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Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan by the Studio Harcourt, 2009.
Born Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan
October 11, 1942 (1942-10-11) (age 67)
Allahabad, United Province,
Indian Empire
Other name(s) Big B
Occupation Film actor, producer, singer, television presenter
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Jaya Bhaduri (1973–present)

Amitabh Bachchan (Hindi: अमिताभ बच्चन, pronounced [əmɪˈtaːbʱ ˈbətːʃən], born Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan on 11 October 1942), is an Indian film actor. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s as the "angry young man" of Bollywood cinema, and has since become one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema.[1][2]

Bachchan has won numerous major awards in his career, including three National Film Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards. He holds the record for most number of Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare Awards. In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter, and was an elected member of the Indian Parliament from 1984 to 1987.

Early life

Born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Amitabh Bachchan hails from a Hindu-Sikh family. His father, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a well-known Hindi poet, while his mother, Teji Bachchan was a Sikh-Punjabi from Faisalabad (now in Pakistan).[3] Bachchan was initially named Inquilaab, inspired from the famous phrase Inquilab Zindabad, during the Indian independence struggle, but was re-named Amitabh which means, "the light that would never go off." Though his surname was Shrivastava, his father had adopted the pen-name Bachchan, under which he published all his works. It is with this last name that Amitabh debuted in films, and, for all public purposes, it has become the surname of all members of his current family.

Amitabh is the eldest of Harivansh Rai Bachchan's two sons, the second being Ajitabh. His mother had a keen interest in theatre and had been offered a role in a film, but preferred her domestic duties. She had some degree of influence in Bachchan's choice of career because she always insisted that he should take the centre stage.[4] He attended Allahabad's Jnana Prabodhini and Boys' High School (BHS), followed by Nainital's Sherwood College, where he majored in the art stream. He later went on to study at Kirori Mal College of the University of Delhi and completed a Bachelor of Science degree. In his twenties, Bachchan gave up a job as freight broker for the shipping firm, Bird and Co., based in Calcutta now known as Kolkata, to pursue a career in acting.


Bachchan is married to actress Jaya Bhaduri. They have two children, Shweta Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan. Abhishek is also an actor and is married to actress Aishwarya Rai.


Early work: 1969–1972

Bachchan made his film debut in 1969 as one of the seven protagonists in Saat Hindustani, a film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and featuring Utpal Dutt, Madhu and Jalal Agha. Though the film was not a financial success, Bachchan won his first National Film Award for Best Newcomer.[5]

The critically acclaimed and commercially successful Anand (1971) followed, where he starred alongside Rajesh Khanna. Bachchan's role as a doctor with a cynical view of life garned him a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Amitabh then played the role of an infatuated lover in Parwaana (1971) opposite Navin Nischol, Yogeeta Bali and Om Prakash and was a rare instance of him portraying the villain. This was followed by several films which were not particularly successful at the box office including Reshma Aur Shera (1971). During this time, he made a guest appearance in the film Guddi which starred his future wife Jaya Bhaduri opposite Dharmendra. Noted for his deep baritone voice early on in his career, he narrated part of the film Bawarchi. In 1972, he made an appearance in the road action comedy Bombay to Goa, directed by S. Ramanathan. He starred alongside actors such as Aruna Irani, Mehmood, Anwar Ali and Nasir Hussain.

Rise to stardom: 1973–1983

1973 saw significant development in Bachchan's career when director Prakash Mehra cast him in the leading role for the film Zanjeer (1973) as Inspector Vijay Khanna. The film was a sharp contrast to the romantically themed films that had generally preceded it and established Amitabh in a new persona—the "angry young man" of Bollywood cinema,[2] a reputation he was to acquire in pictures that followed it. It was his first film as the leading protagonist to achieve box office success and earned him a Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor. 1973 was also the year he married Jaya and around this time they appeared in several films together, not only in Zanjeer but in films such as Abhimaan which followed and was released only a month after their marriage. Later, Bachchan played the role of Vikram in the film Namak Haraam, a social drama directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and scripted by Biresh Chatterjee addressing themes of friendship. His supporting role opposite Rajesh Khanna and Rekha was praised and won him the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.

In 1974, Bachchan made several guest appearances in films such as Kunwara Baap and Dost, before playing a supporting role in the highest grossing film of that year, Roti Kapda Aur Makaan. The film, directed and written by Manoj Kumar, addressed themes of honesty in the face of oppression and financial and emotional hardship was a critical and commercial success, placing Amitabh opposite Kumar himself, Shashi Kapoor and Zeenat Aman. Bachchan then played the leading role in film Majboor, released on 6 December 1974, which was a remake of the Hollywood film Zigzag starring George Kennedy. The film was only a moderate success at the box office[6] In 1975, he starred in a variety of film genres from the comedy Chupke Chupke, the crime drama Faraar to the romantic drama Mili. However 1975 was the year when he appeared in two films which are regarded as important in Hindi cinematic history. He starred in the Yash Chopra directed film Deewar, opposite Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, and Neetu Singh, which earned him a Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor. The film became a major hit at the box office in 1975, ranking in at number 4.[7] Indiatimes Movies ranks Deewaar amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[8] Released on 15 August 1975 was Sholay (meaning flames), which became the highest grossing film of all time in India, earning INR 2,36,45,00,000 equivalent to US$ 60 million, after adjusting for inflation.[9] Bachchan played the role of Jaidev opposite a cast which included some of the top names in the industry including Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri and Amjad Khan. In 1999, BBC India declared it the "Film of the Millennium" and like Deewar, has been cited by Indiatimes movies as amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[8] In that same year, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare awards awarded it with the special distinction award called Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years.

