Mamta Kulkarni

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Mamta Kulkarni
Mamta kulkarni.jpg
Born (1972-04-20) April 20, 1972 (age 42)[1]
Mumbai, India
Residence Unknown
Occupation Actress, Model,
Years active 1991–2002

Mamta Kulkarni is a former Bollywood 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), and 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 the cover of Indian magazine Stardust in 1993. She quit Bollywood after her appearance in the film Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum. Famous Indian TV show Bigg Boss approached Mamta to be a contestant in its Season 7 but Mamta refused.[2]


Acting career[edit]

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 on to appear in many popular films such as Waqt Hamara Hai (1993), Krantiveer (1994), Karan Arjun (1995), Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995) and Baazi (1995).

Things seemed to change when Rajkumar Santoshi, in whose earlier movie Ghatak: Lethal (1996) she had a cameo appearance in a song, cast her as the female lead in his 1998 movie China Gate, an ambitious remake of Seven Samurai.

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.[3] 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, greatly increased Urmila's popularity and was even used in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!.

Angered at the turn of events, Kulkarni lashed out at Santoshi, accusing him of cutting her screen time because she had refused his advances.[4] 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 the 2002 film Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum. Mamta also did few movies in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam.[5]

During her career she was offered films with Mithun Chakraborty, Ajay Devgan, Bobby Deol, Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Khanna, Salman Khan, and 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.[6]


She gained fame after posing topless for the cover of Stardust, a popular Indian film magazine, in September 1993.[7] 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.[citation needed]

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.[8] However, she was held innocent by the Bombay High Court in January 2004.[7]

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.[9]



Year Title Role Other notes
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 Qila Neeta
1998 Jaane Jigar Meenu
1998 China Gate Sandhya Rajan
1997 Krantikari
1997 Jeevan Yudh Kajal Choudhry
1997 Naseeb Pooja
1996 Ghatak: Lethal Dancer in song Koi jaye to le aaye
1996 Beqabu Reshmi Kapoor
1996 Raja Aur Rangeeli
1995 Sabse Bada Khiladi Sunita Das
1995 Baazi Sanjana Roy, Journalist
1995 Ahankaar Naina
1995 Andolan Guddi
1995 Karan Arjun Bindiya
1995 Kismat
1995 Policewala Gunda
1994 Vaade Iraade Nikita Sekhri
1994 Dilbar Priya Verma
1994 Gangster
1994 Betaaj Badshah Tejeshwani/Gudiya
1994 Anokha Premyudh Priti
1994 Krantiveer Mamta
1993 Waqt Hamara Hai Mamta Vidrohi
1993 Bhookamp
1993 Aashiq Awara Jyoti Filmfare Lux Award of the year
1993 Ashaant Sonali
1992 Mera Dil Tere Liye Priya R Singh
1992 Tirangaa Sandhya




  • Chandamama (1999) – Guest appearance in the song "Roja Poo Kavilatthu"



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mamta Kulkarni turns 40 – Birthday Suite: Mamta Kulkarni. (2012-04-20). Retrieved on 2013-07-20.
  2. ^ "Why Mamta Kulkarni said no to Bigg Boss 7?". 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  3. ^ "The predator as prey". Rediff India. 1997-12-27. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  4. ^ "J’accuse!". The Telegraph. 2005-03-04. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  5. ^ Once Bollywood 'Hot'Shots: Where Are They? – Features-Features & Events-Indiatimes – Movies. Retrieved on 2013-07-20.
  6. ^ "Interview Mamta Kulkarni – The Aftermath". Retrieved 15 Jan 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Eyecatchers". Times of India. Jan 10, 2004. 
  8. ^ "Eyecatchers". India Today. 2000-08-14. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 
  9. ^ Jha, Sachchidanand (21 Mar 1997). "Mamta grilled in fodder scam case". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 Jan 2012. 

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