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Mahima
Mahima
Born: Ritu Chaudhury,September 13, 1973 (1973-09-13) (age 36).Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1997 - Present
Spouse(s): Bobby Mukherjee (2006 - present)

Mahima Chaudhary (born Ritu Chaudhry, 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.

Early life

Chaudhary was born Ritu Chaudhry in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Her father is from Kakripur village in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh and is a Jat. She attended Loreto Convent, Darjeeling (although some people remember her from Dow Hill School, Kurseong) and also attended Loreto College in Darjeeling. She won a local beauty pageant in Darjeeling before making her film debut in Pardes. The director of the film, Subhash Ghai, asked her to change her name so it begins with an M due to some superstition. He considered M to be lucky for her.


Acting career

During her acting career, Chaudhary has played a variety of roles, starting with a village girl in Pardes (1997). Her other variety of roles include; Daag: The Fire (1999) where she played a nasty prostitute, in Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin (1999). She played a widow forced to marry her brother-in-law, in Dhadkan (2000) where she's a loving friend of a man who's madly in love with another woman, in Deewane she plays a singer in love with a thief, in Kurukshetra she plays the stubborn wife of a police officer, in Lajja she plays a young bride forced to fight dowry, in Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (2001), she plays a stubborn tenant who won't give up her home at any cost, in Om Jai Jagadish she's the loving homemaker, in Dil Hai Tumhaara she's the loving sister who'd do anything for her sister's happiness, in Dobara she's the frustrated housewife, in The Film she's a desperate struggling screenwriter, in Zameer she's a paralytic dancer, in Film Star she's an uptight arrogant fading actress, in Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak (2005) she's an actress who'd do anything to get in a big movie and in Souten (2006) she plays a desperate housewife who has an affair with her stepdaughter's boyfriend.

Next to doing a variety of films, she has also worked with numerous talented actresses including Kajol, Shilpa Shetty, Urmila Matondkar, Manisha Koirala, Raveena Tandon, Rekha, Preity Zinta, Tabu, Padmini Kolhapure, and Hema Malini. When she was asked about this, she responded by saying that she enjoyed working with other actresses and she expressed her opinion to work with Juhi Chawla, her favorite actress.

Recently, Chaudhary has starred in a Knightsbridge Media Production film, Pusher, directed by Assad Raja, also starring comedian, Mani Liaqat. The film is currently in post production stage and due for release shortly.


Awards

Filmfare Awards

    * 1998: Best Debut - Female for Pardes

Nomination

    * 1998: Best Actress for Pardes
    * 1999: Best Supporting Actress for Dil Kya Kare
    * 2001: Best Supporting Actress for Dhadkan

Star Screen Awards Nomination

    * 2001: Best Actress In A Supporting Role for Dhadkan

Zee Cine Awards Won

    * 1998: LUX Face Of The Year for Pardes

    * 1998: Best Female Debut for Pardes

Nomination

    * 2005: Best Actress In A Supporting Role for Dobara

Bollywood Movie Awards Won

    * 2001: Best Supporting Actress for Dhadkan


Personal life

Chaudhary married Bobby Mukherjee, a well-known architect, in 2006. The two met at a hoteliers' conference that was being held in Las Vegas. She talked about their meeting and wedding in an interview with Times of India, "I was making an appearance there and marriage wasn't part of the plan." She was there to enjoy herself and to be part of the event when love must have struck in the 24/7 city. Chaudhary went on to say, "At a function on 19 March amongst about 10,000 Indian hoteliers and their families, we got married and nobody had an inkling. I wore a red sari as if I was decked up for the function." Also in attendance were Chaudhary's sister and some friends. They also had a formal ceremony on March 23 with Mahima wearing a sari with red border and red and white Bengali bangles.

Chaudhry was nominated as one of PETA Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities for 2010.


Filmography

1997     Pardes    
1999     Dil Kya Kare
1999     Daag: The Fire   
1999     Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin    
2000     Dhadkan
2000     Deewane
2000     Kurukshetra
2000     Khiladi 420
2001     Lajja
2001     Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar   
2002     Bharat Bhagya Vidhata        
2002     Om Jai Jagadish   
2002     Dil Hai Tumhaara
2003     Saaya
2003     Tere Naam
2003     Baghban
2003     LOC Kargil
2004     Dobara   
2005     Zameer
2005     The Film
2005     Kuch Meetha Ho Jaaye
2005     Sehar   
2005     Film Star
2005     No Entry
2005     Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak
2006     Souten: The Other Woman
2005     Sandwich
2006     Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana
2006     Sarhad Paar   
2006     Gumnaam - The Unknown
2006     Chess: A Game Plan
2006     Hope and a Little Sugar
2007     Pusher
2008     Gumnaam - The Mystery
2010      Durbar   ( Hindi )
2010     Mastana  ( Hindi )
2010      Ssimran  ( Hindi )
2010      Chandralekha  ( Hindi )
2010      Chess - A Game Plan  ( Hindi )

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