After the success of films such as Sholay at the box office, Bachchan had now consolidated his position in the industry and from 1976 through to 1984 would receive an unprecedented number of Filmfare Best Actor Award Awards and nominations. Although films such as Sholay cemented his status as Bollywood's pre-eminent action hero, Bachchan illustrated that he was flexible in other roles, successfully playing comic timing in comedies such as Chupke Chupke (1975) and Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) and romantic lead in films such as Kabhie Kabhie (1976). In 1976, he was once again cast by director Yash Chopra in his second film, Kabhi Kabhie, a romantic tale in which Bachchan starred as a young poet named Amit Malhotra who falls deeply in love with a beautiful young girl named Pooja played by actress Rakhee Gulzar. The emotional eclectic of the dialogue and softness of the subject matter proved a direct contrast to some of Amitabh's earlier grittier action pictures and those he would later go on to play. The film saw him again nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award and was a box office success. In 1977, he won the Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in Amar Akbar Anthony where he played the third lead opposite Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor as Anthony Gonsalves. 1978 was possibly the most accoladed year of his career and he starred in all four of the highest grossing films of India in that year.[10] He once again resumed double roles in films such as Kasme Vaade as Amit and Shankar and Don playing the characters of Don, a leader of an underworld gang and his look alike Vijay. His performance won him the Filmfare Best Actor Award and considerable critical acclaim as with his performances in Trishul and Muqaddar Ka Sikander which both earned him further Filmfare Best Actor nominations. On account of this unprecedented run and success he encountered at this stage in his career, he was billed a "one-man industry" by the French director François Truffaut.[11]

In 1979, for the first time, Amitabh was required to use his singing voice for the film Mr. Natwarlal in which he starred alongside Rekha. His performance in the film saw him nominated for both the Filmfare Best Actor Award and the Filmfare Best Male Playback Awards. In 1979, he also received Best Actor nomination for Kaala Patthar (1979) and then went on to be nominated again in 1980 for the Raj Khosla directed film Dostana, in which he starred opposite Shatrughan Sinha and Zeenat Aman. Dostana proved to be the top grossing film of 1980.[12] In 1981, he starred in Yash Chopra's melodrama film Silsila, where he starred alongside his wife Jaya and rumoured lover Rekha. Other films of this period include Ram Balram (1980), Shaan (1980), Lawaaris (1981), and Shakti (1982) which pitted him against legendary actor Dilip Kumar.[13]

1982 injury while filming Coolie

On 26 July 1982, while filming Coolie in the University Campus in Bangalore, Bachchan suffered a near fatal intestinal injury during the filming of a fight scene with co-actor Puneet Issar.[14] Bachchan was performing his own stunts in the film and one scene required him to fall onto a table and then on the ground. However as he jumped towards the table, the corner of the table struck his abdomen, resulting in a splenic rupture from which he lost a significant amount of blood. He required an emergency splenectomy and remained critically ill in hospital for many months, at times close to death. The public response included prayers in temples and offers to sacrifice limbs to save him, while later, there were long queues of well-wishing fans outside the hospital where he was recuperating.[15] Nevertheless, he spent many months recovering and resumed filming later that year after a long period of recuperation. The film was released in 1983, and partly due to the huge publicity of Bachchan's accident, the film was a box office success.[16]

The director, Manmohan Desai, altered the ending of Coolie after Bachchan's accident. Bachchan's character was originally intended to have been killed off but after the change of script, the character lived in the end. It would have been inappropriate, said Desai, for the man who had just fended off death in real life to be killed on screen. Also, in the released film the footage of the fight scene is frozen at the critical moment, and a caption appears onscreen marking this as the instant of the actor's injury and the ensuing publicity of the accident.[15]

Later, he was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis. His illness made him feel weak both mentally and physically and he decided to quit films and venture into politics. At this time he became pessimistic, expressing concern with how a new film would be received. Before every release he would negatively state, "Yeh film to flop hogi!" ("This film will flop").[17]

Politics: 1984–1987

In 1984, Bachchan took a break from acting and briefly entered politics in support of long-time family friend, Rajiv Gandhi. He contested Allahabad's seat of 8th Lok Sabha against H. N. Bahuguna, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and won by the one of the highest victory margins in general election history (68.2% of the vote).[18] His political career, however, was short-lived: he resigned after three years, calling politics a cesspool. The resignation followed the implication of Bachchan and his brother in the "Bofors scandal" by a newspaper, which he vowed to take to court. Bachchan was eventually found not guilty of involvement in the ordeal.[19]

His old friend, Amar Singh, helped him during a financial crisis due to the failure of his company ABCL. Therefore Bachchan started to support Amar Singh's political party, the Samajwadi party. Jaya Bachchan joined the Samajwadi Party and became a Rajya Sabha member.[20] Bachchan has continued to do favors for the Samajwadi party, including advertisements and political campaigns. These activities have recently gotten him into trouble again in the Indian courts for false claims after a previous incident of submission of legal papers by him, stating that he is a farmer.[21]

A 15 year press ban against Bachchan was imposed during his peak acting years by Stardust and some of the other film magazines. In his own defense, Bachchan claimed to have banned the press from entering his sets almost till the end of 1989.[22]

Slump and retirement: 1988–1992

In 1988, Bachchan returned to films, playing the title role in Shahenshah, which was a box office success due to the hype of Bachchan's comeback.[23] After the success of his comeback film however, his star power began to wane as all of his subsequent films failed at the box office. The 1991 hit film, Hum, looked like it might reverse this trend, but the momentum was short-lived as his string of box office failures continued. Notably, despite the lack of hits, it was during this period that Bachchan won his second National Film Award, for his performance as a Mafia don in the 1990 film Agneepath. These years would be the last he would be seen on screen for some time. After the release of Khuda Gawah in 1992, Bachchan went into semi-retirement for five years. In 1994, one of his delayed films Insaniyat was released but was also a box office failure.[24]

Producer and acting comeback 1996–1999

Bachchan turned producer during his temporary retirement period, setting up Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd. (A.B.C.L.) in 1996, with the vision of becoming a 10 billion rupees (approx 250 million $US) premier entertainment company by the year 2000. ABCL's strategy was to introduce products and services covering the entire section of the India's entertainment industry. Its operations were mainstream commercial film production and distribution, audio cassettes and video discs, production and marketing of television software, celebrity and event management. Soon after the company was launched in 1996, the first film was produced by the company. Tere Mere Sapne failed to do well at the box office but launched the careers of actors such as Arshad Warsi and South films star Simran. ABCL produced a few other films, none of which did well.

