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  Soundarya

Soundarya born 18 July 1972, She was an actress born in Karnataka who acted mainly in Kannada and Telugu films and also in many Tamil, Malayalam and Bollywood movies. She was much sought-after actress in the 1990s and acted in more than 100 films, most of them in Telugu. She produced movies in the later phase of her career and won the Silver Lotus Award for her film Dweepa. She also received the Filmfare Awards six times for her acting performances. Soundarya died in a plane crash while campaigning for a political party near Bangalore in 2004. Soundarya was the daughter of Kannada film producer and writer K. S. Satyanarayan. She was born in Mulbagal and raised in Bangalore.

 She made her debut while in her first year of MBBS when she was offered a role by a friend of he...  See full bio

Soundarya born 18 July 1972, She was an actress born in Karnataka who acted mainly in Kannada and Telugu films and also in many Tamil, Malayalam and Bollywood movies. She was much sought-after actress in the 1990s and acted in more than 100 films, most of them in Telugu. She produced movies in the later phase of her career and won the Silver Lotus Award for her film Dweepa. She also received the Filmfare Awards six times for her acting performances. Soundarya died in a plane crash while campaigning for a political party near Bangalore in 2004. Soundarya was the daughter of Kannada film producer and writer K. S. Satyanarayan. She was born in Mulbagal and raised in Bangalore.

 She made her debut while in her first year of MBBS when she was offered a role by a friend of her father's in the Kannada film Gandharva (1992). Her first Telugu film was 'number one' with yesteryear super star Krishna Ghattamaneni(1991), and she followed the same director S.V.Krishna Reddy for next movie called 'Rajendrudu Gajendrudu'. Both movies are super hits in box office, She discontinued her studies after Ammoru (1995) was a huge transformation her career which dubbed in tamil was a huge hit.

She moved on to Telugu films, where she achieved greater popularity and success. She acted in around 100 Telugu films, such as Pavithrabandham, Pelliichesukundam with Venkatesh, found to be a popular pair. Annaya, Chudalani undhi with Chiranjeevi and others like Nagarjuna Akkineni, Balakrishna Nandamuri, Srikanth, Rajendraprasad, Jagapathibabu, Krishna,vineeth, abbas, prabu deva, vikram mohan babu, arjun saikumar, vinod kumar, j d charavarthi etc. She acted in several female-oriented roles like Thommidi nelalu, Arundhathi, Maa inti adapaduchu, etc. Directors like Ragavendra rao, S.V.Krishna Reddy, Kodi Ramakrishna, Kranthi Kumar gave her lead roles.

Soundarya acted in one Hindi film, Sooryavansham. She was in Tamil films, such as Arunachalam and Padayappa alongside Rajinikanth, Kaadhala Kaadhala alongside Kamal Haasan and others.She produced and acted in the Kannada film Dweepa which won her many awards. Unfortunately, the last film in her career was the Kannada film Apthamitra, a run away hit with Southern Super Star Dr. Vishnuvardhan. The film was a box-office hit and ran successfully for one whole year in the theaters. This film also won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress posthumously in 2004.

She performed in Malayalam movies opposite Jayaram and Mohanlal too.Her Kannada film Dweepa directed by Girish Kasaravalli won many awards. Soundarya not only acted in the film, but also produced the movie. As a producer she won her the 49th Golden Lotus award in 2001, which is given for best film of the year. She also won the Karnataka state award for Best Actress for her brilliant performance and the best film award as a producer. The film also won the Karnataka state award for the best Cinematography, and was featured in five international film festivals.

She bagged seven Filmfare awards and three Nandhi awards from the government of Andhra Pradesh. she is a roll-model to every Indian girl and house wife's, were very found of her dressing sense she was one of heartthrob to all movie goers, she is still remembered for acting.

She was compared to great actress Savithri in her acting. She was one of the finest actresses who believed in acting and not showing skin (glamour). In an interview, veteran actor Akkineni Nageshswara Rao said that if old blockbuster movie Mayabazar is to be remade, for the role of savithri he suggested that Soundarya would suit best for the role of Sasirekha.

Soundarya was offered the role of Draupadi in the remake of Narthanashala. Soundarya along with Balakrishna started shooting, but the film got shelved for financial reasons, the actress died before shooting continued.

