Mahima Chaudhry

Mahima Chaudhry (born 13 September 1973) is an Indian actress and model who worked in Hindi films. During the 1990s, Chaudhry did a few modelling assignments and appeared in several television commercials before venturing into films. She made her acting debut in the 1997 film Pardes, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She established a career with several roles in films including Daag (1999), Dhadkan (2000), Kurukshetra (2000), Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002), and received critical recognition for her performances in Dil Kya Kare (1999) and Lajja (2001).

Mahima Chaudhry
Mahima Chaudhary in 2018 (cropped).jpg
Mahima in 2018
Ritu Chaudhury

(1973-09-13) 13 September 1973 (age 47)
Years active
  • 1997–2010
  • 2015–2016
Bobby Mukherjee
(m. 2006; div. 2013)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Ritu Chaudhry was born in Darjeeling. She attended Dow Hill in Kurseong till class X and later moved to Loreto College in Darjeeling.[2] She appeared in several TV ads, of which the most famous was for Pepsi, with Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai.

She was a VJ on music channels, where she was noticed by Subhash Ghai. Subhash Ghai gave her a break in the movie Pardes, which was released in 1997. The movie was successful and won many awards including the Filmfare award for best debut.

She dated Indian tennis player Leander Paes before she broke up with him due to his affair with then-married Rhea Pillai.[3] She married architect businessman Bobby Mukherji in 2006. She has an 8-year-old daughter Ariana from her marriage. In 2013, she separated from Mukherji. Their hush hush wedding was steady until 2011 when reports came that the couple are staying separately due to incompatibility and differences. In early 2015 she was in the news for having a Swiss bank account.[4]

Acting careerEdit

Mahima Chaudhry in April 2013

Chaudhry has played a variety of roles, starting with a village girl in Pardes (1997). Her other roles were in Daag: The Fire (1999),[5] where she played a dual role; in Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin (1999) she played a widow forced to marry her brother-in-law; in Dhadkan (2000) she is a loving friend of a man who is madly in love with another woman: in Deewane she plays a singer in love with a thief: in Kurukshetra she plays the stubborn wife of a police officer: in Lajja she plays a young bride forced to fight dowry; in Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar (2001) she plays a stubborn tenant who will not give up her home at any cost; in Om Jai Jagadish she is the loving homemaker; in Dil Hai Tumhaara she is the sister who would do anything for her sister's happiness; in Dobara she is the frustrated housewife; in The Film she is a desperate struggling screenwriter; in Zameer: The Fire Within she's a paralytic dancer, in Film Star she is an uptight arrogant fading actress; in Home Delivery (2005) she's a South Indian superstar; and in Souten: The Other Woman (2006) she plays a desperate housewife who has an affair with her stepdaughter's boyfriend.

Next to doing many films, she has worked with talented actresses, including Kajol, Shilpa Shetty, Amisha Patel, Urmila Matondkar, Manisha Koirala, Raveena Tandon, Rekha, Preity Zinta, Tabu, Padmini Kolhapure, and Hema Malini. When she was asked about this, she responded by saying that she enjoyed working with other actresses, and she expressed her opinion to work with Juhi Chawla, her favorite actress.

In 2010, Chaudhary starred in a Knightsbridge Media Production film, Pusher,[6] directed by Assad Raja, also starring comedian Mani Liaqat. She also worked in the thriller Mumbhaii - The Gangster, co-starring Om Puri and Sanjay Kapoor.

In January 2018, she gave an interview which was actually a sting operation by Cobra Post. In the video, which was released a year later, she was willing to post a few tweets and social media posts to support political agenda against the sum of money from political parties.[7]


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Pardes Kusum Ganga Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1999 Manasulo Maata Priya Telugu film
Dil Kya Kare Kavita Kishore Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Daag: The Fire Kajri Verma / Kajal
Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin Nisha
2000 Dhadkan Sheetal Varma Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Deewane Pooja
Kurukshetra Anjali P. Singh
Khiladi 420 Ritu Bhardwaj
2001 Lajja Maithili
Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar Saraswati
2002 Om Jai Jagadish Ayesha
Dil Hai Tumhaara Nimmi
2003 Saaya Tanya
Tere Naam Special appearance in song "O Jaana"
Baghban Arpita Alok Malhotra
LOC Kargil Reena Yadav
2004 Dobara Dr. Anjali Sehgal
2005 Zameer: The Fire Within Supriya Maheshwari
Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye Gulab Khan
Sehar Anamika Kant
Film Star Heera Pandit
The Film Sushmita Banerjee
Home Delivery Maya
Bhagmati Bhagmati Voice-over
2006 Souten: The Other Woman Mitali 'Mita' R. Singh
Sandwich Sweet Singh / Sweety Shekar
Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana Anjali
Mr 100% Shilpa
Hope and a Little Sugar Saloni
Sarhad Paar Simram
2008 Gumnaam – The Mystery Ria
2010 Pusher Anita
2015 Mumbhaii - The Gangster Gangster's wife
2016 Dark Chocolate Ishani Banerjee

TV showsEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards and nominations
Year Film Award Category Result
1998 Pardes Filmfare Award Best Female Debut Won
Filmfare Award Best Actress Nominated
Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut Won
1999 Dil Kya Kare Filmfare Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2000 Dhadkan Filmfare Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated
IIFA Awards IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award Nominated
Star Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Bollywood Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Sansui Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2005 Dobara Stardust Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Zee Cine Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Chhetri, Vivek (21 December 2011). "Hills smile to conquer 'camera' & hearts". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Hills smile to conquer camera & hearts". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Leander cheated!". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  4. ^ "The List: Who's Who & How Much". The Indian Express. 9 February 2015. Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  5. ^ Chopra, Anupama (22 February 1999). "Film Without Fire". India Today. Archived from the original on 21 November 2000. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  6. ^ "". Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  7. ^ Asit Dixit and Umesh Patil, "Mahima Chaudhry, former Bollywood Actor", Cobra Post" (19 Feb. 2019'): Archived 12 October 2020 at the Wayback Machine; and Gulf News (19 Feb. 2019): Archived 12 October 2020 at the Wayback Machine

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