Mahima Chaudhry

  Hindi Film     Main Lead, Supporting Actor    13 Sep 1973

Mahima Chaudhry started her acting career by co-starring with Shah Rukh Khan as the female lead in the movie Pardes.
Born on 13th September, 1973 ( age 43 years)
Screen Name/ Original Name Mahima Chaudhry ( Screen Name) / Ritu Chaudhry ( Real Name)
Spouse Bobby Mukherjee ( 2006-present)
Early Life Mahima Chaudhry was born to a Hindu Jat father and Nepali Origin mother in Darjeeling. After completing her schooling from Dow Hill School in Kurseong she went on to enrol from Loreto College in Darjeeling. She then was called upon to appear in TV ads for brands like Pepsi where she co-starred with big names like Aamir Khan and Aiswarya Rai earlier on. However it was her anchoring stint in various channels that brought her the major turnaround when she was spotted by filmmaker Subhash Ghai who later introduced her in cinema through his film Pardes in 1997 after being a selected in an audition with over 3000 candidates.
Personal Life Mahima  Chaudhry’s real name before her film entry was Ritu Chaudhry which she changed in the opinion of her mentor in cinema who considered heroine’s name to start with the letter “M”  a lucky sign those days. Mahima Chaudhry is married to businessman/architect Bobby Mukherjee, after a period of courtship in the year 2006 and the couple has a daughter Ariana Mukherjee. However earlier on dated famous Indian Tennis player Leander Paes for some time before the duo broke up afterwards for personal reasons. She then
Career Film debut and rise to prominence ( 1997-1999)   Mahima Chaudhry started her acting career by co-starring with Shah Rukh Khan as the female lead in the movie Pardes. The musical romance movie which narrated the love between an Indian American man and an Indian girl amidst other parental plans was one of the biggest commercial and critical successes of Hindi cinema at that time. The cult movie was the perfect platform for Mahima to launch her film career as she was an overnight sensation among Hindi movie goers in the year 1997. She was seen doing her part of well looking goon on screen and came up with a Filmfare Award winning performance that year.  She then went on to make her Telugu film debut after a year’s gap in the year 1999 with the moderately successful romantic film Manasulo Maata alongside Jagapathi Babu and Srikanth in the lead. She however shortly returned to Bollywood with Prakash Jha’s Ajay Devgn starrer  emotional drama flick Dil Kya Kare, which saw her playing a wife who comes across shocking revelations of her family with the entry of a third women in their life’s. The highly critically acclaimed movie saw her getting under the skin of the character aplomb and delivering a befitting performance underplaying the complex psychological nuances to the part.   Career peak phase ( mid 1999-2004)   Raj Kanwar was next in line to cast her in his action drama flick Daag: The Fire which had her opposite Sanjay Dutt and Chandrachur Singh and was her very first dual part in movies and the movie was a super hit outing. After a mediocre outing in Sunny Deol’s Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin, she resurfaced with a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress nominated performance in Akshay Kumar starrer romantic drama flick Dhadkan in the year 2000. She then came back with power packed performances in potboilers like Deewane and Kurukshetra and added to her as the leading lady of Hindi cinema.   She then went on to play some strong and bold parts in movies like Lajja as a young bride fighting dowry system, Priyadarsan’s Sunil Shetty starrer Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh  Meraa where she played a stubborn tenant who refuses to give up her home and in Dil Hai Tumhaara all of which panned out to be priceless additions to her filmography.   She then went to take up quirky over the top parts in movies like Dobara playing a frustrated housewife, a struggling writer in the thriller flick The Film. However she had a strong hearted comeback in Kamal’s Ajay Devgn starrer Zameer: The Fire Within where she played a paralyzed girl whose existence culminates in a series of unfortunate events. Her performance was noted although the movie could not garner much favourable responses.     Array of other films ( 2005-2016)   Film Star Home Delivery Southe: The Other Women Sandwich SarhadPaar Gumnaam – The Mystery Mumbhaii- The Gangster Dark Chocolate ( 2016)  
Awards MahimaChaudhry has bagged the following Awards and Nominations in her film career:   Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for the movie Pardes in the year 1998. Filmfare Award Nomination for Best Actress for Pardes in 1998. Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for the movies Dil Kya Kare and Dhadkan in the years 1999 and 2001 respectively.  Best Supporting Actress Award Nomination at the IIFA, Star Screen Awards for Dhadkan in 2001. Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress for Dobara in 2005.  
Other works Mahima prior to her film entry did ad films for brands like Pepsi where she played the beautiful girl next door to Aamir Khan in the Lehar Pepsi advertisement. MahimaChaudhry has also served as one of the judges of the film reality show Ticket to Bollywood which aired on NDTV Prime in the year 2014. Mahima Chaudhry has also appeared in the iconic Television advertisement for the brand Hawkins Futura Pressure Cooker in the year 1998. Mahima has also dubbed for the title character “Bhagmati” in the animated movie released in the year 2005.
Milestones MahimaChaudhry was one of the star phases of the late nineties and early two thousands of Bollywood and is undoubdetly one of the most underrated actresses of Hindi cinema. She made her way to the big league of leading Bollywood actresses in a jiffy. She was one of the most sought after heroines of Bollywood who worked with major stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty and more. Mahima Chaudhry will forever be remembered for being part of landmark Hindi films like Pardes, Dhadkan, Dil KyaKare, Lajja, Dil Hai Tumharee, LOC Kargil and many more.