In 1997, Bachchan attempted to make his acting comeback with the film Mrityudaata, produced by ABCL. Though Mrityudaata attempted to reprise Bachchan's earlier success as an action hero, the film was a failure both financially and critically. ABCL was the main sponsor of the The 1996 Miss World beauty pageant, Bangalore but lost millions. The fiasco and the consequent legal battles surrounding ABCL and various entities after the event, coupled with the fact that ABCL was reported to have overpaid most of its top level managers, eventually led to its financial and operational collapse in 1997. The company went into administration and was later declared a failed company by Indian Industries board. The Bombay high court, in April 1999, restrained Bachchan from selling off his Bombay bungalow 'Prateeksha' and two flats till the pending loan recovery cases of Canara Bank were disposed of. Bachchan had, however, pleaded that he had mortgaged his bungalow to Sahara India Finance for raising funds for his company.[25]

Bachchan attempted to revive his acting career and had average success with Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998),[24] and received positive reviews for Sooryavansham (1999)[26] but other films such as Lal Baadshah (1999) and Hindustan Ki Kasam (1999) were box office failures.

Television career

In the year 2000, Bachchan stepped up to host India's adaptation of the British television game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? entitled, Kaun Banega Crorepati. As it did in most other countries where it was adopted, the program found immediate success. Canara Bank withdrew its law suit against Bachchan in November 2000. Bachchan hosted KBC till November 2005, and its success set the stage for his return to film popularity. In 2009 Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire in the first question of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? contest "Amitabh Bachchan" was the correct answer to the question "Who was the star of Zanjeer? Feroz Abbas Khan performed as Amitabh Bachchan in a scene in the movie while Anil Kapoor performed as the host of the contest. Amitabh Bachchan is hosting Bigg Boss 3.[27]

Return to prominence: 2000–present

In 2000, Amitabh Bachchan appeared in Yash Chopra's box-office hit, Mohabbatein, directed by Aditya Chopra. He played a stern, older figure that rivalled the character of Shahrukh Khan. Other hits followed, with Bachchan appearing as an older family patriarch in Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love (2001), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and Baghban (2003). As an actor, he continued to perform in a range of characters, receiving critical praise for his performances in Aks (2001), Aankhen (2002), Khakee (2004) and Dev (2004). One project that did particularly well for Bachchan was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black (2005). The film starred Bachchan as an aging teacher of a deaf-blind girl and followed their relationship. His performance was unanimously praised by critics and audiences and won him his fourth Filmfare Best Actor Award and second National Film Award for Best Actor. Taking advantage of this resurgence, Amitabh began endorsing a variety of products and services, appearing in many television and billboard advertisements. In 2005 and 2006, he starred with his son Abhishek in the hit films Bunty Aur Babli (2005), the Godfather tribute Sarkar (2005), and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006). All of them were successful at the box office.[28][29] His later releases in 2006 and early 2007 were Baabul (2006),[30] Eklavya and Nishabd (2007), which failed to do well at the box office but his performances in each of them were praised by critics.[31]

In May 2007, two of his films Cheeni Kum and the multi-starrer Shootout at Lokhandwala were released. Shootout at Lokhandwala did very well at the box office and was declared a hit in India, while Cheeni Kum picked up after a slow start and was declared an overall average hit.[32] A remake of his biggest hit, Sholay (1975), entitled Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, released in August of that same year and proved to be a major commercial failure in addition to its poor critical reception.[32] The year also marked Bachchan's first appearance in an English-language film, Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear. The film premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2007. He received positive reviews from critics who hailed his performance as his best ever since Black.[33] Bachchan was slated to play a supporting role in his first international film, Shantaram, directed by Mira Nair and starring Hollywood actor Johnny Depp in the lead. The film was due to begin filming in February 2008 but due to the writer's strike, was pushed to September 2008.[34] The film is currently "shelved" indefinitely.[35] Vivek Sharma's Bhoothnath, in which he plays the title role as a ghost, was released on 9 May 2008. Sarkar Raj, the sequel of the 2005 film Sarkar, released in June 2008 and received a positive response at the box-office. His latest movie was Paa, which released at the end of 2009. Paa was a highly anticipated project as it saw him playing his own son Abhishek's Progeria-affected 13-year-old son, and it opened to favourable reviews, particularly towards Bachchan's performance.


2005 hospitalisation

In November 2005, Amitabh Bachchan was admitted to Lilavati Hospital's ICU once more, to undergo surgery for diverticulitis of the small intestine.[36] This occurred after Bachchan complained of pains in his abdomen some days prior. During the period and that following his recovery, most of his projects were put on hold, including the television show he was in the process of hosting, Kaun Banega Crorepati. Amitabh returned to work in March 2006.[37]


Bachchan is known for his deep, baritone voice. He has been a narrator, a playback singer and presenter for numerous programmes. Renowned film director Satyajit Ray was so impressed with Bachchan's voice, that he decided to use his voice as commentary in Shatranj Ke Khiladi since he could not find a suitable role for him.[38] Before entering the film industry, Bachchan applied for an announcer's job with All India Radio, although he was rejected.

Controversies and criticism

Barabanki land case

In the runup to the Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections, 2007, Bachchan made a film extolling the virtues of the Mulayam Singh government. His Samajwadi Party was routed, and Mayawati came to power.

