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Chitrangada Singh Randhawa (born 28 March 1976) is an Indian film actress. She is best known for starring in the 2005 film, Hazaaron Khwaishen Aisi. She is married to Indian golfer Jyoti Randhawa.
Her brother is golfer Digvijay Singh. She, Digvijay and Tina are the children of an Army officer. As a girl, she was known for looking like the late actress Smita Patil. "You have outdone Smita Patil," said Shekhar Kapur, when he saw Chitrangda Singh's performance in her debut movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2003). And he is not the only one. She received training in Kathak (a classical dance) and enjoyed acting.
She began her career in Delhi as a model before making the transition to the silver screen. After completing her education, she entered modeling, where her ad credits include ICICI bank and Alukkas Jewellery, and gradually shifting to music videos, she performed in Gulzar's "Sunset Point."
It was in a music video of singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, that was she was spotted by Sudhir Mishra’s production manager. Subsequently, she made her much acclaimed debut with Sudhir Mishra's film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2003. The role got her wide acclaim: a Washington Post review noted her
Eijaz Khan (born 28 August 1975 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India) is an Indian television actor.
Eijaz studied in the Our Lady Of Perpetual Succour High School located in Chembur a suburb in Mumbai and Datta Meghe College. He pursued his Civil Engineering degree from Airoli. Acting happened to him by chance when Balaji discovered him. Before that he used to handle the family business which deals with shock absorbers. Now since acting takes up all of Eijaz's time, his father and brother handle the business.
Eijaz had a freak injury whilst performing at a stage show which led to his shoulder getting dislocated, to the extent that, he was thrown off-track for almost two years. Even today, due to this injury, he cannot move his right-hand above a certain extent and feels he lost out on a lot of work due to this. But Ekta Kapoor has never made an issue of this and has always supported him.
Eijaz appeared in some music videos like Leena O Leena, Patang Wali Dor, Ho Gaya Ho Gaya, Kuch To Kaho, Nachche Sari Raat, Kehdu Tumhein, Hum to Mohabbat Karega and an AIDS Awareness Video.
He did Suncrest, Asli Atta, Visa Electron, Pride, Pure Ghee, Breeze, Chloromint, TVS Victor, Big Bazaar,
Deepak Parashar is an India based model and actor.
He was born in Pune, India on 2 April 1952 to Shobha & Vishvanath Parasher.
Parashar appeared in soap opera Kahiin To Hoga, and donned the "royal robes" of a Mughal badshah in the costume drama Chandramukhi.
In 2006 he appeared in reality TV show Bigg Boss, until he was evicted in the second week. He also appeared in Doordarshan TV serial Swabhiman as Mahendra Malhotra. In the early 1980s Parashar took several Hindi cinema roles, including Sharaabi, Insaaf Ka Tarazu, Nikaah, Purani Haveli (film) and Aap to Aise Na They. Till date Nikaah remains his best best performing movie. Earlier he was a successful model for Vimal Suitings and for many years Super Bazar in New Delhi donned his photograph.
Aishwarya Rai (also known as Aishwarya Bachchan after her marriage; Tulu pronunciation [əjɕʋərjaː rəj]; born 1 November 1973) is an Indian film actress. She worked as a model before starting her acting career, and ultimately won the Miss World pageant in 1994. Rai has featured in films in various languages including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali.
Often cited by the media as the "most beautiful woman in the world", Rai made her acting debut with Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Iruvar (1997), and had her first commercial success in Jeans (1998). She found success in Bollywood with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) and Devdas (2002) and eventually won two Filmfare Awards in the Best Actress category.
After a series of unsuccessful films during 2003–2005, she appeared in the blockbuster action thriller Dhoom 2 (2006) and subsequently featured in such films as Guru (2007), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), and Enthiran (2010). She gained critical acclaim for her performances in offbeat, independent films such as Chokher Bali (2003), Raincoat (2004), and Provoked (2007). Rai has thus established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses of Indian cinema.
Akashdeep Saigal aka 'Sky Walker' (born 29 October 1974) is an Indian model and a television actor. He is well known for playing the role of Ansh Gujral on popular serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus. He was most recently seen in the Indian Television's Reality Show "Bigg Boss" Season 5 from October 2011 to January 7, 2012.
Akash shot to fame as the winner of the Gladrags Manhunt Contestant, supermodel of the year in 1998. The same year he appeared on the 1998 music video for Shweta Shetty's Deewane to Deewane Hain. He started his acting career with the film Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (1999). He made his debut on small screen with the popular serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus. He had participated in the first season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, a dance competition on Sony Entertainment Television channel.
In 2009, he has played the role of the Villain in Tamil blockbuster hit Ayan.
He studied at the S.S. Sahani High school and graduated at MMK College in Commerce. His father, Chamanlal Saigal, and brother, Kamal Saigal are lawyers. He also has a sister, Madhu Bhatia who lives in Dubai. During his modeling days he dated Madhu Sapre for 6 months, choreographer -
Aryan Vaid (born 4 July 1971) is an Indian male model who won the Graviera Mr. India modelling pageant in the year 2000.
Vaid is a qualified chef and a lifestyle columnist with The Hindustan Times. He has been actively involved with theatre and has done a few street plays at the Prithvi theatre in Mumbai. It was during one of these plays that he was offered a role in the television serial, Campus. He has acted in a number of Bollywood movies.
He was a housemate on Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother, produced by Endemol India for Sony Entertainment Television.
In 2008, after having had a romance with model Anupama Verma on the Big Boss show, Vaid subsequently the next year married Alexandra Copley, who was an adjunct photography instructor in Columbus State Community at the time.
Bipasha Basu (born 7 January 1979) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi language films. She has also worked in Telugu, Bengali and Tamil language films. She is a former model who had a successful modeling career before venturing into films.
She debuted in a negative role in Ajnabee (2001) which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her first commercial success was Raaz (2002). She was then noticed for her bold role in the erotic thriller film, Jism (2003). She starred in top grossing films like 2005's biggest hit – No Entry, Phir Hera Pheri (2006), Dhoom 2 (2006) – her biggest commercial success till date and Race (2008). Her performances in Apharan (2005), Corporate (2006), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Lamhaa (2010) won her multiple nominations for several awards. She is frequented in the media as a "sex symbol".
She has been nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress twice each along with one nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. Roles apart, she is also renowned for her item songs like "Phoonk De" in No Smoking (2007), and "Beedi" and "Namak Ishq Ka" in Omkara
Shruthi Sharma is an upcoming Tamil actress from Mumbai. Her first movie is Murugaa, directed by T. Nesan. Her next venture is Nallathore Veenai directed by C.K.Stalin.
Her best friend actress Shruti Vijaykumar helpe Sharma produce her first television show.
Deepika Padukone (born 5 January 1986) is an Indian actress and a former model. She appears mostly in Hindi as well as Tamil and Kannada language films. Born to badminton player Prakash Padukone, she chose to become an actress and not pursue a career in sports.
Padukone made her acting debut in the 2006 Kannada film Aishwarya. The following year, she made her Hindi film debut in Om Shanti Om, for which she earned the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. It also remains her biggest commercial success so far. She subsequently appeared in films such as Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Housefull (2010). While the former earned her a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category, the latter emerged as a commercial success.
In addition to acting, Padukone is also the ambassador of prominent brands such as Tissot, Sony Cybershot, Nescafe and Kingfisher Airlines.
Padukone was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a former badminton player of international repute, and her mother is a travel agent. Her father was then training in Denmark in the sport and when she was eleven months old, her family moved to Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Padukone also has a younger sister, Anisha,
Sakshi Tanwar (born 12 January 1973) is an Indian television and Bollywood actress. She is best known for playing the role of Parvati in the television soap opera, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii (Translated literally as "The Story of Every Home"). Sakshi is one of the leading ladies of Indian Television. Sakshi's consequent continued patronage of the largely female audience of the show had been instrumental in changing the fortunes of the production house Balaji Telefilms and in creating a successful genre of tearjerker family dramas, which still continues in the Indian TV industry. The serial enjoyed tremendous popularity in India and abroad.
Sakshi Tanwar was born in a middle class family from Alwar, Rajasthan. Her father Rajendra Singh Tanwar is a retired CBI officer. She belongs to Rajput caste.She was educated in many Kendriya Vidyalayas (Central School) and graduated from Lady Shri Ram college in New Delhi. After her graduations she was preparing for the entrance tests to the administrative services and mass communications, when a close friend of her suggested that she should go and audition for the national broadcaster Doordarshan's film songs based program Albela Sur Mela. To her
Hiten Tejwani is an Indian television actor from Mumbai, India.
Tejwani was born and brought up in Mumbai, to a cloth merchant father and a home maker mother. He has two younger brothers. He was educated at Saint Francis D'Assisi High School and then at the Jai Hind College, when he joined the Ankur Theatre Group.
Tejwani played a role in the serial Ghar Ek Mandir which was aired on Sony Entertainment Television. This was followed by Kabhie Sautan Kabhie Saheli and Kahiin Kisi Roz. His most notable performance was the character Pratham in Kutumb. After Kutumb, he joined Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as Karan Virani.
Pradhan is married to his co-star from Kutumb and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Gauri Pradhan Tejwani. They have two children.
Pulkit Samrat (born December 29, 1983, Delhi) is an actor and model, is best known for starring as Lakshya Virani in the popular show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi opposite Mouni Roy.
Pulkit Samrat was born in Delhi. The actor was suffering from a bad back and had a to go through a lot of trouble while shooting for the daily soap. He went to Dubai to get treatment for his back. He studied at "Manav Sthali School", Rajendra Nagar and "Montfort School", Ashok Vihar, Delhi and college was A P J Institute of Design, Delhi. He has completed his BMM (Bachelor in Multimedia)and is a product of Asian School Of Media Studies, Noida. His Debut Film Bittoo Boss opposite Amita Pathak was released recently.
Pulkit Samrat's debut film, Bitto Boss has been released on 13th april 2012. He is playing the lead actor in the movie. Kumar Mangat's daughter, Amita Pathak is starring opposite Pulkit.
Meghna Reddy (born October 24, 1975) is an Indian model and VJ for Channel V.
Her family came from Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. She is the second of the siblings and actresses, Sushma and Sameera. They currently live in Mumbai.
Reddy is a former VJ who co-anchored a successful show, Mangta Hai, on Channel V during the mid-nineties. However, she left for England during the height of her VJ career for better opportunities. Currently she lives in New York and models for mail catalogs like Macy's.
On December 12, 2008, Reddy was married in Greece to Ariel Mionis, a Greek businessman.
John Abraham (born 17 December 1972) is an Indian film actor and film producer. After modeling for numerous advertisements and companies, Abraham made his film debut with Jism (2003), which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination. This was followed by his first commercial success, Dhoom (2004). He received two Filmfare Award nominations, for his negative roles in Dhoom, and then in Zinda (2006). He later appeared in the major critical success Water (2005). He was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Baabul (2006). In 2012, he produced his first production Vicky Donor which was a critical and commercial success. He then established his own production house, John Abraham Entertainment.
