Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Soha Ali Khan

Soha Ali Khan (Hindi: सोहा अली खान, Bengali:, born, Soha Ali Khan Pataudi, on 4 October 1978) is an Indian actress who works in Bollywood films.
Early life
Khan was born into the of the Royal Family of Pataudi. Both her father, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, the current Nawab, and paternal grandfather, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, are former captains of the Indian cricket team. Her mother, Sharmila Tagore, is a film actress and a distant relative of Bengali Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Her brother Saif Ali Khan is also a Bollywood actor and her sister Saba Ali Khan is a jewellery designer. She attended The British School in New Delhi and Balliol College, Oxford.
Before embarking upon her film career, Khan worked for the Ford Foundation and Citibank. She is involved in a range of activities outside the acting world, including serving on the Advisory Board for a new project of the public entrepreneur group, Res Publica. She has also recently modelled for the spring-summer collection of Globus, an Indian chain of boutiques.
Khan made her acting debut with the Bollywood film Dil Maange More (2004), where she shared credits with Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia and Tulip Joshi. She has since received critical acclaim for her performances in the Bengali film Antar Mahal (2005) and Rang De Basanti (2006). Khoya Khoya Chand, earned her critical acclaim, although it was not successful at the box office. Her latest release 99 was a critical and commercial success and her performance was acclaimed. Her next release Tum Mile also received a positive review. Khan also hosted a show called Godrej Khelo Jeeto Jiyo on Star Plus.
2007: Star's Sabsey Favourite Nayi Heroine
2007: GIFA Best Supporting Actress for Rang De Basanti
2007: IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award for Rang De Basanti
2007: Nominated-Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Rang De Basanti
Year Film Role Other notes
2004 Iti Srikanta Kamallata Bengali film.
Dil Maange More Neha
2005 Pyaar Mein Twist Ria
Shaadi No. 1 Sonia
Antar Mahal Jasomati Bengali film.
2006 Rang De Basanti Sonia Winner IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award
Ahista Ahista Megha
2007 Khoya Khoya Chand Nikhat
2008 Mumbai Meri Jaan Rupali Joshi
Dil Kabaddi Mita
Tera Kya Hoga Johnny Preeti
2009 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge Neha
Airport Filming
99 Pooja
Tum Mile Sanjana
Godrej Khelo Jeeto Jiyo

Konkona Sen Sharma

Konkona Sen Sharma (Bengali:Kôngkôna Shen Shôrma, Hindi: कोंकणा सेन शर्मा), born 3 December 1979, is an Indian actress. She is the daughter of filmmaker Aparna Sen. Sharma appears primarily in Indian arthouse and independent films, and her achievements in the genre have established her as one of the leading actresses of contemporary parallel cinema.

Making her debut as a child artist in the film Indira (1983), Sharma debuted as an adult in the Bengali thriller Ek Je Aachhe Kanya (2000). She first gained attention with the English-language film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002), which was directed by her mother, and received the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film. Her appearance in the drama (2005) got her wider recognition from audiences, and she has since starred in a number of films, most of which have garnered her critical praise rather than commercial success. She won two consecutive Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Awards for her performances in Omkara (2006) and Life in a... Metro (2007), respectively. Her performance in the former won her a second National Award under the Best Supporting Actress category.
Early life
Sen Sharma is the daughter of Mukul Sharma (a science writer and journalist) and Aparna Sen (an actress and film director). She also has an older sibling Kamalini Chatterjee.Sen Sharma's maternal grandfather, Chidananda Dasgupta, is a film critic, scholar, professor, writer and one of the co-founders of the Calcutta Film Society. Her grandmother Supriya Dasgupta is a cousin of legendary modern Bengali poet Jibanananda Das.
Sen Sharma has a degree in English from St. Stephen's College, Delhi which she received in 2001. She was a student of the Modern High School for Girls, Calcutta, as well as the Calcutta International School.
Early career
Sen Sharma made her debut as a child artist in the film Indira (1983). In 2000, she made her adult debut in Bengali film Ek Je Aachhe Kanya, in which she played a negative character. It was followed by a role in Rituparno Ghosh's acclaimed film Titli, opposite Mithun Chakraborty and her mother Aparna Sen.
She became a known face when she starred in the English-language film Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, directed by Aparna Sen. The film performed well mainly in multiplexes and was a major success with critics. Sen Sharma's performance as a Tamil housewife and her mastery of this accent were received well and she was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actress.This was followed by the National Film Award-winning social film, Page 3 (2005).Her role of a smart journalist drew praise and she became a more familiar face to the movie-going public.
Turning point, 2005-present
Sen Sharma was offered the lead role in Mira Nair's Hollywood film, The Namesake (2007) but, owing to clashing dates with 15 Park Avenue, she could not commit to the project.[7] But she followed it up with another acclaimed performances as a mentally ill woman in 15 Park Avenue (2005) and middle age village woman in Omkara (2006). For the latter, she received the both Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her next release Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante (2006) got average reviews. In 2006, Sen Sharma made her directorial debut with an 18-minute Bengali short film[8] Naamkoron (Naming Ceremony) for the Kala Ghoda Film Festival.[9]
Following this, Sen Sharma acted in Dosar, a Bengali art film by Rituporno Ghosh, which premiered at several international film festivals. She won the Best Actress award at Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival for this film
Her first release of 2007 was her second collaboration with Madhur Bhandarkar, a noir film named Traffic Signal, in which she played a street prostitute.Her second released film of 2007, Anurag Basu's Life in a... Metro, was released to good reviews and performed well at the Indian box office.The film depicted the life of different individuals in Mumbai, and Sen Sharma's performance as a young and insecure woman earned her a second Filmfare Award.

In late 2007, Sen Sharma acted in two movies under the Yash Raj Films banner. She noted her excitement toward these two projects as these were the first films in which she had to lip-sync for songs. In the first one, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, a drama directed by Pradeep Sarkar, she portrayed the character of a Banaras small town young woman, Chutki, alongside Rani Mukerji. The film was a critical and commercial failure in India, even though her performance was received well. The second one was Aaja Nachle, which was widely promoted as the comeback film of Madhuri Dixit. The film did not do well. Rajeev Masand from CNN-IBN noted her performance in the film as being "...nothing short of fantastic. Her greatest strength is that she isn't afraid of making a fool of herself and she doesn't worry about being laughed at. As a result, her performance in Aaja Nachle is fearless and uninhibited."
In 2008, Sen Sharma starred in Dil Kabaddi. She starred in a short film (How Can It Be?) directed by Mira Nair for a movie project called 8, which was screened at several film festivals in 2008 before having a theatrical release.
In 2009, she appeared in the low-budget English-language film The President Is Coming, directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur. The film opened to generally positive reviews. Reviews were favorably directed toward her. Nikhat Kazmi from The Times of India wrote, "Performance-wise, it's the uptight and complex-ridden Ms Konkona who walks away with laurels and laughs even as the film takes a healthy snigger at the desi self."[15]

Sen Sharma next starred in Zoya Akhtar's Luck by Chance, opposite Farhan Akhtar.[16] Upon release, the film met with highly positive reviews from critics, as did her performance, but did not perform as expected at the box office.[17][18] Sen Sharma's latest 2009 release was Ayan Mukerjee's romantic comedy Wake Up Sid in which she starred alongside Ranbir Kapoor. Upon release, the film received universally positive reviews,and her performance received rave reviews. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote, "Konkona is natural to the core and the best part is, she's so effortless. Here's another winning performance from this incredible performer." New York Times wrote, "Ms. Sharma has made a specialty of characters like Aisha: independent urban women, whose dreams involve careers as well as love. Her Aisha is a nuanced creation — ambitious, sympathetic, believable — and Mr. Mukerji, making his directing debut, is right to let her run away with the film."