On 2 June 2007 a Faizabad court ruled that he had legally acquired agricultural land designated specifically for landless Dalit farmers.[39] It was speculated that he might be investigated on related charges of forgery, as he has allegedly claimed he was a farmer.[40] On 19 July 2007, after the scandal broke out, Bachchan surrendered the land acquired in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh and Pune. He wrote to the chief minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh, to donate the lands that were allegedly acquired illegally in Pune.[41] However, the Lucknow Court has put a stay on the land donation and said that the status quo on the land be maintained.

On 12 October 2007, Bachchan abandoned his claim in respect of the land at Daulatpur village in Barabanki district.[42] On 11 December 2007, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court gave a clean chit to Bachchan in a case pertaining to alleged fraudulent allotment of government land to him in Barabanki district. A single Lucknow bench of Justice said there was no finding that the actor "himself committed any fraud or manipulated any surreptitious entry in the revenue records".[43][44]

After receiving a positive verdict in Barabanki case, Amitabh Bachchan intimated to Maharashtra government that he did not wish to surrender his land in Maval tehsil of Pune district.[45]

Raj Thackeray's criticism

Bachchan featured on an advert in shopping mall in India

In January 2008 at political rallies, Raj Thackeray, the chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, targeted Amitabh Bachchan, asserting that the actor was "more inclined" towards his native state than Maharashtra. He expressed his disapproval of Amitabh's inaugurating a girls' school named after his daughter-in-law, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh, rather than in Maharashtra.[46] According to media reports, Raj's censure of Amitabh, whom he admires, stemmed out of his disappointment of not being invited to Amitabh's son Abhishek's marriage to Aishwarya, despite invitations to his estranged uncle Bal and cousin Uddhav.[47][48]

Responding to Raj's accusations, the actor's wife, SP MP Jaya Bachchan, said that the Bachchans were willing to start a school in Mumbai, provided the MNS leader donated the land to build it. She told the media, "I heard that Raj Thackeray owns huge properties in Maharashtra, in Mumbai—Kohinoor Mills. If he is willing to donate land, we can start a school in the name of Aishwarya here."[49] However, Amitabh abstained from commenting on the issue.

Bal Thackeray refuted the allegations, stating, "Amitabh Bachchan is an open-minded person, he has great love for Maharashtra, and this is evident on many occasions. The actor has often said that Maharashtra and specially Mumbai has given him great fame and affection. He has also said that what he is today is because of the love people have given him. The people of Mumbai have always acknowledged him as an artiste. It was utter foolishness to make these parochial allegations against him. Amitabh is a global superstar. People all over the world respect him. This cannot be forgotten by anyone. Amitabh should ignore these silly accusations and concentrate on his acting."[50]

On 23 March 2008, more than a month and half after Raj's remarks, Amitabh finally spoke out in an interview to a local tabloid saying, "Random charges are random; they do not deserve the kind of attention you wish me to give."[51] Later, on 28 March at a press conference for the International Indian Film Academy, when asked what his take was on the anti-migrant issue, Amitabh said that it is one's fundamental right to live anywhere in the country and the constitution entitles so.[52] He also stated that he was not affected by Raj's comments.[53]

Awards, honours and recognitions


Latest films

Year Film Role Other Notes
2006 Family - Ties of Blood Viren Sahi
Darna Zaroori Hai Professor
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Samarjit Singh Talwar (aka. Sexy Sam) Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Baabul (2006 film) Balraj Kapoor
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard Eklavya
Nishabd Vijay
Cheeni Kum Buddhadev Gupta/Ghaspus
Shootout at Lokhandwala Dingra Special appearance
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Sutradhar Special appearance
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag Babban Singh
Om Shanti Om Himself Special appearance
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Narrator
Bhoothnath Bhoothnath (Kailash Nath)
Sarkar Raj Subhash Nagre aka Sarkar
God Tussi Great Ho God Almighty
The Last Lear Harish 'Harry' Mishra
2009 Delhi-6 Dadaji Special appearance
Aladin Genius the Gennie
Paa Auro Winner, Filmfare Best Actor Award
2010 Rann Vijay Harshvardhan Malik
Teen Patti Venkat Releasing on 26 February 2010
Shoebite John Periera Post-production
Malayalam film. Co-starring with Mohanlal


Year Film
1996 Tere Mere Sapne
1997 Ullasam
1998 Major Saab
2001 Aks
2005 Viruddh
2006 Family - Ties of Blood

Playback singer

Year Film
1979 The Great Gambler
Mr. Natwarlal
1981 Lawaaris
1983 Mahaan
1984 Sharaabi
1989 Toofan
1992 Khuda Gawah
1998 Major Saab
1999 Sooryavansham
2001 Aks
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2002 Aankhen
2003 Armaan
2004 Dev
2006 Baabul
2007 Nishabd
Cheeni Kum
2008 Bhoothnath
2009 Aladin

Abhishek Bachchan

Abhishek Bachchan

Abhishek Bachchan at the IIFA awards
Born February 5, 1976 (1976-02-05) (age 34)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actor, Producer, Television presenter
Years active 2000- present
Spouse(s) Aishwarya Rai (2007 - present)

Abhishek Bachchan (Hindi: अभिषेक बच्चन, born 5 February 1976 in Mumbai, Maharashtra) is an Indian actor and the son of Indian actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. He is married to actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai.

Bachchan debuted with J.P. Dutta's Refugee (2000). In 2004, he appeared in the Dhoom and in Yuva. His work in Yuva received several awards, including his first Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actor category, an award he would win for the two next years as well.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Awards and nominations
  • 5 Filmography
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

[edit] Early life

Abhishek Bachchan is the son of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and actress Jaya Bachchan; his elder sister is Shweta Bachchan-Nanda (b. 1974). His grandfather, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a poet of Hindi literature. The original last name of his parental family is Srivastav, Bachchan being the pen name used by his grandfather. However, when his father Amitabh entered films, he did so under his own father's pen name. Bachchan is of Punjabi Sikh heritage from his grandmother Teji's side, while also of Bengali Kulin Brahmin descent from his mother Jaya Bhaduri's side.

