Fast Facts

Born and raised co…

Fast Facts

Born and raised country girl coming from the small outback town of Merbein, Vic. Situated just outside Mildura on the Murray River, Tania rode her horse to school in the summers.

John Howard, Prime Minister at the time, requested to meet Tania on his tour to India, congratulating her on raising awareness to Australians about Bollywood.

a Fully Qualified Natural Beauty Therapist, Makeup Artist and Masseuse.

trained in Muay Thai kickboxing, reaching her instructors level and spent time training in Thailand.

holds a diploma in ‘Freelance Writing for Journalism’ and writes articles for various magazines both in Australia and overseas.

lived in Paris for a year , took time off work to go to school to learn French and commuted to London fortnightly on the Eurostar for Tv commitments.

holds her international car racing license for the various celebrity car races she participates in.

 

Conquering Bollywood

Bollywood

With ‘Who Dares Wins’a huge hit in India, China and Sth East Asia Tania focused on her next venture. ‘Bollywood’. A then closed market to foreigners.

She moved to India for 2 years determined to achieve her goal and make a difference in the worlds biggest film industry. Through her incredible talent and charisma she earned the title of the ‘first foreigner to conquer Bollywood in back to back films’.

She moved to India for 2 years determined to achieve her goal and make a difference in the worlds biggest film industry. Through her incredible talent and charisma she earned the title of the ‘first foreigner to conquer Bollywood in back to back films’.

She worked in 4 big named productions starring alongside legendary Indian actor Amithab Bachchan in the hit ‘Bunty aur Babli’and with Nth Indian Rockstar Harbhajan Mann in ‘Dil Apna Punjabi’Her2ndfilm ‘Salaam Namaste’,in which she had one of the 4 lead roles, is considered one of the biggest Bollywood films in the past 5 years. Her impact was such that she was presented with an Indian award for ‘Best Debut Performance’.

With viewers reaching over 3 billion worldwide, it also became the most popular and highest grossing Bollywood Film in Australia. It was shown simultaneously across 50 Hoyts Cinemas and beat Johnny Depps, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Tania’s 4th film ‘Mr White, Mr Black’was released worldwide in 2008. Tania’s character saw her as a ‘Charlies Angels’ style action girl in pursuit of stolen diamonds while also being chased by the bad guys. It was an action packed film that required Tania to learn fight sequences and perform wire work to display flying somersaults and mid air kickboxing man oeuvres

 

Bollywood Bewilders Aussies

Bollywood Bewilders Aussies

Only 6 years ago I returned to Australia while living between London and India to be asked by a journalist what I was up to these days.
‘Working in BollywoodI proudly replied. To which the journalist bewildered me with, ‘Bollywood, yes I’ve seen that movie, who’s in that again?’ as she waited to scribble down the actors names I might help her with.

Politely smiling I explained that ‘Bollywood’ wasn’t a movie but rather an entire film industry, and the largest in the world at that!

Now it thrills me that the entire of Australia not only knows what ‘Bollywood’ is but many have now seen a Bollywood movie… Oh and Slum Dog Millionaire doesn’t count as one of them as the film is made by an international production company, it just happens to have a story line about Indians and is set in India. That’s how the Indian film industry with its billions of followers view it.

Even more pleasing for me is that Salaam Namaste, the 2nd film I appeared in which was shot in Melbourne, the first Indian film to be shot entirely in Australia was recently aired on SBS here and was very well received by the Australian public.

According to all your kind Twitter and Facebook compliments it was also the first Bollywood film that most of you had seen. And well done since it’s mostly in Hindi with subtitles, apart from me speaking English, and is nearly the traditional 3 hours long.

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Bollywoods Saif Ali Khan On the set of ‘Salaam Namaste’ with Saif

With there success of ‘Salaam Namaste’ shown on SBS last week I’ve been overwhelmed by people emailing asking about the Actors I worked in the film with.
Saif Ali Khan (pictured above) was the lead actor in the movie playing Nick the chef.
Saif is not only a great friend of mine but one of Bollywoods leading actors.
He’s starred in over 50 films now, has won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his perfomance in ‘Hum Tum’ (2004), had huge success with ‘Salaam Namaste’ (2005) just to mention a few, including starring in the critically acclaimed ‘Parineeta’ (2005) These successes put him among the most successful actors in the Industry.
With all his experience I learnt a lot from him on set and really hope I get to work alongside him in another film soon.