Punjab is my homeland: Actress Simran Kaur Mundi


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By Neeru Saluja

As the sun shone on June long weekend, a few desi stars also made Sydney shine with their starry presence at the Desi Mela. The main attraction was actress-cum-model Simran Kaur Mundi who stole the show with her sheer beauty, elegance and Punjabi touch.
At a meet and greet at Curry Lovers restaurant at Epping, thanks to SWRG events we got to meet the actress who was also the Femina Miss India Universe in 2008. Standing tall at 5’10”, actress Simran Kaur looked every inch a model in her designer pink jumpsuit cape.
Prior to joining the film industry, Simran Kaur was a successful model and has also walked the red carpet for the Cannes film Festival. She has acted in Bollywood, Tollywood and Punjabi film industries and was recently in news for starring opposite comedian Kapil Sharma in ”˜Kis Kis ko Pyaar Karoon’.

Simran, tell us a bit about your journey from fashion, films to being a Punjabi?

I was working at a multiplex as a guests relation executive selling tickets to celebrities. I was a normal girl doing normal things. Someone from the Miss India contest spotted me while watching a film at the multiplex and asked me if I would like to participate in the Miss India contest. I have always admired Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen and Priyanka Chopra but never dreamt to fit in their shoes! I took a few days until I decided to enter the contest.
That was the moment that changed my life. Since I won the title, it’s been a rollercoaster ride. I enjoyed being a part of the fashion industry and am equally enjoying being a part of the film industry. But I’m a Punjabi at heart. Though I grew up in Mumbai, I wanted to do Punjabi films so I can get back to my roots. It’s like a homecoming for me.

Many ex-Miss India’s land up in Bollywood. Do you consider it as an easy ticket to Bollywood?

It’s not an easy ticket but it does make the entry easier. I never wanted to do films. For me, entering into the film industry was an adventurous trip. To stay in this industry involves a lot of hard work and struggle and I faced a lot of challenges.
Every time I have to face an audience or come on stage, I always have butterflies in my stomach as you never know what you will expect. This is one feeling that I want to hold on as it keeps me in check.

How was it working with the most sought after celebrity and comedian ”“ Kapil Sharma?
Kapil is a comedian. And Kapil and romance don’t go together! I remember we were shooting a romantic song in Rajasthan and I was wearing this gorgeous dress. I was getting in the zone of romancing Kapil. But he walks in and we start laughing. Our director had to tell us that this is not a comic scene but a romantic scene. Kapil is an amazing person and it was a great experience working with him.

What message would you like to give to youngsters who would like to follow your path?

You need a lot of discipline in life. You have to get up at a certain time, work out and control your diet. There is a lot of pressure and you are always judged. You are constantly on the radar and these are the things that one needs to keep in mind before making the big leap.

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