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Looks, great body not enough to be model: Sandhya

By Viral Bhayani, IANS

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Sandhya Shetty, the latest in a long line of models-turned-actresses, says a pretty face and a great body are not enough to be a successful model.

"To be a successful model, it takes a great amount of intelligence apart from being just a pretty face and a great body," said the dusky Sandhya, who stars in "Love, Sex, Etc." made by debutante director Kallol Sen.

"To achieve one's goal in life, one has to be a self-disciplined and dedicated soul. Modelling is one of the toughest professions in the world. The life of a model is full of disciplined upbringing, habits and sacrifices," Sandhya told IANS in an interview.

The sultry and tall Femina Miss India 2000 finalist is a stunner. She has also been first runner-up in the Vatika Ford Supermodel 2002. No wonder, she has a great career in modelling.

She has featured in advertisements for top brands like Shoppers Stop, Levi's Vocals, Parachute, Filmfare, Femina, Roopam and Digjam.

Sandhya has also appeared in music videos like "Chala jata hoon," "Tere bina nahin jeena" and "Gum hai kisi ke pyar mein".

And there have been films. In acclaimed painter M.F. Hussian's "Meenaxi - A Tale Of 3 Cities", Sandhya played the deglamourised role of a dance teacher who has taken the vow of silence.

"It was a tough role because I had to speak in the film through dance mudras (gestures). I play Tabu's best friend in the film," she said.

She is also a classical singer and a Bharat Natyam exponent, apart from being a seasoned theatre artist.

Sandhya's looks and talent have been recognised outside the country too. She was featured on the cover of London-based fashion magazine Occasions in 2002.

Her beauty captivated Paris-based international photographer Partho Ghosh in 2002. The same year, she featured in French fashion magazine Paris Match and in 2003, she appeared on Point De Vue.

Ghosh shot a series of her photographs for his international exhibition titled "Beautiful Women of The World", held in many international venues.

She knew her calling in life right from her early days in college. Her interest led her to a brief stint in fashion designing to get firsthand knowledge of fashion and styling.

"Fashion modelling is unique in creating great illusions," she noted.

When she is on the ramp, her transformation from an innocent girl to the epitome of seductive elegance is an example of her professionalism. As a model, Sandhya loves to be in front of the camera all the time.

Sandhya believes in the adage of "excel in life". She attributes her success to time-management, her "loving family" and God.


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