13 September 1973
Darjeeling, West Bengal
|Occupation||Actress, former model|
|Years active||1997–2008 2015-present|
|Spouse(s)||Bobby Mukherjee (2006–present)|
Mahima Chaudhry (born Ritu Chaudhry) is an Indian actress and a former model of Punjabi Jat 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.
Early and personal life
Chaudhry was born Ritu Chaudhry in Darjeeling. She attended Dow Hill in Kurseong till class X and later moved to Loreto College in Darjeeling. Initially in the 1990s, she appeared in TV ads of which most famous was for Pepsi with Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai. She 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. She won the Filmfare award for best debut for this movie.
She dated Indian tennis player Leander Paes before she broke up with him due to his affair with then-married Rhea Pillai. She married architect businessman Bobby Mukherji in 2006 but is currently separated from him. She has 8-year-old daughter Ariana from her marriage. In early 2015 she was in the news for having a Swiss bank account.
During her acting career, Chaudhry has played a variety of roles, starting with a village girl in Pardes (1997). Her other roles were in 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 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) she's a South Indian superstar; and in Souten: The Other Woman (2006) she plays a desperate housewife who has an affair with her stepdaughter's boyfriend.
Next to doing many films, she has worked with 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.
In 2010, Chaudhary starred in a Knightsbridge Media Production film, Pusher, 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.
|1997||Pardes||Kusum Ganga||Winner – Filmfare 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|
|Kurukshetra||Anjali P. Singh|
|Khiladi 420||Ritu Bhardwaj|
|Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar||Saraswati|
|2002||Bharat Bhagya Vidhata|
|Om Jai Jagadish||Ayesha|
|Dil Hai Tumhaara||Nimmi|
|Tere Naam||Special Appearance in song "O Jaana"|
|Baghban||Arpita Raj||Guest 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|
|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|
|Hope and a Little Sugar||Saloni|
|2008||Gumnaam – The Mystery||Ria|
|2015||Mumbhaii - The Gangster||Gangster's Wife||Filming|
|2015||Chess - A Game Plan||TBA||Pre-Production|
|2016||Durbar||Inspector Ambica Singh||Filming|
- Ticket to Bollywood (judge) (NDTV Prime)
Awards and nominations
|1998||Pardes||Filmfare Award||Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut||Won|
|1998||Pardes||Filmfare Award||Filmfare Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|1999||Dil Kya Kare||Filmfare Award||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2001||Dhadkan||Filmfare Award||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2001||Dhadkan||IIFA Awards||IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award||Nominated|
|2001||Dhadkan||Star Screen Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2001||Dhadkan||Bollywood Movie Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2005||Dobara||Zee Cine Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
- Mahima Chaudhry. IMDb.com
- "Hills smile to conquer camera & hearts". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
- "Leander cheated!". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
- "Mahima Chaudhry’s marriage falling apart?". dna. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
- "The List: Who’s Who & How Much". The Indian Express. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
- "www.pushermovie.com". pushermovie.com. Retrieved 2015-08-21.
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