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Namrata
Namrata
Namrata Shirodkar (born 22 January 1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) is an Indian actress. Her sister is the actress Shilpa Shirodkar. She is the granddaughter of famous Marathi actress Meenakshi Shirodkar, who starred in Brahmachari (1930s), and was the first actress to wear a swimsuit and gambol in a pool, albeit to depict Lord Krishna bathing in the Yamuna river with his gopis.

Born in a moderate Marathi-speaking family, Namrata Shirodkar is an Aquarian, born on 22 January 1972. She used to live in Khar, an elite suburb in Mumbai. In addition she is a model, and has been crowned Miss India in 1993. Namrata finished amongst the top six at Miss Universe in 1993. She was also chosen as the 1st runner up for Miss Asia Pacific during 1993.

Modelling career

Namrata worked as a model, and was 1993's Miss India. She went on to represent India in the Miss Universe pageant and came in sixth place. She also represented the country in the Miss Asia Pacific contest, she won first runner-up.

Film career

She made her debut with a small role in super hit film Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), along with Salman Khan and Twinkle Khanna. She then went on to star in the hit Vaastav. Her performance was appreciated and she became a known name in Bollywood.

She has played mainly supporting roles in films. Films like Pukar, Hera Pheri and Astitva went on to do well. Since then her films have not done well at the box office. She was nominated for the IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in Pukar.

In 2004 she went back into the spotlight when she played the role of Jaya Bakshi in Bride and Prejudice. She played Aishwarya Rai's elder sister in the film. The film was a hit overseas particularly in the UK but failed to do well in India. She has since left the industry after her marriage.

Personal life

She began dating Tollywood actor, Mahesh Babu in 2005 after the filming of Vamsee. They married on 10 February 2005. Shirodkar now lives in Hyderabad with her husband. Their first child, a boy named Gautam Krishna Gattamaneni was born on 31 August 2006..

Filmography


1997     Purab Ka Laila Paschim Ka Chaila        
1998     Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai    
1998     Mere Do Anmol Ratan    
1998     Hero Hindustani        
1999     Kachche Dhaage        
1999     Ezhupunna Tharakan    
1999     Vaastav: The Reality    
2000     Pukar     Pooja Mallapa    
2000     Hera Pheri        
2000     Vamsi     Fashion student    
2000     Astitva     Revati    
2000     Aaghaaz    
2001     Albela     Nina    
2001     Tera Mera Saath Rahen     Suman Gupta    
2002     Hathyar: Face to Face with Reality        
2002     Dil Vil Pyar Vyar        
2002     Maseeha    
2003     Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye        
2003     Tehzeeb    
2003     LOC Kargil        
2004     Charas: A Joint Effort         
2004     Anji     Swapna/Sapna    
2004     Insaaf: The Final Justice         
2004     Bride and Prejudice        
2004     Rok Sako To Rok Lo        
2009     Helloo India        

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