Hot facts: Tena Desae

1) She was born in Bengaluru to a Gujarati father and a Telugu mother.

2) Her father used to be a distributor and exhibitor for films in South India.

3) She is a graduate in business management with specialisation in finance in 'National Institute of Management College'.

4) Tena Desae first came into the limelight when she participated in the reality show contest 'Get Gorgeous'. Though she did not win the contest she was offered a contract with Elite Model India Management Private Limited.

5) Desai decided it best to move from her hometown Bengaluru to Mumbai, India's showbiz capital. Five years later, Mumbai has become home; her parents have moved in to the city too as has her sister.

6) She has been modeling since 2007. She has featured in over 100 commercials.

7) She also appears in the 2012 'Kingfisher Swimsuit calendar' and has also done a music video.

8) She decided she wanted to be an actress after watching (Shah Rukh Khan-starrer) 'Koyla' when she was only 13 years old. Before that she wanted to be a banker in 'Deutsche Bank' just because she liked its building.

9) Tena made her first entry into Bollywood with the 2011 thriller 'Yeh Fasley' directed by Yogesh Mittal and produced by Omprakash Mittal. Next up she appeared in Parvin Dabas's 'Sahi Dhande Galat Bande' starring Anupam Kher and Sharat Saxena. She also did a cameo appearance in the 2012 Homi Adajania romantic comedy drama, 'Cocktail'.

10) Her latest 'Table No. 21' is an out and out commercial film starring the biggies Rajeev Khandelwal and Paresh Rawal. It is an action thriller directed by Aditya Datt and produced jointly by Vicky Rajani and Sunil Lulla.

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