Neha Dhupia was born on August 27, 1980 in Cochin, India. Neha was born in a Sikh family and was brought up in New Delhi. She finished her schooling from Army Public School and completed her undergraduate studies from Jesus and Mary College.
Neha’s father, Commander Pradip Singh Dhupia, was a Commander in the Indian Navy and her mother is called Manpinder. Neha has a brother named Hardeep who is a pilot with a private airlines, Jet Airways, in India.
Neha shot to fame after winning the Miss India beauty pageant in 2002. She went on to represent India in Miss Universe. However, she did not win but was amongst the top ten contestants. Prior to winning the coveted Miss India crown Neha used to model. She has done ad campaign for famous brands like Pepsi, Reebok, LG, Mitsubishi Lancer and Gillette. She had also acted in a TV serial called Rajdhani and a music video titled Euphoria.
Neha made her debut into Bollywood with Harry Baweja’s film called Qayamat. She starred in this opposite Ajay Devgan and Suniel Shetty. This was an action packed thriller and was the launch pad for Neha. She went on to act in Police Force with Akshay Kumar, Tabu and Amitabh Bachchan. Neha then decided to do a bold role in Julie which is a Deepak Shivdasani’s film. Here Neha plays a challenging role of a young girl who ends up becoming a prostitute.
In 2005 Neha had two hits – Kya Kool Hai Hum and Garam Masala. Though these film were hits, Neha did not have significant roles in them. Today, Neha is considered a symbol in Bollywood. Neha says that acting and modeling are two different things and she has no qualms about acting in films that want her to dance around trees.
However, Neha has taken a career one step forward. It was reported in October 2006 that Neha had just finished doing a high profile American television commercial for a line of luxury skincare products. The commercial was shot in Beverley Hills and was directed by Tim Mewton, who is known as one of the most innovative and creative directors in television. The name of the product is still under wraps.
Neha has joined the list of famous brand ambassadors for Police, the international eyewear and watch company. Neha joins like of Bruce Willis, George Clooney and David Beckham who are brand ambassadors for Police.