Kanwal Toor is a model-turned-actress in Indian film industry. She made her debut in a Bollywood film ‘Chenni Kum’ with Amitabh Bachchan. In this film, she acted as Tabu’s friend who does not encourage her relationship with Amitabh Bachchan.

Later, she vanished away from film circuit and engaged herself as a social activist. Kanwal was a topper in Statistics and won the Miss Delhi Beauty contest and was a finalist in Femina Miss India 2001 contest. Later, she walked on ramps and gained attention in national and international fashion shows. It was a model coordinator, and choreographer Rashmi Virmani who discovered her talent and this actress made a place for her in fashion shows. She also appeared in fashion shows conducted by fashion designers Rashmi Virmani, Sangeeta Chopra and Ritu Beri. As a model, she bagged offers for the advertising big brands like Yamaha, Salora TV, Hero Puch, Dabur, Mercedes, Canon, LG, Gilette, Salora, Numero Uno, Hamdard, Woolmark, Liberty, and Duke. For TV advertisement, she had bagged prestigious offers from brands like Byford Casuals and Pepsi. Kanwal gave her screen presence for a remix music video song ‘Vada Karon Choroge Na Ye Haath’ which was sung by Anuradha Paudwal.

She was also a TV host for Zoom TV show ‘Filmi Fever’. Later she got her break in TV series too. Her approach to fashion has always been a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds. She thinks that key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key look and colors that work for one. She is always a designer first and never wanted to get deprived of glamor which was her always creative satisfaction. Many years before, she had opened up a lifestyle store that displayed exquisite creations of prominent fashion designers like J Vallaya, Ritu Beri, Hemant Trivedi. After completing her film Cheeni Kum, she got married in 2006 and subsequently got settled in England. Currently, with her supportive husband, Toor Gill set up a charity body CWC in July 2015, which will promote her cause to benefit women who are victims of sex exploitation and human trafficking in Mumbai. She always wanted to give her support to Macmillan Cancer Trust in the UK.

Kamlabai Gokhale Hindi Actress

Kamlabai Gokhale

Kamlabai Gokhale was the first Indian woman to become an Indian actress. She got her break in Dadasaheb Phalke’s film. In those days, no woman, not even the dancing girls would face the camera. It was considered equivalent to exposing in a public place. In such an orthodox society, Kamalabai became the first face of an actress. Around 1913, Dadasaheb Phalke was planning for his magnum opus ‘Raja Harishchandra’. But before he could start, he needed a woman who could play the character of a female lead. Since even the dancing girls had an objection to facing the camera, Phalke’s grand plans got stalled. As per the industry sources, Phalke had gone to a restaurant for sipping a cup of tea and found a beautiful woman working in the kitchen as a help. She accepted the offer on a monthly salary of Rs 10. Before she made her debut in the black and white picture, a man named Salunke ruled for a decade playing woman character on the screen. Thus, a celluloid star Kamalabai was born. At an age of 15, she became a celebrity. The film was showcased in abroad too. Next year, she married Gokhale, who was with the Kirloskar Natak Company. The young couple was even cast as the new lead pair of the company. Thus, Kamlabai moved to the theater from films. When she was 25, she became a widow and was pregnant even. Kamalabai continued in her profession. In her words, Kamalabai had explained that she was not considered respectable enough though she was just like them, a mother with children. She had to fend for her mother, her children and herself. She acted in near 35 films. This actress has three sons who are all actors in the theater. In the 30s, Kamlabai worked under Veer Savarkar in the play “Ushaap”. This actress had acted in historical and mythological themes.