Abraham was born in Mumbai to a Malayali father and a Parsi mother. His father is an architect from Aluva, Kerala; his mother is named Firoza Irani. Abraham's Parsi name is "Farhan" while his father being a Syrian Christian named him "John". He has a younger brother, Alan.
Abraham studied at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim in Mumbai. He got his bachelor's degree in economics from Jai Hind College and got his MBA from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management
Kavita Kaushik (Hindi: कविता कौशिक Kavitā Kauśika, born 15 February 1988) is an Indian actress.She is best known for playing the role of Chandramukhi Chautala from SAB TV serial F.I.R.. Kavita is considered as one of the leading ladies in indian television. She is an only child of her parents and her father was a police officer. In 2010, she received Zee Gold Awards for Best Comic Actor(Female) [Critics]. Second later she won Indian Telly Award for Best Actor In A Comic Role(Female)
Kavita Kaushik was born in a middle class family from New Delhi. Before getting into acting Kaushik used to do modeling, hosting events and anchoring during her college days. In 2001 the Balaji Telefilms had its auditions in the capital city for their new venture Kutumb she appeared in auditions and was selected and moved to Mumbai.
After her work in the soap Kutumb, audiences saw Kavita Kaushik in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii in the role of Manyata. Then she portrayed the character of Naina, the wife of Rahul Wadhwa in the afternoon daily `Kumkum`, then a `tapori` girl who comes into the life of trio Nitin, Raghu and Akki after the exit of Ram from this show. In another popular `Remix` she portrays a lawyer
Malaika Arora Khan (born on 23 August 1973), also known as Malaika Arora, is an Indian model, actress, television personality and former MTV VJ. She is one of India's top item girls. She is most famous for her dance on the song "Chaiyya Chaiyya" (1998), more recently, "Munni Badnaam Hui" (2010).
Arora Khan was born as Malaika Arora in Chembur, Mumbai to a Punjabi father, Anil Arora, a native of Indian border town Fazilka and a Malayali Catholic mother, Joyce Polycarp. Her father worked in the Merchant Navy.
She completed her secondary education at Swami Vivekanand School in Chembur, Mumbai. Her aunt Grace Polycarp was the principal of the school. She is also an alumnus of the Holy Cross High School Thane where she had studied until ninth grade. She completed her college education from Jai Hind college, Churchgate. She lived in Borla Society, Chembur opposite Basant Talkies before starting her modeling career.
Khan was selected as one of the MTV VJs when MTV India started its operations. She rose to an interviewer for MTV India, becoming the most prominent non-movie, non-model female in urban India. MTV India, recognizing her potential, gave her plum roles co-anchoring with Cyrus
Priya Sachdev is an Indian model from New Delhi, India.
She has acted in television commercials and appeared in the Yash Chopra movie Neal 'n' Nikki. She also appeared in a couple of Punjabi music videos of Jazzy-B, Jassi Sidhu, etc.
Before becoming an actress, she completed her graduation later She got married to millionaire hotelier Vikram Chatwal of New York. They had the fourth most expensive wedding ceremony ever with a cost of USD $20 million spanning across three cities in India (Mumbai, Udaipur, and Delhi).
The latest interview with Vikram Chatwal reported in the Times of India dated 4 September 2011 reported that Priya and he are separated. He said he was too young when got married. Priya and he wanted different things from the marriage and they had different goals and expectations from life.
Priya Sachdev at the Internet Movie Database
Sandeep Baswana (born 5 May 1978) is an Indian actor.
Sandeep Baswana was born in village siswal district hisar Haryana, India into Baswan/Baswana Hindu Jat family and raised in various parts of Northern India. He came to Mumbai in hope of becoming a director after graduating with an MBA in 1998 from IMT Ghaziabad. After a few modeling assignments for products such as Kwality Walls, L.G. Colour TV, and Britannia Chai Biscuit, he began his career in the Indian television fraternity.
Baswana made his television debut with the Balaji Telefilms show 'Kuchh Jhuki Palkein' and followed up with another Balaji show Kkoi Dil Mein Hain. As both shows were successful daytime serials, Baswana's became noticed. However, it was his portrayal of the character Sahil Virani in the successful show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi that established his career and made him a household name. Since then Baswana has done several cameo's in other Balaji Telefilms shows playing supporting roles. And presently he is playing the role of Munna, the leading actress(Indira/hitler didi)'s brother, in Zee TV's new show Hitler Didi.
Mugdha Godse (Marathi: मुग्धा गोडसे; born 26 July 1986) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. A former model, Godse was a semi-finalist at the Femina Miss India 2004 competition. She made her acting debut in Madhur Bhandarkar's 2008 film, Fashion. She was one of the judges in a Marathi reality show, Marathi Paul Padte Pudhe. Mugdha completed her B.Com from Marathwada Mitra Mandal College of Commerce, Pune.
Mugdha was born in a small middle-class family in Pune, Maharastra. She has one sister named Madhura. During her early days, Godse sold oil and only earned Rs. 100 a day. She then started working out in the gym and participated in local beauty contests. In 2002, she participated and won the Gladrags Mega Model Hunt. In 2004, Godse took part in the biggest modeling contest in India, the Femina Miss India contest.
She has to her credit the Airtel commercial where she shared screen space with Shah Rukh Khan and the Close-Up commercial among the many she has done so far. She has spent over five years in the modelling field, doing press ads, music videos, commercials and walking the runway at national and international ramps. She appears in one of the lead roles in the
Parvin Dabas (born 12 July 1974), also known as Parvin Dabbas, is an Indian actor and model.
Parvin Dabas studied in Modern School Vasant Vihar, New Delhi and then in Hans Raj College, Delhi University.
Dabas made his film debut in the 1999 film Dillagi but Monsoon Wedding launched him and has since appeared in over 10 Bollywood films.
He later starred in films such as The Hero: Love Story of a Spy, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara and Khosla Ka Ghosla for which he won acclaim. He directed his first film Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande (Right job for the wrong guys) which released on 19 August 2011 and won a bronze palm award at the 2011 Mexico international film festival.
In 2005 he gave a guest appearance(as Sudhanshu) in Sarabhai vs Sarabhai tv serial aired on STAR One in one episode directed by Deven Bhojani.
Parvin is also a trained scuba diver and underwater photographer. He married fellow actress Preeti Jhangiani on 23 March 2008.
Rajeev Khandelwal is a popular Indian film actor notable for his versatility and choice of scripts. He has played the harrowed Dr. Aamir Ali in his critically acclaimed 2008 debut film Aamir and powerfully depicted the torn ACP Arvind Mathur who battles his inner demons in Shaitan. Rajeev has also had immense success on television where he has portrayed a variety of powerful roles such as the popular Sujal Garewal in Kahin To Hoga along with Capt. Rajveer Singh Shekhawat in Left Right Left. Rajeev also hosts Sach Ka Saamna which is aired in the U.S.A as The Moment of Truth (U.S. game show). In 2011, Rajeev became the brand ambassador for the National Geographic Channel's show Supercars.
It was Rajeev's childhood dream to become an actor. He was working as a production controller in a Delhi based production house. He had modelled for several brands like LML, Green Label Whisky, Kodak Express and Videocon refrigerators. He appeared in the telefilm Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat from Sony. He made his mark in his feature film debut in Aamir. He was also the host of the Indian reality show Sach Ka Saamna that aired on STAR Plus in 2009. Sach Ka Saamna is the Indian version of U.S reality show
Lavrenti Lopes (born 29 March 1986) is an Indian actor and model in Hollywood. He grew up in Mumbai (Bombay), India where he did a bit of theatre and was also part of an improv group. He has done a couple of print ads in India including one for Flair Pens.
Lavrenti Lopes was born on 29 March 1986 to Goan parents Joaquim Anthony Lopes and Gemma Veronica Lopes (née Braganza) in Mumbai, India. His surname is Portuguese. He is the youngest of 2 brothers. His older brother Xenos currently lives in Australia. Lavrenti studied at Fatima High School in Vidhyavihar, Mumbai. Lavrenti wanted to become an actor since he was 8. He moved to New York in 2007 to train at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Lavrenti Lopes currently lives in Los Angeles.
Lavrenti shifted base to New York to train at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. While in New York he did ads for Microsoft, Axe Deodorants and was seen in a couple of plays. His claims to fame though would be the TV commercials he did for Tata True Roots Calling Card. The commercial was extremely popular and turned out to be an Internet sensation. He has since been approached by quite a few Bollywood directors to be a part of
Remi Clair is an actor, model and an Engineer who was born in District Jalandhar of Punjab state in Northern India. Ancestrally he belongs to Punjabi descent and Indo-European / Indo-Scythian and Aryan ethnic group. He is an actor and has recently starred in the cult favorite Sweet Amerika, which was released on 19 September 2008 in Canada.
He was fond of doing extra-curricular activities and acting since his childhood. Being a unique and idealistic type of person he has always been trying to do something different from others with honesty and integrity. He learned the basics of acting while studying theater during his college days. He participated in many stage activities like skits, plays and Bhangra in college. He won best item award on stage during a get together party and won first prize in a music event by dramatic club of Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. He had not only kept himself busy in doing courses in hiking & trekking, swimming, karate and snow skiing etc. but was also a member of National Cadet Corps (India) (army wing) & was holding senior most rank of Senior Under Officer (SUO). He led all India twice as Camp Cadet Commander & was adjudged Best Cadet in All
Deepal Shaw (born 21 February 1986), is an Indian actress, model who works in Bollywood movies.
Shaw was born and raised in Mumbai, Maharashtra, to parents originally from Uttar Pradesh. She studied in D.P.Y.A. High School, Dadar. Her mother was born in Lucknow, while her father was born in Ayodhya. She has a younger brother.
As a child, her parents encouraged her to sing, first giving her lessons when she was only six years old.
She attended St. Xavier's College, where she pursued a BA in Psychology.
Shaw began her career as a model, taking part in the 2004 Miss India beauty pageant, advancing to the final round before being cut. After this setback, she rededicated herself to striving for success in the Indian entertainment industry, beginning a career as a singer.
She released her first album (entitled Baby Doll, after her adopted stage name) in 2004. She followed up her strong debut with Baby Doll Chapter 2, featuring many hit remixes such as "Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar" and "Rangeela Re."
Her music consists mainly of modernized remixes of old Hindi songs, entailing a very bass-heavy sound with some hip hop elements. She is currently on Saregama India Records. MTV India has largely
'Kitu Gidwani( born 22 October 1957) is an Indian actress and model. She has starred in some movies as well as serials in Indian television. She became popular after a TV series, Air Hostess aired on Doordarshan in 1986, and received critical acclaimed for her roles in Dance of the Wind (1997), Deepa Mehta's Earth (1998), Govind Nihalani's Rukhmavati Ki Haveli (1991), Kamal Haasan's Abhay and Deham (2001).
