Uttaran actress gets a lucky break, to feature in an ad with Salman Khan
Salman Khan is known to give breaks to promising newcomers. He has given his stamp of approval to many actors, composers, singers etc.
After Rahul Bhatt from Bigg Boss, now it is Rashmi Desai (Tapasya of TV serial Uttaran) who is the latest beneficiary of the actor's penchant for promoting young talent.
Rashmi met Salman during the promotion of Dabangg when Salman was invited as a guest on the show, India's Got Talent.
Salman and Rashmi dancing on India's Got Talent
The producer of the show, Siddharth Basu, had asked the actress to perform live to Munni badnaam hui. An ardent Salman fan, she confirmed immediately when she heard he would be there.
Jiggy does it
Rashmi danced her heart out and Salman appeared highly impressed with her act. Later, he joined her on stage to do a jig. A source close to Rashmi adds, "In the evening Rashmi met Salman backstage and told him that it was her dream to work with him sometime in the future.
The actor told her it would be his privilege and that he would keep her in mind whenever something suitable came up. He kept his word by recommending her name for a commercial starring him."
A few weeks ago, Salman was offered a new endorsement deal for a soap ad. The ad required a fresh female face and he decided to give Rashmi an opportunity.
He told the agency about her and they were more than willing. "She is very well-known on television and they too felt she would look good alongside Salman. When the actress first got the call, she thought someone was joking with her. But once the creative team came and met her to finalise the deal, she knew it was for real."
The shoot was eventually canned at ND Studios in Karjat. Rashmi says, "Working with Salman was a very good opportunity and like a dream come true for me. Ever since I was in school and college Salman has been my dream guy.
When we first shot for the ad, I was very nervous because he's such a big star but he made me very comfortable. I really appreciate it that he pushed me for his ad.
The day I was shooting I didn't know how he would be as there's a huge difference between TV and film stars but I found Salman to be very down to earth and sweet. He treated me like a princess and was very warm with my family.
I felt no difference with him as he made me feel comfortable in a few minutes. I respect him tremendously today. Now I understand why people are crazy for him. Thank you so much, God!"
When Prachi Desai had told a few friends that she was keen to work with Salman, he went out of his way to make her a part of a washing powder commercial he was to do.