Popularly known as Geet to TikTok users, Sangeeta Jain lost her mobility after a car accident when she was just ten.
“I slept in peace and woke up to ambulance sirens,” she recalls. Clueless about what was going on, she heard the doctor tell her parents that she could never walk again as she was paralyzed.
Fast forward to today, she's doing a commendable job to debunk controversies surrounding the social media platform. With about a whopping two million fans and an equally impressive 33 million hearts (likes) on TikTok, she continues to reach out to her fans with inspirational, as well as educational videos and messages.
Her messages mostly support domestic abuse victims, and teach basic English in an easy-to-understand format, touching the hearts of millions of Indians.
Professionally a lawyer in the States, Geet was always attracted to acting. With superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Hrithik Roshan starting their careers, this was the time Bollywood was on the verge of reaching its prime.
Her paralysis didn't stop her from taking up roles whenever she got a chance. As a result, she made it into a talent show called 'India's Best Cinestars ki Khoj,' which was aired on Zee TV. While she didn't clear the final rounds, she gained enough confidence to make it on her own, despite her limited mobility.
By 2018, she had made a mark in Telugu film projects, as well as a content producer and public speaker. Aside from that, she worked on her own TedX talk back in 2016.
TikTok had garnered huge popularity in India by 2018. Geet initially planned to come up with comedic videos for the platform, along with her grandmother, who also loves acting. While talking to MensXP, she noted that making motivational videos is what kicked the account off.
By February 2019, her account had expanded with thousands of fans who appreciated her work. Motivated to upload positive messages more frequently to trigger social change, she began to realize and accept responsibility for her work.
Deemed as Bollywood’s first wheelchair actress, Geet adopts a unique style of teaching English to her audience, ranging from common pronunciation errors and how to correct them to explore new words, and pointing out huge grammatical issues. Given that a majority of Indian TikTok users belong to the Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, it is hardly surprising that her account appeals to them.
TikTok gives its users a platform to showcase their creativity, allowing people like Geet to freely express them to the world. The platform offers an impressive array of content including beauty tips, life hacks, and motivational videos just to name a few.
Image credit: The Official Geet / YouTube Screencap