Tina Desai

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Tina Desai
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Desai at the Indian Premiere of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2012
Tena Babbar Desae

(1987-02-24) 24 February 1987 (age 32)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2011–present

Tina Desai (born February 24, 1987) is an Indian actress and model. She debuted with the 2011 thriller Yeh Faasley, and went on to star in the action comedy Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande, before making her foreign debut in 2012 in the comedy-drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.[1][2][3] She is also known for her main role in the Netflix series Sense8.

Early life[edit]

Desai was born in Bangalore to a Gujarati Hindu father and a Telugu Hindu mother. She is a graduate in Business Management with a specialization in finance from the National Institute of Management[where?].[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 modeling since 2007 and has featured in over 100 commercials.

She made her acting debut in 2011 in 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] a sequel to the 2011 hit[6] and the Netflix drama Sense8 by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski in which she plays Kala Dandekar.

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.

In 2016, she voiced the character of Ashima in the Thomas & Friends film The Great Race.



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
2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Sunaina English
2015 Sharafat Gayi Tel Lene Megha Hindi
2016 Thomas & Friends: The Great Race Ashima English Voice
2018 Dassehra Aditi Singh Hindi


Year Film Role Language Notes
2015–2018 Sense8 Kala Dandekar English
2018 Thomas and Friends Ashima English Voice


  1. ^ a b "Tena Desae". The Times of India. 18 November 2011. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012.
  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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