Soundarya was born in the village of Ashtagrama, Gangigunte, Mulabagal taluk, Kolar. She married her maternal uncle's son and childhood friend, software engineer G. S. Raghu, on 27 April 2003. She planned on promoting public welfare. Her husband and sister-in-law founded the Amara Soundarya Social and Educational Trust [ASSET]. Soundarya maintained an orphanage in Bangalore. She donated money to numerous educational institutions during her lifetime.

Soundarya died on April 17, 2004, in an aircraft crash near Bangalore, when the plane she was traveling in caught fire immediately after take-off. The plane, a Cessna 180, chartered by Agni Aviation, left Jakkur Airfield at 11:05 AM. Shortly after take-off the plane turned left, plunged and crashed in an open field about 500 m from the airport. She was on her way to Andhra Pradesh to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party for the coming elections. Her brother, Amarnath, a producer of Kannada films, also died in the accident. She was awarded the Karnataka State Award posthumously for her Kannada super hit film and her last film Apthamithra, which was received by her mother.

 
  Ravi Mariya
Ravi Mariya is a south Indian film actor known for negative and character roles. He predominantly works in Tamil and Malayalam cinema and has also scripted and directed two movies. He gave the first break to actor Jiiva, who became very popular later. The movie was Aasai Aasaiyaireleased in 2002 and the same movie marked his directorial debut too. In 2010, he directed one more movie Milagaand he played cameo roles in both these movies too. He wrote the film script of Tamil films Aalwarin 2007 and Sandaiin 2008. As an actor, he made his debut with Tamil blockbuster Khushi in 2000 playing a bit role and is associated with film industry since then.

Ravi Mariya was born in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. After doing an uncredited role in 2000 Tamil blockbuster Khushi and its Telugu version, he made his directorial debut with 2002 detective film ...  See full bio

Ravi Mariya is a south Indian film actor known for negative and character roles. He predominantly works in Tamil and Malayalam cinema and has also scripted and directed two movies. He gave the first break to actor Jiiva, who became very popular later. The movie was Aasai Aasaiyaireleased in 2002 and the same movie marked his directorial debut too. In 2010, he directed one more movie Milagaand he played cameo roles in both these movies too. He wrote the film script of Tamil films Aalwarin 2007 and Sandaiin 2008. As an actor, he made his debut with Tamil blockbuster Khushi in 2000 playing a bit role and is associated with film industry since then.

Ravi Mariya was born in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. After doing an uncredited role in 2000 Tamil blockbuster Khushi and its Telugu version, he made his directorial debut with 2002 detective film - Aasai Aasaiyai. He also scripted his debut flick. Though the movie did not fare well at the box office, it gave some decent reviews for its lead actor Jiiva who made a promising debut with the film. As his debut film was a flop, he decided to switch to acting roles and succeeded. Ravi mostly portrayed negative roles on silver screen and has acted in both Malayalam and Tamil films.

Some of his noted performances in Malayalam movies are Mission 90 Daysand Kurukshetra, both war films directed by Major Ravi. Vijay - Mohanlal starrer Jillais one of his breakthrough performances where he played villain's role. He was seen in a new avatar; a bald look for the movie. New, Veyil, Maathi Yosi, Manam Kothi Paravai, Mayandi Kudumbathar, Desingu raja, Vanna Jigina, Linga and Boologamare a few more noted roles. He is planning to direct one movie with Vimal as the lead actor.

 
  Karan Johar
Karan Johar (born 25 May 1972), often informally referred to as KJo,is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who is primarily known for his work in Hindi films. He is the son of Hiroo Johar and the acclaimed producer Yash Johar.

Johar made his directorial debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), which earned him the Filmfare Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. His next two films were the ensemble dramas Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), which were both very successful in the overseas market. His counter-terrorism drama My Name Is Khan (2010) earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Director. These, along with the several successful films he has produced under the Dharma Productions banner, have establish...  See full bio

Karan Johar (born 25 May 1972), often informally referred to as KJo,is an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, costume designer, actor and television personality who is primarily known for his work in Hindi films. He is the son of Hiroo Johar and the acclaimed producer Yash Johar.

Johar made his directorial debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), which earned him the Filmfare Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. His next two films were the ensemble dramas Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), which were both very successful in the overseas market. His counter-terrorism drama My Name Is Khan (2010) earned him his second Filmfare Award for Best Director. These, along with the several successful films he has produced under the Dharma Productions banner, have established him as one of the leading director-producers in Hindi cinema.
Karan Johar was born in Mumbai, India to Indian Bollywood film producer Yash Johar, founder of Dharma Productions and Hiroo Johar. He studied at the Greenlawns High School and attended H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, both in Mumbai. He received a master's degree in French.

