Himarsha Venkatsamy

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Himarsha Venkatsamy
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Himarsha Venkatsamy in 2014
Born15 February 1984 (1984-02-15) (age 37)
OccupationActress, Model, Host

Himarsha Venkatsamy (born 15 February 1984) is an Indian model and actress, known for winning the Kingfisher Calendar Hunt in 2010, defeating Anjali Lavania and Nidhi Sunil in the final round.[1][2]

She made a special appearance in the 2010 Bollywood romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys,[3] but her first breakthrough came when she was roped to play Jhumpa in the thriller film Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans.[4]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2010 I Hate Luv Storys uncredited role Hindi Special appearance
2015 Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans Jhumpa Hindi Debut
2016 Veeram Unniyarcha Malayalam/Hindi/English Trilingual film
2018 Black Bud Sanya Malhotra Hindi

Early life[edit]

Himarsha Venkatsamy was born on the 15th of February, 1984 to an Indian family in Durban, South Africa. Her mother is Pam Venkatsamy and her father is Chris Venkatsamy, a clinical psychologist. She has an older brother, Divashan Venkatsamy and sister, Terushka Venkatsamy who is a South African model and actress.

Himarsha said that her interest in the Arts, and Drama comes from her father who was an English Professor and Theatre actor before becoming a Clinical Psychologist. Often as a child she spent time performing dance recitals and short plays for family and friends. She studied in an all girls High School where she honed her craft in Drama and Art. Venkatsamy graduated from, University of the Witwaterstrand in Johannesburg with a BSc Physiotherapy Degree.

Venkatsamy modeled from an early age and appeared in numerous local television commercials. She also made an appearance in the South-African game show Deal or No Deal where she was cast as the main love interest in French artist David Salsedo’s cult music video - ‘Mon amour’, shot in Cape Town, South Africa. Venkatsamy was also scouted in Johannesburg by IMG and flew to India for Lakme fashion week in 2009 where she walked for Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar, Abujani Sandeep Khosla, Masaba Gupta, Neeta Lulla, Anamika Khanna, Suneet Varma and Vikram Phadnis in Indian Fashion.

Later she was cast for the reality show, Kingfisher Calendar Model Hunt which she won and thereafter made a star feature on the 2010 Kingfisher Calendar shot by Atul Kasbekar. The following year, Venkatsamy hosted the show alongside supermodel, Miland Soman. [5]


After being scouted by IMG for Lakmé Fashion Week, Himarsha moved to Mumbai and signed with Toabh Talents. Through the agency she was cast in a new reality show called The Kingfisher Calendar Model Hunt. She went on to win the glamorous and prestigious show further appearing in their calendar in 2010. Having a successful career in modelling, according to Venkatsamy it was at this point that her career skyrocketed and the following year she hosted The Kingfisher Calendar Model Hunt. [6] Soon after Himarsha started casting for Bollywood films and made her debut in ROAR, an action, adventure and sci-fi movie directed by Kamal Sadanah. [7]The film was premiered by Salman Khan on 31st July 2014, ahead of its original release date of 31st October.[8]

She made her first appearance in director Punit Malhortra’s I Hate Luv Storys. [9] Later she was cast as the lead role in director Kamal Sadanah’s Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans (2014) where she played tiger tracker and environmental activist Jhumpa. For this role, Venkatsamy was nominated for best new Actress at the Star Awards. Himarsha is also famously known for her role as ‘Unniyarcha’, a legendary warrior and heroine mentioned in a set of ballads from Kerala, South India, in director Jayaraaj’s adaptation of Macbeth, Veeram (2016). [10]Venkatsamy also played a runaway, Sanya, who left her troubled home in Chandigarh for the city of Mumbai in Black Bud (yet to be released). [11]

Roar: Jhumpa (2014) Himarsha was cast as the lead role in Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans (2014), an Indian Hindi-language film written and directed by Kamal Sadanah. She played the role of a tiger tracker and environmental activist Jhumpa. The film starred Abhinav Shukla and Nora Fatehi.[12]

Venkatsamy’s role Jhumpa featured a local girl who grew up in a village in the Sunderbans who devoted her life to protecting the wildlife in the area she grew up in. As a tiger tracker she assists wildlife photographers and brings awareness to the public about these majestic creatures even though she lost her father due to a tiger attack.[13] Her wild and courageous spirit mirrors the tigress. She feels protected and surrounded by the jungle and moves through as if she were a part of it. Jhumpa feels more comfortable with wild animals, than with humans, hence she chooses to be a lone soul in the jungle.

To prepare for the role Himarsha stated she tried to embody the movement of wild cats and watched how trackers studied and learnt the way of the land. She lived in boats on the Sunderbans for 3 months, waking up at 3am to get into hair and make-up to shoot by sunrise. At the location of the shoot Venkatsamy said she had encountered a dangerous situation while doing her own stunt. She swam from one boat to another in the Sundarbans river despite the waters known for crocodiles, snakes and many other dangerous creatures. Himarsha was nominated for best new Actress at the Star Awards for the role of Jhumpa.[14]


  1. ^ "A day in the life of: Sizzling hot Kingfisher model Himarsha Venkatsamy". lifestyle.in.msn.com. 30 November 2009. Archived from the original on 3 December 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  2. ^ "NDTV Good Times: Himarsha Venkatsamy". goodtimes.ndtv.com. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  3. ^ "A swimsuit calender [sic] auditions". The Times of India. 4 September 2010. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  4. ^ "IndiaGlitz - From Kingfisher Model To Lady Of The Jungle In Roar Himarsha Venkatswamy Is Here To Stay! - Malayalam Movie News".
  5. ^ "'My folks are cool about me modelling bikinis'".
  6. ^ "'My folks are cool about me modelling bikinis'".
  7. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/television/i-want-to-do-work-which-i-am-proud-of-himarsha-venkatsamy/
  8. ^ https://bollyspice.com/salman-khan-unveils-trailer-roar-tigers-sundarbans/
  9. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/television/i-want-to-do-work-which-i-am-proud-of-himarsha-venkatsamy/
  10. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/malayalam/movie-reviews/veeram/movie-review/57327141.cms
  11. ^ https://www.filmibeat.com/bollywood/movies/black-bud.html
  12. ^ https://www.koimoi.com/reviews/roar-review/
  13. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/movie-reviews/roar-tigers-of-the-sundarbans/movie-review/44982047.cms
  14. ^ https://www.koimoi.com/reviews/roar-review/

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