Bachchan was dyslexic as a child.[1] He attended Jamnabai Narsee School and Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, and Aiglon College in Switzerland. He then went to the U.S. to complete his education at Boston University, but left midway to pursue his acting career when his father's company, ABCL, was facing trouble.

[edit] Career

Bachchan began his career with J.P. Dutta's Refugee (2000). Bachchan went on to do other films, including Kuch Na Kaho and Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai, without much success.[2]

His performances in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003)[3][2] and Mani Ratnam's Yuva (2004) proved his mettle as an actor.[4] The same year, he starred in Dhoom his first commercial hit.[2] In 2005, Bachchan shot to fame with four consecutive hits: Bunty Aur Babli, Sarkar, Dus, and Bluffmaster.[5][unreliable source?] He won his second Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Sarkar. Bachchan also received his first Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category.

His first 2006 release, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, was one of India's highest grossing films of the year.[6] He was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai, alongside many other co-stars. Bachchan's second release Umrao Jaan failed to do well at the box office, but his third film that year, the sequel Dhoom 2, did very well—although, as in the first Dhoom, critics found that Hrithik Roshan, as the antagonist, stole the show.[7]

In 2007, Bachchan starred in Guru, receiving much acclaim for his performance, and the film emerged as his first solo hit.[8] In May 2007, he made a brief appearance in the successful Shootout at Lokhandwala.[9] His next release, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, which released in June 2007, failed to do well in India[10] but did better overseas, especially in the UK.[11] While the film itself received mixed reviews, Bachchan won praise for his performance.[12]

In the summer of 2008, Bachchan, his wife, his father, and fellow performers Preity Zinta, Ritesh Deshmukh, and Madhuri Dixit starred in the Unforgettable World Tour stage production. The first leg covered the U.S, Canada, Trinidad, and London, England.

Bachchan is also involved in the functional and administrative operations of his father's company, originally known as ABCL, and rechristened as AB Corp. Ltd. That company, along with Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., developed the Unforgettable production.[13]

Among Bachchan's 2008 films were Sarkar Raj and Dostana.[14][15] Abhishek has now joined the long list of actors in Bollywood that have turned producer. Abhishek's first venture into producing films has been for the Hindi film Paa for his family company AB Corp. Ltd. Abhishek not only was one of the lead actors in Paa, but was the main hands on producer in charge of the film's budget, marketing, and the entire production of the film.[16][17][18]

Abhishek is currently hosting a brand new game show for Colors titled National Bingo Night which premiered on 23 January 2010.[19][20] National Bingo Night fared extremely well in its debut episode on Colors beating many other current top television series. The debut episode fetched a 3.5 in the TVR ratings.[21] Bachchan's 2010 releases have included the film Raavan opposite his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Tamil actor Vikram.

[edit] Personal life

Abhishek Bachchan with wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the IIFA Awards (2007).

In October 2002, at Amitabh Bachchan's 60th birthday celebration, Abhishek Bachchan and actress Karisma Kapoor announced their engagement.[22] The engagement was called off in January 2003.

In 2006, Abhishek was named the sexiest man in Asia by UK magazine Eastern Eye.[23] The Times of India called him the most eligible bachelor of India at the time he married Aishwarya Rai, the Bollywood actress.[24]

Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai announced their engagement on 14 January 2007.[25] The couple was married on 20 April 2007, according to traditional Hindu rites of the South Indian Bunt community, to which Rai belongs. Token North Indian and Bengali ceremonies were also performed. The wedding took place in a private ceremony at the Bachchan residence Prateeksha, in Juhu, Mumbai, but was heavily covered by the entertainment media. Tabloids have referred to the couple by the portmanteau "Abhiaish" (for Abhi[shek] and Aish[warya]).[26]

Bachchan's paternal grandmother Teji Bachchan died on 21 December 2007.[27] Abhishek and his spouse Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday, 28 September 2009.[28]

[edit] Awards and nominations

[edit] Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Refugee Refugee Nominated, Filmfare Best Male Debut Award
Dhai Akshar Prem Ke Karan Khanna
Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya Kabir Srivastav
2001 Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai Surajchand Shrivastav
2002 Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya Shiv Kapoor
Shararat Rahul Khanna
Om Jai Jagadish Jagadish Batra
Desh Anjaan
2003 Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon Prem Kumar Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost Kanji
Kuch Naa Kaho Raj
Zameen ACP Jaideep "Jai" Rai
LOC Kargil Lt. Vikram Batra
2004 Run Siddharth
Yuva Lallan Singh Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Hum Tum Sameer Guest appearance
Dhoom ACP Jai Dixit
Phir Milenge Tarun Anand
Rakht: What If You Can See the Future Manav Guest appearance (item number)
Naach Abhinav
2005 Bunty Aur Babli Rakesh Trivedi/Bunty Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Sarkar Shankar Nagare Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Dus Shashank Dheer
Antar Mahal Brij Bhushan
Salaam Namaste Dr. Vijay Kumar/Narrator Special appearance
Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak Customer at Pizzeria Special appearance
Ek Ajnabee Bodyguard Special appearance
Neal n' Nikki Man in Bar Special appearance
Bluffmaster Roy Kapoor
2006 Alag
Special appearance in song Sabse Alag
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna Rishi Talwar Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Lage Raho Munna Bhai Sunny Khurana Special appearance
Umrao Jaan Nawab Sultan Khan
Dhoom 2 ACP Jai Dixit
2007 Guru Gurukant K. Desai Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
Shootout at Lokhandwala Abhishek Mahatre Special appearance
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Rikki Thukral
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag Gypsy singer Special appearance
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Rohan Varma Extended cameo
Om Shanti Om Himself Special appearance
2008 Sarkar Raj Shankar Nagare Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award
Mission Istanbul
Special appearance
Drona Aditya/Drona
Dostana Sameer Nominated, Filmfare Best Actor Award
2009 Luck by Chance Himself Special appearance
Delhi-6 Roshan Mehra
Paa Amol Arte
2010 Raavan Beera Released on June 18, 2010
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Surya Sen Releasing on December 3, 2010
2011 Game
Dum Maro Dum
Dostana 2

