Overnight Sensation Maleesha Kharwa ‘Slum Princess of India’ & All You Need To Know About Her

By Ritika Bidawat | 2 min read

Dreams are like a fresh breath of air, always new and exciting for those who hold them close. Meet Maleesha Kharwa, a 14-year-old girl hailing from the negatively popular slums of Dharavi, Mumbai.

She’s become a social media sensation, known as the “princess of the slums,” ever since she was chosen to model for Forest Essentials’ latest campaign, “Yuvati Selections.”

Forest essential fame Maleesha Kharwa
Source – Instagram

In this blog, we’ll delve into Maleesha’s extraordinary journey, exploring the hardships she faced, her unexpected entry into the world of modeling, and the limitless dreams that fuel her spirit.

Maleesha Kharwa – The Viral Girl

Battling Life’s Challenges Life in the slums of Dharavi has never been a cakewalk, but for Maleesha, it’s all she’s ever known. Sleeping under leaky roofs and skipping meals were part of her everyday routine.

However, this brave young girl has a unique way of looking at things. She never let the tough times get her down. In fact, to her, it was all just a normal part of life.

In this Cinderella Story, the life-changing fairy finally was introduced, American actor Robert Hoffman, who happened to notice Maleesha’s captivating smile and her burning passion to make a difference. While shooting a music video in India, Robert got stranded due to the pandemic and had a chance encounter with Maleesha Kharwa, who shared her dreams with the Hollywood star. Inspired by her ambitions, Robert created an entire Instagram page dedicated to her, which now boasts over Three lakh followers (300,000).

Maleesha Kharwa
Source – Instagram

She will be bigger than Kylie. Her story, her personality, and her face will make her the biggest star in the world. Just watch !

Robert Hoffman, (Quoted on Instagram Post)

Impressed by her dedication and infectious positive attitude, he recognized her star quality. And just like that, Maleesha’s journey into the world of modeling began. Forest Essentials chose her to grace their campaigns, and even Cosmopolitan magazine couldn’t resist her charm. Who would’ve thought that a girl with no filmy background could become such a sensation, just at the age of 14?

Maleesha Kharwa
Source – Instagram

Dreaming Big Maleesha Kharwa has a vision board for modeling where she pours her heart and soul into her dreams. She imagines herself as the face of top-notch brands like H&M and Zara. Those dreams fuel her with passion and keep her desire for a better life alive.

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Despite her skyrocketing success, Maleesha Kharwa remains as down-to-earth as ever. She values her education and attends a government school, where she’s recognized as a bright student. English is her favorite subject, and she brings home impressive grades that make her dad beam with pride.

Maleesha Kharwa
Source – Instagram

Maleesha Kharwa wants to create a stable and prosperous life not just for herself but for her extended family too, who still reside in Dharavi. She understands the power of education and how it can pave the way to a brighter future.

She dreams of a world free from hunger, sleepless nights, and regrets, where clean clothes, fresh drinking water, and a cozy little space to call her own are the norm. She’s on a quest to find that place, that magical corner on Earth where dreams truly come to life.

Maleesha Kharwa
Source – Instagram

Maleesha Kharwa’s fame spread like wildfire when Maleesha’s video, posted in April by forest essential , quickly went viral, garnering an astonishing 9 million views. She has amassed a following of 300k and a growing number of admirers who are praising her work and dedication. You can join her journey by exploring her Instagram page.

Maleesha Kharwa has already had two films signed under her name in Hollywood, and this is only the beginning of a journey that will see her become the face of India. Mad4India wishes her endless luck and success.

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