In 2010, Sen Sharma starred in Ashwani Dheer's comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge opposite Ajay Devgan and Paresh Rawal.Her latest release was Neeraj Pathak's Right Yaa Wrong where she played a lawyer.
She also has completed shooting for Rituparno Ghosh's comedy film Sunglass and Vinay Shukla's Mirch. As of September 2009, Sen Sharma plays the leading role in Aparna Sen's Iti Mrinaliniwhich is targeted to release in June 2010.[ will also appear in Amitabh Verma's untitled film opposite Ranvir Shorey, Sabyasachi Mukherjee's directorial debut film, alongside Prateek Babbar and Vidya Balan and Basu Chatterjee's next.Sen Sharma was also cast for Aditya Chopra's next Mumbai, which is based on the world famous 2008 Mumbai Terrorist Attacks alongside Arjun Rampal, Shahid Kapoor, Rani Mukherji and Esha Deol.
In June 2009, Sen Sharma starred onstage first time at Atul Kumar's The Blue Mug alongside Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey and Sheeba Chadha. In 2010, the play was toured around the nation and abroad.
Personal life
Sen Sharma is in a relationship with actor Ranvir Shorey. In July 2008, Aparna Sen confirmed that her daughter was engaged to Ranvir Shorey
In the media
In 2005, Sen Sharma was ranked 11th on Rediff's "Top Bollywood Female Stars.She was later ranked 9th in 2006
Sen Sharma has made three appearances on Karan Johar's talk show Koffee with Karan. She appeared with her Mr. and Mrs. Iyer co-star Rahul Bose in 2004, and later on along with Kunal Kapoor and Ritesh Deshmukh. In 2007, she hosted a programme called My Brilliant Brain, which aired on National Geographic Channel
Year Film Role Notes
1983 Indira Child artist
1989 Picnic Daughter TV
1994 Amodini Teenage stepmother
2001 Ek Je Aachhe Kanya Ria
2002 Titli Titli
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer Meenakshi Iyer Winner, National Film Award for Best Actress
2004 Chai Pani Etc. Shanti/Radha Joshi
2005 Amu Kaju "Amu"
Page 3 Madhvi Sharma
15 Park Avenue Mithi
2006 Dosar Kaberi Chatterjee
Mixed Doubles Malti
Yun Hota To Kya Hota Tilottima Punj
Omkara Indu Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Winner , National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Deadline: Sirf 24 Ghante Sanjana
Karkat Rashi College girl TV
2007 Traffic Signal Noori
Life in a... Metro Shruti Ghosh Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Chutki (Shubhavari Sahay) Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Aaja Nachle Anokhi
2008 Fashion Herself Special Appearance
Dil Kabaddi[35] Simi
8 Zeinab (segment "how can it be ?")
2009 The President Is Coming Maya Roy
Luck by Chance[16] Sona Mishra
Wake up Sid Aisha Bannerjee
2010 Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge Munmun
Right Yaa Wrong[36] Radhika Patnaik
Iti Mrinalini[37] Mrinalini Mitra Delay
Mirch[38] Lavni / Anita
Sunglass Delay
Amavas Nisha Delay
Meridian Pramilla Delay
Mumbai Rianna Pre-production
National Film Awards
2003: National Film Award for Best Actress, Mr and Mrs Iyer
2007: National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, Omkara
Filmfare Awards
2007: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, for Omkara
2008: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, for Life in a... Metro
Zee Cine Awards
2006: Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut, Page 3 (Jointly with Vidya Balan)
2007: Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Female, for Omkara
IIFA Awards
2008: IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award, Life in a... Metro
AIFA Awards
2007: Special Recognition Award - 15, Park Avenue
2008: Best Supporting Actress Award - Life in a... Metro
Other Awards
2002: Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards : Best Actress for Ek Je Aachhe Kanya
2003: Anandalok Awards : Critics Choice for Mr and Mrs Iyer
2005: Kalakar Awards : Best Actress for Page 3.
2007: Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards : Most Outstanding Performance of the Year for 15, Park Avenue
2007: Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival : Best Actress for Dosar.
Nominations for Awards (Important ones)

2007: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, for Laaga Chunari Mein Daag

Deepak Dobriyal

Deepak Dobriyal (Hindi = दीपक डोबरियाल)- Indian cinema and theatre actor.He worked in many films like Gulaal, Delhi 6, Omkara, Maqbool, Shaurya, 1971, 13B, Midnight Lost and Found, Three Aces, The Blue Umbrella (film) and Mumbai Cutting.

Deepak's parents belong to Kabra village near Reethakhal and Satpuli village, Pauri Garhwal (Uttarakhand). He got his education in Delhi. He started his acting career in 1994 with eminent Theatre director Arvind Gaur. His major plays with Gaur are Tughlaq, Andha Yug, Final Solutions, Desire Under the Elms, Rakt kalyan, Taledanda, Court Martial, Dario Fo’s operation three star, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Good Person of Szechwan, Neil Simon's The Good Doctor and Ashok Lal's Ek Mamooli Aadmi.After six years with Asmita theatre, he also worked one year with director Pt. N. K. Sharma. He acted in Aao Saathi Sapna Dekhen, Hamaar Baabuji ki chhattri and Aksar Maine Socha Hai [citation needed].

1.Gulaal (2009) as Bhaati..........Directed by Anurag Kashyap.
2.13 B {2009} as Ashok..........Directed by Vikram.K.Kumar [6]
3.Delhi-6 (2009) as Mamdu halwai..........Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
4.Shaurya (2008) as Cap. Javed Khan..........Directed by Sammar Khan.
5.1971 (2007) as Flight Lt. Gurtu..........Directed by Amrit Saagar
6.Midnight Lost and Found (2007) as Arvind (V)..........Directed by Atul Sabbarwal
7.Omkara (2006) as Rajju Tiwari..........Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj....... won Filmfare Special Performance Award
8.Chatri Chor (2005) as Robot Owner..........Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj
9.Maqbool (2003) as Thapar..........Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj
10.Three Aces for Star One..........Directed by Sanjay Sharma
Upcoming Films
1.Mumbai Cutting(2009) (completed)..........Directed by Kundan Shah
2.Daayen Ya Baayen {2009}..........Directed by Bela Negi

Gracy Singh

Gracy Singh born on (20 July 1980 in Delhi, India), is an Indian actress, from Punjab. She is best known for her role as Gauri in Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India. She began her career touring with the dance group "The Planets" and her first acting role was in the television soap, Amanat. She then got an acting role in the film Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (as Kajol's younger sister) and also in Hu Tu Tu. This finally led her to her role opposite Aamir Khan in Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India where she played a village belle. She was nominated for this role for best debut actress, losing the award to Bipasha Basu.

