Brimming with versatile talent, Teena Vellara is making waves in several fields. From running a fashion brand called ‘Kai-keyi’ to starring in a big Bollywood movie with Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, she has had an eventful journey so far.
Despite having no acting background, Teena and her twin sister Tessa landed a role in Shandaar. The opportunity came out of nowhere, but their love for the spotlight drove them to give it a shot. Commenting on the experience, she says, “I was working one day and my friend’s brother-in-law came across a post from Mukesh Chabra that urgently required twins for a movie role. So she asked me to send our pictures immediately. Little did we know that we were going to act with Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Our first scene was very scary since it was in front of top directors like Vikas Bahl and Anurag Kashyap and actors like Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhat, so it was a little nerve wrecking but after that we just got a hang of it and finished our scenes in maximum 3 takes.”
Little did we know that we were going to act with Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.”
Now she gets recognized as the girl from Shandaar, which has made her clothing line even more famous.
Teena’s love for fashion led her to starting a clothing line with her best friends Sukrutha and Swetha. The brand previously known as Tee-Ara, now goes by the name Kai-keyi. Explaining the brand’s philosophy, she says, “The main idea behind the brand is to provide our customers with designs that you see celebrities wearing on an everyday basis at a reasonable rate.”
The main idea behind the brand is to provide our customers with designs that you see celebrities wearing on an everyday basis at a reasonable rate.”
Immense popularity gained through Shandaar and the viral video ‘Mime Through Bollywood’ has resulted in Teena amassing a huge following on various social media platforms. Being social media savvy, she ensures her pages are interesting and personal to keep her followers engaged. “Varun Agarwal approached us to do the Indian version of the video. We were skeptical at first, but we’re so glad that we went ahead with it. The video went viral, and we were overwhelmed to see comments from people who were from the entertainment industry,” she says about the video ‘Mime Through Bollywood’.
Beneath her glamorous exterior, Teena is quite reserved but very approachable. She prefers to spend her free time with close friends. On the other had her twin Tessa is outgoing and lively. But like most twins they are extremely close with common interests and opinions.
A humble soul Teena confesses that she doesn’t have it all figured out. “I’m just like any other girl in her twenties figuring out life. But I’m very grateful with the opportunities God has given me, and I’m very hopeful for the future! My motto in life is to give your 100% in everything you do. Success is secondary, but what counts more is the hard work you put in and sacrifices you make in achieving something you really want.”
I’m just like any other girl in her twenties figuring out life. But I’m very grateful with the opportunities God has given me, and I’m very hopeful for the future!”
None the less she has a lot on her plate at the moment. “We have a web series coming up soon. Kai-keyi takes up a lot of my time, and I’m very passionate about it. And I’m also doing a pastry course in Dubai! The dream is to travel the world and be independent.”
She might make juggling multiple careers seem like a breeze, but the work behind the scene is immense. While most people struggle with one career, Teena is successfully managing many. This speaks volumes about her commitment, diligence and maturity. “I plan most of my days. I wake up very early and make myself a banana smoothie followed by a refreshing cup of green tea. I get most of my important work done in the morning and call it a day by 8 in the night,” says Teena about her daily routine.
Going after what she loves, and willing to put in the effort required, Teen Vellara is Bold in her courage to face the unknown with gusto and optimism.