Actress Smithaa who has lived most of her life in the US, decided to take a break and go back-packing across the country after the release of her film “The Awakening”. She hitch-hiked, traveled by train, bus and even bullock-cart to see and live the life that the people of Bharat live.
We caught up with Smithaa who is just back from a four-month pan-India back-packing trip for a one-on-one. She covered Rajasthan, Goa, Kerala, Hampi (in Karnataka) and various other parts of South India, she said explaining that she was surprised that she could actually live out her entire life over two months from a back-pack. Actually, Smithaa who is also shooting for some regional movies did make occasional trips back to Mumbai and Pune for her shoots. But these were for a few days at a stretch and as soon as her shoot was over she was back-packing again. According to her publicist and Media Manager, Flynn Remedios, Smithaa has also planned to back-pack across Asia at some point in her life. Right now, she is back to her hectic shooting schedules in Mumbai.
This wasn’t her first time though. Smithaa who is an ace at adventure sports, athletics, also a wine connoisseur by profession, a kayaking trainer, a outdoors biker, a national level swimmer, and a Judo champion has trekked all over the US where she spent most of her life. For a while she was a visiting faculty at the National Institute of Water Sports, Goa for basic white water Kayaking. The gorgeous, vivacious, and energetic girl that she is she has done many fashion shows and walked the ramp for local and national designers in Surat, Goa, Pune, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, and Bangalore. She is a well-known Marathi film actress and is always attending events and functions all over Maharashtra.
Her first introduction to glamour was while doing ad commercials for brands like Nivea Cream, Pepsodent, Maaza, Rema Bulbs, Ricela Cooking Oil, Century Plywood to name a few. Her first attempt at acting was when she did the Marathi Movie “Mumbaicha Dabewala” directed by Manohar Sarwankar. Her entry into mainstream Bollywood began with the international English Crossover Film “The Awakening”. She has also done a silent film for Percept directed by Rahul Kapoor called “My Daddy’s the Strongest” and another untitled film by Ramesh Saini.