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 2006
Born 18 September 1950 (1950-09-18) (age 59)
New Delhi, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Javed Akhtar

Shabana Azmi (Hindi: शबाना आज़मी, Urdu: شبانه عظمي; born 18 September 1950 in New Delhi, India) is one of the leading actresses of parallel cinema.[1][2] She is a film actress and social activist, and her performances in films in a variety of genres have generally earned her praise and awards including five wins of the National Film Award for Best Actress.[1][3] She is married to Indian poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar.[4]


  • 1 Early life and background
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Social activism
  • 5 Selected filmography
  • 6 Awards and honors
    • 6.1 National Awards
    • 6.2 Filmfare Awards
    • 6.3 International awards
    • 6.4 Other awards
  • 7 Notes
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

[edit] Early life and background

Shabana Azmi was born in a Muslim family. Her parents are Kaifi Azmi (an Indian poet) and Shaukat Azmi (a stage actress), both of whom were members of the Communist Party of India. Her brother, Baba Azmi, is a cinematographer. Her parents had an active social life, and their home was always throbbing with people and activities of the communist party. It was not unusual for her to wake up in the morning and find members of the communist party sleeping about, from a previous night's communist social that ran late. Early in childhood, the environment in her home was inculcated into her a respect for family ties, social and human values; and her parents always supported her to develop a passion for intellectual stimulation and growth.[5][6][7]

She completed a graduate degree in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and followed it with a course in Acting at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. She described the reason she decided to attend the film institute, saying, "I had had the privilege of watching Jaya Bhaduri in a (Diploma) film, Suman, and I was completely enchanted by her performance because it was unlike the other performances I had seen. I really marvelled at that and said, 'My god, if by going to the Film Institute I can achieve that, that's what I want to do.'" Azmi eventually topped the list of successful candidates of 1972.[8]

[edit] Career

Azmi graduated from the FTII in 1973 and went on to sign on Khwaja Ahmad Abbas' Faasla and began work on Kanti Lal Rathod's Parinay as well. Her first release, however, was Shyam Benegal's directorial debut Ankur (1974). Belonging to the arthouse genre of neo-realistic films, Ankur is based on a true story which occurred in Hyderabad. Azmi played Lakshmi, a married servant and villager who drifts into an affair with a college student who visits the countryside. Azmi was not the original choice for the film, and several leading actresses of that time refused to do it. The film went on to become a major critical success, and Azmi won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performances. described her work in the film as "an outstanding psychologically penetrating performance very different from those seen normally till then in mainstream Hindi cinema", and famous independent filmmaker Satyajit Ray commented, "In Ankur she may not have fitted immediately into her rustic surroundings, but her poise and personality are never in doubt. In two high pitched scenes, she pulls out the stops to firmly establish herself as one of our finest dramatic actresses".[9]

She went on to receive the National Film Award consecutively for three years from 1983 to 1985 for her roles in movies, Arth, Khandhar and Paar. Another film Godmother (1999) earned her another National Film Award, taking her tally to five.

Azmi’s acting has been characterized by a real-life depiction of the roles played by her. In Mandi, she acted as a madam of a whorehouse. For this role, she put on weight and even chewed betel. Real life portrayals continued in almost all her movies. These included the role of a woman named Jamini resigned to her destiny in Khandhar, and a typical urban Indian wife, homemaker and mother in Masoom.

She also acted in experimental and parallel Indian cinema. Deepa Mehta’s 1996 film Fire depicts her as a lonely woman, Radha, in love with her sister-in-law. The on-screen depiction of lesbianism (perhaps the first in Indian cinema) drew severe protests and threats from many social groups as well as by the Indian authorities. Her role as Radha brought her international recognition with the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the 32nd Chicago Film Festival and Jury Award for Best Actress at Outfest, Los Angeles.

Some of her notable films include Shyam Benegal's Nishant (1975), Junoon (1978), Susman (1986), and Antarnaad (1992); Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khiladi; Mrinal Sen’s Khandhar, Genesis, Ek Din Achanak; Saeed Mirza’s Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai; Sai Paranjpye’s Sparsh and Disha; Gautam Ghose’s Paar; Aparna Sen’s Picnic and Sati ; Mahesh Bhatt’s Arth; Vinay Shukla’s Godmother. Her other films include the commercially successful Manmohan Desai's Amar Akbar Anthony, and Parvarish and Prakash Mehra’s Jwalamukhi. Azmi starred in Hollywood productions such as John Schlesinger’s Madame Sousatzka (1988) and Roland Joffe’s City of Joy (1992).

Azmi debuted on the small screen in a soap opera titled Anupama. She portrayed a modern Indian woman who, while endorsing traditional Indian ethos and values, negotiated more freedom for herself. She had also participated in many stage plays, and notable among them include M. S. Sathyu’s Safed Kundali (1980), based on The Caucasian Chalk Circle; and Feroz Abbas Khan's Tumhari Amrita along with actor Farooq Sheikh, which ran for five years. She toured Singapore on an assignment with the Singapore Repertory Theatre Company, acting in Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll's House, which was directed by Rey Buono. Pointing out the differences in all these media, she once remarked that theatre was really the actor’s medium; the stage was actor’s space; cinema was the director’s medium; and television was a writer’s medium.[citation needed]

[edit] Personal life

In the initial stage of her career, she was linked to film director Shekhar Kapur. She married Javed Akhtar, a lyricist, poet and Bollywood scriptwriter[4] on 9 December 1984, making her a member of the Akhtar-Azmi film family.[10]. It was Akhtar’s second marriage, the first being with Bollywood scriptwriter, Honey Irani.[11] Indian actresses Farah Naaz and Tabu are her nieces.

