Namrata Singh Gujral
Namrata Singh Gujral, an Indo-American actress and producer of Sikh faith, is also a breast cancer survivor and advocate who makes her directorial debut with 1 a Minute. Namrata was diagnosed with breast cancer at a very young age in 2008. With 1 a Minute, she hopes to bring to light, the seriousness and urgency of this disease.
In the acting field, Namrata is the first actress to work in high profile Hollywood and Bollywood projects both in her first year in the industry. Although Namrata's upcoming projects include lead roles in Bollywood's 5 WEDDINGS and TIE THAT BINDS (both due for release in 2011), the role she has garnered rave reviews for, is her portrayal of "Shelley" in the WARNER BROTHERS release, AMERICANIZING SHELLEY, a romantic comedy currently wrapping its global run. Honors for this role range from critical reviews for her performance by Variety and Michael Medved to awards including "Best Female Actor" at CTFF 2008 (shared with Stephen Baldwin).
Namrata also made her singing debut in 2008 with DANCIN' IN THE CLOUDS, a never-been-done-before "Country Rock" meets "Bollywood" style duet, which is being included in the Guinness Book of Records. She cut this single with country star Steve Azar ("Waitin' on Joe" w/ Morgan Freeman) and with this hit single (currently playing on VH1, CMT and MTV), Namrata became the first Eastern artist to make it to CMT and for placing an Eastern language (Hindi) in Country Music for the first time in history!
A 1998 graduate from the University of West Florida, Namrata was born in India, but left at an early age. She moved to Hollywood in 2001 from Florida and was quickly "taft-hartleyed" into the Screen Actors Guild after booking the recurring role of "Fari Bin Ghori" on CBS's THE AGENCY, produced by Wolfgang Peterson ("The Perfect Storm"). This was followed rapidly by castings as "Nurse Kathy", a five year stint, on NBC's PASSIONS (2001-2005) and the role of "Renu Mathur" in Bollywood blockbuster KAANTE with stalwarts Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt.
From the role of Pakistani-American "Saira Ahmed" in CBS's FAMILY LAW (for which Namrata, along with co-stars Tony Danza and Kathleen Quinlan, were Columbia Tristar's official nomination for EMMY AWARDS 2002) to playing the lead role of German-Samoan beauty, Anna Kraus in THE SHARK HUNTER, where she co-starred with Yancy Arias (King Pins; Miss Saigon), Namrata has portrayed a variety of ethnicities in film, television and theater. Namrata's other credits include ABC's DRAGNET, GENERAL HOSPITAL and more. In 2003, Namrata was invited to play a cameo in Dreamwork's HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG. Although the role was small, Namrata found this an opportunity to work with Ben Kingsley and accepted the role in this Oscar winning feature. She also featured in the Denzel Washington starrer TRAINING DAY. Namrata has also lent her voice to the role of "Jaya Kushala", a principal character in Microsoft's X-BOX game QUANTUM REDSHIFT and played principal roles in various commercials for Toyota, Cox and more.
Namrata also serves as President of UniGlobe Entertainment, making her the first among her generation of South Asian-Americans in Hollywood, to successfully affiliate her company with a major Hollywood Studio (WB). She hopes to use her production company's platform to harness the entertainment industry in the fight against cancer.
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