Nikita Anand

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Nikita Anand
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Nikita Anand at the Indian Premiere of Fast Five
Born Nikita Anand
1983[1]
Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Occupation Model, Actress

Nikita Anand is an Indian model, actress, television presenter and former beauty queen.

Early life[edit]

Nikita was born to a Bihari family in Jhanjharpur, Bihar. Her father is Brigadier S.S. Anand,[2] a doctor in the Indian Army; his frequent transfers led to Nikita studying in different schools (St. Mary's Pune, Maharashtra; Bishop Westcott Girls' School, Ranchi, Jharkhand; Cathedral and John Connon, Mumbai; and NIFT, Delhi).[3] She also has a brother, Jasneet Anand, who is three years elder to her.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Anand is a collector of watches. "I love watches but very rarely do I find a piece that appeals to my sensibilities. I am always on the look-out for high-end watches. I would love to add more, but it just doesn’t happen very often," she said. Her favourites in her collection are her IWC and Guess watches. Anand also loves shopping destinations Milan, Kuala Lumpur and Dubai.[4] She is now the member of International Women's Film Forum of AAFT.

Career[edit]

Anand began participating in beauty pageants at an early stage, and was crowned as Miss Ranchi at the age of 13. She went on a dietary regime when she was in class 10.[2]

While being a second-year student of NIFT Delhi, she won the Femina Miss India contest in 2003. Her final question in the contest was whether she thinks that forgiveness is better said than done, to which she answered "To err is human, to forgive divine, and we have to forgive and move on to make life better." She was crowned by preceding winner Neha Dhupia, and given the chance to represent India at the Miss Universe pageant in Panama City, Panama.[5] However, she failed to place, breaking India's 11-year streak of placing in the Top 10 from 1992 to 2002.

At the Miss Universe contest, her national costume and ethnic dresses were designed by Ritu Kumar, while Ashley Rebello put together her evening gown and western outfits. She was also helped by Dr. Sandesh Mayekar (dental care), Dr. Jamuna Pai (skin care), Bharat and Doris Godambe (hair and make-up), Dr. Anjali Mukherjee (diet), Finesse Shoes, New Delhi (shoes), Sabira Merchant (speech and diction), and IDEA (Integrated Dance Exercise Academy, physical fitness).[3][6][7]

After doing stints of modeling for print, walking the ramp, and anchoring shows on fast cars and cricket on television, she debuted in Bollywood in the film Dil Dosti Etc.[8] Her co-star in the movie was Shreyas Talpade and she played the role of Prerna, an outgoing college student.[9] Although the movie received mixed to negative reviews, her performance was appreciated by Taran Adarsh, who went on to say that she has the trappings of a fine actress.[10][11]

She then signed Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De? and Nileish Malhotra's Monopoly - The Game Of Money where she worked with Manisha Koirala and Zeenat Aman respectively.[12][13] While the former was released in 2010, and received negative reviews, the latter has been delayed.[14][15]

Accomplishments[edit]

[citation needed]

Anchoring[edit]

  • Cup Tak on Star News
  • Lage Raho India on Star News
  • NASCAR on Zee Sports
  • Cricket Tri Series in Malaysia

Compering[edit]

  • SAARC Car Rally Summit 2007
  • Launched Trendz - a fashion channel
  • Ford at Auto Expo 2006, in New Delhi
  • Launch of ICICI Indian Airlines Platinum MasterCard
  • Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Ebony
  • Idea Cellular

TVC Commercial[edit]

  • Dabur Vatika

Ramp Modelling[edit]

  • Modelled for Satyapaul amidst the magnificent and electric interiors of the internationally renowned wax attraction-Madame Tussauds in London in March 2004.
  • Radio Mirchi
  • Sashayed for Burlingtons in Mumbai.
  • Modelled for creations of budding fashion designers at graduation shows of fashion institutes like NIFT, NIFD, JD and IIFT.
  • Modelled in shows - 'Passion for Colour' by Times of India, Bridal Asia Show 2003, Femina Bridal Show 2004.
  • Worked with leading fashion stalwarts like JJ Vallaya, Ritu Kumar, Mona Pali, Siddharth Tytler.

Media Work[edit]

  • Sony Erricson
  • Maruti Suzuki Zen
  • Hero Cycles
  • Indian Airlines
  • Wills Sports
  • Jindal Diamonds
  • Rayban

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
2006 The Curse of King Tut's Tomb Female student English TV Movie
The Memsahib Laxmi Hindi
2007 Khallas: The Beginning of End Radha Hindi
Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee Rajeev's girlfriend Hindi
2007 Dil Dosti Etc Prerna Vijay Heerjawahar Hindi
2010 Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De? Tamanna Hindi
2013 Four Two Ka One Pooja Hindi
Preceded by
Neha Dhupia
Miss India Universe
2003
Succeeded by
Tanushree Dutta

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nikita Anand profile". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nikita would settle for nothing but the best!". The Times of India. 1 February 2003. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Nikita gets set for Miss Universe". The Times of India. 24 May 2003. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Rings, Chunky (2 December 2012). "Crown jewels". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). 
  5. ^ "When dreams come true". The Times of India. 2 February 2003. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nikita Anand dresses to thrill". The Times of India. 24 May 2003. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Nikita Anand gets groomed". The Times of India. 29 May 2003. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "I never took the Miss India pageant as a platform to get into acting: Nikita Anand". GoBollywood.com. September 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Nikita Anand's ticket to Bollywood". The Times of India. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Dil Dosti Etc Movie Review". BollywoodHungama.com. 28 September 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Nikita Anand awaits her turn". The Times of India. 7 October 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Nikita's ravishing, says Zeenat". The Times of India. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Nikita unwinds...". The Times of India. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Ek Second...Jo Zindagi Badal de Movie Review". The Times of India. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Ek Second...Jo Zindagi Badal de Movie Review". BollywoodHungama.com. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 

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