Mink Brar

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Mink Brar
Mink at the launch of Rohhit Verma's flagship store & Marigold Watches.jpg
Mink at the launch of Rohhit Verma's flagship store & Marigold Watches in February 2013
Born
Mink Singh

(1980-11-04) 4 November 1980 (age 38)
NationalityGerman
Other namesMink Singh
OccupationActress, Model, Presenter, Producer
Years active1993–2012
Known forModelling, Indian films, Bigg Boss 6

Mink Brar (born 4 November 1980) is a German-Indian model, actress and producer. Mink is known for her work in Bollywood films and on Indian television shows.[1][2] She participated in the reality show Bigg Boss in 2012.

Life and career[edit]

Mink was born on 4 November[3] 1980[4] in Frankfurt, Germany[5][6] to Punjabi parents[7] who migrated from India to Germany. About her name, Mink says, "It's a very unique name. Mink is an animal that loves water and freedom, and is known for its precious fur."[8] She was raised in Germany.[6] Mink wanted to be a magistrate as a child.[9] She got her education from Germany and completed a bachelor's degree.

Early career[edit]

Veteran actor Dev Anand introduced Mink to the Indian film industry when she was 13.[4][10] She made her debut in the Indian film industry with Dev Anand's Hindi film Pyaar Ka Tarana,[5] which was released in September, 1993. She then appeared in several films like Jung (1996), Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998), Yamraaj (1998), Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999), Ganga Ki Kasam (1999), Maa Kasam (1999), Jwalamukhi (2000), Ajnabee (2001), Zahreela (2001), Pitaah (2002), Chalo Ishq Ladaaye (2002), Border Hindustan Ka (2003), and Oops (2003).[11] She also worked in some regional South Indian films,[12][13] including a Telugu movie, Prematho Raa (2001)[14]

Bro and Sis Productions[edit]

In 2006, Mink turned into a producer and started a production house called Bro and Sis Productions with her brother Punnu Brar. She said in an interview, "Be it films, serials or even event management, we are ready. Bro and Sis Productions will be a complete entertainment house."[13] Their first major work was the movie Katputtli, which was released in August 2006, in which Mink played the lead role.[15] The film, however, failed to do any good business.[16] The production company is presently producing an untitled project.[17]

Music videos[edit]

In February 1999, Mink made a special dance appearance for the song Jumbalakka in the Tamil film En Swasa Kaatre.[18] Mink appeared in the music video Lal Garara, from the movie and album Badal, which was released in February, 2000.[19] In August 2008, her production company released a music album, Ghonghat Mix, in which she acted in the music video, Mujhko Ranaji Maaf Karna.[11][20][21] This music album was Bro and Sis Productions' second major work after the movie Katputtli. Mink said in an interview, "We were so exhausted after making Katputtli that we wanted to make something more enjoyable and easy to do."[22]

Reality television[edit]

She participated in a dance reality TV show Dancing Queen for the TV channel Colors.[23] The show went on air in December 2008. In March 2009, she appeared in Sarkaar Ki Duniya, an adventure reality show on Real, from where she was eliminated in the 17th week in June 2009.[citation needed]

In February 2011, she appeared in sports entertainment reality game TV show, Zor Ka Jhatka - Total Wipeout, on Imagine TV which was hosted by Shahrukh Khan. The show was based on the American reality show Wipeout. She told IANS, "I lost six kilos while I was shooting for Zor Ka Jhatka. I got hurt, but I tried my level best to be in the competition".[24] She next participated in a celebrity reality TV show Bigg Boss Season 6, entering the show in October 2012 as a wild card contestant. She said in an interview with PTI, "I am not here for getting a new platform because Bigg Boss is a show which can make somebody popular or destroy their image. I would not like to come out as an aggressive or a crazy person."[17] She was voted out from the Bigg Boss house in December, 2012. Talking about her experience in the show, after her exit, she said in an interview with The Times of India, "It was a life time experience, it's a mixture of all good and bad and everything that even don't exits I would say."[25]

Controversies[edit]

