Ashwini Kalsekar is an Indian actress works mostly in Marathi television and film industry, later Hindi daily soaps and Known mostly for her collaboration with the famous directors Sriram Raghavan, Rohit Shetty and Ram Gopal Varma. She was noticed briefly in CID as Asha as a cop. Initially she started her career during 1999 popular science fiction comedy Zeetv serial Mr. Gayab in lead role, best known for her villainous roles as Shalaka Catwoman in kids Superhero serial Shaktimaan considered as first Indian Catwoman, Jigyasa Walia in Ekta Kapoor's soap opera Kasamh Se, Sikka Thakuriaan in Afsar Bitiya and Saudamini, an evil witch in Kavach. She also became the judge in Marathi reality show "Fu bai fu". She was married to Nitesh Pandey, later they were divorced and she married Murali Sharma in 2009. In 2011, she debuted in Telugu industry like her husband with Badrinath. In 2019, she debuted on web platform with Zee5 Webseries "Chargesheet: The Shuttlecock Murder" and Mxplayer Webseries "Cheesecake" as Chaaru an animal communicator which will premiere on December 2019. She has been in a part of the Golmaal series since the start. She will be next seen in Laxxmi Bomb in 2020.
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Years active||1991 - Present|
|Known for||Her role Jigyasa Walia in Kasamh Se and Maham Anga in Jodha Akbar|
|Pam Khanna in Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar |
Saudamini in Kavach... Kaali Shaktiyon Se
|Home town||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
(m. 1998; separated 2002)
|Parent(s)||Anil Kalsekar (father)|
Ashwini Kalsekar was born in a Konkani Kokanasth Brahmin family of Goan ancestry on 22 January 1970 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her father Anil Kalsekar was a bank employee. Ashwini studied 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 be an actress. She is also trained under Muzammeel Vakil, a theatre acting coach from 1992 to 1995. Ashwini is also a trained Kathak dancer.
In 1996, Ashwini played a role 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.
|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|
|Rakht Charitra||Inspector Ashwini|
|2011||Badrinath||Sarkar's wife||Telugu film|
|2012||Nippu||Raja Goud's wife|
|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||Dongari Ka Raja||Raja's mother|
|"Baghtos Kay Mujra Kar"|
|Simmba||Judge Mrs. Smita Parulkar|
|2019||Wedding Cha Shinema||Dr. Anagha Pradhan||Marathi Film|
|1997||Ek Aur Mahabharat||Draupadi|
|1998-2004||C.I.D.||Inspector Asha||Supporting role|
|1998||Ji Sahab||Doctor||Special appearance|
|1998||Aahat||Police officer||Episodic role|
|1999||Mr. Gayab||Lead role|
|2001||Shaktimaan||Shalaka Black Cat|
|2002-2003||Achanak 37 Saal Baad||Malini||She sees Ajay/Ajinkya in dreams|
|2004||Siddhant||ACP Nethra Menon|
|Kasamh Se||Jigyaasa Bali/Walia||Antagonist|
|2007||Jeete Hai Jiske Liye||Adira Dhanrajgir|
|2010||Jhansi Ki Rani||Heera Bai||Antagonist|
|2010||Ganga Kii Dheej||Maha Mai||Antagonist|
|2012||Afsar Bitiya||Sikka Thakurayin||Antagonist|
|2013||Fu Bai Fu||Judge||Marathi comedy show|
|2013–2014||Jodha Akbar||Maham Anga||Antagonist|
|2014–2015||Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar||Pam/Poonam Khanna||Grey-shaded role|
|2016||Adaalat (season 2)|
|2016||Kavach... Kaali Shaktiyon Se||Saudaamini (pisachini)||Main female antagonist|
|2017||Partners Trouble Ho Gayi Double||Neena Nadkarni||Supporting role|
|2019||Booo Sabki Phategi||Digital debut|
|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|
- "Jaya is a pal: Ashwini Kalsekar". The Times of India.
- Ashwini Kalsekar:An Actress & a Trained Kathak Dancer Archived 10 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- ""I would love to work with Aamir Khan" : Ashwini Kalsekar". 9 July 2012. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012.
- "The bad girl!". 13 September 2008 – via The Hindu.
- "Ashwini Kalsekar: No one remembers that I have also played positive characters". The Times of India.
- "STAR Plus wins Best Channel at Telly Awards". www.radiosargam.com.
- Wanvari, Anil. "Indiantelevision.com > News Headlines > Winners at The Indian Telly Awards 2006". www.indiantelevision.org.in. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
- Ekta Kapoor's Jodha Akbar starring Ashwini Kalsekar to go on air in May?
- "Ashwini Kalsekar Bids a Tearful Goodbye to Jodha Akbar". The Times of India ►.
- "It isn’t easy to let go: Ashwini Kalsekar". 24 September 2014.
- Winners List:Indian Telly Awards, 2014 Archived 14 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
- "Zee Gold Awards 2014 Complete List Of Winners". 20 May 2014.
- "Ashwini Kalsekar is the biggest prankster on the sets of Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyar". The Times of India.
- "Ashwini Kalsekar to play Ronit Roy's sister". The Times of India ►.
- Of Grit and Determination
- Winners List:Indian Television Academy Awards, 2007 Archived 6 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
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