Tina Desai

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Tina Desai
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Desai at the Indian Premiere of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2012
Born Tena Babbar Desae
(1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 28)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, Model

Tina Desai (born 24 February 1987) is an Indian actress and model. 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]

Desai was born in Bangalore to a Gujarati father and a Telugu mother. She is a graduate in Business Management with specialisation in finance from National Institute of Management college.[1] She is fluent in five languages—Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, English and Hindi.


Desai first came into the limelight when she participated in the reality show contest Get Gorgeous. Although she did not win the contest, she was offered a contract with Elite Model India Management, which sponsors the reality show, before the eventual winner. She has been modelling 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.[4] In 2015, Desai had major roles in two high-profile English language projects, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,[5] the sequel to the 2011 hit [6] and the Netflix drama Sense8 by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski.

She posed for the 2012 Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar[7] and starred in the Bollywood action thriller film Table No. 21 opposite Rajeev Khandelwal. She appeared in the 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 Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Sunaina English
2015-present Sense8 Kala Dandekar English Netflix
2015 Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene Megha Hindi


  1. ^ a b "Tena Desae". The Times of India. 18 November 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ Pereira, Priyanka (4 March 2012). "Tena Desae is no Freida Pinto". The Indian Express. 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. ^ Walker, Tim (9 February 2012). "Tena Desae, the star of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, looks for love in London". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  5. ^ "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)". IMDb. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Charles Gant. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel brings sunshine back to the UK box office". the Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Jakhar, Deepti (10 January 2012). "Sizzling Beauties of Kingfisher Calendar 2012". India Today. Mail Today. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 

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