Manjari Fadnis

Manjari Fadnis (also spelled Phadnis and Fadnnis) is an Indian actress who has appeared in Hindi, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Marathi language films.[1][2][3][4] She is best known for her performance in the 2008 Hindi film Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na.[5] Her other notable films are Faltu (2006), Zokkomon (2011), Grand Masti (2013), Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015) and a short film Khamakha (2016).

Manjari Fadnis
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Manjari Fadnis in 2015
Born
Mumbai, India
NationalityIndian
Other namesManjari Phadnis
Manjari Fadnnis
OccupationActor, model, singer
Years active2003–2020

CareerEdit

Fadnis was first seen on television during the second season of the Indian version of the singing reality show Popstars, which was aired on Channel [v] India in 2003. She was one of the participants who made it to the final eight but failed to qualify for the musical band Aasma.[6]

She started her film career with Rok Sako To Rok Lo in 2004, but her big break was Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008) as the lead actor's girlfriend, for which she won a Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance-Female 2009.[7] The film was successful with the audience and also enjoyed critical acclaim.[8][9] Earlier she was part of the National Film Award-winning Bengali feature film Faltu (2006) and also Mumbai Salsa (2007).[10] In 2008, she made a debut in Telugu films with Siddu From Sikakulam, following which her first Tamil film Muthirai (2009) got released.[11] Notably, she had sung a Tamil song under the direction of Yuvan Shankar Raja for the film Muthirai.[12] In September 2009, she signed to appear in a series of Onida Television commercials.[13] Her 2010 releases were the Telugu films Inkosaari and Shubhapradham. She then starred in the Walt Disney-produced superhero film Zokkomon, starring Darsheel Safary in the titular role. The film received positive reviews from critics.[14] She also worked in the Telugu film Shakti (2011) alongside Jr. NTR , and later, in a Hindi film I M 24 (2012) and her debut Kannada film Munjane (2012).[15] The year 2013 saw release of her films Warning, a 3D underwater film and Grand Masti (opposite Aftab Shivdasani). Grand Masti was the highest grossing Bollywood film with an A (Adults Only) certificate in India.[16] Her next film was Mohanlal starred Mr. Fraud (2014), which marked her Malayalam debut.[17] Then came her romantic comedy film Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015) starring Kapil Sharma. The film was a box office success.[18] She then acted alongside Shreyas Talpade in the content driven film Wah Taj (2016). The movie had a dance song "Chori Chichori" for which Fadnis attired as traditional Marathi Mulgi did a semi-folk popular dance.[19] She also worked in her maiden Marathi film Sarv Mangal Savdhan (2016) opposite Raqesh Vashisth.[20] She appeared as a lead actress in the inspirational film Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (2017) starring Arbaaz Khan, Himansh Kohli and Ashutosh Rana, set in exotic locations.[21] In 2018, she came up with a murder mystery film Nirdosh opposite Ashmit Patel[22] and an action comedy film Baa Baaa Black Sheep opposite Manish Paul.[23]

In 2019, she appeared in an Amit Sadh starred thriller web-film Barot House aired on ZEE5.[24]

In 2017, her short film Khamakha (2016) won the Filmfare for Best Short Film People's Choice Award.[25] Her other short films are The Morning After (2013), The Cot (2017), Jackie Shroff starred The Playboy Mr Sawhney ( 2018 ) and Interdependence : Megha's divorce (2019).[26][27][28][29]

In 2019, she appeared in a web series Fuh Se Fantasy:The Blindfold on Voot.[30][31]

She made her first theatrical performance Double Deal Reloaded (English), in Mumbai in 2017 and the following year in Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.[32] In 2018, she came up with a musical drama Devdas staged at Mumbai.[33]

She sang a duet Tamil song Azhagana Neeyum under the direction of Yuvan Shankar Raja for the film Muthirai (2009).[12][34] She also sang the duet songs Sonya Ve Sajna in the Indo-Pakistani music album Beat Beyond Borders composed by Pakistani musician Fakhar-e-Alam in 2012[35][36][37] and Ga Raha Hai Ye Aasma composed by Raghav Sachar in 2014.[38] In 2015, she lent her vocals for a duet Marathi song composed by Nikhil Kamat for the film Sarv Mangal Savdhan.[39] She recorded her first solo song Alvida composed by the musical duo of Arif-Troy in 2017.[23]

She was the cover girl for Woman's Era Magazine September 2015 issue.[40] She has also appeared in various fashion events such as Bombay Times Fashion week 2018, Intimate Fashion Week 2017, and Dubai Fashion League 2017.[41][42] She was cast in 'Hyundai i10 car' TV advertisement with Shahrukh Khan in May 2012.[43] Earlier, she had appeared in a series of Onida Television commercials in 2009 and later on in iball pen drives TV ad in 2011, Mehfil Southall Hotel/Restaurant/Banquet TV ads in 2015 .[44][45][46] She has also been featured in the music videos Beat Beyond Borders (2011) and Raghav Sachar feat (2014).[38][35]

