of a Polish mother and a Bengali father on an April
at the age of sixteen, by Maureen Wadia, through
her Glad Rags magazine, nearly ten years ago.
seduced us from the cover, dressed in nothing
more than a red Baywatch - style swimsuit.
only form of dieting is by cutting out rice, "roti"
and white bread from her meals. Walking is one
of her passions too. According to her "Apart
from the exercise value, it's a great way to unwind".
absolutely hates ramp modeling, she tells us."I'm
not very tall, I don't have the height and somehow
I just never gelled with it"
went on to host "BPL OYE!", which was
the most watched show on Channel [V]. She even
did a cameo role opposite flop-actor Rahul Roy.
resurrected her career with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's
"Afreen Afreen" music video. in which
she tempted and seduced the strikingly handsome
disappeared from the modeling scene giving rise
to a host of Rumours. Some say her house got robbed
and her invalid mother and aging father were roughed
up. Others say she died of a drug over dose. Yet
others said that her boyfriend (?) at the time,
Sanjay Narang, of The Ambassador Flight Kitchen,
had beaten her up so savagely, you could barely
recognize her. None of which was true.She had
simply gone back home to Canada for a breather.She
returned after a year to India and started concentrating
more on promoting art and young artists. Apart
from a few close friends, no one knew she was
came back with a vengeance
the recent Lakme, Sprite, Matiz, Monte Carlo,
and the Garden ad Campaigns.
She has appeared on the cover of the latest Great
Looks, Elle and Femina magazines.
is even seen in Daler Mehendi's music video, riding
pillion on a motorbike. She is anchoring Star
Movies' Star Biz with Kelly Dorjee.
shows is not off the cards for her. Having compared
the Screen Awards and the Derby Fashion Nite where
the latter was absolutely unscripted and impromptu.
She has just signed up and finished shooting Vikram
Bhatt's next film "Kasoor" opposite
has been appointed the ambassador in India for
does not want to be known only as a model or a
TV personality or a film actress. Rather she want
a balance between all these worlds because she
believes "all these things build one on top
of the other".
She's recently taken up the pen and begun writing
for Indian publications. Cosmopolitan, The Times
group of publications and The Indian Express are
just a few of the publications she has written
Her ambition is to be a novelist, with a base
reports suggest that Lisa's second movie is in
the pipe line. This one again directed by Vikram
Bhatt and starring Dino Morea opposite Lisa.
That body - green eyes, amazing bust, sleek contours
and impossible legs, those green eyes and winsome
smile! A lethal combination, if there ever was
one. You're looking at the person who hit the
jackpot the very first time she did a modelling
assignment. Lisa Ray started young, at 16, and
her first campaign was for Bombay Dyeing.
day, she was gone. As usual. Then suddenly, she's
back again. As usual. Breathtakingly beautiful.
accident forced Lisa to take a sabbatical, away
from the bright lights, make-up and Mumbai. She
set off for home in Canada. Lisa came back to
Mumbai, and walked right on to the sets of Channel
[V]'s BPL-Oye. And you couldn't have missed her
in Nusrat Fateh Ali's music video for 'Afreen'.
will she leave Mumbai again? As Lisa insists:
"Hey, I'm hooked on this city!"
the sabbatical, Lisa also went to Canada - where
she was born and brought up. Born of a Bengali
father and Polish mother, she returns to that
faraway land often "to immerse myself in
family, take a course or two, catch up on shopping
and friends, realign myself to that life again.
Canada's a great destresser..."
time, she brought back a whole new way of eating.
"I'm the opposite of a health nut, I love
food and I eat like a sow, but now I'm an enthusiastic
convert to Dr Berry Sears' concept of eating in
'The Zone'. This largely involves reducing simple
carbohydrates in your diet to lose weight and
regain energy. I used to laugh at other people
talking about things like this, but my energy
levels are just soaring... I sound just like one
of those fanatics," she laughs, then hams
on, "Finding out about the Zone has been
the most exciting thing in my life - what a life,
it has been an exciting life for the woman whose
beauty first saw her model for Bombay Dyeing at
16, scorch the covers of Glad Rags in the interim
and whose most recent appearance in the video
for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Aafreen almost set
the small screen smoking.
her own beauty, she says, "People don't realise
how much other people work at making you look
good. A lot of magic happens behind the scenes..."
And Lisa believes her USP as a model comes from
being a great canvas for the magic to work on.
"I think I'm completely flexible. I can be
made to look very different every time - that's
my special contribution to any project. I can
look young and innocent, or do a great vamp look;
very, very foreign or absolutely Indian."
absolutely Indian or not, this is one chameleon
that Hindi commercial cinema is not going to win
over just yet. "Hindi films are a completely
different world unto themselves - of untapped
talent and too much politicising. Our films need
to improve in quality and production values, to
speak the international language of cinema,"
her exit from the late Mukul Anand's Dus, she
says, "I realised that that world was not
for me. It demands dedication; it sucks your life
- I was not willing to give it that. My logic
to quit when I did was that it was better to leave
than do a half-hearted job or leave half way through
- it seemed to me the most decent thing to do...
lot of models are going into films," she
muses, "Hats off to them. It's a difficult
life and unfortunately people expect too much
from them. They probably work their butts off.
I'm just much lazier, I guess."