Mahima Chaudhry (born 13 September 1973 in , West Bengal, India, whose real name is Ritu Chaudhry, is a popular Indian actress. Chaudhary, is a former model. Soon as she made her film debut with the hit Pardes in 1997, she proved her acting abilities and went on to make many critically acclaimed roles during her years in the industry.
Mahima was a model before she became a Bollywood actress, once appearing with Aishwarya Rai in a Pepsi commercial. Simultaneously she also hosted the entertainment TV show, Public demand. 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. 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 has been said to have 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', but this is not the case, she has kept her real name as she believes that her real name is a very personal part of her and something that she wants to keep. She won rave review for her first performance in Pardes (1997) as a village girl who still values her culture. Unlike most top actresses in India, she didn't mind playing supporting roles in films (example: Dhadkan (2000), Dil Kya Kare (1999)). Apart from her role in Pardes (1997), she also won acclaims on her role as Kavita, the devoted wife of Ajay Devgan in Dil Kya Kare (1999) which earned her a second filmfare nomination. She was also nominated for her performances in Dhadkan and Dobara.
She has worked with numerous actresses including Kajol, Shilpa Shetty, Amisha Patel, Urmila Matondkar, Manisha Koirala, Raveena Tandon, Rekha, Preity Zinta, Tabu, Padmini Kolhapure, and Hema Malini. When asked, she expressed her desire to work with Juhi Chawla: her favourite actress.
She received her schooling in Loretto, Darjeeling along with her older sister Ashu whose modelling career never took off. She was rumoured to have dated Dino Morea, although he has denied this. Mahima had previously dated tennis star Leander Paes; the relationship apparently ended due to his infidelity.
Mahima married Bobby Mukherjee, a high profile Mumbai Architect, last year amidst total secrecy. On June 10, 2007 Mahima gave birth to their first child: a girl, called Dia. The couple already have two kids from Bobby's first marriage.
Awards and Nominations
* 1998: Best Debut - Female for Pardes
* 1998: Best Actress for Pardes
* 2000: Best Actress for Dil Kya Kare
* 2001: Best Supporting Actress for Dhadkan
Star Screen Awards
* 2001: Best Actress In A Supporting Role for Dhadkan
Zee Cine Awards
* 1998: LUX Face Of The Year for Pardes
* 1998: Best Female Debut for Pardes
* 2005: Best Actress In A Supporting Role for Dobara
Bollywood Movie Awards
* 2001: Best Supporting Actress for Dhadkan
* Chess: A Game Plan (2006) ... (Stuck / On Hold)
* Gumnaam - The Unknown (2006) ... Ria (Stuck / On Hold)
* Hope and a Little Sugar (2006) ... Saloni (Releasing Worldwide September 2007)
* Sarhad Paar (2006) ... Simran
* Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana (2006) ... Anjali
* Sandwich (2005)
* Souten: The Other Woman (2006) ... Mitali
* Home Delivery (2005) ... Maya
* 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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