You could say that Auritra Ghosh is another in the long and illustrious line of models making a transition to films but you would be wrong. You might have seen Auritra in commercials for Ariel, Cornetto, Ponds and Tata Nano, to name just a few, but she has always had more talent than the average pretty face. Her Bengali lineage coupled with the opportunities of Delhi where she grew up provided for a great base to develop skills in painting and Kathak dancing. At school she was also an athletics star, specializing in sprints and especially the long jump, for which she won several trophies.
After university, she joined Ashley Lobo’s well-known performing arts academy The danceworx training in jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary dance to complement her earlier training in Kathak. She soon graduated to a full time position with the academy picking up training along the way from renowned dance teachers across the world and even represented India in the Fontys International Festival of Contemporary Dance in the Netherlands in 2007. At the same time she was appearing in theater productions such as Lushin Dubey’s Salaam India and About Nothing with theater and performing with the great BarryJohn.
Two years later, though, she made the long jump to Mumbai so that she could devote herself fully to acting. Modeling and television appearances started to flow including a 4 episode show on CNN-IBN called Fitness First in Delhi just before she moved to Mumbai. She also choreographed stage and screen performances including the video of the anthem for World Peace Day endorsed by Nelson Mandela, featuring 22 countries and titled Love Sees No Colour; television commercials for LG Lead India, Sony Ericsson and Monte Carlo; choreographed and performed at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.
Her first foray into the world of Hindi film was as assistant to Ashley Lobo on the sets of U, Me Aur Hum but her spark could not be contained behind the camera alone.
In 2011, she will be making her debut in the first production for Dia Mirza and Zayed Khan’s production unit Born Free entertainment in a pivotal role of Gayatri, a character whose enthusiasm and sheer spirit of being is enough to inspire joy in the lives of others around her. Pretty much, one would say, like Auritra herself.