Goa’s Hollywood charmer

By on April 14, 2016
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Goa’s Hollywood charmer

Indo-American actress DEVIKA BHISE is all set to work on upcoming Hollywood film Shambala opposite Bend It Like Beckham star Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The actor-dancer-singer, who owns a home in Dona Paula, unveils the intricacies of life under the spotlight to VIVA GOA

Who knew a Hollywood actress would be so closely tied in with Goa as to own a home in Panaji and perform here nearly every year? Devika Bhise is not your
average commercial film star. The singer-dancer-actor, who has a home in Dona Paula, picks her roles with great care. She’s one of those you say is not just a pretty face.

Her mother, Swati Bhise, is probably more well-known in Goa than she is. The older Bhise hosts the annual Sadir Theatre Festival in the state each year, showcasing unique, off-beat plays. Surrounded by a childhood filled with the arts, Devika Bhise has grown into a woman who cannot get enough of it.

Now the younger Bhise – based in New York where she was born and brought up – is propelling herself into the celebrity world, having landed well-rounded roles in Western cinema, including the 2015 release The Man Who Knew Infinity opposite Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel, and now upcoming film Shambala opposite Bend It Like Beckham actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. She made headlines in the local press when she appeared at the opening of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa last year alongside co-star Patel.

But Bhise had dazzled Goan fans in the know as far as five years ago, when she sang with a maturity far beyond her then 20 years at the 11th Goa Arts and Literary Festival at International Centre Goa near her home. Her improv renditions with Goa’s premier band Jazz Junction had audiences calling for an encore three times over.

At the time, she had already acted alongside Hollywood stars Uma Thurman and Colin Firth in The Accidental Husband, as well as musicals including Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors and T S Eliot’s The Cocktail Party at the famous Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the US. She has also made a documentary on India’s transgender community called Hijra: The Third Gender.

Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.
Viva Goa magazine is now on stands. Available at all major book stalls and supermarkets in Goa.


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