Tulip Joshi is an Indian actress who has appeared in Bollywood.Joshi was born in Mumbai.to a Gujarati Indian father and an Armenian Lebanese mother.
She was brought up in Mumbai where she attended the Jamnabai Narsee School, and later Mithibai College from where she graduated majoring food science and chemistry. She excelled in sports, competing in athletics at the National level. She has two sisters, Salpi and Monalisa. Her sister Monalisa is married to Bollywood actor Rajat Bedi. She has a nephew, Vivann, and niece, Vera.
Tulip entered the Femina Miss India in 2000. She did not make it to the list of winners, but was noticed by many advertising agencies. She appeared in a number of advertising campaigns for big brands (Ponds, Pepsi, Siyaram, BPL, Smirnoff etc.). She also appeared in a video made as a tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Joshi entered movies quite by chance. She was a friend of the bride of Aditya Chopra, the son of director Yash Chopra. The family noticed her at their wedding and asked her to appear for an audition, following which they cast her in Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai. Not being fluent in Hindi, she trained in Hindi diction and in acting at Feroze Khan's studio. She was also advised by the film-makers to change her name to something more Indian, as audiences might have difficulty in accepting a heroine with such an unconventional name. She chose the name Sanjana, she was playing the character of Anjali in that film. The film was quite a success.
Despite the good reviews and success, Tulip was heavily panned for her acting.
After a two-year hiatus, she reappeared in Matrubhoomi - a dark film about a futuristic world with almost no women. Her performance in it was praised and established her credibility as an actress. Dhoka movie also gave her some recognition.
Reverting to her given name, Tulip next appeared in the Telugu film Villain. Her next Hindi movie was Dil Maange More with Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia and Soha Ali Khan. The film got average reviews but it was not a box office success.
She appeared in her first Punjabi film in 2009 called Jag Jeondeyan De Mele with famous Punjabi singer and actor, Harbhajan Mann. She again acted with Harbhajan Mann in 2011 in Yaara O Dildaara, the Punjabi movie.
In 2010, she acted in a Kannada film directed by Upendra titled Super. The movie was a superhit in Kannada. This movie is also being dubbed in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.
She did not appear in any movies or commercials for close to two years, due to severe back problems, resulting from a slipped disc and a shifted spine.
In 2005 she made a come-back with 'Matrubhoomi' - and this she scored, and went on receive considerable praise. She went on to sign for lead roles in 'Shoonya' and 'Hostel'.
Although she has practiced Hinduism and Christianity she has now converted to Kimmaya, a religious order that was founded by her present boyfriend/spouse, Captain Vinod Nair.
A case of cheating was filed at Kalamassery Police Station against Joshi in January 2011 by producers of the movie Dam 999. Sohan Roy, director of the movie, claimed that Tulip didn't complete the shooting despite being paid INR 8.5 lakh. Roy is also the CEO of Aries Telecasting Limited, the parent company of Middle East based Marine BizTV, which was producing the movie.
The FIR said that Joshi didn't turn up for shooting after arriving for initial first two days, and then didn't respond to producer's request to settle the matter by returning the payment. Joshi was supposed to play role of Razia, a Pakistani character in the film, and was eventually replaced by Megha Burman.