Born in Dehra Dun, India. She came to the US in her early years. Her father is a retired engineer from the Indian armed forces and her mother is the daughter of the Maharaja of Maihar in mid-India.
She attended St. Thomas high school in India before moving to the US. After moving to NY, she converted her long-held interest in Acting to a career.
Her exposure to Acting had started very early in life. Starting from nursery to 4th grade in India, and then in college in the US, Jyoti participated in every skit, play, and talent show she could.
On the other hand, her family always encouraged her to pursue a humanitarian or service oriented career, given the practical uncertainties of an actor's life. Her heart leaned towards Nursing, in which she completed a Bachelor's degree before coming to New York.
Accordingly, she excelled in both aspects of her life. She has served those in need through jobs held with American Red Cross, a private practice psychiatrist and most recently, a speech pathologist. After the tsunami in 2004, she volunteered in Mata Amritanandmayi clinic in South India. Upon return to New York, she trained in Classical Indian music (vocal) and often performs at the Bharitya Vidya Bhavan. She was also a participant in the NRI Antasksri event held in 2005.
When she started taking acting classes, she had to overcome her shyness and worked hard to build confidence. She then became an apprentice of a TV host, for whom she soon became the main scriptwriter. For two years every Sunday, she would prepare scripts for the TV show, Namaste America.
Then she furthered Her training as an actor from studios such as Scott Powers,Jagger Kaye, HB Studios & New York Film Academy. She took a summer course with Professor Roshan Tenaja and Tom Alter,both of whom are highly respected veterans of Bollywood. This experience boosted her confidence to act, especially when Professer Taneja at the end of the course proclaimed that she was a good actor, and her to work directly in the field.
In 2009, she left her job and aggressively started to pursue Acting as her career. Encouraged from early auditioning, she was selected for some student films. Within the course of the next year, she participated in Industrials, music videos, voiceovers, and plays. She continued to train and practice versatility.
She now feels prepared to play any kind of role. She believes as a rising actor, one should be willing to go out on a limb. To her, acting is a passion. After the course with Professor Taneja, she bagged a role as supporting actress in a film, "Irade Maum Ke" and then auditioned for the first Bollywood film to be shot in DC called "9 Eleven." Many hopeful actors drove for the audition in DC from NY. She was the first one to audition from 300 or more people for that role and she was chosen, being casted as a lead actress.
"9 Eleven" released in India on Oct 7th, 2011 on a small scale. She then took it upon herself to submit the film to festivals and pay for the submissions. Because of her efforts, "9 Eleven" won a Rising Star award at the Canadain Film festival held in Vancouver. She took initiative to attend the event and pick up the award. 9 Eleven was screened in the Peoples Film Festival and won "Best Feature" for the festival. Jyoti is also nominated for WMIFF, as Best Actress. 9 Eleven won Best South East Asian Feature in WMIFF and Best Narrative Feature in TWIFF.
In 2013, she acted in a Indian TV series, "Adaalat" and "Fear Files". Most recently, she acted in a Pilot for Indian series, "Serlock Sai" and also acted in a full feature as Lead, NRI Golden Years. In 2013, she also produced a short film, "Samosa" which in now in rounds for Film Festivals. "Samosa" has won "Award of Merit" at Best Shorts Competition, & "Award of Excellence" at Dada Shaheb Palake Film Festival. It was also screened in NCSAIFF. It screened in the Peoples Film Festival and will be screened in WMIFF. She is also nominated for her role as best actress for this film.
This year she spent a month in India Producing, Directing and Acting in her sisters dream project, "The Dignified Princess", based on a true life story of her grand mothers life.
In regards to her humanitarian work, she co-founded a nonprofit organization with her sister five years ago. She is a philanthropist and has spent a lot of time in India, examining educational and human rights projects. She has spent time in widow centers, human rights education summer camps, and a center specifically dedicated for rape and torture victims in India. She also raise funds and organized a blanket drive for the homeless in NY. Her most recent project was to get sponsorship and funding for farmer suicide victims in India, and is herself support a child yearly. This year she visited a childrens home in Mumbai. www.rvpco.com
She feels joy in having made headway in the two main goals of her life: philantrophy and acting. Her hobbies are singing, yoga, and cooking.
She is a compassionate and driven person, always going out of her way to help people. She believes one should be humble and grateful for what you have. She takes life as it comes to her.
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