- Born to Indian Muslim parents in New York City; grew up in Stone Mountain, GA, a suburb of Atlanta.
- Parents didn't allow her to take drama courses in high school, but she was finally able to pursue acting at Boston University's College of Fine Arts; also performed with an Atlanta theater company during summer breaks.
- After arriving in Los Angeles following graduation, landed a leading role in West Bank Story, a musical comedy that won the 2006 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.
- Made her TV debut in a 2005 episode of CSI: NY.
- Is fluent in Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati.