Ashwini Kalsekar

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Ashwini Kalsekar
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Born Ashwini Kalsekar
(1970-01-22) 22 January 1970 (age 47)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality  India
Education Bachelor of Arts (B.A)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991 - Present
Known for Her role Jigyasa Walia in Kasamh Se & Maham Anga in Jodha Akbar
Notable work Pam Khanna in Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar
Home town Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Spouse(s) Nitesh Pandey (1998–2002)
Murali Sharma (2009–present)
Parent(s) Anil Kalsekar (Father)

Ashwini Kalsekar is an Indian actress best known for her role as Jigyasa Walia in Ekta Kapoor's soap opera Kasamh Se[1] and as Maham Anga in another Ekta Kapoor production, the historical drama series Jodha Akbar.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ashwini Kalsekar was born on 22 January 1970 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her father Anil Kalsekar was a bank employee. Ashwini studied her B.A. from Mumbai and graduated in 1991. She pursued theatre from 1991 to 1994 after her studies. From 1992 to 1993 she was studying under actress Neena Gupta to pursue her dream to be an actress. She is also trained under Muzammeel Vakil, a theatre acting coach from 1992 to 1995. Ashwini is also a trained Kathak dancer.[3]

Ashwini was married to Nitesh Pandey in 1998. The duo fell apart due to various unknown reasons in 2002. Later she married film and television character actor Murali Sharma in 2009.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1996, Ashwini played a role in the Marathi film Tula Jhapar La. This was followed by a number of films in Marathi where she played supporting characters.

She started her television career in the mid-1990s with serials such as Shanti,[5] C.I.D., Anjaane, Siddhant and K. Street Pali Hill.[6]

Her biggest break came when she was approached by Ekta Kapoor to play the antagonist in her soap opera Kasamh Se where she played the role of Jigyasa Walia. The role fetched her the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role,[7] the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role[8] and other major awards.

In 2012, Ashwini was again approached by Ekta Kapoor to play the role of Maham Anga,[9] a foster mother of Emperor Akbar in her historical drama series Jodha Akbar. The role fetched her critical acclaim[10][11] and major awards. She went on to win the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role,[12] the Boroplus Gold Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role[13] and other major awards.

In 2014, Ashwini was offered a very different and modern role as Pam Khanna[14] in Ekta Kapoor's soap opera Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1996 Tula Jhapar La Marathi film
2003 The Hero: Love Story of a Spy Intelligence officer under Major Arun Khanna
2004 Khakee Kamlesh's wife
2004 Musafir
2005 Kisna Rita
2005 Aashiq Banaya Aapne Police Officer
2005 Apaharan
2006 Ankahee Mrs. Shilpa Mehta
2007 Johnny Gaddar Varsha
2008 Golmaal Returns Munni
2008 Phoonk Madhu
2009 Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye Mrs. Kapoor
2009 All The Best: Fun Begins Mary
2009 Ek Tho Chance
2010 Phoonk 2 Madhu
2010 Rakht Charitra Inspector Ashwini
2010 Golmaal 3 Chintu
2011 Badrinath Telugu film
2012 Nippu Telugu film
2014 Singham Returns TV journalist Meera Shori
2015 Rahasya Remi Fernandes She is Ayesha's real mother
2015 Badlapur Detective Joshi

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1995-1997 Shanti Shasha
1997 Farz
1997 Ek Aur Mahabharat Draupadi[16]
1998 C.I.D. Asha Supporting Role
1999 Naya Zamana
2001 Shaktimaan Shalaka Black Cat
2001-2002 Anjaane
2002-2003 Achanak 37 Saal Baad Malini She sees Ajay/Ajinkya in dreams
2002-2004 Kittie Party Natassha
2004 K. Street Pali Hill Misha
2004 Siddhant ACP Nethra Menon
2006-2007
2008-2009
Kasamh Se Jigyaasa Bali/Walia Negative Role
2007 Jeete Hai Jiske Liye Adira Dhanrajgir
2007-2008 Virrudh Devyani
2007-2008 Parrivaar Manorma Supporting Role
2009 Bairi Piya Shobhna Negative Role
2010 Jhansi Ki Rani Heera Bai Negative Role
2010 Ganga Kii Dheej Maha Mai Negative Role
2012 Afsar Bitiya Sikka Thakurayin Negative Role
2013-2015 Jodha Akbar Maham Anga Negative Role
2013 Fu Bai Fu Judge Marathi Comedy Show
2014–2015 Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar Pam/Poonam Khanna Grey-Shaded Role
2016 Kavach...Kaali Shaktiyon Se Saudamini(maha chudail) Negative Role
2016 Adaalat (season 2)

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category For Result
2006 13th Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Kasamh Se Won[8]
2007 7th Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Won[17]
2014 13th Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Jodha Akbar Won[12]
7th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in Negative Role (Critics) Won[13]

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