She then got a few hit films to her credit in Hindi and Telugu including Munnabhai M.B.B.S. and Santosham. She is director of the NGO Save our Souls for abolishing dowry. She has also starred in Punjabi films such as Lakh pardesi hoye.Awards
In 2002 Awards of the International Indian Film Academy: won Special award "Face of the Year" was nominated for Popular Award Actress in a Leading Role for Lagaan. Also won the Screen Weekly Awards's Most Promising Newcomer and Zee Cine Awards Best Debut- Female both for Lagaan.
Hu Tu Tu (1999) ... Shanti
Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999) (as Gracy) ... Maya
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) ... Gauri
Santosham (2002) ... Padmavathi
Armaan (2003) ... Dr. Neha Mathur
Gangaajal (2003) ... Anuradha
Munnabhai M.B.B.S. (2003) ... Dr. Suman "Chinki" Asthana
Muskaan (2004) ... Muskaan
Shart: The Challenge (2004) ... Sonam
Wajahh: A Reason to Kill (2004) ... Trishna Bhargava
The White Land (2006) ... Sudha Patel
Lakh Pardesi Hoiye (2008) ... Neha
Deshdrohi (2008)
Chanchal (2008) ... Chanchal
Meghave Meghave (2009), Kannada
Dekh Bhai Dekh (2009)
Aseema (2009)
Ramdev (2009)
Loudspeaker (2009), Malayalam
Rama Rama Krishna Krishna (2010), Telugu
Milta Hai Chance By Chance (2010) Hindi, Filming

Zarine Khan

Zarine Khan (born 25 May 1984 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) is an Indian actress and model who appears in Bollywood films. She started her acting career in 2010 with the film Veer, starring Salman Khan.She has been noted for looking very similar to actress and model Katrina Kaif.
Early life
Khan was born to a Muslim Pashtun family in Mumbai. In college she weighed almost 100 kg (220 lb). Although she never planned to be model, she began to focus on losing weight and getting into shape upon the urging of a cousin. She gave up sweets and started going to the gym, eventually losing a large amount of weight. Her family's financial troubles forced Khan to abandon her education and begin working. With no marketable skills, she tried her hand at modeling. Khan did a number of small assignments that fetched her enough money to run her family's house.
Acting career
Khan's acting career began while visiting the set of Yuvraaj at Subhash Ghai's film school Whistling Woods. Salman Khan noticed her and decided to cast her for his film Veer because, he said, "She looks the character - the sweet princess she is playing in Veer".After a screen test, Khan was given the role of Princess Yashodhara. She gained eight kilograms in order to be more convincing as a 19th century princess.
Year Film Role Notes
2010 Veer Princess Yashodhara Debut film
2011 Partner 2 Pre-production

Kunal Kapoor

Kunal Kapoor is a former Indian film actor of British and Indian descent. He is the eldest son of Shashi Kapoor and the late Jennifer Kendal.
Family background
Kunal was born in the famous Kapoor family, particularly known for having produced several generations of popular actors and actresses. His paternal grandfather was Prithviraj Kapoor. his paternal uncles are Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. His younger brother Karan Kapoor and sister Sanjana Kapoor have also acted in some films but like him they were not very successful. His maternal grandparents Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Kendal were actors who toured India and Asia with their theatre group, Shakespeareana, performing Shakespeare and Shaw. The Merchant Ivory film, Shakespeare Wallah, was loosely based on the family, which starred his father and his aunt, the actress Felicity Kendal.

He was married to Sheena Sippy, daughter of film director Ramesh Sippy, they have two children, Zahan Prithviraj Kapoor & Shaira Laura Kapoor.

Kunal mostly acted in his father's films. He made his debut with the 1972 English-language film Siddhartha in which he played the son of the title character played by his father. He then appeared in Shyam Benegal's critically acclaimed 1978 film Junoon which also featured his father, mother and both his siblings. In 1981 he appeared in his first mainstream Bollywood film titled Ahista Ahista opposite Padmini Kolhapure. The film was a box office hit but it failed to launch his career. In 1982 he once again featured alongside his father in the much acclaimed Vijeta. After that he appeared in the controversial art film Utsav (1984), and Trikaal (1985).

Director and producer
In 1987, Kunal set up his own company, Adfilm-Valas, and started producing and directing television commercials. One of this memorable creations was the "Dream Lover" series for Bombay Dyeing, starring his brother, Karan. Since then, he has directed more than 800 television commercials and is considered one of the better adfilm directors in India.[citation needed] He is particularly known for his large scale formats, action, glamour and humour. Of late, most of the successful car commercials in India have been produced and directed by Kunal[citation needed].

Adfilm-Valas has also line-produced for many international feature films and adfilms shot in India. Notably, the credit sequence of the film City of Joy, and the French films Le Cactus (2005) and Fire in Paradise.

Kunal Kapoor, along with his father, Shashi Kapoor are the Trustees of the Shri Prithviraj Kapoor Memorial Trust & Research Foundation, which owns and runs Prithvi Theatre in Juhu, Mumbai ( set up and built by Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer Kapoor ). The Prithvi Theatre, now managed by Kunal’s younger sister Sanjna Kapoor, aims to promote professional Indian theatre, develop new theatre talent and audience, and be a centre of inspiration for Theatre and the performing arts.

Filmography (as an actor)
Siddharta (1972)
Junoon (1978)
Ahista Ahista (1981)
Vijeta (1982)
Utsav (1984)
Trikaal (1985)

Kunal Khemu

Kunal Sharik Kheemu (better known as his stage name Kunal Khemu) (Hindi: कुणाल खेमू, born in 12 May 1983 in Srinagar, India) is an Indian Bollywood actor.
Early life and education
Kunal Khemu was born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir in 1983 to a Kashmiri Pandit family of actors, Ravi and Jyoti Khemu. Subsequently in 1990 when he seven years old, his family moved to Delhi and finally to Mumbai, where he grew up in the Mira Road suburb of Mumbai, and studied in the Niranjanlal Dalmia High School, passing in 1999. He did his graduation from Narsee Monjee College,He studied in a school named Dalmia International school in Mira road Mumbai.

Kunal had started his career as a child actor appearing in the Doordarshan TV series, Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (1987) directed by Ved Rahi and made his film debut with Mahesh Bhatt's movie Sir (1993), starring Naseeruddin Shah and Pooja Bhatt as leads.

Later on, he went on to appear as a child actor in films such as Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Raja Hindustani (1996), Tamanna and Mahesh Bhatt's autobiographical film, Zakhm (1998). He received great praises by the audience and critics for his role in Zakhm, where he played young Bhatt. However, after Zakhm, now a entering class Xth having done Zakhm during his vacations, decided to take a break from films for the next six years to complete his education.

He made his debut as a leading man in the 2005 film Kalyug producded by Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt.His 2007 releases Madhur Bhandarkar's Traffic Signal and Dhol were moderately successful at the box office.

His first 2008 release Superstar didn't do well at the box office, but nevertheless, he continued getting popular. His latest movie were Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge, Jai and Veeru and 99.

