2013 Mamaros[8] Momcilo Mrdakovic Actress Savi
Eternal Love Anugam Goswami Lead Actress Yamini short film
2014 An American in Hollywood Sai Varadan Actress in a cameo role
Split Deborah Kampmeier Actress in supporting role Shiela
A Box Came to Brooklyn Jason Cusato Actress Dipti short film
2015 Midnight Delight Rohit Gupta co-lead actress Scientist currently in post production

Television[edit]

Year Film Director Role Character Notes
2013 Golden Boy Karen Gaviola Actress Kate McKenna season 1, episode 12
One Life to Live Habib Azar Actress Doctor season 1, episode 37
One Life to Live Jessica Klein, Thom Racina Actress Doctor season 1, episode 36
One Life to Live Jessica Klein, Thom Racina Actress Doctor season 1, episode 35
One Life to Live Jessica Klein, Thom Racina Actress Doctor season 1, episode 3

Awards and nominations[edit]

Festival/Award Year, Location Film Category Outcome
Golden Door Film Festival of Jersey City[9] 2011, USA Life! Camera Action... Best Female Lead Nominated
World Music & Independent Film Festival[10] 2011, USA Life! Camera Action... Best Actress Nominated
Silent River Film Festival[11] 2011, USA Life! Camera Action... Best Actress Nominated
28th Goldie Film Awards[12] 2012, USA Life! Camera Action... Best Actress Won
Hot Media International Film Festival[13] 2012, USA Life! Camera Action... Best Actress Nominated
Prestige Film Awards[14] 2012, USA Life! Camera Action... Gold Award - Leading Actress Won
Sunset International Film Festival[15] 2012, USA Life! Camera Action... Best Female Actor Won
World Music & Independent Film Festival 2013, USA Yaatra Best Screenplay in short film Nominated
Yaatra Best Director in International short film shared with Erica Gould Nominated
Yaatra Best Actress international short film Nominated
Yaatra Best Women Filmmakers shared with Erica Gould Nominated
Yaatra Best Director - Southeast Asia Nominated
Yaatra Best Short Film - Southeast Asia Won

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