Johar started his career in entertainment industry as an actor, he played the role of 'Shrikant' in 1989 Doordarshan Serial Indradhanush. As a child, he was influenced by commercial Indian cinema: He cites Raj Kapoor, Yash Chopra and Sooraj R. Barjatya as his inspirations. For a time, Johar followed numerology, creating film titles in which the first word and a number of others in the title began with the letter "K." After watching the 2006 film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai which was critical of numerology, Johar decided to stop this practice.

Johar entered the film industry as an assistant director on Aditya Chopra's Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), which is regarded as a landmark in Hindi cinema. He then made his own directorial debut with the blockbuster romance Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998). The first half of the film centers on a college love triangle between an insensitive boy (Shah Rukh Khan), his tomboyish best friend (Kajol), and the prettiest girl at the college (Rani Mukerji), while the second half centers on the now-widowed boy's attempt to reconnect with his best friend who is now engaged to marry another man (Salman Khan). The film became a major blockbuster at the box office and received mostly positive reviews from critics. Writing for Planet Bollywood, critic Anish Khanna commented that "Karan Johar makes an impressive directorial debut, has a good script sense, and knows how to make a film with S-T-Y-L-E." It won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. It swept most of the major awards at the 44th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and all four acting awards.

Karan Johar with Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol at a film promotional event.Johar's next directorial venture was the multi-starrer family drama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001). The film starred Amitabh Bachchan as an egotistical rich industrialist, Jaya Bachchan as his compassionate wife, and Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan as their two sons. It also featured Kajol and Kareena Kapoor as sisters from a lower-class family who become the love interests of Khan and Roshan respectively. The film became Johar's second major blockbuster at the box office and received mostly positive reviews from critics. Critic Taran Adarsh commented that Johar "confirms the fact that he is the brightest in film firmament. The premise  is simple, but it is the storytelling that deserves the highest marks."

Johar's third directorial venture was the multi-starrer romantic drama Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), which dealt with the controversial subject of marital infidelity against the backdrop of non-resident Indians living in New York City. The film's plot follows a washed-up athlete (Shah Rukh Khan), whose frustration with the professional success of his wife (Preity Zinta) results in an extramarital affair with a family friend (Rani Mukerji) who is also unhappy with her marriage to her childhood friend (Abhishek Bachchan). The film was a major success in India and an even larger success overseas. It received mostly positive reviews from critics who praised Johar's departure from the directorial style of his first two films. Rajeev Masand wrote, "Few writers have such solid control over their screenplay as Karan Johar does. Few understand the intricacies of narrative as well as he does. Johar goes from highs to lows, from plateaus to peaks with the ease of a pro. He knows exactly how to turn a seemingly ordinary scene into something special with just that one line of dialogue, or that hint of background music."

Johar's fourth directorial venture was the counter-terrorism drama My Name Is Khan (2010). The plot follows a Muslim man and his wife, played by Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, who live in San Francisco and face racial prejudice after the September 11 attacks. The film became a major commercial success, and received rave reviews from critics who praised Johar's unconventional directorial style. Critic Subhash K. Jha wrote that the film "is a flawless work, as perfect in content, tone, and treatment as any film can get." The film won Johar his second Filmfare Award for Best Director.

For his next feature film Student of the Year (2012), Johar chose not to cast established actors for his lead roles and instead recruited three debutante actors (Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, and Alia Bhatt). The plot revolved around the quest of a group of students who are all gunning for the title of "Student of the Year" at their college. The film was a moderate commercial success and received mixed reviews from critics. Some called it "supremely entertaining and enjoyable,"while others called it "a film which suffers from the lack-of-a-story syndrome."

Johar then teamed up with Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, and Dibakar Banerjee for Bombay Talkies (2013), an anthology film released to celebrate the centenary year of Hindi cinema. Each of the directors made one short film to contribute to the large anthology. The plot of Johar’s film followed a magazine editor (Rani Mukerji) who discovers that her husband (Randeep Hooda) is gay after an interaction with an intern at her office (Saqib Saleem). The film did not perform very well at the box office but earned positive reviews from critics.