She has undergone dance training under Shiamak Davar and vocal training under Sucheta Bhattacharjee.[47][48]

She received the Movers and Shakers award at the MAAC 24FPS International Animation Awards 2015.[49] In 2020, she received the Youth Icon Award for 'Excellency in Entertainment industry' at Maier Medi International Short Film Festival, Pune.[50]

Early lifeEdit

Fadnis, who comes from a Maharashtrian family, was born at Sagar, Madhya Pradesh to Ruchi Fadnis and Bharat Kumar Fadnis. As her father served in the Indian Army, a transferable service, she grew up with her only sibling Gagan Fadnis in Shimla, Jammu, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune (her hometown).[51][52][53][54]

FilmographyEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
2004 Rok Sako To Rok Lo Suhana Hindi Debut film
2006 Faltu Tuktuki Bengali
2007 Mumbai Salsa Maya Chandhok Hindi
2008 Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na Meghna Pariyar Won: Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female
with Imran Khan
Siddu From Sikakulam Sailaja Reddy Telugu
2009 Muthirai Aarthi Tamil
2010 Inkosaari Shruthi Telugu
Shubhapradham Indu
2011 Shakti Gauri
Zokkomon Kittu Hindi
2012 Munjane Pavithra Kannada
I M 24 Kanak Hindi
2013 Grand Masti Tulsi Chawla
Warning Sabina Sanyal
2014 Mr. Fraud Priya Malayalam
2015 Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon Juhi Punj Hindi
2016 Wah Taj Sunanda
Sarv Mangal Savdhan Vrushali Marathi
2017 Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai Alia Hindi
2018 Nirdosh Shanaya Grover
Baa Baaa Black Sheep Angelina Morris
2019 Barot House Bhavana Barot Released on Zee5

Short filmsEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language
2013 The Morning After Sumi English
2016 Khamakha Raina Hindi
2017 The Cot Sarla Hindi
2018 The Playboy Mr. Sawhney[28] Mary Hindi
2019 Interdependence : Megha's divorce[55][56] Megha Hindi

Web-seriesEdit

Year Web-series Role Language Platform
2019 Fuh Se Fantasy:The Blindfold Neha Hindi Voot

TelevisionEdit

Year Reality Show Channel Notes
2003 Popstars India Season 2 [V] Finished as one of the top 8 contestants
2019 Kitchen Champion[57] Colors TV Guest Appearance

AlbumsEdit

Year Album Song Composer
2009 Muthirai Azhagana Neeyum[34] Yuvan Shankar Raja
2012 Beat Beyond Borders Sonya Ve Sajna[35][36] Fakhar-e-Alam
2014 Raghav Sachar feat Ga Raha Hai Ye Aasmaa[38] Raghav Sachar

TheatreEdit

Year Play Role Language Place
2017 Double Deal Reloaded Rhea English Mumbai
2018 Kolkata
Bengaluru
Hyderabad
2018 Devdas[33] Chandramukhi Hindi Mumbai

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Results
2005 Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Rok Sako To Rok Lo Nominated [58][59]
2009 Stardust Awards Breakthrough Performance in female category Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na Won
2013 2nd SIIMA Awards Best Female Debutant Munjane Nominated
2015 MAAC 24FPS International Animation Awards Movers and Shakers Award[49]
2016 Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Special Festival Mention - Promising Star Won [60]
2020 Youth Icon Awards at MMISFF Excellency in Entertainment industry

Charity and social causesEdit

Fadnis participated in the fashion show 'Umeed-Ek Koshish-A Starwalk for Charity' in 2012 and Amy Billimoria's 'The Walk of Pride' Charity show in 2015.[61][62] Earlier in 2012, she graced the Global Peace Fashion Show to commemorate the victims of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.[63] She was also part of the Zee TV environmental awareness initiative My Earth My Duty in 2013.[64][65] She volunteered for the Punjab Kesari 'Selfie with Daughter' campaign to address the importance of saving the girl child in 2016.[66] In 2017, she adopted two kittens and a puppy namely Mia, Simba and Pari to emphasize animal welfare.[67] In 2018, she wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister expressing her concern about safety of women in India.[68] Same year, she volunteered to emphasize celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with Eco-friendly Ganesha idol. In 2019, she participated in an event held at Mumbai concerning Digital Detoxification.[69] Same year, she actively volunteered for the save aarey forest campaign.[29] She later on appeared in a United Nations sponsored short film Interdependence to raise awareness regarding climate change.[29]

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