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Trio’s bid for Bollywood stardom is family affair

PUBLISHED: 11:07 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010

Karishma Lakhani

Karishma Lakhani

THREE sisters have got through the first regional heats of Bollywood s X Factor after they completed anonymous solo auditions in different categories. The Lakhani sisters of Deepdene Road, Welling, could be the next generation of Bollywood stars after pa

THREE sisters have got through the first regional heats of Bollywood's X Factor after they completed anonymous solo auditions in different categories.

The Lakhani sisters of Deepdene Road, Welling, could be the next generation of Bollywood stars after passing the first heats run by Honey's Dance Academy (HAD) in St Giles Hotel, London.

Rushali, nine, Trishala, 14, and Karishma, 16, auditioned on January 9, among hundreds of other children for a chance to perform in this year's UK Bollywood Dance Championships and win roles in a major Bollywood film.

Eldest sister Karishma has already landed a part in Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chaddha's new film It's a Wonderful Afterlife, - to be released this April.

The Townley Grammar student said: "I am so happy because it feels like something is happening and it will grow. I am really excited as well. I have been dancing since I was eight. I went to Bollywood dancing lessons."

She aspires to be just like actress and model Aishwarya Rai as she is "a good actress, dancer, is very beautiful and has blue eyes".

Trishala has been going to acting and dancing lessons since she was six-years-old.

She said: "At the auditions, they played modern Bollywood music and we had to dance freestyle to it.

"My main aspect is that I act and sing."

Rushali, whom her elder sisters are very protective of, said: "I am very proud of myself because I think I have done a lot to get here.

"We were very nervous, but excited because you don't know what is going to happen, especially when it is in front of a big audience. My sisters give me advice and they are very sensitive."

Proud father, city banker Deepak Lakhani, 42, said he is not a pushy father, just supportive, adding: "I am thrilled. If this is what they want to do, they will get full backing from me and my wife.

"I am very proud, especially because the judges didn't know they were sisters as they were just given a number and their names were not read out.

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