Did you know Rhea Chakraborty was the first runner-up in this MTV reality show as a teenager?

Model-actress Rhea Chakraborty has turned a year older on Thursday (July 1).

Rhea was born into a Bengali family. Her father was an Indian Army officer. She did her schooling at Army Public School Ambala Cantt, Ambala.

Rhea, known to have worked in films like 'Jalebi' and 'Half Girlfriend', actually started her journey as a contestant in a reality show before making her way into Bollywood.

Rhea’s career got a kickstart in 2009 when she participated in a reality show by MTV, titled 'Teen Diva.' She went to become the first runner-up on the show and had managed to leave a mark on audiences back then.

Did you know Rhea Chakraborty was the first runner-up in this MTV reality show as a teenager?

Post her stint on the show, Rhea auditioned to be a VJ on the channel, and given her beautiful face, talkative nature, and charming personality, Rhea got through.

Only a teenager back then, she began to host a number of programs, including 'Gone in 60 seconds,' in which she was joined by Ayushmann Khurrana in one of the segments. Later, she also featured in a music video with Ayushmann titled 'O Heeriye'.

Rhea and Ayushmann
Rhea and Ayushmann

Rhea had become quite popular among younger viewers and in the year 2012, she made her film debut with the Telugu film 'Tuneega Tuneega.'

Rhea with the other participants
Rhea with the other participants

A year later, she made her Bollywood debut with the film 'Mere Dad Ki Maruti,' which also starred Saqib Saleem and Ram Kapoor in the lead roles. She then appeared in films like 'Sonali Cable', 'Jalebi', 'Dobaara', 'Half Girlfriend' and 'Bank Chor'.

According to media reports, Rhea had also auditioned for the role of Anushka Sharma in 'Band Baaja Baara' but was rejected.

Then came the part in Rhea’s life that turned her world upside down. She started dating late actor Sushant Singh Rajput in April 2019 and moved in with him in December 2019. However, it was only after Sushant's death that Rhea confirmed their relationship to the world via a social media post.

Rhea in 'Mere Dad Ki Maruti'
Rhea in 'Mere Dad Ki Maruti'

Last year, Rhea found herself embroiled in the drugs case along with her brother Showik Chakraborty. She was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on September 8, 2020, and was granted bail by the Bombay High Court after a month.

After laying low for a few months, Rhea is now gearing up for her comeback to films with Rumy Jafry’s mystery thriller, 'Chehre'. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, Krystle D’Souza, Annu Kapoor, among others.

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