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Sir Kunal Child-Artist, uncredited
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke Sunny Child-Artist
1994 Naaraz Kunal Child-Artist, uncredited
1997 Raja Hindustani Rajnikant Child-Artist
Bhai Krishna (Kundan's Brother) Child-Artist
1998 Dushman Bhim Child-Artist
Tamanna Sajid Khan's Childhood Child-Artist
Angaaray Young Amar Child-Artist
Zakhm Young Ajay Child-Artist
2005 Kalyug - Hell and Back Kunal P. Darr
2007 Traffic Signal Silsila
Dhol Gautam Goti' Sesodia Nominated, Filmfare Awards, Best Comedian
SuperStar Kunal Mehra / Karan Saxena
2009 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge Anand Pawar Nominated Filmfare Awards, for Best Comedian
Jai Veeru Veeru
99 Sachin
2010 Golmaal 3 Shashank Filming

Aditi Gowitrikar

Dr. Aditi Gowitrikar (born May 21,1976) is an Indian model, actress and a doctor. She won Gladrags Megamodel, and the Mrs. World contest in 2001, and most recently appeared in reality television series, Bigg Boss (Season 3).
Gowitrikar was born on 21 May 1976 to an Brahmin Marathi family in Panvel, Maharashtra. She did her schooling in Barns High School in Panvel and her MBBS at Grant Medical College in Mumbai .

Gowitrikar is originally a doctor by profession.She started her career as a model after winning the Gladrags Mega Model contest in 1996 won the “best body” and “best face” prizes in Asian Super Model Contest in 1997. She modeled for companies such as Ponds and appeared in TV commercials for Coca Cola while working as a ramp model in Mumbai. In 2000, Gowitrikar participated in the Gladrags Mrs. India 2000 contest where she won and was subsequently sent to Mrs. World 2001 held in Las Vegas where she won again.

Since winning Mrs. World 2001, Gowitrikar continued modeling and also has appeared in minor roles in a number of Bollywood and South Indian films. She has acted in the Hindi TV serial "Ye Meri Life Hai" and participated in reality television series such Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi (2008) hosted by Akshay Kumar, and the most recently in the reality television series, Bigg Boss (Season 3) (2009).

Personal life
Gowitrikar has a younger sister, Kirtan (Arzoo) Gowitrikar, who works as an actress. She also has a younger brother Alpan (Mausam) Gowitrikar who is 9 years younger than her and is her personal assistant.

Gowitrikar was married to Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala and they have 2 kids together. The couple separated in early 2009 and have filed for divorce.

Screen appearances

Thammudu (1999)
Badri (2001)
Soch (2002)
16 December (2002)
Baaz: A Bird in Danger (2003)
Dhund: The Fog (2003)
Paheli (2005)
Victoria No. 203: Diamonds Are Forever (2007)
De Dana Dan (2009)
Music albums:

Baarish ho rahi hai (By Anu Malik)
Kabhi to nazar milao (By Adnan Sami)
TV Advertisements:

Pataka Tea
Chaat Masala
Clinic All Clear
Eureka Forbes
Keo Karpin Hair Oil
Shopper's Stop

Aarti Chhabria

Aarti Chhabria (Hindi: आरती छाबरिया, pronounced [ˈaːr(ə)tiː ˈtʃʰaːbərɪjaː]) (born 21 November 1982) is an Indian actress and a former model, who appears in Bollywood, Telugu and Kannada movies.
Background and career
Chhabria comes from a Sindhi family. She made her debut in a Hindi movie Lajja.[1]

Tum Mere Ho (2010) - (Under Production)
Maqsad (2010) - (To Go On Floor)
Milenge Milenge (July 9, 2010) - to be released in July (opposite Shahid Kapoor)
Rajini (2009) - Kannada film (opposite Upendra)
Daddy Cool (2009) - character name "Nancy" (opposite Sunil Shetty)
Toss (2009) - character name "Sasha"
Dhoom Dadakka (2008)
Kisse Pyaar Karoon (2009)
Chinatakayala Ravi (2008) - Telugu film Special song with Venkatesh
Gopi Goda meedha Pilli (2008) - Telugu film Allari Naresh, Jagapathi babu
Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007) - (character name "tannu" opposite Tushar Kapoor)
Santha (2007) Kannada film - (opposite shiv raj kumar)
Partner (2007) - Special appearance
Anamika (2007) - Special appearance
Teesri Aankh - The Hidden Camera (2006)
Gopi-Goda meeda pilli (2006) - Telugu film
Aham Premasmi (2005) - Kannada film
Shaadi No. 1 (2005) - (opposite Fardeen Khan)
Ssukh (2005) - (opposite Govinda)
Into Sreemathi Veedhilo Kumari (2004) - Telugu (opposite shrikanth & prabhudeva)
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004) - (Guest appearance)
Raja Bhaiya (2003) - (opposite Govinda)
Okariki Okaru (2003) - Telugu (character name:Subbalakshmi)
Awara Paagal Deewana(2002) - (Opp Akshay Kumar as character name :Tina)
Tumse Accha Kaun Hai(2002) - (main lead debut film as character name:naina)
Lajja (2001) - (cameo role with Rekha,Danny and Sharman Joshi)

Tulip Joshi

Tulip Joshi (born 11 September 1979) is an Indian actress who has appeared in Bollywood,
Early life
Joshi was born in Mumbai to a Gujarati Indian father and an Armenian mother who was born in Lebanon and moved to India. She was brought up in Mumbai where she attended the Jamnabai Narsee School, and later Mithibai College from where she graduated majoring food science and chemistry. She excelled in sports, competing in athletics at the National level. She has two sisters, Selphi and Monalisa. Her sister Monalisa is married to Bollywood actor Rajat Bedi. She has a nephew, Vivann, and niece, Vera.

Tulip entered the Femina Miss India in 2000. She did not make it to the list of winners, but was noticed by many advertising agencies. She appeared in a number of advertising campaigns for big brands (Ponds, Pepsi, Siyaram, BPL, Smirnoff etc.). She also appeared in a video made as a tribute to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. tulips name was changed

Film career
Tulip entered movies quite by chance. She was a friend of the bride of Aditya Chopra, the son of director Yash Chopra. The family noticed her at their wedding and asked her to appear for an audition, following which they cast her in Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai.

Not being fluent in Hindi, she trained in Hindi diction and in acting at Feroze Khan’s studio. She was also advised by the film-makers to change her name to something more Indian, as audiences might have difficulty in accepting a heroine with such an unconventional name. She chose the name Sanjana, she was playing the character of Anjali in that film.

The film was quite a success Despite the good reviews and success, Tulip was heavily panned for her acting.

After a two-year hiatus, she reappeared in Matrubhoomi - a dark film about a futuristic world with almost no women. Her performance in it was praised and established her credibility as an actress.Dhoka movie also gave her some recognition.

Reverting to her given name, Tulip next appeared in the Telugu film Villain. Her next Hindi movie was Dil Maange More with Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia and Soha Ali Khan. The film got average reviews but it was not a box office success.

She appeared in her first Punjabi film in 2009 called "Jag Jeondeyan De Mele" with famous Punjabi singer and actor, Harbhajan Mann.[citation needed]

Title Year Role Other Notes
Daddy Cool 2009 Maria Released
Jag Jeondeyan De Mele 2009 Mitro & Akam In Punjabi
Runway 2009 Shaina Released
Kabhi Kahin 2008 Saudamini Post-Production
SuperStar 2008 Mausam
Mission 90 Days 2007 In Malayalam
Dhokha 2007 Sarah
Hostel 2008 Post-Production
Shunya 2006 Under Production
Matrubhoomi 2005 Kalki
Dil Maange More 2004 Sara
Villain 2003 In Telugu
Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai 2002 Anjali Sharma as Sanjana

Pooja Batra

Pooja Batra (Hindi: पूज बत्रा, Urdu: پُوجا بترا) , (born on 27 October 1973) in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, in a Sikh-Punjabi Family, is an Indian actress.