Johar's next directorial venture was the romantic drama film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in lead roles.The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success.

Known For: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
 
  Anjala Zaveri
Anjala Zaveri is an Indian British actress. She appeared in Bollywood, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada films.

Anjala Zaveri grew up in a conservative Gujarati family in Portsmouth, England. She has a sister and a brother.

She completed her A-Levels and was about to pursue medicine, when she took a break to act in movies.

Anjala Zaveri was discovered by Vinod Khanna in a nationwide search in England, and debuted with Himalay Putra, which also marked Vinod's son Akshaye Khanna's film debut. She acted in Betaabi. The only hit film in which she acted was the 1998 blockbuster romantic comedy, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, starring Salman Khan and Kajol.In the same year, she starred opposite Chiranjeevi in the Telugu movie, Choodalani Vundi.

She moved down south and was very successful in Tollywood films. S...  See full bio

Anjala Zaveri is an Indian British actress. She appeared in Bollywood, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada films.

Anjala Zaveri grew up in a conservative Gujarati family in Portsmouth, England. She has a sister and a brother.

She completed her A-Levels and was about to pursue medicine, when she took a break to act in movies.

Anjala Zaveri was discovered by Vinod Khanna in a nationwide search in England, and debuted with Himalay Putra, which also marked Vinod's son Akshaye Khanna's film debut. She acted in Betaabi. The only hit film in which she acted was the 1998 blockbuster romantic comedy, Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, starring Salman Khan and Kajol.In the same year, she starred opposite Chiranjeevi in the Telugu movie, Choodalani Vundi.

She moved down south and was very successful in Tollywood films. She has done Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films as well. She worked with major actors like Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Bala Krishna and Mammootty.

 
  Mamta Kulkarni
Mamta Kulkarni is a former B-Town actress. She lived at Yari road, Andheri with her parents and two sisters, Moulina and Mithila. Mamta was born on 20 April 1972.

Mamta Kulkarni made her debut in acting field with a Tamil flick 'Nanbargal', a Shoba Chandrasekar film. In Bollywood, she stepped in 1992 with the movie 'Tirangaa'. Mamta acted in the other Hindi movies, such as 'Aashiq Aawara' in 1993, 'Krantiveer' in the year 1994, 'Waqt Hamara Hai' in 1993, 'Karan Arjun' in 1995, 'Ghatak' in 1996 (cameo), 'Sabse Bada Khiladi' in 1995, 'Ahankaar' in 1995, 'Ashaant', 'Naseeb', 'Baazi', 'Chhupa Rustam', 'Beqabu', 'Andolan' and 'Qila'. Almost of her movies saw good days at the box-office. For the film 'Aashiq Aawara', Mamta grabbed a Filmfare Lux New Face Award. The glamorous actress was roped in by Rajkumar Santoshi for the ...  See full bio

Mamta Kulkarni is a former B-Town actress. She lived at Yari road, Andheri with her parents and two sisters, Moulina and Mithila. Mamta was born on 20 April 1972.

Mamta Kulkarni made her debut in acting field with a Tamil flick 'Nanbargal', a Shoba Chandrasekar film. In Bollywood, she stepped in 1992 with the movie 'Tirangaa'. Mamta acted in the other Hindi movies, such as 'Aashiq Aawara' in 1993, 'Krantiveer' in the year 1994, 'Waqt Hamara Hai' in 1993, 'Karan Arjun' in 1995, 'Ghatak' in 1996 (cameo), 'Sabse Bada Khiladi' in 1995, 'Ahankaar' in 1995, 'Ashaant', 'Naseeb', 'Baazi', 'Chhupa Rustam', 'Beqabu', 'Andolan' and 'Qila'. Almost of her movies saw good days at the box-office. For the film 'Aashiq Aawara', Mamta grabbed a Filmfare Lux New Face Award. The glamorous actress was roped in by Rajkumar Santoshi for the lead role in his film 'China Gate'. In this flick, various finest actors were her co-stars and that's why she got opportunity to present her acting skills.

The beautiful actress was last seen on the screen in film 'Kabhie Tum Kabhie Hum'. During her career in Hindi cinema, she got several offers to do films with Bollywood biggies like Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Bobby Deol and Akshaye Khanna. But, Mamta did not find the role as substantial. She did a few Tamil, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam films.

Mamta Kulkarni is married to an NRI and settled in USA.