[edit] Social activism

Shabana Azmi has been a committed social activist, active in fighting AIDS, child survival and injustice in real life. Shabana Azmi has voiced her opinion on a variety of issues. Initially, her activism drew skepticism and was dubbed by some as a publicity gimmick. However, she proved her critics wrong and used her celebrity status to emerge as a high-profile social activist.

She had participated in several plays and demonstrations denouncing communalism. In 1989, along with Swami Agnivesh and Asghar Ali Engineer, she undertook a four day march for communal harmony from New Delhi to Meerut. Among the social groups whose causes she has advocated are slum dwellers, displaced Kashmiri Pandit migrants and victims of the earthquake at Latur (Maharashtra, India). The 1993 Mumbai riots appalled her and she emerged as a forceful critic of religious extremism. After the 11 September 2001 attacks, she opposed the advice of the grand mufti of Jama Masjid (chief leader of Indian Muslims) calling upon the Muslims of India to join the people of Afghanistan in their fight by retorting that the leader go there alone.[12] Her strong reaction encouraged other moderate Muslim leaders to counsel restraint and tolerance, and to shun terrorism.

She has campaigned against ostracism of victims of AIDS. A small film clip issued by the Government of India depicts an HIV positive cuddled in her arms and saying: "She does not need your rejection, she needs your love". In a Bengali film named Meghla Aakash she played the role of a physician treating AIDS patients.

[edit] Selected filmography

She has acted in more than one hundred Hindi films, both in the mainstream as well as in parallel cinema. Several of her films have received attention in the international arena, including at the Norwegian Film Institute, the Smithsonian Institution and the American Film Institute. She has appeared in a number of foreign films, most of which have won international acclaim, including John Schlesinger’s Madame Sousatzka, Nicholas Klotz’s Bengali Night, Roland Joffe’s City of Joy, Channel 4’s Immaculate Conception, Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther, and Ismail Merchant’s In Custody.

  • Ankur (1974) - Laxmi
  • Nishant (1976) - Sushila
  • Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) - Khurshid
  • Swami (1978) -
  • Sparsh (1980) - Kavita
  • Arth (1982) - Mrs. Pooja Inder Malhotra
  • Masoom (1983) - Indu D. Malhotra
  • Mandi (1983) - Rukmini Bai
  • The Bengali Night (1988) - Mrs. Sen
  • Madame Sousatzka (1988) - Sushila
  • City of Joy (1992) - Kamla Pal
  • In Custody (1993) - Imtiaz Begum
  • Son of the Pink Panther (1993) - Queen
  • Fire (1996) - Radha
  • Saaz (1997) - Bansidhar (Bansi) Vrundavan
  • Side Streets (1998) - Mrs. Chandra Bipin Raj
  • Earth (1998) - voice of older Lenny
  • Godmother (1999) - Rambhi
  • Makdee (2002) - Makdee
  • Tehzeeb (2003) - Rukhsana Jamal
  • Morning Raga (2004) - Swarnlatha
  • 15 Park Avenue (2005) - Anjali "Anju" Mathur
  • Waterborne (2005) - Heera Bhatti
  • Umrao Jaan (2006) - Khannum Jaan
  • Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (2007) - Nahid
  • Loins of Punjab Presents (2007) - Rita Kapoor
  • Sorry Bhai! (2008) - Mother Gayatri
  • It's a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) - Mrs. Mehta

[edit] Awards and honors

[edit] National Awards

Azmi has received the National Film Award for Best Actress five times:

  • 1975 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Ankur
  • 1983 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Arth
  • 1984 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Khandhar
  • 1985 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Paar
  • 1999 - National Film Award for Best Actress, Godmother

[edit] Filmfare Awards


  • 1978 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Swami
  • 1984 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Arth
  • 1985 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Bhavna
  • 2006 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award


  • 1975 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Ankur
  • 1981 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Thodisi Bewafaii
  • 1984 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Masoom
  • 1984 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Avtaar
  • 1984 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Mandi
  • 1985 - Filmfare Best Actress Award for Sparsh
  • 2003 - Filmfare Best Villain Award for Makdee
  • 2004 - Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Tehzeeb

[edit] International awards

  • 1993: Best Actress award for Libaas in North Korea
  • 1994: Best Actress award for Gautam Ghose’s Patang at the Taormina Arte Festival in Italy
  • 1996: Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress for Fire at the Chicago International Film Festival
  • 1996: Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film, for Fire in L.A. Outfest

[edit] Other awards

Shabana Azmi has received various awards for her long association with movies, and her work as a social activist and as an active parliamentarian. Other awards received by her include:

  • 1988: Awarded the Padma Shri from the government of India.
  • 1988: Yash Bhartiya Award by the Government of Uttar Pradesh for highlighting women’s issues in her work as an actress and activist.
  • 1994: Rajiv Gandhi Award for "Excellence of Secularism"
  • 1998: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for Mrityudand.
  • 1998: Was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
  • 1999: Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, Best Actress for Godmother.
  • 2004: Zee Cine Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Female for Tehzeeb.
  • 2005: Star Screen Awards - Best Performance in an Indian Film in English for Morning Raga
  • 2006: Gandhi International Peace Award, awarded by Gandhi Foundation, London.[13]
  • International Awards for Best Actress for Gulzar’s Libaas in North Korea (1993), for Gautam Ghose’s Patang at the Taormina Arte Festival (1994) in Italy, and for Deepa Mehta’s Fire at the Chicago International Film Festival (1996).
  • She was honoured with the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award [14]/
  • She was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Art by Chancellor of the University Brandan Foster by the Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire[15]

Since 1989, she has been a member of the National Integration Council headed by the Prime Minister of India; a member of National AIDS Commission (of India); and was nominated (in 1997) as a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. The United Nations Population Fund appointed her as its goodwill Ambassador for India, and the University of Michigan conferred (in 2002) on her the Martin Luther King Professorship award in recognition of her contribution to arts, culture and society.