Early life and background
Pooja Batra was born to Ravi Batra, an army colonel who was wounded in the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. Her mother, Neelam Batra was a former Miss India participant in 1971. She did her schooling at Kendriya Vidyalaya, where she enjoyed sports, debates and plays. She was a good athlete who competed in the 200 and 400 meter dash.

She majored in Economics at the Fergusson College, Pune. She also attained her MBA in marketing from Symbiosis College, Pune.She is tall, stands 5'9". She dated actor, Akshay Kumar for some time. She has two twin brothers.

Early career
At a young age, she started modeling as a part-time job. She was best known for her Liril soap commercial. She was the first Indian face to launch and be a spokesperson for Head and Shoulders in India. As a model she has participated in over 250 events and ad campaigns. She shot to fame when she was crowned Miss India in 1993. She went on to become one of the top models in India. She walked the ramp for over 250 fashion shows in India and overseas. She is an ambassador for Parag Sarees.

She has played the lead role in over 20 films. One of her films, Taj Mahal, a historical epic, was shown at the Cannes film festival in 2004. Pooja turned down many offers to complete her education before signing a contract with the Virasat Film Studio. She is the life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film & Television, Noida. In 1995 she did a cameo in a Tamil film called Aasai.

Later career
The first film she signed was Virasat in 1997. She worked in over 21 films including Haseena Maan Jayegi, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya and Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye.

Batra also worked in Malayalam films, majority of them being with Megastars Mohanlal and Mamootty. She also did two Tamil films. She also did theater and toured North America which got her considerable acclaim. She recently appeared at the 2009 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, where she reunited with co-star of Virasat, Anil Kapoor.

Personal life
Batra is married to an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia, and lives in Los Angeles, California. She also has houses in Mumbai and Los Angeles.

Batra has volunteered time and money to charitable causes including AIDS (Mukti Foundation), homeless children, the Bombay Police Department and injured soldiers in the Kashmir war.

She did pro bono work in the film, My Little Devil (Bas Yari Rakho) subtitled in Hindi, English and French to raise funds for the poor children in India. The film was co-produced by NFDC-La Fete (Canada) and directed by Gopi Desai. The film was screened at the 24th Annual Montreal World Film Festival, 2000; Chicago International Children's Film Festival, 2000; 10th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival of World Cinema, 2001 and the Indian Film Festival in Malaysia, 2005.

Awards and nominations
1997: Winner - Sansui Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress, for Virasat
1997: Nominated - Filmfare Award for the Most Promising Newcomer, for Virasat
2006: Nominated - Sansui Screen Award for the Best Actress, for Taj Mahal - An Eternal Love Story
Year Film Role Other notes
1995 Aasai Guest appearance Tamil film
Sisindri Telugu film
1997 Vishwavidhaata Poonam
Virasat Anita
Bhai Pooja
Chandralekha Lekha Malayalam film
1998 Sham Ghansham Roopa
Greeku Veerudu Telugu film
1999 Megham Col. Thampuran's wife, Meghom Malayalam film
Oruvan Tamil film
Haseena Maan Jaayegi Pooja Verma
2000 Bas Yaari Rakho Pratibha
Daivathinte Makan Malayalam film
Kandukondain Kandukondain Nandini Tamil film
Kahin Pyaar na Ho Jaaye Mona
2001 Ittefaq Roshni Hiranandani
Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya Sonia Chopra
Farz Seductress
Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi Savitri
Jodi No.1 Casino Dancer
Nayak: The Real Hero Laila

2003 Talaash: The Hunt Begins Kamini
Parwana Parwana's associate
2005 Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story Noor Jahan

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

rakhi sawant

Rakhi Sawant (born on 25 November) is an item girl, Hindi film and television actreBiography
Sawant was born as Neeru Bheda to Jaya Bheda , who married Sawant, a Police Constable at Worli Police Station and named her children Sawant.[4] Sawant attended Goklibai High School in the Vile Parle suburb of Mumbai and later studied at Mithibai College. She is the sister of film director Rakesh Sawant and former actress Usha Sawant.
While still in high school, Sawant was offered a small dancing part in the film Joru Ka Ghulam. She gained further attention with Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne in which she performed an item number "Mohabbat hai mirchi".[5] She has since appeared in films such as Main Hoon Na and Dil Bole Hadippa!, often playing a dancer or only appearing in an item number.
She formerly dated Abhishek Avasthi with whom she participated in Nach Baliye 3. After the couple lost the contest against Sanjeeda Sheikh and Aamir Ali in 2007, they filed a suit against Star Plus accusing the channel of tampering with the audience voting system.
In 2009, Sawant launched her reality show Rakhi Ka Swayamwar in which she planned to select her future husband with a swayamvara. The show became the highest rated in the history of the Imagine TV channel with both its premiere and finale setting records.On 2 August 2009 she chose her life partner, a contestant from Toronto, Canada, Elesh Parujanwala.However, during the finale of the reality show Pati, Patni Aur Woh several months later, Sawant announced that the couple had separated due to irreconcilable differences.
Year Film Role Notes
1999 Dil Ka Sauda
1999 Joru Ka Ghulam Chandni
Kurukshetra Geeta
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain
2001 Ehsaas: The Feeling
2002 Na Tum Jaano Na Hum
2003 Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne Sheena
Om Celina
Aanch Singer/Dancer at Wedding
2004 Gambeeram Singer/Dancer
Paisa Vasool Dilkhush
Masti Ms. Saxena
Main Hoon Na Mini
7 Chya Aat Gharat (Marathi)
2005 Mumbai Express Special Appearance
Khamoshh... Khauff Ki Raat Kashmira
Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena Singer/Dancer
2006 Malamaal Weekly Special Appearance
Bigg Boss Herself 1 episode
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Pooja Bedi
Journey Bombay to Goa: Laughter Unlimited Deepa V. Kutti
Nach Baliye 3 Jodi 3 TV
Buddha Mar Gaya Kim/Vishkanya
2008 1920 Item number
Gumnaam: The Mystery
10 Ka Dum Herself Guest
Krazzy 4 Item number
2009 Marega Salaa
Mutthirai Item number
Dil Bole Hadippa! Shanno Amritsari
Rakhi Ka Swayamwar Herself and TV
Pati, Patni Aur Woh Herself TV
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha Herself
ss, model and television talk show host.

Deepal Shaw

Deepal Shaw (born 21 February 1986), is an Indian actress, model who works in Bollywood movies.
Early life
Shaw was born and raised in Mumbai, Maharashtra, to parents originally from Uttar Pradesh. She studied in D.P.Y.A. High School, Dadar. Her mother was born in Lucknow, while her father was born in Ayodhya. She has a younger brother.

As a child, her parents encouraged her to sing, first giving her lessons when she was only six years old.

She attended St. Xavier's College, where she pursued a BA in Psychology.[1]

Music career
Shaw began her career as a model, taking part in the 2004 Miss India beauty pageant, advancing to the final round before being cut.[2] After this setback, she rededicated herself to striving for success in the Indian entertainment industry, beginning a career as a singer.

She released her first album (entitled Baby Doll, after her adopted stage name) in 2004. She followed up her strong debut with Baby Doll Chapter 2, featuring many hit remixes such as "Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar" and "Rangeela Re."

