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Namrata Singh Gujral Biography

Emigrating with her family from India to the U.S. as a child, Namrata began her career as a model when she was in her mid-teens. Her modeling didn't interfere with her education, as she continued her studies following high school, graduating from the University of West Florida in 1998. Deciding to take a stab at acting, she made her movie debut with the uncredited part of a Latina beauty in 2001's Training Day, starring Denzel Washington. Following an appearance in an episode of Family Law, she landed the recurring roles of Fari Bin Ghori on the CBS series The Agency (2001-'02) and Nurse Kathy on NBC's daytime drama Passions, which lasted from 2001-'05.

In 2002, Namrata appeared in Kaante, a Hindi remake of Reservoir Dogs starring Amitabh Bachchan. Shot in L.A., the film was the first Bollywood production ever to be entirely shot in the U.S. She also made a cameo in 2003's The House Of Sand and Fog with Jennifer Connelly. That same year, she was also featured on an episode of First Watch, while her credits for 2004 include a role in the indie feature Mitsein and a guest part on the short-lived cop series Dragnet with Ed O'Neill. Billing herself as Namrata Singh Gujral, she returned to the big screen in 2007 to star with Beau Bridges in the romantic comedy Americanizing Shelley, which she also wrote.

In addition to acting, Namrata also launched a sideline singing career. She chalked one up for the record books by becoming the first-ever performer with Asian roots to score a country music hit that has been featured on the CMT network. Her Bollywood-meets-Nashville mash-up duet with Steve Azar was called "Dancin in the Clouds."


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