Mamta Kulkarni

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Mamta Kulkarni
Born (1972-04-20) 20 April 1972 (age 44)[1]
Mumbai, India
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1991–2002

Mamta Kulkarni is a former Bollywood actress and model. 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 Award for Lux New Face of the Year. The film, which launched Saif Ali Khan, was a superhit. In the blockbuster Karan Arjun (1995), directed by Rakesh Roshan, Kulkarni starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. She quit Bollywood after her appearance in the film Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum.


Kulkarni made her Bollywood debut with the 1992 movie Tirangaa. In 1993, she starred in Aashiq Awara, which won her a Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year. 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). She mostly played the leading actor's love interest in all these films.

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.[2] When the movie was finally released, it was 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 Matondkar'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.[3] 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 the 2002 film Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum. Kulkarni also did few movies in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam.[4]

During her career she was offered films with Mithun Chakraborty, Ajay Devgan, Bobby Deol, Shahrukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Khanna, Salman Khan, Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Aamir Khan. She turned down many big films such as Sapoot, Angaaray, Mr and Mrs Khiladi, Bandahan, Aunty No.1, Dulhe Raja, Davaa, Shikari, Hogi Pyar Ki Jeet and Kareeb because her role was not substantial.[5]



Year Title Role Other notes
2002 Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum Sumona
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 Madhu
1995 Policewala Gunda Sudha's sister
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 Kavita Anand
1993 Aashiq Awara Jyoti
1993 Ashaant Sonali
1992 Mera Dil Tere Liye Priya R. Singh
1992 Tirangaa Sandhya







In June 2016, the Thane Police named Kulkarni as one of the accused involved in supplying ephedrine for illicit manufacture of methamphetamine to a 2000 crore international drug racket, intended for trafficking.[6] Kulkarni along with her partner Vicky Goswami and other co-culprits attended a meeting in an international drug ring in Kenya in January 2016.[7]

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  1. ^ Mamta Kulkarni turns 40 – Birthday Suite: Mamta Kulkarni. (20 April 2012). Retrieved on 20 July 2013.
  2. ^ "The predator as prey". Rediff India. 27 December 1997. Retrieved 10 July 2006. 
  3. ^ "J'accuse!". The Telegraph. 4 March 2005. Retrieved 10 July 2006. 
  4. ^ Once Bollywood 'Hot'Shots: Where Are They? – Features-Features & Events-Indiatimes – Movies. Retrieved on 20 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Interview Mamta Kulkarni – The Aftermath". Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Mengle, Gautam S. (18 June 2016). "Mamta Kulkarni named accused in Thane drug racket case". The Hindu. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  7. ^ Thaver, Mohamed (19 June 2016). "Ephedrine drug bust: Thane police name Mamta Kulkarni as accused". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 

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