From the slopes of Uttarakhand to the glitz of Bollywood, the road has been bumpy and not always predictable. Urvashi Rautela has had an arduous trek on her way from winning Miss Diva to becoming a bonafide big screen diva. But after walking the ramp for top designers and appearing in item numbers for the biggest superstars and hits, and of course the recent super hits Hate Story 4 and Race 3, Urvashi Rautela can claim to have made it to the big league.
For this alumni of Gargi College, Delhi, engineering was the first choice. She sat for the IIT exam, but beauty came in the way of her cerebral ambitions and she veered off course. Urvashi shot off a portfolio of her photos for a beauty pageant and the course of her life changed. She won a spate of beauty pageants followed by the big one, representing India at the Miss Universe pageant in 2015.
The road to stardom has been littered, as is the norm, with commercials. But along the way, she’s supported the Save the Cow Campaign and founded the Urvashi Rautela Foundation that helps the less fortunate children in education and health. Gym, yoga and dancing are par for the course for this feisty lass who loves biking, too. She’s the proud owner of a Harley Davidson no less, and is known to take off when the mood strikes. “I would love to own a Ducati or Yamaha YZF R7 or for that matter another Harley as it is my all-time favourite. I like to try new things and have always been interested in cars and bikes since I was a teen. Women riding bikes look blunt and bold, which also defines my personality.”
She gifted herself a Mercedes recently and is happy to talk about her love for luxury cars. “I would love to own a Jaguar, but have a soft corner for Mercedes. I have a Range Rover Evoque, apart from the Mercedes B180. I’d love to have a Ford Mustang in my collection. I love cars like Maserati and Bugatti Veyron; Bentley is one my favourites, too. ”
Life wasn’t rosy always and Urvashi has had to deal with controversies and gossip on her way to the top. “There was this time in my life when things were unpredictable and I decided that instead of grumbling why not learn something new,” she said. “Since then I have been dancing. I live for dance. I would attend dance sessions for hours; that helped me to get back in action.”
Today, she is a star on the big screen, as well as the viral world of the internet and social media. From getting noticed in Yo Yo Honey Singh’s music video Love Dose to top billing in films like Sanam Re and Great Grand Masti, she has proved her mettle.“I don’t think being sexy or bold gets you in a zone of getting only such roles. I think it’s high time people stopped looking (only) at the bold and sexy part, and paid attention to one’s acting and dancing talents as well.”
Fame has also taught her to be more realistic about success and failure. “Frankly, in life there’s no pinnacle of success for me. I’m still in the learning process and love to take up new challenges and new roles; I could never say I’ve made it as I will keep working for more and more everyday.”