Himarsha Venkatsamy

  • Actor

Feb 15, 1984

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Himarsha Venkatsamy is an Indian model and actress, who rose to fame after winning the Kingfisher Calendar Hunt in 2010. This recognition got her to star in the 2014 Hindi film Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans, under the direction of Kamal Sadanah.

Early life
Born in Durban, South Africa, to South African parents of South Indian origin, Himarsha started modelling at the age of 13. She attended the Westville Girls’ High School and later pursued a physiotherapy degree from Wits Medical School in Johannesburg. She always had an interest in performing arts and so trained in dance from the Durban School of Art and Music. She took up modelling assignments to support her studies, but her liking for it urged her to pursue modelling professionally. Her inclination towards the Bollywood industry got her to move to Mumbai with her sister. She was part of Lakme Fashion Week in 2009, however, winning the Kingfisher Calendar Girl Hunt 2010 was her shot to fame.

Personal life
Himarsha got married to her long-term boyfriend Vijesh Patel in 2016.

Movie career
Himarsha entered Bollywood with a special appearance in the Sonam Kapoor - Imran Khan starrer romantic drama I Hate Luv Storys (2010), but had an uncredited role in it. However, her debut in the industry was the 2014 film Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans, under the direction of Kamal Sadanah. Even though the movie managed to gather only mixed reviews and a decent run at the box office, it gained praises for excellent visual effects. Himarsha played the lead role of Jhumpa alongside Abhinav Shukla and Achint Kaur.

The actress also starred in the 2017 trilingual film Veeram, directed by Jayaraj. This epic historical drama is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, titled Macbeth. It is also the fifth installment of Jayaraj's Navarasa series. It is the story of Chandu Chekavar, a 13th century North Malabar warrior, played by Kunal Kapoor. The movie was simultaneously shot in Malayalam, English, and Hindi, with the same title.

Television career
Himarsha featured in the game show Deal or No Deal as a briefcase model when she was in South Africa. She has worked in a few ad films, and also was seen in a music video for a French band titled salsedo for Euro MTV. Himarsha gained popularity among Indian television audiences when she featured in the Fox Life TV show Life Mein Ek Baar season 2.