Gidwani was born in Mumbai. Her Sindhi parents migrated from Pakistan after the partition. They lived in a refugee camp in Worli. She has a brother.
She studied in Fort Convent School, Mumbai. Her post graduation days saw her interested in French and she started acting in French plays. Soon she was acting in English plays directed by Janak Toprani. She acted in some television serials and subsequently acted in a French film "Black" (1987).
She has never been married and has vowed never to settle down at the risk of her pursuit of what she calls "duende," a search for harmony with the many magical aspects of living and nature.
Gidwani made her television debut in 1984 on the TV soap Trishna, and during the 1980s and '90s, gave some memorable performances in TV serials like
Simple Kapadia(15 August 1958 – 10 November 2009) was a Bollywood actress and costume designer.
Simple Kapadia began her career when she was 18 years old. She made her acting debut in 1977 in the film Anurodh, paired opposite her then real-life brother-in-law, actor Rajesh Khanna. In that movie, she played the role of Sumitha Mathur. Her career as an actress spanned for almost 10 years. She starred in Shaaka in 1981 opposite Jeetendra. Her role in Lootmaar received all the plaudits from critics as well as theatregoers.
She then distinguished herself with secondary roles in movies such as Jeevan Dhara, Hum Rahe Na Hum and Dulha Bikta Hai in which she performed a memorable qawali dance. In 1985, she starred in alternate cinema movie Rehguzar opposite Shekhar Suman. This poetic movie confirmed her qualities as an actress. Despite several offers and after more than 20 movies, she decided to end her acting career in 1987 after performing in an item song for the movie Parakh. She decided to become a costume designer. She very quickly excelled in that role and in her clientele, famous names such as Tabu, Amrita Singh, Sridevi and Priyanka Chopra could be found.
In 1994, she won a National
Prachi Desai (Gujarati: પ્રાચી દેસાઈ; born 12 September 1988) is an Indian film and television actress. She is best known for her role as Bani Walia in the Hindi television drama Kasamh Se which aired on Zee TV. Prachi is the endorser, spokesperson, brand ambassador and the face of Neutrogena products in India. She is also the brand ambassador of Goa Tourism, a popular holiday destination in India.
Prachi was born in Surat,Gujarat, India. She studied in St Joseph Convent, Panchgani and completed her schooling until ninth grade in Surat. After that, she went to Pune for higher studies. She studied at Sinhagad college, Vadgaon, Pune. During her school time she was an outstanding student and always received prizes for many dancing and acting competitions .
She was in Pune for higher studies and had almost finished her junior college when her pictures were sent to Balaji Telefilms who called her for audition. She was 17 when she left her studies and started her career with Kasamh Se.
Prachi starred in the serial Kasamh Se on Zee TV that got her fame. She left Kasamh Se on 15 April 2008 and was replaced by Gurdeep Kohli, after being burnt and drowned in episode 562. Kasamh Se ended 12
Rahul Dev Samra (Hindi: राहुल देव; Punjabi: ਰਾਹੁਲ ਦੇਵ; born 27 September) is an Indian film actor and former model. Dev is known for his unconventional rugged looks and chiselled features and appearances in action films. He was meant to make his acting debut as the main villain in Mukul S. Anand's 1997 film Dus but the director's death while the film was still in production caused the film to remain incomplete and unreleased. He then made his debut in the 2000 film Champion where he played a villainous role and for which he was nominated for the 2001 Filmfare Best Villain Award. He has since played villains and supporting roles in all of his films, but is almost always seen playing the villain. He acted villain in the Punjabi movies Dharti in 2011. Rahul Dev's brother Mukul Dev is also an actor in films and television.
Dev is the son of the former police commissioner of Delhi. He was born in Saket, New Delhi in a Khatri Punjabi family.
Dev did his schooling from St. Columba's School, Delhi. He used to be a fast bowler in school, when a former cricket player Gursharan Singh who used to coach occasionally at St. Columba's saw him bowling he was so impressed that he asked him to join
Kinshuk Mahajan is an Indian actor and model, who appears in Indian soaps. He is best known for his roles in Star Plus's serials Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai and Chand Chupa Badal Mein.
As a teenage boy, Mahajan played a small role in a Hindi film, Delhi Heights. He acted in the serial Dhoom Machaao Dhoom on Disney where he played the role of Adiraj.He played DEV in KAJJAL in Sony TV as main lead. He has also done commercial modeling for Bausch & Lomb, FDDI, and print modeling for Airtel, Nokia, British Council, Pedigree and GNIIT. His breakthrough came with his role of Ranvir Rajvansh in Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai, as one of the four protagonists of the serial, the other three being played by Angad Hasija, Parul Chauhan and Sara Khan. In 2010 he joined the cast of Chand Chupa Badal Mein where he played the lead role of Viren Sood, opposite Neha Sargam.
In 2011, he was part of Star Plus's reality show, Jee Le Yeh Pal, shot Udaipur with six TV actors and six commoners. Currently he is acting in Afsar Bitiya where he is playing the lead role of Pintoo Singh.
Mahima Chaudhary (born Ritu Chaudhry on 13 September 1973) is an Indian actress and a former model 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.
Chaudhary was born Ritu Chaudhry in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Her father is from Kakripur village in Baghpat, Western Uttar Pradesh. Her mother is of Nepali origin and hails from Darjeeling. She attended Darjeeling based famous convent school till class X and later moved to Loreto Convent for her plus two levels. She completed her ISC board in 1988. She also attended Loreto College in Darjeeling. She won a local beauty pageant in Darjeeling before moving to Delhi for college. Initially in the 1990s, she appeared in TV advertisements (including the Wall's ice cream ad when the brand entered India), and 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. Ghai also renamed her due to some superstition. He considered M to be lucky for her.
During her acting career, Chaudhary has played a variety of roles, starting with a village girl in Pardes (1997). Her other
Raqesh Vashisth (born Rakesh Bapat on 1 September 1978) is an Indian film and TV serial actor.
A 1999 Grasim Mr. India first runner-up title holder, Raqesh made his screen debut in Anubhav Sinha's Tum Bin (2001). After the success of Tum Bin, Anubhav Sinha again cast him as a solo lead in Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha (2002) opposite Raima Sen, but the film was never released. After that he starred in a few average films like Dil Vil Pyar Vyar in 2002 and Koi Mere Dil Mein Hai in 2005, but none of these films clicked. Raqesh failed to make a mark at the box-office and decided to turn to television. He made his debut in the Zee serial, Saat Phere, with him gaining instant recognition on the small screen within a short span of time. Raqesh has also done ads for Colgate, Wrigley's chewing gum, SSI-Education and Lux among others.
He has played the role of Anuj in the NDTV Imagine show Ek Packet Umeed. He depicted the role of an MBA graduate who helps run Umeed Bhavan and is in love with Sujata (role played by Rupali Ganguly) who is the daughter of the head of Umeed Bhavan.
He also played the role of Karan Mehra in Simply Sapne as the main actor replaced by Gautam Rode.
Shlok is the character he
Vipasha Agarwal (born 3 January 1985) is an Indian model and actress who made her debut in the movie I See You with Arjun Rampal. She is not very active in the media but has a varied portfolio when it comes to print the advertisements. She's worked with The Taj Group, Lakme, Thumbs up, and Ritu Kumar.
Recently she has done advertisements like Fair & Lovely, Lakme (winter collection), Monte Carlo and Garnier. In India, she is considered to be one of the best models for television advertisements.
Vivan Bhatena is an Indian model and actor. He portrayed the role of the vice captain of the India national cricket team, Abimanyu Singh, in the 2007 hit film, Chak De India.
Model-turned-actor Vivan Bhatena made his debut on the small screen as Tulsi’s son-in-law Abhishek in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. He also stars in the Zee weekly Time Bomb, Maayka (Zee TV) and Kumkum Ek Pyaara sa Bandhan.
Vivan Bhatena, 2001 Grasim Mr India title holder, was also seen on the stage in Sandiip Sikcand’s Champagne On The House. He even played the role of Shashank in the series Pyaar Ka Bandhan on Sony entertainment television.
Milind Soman (Marathi: मिलिंद सोमण) (born 4 November 1965) is an Indian model, actor, and film producer.
Milind Soman was born to a Marathi Chitpavan Brahmin family in Scotland and lived in England until the age of seven, when his family moved back to India. He is a Gowd Saraswat Brahmin from his maternal side. He was also a national-level swimmer for India and was then discovered as a model.
For many years, Milind had a relationship with co-model Madhu Sapre.
In July 2006, Soman married Mylene Jampanoi, his French co-star in the film Valley of Flowers at a tourist resort in Goa. They had met on the set of the film. The two divorced in 2009. Soman was seeing another actress, Shahana Goswami, but they broke up.
Soman was one of the earliest professional male models in India. His first significant work was to model in an advertising campaign for a clothing manufacturer. He quickly became one of the most successful models in the country. He rose to further fame while featuring in Alisha Chinai's superhit music video, Made in India (1995) which then made him a household name.
In the mid-1990s after his rapid modeling fame, he started out with the titular role in the Indian science
Shruti Haasan (born January 28, 1986) is an Indian actress, singer and music composer who has worked in South Indian film industry and Bollywood. Her parents are noted actors, Kamal Haasan and Sarika.
As a child artist, she sang in films and appeared in a guest role, before making her adult acting debut in the 2009 action drama, Luck. She later went on to win critical acclaim for her role in the Walt Disney fantasy film, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, Oh My Friend and 7aam Arivu. In 2012, she starred in Gabbar Singh, Telugu remake of Dabangg.
She has also continued her stint in music through work as a singer in Indian languages, a career in music direction beginning with her father's production Unnaipol Oruvan and her own music band and album.
Shruti Rajalakshmi Hassan was born to actors Kamal Hassan and Sarika in Chennai, India. Her younger sister Akshara represents India nationally for Ballroom Latin dancing. Haasan studied at Abacus in Chennai and moved to Mumbai to study psychology at St. Andrew’s College.
Hassan shifted her focus to cinema and music, and eventually travelled to the USA to continue to learn music at the Musicians Institute in California, before returning to Chennai. She
Hansika Motwani (born 9 August 1991) is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Telugu and Tamil cinema, while also appearing in Hindi and Kannada cinema.She made her film debut in Telugu film Desamuduru (2007),after which she starred in several high budget Telugu films like Kantri (2008), Maska (2009) and Billa (2009).In 2011,she started her career in Tamil with the film Mappillai (2011),after which she appeared in several critically and commercially successful films like Engeyum Kaadhal (2011), Velayudham (2011) and Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012).These accomplishments have thus established her as a leading contemporary actress in Tamil Cinema.Recently she has acted in a telugu film "Oh My Friend"
Her father Mr. Pradeep Motwani is not living with the family as her parents Pradeep Motwani, a businessman and Mona Motwani, a dermatologist, were separated in the year 2004. She has a brother called Prashant Motwani. She is presently living with her mother Mrs. Mona Motwani and Brother Prashant Motwani.