  • In July 2011, a few media reports suggested that Mink has acted in a Hollywood porn film titled Desert Queen in the United States.[26] The posters of the film, featuring Mink, were put up at various locations in Los Angeles. Mink denied having acted in any such project. She said in an interview with The Times of India, "I was shocked. I cried a lot. Though the poster has my photo, I am not in the film. I just want to ask all those who have done this, do they have a proof that it's me?"[27]
  • In August 2011, a video surfaced where Mink was seen kissing a South African woman in a swimming pool.[28] The video went viral in India. Reacting to the video, Mink admitted that she is a lesbian, however, she later withdrew her statement saying she was hungover when she said that and remarked, "I am not a lesbian. I was so drunk in the party that I could have smooched anybody in front of me. It was like a moment that just came and I acted on it."[28]
  • Media reports indicated in January 2013, while distributing blankets to homeless people with her brother in Versova, Mumbai, Mink spotted a veteran photographer Jagdish Mali, who is also the father of Bollywood actress, Antara Mali, in a semi-nude dishevelled & disoriented state. Mink said, "I looked out of the window and immediately recognized him. I stopped the car and walked up to him with my brother who got him a pair of shorts & a T-shirt."[29] About his condition, Mink elaborated, "He was covered with faeces and looked as though he had not eaten in a while. He seemed very disturbed and completely disconnected." It was reported that Mink made sure he reached home safely and contacted Salman Khan for assistance.[30] However, Jagdish's family and friends said that his condition was absolutely fine, though he was diabetic, and Mink was manipulating this issue to the press to get publicity, and that they could take legal action against Mink for spreading wrong information.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Mink was raised in a conservative and protective environment, with her family trying to inculcate in her traditional Indian values instead of western mores.[32] Her immediate family consists of her mother and brother named Punnu Brar, who is three years older to her.[32]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Pyar Ka Tarana Chanda Debut in film industry
1996 Jung Ram/Billa's girlfriend
1997 Chandralekha Special appearance
1998 Saat Rang Ke Sapne Bhanwari
Yamraaj Asha
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Special appearance Appeared in a song
1999 Raja Kumarudu Special Appearance Telugu film
Appeared in the song "Bollywood Balaraju Ni"
Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain Anita
Maa Kasam Anu
Ganga Ki Kasam Rani
En Swasa Kaatre Special appearance Tamil film
Appeared in the song "Jumbalakka"
2000 Jwalamukhi Roma
Badal Special appearance Appeared in the song "Lal Garara"
2001 Piriyadha Varam Vendum Special appearance Tamil film
Appeared in the song "Vasco Da Gama"
Prematho Raa Bharati Telugu film
Ajnabee Real Sonia
Zahreela Special appearance
Appeared in the song "Jara Chakh Le"
Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Sukeshini
2002 Holi Special appearance in the song "Chamak Cham" Telugu film
Raaz Nisha Malini evil Spirit died / Disha Twin looks allike / Shaina dharaj Raaz 5
Pitaah Naina
Chalo Ishq Ladaaye Bobby
2003 Border Hindustan Ka Manjeet
Oops Sonia
Apudapudu Special appearance in the song "wahawahwa hawa" Telugu film
2006 Katputtli Lisa First film as producer

Television[edit]

Year Name Role Channel Notes Ref
2009 Dancing Queen Contestant Colors TV
2011 Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout Imagine TV
2012 Bigg Boss 6 Colors TV Wild Card

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Desai, Purva (3 November 2012). "Everyone playing safe in Bigg Boss: Mink Brar". Times of India.
  2. ^ "Mink Fresh!". The Hindu. 24 July 2006.
  3. ^ "Will Mink Brar's birthday be lucky for her?". The Times of India. TNN. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Mink Brar Revlealed" (PDF). Enlighten India: 22–23. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Mink in the House". The Indian Express. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  6. ^ a b Shahryar, Faridoon (20 June 2006). "Kathputli - Treatment Note". Indiaglitz. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Navjot Singh Sidhu is opinionated, says Mink Brar". Mid Day. 2 November 2012. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Mink The Name". Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  9. ^ Monga, Richa (24 January 2009). "Bikini, no big deal for Mink". The Times Of India. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  10. ^ Pitale, Sonali Joshi (2 November 2012). "I want to be in Salman's good books: Mink Brar". Mid Day. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  11. ^ a b Tuteja, Joginder. "Mink resurfaces in a hot-n-sizzling number". Bollywood Trade News Network. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  12. ^ "Reviews : Movie Reviews : Prematho Raa". Telugucinema.Com. 6 September 2002. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Mink fresh!". The Hindu. 24 July 2006. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  14. ^ "Prematho Raa". SPICE-Vienna. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Katputhli (Hindi Movie)". WhereInCity. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  16. ^ "Mink Brar's Sunny plans with Deol". Business of Cinema. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  17. ^ a b "Not in 'Bigg Boss' for publicity: Mink Brar". Business Standard. Press Trust of India (PTI). 3 November 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  18. ^ "Jumbalakka". navalove on Youtube. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  19. ^ ""Lal Garara" Badal Ft. Rani Mukherjee, Bobby Deol". T-Series' official Youtube page. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  20. ^ "Mink Brar". Times of India - Celebs. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  21. ^ Ghoonghat Mix.
  22. ^ Hot Minks Ghoonghat Mix Music Launch. Event occurs at 0:45.
  23. ^ "Shveta Salve Returns to Television with an Entry Into 'Dancing Queen'". Sify News. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  24. ^ "Mink lost six kg while shooting for Zor Ka Jhatka". Sify Movies. 21 February 2011.
  25. ^ Bhopatkar, Tejashree (8 December 2012). "Nothing is natural in Bigg Boss-Mink Brar". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  26. ^ LALWANI, VICKEY (21 July 2011). "Mink Brar's B-grade Hollywood debut". The Times of India/Mumbai Mirror. Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  27. ^ Nayak, Elina Priyadarshini (24 July 2011). "I haven't done porn Hollywood film: Mink Brar". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  28. ^ a b Banerjee, Soumyadipta (12 August 2011). "Kissing a girl doesn't make me a lesbian: Mink Brar". DNA. DNA. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  29. ^ Dubey, Bharati (15 January 2013). "Senior Bollywood photographer found loitering semi-naked". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  30. ^ LALWANI, VICKEY (16 January 2013). "Man who immortalised Rekha rescued from streets". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  31. ^ "Legal action against Mink Brar for "misinformation" about Jagdish Mali". NDTV Convergence Limited/(Indo-Asian News Service). 19 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  32. ^ a b "Boss Live 24X7 : Web Exclusive". Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.

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