Ashwini Kalsekar is an Indian actress who works predominantly in the Marathi and Hindi television and film industry.
|Born||22 January 1970|
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Known for||Her role Jigyasa Walia in Kasamh Se|
|Notable work||Pam Khanna in Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar |
Saudamini in Kavach... Kaali Shaktiyon Se
(m. 1998; div. 2002)
|Parent||Anil Kalsekar (father)|
She is known mostly for her collaboration with Hindi movies directors Sriram Raghavan, Rohit Shetty, and Ram Gopal Varma. She played a cop in the popular TV show CID. Her first lead role on television came in 1999 when she starred in Zee TV's popular science fiction comedy serial Mr. Gayab. Her villainous outing as Shalaka Catwoman in the children's superhero serial Shaktimaan made her popular as the first Indian Catwoman. She also played popular negative roles as Jigyasa Walia in Ekta Kapoor's soap opera Kasamh Se, Sikka Thakuriaan in Afsar Bitiya, Maham Anga in Jodha Akbar and Saudamini, an evil witch, in Kavach. She also featured as a judge in the Marathi reality show "Fu bai fu" in 2011.
She debuted in Tollywood like her husband Murali Sharma with Badrinath. Since 2019, she focused on OTT with Zee5's series "Chargesheet: The Shuttlecock Murder", in the MX Player web series "Cheesecake" as Chaaru, an animal communicator, which premiered in December 2019, in 36 Farmhouse on Zee5 and in the Hotstar Specials show Rudra: The Edge of Darkness.
Ashwini Kalsekar was born into a Marathi family on 22 January 1970 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her father Anil Kalsekar was a bank employee. Ashwini completed her B.A. from Mumbai and graduated in 1991. She pursued theatre from 1991 to 1994 after her studies. From 1992 to 1993, she was studying under actress Neena Gupta to pursue her dream to become an actress. She also trained under Muzammeel Vakil, a theatre acting coach, from 1992 to 1995. Ashwini is also a trained Kathak dancer.
Ashwini married Nitesh Pandey in 1998. They were divorced due to undisclosed reasons in 2002. She then married film and television actor Murali Sharma in 2009.
In an interview to The Indian Express, she said that Shanti was her first acting project. She then worked in successful television serials such as CID, Anjaane, Siddhant and K. Street Pali Hill.
In 1996, Ashwini performed in the Marathi film Tula Jhapar La. This was followed by a number of films in Marathi where she appeared in supporting roles.
Her biggest break came when she was approached by Ekta Kapoor to play the antagonist in her soap opera Kasamh Se, where she played the role of Jigyasa Walia. The role fetched her the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role, the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role, and other major awards.
In 2012, Ashwini was again approached by Ekta Kapoor to play the role of Maham Anga, a foster mother of Emperor Akbar in her historical drama series Jodha Akbar. The role fetched her critical acclaim and major awards. She went on to win the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role, the Boroplus Gold Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role, and other major awards.
In 2012, she was a part of a Marathi comedy reality show, Fu Bai Fu. She was the judge of the show, along with Swapnil Joshi and Sanjay Jadhav, for 2 seasons.
In 2014, Ashwini performed the role of Pam Khanna in Ekta Kapoor's soap opera Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar.
|1996||Tula Jhapar La||Marathi film|
|2003||The Hero: Love Story of a Spy||Intelligence officer under Major Arun Khanna|
|Aashiq Banaya Aapne||Police Officer|
|2006||Ankahee||Mrs. Shilpa Mehta|
|2009||Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye||Mrs. Kapoor|
|All the Best: Fun Begins||Mary|
|Ek Tho Chance|
|Rakta Charitra||Inspector Ashwini|
|2011||Badrinath||Sarkar's wife||Tollywood debut|
|2012||Nippu||Raja Goud's wife||Telugu film|
|2014||Singham Returns||TV journalist Meera Shori|
|Poshter Boyz||Head of Health Department||Marathi film|
|2015||Rahasya||Remi Fernandes||She is Ayesha's real mother|
|2016||Dongri Ka Raja||Raja's mother|
|Baghtos Kay Mujra Kar||Marathi film|
|Simmba||Judge Mrs. Smita Parulkar|
|2019||Wedding Cha Shinema||Dr. Anagha Pradhan||Marathi film|
|2021||Koi Jaane Na||Police Officer|
|Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2||Bade Pandit's Wife|
|1997||Ek Aur Mahabharat||Draupadi|
|1997||Ghar Jamai||Rohini Amma||Guest|
|1997||Aahat||Police Inspector Smita||Episode 86,87 Asli Yaa Naqli|
|1998–2004||CID||Inspector Asha||Supporting role|
|1998||Ji Sahab||Doctor||Special appearance|
|1999||Naya Zamana||Kiran Indrayani|
|1999||Mr. Gaayab||Nisha||Lead role|
|2001||Shaktimaan||Shalaka Black Cat|
|2002–2003||Achanak 37 Saal Baad||Malini|
|2004||Siddhant||ACP Nethra Menon|
|2006–2007;2008–2009||Kasamh Se||Jigyaasa Bali / Walia|
|2007||Jeete Hai Jiske Liye||Adira Dhanrajgir|
|2010||Jhansi Ki Rani||Heera Bai|
|2010||Ganga Kii Dheej||Maha Mai|
|2011||Hitler Didi||Rani Bhatija||Guest|
|2012||Afsar Bitiya||Sikka Thakurayin|
|2013||Fu Bai Fu||Judge||Marathi comedy show|
|2013–2014||Jodha Akbar||Maham Anga|
|2014–2015||Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar||Poonam Khanna|
|2016||Adaalat (season 2)|
|2016||Kavach... Kaali Shaktiyon Se||Saudaamini (pisachini)|
|2017||Partners Trouble Ho Gayi Double||Neena Nadkarni||Supporting role|
|2019||Booo Sabki Phategi||Amma||ALTBalaji||Digital debut|
|2020||The Chargesheet: Innocent or Guilty?||Abha Abhyankar|||
|2022||Rudra: The Edge of Darkness||Commissioner Deepali Handa||Disney+ Hotstar|
|2023||Pop Kaun?||Satwant Kaur|
|2006||6th Indian Telly Awards||Best Actress in Negative Role||Kasamh Se||Won|
|2007||7th Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actress in Negative Role||Won|
|2014||13th Indian Telly Awards||Best Actress in Negative Role||Jodha Akbar||Won|
|7th Boroplus Gold Awards||Best Actress in Negative Role (Critics)||Won|
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