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Neha Dhupia in 2010
27 August 1980 |
Kochi, Kerala, India
|Other names||Chhotu or Chotu|
Early life 
Dhupia was born in Kochi, Kerala, India to a Punjabi Sikh family. Her father, Commander Pradip Singh Dhupia, served in the Indian Navy and mother, Manpinder, is a homemaker. She went to Naval Public School then transferred to Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. She graduated from Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi, affiliated to the University of Delhi, majoring in History.
Dhupia made her acting debut in a play in New Delhi called Graffiti. Thereafter she appeared in a music video for Indipop band Euphoria and also modeled for various advertisement campaigns. She then appeared in the TV serial "Rajdhani[disambiguation needed]". In 2002 she entered the Femina Miss India pageant finishing in first place, winning the Femina Miss India Universe title, and was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2002 pageant in Puerto Rico. She was placed in the top 10.
Film career 
Dhupia made her film debut in the 2003 Bollywood film Qyamat: City Under Threat (2003), which performed averagely at the box office. She rose to fame with her role in the film Julie and then appeared in Sheesha (2005) in a dual role of twin sisters, but the film did not do well at the box office. She then starred in films such as Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005) and Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), which did well at the box office, and also featured in a segment of the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan (2007).
In the following years, Dhupia appeared in supporting roles in multiple critically and commercially acclaimed films including Chup Chup Ke (2006), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007), Mithya (2008), Maharathi (2008), Singh Is Kinng (2008) and Dasvidaniya (2008). In 2011, she plays Eva Braun in the film Dear Friend Hitler -a film about Mahatma Gandhi.
Her most recent films are Paying Guest, Action Replayy, De Dana Dan and Pappu Can't Dance Saala . She has also worked on her first international project with Chris Kattan in IFC's Bollywood Hero. Neha Dhupia may work on Julie sequel few years down the line.
Other activities 
She has run in the Mumbai Marathon to support the Concern India Foundation and helped to raise over 5 lakhs. She also helped to raise money for victims of the 2011 Sikkim earthquake. She performed in the GR8 Women's Award 2012.
See also 
- An Exclusive Interview With Neha Dhupia
- Neha Dhupia Biography
- Neha Dhupia Biography – Imdb
- "Neha Dhupia may do 'Julie' sequel". 19 June 2012.
- "B-town celeb quotient high at Mumbai Marathon". Times of India. IANS. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
- Sen, Zinia (2 October 2011). "B'wood going all out to raise money". Times of India. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
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