SHE WAS one of the top models appearing in the best of advertisements with brands like Lakme. She was a designer turned model who once walked the ramp with Miss Universe 1994, Sushmita Sen
, in the 90s and others of same class. She fell in love and was refuted. Then got married, had a son, turned herself down, tried to live on drugs and is now, struggling to come back to life. She has turned herself almost into a junkie and doesn’t know about things happening around her. If she is asked about fashion, it sounds like nuclear fission to her…hobbies appears as Calvin and Hobbes.
She is Gitanjali Nagpal (it was interesting to see that one online version of a newspaper writes her name as Gitanjali and the other of same paper as Geetanjali.
Times of India
spotted and covered her story from riches to rags in one of its news articles which is still buzzing in front page of newspaper even after a week.
The column was replicated by a blogger named Sheetal Sethi over her blog along-with her image which made Gitanjali’s husband find her. Gitanjali’s husband, Robert Stuempfl, had to produce their marriage certificate, their child - Arthur’s (staying with Robert) birth certificate and his photos with the child as proof. Her husband wants to take custody of his sick wife so that he can get her treated. Robert also has talked with the blogger over the matter.
Since then, the news is all over the front page of papers. Here is the text from original story -
Gita’s story- From catwalk to sidewalk
In the ’90s, Gitanjali Nagpal sashayed down the catwalks of Delhi
with the likes of Sushmita Sen. A Navy officer’s daughter who went to Lady Shri Ram College, she seemed set for a flashbulb career in fashion. On Sunday, they found her living off the streets and spending her nights in parks and temples. And by Monday, she was being hounded by TV cameramen, reporters and do-gooders. Gitanjali’s sad story had just taken yet another weird turn.
It’s a horrifying story of the dark side of glamour: how one false move can send a promising career to a downward spiral of drugs and self-destruction. By her own admission, the ex-Mount Carmel student worked as a maid, spent her nights with men for money to quell her craving for drugs and alcohol and was in the end reduced to a life on the footpath. Gitanjali’s estranged husband lives in Germany with her child. And, touchingly, he still waits for her.
’’Do you still like fashion?’’ TOI asked. ’’I like fission, nuclear fission.’’ Her punning was compulsive. ’’What are your hobbies?’’ ’’Hobbies as in Calvin and Hobbes,’’ she retorted in a clipped accent. Then she said, ’’I like walking and sleeping. I look at shops and check out latest designs.’’
Not everything she said made sense. She said, ’’I have no clue where I am going. I have a hotel in outer space.’’ When offered a toffee, she said, ’’Is it the same one? It is making me sick. Does this have a soft centre? It is very hard. Does it have chocolate milk inside?’’ Gitanjali licked the wrappers clean.
Gitanjali’s free fall began, says her family, after she gave up her career as a designer for modelling. She studied fashion design at the South Delhi Polytechnic. Her sister Madhulika claims she got a couple of prestigious assignments, including Lakme. Then her ambition took wings.
She moved to Mumbai, fell into bad company and took to drugs. From then on her life was a corridor of men; and her only desire, the next fix. She went to Nepal, Goa, where she found a Briton who loved her but who finally left her. ’’I stayed with him for a month and came to Delhi. We lived in Paharganj and it was good. I don’t know why he left,’’ she told Metro Now.
Her addiction to drugs led her to such condition and she has been disowned by her family as well. In the movie by Madhur Bhandarkar, Fashion Kangana Ranaut will be playing the character of Gitanjali Nagpal.
Trust realistic filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar to stir up a hornet’s nest, every time he touches upon a subject for his movies. That’s because he always draws inspiration from real life. After roping in Priyanka Chopra
to play the lead role and walk the ramp along Tyra Banks and Kate Moss in his next film Fashion, he has managed yet another big casting coup. And this time it’s Kangana Ranaut who has been signed to play an important role in the film. But the story doesn’t end here. Here’s the big Indiatimes Movies
exclusive story behind it.
Yes, guys, Kangana will be portraying the role of the `riches to rags’ fallen model Gitanjali Nagapal aka Gitu in this film. The two time National award winning filmmaker confirms it but refused to draw any similarity between her and Ms Nagpal, saying, "It’s just a coincidence that Kangana has a strong resemblance to Gitanjali. On her own Kangana is a very good actress," he laughs and adds "We have been working in the script for more than a year now and Gitanjali’s case came to light only recently. It proved to be an interesting twist to the tail.
When we spoke to Kangana she was more than vocal and spilled the beans. "Yes, I’m playing Gitanjali Nagpal’s role. It was my desire to work in Madhur Sir’s film someday. When he narrated me the role, I became very emotional and I connected with it instantly. I know I will be able to live up to the expectation," says Kangana. And as for the role preparation goes, she says, "I have seen Gitanjali on television and also have gone through the various press cuttings. It’s a heart rending story of a top model and her road to self destruction. Before shooting I will analyze what went wrong in her life and how she ended up in a mess like this, and then only I will be able to do the role," she said.
Is she planning to meet Gitanjali in real life to help her prepare for the role? "Hmm, not really, I’m a director’s actor. I rely completely on my director, so whatever material Madhur Sir gives me, I will go through it and will deliver the same on the big screen. He has already given me something and briefed me about my role, so it won’t be difficult for me to interpret it," she informs. Madhur after the successful completion of his trilogies is upbeat about his latest casting coup. "I saw Gangster and Kangana’s powerhouse performance in the film blew my top. I wanted to cast her immediately for my film, but there was no script to justify her talent, finally I’m glad I got something," he states. So what’s the next casting coup? "I need someone to play Carol Gracious’ (remember the wardrobe malfunction) role now", he laughs. And he isn’t telling who is he casting for it, till then we have to play the guessing game.