Debina Bonnerjee, from Kolkata, had no dreams of becoming an actress or model or doctor or engineer. In 1994, Debina got inspiration for modeling from Sushmita Sen, who won the Miss Universe. Debina groomed herself as she grew up with looking after her skin and fitness, keeping up to the latest fashion trends, etc. Debina even worked at her studies simultaneously. Debina's parents told her that if she would be good at something, they wouldn't ever turn her down from whatever she wanted to do. So to get their approval for modeling, Debina pushed myself up from a below average student to a rank holder! So one day Debina casually told her parents while reading the advertisement from the news paper about the Ms. Calcutta contest. Debina's mom said no, but her dad agreed. Debina's mom had to give in Tongue.
Debina participated and reached the final 20. But she was out in the first round. Instead of going home, Debina sat through it till the end just to see what the winner had in her that she lacked. Then after that Debina took part in other contests like Lakme which she won, and so did Reshmi Ghosh. Debina took part in the Ms. Calcutta contest again next year and won that one! Debina came to Mumbai with just one suitcase. Before going there, Debina gave her entry for the Ms. Bollywood Contest organized by Sahara and was called to Mumbai. One early morning Debina was walking through Juhu and a director from the South came up to her and asked didn't she go for the auditions he had held for the past four days. The director liked her audition. It was an Anandiyadi production, the house that boasts of Gemini and Sun TV in the South. The director auditioned Debina for the second lead but ended giving her first lead. Debina immediately signed her next film with Shivraj Kumar in Kannada and another in Tamil with Captian Vijaykanth. Serials weren't really on her mind as of that time. Around then, Debina got a 3-D serial offer, but she was not keen on serials. So she rejected it, but after Gurmeet insisted her to try it out, Debina auditioned and took it up. This project even went for the Seon Film Festival and won the first prize in the foreign film category.
After the 3-D serial, Debina was first seen on television screen as Sita in Ramayan. After that, 'Pati Patni aur Woh' came by which Gurmeet and Debina both thought was perfect for them to get out of the mythological characters' moulds, set free and get themselves identified as and by their real names. Debina was next seen on Zor Ka Jhatka as a contestant. Rumers says, Debina may participate Nach Baliye as a contestant along side Gurmeet.
18th April 1983
Edited by JanakiRaghunath - 18 April 2011 at 4:49pm