Mahima Chaudhry

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Mahima Chaudhry
Mahima Chaudhry at Miraj Group Chairman's daughter Devhooti & Vikas Purohit's reception.jpg
Mahima Chaudhry
Born Ritu Chaudhury
(1973-09-13) 13 September 1973 (age 41)
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Bobby Mukherjee (2006–present)

Mahima Chaudhry (born Ritu Chaudhry) is an Indian actress and a former model of Nepali origin who appears in Bollywood films. She made her acting debut in the 1997 film Pardes, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[1]

Early life and personal life[edit]

Chaudhry was born Ritu Chaudhry in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Her father is a Hindu Jat from Kakripur village in Baghpat, Western Uttar Pradesh. Her mother is Nepalis origin from Darjeeling, West Bengal. She attended Darjeeling based famous convent school till class X and later moved to Loreto Convent for her plus two levels. She completed her ISC board in 1988. She also attended Loreto College in Darjeeling. She won a local beauty pageant in Darjeeling before moving to Delhi for college. Initially in the 1990s, she appeared in TV advertisements (Wall's ice cream ad when the brand entered India) also 1st Pepsi Ad with Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai, and was a VJ on music channels where she was noticed by Subhash Ghai. Ghai gave her a break in the movie Pardes, which was released in 1997. Ghai also renamed her due to some superstition. He considered M to be lucky for her. Mahima is a vegetarian.

Acting career[edit]

Mahima Chaudhry in April 2013

During her acting career, Chaudry has played a variety of roles, starting with a village girl in Pardes (1997). Her other variety of roles include: Daag: The Fire (1999), where she played a dual role; in Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin (1999) she played a widow forced to marry her brother-in-law; in Dhadkan (2000) she is a loving friend of a man who is madly in love with another woman; in Deewane she plays a singer in love with a thief; in Kurukshetra she plays the stubborn wife of a police officer; in Lajja she plays a young bride forced to fight dowry; in Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (2001) she plays a stubborn tenant who will not give up her home at any cost; in Om Jai Jagadish she is the loving homemaker; in Dil Hai Tumhaara she is the loving sister who would do anything for her sister's happiness; in Dobara she is the frustrated housewife; in The Film she is a desperate struggling screenwriter; in Zameer: The Fire Within she's a paralytic dancer, in Film Star she is an uptight arrogant fading actress; in Home Delivery (2005); and in Souten: The Other Woman (2006) she plays a desperate housewife who has an affair with her stepdaughter's boyfriend.

Next to doing a variety of films, she has also worked with numerous talented actresses, including Kajol, Shilpa Shetty, Urmila Matondkar, Manisha Koirala, Raveena Tandon, Rekha, Preity Zinta, Tabu, Padmini Kolhapure, and Hema Malini. When she was asked about this, she responded by saying that she enjoyed working with other actresses and she expressed her opinion to work with Juhi Chawla, her favorite actress.

Most recently, Chaudhary has starred in a Knightsbridge Media Production film, Pusher,[2] directed by Assad Raja, also starring comedian Mani Liaqat. She is currently shooting a thriller, MumBhai - The Gangsters, co-starring Om Puri and Sanjay Kapoor.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1997 Pardes Kusum Ganga WinnerFilmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1999 Manasulo Maata Telugu film
Dil Kya Kare Kavita Kishore Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Daag: The Fire Kajal Verma / Kajri
Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin Nisha
2000 Dhadkan Sheetal Varma Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Deewane Pooja
Kurukshetra Anjali P. Singh
Khiladi 420 Ritu Bhardwaj
2001 Lajja Maithili
Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar Saraswati
2002 Bharat Bhagya Vidhata
Om Jai Jagadish Ayesha
Dil Hai Tumhaara Nimmi
2003 Saaya Tanya
Tere Naam Special Appearance in song "O Jaana"
Baghban Arpita Raj Special Appearance
LOC Kargil Reena Yadav
2004 Dobara Dr. Anjali Sehgal
2005 Zameer: The Fire Within Supriya Maheshwari
The Film Sushmita Banerjee
Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye Ghulab Khan
Sehar Anamika Kant
Film Star Heera Pandit
Home Delivery The Sensational Maya
Bhagmati Bhagmati Animated (Provided Voice)
2006 Souten: The Other Woman Mitali 'Mita' R. Singh
Sandwich Sweety S Singh
Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana Anjali
Sarhad Paar Simran
Hope And A Little Sugar Saloni
2008 Gumnaam – The Mystery Ria
2010 Pusher Anita
2013 MumBhai - The Gangsters Gangster's Wife

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