She made her debut with Sanjay Gadhvi's Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. The movie was a moderate success and it took Manish Jha's off-beat Matrubhoomi to help Tulip Joshi cement her place in the industry.
"Matrubhoomi got me acclaim. It made people acknowledge that I am an actor," says Tulip. The film has also led to Tulip bagging powerful roles, including that of a suicide bomber in Pooja Bhatt's forthcoming movie, Dhokha. The actor emphasises that Dhokha is an important film in her career.
"I have a fantastic role in the film, which is eye-catching and something that has not been shown before on the Hindi screen," she says.
"I was born on September 11, which is the day that the World Trade Centre bombing took place. Pooja was taken aback when she learnt about this, especially because I play a suicide bomber in the film," says the actor.
Tulip plays a Kashmiri girl married to a policeman played by debutant Muzammil Ibrahim. Portraying her character wasn't easy and Tulip had to prepare hard for the film. Her reel husband later learns that his wife was involved in the bomb blast that takes place "and the story moves on from there", says Tulip, who studied the body language of suicide bombers and also did some research as suggested by Pooja.
The best part about Dhokha is the way the film is presented.
<b1>"Pooja does project a film beautifully. She has a very good sense of art direction and costumes. Had it been somebody else in her place, the film wouldn't have looked so beautiful," says Tulip.
A back injury had kept Tulip out of films for a long time, with her last release, Matrubhoomi, hitting the theatres way back in 2005.
However, Tulip isn't complaining. A film with Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd is coming up and then there is Kabhi Nahin. Talks are also on with Sanjay Gupta. The actor has no regret about changing her image and playing non-glam roles.
"There are different kinds of films. The market is just opening up. There is so much of choice. We are at the right place at the right time," she explains.
Tulip may still be on a sticky wicket in Bollywood, but she stays focused. This will hopefully pay off. The actor is also associated with a lot of social work, but prefers not to speak about it. "I do work with underprivileged children but would rather not elaborate on it," she says.