I hail from Punjabi-speaking family from Gujarat. I am the only daughter to my parents. I was a student of English literature. And I taught swimming to children in Mumbai. When I was crowned the Miss Surat in 1998, I got the encouragement to fight out in Miss India pageantry in 2001. Of course, I ended up as the fourth runner-up. This publicity helped me catch onto TV commercials and I did several for big brands. It was Siddiqui, who introduced me into Malayalam. That brought me luck and I found solid footage all over South. Of course, I made my entry into Tollywood as Bhairavi. But, people know me now only as Namita.