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Mamta Kulkarni is a former Bollywood Leading Actress. During the 90s, she was part of several commercial successes such as Aashiq Awara (1993), Waqt Hamara Hai (1993), Krantiveer (1994), Karan Arjun (1995), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Baazi (1996), China Gate (1998), Beqabu (1995),
Chhupa Rustam: A Musical Thriller (2001) among others. Her performance in 'Aashiq Awara' (1993) won her the 1994 Filmfare Best New Face Award. The film, which launched Saif Ali Khan, was a superhit. In the blockbuster 'Karan Arjun' (1995), directed by Rakesh Roshan, Mamta Kulkarni starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. She had a 'knack' of landing into controversies, which started with her posing topless for a famous Indian magazine Stardust cover in 1993. She quit Bollywood after her last appearance in the film Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum. At present she is living her life as a spiritual queen (sannyasini). Famous Indian TV show Bigg Boss offered Mamta as a contestant for Season 7 but Mamta refused to come in the show
Kulkarni made her debut through the Tamil film Nanbargal which was directed by Shoba Chandrasekar. She made her Bollywood debut with the 1992 movie Tirangaa. In 1993 she starred in Aashiq Awara, which won her a Filmfare Lux New Face Award. She went to appear in many other popular films such as Waqt Hamara Hai (1993), Krantiveer (1994), Karan Arjun (1995), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995), Ghatak: Lethal (1996), Beqabu, Baazi, Gangstar, Chupa Rustam, Qila, Andolan, which did well at the box office.
Things seemed to change when Rajkumar Santoshi, in whose earlier movie Ghatak: Lethal (1996), she had a cameo appearance, cast her as the female lead in his 1998 movie China Gate, an ambitious remake of Seven Samurai. 'China Gate' (1997) director, Rajkumar Santoshi, replaced Mamta with Urmila Matondkar in the item number, 'Chamma chamma', though Mamta was the female lead. Kulkarni later accused Santoshi of cutting her screen time because she had refused his advances.
However, things did not go as planned. Relations between Santoshi and the actress soured, and rumours began circulating that Kulkarni was dropped from the movie, and reinstated only after gangster Chhota Rajan intervened on her behalf. When the movie was finally released, it was also a huge flop. Furthermore, the only song in the movie, the item number Chamma Chamma, was picturised on Urmila Matondkar, even though Kulkarni had built her reputation with such numbers. To add insult to injury, the song turned out to be a chartbuster, and was even used in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, and greatly increased Urmila's popularity.
Angered at the turn of events, Kulkarni lashed out at Santoshi, accusing him of cutting her screen time because she had refused his advances. Santoshi denied all rumours related to the movie, and the matter was given a quiet burial. However, this proved to be the death blow to Kulkarni's career. She only appeared in a handful of movies after that, and new offers dried up. She quit movies after her last appearance in the 2002 film Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum. Mamta also did few movies in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam.
During her career she was offered many other films with Mithun Chakraborty, Ajay Devgan, Bobby Deol, Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Khanna, Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor. She turned down many big films such as Sapoot, Agnaary, Mr and Mrs Khiladi, Bandahan, Aunty No.1, Dulhe Raja, Davaa, Shikari,Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet and Kareeb because her role was not substantial.
She gained fame after posing topless for a photograph that appeared on the cover of Stardust, a popular Indian film magazine in September 1993. She was charged under India's many obscenity laws, and found herself under attack from both conservative religious groups, and women's groups. The outspoken actress lashed out at protesters, calling them hypocrites.
Kulkarni was finally convicted in July 2000, and fined Rs. 15,000. However, this caused yet another controversy because she appeared in court in a burqa to evade photographers, which led to death threats and protests from the local Islamic community. However, she was held innocent by the Bombay High Court in January 2004.
At the same time, she continued to be dogged by controversy. In 1997, she was reportedly paid a large amount to perform at a private function by a legislator from Bihar, who was later arrested after investigations into the Fodder Scam case. Kulkarni was interrogated, but she denied any knowledge of the legislator's antecedents.
|2002||Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum||Sumona Shrivastav|
|2002||Divine Temple Khajuraho||Rageshwari|
|2001||Chhupa Rustam: A Musical Thriller||Sandhya|
|2001||Censor||Nisha (Censor Board Member)|
|1998||China Gate||Sandhya Rajan|
|1997||Jeevan Yudh||Kajal Choudhry|
|1996||Ghatak: Lethal||Dancer in song Koi jaye to le aaye|
|1996||Raja Aur Rangeeli|
|1995||Sabse Bada Khiladi||Sunita Das|
|1995||Baazi||Sanjana Roy, Journalist|
|1994||Vaade Iraade||Nikita Sekhri|
|1993||Waqt Hamara Hai||Mamta Vidrohi|
|1993||Aashiq Awara||Jyoti||Filmfare Lux Award of the year|
|1992||Mera Dil Tere Liye||Priya R Singh|
- Vishnu Vijaya (1993)
- Chandamama (1999) – Guest appearance in the song "Roja Poo Kavilatthu"
- Nanbargal (1991)
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