Her music consists mainly of modernized remixes of old Hindi songs, entailing a very bass-heavy sound with some hip hop elements. She is currently on Saregama India Records. MTV India has largely been responsible for promoting her music, by playing her sexy and extremely popular music videos.

Film career
Riding the waves of her burgeoning music career, Shaw decided to parlay her success into a career in Bollywood. She signed on to act in Hriday Shetty's Daag - The Shades of Love. However, the project was shelved shortly thereafter.[3]

She made her acting debut in Mahesh Bhatt's controversial Kalyug, opposite Emraan Hashmi and fellow-newcomer Kunal Khemu. Portraying a porn star, Shaw's first role was generally appreciated by critics.

In December 2005, she finished filming on her second venture, Karma, Confessions and Holi, directed by Manish Gupta. The international, English-language film also stars Sushmita Sen, Randeep Hooda, and Naomi Campbell, and is set for release in 2009.

She is currently working on Tumse, co-starring Irrfan Khan.

She also had a brief role in Naseerudin Shah starrer "A Wednesday"

Year Film Role Other notes
2010 Vikalp Post Production [4]
2010 Right Ya Wrong March [5]
2009 Karma, Confessions and Holi Preeti Post-production[6]
2009 Runway Melvyna
2008 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge Lulu [5]
2008 A Wednesday Naina Roy [5]
2008 Chamku
2006 Tumse Various[7] Announced[8]
2005 Kalyug Anita 'Annie'

Divya Dutta

Divya Dutta is an Indian actress of hindi and punjabi films from Sahnewal, Punjab, India. She was born in September 1971.
She did her schooling from renowned Sacred Heart Convent School, Ludhiana. She was first recognized for dubbing the voice of Lisa Ray in the bold story of Kasoor (2001). After working hard for ten long years in Bollywood, Divya was finally recognized and appreciated for her work in Veer-Zaara. She was nominated for a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, 2004 for her performance in Veer-Zaara. She only won one award for her memorable role: Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Female. She also appears in the lead role of the music video for Basement Jaxx's single Romeo.

She Starred In The Star Plus Serial, Shanno Ki Shaadi As The Main Character.She has done the ads of Aircel. She has starred in critically acclaimed Punjabi films such as Shaheed-e-Mohabbat and Des hoyeaa pardes as well as Waris Shah: Ishq da waris.

She Is Married To Adarsh Raghuram

Year Film Role Notes
1994 Ishq Mein Jeena Ishq Mein Marna
1995 Surakshaa Bindiya
1995 Veergati Sandhya
1996 Agni Sakshi Urmi
1996 Chhote Sarkar Meena
1996 Ram Aur Shyam Sunaina
1997 Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat Sharda's Sister
1997 Daava Deepa
1998 Gharwali Baharwali
1998 Iski Topi Uske Sarr Milli
1998 Bade Miyan Chote Miyan Madhu
1998 Train to Pakistan
1999 Shaheed-E-Mohabbat Zainab
1999 Samar
1999 Rajaji Sonia
1999 Baadshah Mrs. Nathan
2000 Basanti Malaki
2001 Kasoor Priti Saxena
2002 Maya Namara Special Appereance
2002 Inth Ka Jawab Patthar Kanchan
2002 23rd March 1931: Shaheed
2002 Sur: The Melody of Life Rita D'Silva
2002 Shakthi: The Power Shekhar's sister
2002 Zindagi Khoobsoorat Hai Kitu
2003 Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye Dulari
2003 Joggers' Park Chatterjee's daughter
2003 Baghban Reena Malhotra
2003 LOC: Kargil Yadav's wife
2004 Shobhayatra Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi
2004 Agni Pankh Nupur (Vishal's wife)
2004 Shaadi Ka Laddoo Geetu
2004 Veer-Zaara Shabbo
2004 Des Hoyaa Pardes Guddi
2005 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Police Officer
2005 Dil Ke Pechey Pechey Vidya
2005 Naam Gum Jaayega Divya
2005 Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero Ila Bose
2005 Silsiilay Diya
2005 Mr Ya Miss Loveleen Kapoor
2005 Dubai Return Vaishali
2006 Darwaza Bandh Rakho Chameli G. Kale
2006 Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris Saboo
2006 Umrao Jaan Bismillah
2007 Apne Pooja B. Singh Choudhary
2007 The Last Lear
2007 Mummyji
2007 Aaja Nachle Najma
2008 U Me Aur Hum Reena
2008 Kahaani Gudiya Ki...: True Story of a Woman Gudiya
2008 Summer 2007 Dancer/Singer
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur Vindhya
2008 Oh, My God Suman Dubey
2009 Delhi-6 Jalebi
2009 Mini Punjab Shabbo
2009 Morning Walk Rita
2009 Love Khichdi Parminder Kaur
2009 Chargesheet
2010 Sukhmani
2010 Malik Ek Laxmi
2009 Paroksh Gouri completed
2010 Hisss post-production
2010 Heart Land Amrita post-production
2010 The Lion of Punjab post-production

Amrita Prakash

Amrita Prakash is an Indian Film / BollywoodActress who has both acted in Northern Indian (Hindi) Cinema called Bollywood and in Malayalam cinema. She has also appeared in a number of commercials. Her name is sometimes mispronounced as Amrutha Prakash

She was born in "Jaipur" but is based permanently in "Bombay" where she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Commerce.

[2]Actress Amrita Prakash Ek Vivah Aisi Bhi

Year Film Role Other notes
2008 Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi Sandhya [Rajshri Productions] [1]
2006 Vivah Chotti
2005 Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai Soni
2004 Manjupoloru Penkutti [3] Nidhi Malayalam Cinema
2002 Maine Dil Tujhko Diya Ayesha's Sister
2001 Tum Bin Milli

Year Serial Television Channel Role Other notes
Fox Kids Star Plus Miss India On Fridays
Koi Apna Sa Zee TV
Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat Sony Entertainment Television
Smriti Star Plus
Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan Zee TV
A Walk In Your Shoes Noggin/Nickelodeon
Kya Masti Kya Dhoom Star Plus/Star Utsav
Yeh Meri Life Hai Sony Entertainment Television
2005-2008 Saat Phere Zee TV Pia
Cats Sony Entertainment Television
Rishtey Zee TV
Kashmeer Star Plus

