Working on the Dream! - Greeshma Turakhia

One of the most popular models and prettiest faces in the city, Greeshma Turakhia is one soft and happy soul. Taking each day as it comes, she’s a true professional when it comes to her work, and knows how to unwind in her downtime. We caught up with her to chat about modelling, working with her mom, and more!

You went from interior design to modeling. Why the change?
First year of college, the most interesting day of my life. I wanted to bunk a certain class! While we were at it, we saw an audition happening for the college clothing Label (the H-Label) by Hamstech. After attending the audition,
I got selected. That was my first ever professional shoot; I was 17 and I had no clue how it was done. After a couple of days, I was called into the office and was told that my face is going to be the face” of college. I genuinely thought it was going to stay inside of my college, until I saw posters that were all over the city. By that I mean, on the buses, the malls, bus stands and coffee shops. And there it was, I started getting gigs from all over the city from many talented local designers.

What was it like when you first started modelling? 
It felt like the movies, all glam and fun. Until you had to wake up four times a week at 4am, sometimes 3am. I’ve been modelling now for the past six years. Honestly speaking, for the last four years I’ve really enjoyed it. I still do, but being a model comes with a hell lot of maintenance.  

How would you judge the Hyderabad scene?
I’m going to be honest, it’s quite disappointing at times because it doesn’t pay well. I’ve worked in Mumbai, and comparing that to this, people don’t really appreciate new talents and creative ideas very easily. I’ve also met quite a lot of people who are super-duper creative, especially the younger crowd that’s just stepped into this scene, and that’s definitely going to be a game changer.

What has been your most special project so far?
Bumble! Definitely. I shot for Bumble last year, mid-September. It was so special to me because two of my closest friends produced and directed that project. I also got to work with super-talented co- stars, Prit Kamani and Jim Sarbh. While this was my first big project, I was quite anxious. But the entire team made it easy and comfortable for me!

You also mentioned working with your mother…
My mother, Shilpika Turakhia, is an art therapist, extra lesson and an anthroposophical teacher. She works with children with difficulties (children with Down syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, etc). 

I was dyslexic as a child and went through a lot of difficulties due to that. Hence it’s been nothing but a superpower to me. During my free time I just assist my mother and help her out.

How do you manage your time?
If I have a busy day coming up, right before I sleep I write down five main goals that I’m supposed to finish by the end of the day, no matter what. Which right now mainly includes cooking one meal by myself for the day, and a good workout post work. I try not using my phone a lot after 7pm, which helps me focus on myself and go to bed early. 

Where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I have certain goals that I want to reach in life, which I wouldn’t talk about until I do so.  

What would one find you doing on a typical off day? 
Painting! Or sitting in my pjs watching Rick and Morty all over again with a cold face mask on with a bowl of fresh fruits. 

How does 2021 look to you?
2020 was unpredictable and also taught me to just be in the moment. So in 2021 I’m just going to go with the flow, without any exceptions. You never know what’s in store for you next! 

Tell us a little more about yourself.
I’m an anxious yet a bold personality. I’m a woman of my word, who likes her hot tea by the sunset on her balcony. I own the cutest dog in the world and his name is Future. I love reading old books and going on love drives while listening to the 2000’s pop music. I have a big sweet tooth; my day doesn’t end until I eat something sweet. Nor can I sleep until my room is completely clean! I spent 30% of my time daydreaming, and the rest of the time, working on the dream!                      – as told to Anahita