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  Mandira Bedi
Mandira Bedi is a famous actress, television presenter and a well established model. She got famous after she played the title role in a TV serial Shanti in 1994. Shanti was the first daily soap of the Indian television. Mandira comes from a Punjabi speaking Bombay based family. She was born on 15th April 1972 in Mumbai. Her parents are Gita Bedi and Verinder Singh Bedi. Her father Verinder Singh Bedi worked at ICI on a transferable job so Mandira spent her childhood in Mumbai. She went to the Cathedral and John Conon School. Mandira went to St. Xaviers College in Mumbai to pursue graduation. She holds a bachelors degree in Economics. Later, she did the post graduation from Sophia Polytech in Mumbai.

After 'Shanti' Mandira was seen in a supporting role in 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'. She played an antagonist Mandira in Ekta Kapoor's 'Kyonki Sa...  See full bio

Mandira Bedi is a famous actress, television presenter and a well established model. She got famous after she played the title role in a TV serial Shanti in 1994. Shanti was the first daily soap of the Indian television. Mandira comes from a Punjabi speaking Bombay based family. She was born on 15th April 1972 in Mumbai. Her parents are Gita Bedi and Verinder Singh Bedi. Her father Verinder Singh Bedi worked at ICI on a transferable job so Mandira spent her childhood in Mumbai. She went to the Cathedral and John Conon School. Mandira went to St. Xaviers College in Mumbai to pursue graduation. She holds a bachelors degree in Economics. Later, she did the post graduation from Sophia Polytech in Mumbai.

After 'Shanti' Mandira was seen in a supporting role in 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge'. She played an antagonist Mandira in Ekta Kapoor's 'Kyonki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi'. She also hosted the reality show 'Fame Gurukul' on Sony TV. She also hosted 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar' on Star One. She judged the comedy shows 'Funjabi Chak De' and 'Laughter Knights' on Star One with Navjot Singh Sidhu. She took part in the reality show Fear Factor India and came up as a winner. Mandira was seen in the movie based on Cricket called 'Meerabai Not Out' and '42 Kms'.

Apart from this, she was a brand ambassador of Sony Max and presented the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with commentator Charu Sharma. She has appeared on the cover pages of many magazines . Mandira who is actively involved in theatre, has anchored many award functions as well. Besides this, Mandira has endorsed for many big brands like Eday, Dettol, Asmi, Dabur, Leher, South Africa Tourism etc. Mandira is a winner of two style award for being the most stylish person on the television.

The multi talented actress got married to Raj Kaushal in 1999 and the couple has a son named Vir.

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  Lisa Ray
Lisa Ray aka Lisa Rani Ray in an Indo-Canadian actress and a fashion model. She was born on 4th April 1972. Lisa was born and brought up in Canada.Her father is a Bengali and her mother is Polish. Lisa began her career at at the tender age of 16 years. Lisa used to endorse Lakme cosmetics in India. She has appeared in many TV commercials before working in films.

Lisa started her career as an actress in 2001 with the film 'Kasoor' opposite Aftab Shivdasani. The film got mixed reviews from the critics. She then went to Tollywood to try her luck. Lisa has appeared in few south Indian films. She then appeared in an Indo Canadian film Bollywood/Hollywood by Deepa Mehta. It was a romantic romp. She came into limelight when she appeared in Deepa Mehta's controversial film 'Water'. Lisa was paired opposite John Abraham and the film was based on the lives ...  See full bio

Lisa Ray aka Lisa Rani Ray in an Indo-Canadian actress and a fashion model. She was born on 4th April 1972. Lisa was born and brought up in Canada.Her father is a Bengali and her mother is Polish. Lisa began her career at at the tender age of 16 years. Lisa used to endorse Lakme cosmetics in India. She has appeared in many TV commercials before working in films.

Lisa started her career as an actress in 2001 with the film 'Kasoor' opposite Aftab Shivdasani. The film got mixed reviews from the critics. She then went to Tollywood to try her luck. Lisa has appeared in few south Indian films. She then appeared in an Indo Canadian film Bollywood/Hollywood by Deepa Mehta. It was a romantic romp. She came into limelight when she appeared in Deepa Mehta's controversial film 'Water'. Lisa was paired opposite John Abraham and the film was based on the lives of widows living in Varanasi Ashram in 1938. Her voice was dubbed in the post production of the film. She has done a cameo in one Pakistani film as well.

