When Netflix dropped the trailer of a dance movie starring one of the biggest pop stars in Hollywood, Sabrina Carpenter, Indians were intrigued watching a brown girl in the ensemble cast of the movie produced by one of the biggest production houses in the world together with American musician Alicia Keys. The character named Priya, is Indiana Mehta, a Gujarati girl from a middle class family in Mumbai who hustled her way to make a promising career in dancing & bagged a meaty role in her Hollywood debut competing with 300 other dancers across America & Canada.
Following in the footsteps of Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan, Deepika Padukone, Indiana Mehta joins the list of those few actors who represent our country on an international platform.
A fun fact, Indiana has had a fleeting tryst with Bollywood too, in a fleeting role in Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’.
After years of practice, Indiana got into World’s no.1 Musical Theatre School in UK with alumni like Victoria Beckham, Ruthi Henshall and many other West End and Broadway stars. Juggling between her practice & some odd jobs, Indiana auditioned for Karan Johar’s ‘ADHM’ & landed a small role as Ranbir Kapoor’s dance teacher.
Indiana recounts her first encounter with Karan Johar, ” On the set, Karan Johar asked to meet me as he had loved my audition video. His exact words were ‘ I LOVED YOUR AUDITION VIDEO’. I was star struck & a naive 24 year old, I sheepishly blurted out ‘Karan I Love You’. He laughed it off. I swore to never talk about this episode ever again, but it was really sweet of him to look out for me,” she quips.