BOLLYWOOD: Being born in Dubai gave Miss England 2020 finalist and Indian actress Rysa Saujani the much-needed edge at the beauty pageant that prides itself for diversity.
“I was born in Dubai … I have had some incredible childhood memories there. I learnt a lot about different cultures and had a taste of a multicultural life in Dubai,” said Saujani in an exclusive interview with Gulf News over the phone from the United Kingdom. She currently lives in Newbury and will attend grade 12 this September.
The 16-year-old teenager, who attended Dubai’s Repton School when young, believes that her brush with the UAE embedded her with “life skills”.
“Because of my Asian heritage, I have learnt the importance of family and forming relationships and having respect between family members and for people outside. Being from England, I have a learnt a lot about being focused on my work life and having the discipline to do things to the best of my ability,” she said.
Saujani, whose grandparents still live in Dubai, is also acquainted with Bollywood. The model and actress played the young Sunny Leone in the hit web series ‘Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone’, which chronicled the popular adult actress’ rise to fame and notoriety. Aside from this, Saujani also acted in the horror film ‘Dobara’, a Hindi adaptation of the Hollywood film ‘Oculus,’ starring award-winning actor Adil Hussain.
She’s the wild card entry in the Miss England 2020 pageant, which essentially means that she is the chosen one to enter the semi-finals without going through the initial rounds of the contest.