Lisa used to appear in television shows like 'Beauty Mantra' and 'Star Buzz'. Apart from appearing on television, she has endorsed a popular fabric brand too. She was seen in the music video Afreen for late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and in Har Taraf Tera Jalwa for Daler Mehandi.

Lisa further worked for many Canadian European and American films. She was diagnosed with the rare disease Multiple Myeloma ( a cancer of the bone marrow) but she got fully recovered from that. Apart from acting, Lisa is involved in many philanthropic activities and humanitarian work. She has got many awards for the same. Lisa got married to Jason Dehni in 2012.

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  Madhoo
Madhoo is an actress in Indian films. She has acted in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. She is best remembered for her portrayals in Maniratnam's Roja (1992) and Shankar's Gentleman (1993).

She was named after the late Hindi actress Madhubala. Madhoo is the niece of actress Hema Malini. She did her schooling from St.Joseph's high school in Juhu - Mumbai

She made her debut in the Malayalam film Ottayal Pattalam opposite Mukesh, and was later introduced to Tamil by K. Balachander through the movie Azhagan (1991) co-starring Mammooty, Bhanupriya and Geetha. She made her Hindi movie debut with another newcomer Ajay Devgan in Phool Aur Kaante (1991). She made her comeback in 2008, in the Hindi film, Kabhi Socha Bhi Na Tha, and has been appearing in supporting roles in films since then.
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Madhoo is an actress in Indian films. She has acted in Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. She is best remembered for her portrayals in Maniratnam's Roja (1992) and Shankar's Gentleman (1993).

She was named after the late Hindi actress Madhubala. Madhoo is the niece of actress Hema Malini. She did her schooling from St.Joseph's high school in Juhu - Mumbai

She made her debut in the Malayalam film Ottayal Pattalam opposite Mukesh, and was later introduced to Tamil by K. Balachander through the movie Azhagan (1991) co-starring Mammooty, Bhanupriya and Geetha. She made her Hindi movie debut with another newcomer Ajay Devgan in Phool Aur Kaante (1991). She made her comeback in 2008, in the Hindi film, Kabhi Socha Bhi Na Tha, and has been appearing in supporting roles in films since then.

She married Anand Shah on 19 February 1999. She has two daughters Ameyaa (16 November 2000) and Keia (9 November 2002).

 
  Karu Pazhaniappan
Karu Pazhanaiappan is a Tamil film director.He hails from Karaikudi. His parents are Thiru Pala. Chinna Karuppaiah and Thirumathi Nagammai. Karu Palaniappan is the eldest among their 3 children.

Books appealed to Palaniappan right from childhood. His dad Chinna Karuppiah, a trader is an ardent reader. He showed interest in reading classics of popular writers like Kannadasan, Jayakanthan, and Ashokamithran. Following the saying ‘Like father like son’ Palaniappan inherited this ‘love of reading’ from his father right from childhood.

His passion for reading books spread its wings to learning languages, writing, acting and elocution. His innate style of starting midway through a debate and expressing his thoughts with eloquence, charismatically grabbing the attention of the audience and keeping them spell...  See full bio

Karu Pazhanaiappan is a Tamil film director.He hails from Karaikudi. His parents are Thiru Pala. Chinna Karuppaiah and Thirumathi Nagammai. Karu Palaniappan is the eldest among their 3 children.

Books appealed to Palaniappan right from childhood. His dad Chinna Karuppiah, a trader is an ardent reader. He showed interest in reading classics of popular writers like Kannadasan, Jayakanthan, and Ashokamithran. Following the saying ‘Like father like son’ Palaniappan inherited this ‘love of reading’ from his father right from childhood.

His passion for reading books spread its wings to learning languages, writing, acting and elocution. His innate style of starting midway through a debate and expressing his thoughts with eloquence, charismatically grabbing the attention of the audience and keeping them spellbound, winning their applause and admiration…presented him with countless trophies, certificates and accolades.

After his schooling in Madurai Seventh day Adventist, he studied English Literature in the renowned American College, Madurai (under grad) and mastered in Literature in Madurai Thiyagaraja College. His intense pursuit of Tamil literature secured him the covetable student training course in Vikatan Group of Magazines.

