Uppekha Jain

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Uppekha Jain
Born (1986-03-24) 24 March 1986 (age 35)
Jammu, Kashmir, India
Nationality Canadian
OccupationActress, model, anchor
Years active2007–present
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)

Uppekha Jain (born 24 March 1986) is a Canadian actress, model, TV anchor, writer, dancer and spoken word artist. She is the first Canadian to essay a permanent role on prime time Indian television, in Star Plus' top rated soap opera Saath Nibhaana Saathiya . She played the conniving, NRI daughter-in-law, Monika Modi, bent on creating havoc in the Modi household from early 2016 to mid-2017. Uppekha is also internationally known for her viral video #Rap Against Rape (a spoken word rap she wrote & performed), that created worldwide waves shaming rape culture in India. Uppekha was crowned Miss India Worldwide Canada in 2008 and went on to bag the 1st princess Miss India Worldwide title in 2010.

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Career & Early Life

Uppekha Jain was born in a Jain family in Jammu. She grew up in the Greater Toronto Area and though studious, she was always encouraged to explore the arts. Jain is an accomplished kathak and bharatnatyam dancer, having performed across the world as a Company A dancer with Toronto's finest Classical Indian Dance Institute Sampradaya Dance Creations, under the tutelage of the renowned Lata Pada. Jain spent her teenage years in Mississauga enrolled in the International Business & Technology program at Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School and later transferred to The Woodlands School. She graduated high school at the top of her class and was admitted into the BBA program at Wilfrid Laurier University. After graduating with honours, Uppekha was hired as an Associate Brand Manager at Cadbury Adams, where she worked for just over a year before quitting her promising corporate career to pursue her passion for the arts. While working at Cadbury, Uppekha continued to perform with her dance group and also enrolled in various acting courses including with Toronto's renowned Sear's & Switzer Acting School. It was at that time she won the Miss India Worldwide Canada and Miss India Worldwide 1st Princess titles in 2008, 2009. She also went home with the titles of Miss Beautiful Smile & Miss Talented. Soon after came a role in the Mike Myers and Jessica Alba-starrer The Love Guru . Following which, she acted in various commercials in the GTA. But Mumbai called and Jain packed her bags and moved to the City of Dreams in 2011.[ citation needed ]

While navigating her way across unknown plains in Mumbai, Uppekha was lucky to bag her very first commercial/ad opposite Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. There after came a slew of ads for various brands and with various Bollywood stars, including Hoppits with Priyanka Chopra, Yardley and Line App with Katrina Kaif, Just Dance with Hrithik Roshan, Simply Learn with Irfan Khan and various others for household brands including Parle, Dove, Pantene, Maruti, Karbonn Mobile, Blackberry, Mumbai Midday, Koryo, and others.

Uppekha acted in leading roles for the independent features [The Interview] and Moods of Crime, and a supporting role in Yash Raj Films first Y Film Luv Ka The End . Uppekha also built a successful career as a live show anchor/emcee, hosting over 300 events for various corporate, celebrity and televised shows both in Indian and internationally. She is a sought after celebrity anchor in Indian and North America today.

In addition to film acting, Uppekha is also a theater actress and was a permanent cast member of the Indian rendition of Eve Ensler's off-Broadway play Emotional Creatures , a play that shed light on atrocities and the secret lives of girls across the world. She also performed in various other theatre productions in India.

In 2015 Uppekha wrote, co-produced and performed in a YouTube video entitled #RapAgainstRape that garnered international acclaim from top publications including The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NRI Tribune, [1] Cosmopolitan and a host of other publications as well as news shows. The video slammed misogyny and the regressive mindset still present in India while bringing awareness to the atrocities women face and including rape, assault and hypocrisy in India. [2]

In 2016 Uppekha bagged the permanent cast role on Star Plus's long-running hit soap opera Saath Nibhana Saathiya . Her conniving yet fashionable character of Monika Modi struck a chord with audiences and the mother-in-law + daughter-in-law "jodi" with co-star Lovey Sasan became widely popular. In March 2017 though, both Lovey and Uppekha decided to quit the show. According to sources, Jain was not happy with the track of her character.

Filmography

Films
YearFilmLanguageCharacterNotes
2007Kaali Ma Hindi Lead actress and dancerShort film
2008 The Love Guru EnglishdancerCameo
2009I Do. Do I?EnglishPriyaIndependent short film
2013The InterviewPriyaLead Role
2014Luv Ka The EndMayaSupporting Role
2015Moods of CrimeHindiPooja DesaiLead role
2017Tales of Sin: TrophyLead RoleFilming
2018Forgive Me, FatherLead RoleMarianna
Television
Year(s)SeriesChannelCharacterNotes
2016–17 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya Star Plus Monika Samar ModiSupporting role

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References

  1. "Rap against rape: Two Indian women share YouTube song with strong message". 19 March 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. "Brave, fearless, fiery and flawless: This poem on the 'modern day woman' celebrates today". 8 March 2016.