Saloni Aswani

Saloni Aswani

Saloni Aswani
Born Vandana Aswani
June 1, 1979 (1979-06-01) (age 31)
Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra, India
Other name(s) Saloni
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003-present

Saloni Aswani (born on 1 June, 1979 as Vandana Aswani) is an Indian film actress and model, who has appeared in Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu language films.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Acting career
  • 3 Filmography
  • 4 External links

[edit] Early life

Saloni was born in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra into a Sindhi-speaking family as Vandana. Her father was a Customs Officer. The family moved to CGS quarters at Wadala, Mumbai, when she was around 5 years old. It is here she started getting interested in acting.

After completing school, she enrolled in Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University (SNDT) near New Marine Lines/Churchgate, Mumbai, and after graduating in Psychology, she took acting lessons in Ashok Kumar's Acting Academy, run by his daughter, Preeti Ganguly.

Throughout her academic career, she had always participated in dramas, especially mimicking Sridevi. She also participated with a theater group "Kala Sansad". Her initial appearances were in commercials from Vaseline, Lifebuoy, Parachute Oil, Moove, Chic shampoo, Three roses tea, Meera soaps, etc.

[edit] Acting career

She made her acting debut in the 2003 Hindi film Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya, directed by Sawaan Kumar Tak, who rechristened her as Saloni. She then got to appear in her first Telugu film Dhana 51 (2005) and followed it up with Oka Oorillo. 2006 she starred in five films, performing lead roles in Chukkallo Chandrudu and Kokila in Telugu and Rehguzar and Saawan: The Love Season in Hindi. She also did a special appearance for the film Boss: I Love You. 2007 she debuted in Tamil, starring in the film Madurai Veeran, which was her only release that year. Also in 2008, she had only one release with Budhivanta, her Kannada debut. The 2009 Kannada film Dubai Babu also featured her in a pivotal role, before her next Telugu film Magadheera released, in which she essayed a minor supporting role. She has enacted a lead role in S. S. Rajamouli's latest venture Maryada Ramanna with Sunil as the protagonist.

[edit] Filmography

Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Dil Pardesi Ho Gayaa Rukhsaa Khan Hindi
2005 Dhana 51 Lakshmi Mahesh Chandra Telugu
Oka Oorillo Lalitha Telugu
2006 Chukkallo Chandrudu Shalini Telugu
Reguzar Neha Kapoor Hindi
Kokila Kokila Telugu
Saawan: The Love Season Kajal Kapoor Hindi
Boss, I Love You
Telugu Special appearance
2007 Madurai Veeran Priya Mayandi Tamil
2008 Budhivanta Shanthi Kannada
2009 Dubai Babu
Telugu Special appearance
2010 Mr. Theertha
Maryada Ramanna Aparna Telugu Super Hit

Amrita Arora

Amrita Arora
अमृता अरोड़ा
Born Amrita Arora
January 31, 1981 (1981-01-31) (age 29)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other name(s) Amrita Arora Ladak
Occupation Actress, VJ
Years active 2002-present
Spouse(s) Shakeel Ladak (2009 - present)

Amrita Arora (Punjabi: ਅਮ੍ਰਿਤਾ ਅਰੋੜਾ, Malayalam: അമൃത അറോറ, Hindi: अमृता अरोड़ा; born 31 January 1981) [1] is a Bollywood actress.[2][3]


  • 1 Personal life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

[edit] Personal life and education

Arora was born in Mumbai, India to a Malayali mother, Joyce Polycarp and a Punjabi father, Anil Arora. Her sister is Malaika Arora Khan.

Arora had a Christian wedding ceremony with boyfriend, Shakeel Ladak on 4 March 2009. Reportedly due to her pregnancy, she was dropped from UTV's film, Season's Greetings. She gave birth to a baby boy on 5 February 2010.[4]

[edit] Career

Arora made her Bollywood debut in 2002 opposite Fardeen Khan in the film, Kitne Door Kitne Paas, which was not successful at the box office. Her first successful film was the action comedy, Awara Paagal Deewana. A series of flops followed, among them the controversial Girlfriend (2004), about a lesbian relationship, in which she appeared opposite Isha Koppikar.

In 2007, She made a special appearance in Farah Khan's film, Om Shanti Om in a song named Deewangi Deewangi along with her sister and brother-in-law Arbaaz Khan. In the same year, she appeared in Speed and Red: The Dark Side, also starring Aftab Shivdasani and Celina Jaitley. The films received mixed reviews at the box office.

In 2009, Her releases were Deha and Team the Force. The same year, she appeared in a supporting role in Kambakth Ishq, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. She also appeared with her sister on the show Koffee with Karan, hosted by Karan Johar.

[edit] Filmography

Year Film[5] Role Other Notes
2002 Kitne Door Kitne Paas Karishma
2002 Awara Paagal Deewana Mona
2003 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah Priti
2003 Zameen
Special Appearance in the song Pyar Tera Delli Ki Sardi
2004 Shart: The Challenge Saryu
2004 Girlfriend Sapna
2004 Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Romi Special Appearance
2004 Rakht: What If You Can See the Future Natasha
2006 Deha
Released in 2007
2006 Fight Club - Members Only Sonali
2007 Red: The Dark Side

2007 Heyy Babyy Herself Special Appearance in the song Heyy Babyy
2007 Speed Sameera
2007 Om Shanti Om Herself Special Appearance in the song Deewangi Deewangi
2008 Hello Radhika
2008 Heroes Priya
2008 Golmaal Returns Esha
2009 Kambakth Ishq Kamini Sandu
2009 Team - The Force
2010 Raakh
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