Joined: 07 December 2005
|Showbiz sisters Neha and Nisha Sareen still share rooms and take time off from their hectic schedules to catch up with one another|
One is a model-turned-veejay, and the other is an actress, who is making her first tentative moves towards the small screen. Neha and Nisha Sareen fight like most sisters but still share rooms so they can catch up on gossip or just stay up late and watch episodes of Friends together. They were born and brought up in Mumbai, and Neha moved to the United States after her 10th standard to study. At Ohio State University, she juggled economics, psychology and theatre and her experiences there convinced her to take her chance in the world of glamour. Once back home, she worked as a model and now hosts the popular show Page 3 on Zoom TV. Nisha, who graduated from Mumbai University started her acting career in theatre. Her two plays — My Best Friend's Wedding and Black With Equal have been very successful and will be travelling to other cities soon. She also played a part in Samar Khan's debut film Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye. She's also in the Star TV soap K Street Pali Hill, and is now ready to take on Bollywood.
Neha on Nisha
As far as I can remember, Nisha always wanted to be an actress, ever since she was three years old. Since our mother has been in theatre for so many years, and since the environment at home is so artistic and creative, the acting bug bit Nisha early. She has always been creative, active and out-going. I, on the other hand, was a bit of an introvert and academically-inclined by nature.
Nisha is very emotional, impulsive and has a fierce need to express herself in some way or the other. As a performer, she is excellent. On any given platform, she has the ability to get noticed. As a child, she was always the life and soul of any party or gathering. Her spontaneity is what I love.
We have gone through all the emotions sisters go through. Since I am the younger one, Nisha had to take care of me. And I would inevitably tag along with her to her parties with her friends and do stuff she was doing. In the process, we befriended each other's friends and have gotten closer. Even today, with both of us having hectic schedules, we take time out to meet up over a cup of coffee or a DVD.
Despite having grown up, we still share the same room. When I had gone to the US to study for five years, Nisha had taken over the room completely. So, now that I am back we do get on each other's nerves at times, like I hate Nisha's habit of messing up the room. I am a perfectionist while Nisha is the chilled out kind.
If I have to be somewhere the next day at nine in the morning, I'll think about it, plan my night and set the alarm. While Nisha in the same situation will be partying till four in the morning and yet make it. Although we come from the same background, we are extremely different in our approach and attitude towards life.
Nisha on Neha
As a child, Neha was very fat — almost 85kg! In contrast, I was very scrawny. So, despite being the elder one, I was always the one to be on the receiving end during fights. But the minute I called her 'fatty', she would burst into tears. That's the way I have evened out several fights with Neha as a child. Unlike me, Neha was academically inclined. She was very studious and a little shy as a child.
But now when I see her on TV, I realise how much she has changed. She is so much more confident and comfortable with herself. The TV experience has definitely helped her but it is her education abroad that really defined her personality. She was very focused about what she wanted to study, so she went to the United States for her undergraduate studies. The five-year stint of living alone, adjusting to life there — all contributed to make Neha what she is today.
She is always going to be my little sister. I still treat her like that but the day she walked down the aisle to get her graduation certificate, I had goose bumps as I realised that Neha had grown up. Since she was studious and good in studies, I always thought she would pursue a more academic career. None of us were prepared when she announced that she planned to join the world of glamour. I kept telling her to think it out, as things are very different in India. But she was sure and luckily she is doing very well.
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