Prachi Desai

/>Prachi Desai (Gujarati: પ્રાચી દેસાઈ) (born 12 September 1988) is an Indian film and TV actress. She is best known for her role as Bani Walia in the Hindi television drama Kasamh Se which aired on Zee TV. Prachi is the endorser, spokesperson, brand ambassador and the face of Neutrogena products in India.
Prachi was born in Gujarat, India. She studied in St Joseph Convent, Panchgani and completed her schooling till 9th grade in Surat. Then she went to Pune for higher studies. She studied in Pune in Sinhagad College. Her first film was Rock On!!, where she played the wife of Farhan Akhtar. Prachi had to leave her very successful role of "Bani" in Kasam Se to act in Rock On. Her next movie was Life Partner. She is currently working on Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, a film to be released in July 2010. It stars Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut. Prachi Desai is currently working on her 4th movie called Main...Joker.Its stars popular television actor Rajeev Khandelwal opposite her and the movie is set to release around January 2011CareerActing was her passion since childhood - her father and uncle had done various Gujarati plays - but she started with a short modelling workshop. She went to Pune for higher studies and had almost finished her junior college when her pictures were sent to Balaji Telefilms and she got a call for an audition for Kasamh Se. She had just turned 17 when her career began on Kasamh Se and left her studies for a while. She is now continuing with her correspondence course. She has also starred in her first movie Rock On !! which was released on 29 August 2008 and Farhan Akhtar as her co-star.
Kasamh Se
Kasamh Se is the serial that Prachi Desai starred in and got her fame on Zee TV. She has captured many a hearts with this program acting as innocent but strong willed Bani Dixit (now Bani Walia). Prachi left Kasamh Se on 15 April 2008 and was replaced by Gurdeep Kohli after being burnt and drowned in episode 564. Kasamh Se ended 12 March
2009. In the last episode, Prachi Desai made a special appearance as the former Bani. Kasautii Zindagii Kay was aired on Star Plus which was a TV serial in which Prachi did a cameo for 2 days as a school student in Prerna's school. Prachi Desai was her character name in Kasauti Zindagi Ki. In the serial she works as a student who tries to go with her lover far away without the permission of her parents and was caught by the show's heroine who complains this to her and her lover's parents.

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2
Prachi then entered Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, the Indian version of America's dancing show "Dancing With The Stars", on 7 September 2007 with choreographer Deepak Singh. Prachi impressed the judges every week, but was ultimately eliminated on 10 November 2007. However, she entered the contest again via the Wildcard entry on 23 November 2007. Prachi then landed a spot in the Grand Finale of the dance show on 15 December 2007 and won the 1st place amongst the contestants. Prachi Desai was awarded the Dancing star of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2. However it has been alleged that she was made to return as a wild card entry in spite of her elimination due to a direct intervention from her close personal friend Ekta Kapoor which compelled the producers of the show to change the international format of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
September 28: 19 points
October 1: 23 points
October 12: 25 points
October 19: 28 points
November 2: 23 points
November 9: 28 points
November 16: Wildcard
November 23: 24 + 30 points
November 30: 30 + 30 points
December 7: 27 + 29 points
December 14: 28 + 29 + 28 points

It was later announced by Sony Entertainment Television Asia that Prachi would compete in a tribute show to Jhalak competition called Dard-e-Disco alongside with other former Jhalak contestants which aired on Sony Entertainment Television Asia on 31 December 2007.
The Sixth Indian Telly Awards:

Couple of the year - Prachi Desai and her co-star Ram Kapoor won the award for their on screen chemistry in the show.
Fresh New Face of the Year (Female) - Prachi shared the award with Zee TV's star, Rajshree Vaidya (Saloni of Saat Phere.
2008 sabse favourite kaun-Best Newcomer

15th KALAKAR Awards:

Best Actress - Prachi Desai (Television) in the 15th Kalakar Awards was held on 14 January 2006 at Science City Auditorium, Kolkata
Sansui Television Awards:

Best Actress - Bani Walia For Kasamh Se

The Seventh Indian Telly Awards: Best Actress - Bani Walia For Kasamh Se
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 2 winner. Declared on Sony Entertainment Television Asia
Zee Rishton Ka Utsav 2007 Favourite Bhabhi-Nanand Rishta.Bani shared with Jigyasa

Best Actress - Prachi Desai for The Global Indian TV Honours

Best Actress at Sansui Television Awards (2008) (Popular Category) for her portrayal as Bani Walia in Kasamh Se.

Sabse Favourite Kaun-Best newcomer

Television Appeareances
Kasamh Se (2006) Bani Dixit/ Bani Walia
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 2 (2007) Herself with Deepak Singh
Yeh Hai Jalwa (2008) Herself
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 (2009) Guest


Year Film Role Language Notes Co star
2008 Rock On!! Sakshi Hindi Nominated, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
Debut Movie Farhan Akhtar
2009 Life Partner Prachi Hindi Tushar Kapoor
2010 Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Mumtaaz Hindi Emraan Hashmi
2010 Joker Simran Hindi Rajeev Khandelwal

Priyanka Kothari

Priyanka Kothari (Hindi: प्रियंका कोठारी Bengali: ; born 30 November 1983), often credited as Nisha Kothari (Hindi: निशा कोठारी Bengali:) or Amoha, is an Indian actress who has appeared in Bollywood, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films. She is best known for her item numbers.
Early Life
Kothari was born in Kolkata to a Marwari Jain family and grew up speaking Bengali, Gujurati, English and Hindi. She moved to New Delhi while in grade 10 and got her degree in Chemistry from Delhi University at Dayal Singh College. Her father is a chemical businessman, her mother a home-maker, and she has a married elder sister.
After college, Kothari became a model and appeared in a number of advertisement campaigns. In 2003, she got her big break through actor Madhavan, who recommended her for an audition in his film after viewing her photographs. She made her acting debut with him in the Tamil film Jay Jay, credited as Amoga. She made her Bollywood debut in the 2005 film Sarkar and then later that same year appeared in James, both directed by Ram Gopal Varma. She then went on to do The Killer with Emraan Hashmi. Since then since had appeared in less significant films and roles. Her most recent release was Agyaat.

Kothari is the member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film & Television.

Agyaat 2 (2010) (Bollywood)
Agyaat (2009) (Bollywood)
Raaj-The Showman (2009) (Kannada film)
Karthigai (2009) (Tamil film)
Okka Magadu (2008) (Telugu film)
Go (2007) (Bollywood)
Aag (2007) (Bollywood)
Shiva (2006) (Bollywood)
The Killer (2006) (Bollywood)
Darna Zaroori Hai (2006) (Bollywood)
James (2005) (Bollywood)
Sarkar (2005) (Bollywood)
Madhyanam Hatya' (2004) (Telugu film)
Jay Jay (2003) (Tamil film)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Shilpa Anand

Shilpa Anand (born Shilpa Shivanand on 10 December 1983, Hindi:, Kannada :), is a Television and Movie actress. She is the younger sister of Sakshi Shivanand, a popular actress hailing from Karnataka.
Personal Life
Shilpa Anand was born in South Africa, and did her schooling there. After completing her education, she shifted to India along with her family and then she started her acting career in Mumbai. In terms of education, Shilpa Anand has five years of experience in all phases of the Software Development lifecycle. She has expertise in Java/J2EE application development and has been working in the E-Learning domain. She has worked for clients within the Healthcare, Travel, Learning Management, and Performance Management Systems field. She studied at the Punjab University MCA, obtaining a Masters in Computer Applications, from 2000 to 2003.

Before her first movie, Shilpa did many adverts on television with many famous bollywood actors such as: Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan etc. [1].

She started her career with Bollywood movie Iqaar By Chance. She rose to stardom when she starred in the television the series Dill Mill Gaye, in which she used to play the lead protagonist of Dr. Riddhima Gupta which made her a popular face of the TV world. Her Role and acting was appreciated and she was nominated at several Awards ceremony in Best Actress category for her role in the show such as New Talent Awards in 2008. She won the award alongside Karan Singh Grover for the best onscreen couple in August 2008. Her contract with the production house ended in June 2008 and this consequenced her leaving the show and her role of Dr. Riddhima Gupta.[2]. Her good height,acting skills and pretty looks are really cherished.