Hansika began her television career with a serial called Shaka Laka Boom Boom, a story about a boy named Sanju and his magic pencil. Simultaneously, she also acted in a child
Saira Mohan (born 1978, Montreal, Canada) is a Canadian fashion model of Indian, Irish and French heritage. Although successful for many years prior in New York City, she was launched into international fame in 2003 after Newsweek put her on the cover with the headline "The Perfect Face". She is actively involved with product endorsements worldwide. She is married, and has a son named Romen Alexandre. She made her Bollywood debut with the film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. She was ranked #91 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002. Her second venture, Teen Patti was released in February 2010.
Aside from appearing on countless magazine covers worldwide, including ELLE, Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel, and Town & Country, Mohan has participated in several World Economic Forum events as an invited speaker, as well as at the 2006 India Today conclave.
Mohan is the author of a popular ebook sold on her website entitled How To Seduce (and Marry) the Woman of Your Dreams.
Eesha Koppikhar (Konkanii: ईशा कोप्पीकर) (born 19 September 1976), born Isha Koppikar, is an Indian actress and model who has appeared in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films. Koppikhar married her boyfriend Timmy Narang on 29 November 2009.
Koppikhar was born in Mumbai, India, hailing from the Konkani speaking Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin community. She has one younger brother. Eesha graduated in Life Sciences at Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai. It was during her time at college that she appeared in a photoshoot for Indian photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha. The shoot led to work in advertising as a model, notably for L'Oréal, Rexona, Camay, Tips & Toes and Coca-Cola. Eesha contested the 1995 Miss India contest, winning the Miss Talent Crown. Her modelling work gave her an introduction to the film industry and to her first film appearance in the Tamil movie Kaadhal Kavithai in 1998. Since then, Eesha has made over forty films and has several Hindi films in production or due for release in 2010. She continues to model for fashion designers Anita Dongre and Pria Kataria Puri, and is currently the Indian representative of the Italian fashion company Police Watches and Jewellery.
Manish Raisinghania is an Indian TV actor. He has so far worked on four TV serials: two for Star TV and two for Zee TV. He has also had guest appearances on a few Zee TV serials. He was also one of the last finalists in the Mr. India contest.
He studied his engineering from D.Y Patil college, Pune. He was groomed by his Guru- Laval Prabhu in becoming a top model. His college mates- Mitul, Rashesh, Avinash, praised him as a hard working and goal oriented person. He was a role model for many of his college mates, as reported by his friends.
Banoo Main Teri Dulhann – Om Shanti Om Song
Protima Gauri Bedi (October 12, 1948 – August 18, 1998) was an Indian model turned Odissi exponent. In 1990, she established 'Nrityagram', a dance village near Bangalore.
Protima was born in Delhi, the second daughter in a family of four, which included three daughters and a son. Her father Laxmichand Gupta was a trader who belonged to a bania family from Karnal district, Haryana, and her mother Reba, was a Bengali. Her father had to leave home, because of opposition to his marriage, Thereafter he started working in Delhi.
In 1953, her family moved to Goa, and later to Bombay in 1957. At age nine, she was sent to stay at her aunt's, in a village in Karnal district for a while, where she studied in a local school. On her return, she was sent to Kimmins High School, Panchgani, where she received her early education. She did her graduation from St. Xavier's College, Bombay (1965–67).
By the late 1960s, she had become a prominent model. In 1974, she came into the news for streaking during the daytime for the launch of the Bollywood magazine, Cineblitz at Juhu Beach in Bombay.
In August 1975, at the age of 26, an Odissi dance recital completely changed her life when she ran into the
Chaitanya Choudhury is an Indian television actor and model.
Chaitanya Choudhury (born 18 April 1977) is an Indian television actor. His interest in studies has inspired him to achieve a MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree. He has been seen in several roles in serials such as Kahiin To Hoga, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. He has acted on Ekta Kapoor's serial Kavyanjali. He was acting on a Star Plus serial Sangam.Recently he participated in a dance show Zara Nachke Dikha.He was also seen in Aahat 4 as Harsh.
He has also appeared in a flop film produced by Dev Anand named Love at Times Square.
In Sangam he played the role of business man brother whose name is Sagar
Currently he is doing the show Uttaran playing the role of Kanha Icchha's and Veer's adopted son .
Arjan Bajwa (Punjabi: ਅਰਜੁਨ ਬਾਜਵਾ,Telugu: అర్జన్ బాజ్వ, Hindi: अर्जन बज्व; born 3 September 1977) is an Indian actor who has acted in Telugu and Hindi films.
Born and brought up in Delhi, His father was the Deputy Mayor of Delhi - S. S Bajwa and his mother is a homemaker. Arjan has a Graduation degree in Architecture.he is a blackbelt in Taekwando from WTF,Kukkiwon,s.Korea. He used screen name Deepak for the Telugu movies. He made his debut as the Antagonist opposite Abhiskek Bachchan in 2007's Mani Ratnam movie Guru where he got a lot of appreciation from the critics as well as audience but his big break came with Madhur Bhandarkar's 2008 movie Fashion where he was paired opposite Priyanka Chopra proving his versatile and outstanding talent yet again and making a place in the list of mainstream Bollywood heroes. After getting critical acclaim for his intense role in Lanka, actor Arjan Bajwa is all set to try his hand at comedy in the film "Son of a Sardar" where he is paired with Sonakshi Sinha.
Meera Chopra , also known as Nila, is an Indian film actress, who appears in Telugu and Tamil films.
Meera started her graduation at SGTB Khalsa College (University of Delhi) but completed her Bachelors degree from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan, U.S., after which she went to New York to work in an advertising firm. She also worked at NDTV for couple of months in New Delhi. Soon, she got an offer to work in South Indian movies. lately she has ventured into fashion business with Chennai International Fashion Week, as one of the partners, and with much success. She also manages her own hotel business in delhi and plans to branch out in entire India.
Nila's first film was Anbe Aaruyire produced and directed by S. J. Suryah, in which she played the lead role. The movie was a big hit and she got an instant recognition in Tamil cinema. Later, she went on to do some Telugu movies. Her last Telugu movie Vaana, was produced by an ace producer M. S. Raju, where her acting was highly appreciated. She had a short break from cinema and she ventured into the fashion business. Maaro (film) remains her most recent and last release.
Arjun Rampal (Hindi: अर्जुन रामपाल), (born 26 November 1972), is an Indian film actor who appears in Bollywood films, as well as a former fashion model. He made his acting debut in Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001). The film was a failure but Rampal was appreciated for his performance and received several awards for his work in the movie.
Rampal has established himself as one of the top movie stars of Bollywood through his performances in huge hits including Asambhav (2004), Vaada (2005), Don - The Chase Begins Again (2006), Om Shanti Om (2007), Rock On!! (2008), Housefull (2010), Raajneeti (2010) and Ra.One (2011)
Arjun Rampal was born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India on 26 November 1972 to a Punjabi family from Delhi. His father’s name is Amarjeet Rampal and his mother’s name is Gwen Rampal. Arjun along with his sister attended the Kodaikanal International School situated at Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu. His mother was a teacher in the school at the time. Arjun went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hindu College in Delhi. Actress Kim Sharma is his cousin.
Rampal made his acting debut in Rajiv Rai's Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001) opposite Suniel Shetty, Aftab
Indraneil Sengupta is an Indian model and actor, born in Assam and schooled and brought up in Ahmedabad. He was a finalist in the Gladrags Manhunt Contest 1999. In 2000 he moved to Mumbai to pursue modelling. He modelled for designers like Rohit Bal and also worked for choreographers like Marc Robinson and Achala Sachdev. He did commercials for the Tata Indigo Marina car, VIP Frenchie and Aquafina.
Then came the transition to music videos: one each for Falguni Pathak-pal pal tere yaad sataye and Jagjit Singh; one for the south Indian singer Yesudas's Hindi album; and a remix of the old film song Koi diya jale kahin (rum pum bum) sung by Asha Bhosle from the movie Bees Saal Baad. He also appeared in a television show on STAR Plus, which was called Pyaar ke do naam...Ek Radha Ek Shyaam.
He has done a movie called Shukriya which was to have starred Aftab Shivdasani, Shriya Saran and Anupam Kher. He was to act in the movie Dus but the project got shelved.
He played a Negative role in 1920 an Indian horror film written and directed by Vikram Bhatt as Mohan Kant, the British Indian armyman who betrayed his revolting pro-independence military regiment.
He also starred as Tushaar in the
Nafisa Joseph (Hindi: नफीसा जोसफ) (28 March 1978 − 29 July 2004) was an Indian model and MTV video jockey. She was the winner of Miss India Universe 1997 and was a semi-finalist in the Miss Universe pageant.
Nafisa Joseph was brought up in the city of Bangalore. She was the younger of two daughters born to father Nirmal Joseph, a Keralite Syrian Christian and mother Usha Joseph, a Bengali, who was a descendant of Tagore and first cousin of Sharmila Tagore. Nafisa studied at Bishop Cotton Girls' School and St. Joseph's College, both at Bangalore. She was Catholic, but owed her Islamic first name to the fact that her paternal grandmother was Muslim.
Joseph started modelling at age 12 when her neighbour got her an opportunity to model for a Wearhouse ad. She was groomed as a model by Prasad Bidapa. Joseph was the youngest participant at the Miss India pageant in 1997, which she won. Joseph participated in the Miss Universe Pageant in Miami, Florida on May 16 1997, and was among the 10 semifinalists in the pageant.
In 1999 she was a judge for the MTV India VJ Hunt. A week later she was called for a screen test to host a show on MTV . She ran the MTV House Full show for close to five
Prashant Raj Sachdev is a model and actor from Mumbai, who debuted in Ram Gopal Varma's remake of Ramesh Sippy's Sholay: Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag.
His second film Toss was out 28 August 2009. It was also the debut vehicle for Roadies' Rannvijay Singh and Madhhurima and also co-stars Aarti Chhabria and Ashmit Patel
In Aag, he played the role of Raj, originally played by Amitabh Bachchan as Jai. The original name of the film was Ram Gopal Varma Ke Sholay, however, due to copyright concerns, the name had to be changed.
He was on a team, with model Sahil Shroff, on the AXN Network's The Amazing Race Asia reality/adventure TV show, in their first Asian season.
Born 9 January 1980, Mumbai (then Bombay), India
Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai
Delhi Public School, R. K. Puram, New Delhi (Graduated batch of 1998)
Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi (Graduated batch of 2001)
Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute, New York (2010)
First ad campaign was for Benzer
Worked in Event Management with Percept D'Mark (PDM India), Showdiff
Milestones & Achievements:
2004 - First runner up in Grasim Mr. India
2005 - "Mr. Model of the Universe" 2005 in Quito,
Ujjwala Raut (born June 11, 1978) is an Indian Supermodel.
