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Dipti Mehta      

Film and Television Actress, Cancer Researcher with Sloan Kettreing, Stars in "Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan"

Dipti was born and brought up in Mumbai; India and is now based in NYC. At a young age of 12 she was discovered by an All India Radio; Program Executive Officer at an elocution competition. She then started hosting shows for the AM section of All India Radio. In time she became the only Radio Jockey at All India Radio; FM station of Mumbai hosting music shows in both English and Hindi. Around the same time she discovered stage and won numerous accolades in acting at inter-collegiate and state level. She has been a part of theater, TV and film industry in Mumbai.

She has trained for 4 years in North Indian classical music and has received extensive training in Bharatnatyam and Kathak the two distinct classical styles of dancing. She has a Doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works as a research scientist in the field of prostate cancer.

Her theater credits include "Half Hearted" (Cherry Lane Theater),“Grahan…the Eclipse” (4 Awards), “Nishfal” (2 Awards), “Get Back”, “Vagina Monologues”, “Honour” (La MaMa) and “Bollywood Wedding”. TV credits include "The Blacklist" (NBC), "Golden Boy" (CBS), "One Life to Live", “Virrudh”, “Hum-Tum”, “Yoga for you” and “Dating while desi”. Film credits include "Split", "Far Away", "Namita", “I Dream of Hope”, "Penumbra" (Cannes Short Film Corner), "Yaatra" (5 Nominations, 1 Award), “The Schenectady Package”, “Life! Camera Action” (11 nominations, 3 Awards), “A good life”, “Walkaway”, “Mamarosh”, “Red Corvette”, “Victory”, “Colors of Passion”, and “Summer of 2007”.

Besides acting her passion is reading and writing. She loves getting inspiration from her environment and people around her, which reflects in the projects she creates. She firmly believes that art is not distinct from life, they are in-separable. She is a stand for transformation of women, for women being heard, for women getting justice and respect.

Dipti believes in healthy living for body and soul. With this in mind she started her own skincare line "Dees Apothecary" in 2015. Her skin care is cruelty-free and chemical free. She prefers to call it skin food. More information can be found on www.deesapothecary.com

Dipti is currently working on her one woman show "Honour' to spread the message for children in brothels and to raise awareness around social stigma that surrounds these children.

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Award-winning actress Dipti Mehta's new solo-show, HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan, takes you to the red light districts of Mumbai. "Memoirs of Geisha" meets "Slumdog Millionaire" meets Indian epic "Mahabharata" in this dark tale of pursuit of truth in modern day Mumbai. Meet the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother and daughter who call Mumbai's red light district their home. A fun and poignant look at the exotic, dangerous life of Mumbai's real-life brothels and why they exist. HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan is a testament to survival and pride.

Dipti, who was born and raised in Mumbai and currently resides in New Jersey, also stars in the show. She has numerous film and television credits including The Blacklist (NBC), and The Golden Boy (CBS). In addition to acting and writing, she also holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology and works at Sloan Kettering in cancer research.

The play is directed and dramaturged by Mark Cirnigliaro who recently directed the World Premiere of The Hounds of War by Bill Holland which Broadway World called, "A must see." Monica Kapoor, who performed on Broadway for 7 years in Mamma Mia, is serving as the choreographer. The production includes original and live music by the Indian band Rhythm Tolee.

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