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Bhumika Chawla (born Rachna Chawla on 21 August 1978) is an Indian actress and a former model. She made her film debut in the Telugu film Yuvakudu (2000) and has since then worked in various Indian film industries and appeared in over thirty films in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Bhojpuri, and Punjabi. Her notable performances include Badri (2001) , Kushi (2001) , Okkadu (2003) , Tere Naam (2003) , Missamma (2003) , Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006) , Gandhi, My Father (2007) , Anasuya (2007) and Buddy (2013).
Bhumika Chawla at the 60th Filmfare Awards South 2014
21 August 1978
|Occupation||Actress, former model|
Bharath Thakur (m. 2007)
Chawla started off her film career in the Telugu film industry, starring in the feature film Yuvakudu (2000) alongside actor Sumanth. Her second release, Kushi (2001), in which she starred opposite Pawan Kalyan was a box office success, winning her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu following which she acted in several films in Telugu, including Okkadu (2003) opposite Mahesh Babu and Simhadri (2003) opposite Jr. NTR, which became two of the year's highest grossers in Telugu. Meanwhile, she made her debut in the Tamil film industry as well, starring in the film Badri (2001) opposite actor Vijay, which was followed by her second Tamil film Roja Kootam (2002). Her performance in Missamma (2003), as a businesswoman with cancer, was applauded. She was nominated for the FilmfareAward for Best Actress – Telugu and won the Nandi Award for Best Actress.
After a number of critically and commercially successful films in the South, Chawla starred in her first Bollywood film, Tere Naam (2003), alongside Salman Khan. The film was one of the year's highest grossers. It was a critical success and her performance in the film won her many positive notices as well as several nominations for Best Debut at different award ceremonies. She was nominated for her first Filmfare Best Actress Award and won the Best Debut trophy at the Zee Cine Awards ceremony.
Subsequently, she got to star in a number of Hindi films as Run (2004), a remake of the same-named Tamil film, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa (2004), again opposite Salman Khan, Silsilay (2005) and Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... (2005) alongside Amitabh Bachchan. She returned to Telugu, acting in the films Naa Autograph (2004) (a remake of the Tamil film Autograph) and Jai Chiranjeeva, alongside Chiranjeevi and Sameera Reddy. While Chawla's performance in the former won her accolades and the CineMAA Jury Award for Best Actress, the latter went to become a super hit film.
In 2006, Chawla appeared in the Tamil film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, alongside real-life couple Surya and Jyothika which became a big hit worldwide, while playing a vital role in the Hindi film Family - Ties of Blood, in which she shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, and starring in the Telugu fantasy film, Mayabazar. Following this, she acted in the Hindi film Gandhi, My Father as Gulab Gandhi and played the title roles in the Telugu films Sathyabhama, in which she played a woman who has Short-term memory loss, and Anasuya, a crime thriller, and in the Bhojpuri film, Gangotri (2007 film), a sequel to the successful 2006 Bhojpuri film Ganga, acting again alongside Amitabh Bachchan. Her performance in Anasuya (2007), as an Investigative journalist who covers the case of a serial killer, received critical acclaim. She was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu and won the Santosham Best Actress Award.
In 2008, she made her debut in the Punjabi film industry, starring in Yaariyan, opposite Gurdas Maan, following which she debuted in Malayalam as well, starring in Bhramaram alongside Mohanlal. Currently, she is working on half-a-dozen films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, which include Thangar Bachan's Kalavadiya Pozhudugal opposite Prabhu Deva in Tamil, Yagam alongside Navdeep and Sathyaraj in Telugu and Classmates, a remake of the 2006 Malayalam film, in Hindi.
Bhumika Chawla married her long-time boyfriend and Yoga teacher Bharat Thakur on 21 October 2007 at Devlali, Nashik in a Gurdwara. She went regularly to Thakur's courses and is said to have dated him for four years, before eventually marrying him. The couple have a son born in February 2014.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Kushi||Madhumitha / Khushi||Telugu||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu|
|Snehamante Idera||Yuvrani Padmini||Telugu|
|Missamma||Meghana||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Actress|
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
|Tere Naam||Nirjara Bharadwaj||Hindi||Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut|
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated – Screen Award for Best Actress
|Aadanthe Ado Type||Telugu||Special appearance|
|Naa Autograph||Divya||Telugu||CineMAA Award for Best Actress|
|Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa||Dhani||Hindi|
|Dil Jo Bhi Kahey...||Dr. Gayarti Pandey||Hindi|
|2006||Sillunu Oru Kaadhal||Ishwarya||Tamil|
|2007||Gandhi, My Father||Gulab Gandhi||Hindi|
|Sathyabhama||Sathyabhama||Telugu||Nandi Special Jury Award|
|Anasuya||Anasuya||Telugu||Santosham Best Actress Award|
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
|Mallepuvvu||Malleshwari "Malli" Kanneganti||Telugu|
|Naa Style Veru||Parvati||Telugu|
|Thakita Thakita||Professor||Telugu||Also producer|
|Collector Gaari Bharya||Indira Gautam||Telugu|
|2011||Siruthai||Rathnavel Pandian's wife (in portrait)||Tamil|
|2015||Luv U Alia||Bhoomi||Kannada|
|M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story||Jayanti Gupta (Dhoni's Sister)||Hindi|
|2017||Middle Class Abbayi||Jyothi||Telugu||Zee Apsara Award for Best Supporting Actress|
SIIMA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2001||Kushi||Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu||Won|
|2003||Missamma||Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu||Nominated|
|2003||Missamma||Nandi Award for Best Actress||Won|
|2003||Tere Naam||Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut||Won|
|2003||Tere Naam||Filmfare Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|2003||Tere Naam||Star Screen Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|2007||Satyabhama||Nandi Special Jury Award||Won|
|2017||MCA||Zee Telugu Apsara Awards 2018 for Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2018||MCA||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu||Nominated|
|2018||MCA||SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female)||Won|
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