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Bhumika Chawla (born Rachna Chawla on 21 August 1978[1]) 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
Bhumika Chawla at 60th Filmfare Awards South.jpg
Bhumika Chawla at the 60th Filmfare Awards South 2014
Rachna Chawla

(1978-08-21) 21 August 1978 (age 40)[1]
Other namesBhoomika
OccupationActress, former model
Years active2000–present
Bharath Thakur (m. 2007)


Early lifeEdit

Chawla was born in a Punjabi family in New Delhi, India and completed her schooling there. Her father was an Army officer. Bhumika has two siblings, an elder brother and sister.

She moved to Mumbai in 1997 and started her career with Ad films and Hindi music video albums. She appeared in the Zee TV series Hip Hip Hurray.


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.[2] 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.[3]

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,[4] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

Bhumika Chawla married her long-time boyfriend and Yoga teacher Bharat Thakur on 21 October 2007 at Devlali, Nashik in a Gurdwara.[5] She went regularly to Thakur's courses and is said to have dated him for four years, before eventually marrying him.[6] The couple have a son born in February 2014.[7][8]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Yuvakudu Sindhu Telugu
2001 Badri Janaki Tamil
Kushi Madhumitha / Khushi Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Snehamante Idera Yuvrani Padmini Telugu
2002 Roja Kootam Mano Tamil
Vasu Divya Telugu
2003 Okkadu Swapna Reddy Telugu
Missamma Meghana Telugu Nandi Award for Best Actress
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Simhadri Indu 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
2004 Run Jhanvi Choudhry Hindi
Samba Nandu Telugu
Naa Autograph Divya Telugu CineMAA Award for Best Actress
Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa Dhani Hindi
2005 Silsiilay Zia Rao Hindi
Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... Dr. Gayarti Pandey Hindi
Jai Chiranjeeva Neelima Telugu
2006 Sillunu Oru Kaadhal Ishwarya Tamil
Family Dr. Kavita Hindi
Mayabazaar Anupama Telugu
2007 Gandhi, My Father Gulab Gandhi Hindi
Sathyabhama Sathyabhama Telugu Nandi Special Jury Award
Gangotri Gangotri Bhojpuri
Anasuya Anasuya Telugu Santosham Best Actress Award
Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2008 Swagatam Vidhya KK Telugu
Mallepuvvu Malleshwari "Malli" Kanneganti Telugu
Yaariyan Simran Punjabi
2009 Bhramaram Jaya Malayalam
Naa Style Veru Parvati Telugu
Amaravathi Amaravathi Telugu
2010 Yagam Nandini Telugu
Thakita Thakita Professor Telugu Also producer
Collector Gaari Bharya Indira Gautam Telugu
2011 Siruthai Rathnavel Pandian's wife (in portrait) Tamil
2012 Godfather Kannada Special appearance
2013 Buddy Padma Malayalam
Chithirayil Nilachoru Tamil
2014 Laddu Babu Madhuri Telugu
April Fool Swapna Telugu
2015 Luv U Alia Bhoomi Kannada
2016 Hindi
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
Kalavaadiya Pozhuthugal Jayanthi Tamil
2018 U Turn Maya Tamil
Savyasachi Siri Telugu
2019 Khamoshi Mrs. Desai Hindi
Kannai Nambathey   TBA Tamil Filming
Kolaiyuthir Kaalam   TBA Tamil Delayed


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


  1. ^ a b c "About Me". Bhumika Chawla. 2015. Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Telugu mid-year report". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Nominees for the 49th Manikchand Filmfare Awards 2003". The Times Of India. March 2008. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Interview with Bhumika Chawla". Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Bhumika Chawla weds yoga guru Bharat". Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Bhumika weds Bharath on Oct 25 th". Oneindia. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Bhumika delivered a baby boy - Bhumika Chawla- Laddu Babu- Allari Naresh- Ravi Babu- Misama- Khushi - -".
  8. ^ iQlik Movies. "Actress Bhumika Chawla blessed with a baby boy". iQlikmovies.

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