Smilie Suri poses for pictures with her brother, director Mohit Suri during her birthday celebrations in Mumbai. Smilie made her Bollywood debut in Mohit's 2005 directorial venture, Kalyug. The film also starred Kunal Kemmu, cousin Emraan Hashmi, Amrita Singh and Deepal Shaw in pivotal roles. Pics/Yogen Shah
Smilie Surie also announced a four-day long Shakti Pole Camp during her birthday celebrations. Smilie and brother Mohit (pictured with daughter Devi Surion), are related to filmmakers Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt, who are their maternal uncles. Emraan Hashmi, Pooja Bhatt, Alia Bhatt, Vishesh Bhatt, Sakshi Bhatt and Rahul Bhatt are their first cousins. Their aunt Sheila Sabharwal is the wife of producer Darshan Sabharwal and mother of film-makers Suneel Darshan and Dharmesh Darshan
Smilie Suri with brother Mohit Suri and niece Devi Surion during her birthday celebrations. The Kalyug actress says pole dancing gave her the focus and grounding she needed to heal herself after facing a setback on the career front. "Pole dancing gave me the focus and grounding I needed. It helps develop a focused state of mind and in the end, after training, I used to be so tired that I used to get a good night's sleep, which is hard to achieve otherwise. Malkham and pole dancing is like a 'tapasya' for the body and mind and it can help cure depression," said Smilie in a recent interview
Smilie Suri regularly shares pictures and videos on social media of herself performing the dance form. Smilie said she was introduced to pole dancing when she was battling depression
"I took a lot of time to heal. After a hit like 'Kalyug', I didn't get any films, and I come from a family of achievers. To be able to live through that and say 'I need help' is very difficult. I took time to realise the true purpose of my life. Everyone takes their own amount of time to heal, which is why we are giving people this opportunity and this temple to find hope and heal," Smilie Suri added
The aim of the Shakti Pole Camp, Smilie Suri said, is to provide a safe environment among people who have battled similar health issues. "What helped me was that I realised I needed help. Similarly, I want people to be able to accept that they need help and by the sixth day, they will feel better too"
Smilie Suri's last tryst with showbiz was the popular dance reality show Nach Baliye. She has also acted in the 2013 TV show Jodhaa Akbar. Smiley's other big screen acting credits apart from Kalyug include, Yeh Mera India, Teesri Aankh: The Hidden Camera, Cook and Crackers
In addition to pole dancing, Smilie Suri is also learning rope mallakhamb an anti-gravity yoga technique. A source close to Smilie said, "Nowadays she is learning rope Mallakhamb at Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir, Dadar from renowned Guru Uday V. Deshpande. Smilie wants to educate people and create awareness about the benefits that the fitness program have"
Smilie Suri's Shakti Pole Camp will be held in Bandra, on the 3rd & 6th May 2018. She said, "I will be conducting the training on Pole Mallakhamb and Rope Mallakhamb, in this camp. It is especially meant for the Women Empowerment, for the awakening of Women's Inner Shakti. It is the best way to release stress, make the mind calmer and at peace."
Uday V. Deshpande, who is teaching Smilie Suri rope mallakhamb said, "Smilie had frequent attacks of depression, severe thyroid problems and other challenges when she came to me. I encouraged her to go to Singapore, for Pole Fitness. Now, she has improved a lot. She got rid of depression, still fighting with the thyroid problem, now of lower intensity"
Deshpande added, "I am sure, Smiley Suri will be hundred percent cured and will be completely successful in her mission. She is now bringing her teacher Milla Tenorio from Dubai, who can be a role model for all the youngsters. I am sure, all the participants will be benefitted by her experience and expertise"
Smilie Suri, who is married to Vineet Bangera, tried her hand at theatre acting in 2015. She featured in Paritosh Painter's play Double Trouble. Before learning pole dacing, Smilie was already a trained dancer and even trained for the Olympics before debuting in Bollywood with Kalyug. She was with Bollywood choreographer Shiamak Davar's group for five years and has also been trained by Sandeep Soparrkar. Smilie has also learnt Kathak from Vijayshree Choudhary
Former Bollywood actress Smilie Suri celebrated her birthday with brother, filmmaker Mohit Suri and her niece Devi Surion in Mumbai