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Mahima Choudhary

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Mahima Chaudhry (born 13 September 1973 in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada), whose real name is Ritu Chaudhry, is a popular Indian actress.

Biography

Mahima was a model before she became a Bollywood actress, once appearing with Aishwarya Rai in a Pepsi commercial. Her first breakthrough performance, where she won rave reviews, was Pardes (1997) as Ganga, the love interest of two men played by Shah Rukh Khan and Apoorva Agnihotri. The role of Ganga was a village girl who still values her culture. She was chosen to be the female lead among about 3,000 applicants who auditioned for Pardes. Her career was launched by Subhash Ghai who had also launched the careers of popular actresses like Madhuri Dixit and Manisha Koirala. She changed her name to Mahima Chaudhary since Subhash Ghai has a superstitious belief of launching big careers with actresses whose names start with the letter 'M'.

Unlike most top actresses in India, Chaudhry did not mind playing a second fiddle in films like Dhadkan (2000) and Dil Kya Kare (1999) & Deewane. Apart from her role in Pardes, she also won acclaim for her role as Kavita, the loving wife of a man (played by Ajay Devgan) in Dil Kya Kare. She was nominated for Filmfare Awards for that role. She was dating Leander Paes, the popular Indian tennis player. Mahima left Leander after he was linked with Rhea Pillai (ex-wife of Sanjay Dutt).

Filmography

Saamna (2006) ... Rajnigandha (announced)
Babel ... Sonia (filming)
Home Delivery (2005) ... Maya (post-production)
Sarhad Paar (2005) ... Simran (post-production)
Hope and a Little Sugar (2005) ... Saloni (post-production)
Khosla Ka Ghosla (2005) (post-production)
Sandwich (2005)
15 Park Avenue (2005)
No Entry (2005) (uncredited) ... Actress
Film Star (2005) ... Heera Pandit
Sehar (2005) ... Anamika
Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye (2005) ... Ghulab Khan
The Film (2005) ... Sushmita Banerjee
Zameer (2005) ... Supriya Maheshwari
Dobara (2004) ... Dr. Anjali Sehgal
LOC Kargil (2003) ... Yadav's wife Reena
Baghban (2003) ... Arpita Raj (Special Appearance)
Tere Naam (2003) ... Special Appearance (Song)
Saaya (2003) ... Tanya
Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002) ... Nimmi
Om Jai Jagadish (2002) ... Ayesha
Bharat Bhagya Vidhata (2002)
Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (2001) ... Saraswati
Lajja (2001) ... Maithili
Khiladi 420 (2000) ... Ritu Bhardwaj
Kurukshetra (2000) ... Anjali
Deewane (2000) ... Pooja
Dhadkan (2000) ... Sheetal Varma
Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin (1999) ... Nisha
Daag: The Fire (1999) ... Kajal Verma/Kajri
Dil Kya Kare (1999) ... Kavita Kishore (Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award)
Pardes (1997) ... Kusum Ganga (Winner, Filmfare Best Debut Award & Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award)

 



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