Raut was a 17-year-old commerce student when she became the winner of Femina Look of the Year at the Feminia Miss India 1996 contest. She was also among the Top 15 in Elite Model Look of the Year in Nice. She walked the ramp for numerous high-end fashion shows, including Yves Saint-Laurent, Roberto Cavalli, Hugo Boss, Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Betsey Johnson, Gucci, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Emilio Pucci, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. She has also posed for advertisements of Dolce & Gabbana, Gap, H, Pianegonda, Roberto Cavalli, and Yves Saint-Laurent. Raut has graced the covers of ELLE, Time, L'Officiel Magazine, Tank, and WWD.
Kim Michelle Sharma (born 21 January 1980) is a Bollywood actress and model.
Kim was born in Ahmednagar to an Indian father and a Japanese mother. She has 3 sisters. Kim did her schooling at St. Joseph's Convent in Panchgani. She then returned to her hometown and joined a junior college. Of her college days, she said 'Having studied in a boarding school, where most of the girls were from aboard, living and studying in Ahmednagar came as a culture shock'. While in her twelfth standard, she decided to quit studies. As one of the famous faces of Ahmednagar college, she was offered many fashion shows and modeling.
In August 2011 it was revealed that Kim had secretly married a MNC employee named Vivek Singh, who she had been dating for a few weeks in Kolkata.
On a trip to Mumbai, she auditioned for Close-Up toothpaste and was selected. She then appeared in Sunsilk, Pepsi, Tata Safari, Ponds, Fair & Lovely, Clean-n-Clear and Liril advertisements. She is also the brand ambassador of Olay in India.
Sharma caught the eye of producer Aditya Chopra who signed her for his next directorial venture titled Mohabbatein. The film also marked the launch of five other newcomers-Uday Chopra, Jugal
Rakhi Sawant (Hindi: राखी सावंत) (born on 25 November 1978) is an Indian dancer, Hindi film and television actress, model and television talk show host. She has appeared in many Hindi films and few Kannada, Marathi, Telugu and Tamil films in roles commonly attributed to item girls.
Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda to Jaya Bheda. who married Sawant, a police constable at Worli Police Station, and gave her children her second husband's name Sawant. Rakhi attended Goklibai High School in the Vile Parle suburb of Mumbai and later studied at Mithibai College. She is the sister of film director Rakesh Sawant and former actress Usha Sawant.
In 1997, Rakhi debuted with the unnoticed film Agnnichakra as Ruhi Sawant. She continued acting in some low-budget Bollywood films. She did small roles & dance numbers as a junior artist in films like Joru Ka Ghulam, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain & Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke and went unnoticed.
In 2003, she auditioned for an item number in the Bollywood movie, Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne. She auditioned about four times before being finally selected for her breakthrough item number, "Mohabbat Hai Mirchi", composed by Himesh Reshammiya. She also bagged a small
Sanjay Suri (Hindi: संजय सूरी) is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films.
He made his debut in 1999 with Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi. He went on to star in many supporting roles but finally got his big break with Jhankaar Beats in 2003, where audiences started to recognize him as a seasoned actor. He is co-producer and actor in the film I Am. He is also the co-founder of the film production company Anticlock Films.
Sanjay Suri was born on 6 April 1971, in Srinagar, Kashmir, where he spent 19 years of his life. He has an elder brother and elder sister. Living in Srinagar he developed a strong love for nature and the outdoors. As a child Suri was a star squash player and was on his school and state teams. In 1990 his father was killed in a terrorist attack and the family was forced to flee to Jammu where they briefly lived in a refugee camp. They then shifted to Delhi.
When Suri moved to New Delhi in 1990, he was thrust into the world of modelling. He modelled for many companies including Gillette, Nilkamal Furniture, Times of India, Philishave, and Nescafe.
1999 witnessed Suri's breakthrough in Bollywood with a supporting role in the movie Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi, co-starring
Vidya Balan (pronounced [ʋɪd̪jaː baːlən]; born 1 January 1978) is an Indian actress, who appears mainly in Hindi films, in addition to Bengali and Malayalam films. After graduating with a degree in sociology, she started her career starring in music videos, television shows and commercials, before making her feature film debut with the independent Bengali drama Bhalo Theko (2003). Balan received positive notice for her first Hindi film, Parineeta (2005), and followed it with a leading role in the blockbuster Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), and other such hit films as Guru, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa (all 2007).
2009 marked the beginning of the most successful period in Balan's career as she portrayed five back-to-back roles to wide critical acclaim in Paa (2009), Ishqiya (2010), No One Killed Jessica (2011), The Dirty Picture (2011) and Kahaani (2012). These roles have further established her as one of the leading contemporary actresses of Hindi cinema and earned her several major awards. Balan has received one National Film Award for Best Actress, five Filmfare Awards, including two for Best Actress and one for Best Actress - Critics, as well as three consecutive Screen Awards
Carol Gracias is an Indian model born and brought up in Mumbai. She is a past winner of the coveted India's L'Oreal/Elite "Look of the year" title. She belongs to the Goan Catholic community, a Christian community in India.
Carol had a cameo in the movie Being Cyrus. She also appeared in the music video for the song Right Here Right Now from the movie Bluffmaster, starring Abhishek Bachchan.
She was a housemate on Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother, produced by Endemol India for Sony Entertainment Television. She finished runner-up. She was also the contestant of khatron ke khiladi level 2 the Indian version of Fear Factor.
During the 2006 Lakme India Fashion Week in Mumbai, Carol Gracias experienced a "wardrobe malfunction", when her halter top slipped off, completely exposing breasts. Carol recovered quickly enough and completed the walk, holding her top in place. This minor incident caused a huge furore, with some members of the public accusing the organisers of the show of promoting obscenity. The matter was raised in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, where members condemned the organisers of the show.
Later, a local court ordered the police to
Dino Morea (Hindi: डीनो मोरिया; born 9 December 1975) is an Indian actor who appears in Bollywood films and a former model.
Dino Morea was born in Bangalore, India to an Italian father and an Anglo-Indian mother. He is the second of three brothers. Nicolo Morea is his older brother, and Santino Morea is his younger brother. His family moved to Bangalore, Karnataka in 1996. He attended and graduated from St. Josephs College in Bangalore and also went to Army Public School, Bangalore and Bangalore Military School (now Rashtriya Military School). He was first noticed when he was modeling for a fashion company, and he soon received his first film offer.
Morea was supermodel and made his acting debut in Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi opposite Rinke Khanna, which was a flop, but he got his breakthrough roles with Rajiv Menon's Tamil film Kandukondain Kandukondain, the 2002 horror film Raaz and the thriller, Gunaah. His other prominent films include, Baaz: A Bird in Danger, Sssshhh..., Rakht and Acid Factory. He was a contestant of reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2010.
Diana Hayden (born 1 May 1973) is a beauty pageant titleholder from India. She won the Femina Miss India contest in 1997 and was crowned Miss World 1997 at the age of 24.
Diana Hayden was born in Hyderabad, in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, in a Anglo-Indian family. She attended St. Ann's High School, Secunderabad, until the eight standard. Hayden continued her studies through open schooling and correspondence, and graduated from Osmania University having majored in English.
Before she began modeling, she worked for an event management company called Encore. She then worked as a public relations officer at BMG Crescendo, where she assisted in managing the careers of models Anaida and Mehnaz. On Anaida's recommendation she entered herself into the Miss India contest in 1997.
Diana Hayden won the Femina Miss India World crown in 1997, and then went on to win the Miss World crown in the same year. By doing so, she became the third Indian woman to win the Miss World pageant, after Reita Faria in 1966 and Aishwarya Rai in 1994.
Following her tenure as the global representative for the Miss World organization, Hayden moved to the UK and studied acting at the Royal Academy of
Karan Kapoor, Indian actor and model of the 1980s, is a member of the famous Kapoor family, an influential film dynasty in India's Bollywood cinema.
He was born on January 17, 1962. He is the son of the famous actor Shashi Kapoor and actress Jennifer Kendal. He started his film career in his father's films and later in other films as the lead. His first mainstream Bollywood film was Sultanat (1986) and he later acted in Loha (1987). He also appeared in the British television series The Jewel in the Crown in 1984. He also modeled major Indian brands including Bombay Dyeing.
He has since become a photographer and lives in London with his wife, daughter and son.
Shamshuddin Ibrahim, known professionally as Shaam (Tamil: ஷாம், born April 4, 1978), is a Tamil film actor and model. Starting his career as a professional model, he soon made his acting debut in the film Khushi (2000), appearing in a cameo role. He further appeared in lead roles in critically and commercially successful films such as 12B, Anbe Anbe, Iyarkai, Ullam Ketkumae and the Telugu film Kick. In 2006, he made his debut in Kannada film through Tananam Tananam with Ramya and Rakshita directed by Kavitha Lankesh.
Shaam was born on 4 April 1978 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, into a Tamil-speaking Muslim family. He grew up in Bangalore, where he pursued his studies. After completing his B. Com, he did modelling through which he hoped to become an actor.
Shaam began his career as a model in Bangalore, modelling for various ads. Keen on pursuing an acting career, he was vainly searching for acting offers for four years. He then, following the recommendation of his model coordinator, got to meet cinematographer Jeeva's, who was planning to make his directorial debut and was on the lookout for a new face for the film's lead role. Shaam was given the role for the film 12B. His second
Varsha Usgaonkar is an Indian film actress from Goa, who has worked in various Bollywood and Marathi movies as the leading lady. During the 1990s, she was the most popular actress in Marathi cinema.
Usgaonkar has to her credit many Marathi hits such as Sawat Majhi Ladki, Dhumakul, Lapandaav, Aflatoon, Gadbal Gotala and others. She has also starred as the lead actress in the Bollywood films Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi and Pathreela Raasta. In 2005 she appeared in the Bollywood films Mangal Pandey: The Rising and Mr Ya Miss as a supporting actress. In the Faisal Saif-directed controversial Hindi feature film, Jigyaasa, she played mother to Hrishitaa Bhatt. The role of Uttara, wife of Abhimanyu and mother of Parikshit, (the future of the Bharat Dynasty in Mahabharata) created a turning point in her career. Usgaonkar started her television career in the late 1990s, after taking a hiatus from movies. She has appeared in the Marathi shows Aakash Zep and Eka Mekansathi, and she has also acted in the Hindi television serials Alvida Darling, Tanha and Anhonee. Usgaonkar has also sung in a Konkani music album Roop Tujem Laita Pixem with Ulhas Buyao.
Usgaonkar is married to Ajay Sharma, son of
'Apoorva Jha' was a debutante in the much appreciated 2005 Bollywood movie, Socha Na Tha. She was cast alongside Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. Prior to the movie, she was a very successful model in Delhi.
She was born in Delhi, India.
Apoorva always insists that she never planned to foray into filmdom. ‘I have never believed in planning anything in life. Actually, it was a friend who prompted me to go in for the screen test. Considering that this friend had always discouraged me from entering films, I reasoned that I might as well give things a try. As luck would have it, I got selected from among hundreds of other aspirants!’
