Born on 17th August 1981, this beautiful and divergent actress is both a Bollywood and a Hollywood actress. Apart from that, she is also a TV anchor, a fitness expert and a dancer. She is popularly known for her portrayal of Mehrunissa, in the television series adaptation of the book The Twentieth Wife, called Siyaasat. She has acted in many commercials for popular brands like Vodafone, Fortune cooking oil, Fashion and you, Farmlite biscuits and Metro shoes. She was born in Delhi, India to her mother Dr.Nilima and her father, an IRS Officer, Durgesh Shankar.She has a younger brother Varun Shankar, who is practicing law at Cambridge University. She did her schooling in Cardiff, UK. In 2010, she got married to RaghavLaul in Delhi. They are animal lovers and own six pet dogs, in their farmhouse in New Delhi.
She started her career by doing theater in school. She is well trained in dance and martial arts. In 2009, she started her company Aquamarine Productions. She also directed her dance-art called The Veil. She has also
choreographed many films like Jal Bin Jalpari. She began her television career in 2001 in NDTV as an anchor for a regimen fitness show. In 2005, she anchored in NDTV MetroNation’s show, The Workout Victim. In 2011, she qualified as a certified legit trainer by the American Council on Exercise. She was invited by Reebok in 2008, to join them as a Global Instructor. She has hosted much Travel Shows on NDTV Good Times. Her performances in films include The Darjeeling limit by
Wes Anderson and The Reluctant Fundamentalist by
Mira Nair. She starred in a short film called Sleeping Awake by Manav Yadav, which won many awards at film festivals like the California film festival. She has acted in a music video called AareAare.