Bollywood actress from Britain still finds time to help her parents at their corner shop (w/gallery)

Published: August 21, 2014

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Indian actress Geeta Basra arrives at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFAs) ceremony at the Hallam Arena in Sheffield, northern England, 09 June 2007. The IIFA awards, known as the Bollywood Oscars, which run to 10 June 2007, are taking place in Yorkshire and will likely be watched on television by some 500 million people around the world. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

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British actress Geeta Basra, who made a name for herself in Bollywood with three major films, still helps her parents at their local corner shop in Portsmouth when she’s not on a film set or the red carpet, the Daily Mail reported.

Born and raised in Portsmouth, Geeta, 30, moved to Mumbai to pursue her dreams when she was 18.

She landed her first role in Bollywood film ‘Dil Diya Hai’ in 2006. Since then, she worked with top actors Emraan Hashmi in ‘The Train’ and Arshad Warsi and Soha Ali Khan in her latest film ‘Mr Joe B. Carvalho’, which released this year.

A Bollywood fan from childhood, Geeta began singing and dancing when she was just 2-years-old. “I’ve been a huge fan of Indian films forever. I’ve always wanted to be a part of it but because I’m from Portsmouth I never thought it would be possible,” she says.

According to her father Rakesh, his customers have no idea they are being served by a Bollywood star. “None of my customers know I have a famous daughter – we keep it very quiet,” he told the Daily Mail.

Geeta credits her parents’ support for being able to pursue her dreams. According to the Daily Mail, she gave up her plan to become a criminal psychologist to follow in the footsteps of her favourite Bollywood actress and idol, Madhuri Dixit.

Geeta joined an acting school in India and got an agent for herself. “I was very lucky and I really enjoyed it,” she says.

Geeta has also appeared in a music video and landed two more films, one in Hindi and one in Punjabi.

But she has not forgotten her roots. According to the Daily Mail, Geeta still finds time to help her family at their shop in her home town, which her parents have been running for 23 years.

“I’m proud to be from Portsmouth and love this city. I love going to the seafront and all the greenery we have. It’s all a lot more calm and peaceful compared to hectic Mumbai,” Geeta says.

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