The girl who had never dreamt of flying, modelling or acting, has done all this and more during a short and sweet span of three years! ‘While I was in the third year of college, I was chosen to fly as an air hostess with Jet Airways. It was a sudden decision and I just went along with it.’ Then, one fine day, Apoorva decided to quit flying and start modelling! ‘This, again, was an impromptu decision for me,’ reveals Apoorva, ‘A few interesting assignments came my way and I felt that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take up modelling on a full-time basis. But I
Aindrita Ray (Kannada: ಐಂದ್ರಿತ ರೇ; born on 4 April 1985), is an Indian film actress, primarily appearing in Kannada films,who also appears in Telugu,Hindi and Amateur Cinema. She made her acting debut in 2007, starring in Meravanige and went on to appear in several commercially successful films, establishing herself as a leading contemporary actress of Kannada cinema. She is perhaps best known for her critically acclaimed performance as Devika, a mentally challenged girl, in Manasaare.
Aindrita Ray was born as the youngest daughter into a Bengali family in Udaipur, Rajasthan, where she spent her childhood, before moving to Mumbai. With her father, A. K. Ray, being a dentist in the Indian Air Force, she along with her family moved from one place to another, finally settling in Bangalore. Her mother, Sunita Ray, is a child psychologist, while her elder sister works for a multinational company. Ray studied at Baldwin Girls High School, Bangalore. Later she joined B R Ambedkar Dental College, Bangalore to pursue a bachelor's degree in dental science. While studying, she did part-time modelling, appearing in television advertisements, which paved way for her entry into the film
Priyanka Chopra (pronounced [prɪˈjəŋkaː ˈtʃoːpɽaː]; born 18 July 1982) is an Indian actress, singer-songwriter and former Miss World. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a model and gained fame after winning the Miss World title in 2000. She is often referred to by the nickname "Piggy Chops", which was given to her by co-stars on the set of the film Bluffmaster! During her career, Chopra has received four Filmfare Awards, among seven nominations and one National Film Award for Best Actress.
Chopra made her acting debut with the 2002 Tamil film Thamizhan. The following year, she made her Bollywood film debut with The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and followed it with the hit Andaaz, for which she won a Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. In 2004, she became the second woman to win the Filmfare Best Villain Award, which she received for her critically acclaimed performance in Aitraaz. She subsequently appeared in successful films like Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004), Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005), Krrish (2006) and Don (2006).
2008 marked the beginning of a new phase in Chopra's career. Her portrayal of a troubled model in Fashion earned her a National Film Award for Best
Muzammil Ibrahim (Kashmiri: मुज़मिल इब्राहीम (Devanagari), مزمل ابراہیم (Nastaleeq)) (born 25 August 1980) is an Indian model, originally from state of Jammu & Kashmir. He won the Gladrags Manhunt Contest in 2003. He also won the Rashtrapati Award for bravery (1994) (Hindi: Jeevan Raksha Padak) for saving a boy from drowning in 1992.
He has done more than 20 modelling campaigns and is a brand ambassador for at least 5 companies. He has also done many international campaigns and is a popular model in Bangkok.He has featured in advertisements of brands such like Mistair(siyaram's), Real fruit juice,bolero car,Maruti Suzuki Swift,hero honda bike,hide and seek biscuits,vivel shampoo with amrita rao,titan watches,onida DVD(his 1st commercial). He also modelled for the "GUESS" company in Italy for 2 years.He was awarded The Best Male Model by Times of India and The Hindustan Times for three years in a row in 2004/05/06. He is very famous in Kashmir his home town as well
Muzamil did famous music videos like Kabhi Aisa Lagta Hai for Lucky Ali, and Pardesiya, which got him noticed with Rakhi Sawant. He made his début into Bollywood with the movie titled Dhoka directed by Pooja Bhatt,
Priyanshu Chatterjee (Bengali: প্রিয়ান্শু চাত্তের্জী ; born on February 20, 1973). who hails from Delhi, is an Indian model and actor.
Priyanshu is a commerce graduate from Delhi University. Whilst doing an internship to become a chartered accountant, he took up modelling. He modeled for five years, working on projects such as Digjam's Print Campaign, Wills Cigarettes, Levi's & Four Square. He also appeared in one of Udit Narayan's videos. He took lessons from Kishore Namit Kapoor's School of Acting before debuting in the sleeper hit, Tum Bin in 2001.
Shweta Kawatra is an Indian actress. She is best known for her role of Pallavi in the popular television soap opera, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii. She has had appearances in a large number of other TV serials, most notable in Kkusum and C.I.D.. She is married to actor Manav Gohil.
Tina Parekh is an Indian Television actress.
Tina Parakh Hazra (also known as Tina Parakh). She is a Marwari Jain. Tina hails from Jaipur in Rajasthan but she is brought up in Mumbai. She graduated in Psychology from Mithibai College in Mumbai. Watching her friends give auditions, she too wanted to give it a try. She even went for a few auditions but seeing at the tall girls out there, she would often chicken out. In spite of her tiny height, she bagged a few commercial ads of Rasna, Fairglow, Emirates, BSL Suitings, Hero Honda, Lux, ICICI Bank, Airtel, Macdonald and many more. She started modelling because it would fetch her good pocket money.
She ventured into television with shows like Hip Hip Hurray, CID, Khichdi, Dollar Bahu, Kahaani Teri Meri. But Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki was the turning point in her career. She entered Kahaani… after its first generation leap as Shruti Agarwal, daughter of Parvati and Om Agarwal. Soon her character Shruti became a household name. Later she did yet another Balaji serial, Kasautii Zindagii Kay where she played as Mukti Deshmukh, the adopted daughter of Prerna and love interest of Prerna’s son Prem. Her portrayal of Mukti was a rage. She has also
Udita Goswami (Hindi: उदिता गोस्वामी; born 9 February 1984) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films.
Goswami was born in Dehradun, Uttarakhand to a father from Uttarkhand and a mother from Shillong, Meghalaya. She was educated in Dehradun where she studied at the D.A.V. Public School until class 8. She also studied at Maa Anandmayi Memorial school.
Goswami began her career as a model working for brands such as Pepsi, Titan Watches and Nokia among others. She then made her jump into acting making her debut in the 2003 Bollywood film, Paap directed by Pooja Bhatt. Her next film Zeher, which also starred Emraan Hashmi and Shamita Shetty, was her breakthrough role and she became a well known face in the industry. Her role was that of a femme fatale. She also appeared in the movie Aksar opposite Dino Morea.
She was featured with Upen Patel in Ahmed Khan's music video of the remix of Kya Khoob Lagti Ho.
Dia Mirza, (born on December 9, 1981) Dia Mirza Handrich nicknamed Dee is a Indian model and actress who appears in Bollywood films. The actress along with her boyfriend Sahil Sangha and good friend Zayed Khan has started her own production house, Born Free Entertainment, their first film Love Breakups Zindagi made under the banner was released on 7 October 2011.
Dia Mirza was born in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Her father, Frank Handrich, was a German graphic and industrial fair designer, architect, artist and interior designer from Munich and her mother, Deepa is a Bengali Hindu who is an interior designer, landscaper and currently does social work as a volunteer to help alcoholics and addicts. They separated when she was six years old. Her father died when she was nine and her mother married Ahmed Mirza, who died in 2004. She adopted her steppfather's surname and has recently adopted the last name of her birth-father, becoming Dia Mirza Handrich.
When living in Khairatabad, Hyderabad district, she attended Vidyaranya High School for Boys And Girls, a school based on the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, and later Nasr School, in Khairtabad. She attended Stanley Junior College and
Shilpa Anand (born Shilpa Shivanand on 10 December 1982, Hindi: शिल्पा आनन्द, Kannada : ಶಿಲ್ಪ ಆನಂದ್ ), is an Indian Model, television and movie actress. She is the younger sister of Sakshi Shivanand, a popular actress from Karnataka.
Shilpa Anand was born in South Africa, and went to school there. She studied at the Punjab University, obtaining a Masters in Computer Applications (MCA), from 2000 to 2003. After completing her education, she moved to India along with her family and then she started her acting career in Mumbai.
Before her first movie, Shilpa did many adverts on television with many famous Bollywood actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan etc.
She got her first lead role in the Bollywood film Iqaar By Chance as Rashmi Mehra in 2006. She rose to stardom when she starred in the television series Dill Mill Gaye, in which she played the protagonist of Dr. Riddhima Gupta which made her a popular face of the TV world. She was nominated at several Awards ceremonies in 'Best Actress' category for her role in the show such as 'New Talent Awards in 2008'. She won the award alongside Karan Singh Grover for the best on-screen couple in August 2008. Her contract with the
Sonal Singh Chauhan is an Indian fashion model and actress. She has won several beauty contests and made her acting debut in the movie Jannat directed by Kunal Deshmukh.
Sonal Chauhan was born in Noida, India. Her family hailed from famous Royal Chauhan Rajput of Mainpuri. Her father is a police inspector, and she has one elder brother and two sisters, one younger and one elder. She studied at Delhi Public School, Noida and then Philosophy honors at Gargi College in New Delhi.
She was crowned as the Miss World Tourism 2005 at Miri, Sarawak state of Malaysia. She is the first Indian to have claimed Miss World Tourism title. She has been a popular model of Delhi, and has appeared in a number of advertisement campaigns in print and electronic media. She appeared in the ads of brands like Ponds and Nokia. She also appeared on the cover page of FHM and The Man magazine. She walked the ramp as show stopper for jewellery brand YS18 at the India International Jewelry Week 2011.
She first appeared on screen in Himesh Reshammiya's album Aap Kaa Suroor. Kunal Deshmukh, director of Jannat, saw her at a restaurant in Mumbai. He asked for her contact number, and in a week she was on the floors
Parizad Kolah Marshall is an Indian television actress, who hosted The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.
Brought up in Parsi Colony in Bombay, she attended was educated at H. R. College and has worked in theatre as well as a runway model. She has acted in one Bollywood movie, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon but she intends to stay with television. Parizaad Kolah married businessman [[Navroze Marshall] in December 2005. They have a daughter together.
Shruti Seth (born 18 December 1977) is an Indian television, VJ and film actress.
Shruti Seth was born on 18 December 1977 in Gujarat, India. She did her schooling from Ashok Academy and graduated from St. Xavier's College Ahmedabad with a degree in Economics and Commerce. She is married to film director Danish Aslam.
Seth started her career as a engineer. According to her, her entry into the world of modelling happened by chance. A couple of people had asked her if she’d like to model and at that time, it just meant extra pocket money. Over the span of her career as a model she did several commercials including Clean and Clear moisturiser, TATA Home Finance, Ponds Talc, Frooti, Lifebuoy Soap, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, LG, Airtel, Mrs. Marino Hair Softener, Stayfree Secure, Dominos etc.
Eventually, she moved to television. At the start of her career in modeling and television, Seth said that “fate was pushing me in that direction and I just followed the course.” She also said that it was her stint on Channel V “that firmly put me on the map.”
