Sheetal, who was raised in a small New Jersey city, burst onto the scene with raves in her debut film role, playing the gutsy lead in ABCD, a risky and memorable role as a promiscuous young girl struggling with the ties of family and tradition. She discovered her passion for acting in high school and subsequently enrolled in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. After supplementing her education with a summer in Amsterdam as part of the intensive, International Theatre Workshop studying under renowned acting teachers like Kristin Linklater, she graduated with honors.
Since then, Sheetal has developed a reputation as a consummate professional with an unmatched work ethic and critical eye when choosing projects. She has starred in many feature films and has become a favorite in the independent film world, having won several Best Actress Awards on the festival circuit. She broke out in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005) as the female lead, Maya, opposite Albert Brooks, winning the role after an extensive international casting search.
Sheetal is known as much as an actress as she is someone who is heavily involved in community outreach and causes that are important to her. She takes an active interest in politics, she’s served in AmeriCorps, President Clinton’s National Service program, where she worked at an inner-city high school developing progressive lesson plans, tutored, and dealt with conflict resolution. She is a mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, and she supports and promotes organizations such as Women’s Voices Now, which encourage communities that are under-represented in American media to make their voices heard. She continues to speak at conferences and on panels internationally.
You can see Sheetal on the cover of several magazines including Anokhi, Audrey, Woman International as well as featured in magazines ranging from Best Life to Venice. Due in part to her unique ability to appeal to a broad audience in terms of age, gender and culture, Sheetal has represented such brands as Reebok and CHI haircare She was also the first Indian American to appear in Maxim.
Sheetal continues to tackle a wide range of roles and has developed an impressive body of work with an array of challenging and memorable characters in film, television, and theater.