11 February 1957
|Occupation||Actor, activist, philanthropist|
|Notable credit(s)||Chairperson Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Harmony for Silvers Foundation, Harmony Art Foundation, Group CSR, Reliance Group|
|Title||Femina Teen Princess 1975|
Tina Ambani (née Munim, born 11 February 1957) is a former Bollywood actress and currently Chairperson of the Mumbai-based Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Harmony for Silvers Foundation and Harmony Art Foundation. She is also Chairperson of Group CSR, Reliance Group, and the Mudra Foundation for Communications Research and Education (MFFCRE), as well as Chief Mentor and Advisor for the Strategic Planning Committee of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT). She is the wife of Anil Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Group.
Early life and education
Born in Mumbai, Tina Ambani is the ninth and youngest child of Nandkumar and Meenakshi Munim, from a Gujarati Jain family. She graduated high school in 1975 from the MM Pupils Own School in Khar, Mumbai. The same year, she was crowned Femina Teen Princess India 1975 and represented India at the Miss Teenage Intercontinental contest in Aruba, where she was crowned second runner-up. She subsequently enrolled in Jai Hind College for a degree in Arts.
From 1987 to 1990, she lived in California, United States, where she completed a diploma in Interior Design at the Interior Designers Institute in Los Angeles and a course in Computer Science at the Community College in Yorba Linda.
In December 1976, she signed her first film, Des Pardes, with iconic filmmaker Dev Anand, following which she made the switch to working full-time as an actor. In her decade-long stint in the Indian film industry, she acted in films including Lootmaar, Man Pasand, Baaton Baaton Mein, Fiffty Fiffty, Souten, Bewafai, Suraag, Insaaf Main Karoonga, Rajput, Akhir Kyun, Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai, Alag Alag, Bhagwaan Dada and Adhikar.
Arts and culture
With the aim to offer young artists a platform to exhibit alongside seasoned veterans and acknowledged masters, she organised the first Harmony Art show in 1995. This was the genesis for the formation of the Harmony Art Foundation, which has become an internationally recognised platform dedicated to building relationships with Indian artists, spreading awareness of art, promoting academic activities, including workshops, and international collaborations. In 2008, Harmony Art Foundation showcased upcoming Indian artists at Christie's in London, drawing attention to the wealth of talent in India. The same year, she was invited to the Board of Trustees of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, which is the oldest continually operating museum in the US and houses rare Indian art treasures from the 1600s.
In addition, she has served on the advisory board of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She was also nominated to the reconstituted General Assembly of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She has been actively associated with several welfare activities such as Aseema, an NGO engaged in the rehabilitation of street children, and the restoration of Elephanta Island, a World Heritage Site near Mumbai, with the Archaeological Survey of India and UNESCO.
In 2004, Ambani established Harmony for Silvers Foundation, a Mumbai-based non-government organisation that seeks to enhance the quality of life of the elderly. Its activities have included Harmony – Celebrate Age, the magazine, now in its 14th year; the portal www.harmonyindia.org; Harmony Interactive Centre for Silver Citizens, in South Mumbai; the Harmony Research Division; the Harmony Silver Awards; and the Harmony Senior Citizens’ Runs at the Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru marathons. Going forward, Harmony for Silvers Foundation proposes to build a retirement community for elders in Jaipur.
In order to bridge the gaps in Indian healthcare, Ambani launched the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute (KDAH) in Mumbai in 2009, a highly advanced quaternary care facility with a unique full-time specialist system and technology and treatment protocols benchmarked to leading global institutes. It is the only hospital in Mumbai to receive accreditation from the JCI (Joint Commission International, USA), NABH (National Accreditation Board for Healthcare, India), CAP (College of American Pathologists, USA) and NABL (National Accreditation Board for Laboratories, India). Other standouts include the first comprehensive centre for liver transplant and the first integrated centre for children's cardiac care in western India; its robotic surgery programme; the centres for rehabilitation and sports medicine; and its initiative to open 18 cancer care centres in rural Maharashtra.
In her capacity as Chairperson, Group CSR, Reliance Group, Ambani spearheads corporate sustainability initiatives. With her as ambassador, the Group was announced as the first founding partner in India for the Global Goals Campaign, which seeks to promote the Global Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly for sustainable development to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and mitigate climate change by 2030. She is also chairperson of the Mudra Foundation for Communications Research and Education (MFFCRE). One of the main activities of the Foundation is MICA, the only residential institute in India dedicated to creating leadership in strategic marketing and communication with a wide range of academic programmes.
|1978||Des Pardes||Gauri||Debut film|
|1979||Baaton Baaton Mein||Nancy|
|1980||Ek Do Teen Chaar|
|1980||Aap Ke Deewane||Sameera|
|1981||Katilon Ke Kaatil||Petty thief|
|1981||Khuda Kasam||Tina Hukamchand|
|1982||Yeh Vaada Raha||Sunita Sikkan/Kusum Mehra / Anisha|
|1983||Bade Dil Wala||Rashmi sinha|
|1984||Sharara||One of the only two films with Mithun|
|1984||Wanted: Dead or Alive||Neeta|
|1984||Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai|
|1984||Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye|
|1985||Insaaf Main Karoonga||Seema Khanna|
|1985||Aakhir Kyon?||Indu Sharma|
|1985||Bayen Hath Ka Khel|
|1985||Yudh||Anita / Rita|
|1986||Samay Ki Dhaara||Rashmi A. Verma|
|1987||Kamagni||Megha||Alok Nath's only solo hero movie|
|1987||Muqaddar Ka Faisla||Nisha|
|Awards and achievements|
|Miss Teenage Intercontinental India
|Miss Teenage Intercontinental
2nd runner up
Barbara Ann Neefs