In March 2010, Shilpa did interview with Star News where she directly replied to her fans on Facebook and talked about her future career. There were talks in March 2010 that Shilpa would be returning to Dill Mill Gayye,[3].

Shilpa Anand returned to Dill Mill Gayye in June 2010. After two years of absence and producer's insistence she signed a contract for her return in the show in May 2010.[4]

Television Career
Dill Mill Gaye ... Dr. Riddhima Gupta (2007-2008) / Dr. Shilpa Malhotra (2010-Present)
Vishnu (2003)
Iqraar By Chance (2006) ... Rashmi Mehra
Sirf (2008) ... Gaurav's Girlfriend

Antara Mali

Antara Mali (Hindi: अंतरा माली, pronounced [əŋt(ə)raː ˈmaːliː]) is an Indian actress who stars in Bollywood films. On 12 June 2009, she got secretly wedded to Che Kurien, the editor of GQ magazine.
Early life
Antara Mali was born in Gajraula, UP to photographer Jagdish Mali.
Mali made her acting debut in the 1999 film Prema Katha which was directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Varma became Mali's frequent collaborator. Although Mali was critically acclaimed for her performances in each of her films, she discontinued her acting career after production of her last film (Mr Ya Miss which she had also written and directed) was received poorly and critically panned. Mali paid her tribute to Madhuri Dixit by playing an aspiring actress inspired by Madhuri in the movie Main Madhuri Diixit Banna Chahti Hoon.
Year Film Role
1999 Prem Katha Divya
Mast Nisha
2000 Khiladi 420 Monica D'souza
2002 Company Kannu
Road Lakshmi
2003 Darna Mana Hai Anjali
Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon Chutki
2004 Gayab Mohini
Naach Rewa
2005 Mr Ya Miss Sanjana
Mr Ya Miss (2005)
Story Writer
Mr Ya Miss (2005)
Awards and Nominations
2003:Nominated:Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award-Company

Namrata Shirodkar

Namrata Shirodkar (born 22 January 1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) is an Indian actress. Her sister is the actress Shilpa Shirodkar. She is the granddaughter of famous Marathi actress Meenakshi Shirodkar, who starred in Brahmachari (1930s), and was the first actress to wear a swimsuit and gambol in a pool, albeit to depict Lord Krishna bathing in the Yamuna river with his gopis.
Born in a moderate Marathi-speaking family, Namrata Shirodkar is an Aquarian, born on 22 January 1972. She used to live in Khar, an elite suburb in Mumbai. In addition she is a model, and has been crowned Miss India in 1993. Namrata finished amongst the top six at Miss Universe in 1993. She was also chosen as the 1st runner up for Miss Asia Pacific during 1993.
Modelling career
Namrata worked as a model, and was 1993's Miss India.She went on to represent India in the Miss Universe pageant and came in sixth place.She also represented the country in the Miss Asia Pacific contest, she won first runner-up.
Film career
She made her debut with a small role in super hit film Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), along with Salman Khan and Twinkle Khanna. She then went on to star in the hit Vaastav.Her performance was appreciated and she became a known name in Bollywood.
She has played mainly supporting roles in films. Films like Pukar, Hera Pheri and Astitva went on to do well.Since then her films have not done well at the box office. She was nominated for the IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in Pukar.
In 2004 she went back into the spotlight when she played the role of Jaya Bakshi in Bride and Prejudice. She played Aishwarya Rai's elder sister in the film. The film was a hit overseas particularly in the UK but failed to do well in India.She has since left the industry after her marriage.
Personal life
She began dating Tollywood actor, Mahesh Babu in 2000 after the filming of Vamsee.They married on 10 February 2005. Shirodkar now lives in Hyderabad with her husband.Their first child, a boy named Gautam Krishna Gattamaneni was born on 31 August 2006.
She was featured on VH1's The Greatest: 40 Dumbest Celebrity Quotes Ever for her answer at the 1993 Miss Universe contest to a question asked by Jackie Chan - "I would not want to live forever because I don't believe that one can live forever. And so, I don't think I would want to live forever.!"
Year Film Role Other notes
1997 Purab Ka Laila Paschim Ka Chaila
1998 Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai Pooja Special Appearance
1998 Mere Do Anmol Ratan Kiran
1998 Hero Hindustani Nikki
1999 Kachche Dhaage Ragini Pandit
1999 Ezhupunna Tharakan Aswathy Malayalam film
1999 Vaastav: The Reality Sonia
2000 Pukar Pooja Mallapa
2000 Hera Pheri Ms. Chinga
2000 Vamsi Fashion student Telugu film
2000 Astitva Revati Marathi-Hindi Film
2000 Aaghaaz Gittika
2001 Albela Nina
2001 Tera Mera Saath Rahen Suman Gupta
2002 Hathyar: Face to Face with Reality Sonu Raghunath Shivalkar
2002 Dil Vil Pyar Vyar Raksha
2002 Maseeha Pinky
2003 Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye Mona
2003 Tehzeeb Aloka
2003 LOC Kargil Lt. Col. Y.K. - Joshi's wife
2004 Charas: A Joint Effort Pia
2004 Anji Swapna/Sapna Telugu Film
2004 Insaaf: The Final Justice Mrs. Kunti V. Prasad
2004 Bride and Prejudice Jaya Bakshi
2004 Rok Sako To Rok Lo Sandra (Narrator)
2009 Helloo India

Yukta Mookhey

Yukta Mookhey (born 7 October 1979) is an Indian model and actress.She was crowned Miss World in December 1999 at the Olympia theatre in London.
Mookhey's family is from northern India, but she and her family lived in the Middle East until Mookhey was seven years of age. The Mookhey family migrated back to Mumbai (then Bombay) in June 1986. runs a personal and professional grooming consulting firm in Mumbai, while her father was a clothing company director and currently trades in stocks as a hobby. Mookhey studied zoology at Kelkar college prior to winning the Miss World competition. Mookhey has a diploma in computer sciences and has studied Hindustani classical music.Mookhey is an active member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and engages herself in social and charitable causes.
Yukta and Prince Tulli were engaged on September 7, 2008 at the Grand Maratha in Mumbai. Prince is the son of Bacchitar Singh Tuli and Harinder Kaur Tuli. His family owns a business empire in central India that runs into Logistics, Hotels, Malls, Education, and Construction Equipment. The marriage, held on November 2, 2008, was a traditional 'Sikh' ceremony in a Nagpur Gurudwara followed by a reception the same evening. They have one son together.
Miss World
The 49th Miss World pageant was held on 4 December 1999 at London's Olympia Hall. The pageant was hosted by Ulrika Jonsson and model Melanie Sykes. The 1999 pageant attracted 94 delegates from all over the world. The 1999 pageant also marked the first time that Scotland and Wales fielded their respective delegates.

Miss World 1999: Yukta Mookhey - India
First Runner-up: Martina Thorogood - Venezuela
Second Runner-up: Sonia Raciti - South Africa
Continental Queen
Africa: Sonia Raciti - South Africa
Americas: Martina Thorogood - Venezuela
Asia and Oceania: Yukta Mookhey - India
Caribbean: Desiree De Pass - Jamaica
Europe: Genny Chervoney - Israel
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Kab Kahaba Tu I Love You 2007 Item Number Bhojpuri Movie N/A
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Love In Japan 2006 Friendly Appearance released on February 10
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Poovellam Un Vasam 2001 Item Number Tamil Movie, released on August 24