Gold Coast paramedic student Teigan Lloyd-Evans has won SBS talent series Bollywood Star.
Lloyd-Evans, who works in a warehouse, was named the winner by Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt, over finalists Gautum “G-Luv” Koul, Sharon Johal and Sarah Roberts.
“It feels incredible. It is not what I expected when I started this competition. It’s just so overwhelming. My life is going to be so different. I’m not just the studying paramedic from the Gold Coast anymore – I’m going to be in a film! It feels out of this world,” she said.
“That moment Mahesh pronounced me as Australia’s Bollywood Star, I didn’t know which emotion was overtaking me! I felt so many different things in that first 30 seconds and I think you can probably see this in my reaction. There was overwhelming disbelief, joy, gratitude and this amazing feeling of adventure. The most intense, gratifying adventure I had just experienced and the crazy new horizon I had just begun to see.
“I had no idea what this could mean for me now, just a proud true blue Aussie girl given the opportunity to share my life’s experiences on screen with millions of people. I was so proud.”
With a Welsh, Danish and Australian background, she sees the win as a turning point in her life and admits to being torn by her future path.
“I still question what I will do when I head to Mumbai to film a movie with Mahesh. Will I stay in India? Will I come home and keep working as a Paramedic? Or will I use my time wisely to keep both careers alive? I can’t imagine my life now without either of my new found careers. Both are something I really deeply love and they will always be me. Both Paramedics and Bollywood I see as passionate, exciting, unpredictable futures. I think I will have to use all the help I can get and chase both of them! I can’t compare them and I can’t choose one. I want to be the first ever True Blue Gori Bollywood Star Paramedic!”