Tena Desae

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Tena Desae
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Desae at the Indian Premiere of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2012
Born (1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 27)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, Model

Tina Desai (born 24 February 1987) is an Indian actress. She debuted with the 2011 Hindi thriller film Yeh Faasley, and went on to star in the action comedy Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande, before making her international debut in 2012 in the English comedy-drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Bangalore to a Gujarati father and a Telugu mother. She is a graduate in business management with specialisation in finance in National Institute of Management college.[4] She is fluent in five languages - Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, English and Hindi.


Tina Desai first came into the limelight when she participated in the reality show contest Get Gorgeous. Though she did not win the contest she was offered a contract with Elite Model India Management Private Limited which sponsors the reality show, even before the eventual winner. She has been modeling since 2007 and has featured in over 100 commercials. She made her acting debut in 2011 in the movie Yeh Faasley. She later appeared in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.[5]

She also posed for the 2012 Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar.[6] and starred in the Bollywood action thriller film Table No.21 opposite Rajeev Khandelwal. Before this movie she has done a romantic song "Yeh kahan mil gaye hum" with singer "KK".


Year Film Role Language Notes
2011 Yeh Faasley Arunima D. Dua Hindi
2011 Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande Neha Sharma Hindi
2012 Cocktail Waitress Hindi Cameo
2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Sunaina English
2013 Table No.21 Siya Agasthi Hindi
2014 Dussehra Aditi Singh Hindi
2015 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 Sunaina English
2015 Sense8 English Post-production
2015 Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene Not available Hindi


  1. ^ "Tena Desae". The Times Of India. 
  2. ^ "Tena Desae is no Freida Pinto". The Indian Express. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (9 February 2012). "Bollywood babe Tena Desae ready for her first kiss on film". Daily Mail (London). 
  4. ^ "Tena Desae". The Times Of India. 
  5. ^ Walker, Tim (9 February 2012). "Tena Desae, the star of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, looks for love in London". The Daily Telegraph. 
  6. ^ "Sizzling beauties of Kingfisher Calendar 2012 : Style File, News - India Today". Indiatoday.intoday.in. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 

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