Neha Dhupia

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Neha Dhupia
Beauty pageant titleholder
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Dhupia at the L'Oréal Femina Women Awards 2013
Born (1980-08-27) 27 August 1980 (age 36)[1][2]
Kochi, Kerala, India[3]
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2000–present
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Title(s) Femina Miss India Universe 2002
Femina Miss India 2002
Miss Universe 2002
(Top-10 finalist)

Neha Dhupia (born 27 August 1980) is an Indian actress and beauty queen who is predominantly known for her work in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam language films. She was born in Kochi, Kerala in a Sikh family to an Indian Navy Commander. She made her acting debut in a stage play and later appeared in a music video for Euphoria. Dhupia then ventured into modelling.

Dhupia made her screen debut in 1994 Malyalam film Minnaram. Her Hindi film debut came in 2003 with Qayamat: City Under Threat. She subsequently starred in successful films including Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005) and Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007) and also played supporting roles in top grossing Bollywood productions Chup Chup Ke (2006) and Singh is Kinng (2008). In addition to her film career, Dhupia is a winner of the Femina Miss India title (2002).

Early life[edit]

Dhupia was born in Kochi, India to a Punjabi Sikh family.[4][3] Her father, Commander Pradip Singh Dhupia, served in the Indian Navy and mother, Manpinder, (Babli Dhupia) is a homemaker. She went to Naval Public School then transferred to Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi.[2] She graduated from Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi, affiliated to the University of Delhi, with Honours in History.[5]


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 modeled for advertisement campaigns. She then appeared in the TV serial Rajdhani 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.

Dhupia at a press conference at the 13th IIFA Awards

Film career[edit]

Dhupia made her film debut in the 2003 Bollywood film Qayamat: City Under Threat, which had an average performance at the box office. She rose to fame with her role Julie and then appeared in Sheesha (2005) in a dual role of twin sisters but it 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 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 played Eva Braun in the film Dear Friend Hitler about Mahatma Gandhi.

Her most recent films are Paying Guest, Action Replayy, De Dana Dan and Pappu Can't Dance Saala. She has worked on her first international project with Chris Kattan in IFC's Bollywood Hero.

Personal life and off-screen work[edit]

Dhupia has run in the Mumbai Marathon to support the Concern India Foundation and helped to raise over 5 lakhs.[6] She also helped to raise money for victims of the 2011 Sikkim earthquake.[7] She performed at the GR8 Women's Award 2012.[8]

She also participated in the Hiru Golden Film Awards 2014 in Sri Lanka as a special guest along with Bollywood actors such as Sunil Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Anil Kapoor, and actress Bipasha Basu.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
1994 Minnaram Manju Malayalam film
2000 Nattu Odoru! Ninja Densetsu Meena Japanese film
2003 Ninne Istapaddanu Telugu film
Qayamat: City Under Threat Sapna Bollywood debut
Villain Telugu film
Remake of Tamil film Villain
2004 Julie Julie
Rakht: What If You Can See the Future Rhea Trehan Special appearance
2005 Siskiyaan Ayesha Sheikh
Sheesha Sia/Ria Malhotra Double role
Kyaa Kool Hai Hum Dr. Rekha
Garam Masala Maggi
2006 Fight Club – Members Only Komal Special appearance
Teesri Aankh: The Hidden Camera Sapna
Chup Chup Ke Meenakshi Credited as Bandya
Utthaan Kiran Talreja
2007 Delhii Heights Suhana
Ek Chalis Ki Last Local Madhu
Shootout at Lokhandwala Rohini
Heyy Babyy Special appearance in song
Dus Kahaniyaan segment "Strangers in the Night"
2008 Rama Rama Kya Hai Drama Shanti
Mithya Sonam
Kabhi Pyar Na Karna Pakistani film in Urdu
De Taali Sara Special appearance
Singh Is Kinng Julie
Dasvidaniya Neha Dhanot
Maharathi Mallika
2009 Paying Guests Aarti Gupta
Bollywood Hero Lalima Lakhani Indian-American miniseries
De Dana Dan Anu Chopra
Raat Gayi Baat Gayi? Sophia Nominated, Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress
2010 Action Replayy Mona
Phas Gaye Re Obama Munni (Gangster)
2011 Parama Veera Chakra Razia Sultana Telugu film
Dear Friend Hitler Eva Braun Amrapali Media Vision film
Pappu Can't Dance Saala Mahak
2012 Maximum Riyana
I M 24 Sheela
Kismet Love Paisa Dilli Cameo
Rush Lisa Kapoor
2013 Rangeelay Simmy Punjabi film
2014 Double Di Trouble Herself Special appearance in song "Lak Tunu Tunu"
Ungli Teestha
2016 Santa Banta Pvt Ltd Kareena Roy


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Birthday Special: Neha Dhupia's FABULOUS life". Rediff. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  2. ^ a b c "Neha Dhupia Biography". Archived from the original on 30 May 2012. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Touchdown #kochi #kerela ... ( also my place of birth! )". Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Neha Dhupia - It's all about the Bollywood". Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  5. ^ "Shah Rukh Khan collects his degree after 28 years: 10 Bollywood stars who graduated from DU". India Today. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "B-town celeb quotient high at Mumbai Marathon". Times of India. IANS. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Sen, Zinia (2 October 2011). "B'wood going all out to raise money". Times of India. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "The ITA Awards » GR8! Women Achiever Awards". 15 February 2012. Archived from the original on 18 March 2013. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Hiru Golden Film Awards". Retrieved 2016-09-05. 

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Preceded by
Celina Jaitley
Miss India Universe
Succeeded by
Nikita Anand