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Daisy Bopanna's family hails from Coorg/Kodagu, known as Kodavas / Coorgs. Born on August 15th 1983, Daisy did her schooling from Aurobindo School, pre-university at Kumarans College and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Chitrakala Parishat [C.K.P] in Bangalore, Karnataka. She starred in more than 150 ads before getting a big break in Bollywood with the Priyadarshan movie Garam Masala. At present she lives in Mumbai.
Being academically proficient, Daisy was interested in pursuing a career in computers and did enroll for software courses in Arena Aptech. but the call of the entertainment industry proved too strong and she put on hold her software ambitions and opted to work in front of the camera.
Daisy Bopanna made her cinematic debut in a de-glamourised role in the Kannada film Bimba (film)(The image), a film directed by Kavitha Lankesh which explored the exploitation of child artistes in the film industry. But her later work in a movie Bhagwan with Darshan earned her the tag of “spicy Daisy”. The actor, however, is rather surprised on her moniker. “I have never done glamorous roles for the heck of it. In the past, I have refused lot of roles where I was required to wear skimpy clothes,” says Daisy.
She initially wanted to be a copywriter and work in an ad agency, but she started with theatre, working for a short time with B. Jayasri’s Spandana theatre camp and never looked back. Her first movie Bimba (film) was sent to the prestigious Berlin & Frankfurt Film Festival, winning 14 international awards. It was also screened at the Bangkok Film Festival.
Sushma Kaul and Prakash Jajoo, two popular talent promoters helped Daisy find her footing in Bollywood. Daisy made her Bollywood debut in Priyadarshan’s Garam Masala (film). Her first scene required her to kiss John Abraham. In Mumbai, Daisy has just shifted to a new house and is busy realising her Bollywood dreams. She is all set to star in a Hindi romantic comedy and has recently finished with the photo shoot. Another Telugu film Hrudayam directed by Jai Akash is also on. The actor had earlier done two Telugu films Chanti opposite Ravi Teja Sharma and Relax. Her Tamil film Chakravyuham directed by Udayabhanu Maheshwaran was also released recently.
The beautiful actress is acting in many regional films. But she wants prefers Bollywood as hindi cinema reaches the largest audience. Daisy has overcome health problems too, having dislocated her spine during the promotion of Garam Masala. After undergoing surgery she took a break for a year. Now she is back to acting with a vengeance.
She is remembered by those whose paths she crosses as a very Happy-go-lucky girl.