For Channel V, India she hosted First day First show and Junglee Jukebox. She acted in many serials such as Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr, Des
Upen Patel (born 16 August 1981) is a British Indian model and Bollywood film actor.
After winning Zee TV's supermodel hunt in 2002, Patel began modelling for Hugo Boss, Paul Smith and Zegna. He started his acting career with singer/song writer Romey Gill's "Sadeyan paran to sikhi udna."
He received the MTV India Most Stylish Male Award 2 years in a row. He won F awards as India's number one Supermodel, which led to many more endorsements including Tuscan Verve, Tommy Hilfiger, Provogue and D'damas Desire. He has campaigned for brands like Wendell Rodrick, Vikram Phadnis and Westside.
He was a cook on the show 'Karen Anand's Cook Na Kaho' before his official debut into films.(http://www.jamactors.com/jamactors/upenpatel.php)
Patel appeared in many music videos, including the remix of the classic Bollywood song "Kya Khoob Lagti Ho", which also featured Udita Goswami.
In 2006, he made his Bollywood debut in the film 36 China Town. The film was a success at the box office. Subash K Jha commented "Upen Patel as the Casanova in the casino makes an unusual stylish debut. He dances with confidence and holds his own, even among the accomplished ensemble of actors." Patel won several
Vinay Rai (born 18 September 1979) is an Indian film actor, commonly appearing in Tamil films, as well as modelling and catwalking in noted fashion shows. His mother tongue is Tulu.
Vinay was originally a ramp model in Bangalore, but since has now made his debut as an actor in director Jeeva's Unnale Unnale co-starring Sadha and Tanisha Mukherjee. The film became a large success upon release and opened up more acting offers for Vinay Rai.
Since his debut film, he has appeared in a Telugu language film, Vaana, which flopped at the box-office and a critically successful Tamil film, in Jayamkondaan, for which his performance was acclaimed. In 2009, he appeared in Saran's Modhi Vilayadu alongside Kajal Aggarwal which also fared poorly at the box office, while two of his films Veelle and Nootruku Nooru were stalled during their production stage. He made a comeback in 2011 with a role in the English film, Dam 999, though the film met with a poor commercial and critical response. Vinay will next be seen in Mirattal, a Tamil film featuring Sharmila Mandre opposite him.
Vinay at the Internet Movie Database
Raageshwari Loomba (born 25 July 1977) is an Indian pop singer, actress, model, television anchor, former MTV and Chanel V VJ a Yoga expert and a motivational speaker. She also entered in the fifth season of the reality television show Bigg Boss and was named 'Positive Raaga and the messenger of peace'.
Raageshwari was born in Mumbai to Trilok Singh Loomba, a National Award winning musician and government servant, and his wife Veera. She has an elder brother, Rishabh who is a filmmaker. The Sanskrit word Raageshwari means 'the goddess of Ragas' and 'wife of the Lord'.
Raageshwari attended the Auxilium Convent High School. As a child model, she did the rounds of several advertising agencies with her father. At the age of 13, she was noticed by director Shekhar Kapoor, and auditioned at a photo shoot for the lead role opposite Bobby Deol, but did not secure the part. As a teenager, Raageshwari signed her first film as an actor, Zid (released in 1994). She took a month off from school to complete the shooting, but managed to secure a distinction in her Class X exams. She then acted in hit films, including David Dhawan's Aankhen (1993) and Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994).
Gauri Pradhan (Nepali: गौरी प्रधान) is a prominent social activist and human rights defender in Nepal as well as in South Asia. He is the founding President of a number of national institutes including a pioneer child rights organization Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN-Nepal) established in 1987. For his work on child rights and human rights in Nepal he has been conferred with a number of national and international honors including the UNICEF Global Leadership on the Rights of the Child in 2000 along with Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa. Gauri Pradhan currently holds an office as a Commissioner and Spokesperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), a constitutional organ of Nepal.
He was born on 5 August 1962 in Chautara, Sindhupalchok, Nepal. He did his schooling in his native village and higher studies in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. He has studied Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelors in Law from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. He has also undertaken professional training on Human Rights, Child Rights, Human Resources Development on Poverty Alleviation, Conflict Management and Peace Building, Development Studies, Leadership
Sammir Dattani (Gujarati: સમીર દત્તાની) also known as Dhyan (Kannada: ಧ್ಯಾನ್) (in Kannada film industry) is an Indian film actor who acts in Bollywood and Kannada films.
Sammir belongs to a industrialist business family and was born and brought up in Mumbai. He did his schooling at Greenlawns and graduated from H.R college. Before turning to acting, Sammir was a national level roller skater and has won many awards at the all India level. The actor hails from a family which has been in the textiles business for over 50 years, besides being an active part of the business Sammir is also the owner of a restaurant and lounge in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. Sammir currently lives in the Malabar Hills neighbourhood of south Mumbai.
Sammir has been facing the camera since the age of 17. He has been popular in many TV commercials and music videos, 'Valentine's Day' being among the famous ones.
Sammir started his Hindi film career with one of the biggest banners in Bollywood, Rajshri Productions. In his first Hindi film Uuf Kya Jaadoo Mohabbat Hai his performance was appreciated. It landed him roles in Madhur Bhandarkar's Corporate and Vikram Bhatt's Life Mein Kabhie Kabhie and films like Pyar Mein
Shilpa Shetty (born 8 June 1975) is an Indian film actress and model. Since making her debut in the film Baazigar (1993), she has appeared in nearly 40 Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films, her first leading role being in the 1994 film Aag. Although she has been through years of decline during her career, Shetty has been willing to reinvent herself quite often. Her performances in Dhadkan (2000) and Rishtey (2002) were appreciated, while her portrayal of an AIDS patient in Phir Milenge (2004) won her many accolades. Her younger sister Shamita Shetty is also a Bollywood film actress.
After taking part in the British Celebrity Big Brother TV show in 2007, Shetty was crowned the winner with 63% of the final vote, after an international racism controversy involving her and fellow contestants Jade Goody, Jo O'Meara and Danielle Lloyd. This was followed by a re-establishment of her status in the film industry in 2007 when she appeared in two successive movies, Life in a... Metro and Apne, with her performance in the former drawing positive reviews.
Shilpa Shetty was born in a traditional family in Mangalore that hails from the Bunt community. She is the elder daughter of Surendra
Yukta Mookhey (born 7 October 1979) is an Indian model and actress. She was crowned Miss World in December 1999 at the Olympia theatre in London at the age of 20.
Mookhey's family is from northern India, but she and her family lived in the Middle East until Mookhey was seven years of age. The Mookhey family migrated back to Mumbai in June 1986. runs a personal and professional grooming consulting firm in Mumbai, while her father was a clothing company director and currently trades in stocks as a hobby. Mookhey studied zoology at V.G. Vaze college prior to winning the Miss World competition. Mookhey has a diploma in computer sciences and has studied Hindustani classical music. Mookhey is an active member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and engages herself in social and charitable causes.
Yukta and Prince Tulli were engaged on September 7, 2008 at the Grand Maratha in Mumbai. Prince is the son of Bacchitar Singh Tuli and Harinder Kaur Tuli. The marriage, held on November 2, 2008, was a traditional 'Sikh' ceremony in a Nagpur Gurudwara followed by a reception the same evening. They have one son together.
The 49th Miss World pageant was held on 4 December 1999 at London's Olympia
Sangeeta Bijlani (born 9 July 1960) is an Indian Bollywood actress and former model. Bijlani was the Miss India winner in 1980.
After winning the Miss India title, she kept herself busy in modelling and did a couple of commercials including brands like Vicco Turmeric cream and Nirma detergent. During the late 80s she signed on for films. J.P Dutta's Hathyar' was the first film she signed which was earlier offered to Dimple Kapadia who left the role for Batwara. She tasted success with Tridev in 1989.
She received a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress nomination for Mahesh Bhatt's Jurm (1990). Apart from successful films Tridev and Jurm, she was part of films like Ijjat, Yugandhar, Yodha and Vishnu Deva. She continued acting in films till the mid 90s.
She got married to with Mohammad Azharuddin. During the same time she also anchored for Doordarshan's popular Sunday morning show Rangoli and played title role in Zee TV's Chandni. Besides that, she also featured in another ad of Nirma Soap along with Shilpa Shetty. She is often seen in party circles but has not acted in any films since 1995.
Nauheed Cyrusi (Hindi: नौहीद सॆरुसी) is an Indian model, VJ and actress. The meaning of her name is "Venus"
Nauheed was born on 19 October 1982 to a Parsee Zorastrian Family in Mumbai. She studied in J.B. Vacha School, and graduated from Jai Hind College and Basant Singh Institute of Science, Churchgate, Mumbai, and is pursuing M.Com through correspondence.
Nauheed originally wanted to take to traveling by becoming an Air Hostess, but after modeling for three years, she decided to become an actor.
While in school she accompanied her friend to an audition and at the age of 14 she appeared in an advertisement for Dhara Refined Oil. Subsequently she went on to appear in Head & Shoulders, Britannia Little Hearts Biscuits, Ayurvedic Concepts (now Himalaya) advertisements.
Nauheed started her career as a model, featuring in many music videos. Piya Basanti being a memorable one, which brought her to the attention of Bollywood producers.Nauheed has appeared in many advertisements on television as well as the print media.
She was associated with EverYuth Orange Peel-Off Skin Vitaliser and was a craze among girls across the country.
She made her film debut in Padam Kumar's Supari, starring
Panchi Bora (Assamese:পঞ্চী বৰা) , (born 24 December 1985) is an Indian television actress and model from Assam. She also used to play a lead role in the Balaji Telefilms soap Kayamath.
Panchi started her undergraduate course in law at ILS Law College in Pune, but put her studies on hold during her second year to pursue a career in television. She played the central role of Prachi in Kayamath on Star Plus. She became famous for her onscreen chemistry with lead actor Shabbir Ahluwalia who played Milind in this serial. After Kayamath she had a break (2009–2012) then she came back with Badi Aii that is an hit show on STAR Plus.
Earlier, she worked in the MTV soap Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi and also featured in advertisements.
Panchi's father is a former Army officer, and her parents currently live in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. She has one elder sister who is married and settled in Australia. Her Guru (spiritual guide) lives in Vasishtha Ashram near Guwahati, Assam, India.
Purab Kohli is an Indian model, VJ and actor.
He started his career as an actor with the popular TV show Hip Hip Hurray (Mazhar) and earned recognition through video jockeying on Channel V. Kohli has also featured in ads for Colgate, Pizza Hut, Compaq Presario, Amaron Batteries, and Castrol. He made his acting debut with Bus Yuhin (2003) opposite Nandita Das. He has also acted in Supari (2003), Vastu Shastra (2004), and 13th Floor (2005), but it was My Brother…Nikhil (2005) which proved lucky for him. From then on he starred in Mahesh Bhatt's Woh Lamhe (2006) and as a villain again in Bhatt's Awarapan (2007). He also acted in Rock On!! (2008) along with Farhan Akhtar, Luke Kenny and Arjun Rampal. Kohli's work in Rock On garnered him a Special Jury Mention at the 2009 Filmfare Awards in March 2009.
