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November 11, 2011

Drama Child

Text by Nasrin Modak. Photograph by Neville Sukhia.

Always vivacious and sometimes over-dramatic Maia Sethna discovers that modelling is just another form of acting

She has her mother Farida Peddar’s luminous eyes, and grace. But for Maia, it wasn’t only about following the late actor, model and dancer’s footsteps. As a kid, Maia sat backstage observing actors and putting on her mom’s tutus, make-up and wigs, posing confidently in front of the mirror. “When I used to sit in the audience watching her perform, I’d think, wow! I want to be just like her!”

And that’s what Maia did.“Acting was inevitable.” At nine, her performance in 1947- Earth got her rave reviews. She went on to study drama and English literature at University of East Anglia (UK). On returning to Mumbai, Maia started off with catalogue shoots, signed up with Elite Model Management, and is now slowly breaking into the industry with cameos in movies like Love Breakups Zindagi and the promo for Koffee with Karan 3. She has also done print ads for Philips, L’oreal, Levis Strauss and been a Zyng Calendar girl.

“I have always felt at ease in front of the camera.”  From interpreting a shot to bringing something exceptional to the table, the versatility of modelling allows her the room for experimenting. “You get to be different people every time.”

In her off time, Maia likes to travel to newer cities and go up to the mountains. She enjoys “watching drama, rom-com and off-beat movies, cooking Thai green curry and listening to hip-hop, house and techno.” She also helps her father in his luxury travel and leisure business and under her direction, the business has won a few awards. And yet, Maia isn’t the one to be obsessed about planning. “I take things as they come. Who knows what the future holds? I just hope it’s something exciting!”

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