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

Published: August 21, 2014


Picture 1 of 14

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

VANCOUVER DESI

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.

Related Stories:


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,





Featured

prv0122Nfashion01

Passion for fashion turned into day job for Surrey clothing designer

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Surrey’s Davi Bains-Gill never thought her love for fashion and design could be her livelihood. She pursued a career in social…
Continue Reading »

five hole main

Donated equipment from Vancouver on its way to hockey-mad northern India

KENT SPENCER VANCOUVER DESI The neat thing about a Canadian effort to donate hockey equipment to the Himalayas is that there is a lot of…
Continue Reading »

DEVGAN

Hindi superstar Ajay Devgan to shoot parts of Bollywood blockbuster in Alberta

ERIC VOLMERS CALGARY HERALD A highly anticipated Bollywood film will be using the snowy mountains of Alberta as a backdrop for a three-month shoot. Shivay, scheduled to begin shooting…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

prv0122Nfashion01

Passion for fashion turned into day job for Surrey clothing designer

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Surrey’s Davi Bains-Gill never thought her love for fashion and design could be her livelihood. She pursued a career in social…
Continue Reading »

NHL announces that World Cup of Hockey will return next year in Toronto

By Stephen Whyno THE CANADIAN PRESS COLUMBUS, Ohio — The World Cup of Hockey is back with a new format as the NHL seeks to…
Continue Reading »

NHL announces that World Cup of Hockey will return next year in Toronto

By Stephen Whyno THE CANADIAN PRESS COLUMBUS, Ohio — The World Cup of Hockey is back with a new format as the NHL seeks to…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

shiamak

Bollywood dance guru Shiamak Davar gets Canadian dignitaries grooving with a dance lesson

VANCOUVER DESI A number of Canadian dignitaries got their very own personal dance lesson from the guru of Bollywood dance himself, Shiamak Davar, while attending…
Continue Reading »

FILE PHOTO: A nine-year-old Palestinian girl  suffering from scoliosis sits as her mother shows her back x-ray as she is treated by U.S. pediatric orthopedic surgeon Hugh Watts (L) February 18, 2004 at Al-Quds hospital, in Gaza City. Abid Katib/Getty Images

Seven-year-old Scoliosis patient in Western India cured by revolutionary surgery

IANS Mumbai  – A seven-year-old girl in Mumbai suffering from Scoliosis is the first in Western India to successfully undergo a new and revolutionary procedure…
Continue Reading »

Rashida Samji

Former Vancouver notary public fined $33 million for fraud related to multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme

JAMES KELLER THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER — A former notary in Vancouver who allegedly spent almost a decade collecting at least $100 million from investors…
Continue Reading »

South Asian senior woman gets PR

After years of lobbying, 84-year-old South Asian woman secure in Canada

JEFF BELL TIMES COLONIST VANCOUVER ISLAND — Surjit Bhandal, the 84-year-old Saanich woman whose family successfully fought for her to be able to stay in Canada, has…
Continue Reading »

desi dance

Theatre school project still resonates 11 years later for Port Moody’s Anita Majumdar

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Port Moody’s Anita Majumdar had no idea her final theatre school project more than 10 years ago would end up defining…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Indian Bollywood film actress Jacqueline Fernandez poses during the launch of Scholl's latest innovation in foot care in Mumbai on January 22, 2015. AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

Do you want to travel to Dubai with Jacqueline Fernandez?

DIBYOJYOTI BAKSI HINDUSTAN TIMES Several actors nowadays are known to take an active interest in the promotion strategies of their films. Another actor, who has…
Continue Reading »

DEVGAN

Hindi superstar Ajay Devgan to shoot parts of Bollywood blockbuster in Alberta

ERIC VOLMERS CALGARY HERALD A highly anticipated Bollywood film will be using the snowy mountains of Alberta as a backdrop for a three-month shoot. Shivay, scheduled to begin shooting…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is pictured here in a still from his latest espionage thriller, Baby. The movie has been banned in Pakistan. HANDOUT.

Akshay Kumar’s latest film Baby banned in Pakistan

HINDUSTAN TIMES Akshay Kumar’s espionage thriller Baby, which centres around an Indian spy’s mission to capture a terrorist from a West Asian nation, has been…
Continue Reading »