A Punjabi and Iyengar by birth, she was born in Mumbai to Amarjit Singh Bajwa, a Naval Officer and Jayalakshmi Bajwa. She has a younger sister, Deepika Bajwa. She was crowned Miss Pune in 2005, after which she started modeling part-time while studying. When she went to Hyderabad for a ramp show, the director of Modati spotted her and asked her if she was interested in films. She had finished her 12th then and had a five-month gap before college and hence agreed to star in his film, despite excelling in academics. She pursued a degree in English Literature from Symbiosis International University, Pune which too she excelled in.