His sustained reading and movies watched with zest and zeal created an affiliation to cinema within Palaniappan, thus inspiring his first toddler steps into Kollywood in 1994. Though he is acclaimed as director Parthiban’s protégé Palaniappan worked under two other directors. With Mr. Parthiban he worked in Pullakuttikaaran (Parent) and House full.

His grey cells contributed to Director Dharani’s stories that didn’t get transformed into films in the sandwiched time frame between his Edhirum pudhirum and Dhil. He worked under director Ezhil in Thullatha Manamum Thullum, Pennin Manathai Thottu and Poovellam Un Vasam. Palaniappan married to Pia, and has two children, Iniya (Daughter) and Dhaya (Son).

Karu. Pazhaniappan is known for his natural narration and the impeccable characterization. He made his debut Tamil film Parthiban Kanavu a Srikanth – Sneha Starrer. The film became one of the biggest hits of the year. The story line of a true love won appreciation from film critics.

In 2005, he began work on a film with Dhanush and Gopika titled Ashokamithran, but the film ran into production troubles and was subsequently shelved. He later re-began work on the film in 2012 with a new crew and Arulnithi in the lead role, however after two months of shooting, the film was again cancelled.

The director and actor tried to revive the project in late 2013, but were again unsuccessful. Likewise another project, the family drama film Pandiya Vamsam starring Ameer and Rajkiran, was called off soon after production started.

His second film Sivappathigaram with Vishal fared well at the box office. His Pirivom Santhippom got major attention of the family audience.

His next film was Manthirapunnagai in which he debuted as hero, His second film with Srikanth called Sathurangam was finished in 2006 which remained unreleased for a long time and at last released in 2011.
Madhavan and Raj Kiran has signed a new project with director Karu Pazhaniappan.

 
  Pooja Bhatt
Pooja Bhatt is an Indian film actress, voice actress, model and film maker. She is the eldest child of Indian film director, Mahesh Bhatt.

Pooja Bhatt was born to Mahesh Bhatt and Anglo-Indian Kiran Bhatt (aka Loraine Bright). She is the step daughter of Soni Razdan. She has a brother, Rahul Bhatt and half sisters Shaheen and Alia Bhatt. Her cousins are Mohit Suri and Emraan Hashmi.

She acted in many films which were produced and directed by her father. In most of her films, she used her real name Pooja.

Bhatt made her acting debut at age 17, in 1989 with Daddy, a TV film directed by her father Mahesh Bhatt. In the film she portrayed a soul-searching teenage girl in an estranged relationship with her alcoholic father, played by actor Anupam Kher.

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Pooja Bhatt is an Indian film actress, voice actress, model and film maker. She is the eldest child of Indian film director, Mahesh Bhatt.

Pooja Bhatt was born to Mahesh Bhatt and Anglo-Indian Kiran Bhatt (aka Loraine Bright). She is the step daughter of Soni Razdan. She has a brother, Rahul Bhatt and half sisters Shaheen and Alia Bhatt. Her cousins are Mohit Suri and Emraan Hashmi.

She acted in many films which were produced and directed by her father. In most of her films, she used her real name Pooja.

Bhatt made her acting debut at age 17, in 1989 with Daddy, a TV film directed by her father Mahesh Bhatt. In the film she portrayed a soul-searching teenage girl in an estranged relationship with her alcoholic father, played by actor Anupam Kher.

Her biggest solo hit and her big screen debut came with a musical hit, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991), which was a remake of the Oscar-winning Hollywood classic It Happened One Night. Pooja received the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for the film.

Her most well-known films in the 1990s included, Sadak opposite Sanjay Dutt (1991), Junoon, Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin opposite Aamir Khan (1991), Sir (1993), Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee (1993), "Tadipaar" (1993), Ghuneghar (1994), Naaraaz (1994) opposite Mithun Chakraborty, Hum Dono, Angrakshak opposite Sunny Deol (1995), Chaahat opposite Shahrukh Khan (1996), Tamanna (1997), super-hit and multi-starrer Border (1997) and Zakhm (1998). Pooja Bhatt has also acted in some popular hit regional Indian films.

Her last film appearance was in Everybody Says I'm Fine! in 2001. She has since focused on producing and directing. She made her directorial debut with Paap in 2004, starring John Abraham and Udita Goswami. Since then, she has made four more directorial ventures: Holiday (2006), Dhokha (2007), Kajraare (2010) and Jism 2.

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