In 2010 he anchored the Zee TV music talent hunt Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar. He is also the host in the upcoming show Terra Quiz on National Geographic Channel.
He is married to Yamini Namjoshi, who is a theatre actress. He is also the nephew of filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.
He supports an NGO called Toybank, and ran the half marathon in the 2011 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to
Riya Sen (Bengali: রিয়া সেন [ˈrija ˈʃen]; born Riya Dev Varma on 24 January 1981) is an Indian film actress and model. Riya, who comes from a family of actors including her grandmother Suchitra Sen, mother Moon Moon Sen and sister Raima Sen, began her acting career in 1991 as a child actress in the film Vishkanya. Her first commercial success in her film career was with Style, a 2001 Hindi low-budget sex comedy directed by N. Chandra. Some of her other films include producer Pritish Nandy's musical film, Jhankaar Beats (2003) in Hinglish, Shaadi No. 1 (2005) Malayalam horror film Ananthabhadram (2005).
Riya was first recognised as a model when she performed in Falguni Pathak's music video Yaad Piya Ki Aane Lagi at the age of sixteen. Since then, she has appeared in music videos, television commercials, fashion shows, and on magazine covers. She has been a heartthrob sensation throughout India. Riya has worked as an activist and appeared in an AIDS awareness music video with the aim of dispelling popular myths about the disease. She also helped raise funds for pediatric eye-care. Riya has faced controversies such as a MMS clip with actor Ashmit Patel, her semi-nude photograph on
Celina Jiya Jaitley (born 24 November 1981) is an Indian actress who mainly appears in Bollywood films. A former beauty queen and model, she was crowned Femina Miss India Universe in 2001.
Jaitley was born in Kabul, Afghanistan to a Punjabi Hindu Army Colonel V.K. Jaitley and Meeta, an Afghan Hindu, who was a nurse in the Indian Army and a former beauty queen. Celina has a brother who is also in the Indian Army.
Jaitley has stated that as a child wanted to join the army just like her father, either as a pilot or a doctor. Most of her childhood was spent in different locations due to her father being transferred in cities and towns all over India; as a result she ended up studying in over a dozen different schools. While her family was in Lucknow, she attended City Montessori School. She also studied in Berhampur in Orissa. She has spent a major portion of her time in Kolkata, West Bengal where father was posted during her college days. The family is now re-settled in Kolkata.. She graduated with a degree in commerce from Indira Gandhi National Open University. After graduation, Celina worked in a cell phone company briefly.
Jaitley came in first place at Femina Miss India 2001
Angad Singh Bedi (born 6 February 1983 in New Delhi) is an Indian actor, model, and a cricketer for Delhi. He bats right-handed, and his bowling style is slow left-arm orthodox.
Angad studied at Bishop Cotton School in Shimla and graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi. Unable to replicate the success of his father, cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi, he began a career in modelling. Branching into acting, he made his debut in Kaya Taran, a television adaptation of a Malayalam short story by N. S. Madhavan, When Big Tree Falls, The Earth Is Bound To Shake. He is now doing a movie "The Little Godfather", directed by Joy Augustine.
Angad has one older sister, Neha, and two older half-siblings from Bishan's previous marriage – a half-sister named Gill and a half-brother named Gavasinder. Bishan named his first son Gavasinder Singh Bedi in tribute to Sunil Gavaskar's heroics at Trinidad in 1971. Gavasinder was born during the Test match.
Angad has also appeared in a cooking show called Cook Na Kaho on Star One. He was hosting a reality television show called Emotional Atyachar on UTV Bindass before being replaced by Pravesh Rana. He has participated on Colors' show Khatron Ke Khiladi. He
Naman Shaw(born 18 December 1982 in Calcutta) is an Indian television actor notable for his roles as Pushkar Shukla in Zee TV's drama series Kasamh Se, as Nakul Virani in STAR Plus's series Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and in Kasautii Zindagii Kay as Nihaal Garewal. Naman Shaw has also played small roles in other Balaji Telefilms serials such as a brief role in Kasturi as Kasturi's fiance, Girish. Later he had a brief role in Kahe Naa Kahe as Vidhyud on 9X channel.
Shaw began his acting career through participating in Zee TV's talent hunt show, India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj in 2004 where he made the Top 15. He also appears in Nach Baliye 4.
Freida Pinto (born October 18, 1984) is an Indian actress and professional model, best known for her performance as Latika in her debut film Slumdog Millionaire, an eight time Academy Award winner, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2008. Pinto won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Gurdeep Kohli (born 30 January 1980) is an Indian TV actress, known for her popular roles as Dr. Juhi Singh in Star TV serial Sanjivani and Vedika on Zee TVs serial Sindoor Tere Naam Ka. She also played Pronita Mitra and Bani Walia in Zee TV's, Kasamh Se.
Gurdeep is of Punjabi descent.She was born in a Sikh family. After years of working on television and as a model, Gurdeep married Arjun Punj on 10 December 2006, her co-star from Sanjivani.
Gurdeep started her career as a model for various advertisements on Indian television. Most important role in her career was Dr. Juhi Singh on Sanjivani which earned her lots of accolades and later on she worked in Zee TV's Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka. After working on drama serials, she was part of STAR One's reality show Jet Set Go. She was also part of popular reality show of STAR One, Nach Baliye 2 along with her husband Arjun Punj.She played the role Bani after Prachi Desai on Kasamh Se in Zee TV.She is currently seen in Best Of Luck Nikki as Himani Singh. Gurdeep has also debuted in bollywood with a movie called Rowdy Rathore that also stars Akshay Kumar-Sonakshi Sinha and is directed by Prabhu Deva.
Gurdeep Kohli to play lady cop in Rowdy
Karan Singh Grover (born 23 February 1982) is an Indian television actor and model. He began his television career in Ekta Kapoor's Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi on MTV India. Karan is most recognized for playing the role of Dr. Armaan Mallik in Dill Mill Gayye on Star One.
Karan Singh Grover was born in Delhi, India to a Punjabi Sikh family. He has one younger brother Ishmeet Singh. During his childhood Karan and his family moved to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, where he lived for six years. He studied at International Indian School of Dammam. In 2000 he moved back to Mumbai and pursued a degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai, Dadar Catering College. He was in a band during his college days called the "Thousand Decibels". After completing his degree, Karan moved to Muscat, Oman where his family was located and started working at the Sheraton Hotel as a marketing executive for about a year. He later returned to India to pursue a career in modeling and participated in the Gladrags Mega Model Manhunt contest in 2004. He won the award for the 'Most Popular Model'. Earlier he was married to television actor Shraddha Nigam on 2 December 2008 in Goa. They mutually filed for divorce near the end of
Mallika Sherawat (Hindi: मल्लिका शेरावत, born Reema Lamba) is an Indian actress who appears mainly in Bollywood films. Known for her bold onscreen attitude, Sherawat has been frequently featured in the media as a sex symbol. She is one of the few Bollywood stars trying to crossover to Hollywood, with films like Hisss and Politics of Love.
Sherawat was born Reema Lamba in Rohtak, Haryana to a Jat family. Mallika was born in the family of Seth Chhaju Ram, a leading Jat philanthropist. She was born on October 24, though the year is unknown. She adopted the screen name of "Mallika", meaning "empress", to avoid confusion with other actresses named Reema. "Sherawat" is her mother's maiden name She has stated that she uses her mother's maiden name because of the support that her mother has provided her. Although relations with her family were strained when she entered the film industry, now Sherawat's family have accepted her career choice and reconciled their relations.
Sherawat went to school at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road. She has obtained a degree in philosophy from Miranda House, Delhi University. During the initial days of her career, she claimed to have come from a very
Mohammed Iqbal Khan (Kashmiri: मुहम्मद इक़बाल ख़ान (Devanagari), محمد اقبال خان (Nastaleeq))(born 10 February 1980), more commonly known as Iqbal Khan, is an Indian television and bollywood actor.
Khan was educated at the Lawrence School, Sanawar. He was a part of Falguni Pathak's "Indhana Mirwa" music video. His role as Angad Khanna in the Balaji Telefilms serial Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai attracted many fans, and he gained a great deal of recognition through this production. He went on to play the character of Shaurya in Kavyanjali and Raghu for Kahiin To Hoga, both Indian soap opera produced by Balaji Telefilms, and aired on STAR Plus. After the ending of Kaisa Ye Pyar Hai he went on to do another Ekta Kapoor serial Karam Apnaa Apnaa, also on STAR Plus where he played the role of Shiv Kapoor opposite Pallavi Subhash.
He exited from Karam Apnaa Apnaa at the end of 2006. He stated that this was not due to any conflict between him and other actors or directors, but merely due to his desire to develop his career and spend more time with his fiancée. However, he made a come back on television with Chhoona Hai Aasmaan as an airforce officer by the name of Abhimanyu Adhikari in a serial
Shiney Ahuja (born 15 May 1974) is an Indian actor who won the Filmfare Best Debut Award for Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi in 2006.
Ahuja was born in New Delhi. His father was in the Indian army. His early schooling was at St. Xavier's School, Ranchi; later, he studied at The Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. While studying at The Asian School, Dehradun , he was attracted to theater right from college days and attended several acting workshops with National school of drama, new delhi. Later he joined the theatre group 'Tag' where he met Barry John (theatre director) and soon enough joined Barry Johns Acting School in Delhi. Sometime after 1999 he moved to Mumbai.
Before making his debut in films, Ahuja modeled and acted in commercials. He also appeared in a music video for the British-Asian band Stereo Nation.
He made his acting debut in the critically acclaimed Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi which debuted at various film festivals in 2004 and was released in theaters in 2005. In 2006, Ahuja was awarded Best Male Debut by Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards, IIFA Awards, Zee Cine Awards and Stardust Awards. He also played the lead role in Mahesh Bhatt's Gangster, a more popular movie. In
Sindhura Gadde is an actress and former Femina Miss India World who also made to the semi-finals of Miss World Pageant in 2005.
Sindhura Gadde was born on 20 August 1981 in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India. She was raised by her grandparents in Vijayawada, while her parents were working abroad in New Zealand. When she was 10 years old, she moved to New Zealand. After completing her studies in New Zealand, she started her career in media and fashion industry. She returned to India and completed her double degree in Pharmacology & Physiology and a diploma in modeling. She also took introduction courses in Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.
She was crowned Femina Miss India World in 2005. When asked in the semi-final round which invention they would like to create and why, she replied she wanted to develop a natural remedy for cancer. After winning the content, she said "she felt on top of the world at winning, and hoped to make India proud globally". Her fashion designer during the contest was Jayaram Ramineni She was 1st runner up at Miss India NZ 2002 and 2nd runner up in Miss Auckland 2002. Since her crowning, she has made several public appearances such as the TANA Conference 2005 in