The supermodel's Moga connection
She has scorched the ramp for almost all the major designers of the country, and is a familiar face thanks to her many commercials on television. Her cameo in Subhash Ghai's 2008 film, Yuvvraj, did not go unnoticed; and instead, instantly landed her an offer to endorse a big cosmetic brand in India. Supermodel Amrit Maghera, a beautiful amalgam of western glamour and Indian simplicity, has been steadily climbing the ladder of success since her shift to India from UK four years ago.
Last week, this Indo-British beauty had the rare chance to visit the origin of her roots, as she came to the state for the Punjab Fashion Week. Born and brought up in London to a British father, Amrit reveals that her mother hails from Moga, and thus half her family is Punjabi.
Though Amrit never visited Punjab during her growing up years - her visits to India were restricted to Delhi where a part of her family lives - she says she has been brought up amid a mix of British and Punjabi tradition. "All the members from my mother's side speak the language.
Punjabi food such as butter chicken, paranthas and chole-samosas have been a regular part of my diet since childhood," she elaborates on the connection.
It was her curiosity to explore her roots better that brought her to Punjab to walk for the fashion show. "I accepted the offer mainly because it gave me a chance to live in Punjab. The people here have been very welcoming and warm," she says of her five-day experience in Ludhiana.
Amrit has visited the state only twice before: once to endorse a cosmetic brand and the second time for a holiday when she paid homage at Sri Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar. "I also
visited the Wagah border and indulged in the famed Amritsari cuisine. The trip was truly amazing," she recalls.
Heavy on the British accent, Amrit is brushing up her Punjabi and Hindi as she aims to get a foothold in Bollywood. "I have done a lot of modelling in India, and feel that I given the field all I could.
I want to now move on to the next step and work in films," she confesses.
Amrit is currently shooting for the film, Someday, touted as India's first international dance movie.
With Sheffield (a quaint university town in England), providing its backdrop, the film also stars Saahil Prem, son of veteran Bollywood journalist Nishi Prem. Interestingly, Amrit is a trained dancer in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, Bollywood and hip-hop and is well versed in singing.