Flora Saini

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Flora Saini
Flora Saini.jpg
Born29 September 1979
OccupationModel, Actress
Years active1999 - present

Flora Saini (also known by her screen name Asha Saini) is an Indian film actress and model.[1] She predominantly works in Tollywood, and also appeared in a number of Kannada, Tamil and Hindi films as well. Since her debut in Prema Kosam (1999), she has acted in over 50 films and co-starred with noted actors including Rajinikanth, Vijaykanth, Prabhu, Karthik, Balakrishna, Venkatesh, Jagapati Babu and Rajasekhar.[2]

Career[edit]

Born in Chandigarh to an army officer, Flora began her schooling in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir and continued her education in The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan Delhi. Her family moved to Kolkata then, where she started pursuing a modeling career. She participated at the Miss Kolkata beauty pageant contest.[3] Flora made her acting debut in the 1999 Telugu film Prema Kosoooom' in which she enacted the lead female role.[4] The film producer of her first film rechristened her as Asha Saini, while years later she would adopt a new screen name, Mayuri, as per an astrologer’s advice, before eventually reverting to her original name.[5]

Flora subsequently played supporting roles in more than a dozen Telugu films in the next three years, with her appearance in the film Narasimha Naidu (2002), which went on to become highly successful,[6] being the most notable, which led to her being referred to as "Lux Papa" thereafter.[7] In 2002, she debuted in Hindi, starring in the T. P. Aggarwal-produced Bharat Bhagya Vidhata.[8] Her second Hindi film Love in Nepal (2004) saw her pairing with popular playback singer Sonu Nigam, which too was produced by T. P. Aggarwal.[3] Flora starred in several Kannada films, too, including Giri starring Srinagar Kitty and Nammannna starring Sudeep.[9]

In March 2008, she was arrested in Chennai for supposedly having forged visa documents,[7] and was subsequently banned from the Tamil film industry.[10] She claimed innocence,[11] and the ban was lifted a couple of weeks later.[12]

Flora had three of her films, Broker (Telugu), Vismaya Pramaya and Vah Re Vah (both Kannada) releasing on 31 December 2010, a rare occurrence that secured her an entry in the Limca Book of Records for the most number of film releases on one day.[13] In 2010, Flora Saini was honoured with the Uttarakhand Ratna Award.[14] She has also received The Great Daughter of Soil Award in Mauritius for her work towards the poor and helpless.[4] She is last seen in a web-series called Gandi Baat season 2,where she played a lead role.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1999 Prema Kosam Aishwarya Telugu
2000 Antha Mana Manchike Nisha
2000 Ammo! Okato Tareekhu G k wife
2000 Sabse Bada Beiman Hindi
2000 Yeh Hai Green Signal
2000 Manasunna Maraju Telugu
2000 Chala Bagundi Ganga
2001 Cheppalani Vundi
2001 Sardukupodaam Randi Nisha
2001 Timepass
2001 Akka Bavekkada Shilpa
2001 Navvuthu Bathakalira
2001 Narasimha Naidu Sandhya
2001 Prematho Raa Anitha
2001 Rowdysheeter
2001 Subhakaryam
2001 Nuvvu Naaku Nachav Asha
2002 O Chinnadana Asha
2002 Adrustam Smita / Pinky
2002 Kodanda Rama Sangeetha Kannada
2002 Sontham Asha Telugu Cameo appearance
2002 Bharat Bhagya Vidhata Shabnam Hindi
2003 Ottesi Cheputhunna Telugu
2004 Love in Nepal Maxi Hindi
2004 143 Telugu
2004 Swamy Special appearance
2004 Gajendra Kausalya Tamil
2005 Giri Kannada
2005 Mr. Errababu Telugu Special appearance
2005 Nammanna Kannada
2005 Sorry Enaku Kalyanamayidichu Manju Tamil
2006 Kusthi Abhi
2008 Michael Madana Kamaraju Mandira Telugu
2008 Swagatham Deepthi Telugu
2008 Kuselan Tamil Special appearance
2008 Dheemaku Indira Devi Kannada
2008 Chedugudu Telugu
2008 Dindigul Sarathy Tamil Special appearance
2009 Aa Intlo Pallavi Telugu
2009 Junction Special appearance
2010 Comedy Express
2010 Naane Ennul Illai Tamil
2010 Kanagavel Kakka Special appearance
2010 Broker Ganapathi's wife Telugu
2010 Vismaya Pramaya Meera Kannada
2010 Vah Re Vah
2011 Chattam Telugu Special appearance
2011 Money Money, More Money
2012 Dabangg 2 Hindi Cameo appearance as reporter
2013 CID Eesha Kannada
2013 Aakasamlo Sagam Vasu Telugu
2013 Sahasra Special appearance
2014 Ya Rab Hindi
2014 Lakshmi Swarna
2014 Paisa Yaar N Panga Meera Punjabi
2015 MSG:The Messenger Muskan Hindi
2015 Dhanak
2015 Guddu Ki Gun Nurse
2017 Begum Jaan Maina Hindi
2018 Stree Stree Hindi
2019 Fraud Saiyaan Shraddha Hindi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#MeToo Movement: Flora Saini appreciates the way men are supporting the movement".
  2. ^ Vinita Chaturvedi (19 December 2011). "Flora Saini: Another southern hottie ready to storm Bollywood". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Love in Delhi, the Fllora way". The Hindu. 28 August 2003. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b Deepa Natarajan (22 April 2010). "Rising like a phoenix". Deccanherald.com. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  5. ^ Y Sunita Chowdhary (18 February 2012). "Arts / Cinema : Itsy-Bitsy: Name game". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Welcome to". Sify. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Asha Saini arrested in Chennai". Sify. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  8. ^ "rediff.com, Movies: Puru, Chandrachur: Face off!". Rediff. 30 April 2001. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Karnataka / Bangalore News : Flora Shiny had acted in Kannada movies". The Hindu. 15 March 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Aasha Saini aka Mayuri arrested en route to the US". IndiaGlitz. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Asha Saini claims innocence". Sify. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Actress relieved from ban". IndiaGlitz. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Flora Saini bags a place in Limca Book of Records". 123telugu.com. 1 January 1998. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  14. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India". Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 11 January 2013.

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