(born 25 July 1977) is an Indian pop singer, actress, model, television anchor and former MTV VJ
Raageshwari was born in Bombay
(now Mumbai) in a middle-class family, to Trilok Singh Loomba, a National Award winning musician and government servant, and his wife Veera. She has an elder brother, Rishabh who is a filmmaker. The Sanskrit
means "the queen of ragas
and wife of the Lord".
Raageshwari attended the Auxilium Convent High School. As a child model
, she did the rounds of several advertising agencies with her father. At the age of 13, she was noticed by director Shekhar Kapoor
, and auditioned at a photo shoot for the lead role opposite Bobby Deol
, but did not secure the part. As a teenager, Raageshwari signed her first film as an actor, Zid
(released in 1994). She took a month off from school to complete the shooting, but managed to secure a distinction in her Class X exams. She then acted in hit films, including David Dhawan
(1993) and Main Khiladi Tu Anari
Later, Raageshwari forayed into television, acting as VJ for the popular countdown shows, BPL Oye
. In a later version of the show, she also wrote her own scripts and won innumerable awards. She was given the nickname "Ragz", while working on BPL Oye
with Sunil Sahjwani and his team. She was an instant hit with teenagers and young kids.
She then decided to launch... Read More