Full Name: Nimrat Kaur
Date of Birth: 13 March, 1982
Father: An army office, she lost him in a terror attack in Sri Nagar at an early
Relationship status: Single
Education: DPS Noida. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Sri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi University.
Early Life: She moved to Mumbai in 2004 after her graduation and forayed into the world of modeling and advertising. She first caught the eye of people with ‘Tera Mera Pyaar’ music video from Sony Music.
Film Career: Took off with Peddlers
A Little Known Fact: Even though she is diet conscious, she can eat number of chocolates in one go.
Achievements: Her two films, Peddlers and The Lunchbox made it to the Cannes Film Festival.
Quotable quote: “I am living my dream.”
If somebody’s getting a taste of success of The Lunchbox, it’s the very talented and beautiful Nimrat Kaur. The actress, who played the lead in The Lunchbox, directed by Ritesh Batra opposite Irrfan Khan, is now on the wish-list of some of the biggest directors in Bollywood. She embarks on a rather unusual romance with Irrfan Khan’s character via letters hidden in a lunchbox. The film is set in Mumbai; it has been woven around the dabbawala service of the city. It is a simple story about human emotions. Nimrat Kaur has also melted hearts with the Cadbury’s Silk advertisement.
The beautiful gorgeous Nimrat Kaur was born in Rajasthan. She finally made the inevitable move to Mumbai in 2004 after her graduation and forayed into the world of modeling and advertising. In 2009, Nimrat started her stint with stage acting alongside theatre veteran Sunil Shanbag in a musical at the Prithvi Theatre Festival. Nimrat’s foray into cinema started with Vasan Bala’s Peddlers which was selected for the Cannes Critics’ week in 2012. She then landed the part of Illa in Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox which has been the talking point of every festival it has traveled to – from Cannes to Amsterdam. Where parallels were drawn terming her portrayal as the modern day Charulata.
Nimrat is a huge fan of romantic stories, stories of unrequited love and love stories which do not necessarily follow a said pattern. It is the unpredictability of the script and the unconventionality of the romance in the film that attracts Nimrat. The kind of love that is shown in The Lunchbox is difficult to find in our world. In order to get into Illa’s skin, she simplified her own life by de-cluttering it. Acting without make-up was not an issue for her as it was needed for the role. As she was playing the role of a lonely wife, looking glamorous would not have suited her character.
While The Lunchbox was a strong contender for the Oscars it was The Good Road, a Gujarati film which was chosen as India’s official entry for the prestigious award. Even thought The Lunchbox was not selected as an official entry, it has only gotten better with each passing day. The crowds increase and the likes keep on adding. The box office report does matter and the kind of response the film has garnered is commendable.