Jonita Doda is an Indian movie actress. South Indian, Punjabi and Hindi films have been her forte, and she has earned her fame from these linguistic hits. Apart from her successful movie career, a number of advertising campaigns have helped her build up her prominence. She was born to Chandigarh residents who ran a successful business empire in the city itself. She has always promoted herself as a family person, also talking about her superb rapport with her elder brother and her lifestyle in a closely knit household. Her majors in school, St. Stephens, Chandigarh, were medical subjects. However, she changed her stream in graduation, choosing Business Administration as her major. She did her Masters in Mumbai in the subjects Marketing and International Business. Jonita Doda was all set to pursue her career in the same stream as her subjects when loads of opportunities of being on the big screen came in pouring in front of her. Being from a non-filmy background with none so ever experience or references in the industry, she was at first hesitant about the break. Eventually, she took a call on it and her parents were extremely supportive of her choices.
With no formal training in any film related jobs, her success was the result of solely her integrity and confidence. Owing to her luck, she got the chance to work with the most popular face of the music industry as well as Punjabi cinema, Gurdas Mann. Her first film was Chak Jawana opposite Gurdas. Directed by Simerjeet Singh, the film puts a spotlight on the youth of Punjab who were heedless about their responsibilities. Her skills and role were lauded by the critics.
Her horizon of work just kept enhancing in the Punjabi cinema. She gave hits like Yaara O Dildara with
Harbhajan Mann and
Kabir Bedi, followed by Yamley Jatt Yamley. Her movie Patta Patta Singhan Da Vairi also swept away the hearts of Punjabi audiences. Her talent and work wasn’t just limited to Punjabi movies, she also tried her hand in South Indian films. Makkal Padai and Adhikaram are a few of the many South Indian flicks. One of her Hindi films Dil Bechara Pyaar ka Maara was written and directed by
Onkar Nath Mishra and was released in 2004.
Comedy, action, thrillers, romantic and many more are the genres of the movies she has worked in. She has reiterated in her interviews that in her opinion Kollywood and Bollywood aren’t separate but a subset of the Indian Film Industry which is linguistically rich and is blessed enough to produce great cinema in so many genres. Her advertising campaigns include many popular brands like Madame, Amul, Kalaniketan, etc. Apart from her involvement in mainstream cinema, she is also an activist. She has been a part of loads of medical camps to help enhance health in slums. She has also been an active part of cultural programs for physically disabled people. Along with these causes, she supports organisations that take a stand for AIDS awareness.