Namrata Shirodkar

Namrata Shirodkar (born 22 January 1972) is a former Indian actress and model primarily known for her work in Hindi films.[1] She won the Femina Miss India title in 1993.

Namrata Shirodkar
Born (1972-01-22) 22 January 1972 (age 51)
  • Actress
  • model
(m. 2005)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleFemina Miss India Universe 1993
Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 1993
Years active1993–2002; 2022
Femina Miss India Universe 1993
Femina Miss India Asia Pacific 1993
Miss Universe 1993
(5th place)
Miss Asia Pacific 1993
(1st Runner-up)
(Best in Evening Gown)

She is best known for her works in films such as the Kachche Dhaage (1999), Ezhupunna Tharakan (1999), Vaastav: The Reality (1999) and Pukar (2000), for which she was nominated for the IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award,[2] Astitva (2000), Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002), LOC Kargil (2003), and the crossover cinema Bride and Prejudice (2004), which was successful overseas, particularly in the UK.[3] She married Telugu actor Mahesh Babu in 2005.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Namrata Shirodkar was born on 22 January 1972 in a Maharashtrian family of Goan origin.[5][1][6] She is the elder sister of actress Shilpa Shirodkar,[7] and the grand daughter of noted Marathi actress Meenakshi Shirodkar, who starred in Brahmachari (1938).[8][6]

Modelling careerEdit

Shirodkar worked as a model, and was crowned Miss India in 1993.[9] She represented India in the Miss Universe pageant and finished in sixth place. The same year, she also represented India in the Miss Asia Pacific contest and was chosen as first runner-up.[citation needed]

Acting careerEdit

She appeared in a brief role as a child artiste with Shatrughan Sinha in the 1977 film Shirdi Ke Sai Baba.[10]

Shirodkar's debut film was meant to be Purab Ki Laila Pachhim Ki Chhaila, with Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty in the lead and music by Nadeem Shravan. This movie was never released. The movie was completed after her retirement and the title was changed to Hello India but it is still awaiting release. Shirodkar made her actual debut with a small role in the film Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), along with Salman Khan and Twinkle Khanna. She then went on to star in the hit films Vaastav and Kachche Dhaage (both 1999). Her performance was appreciated and she became a known name in Bollywood.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2000, Shirodkar met Telugu cinema actor Mahesh Babu on the sets of their movie Vamsi. They began dating shortly after filming finished.[12] They married on 10 February 2005 at the JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu during the shooting of Athadu. Shirodkar now lives in Hyderabad with her husband.[13] The couple has two children, a son and a daughter.[4][14]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1998 Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai Pooja Hindi Special appearance
Mere Do Anmol Ratan Kiran Hindi
Hero Hindustani Namrata "Nikki" Agarwal Hindi
1999 Kachche Dhaage Ragini Pandit Hindi
Chora Chittha Chora Ravi's love interest Kannada
Ezhupunna Tharakan Ashwini Varma Malayalam
Vaastav: The Reality Sonia Hindi
2000 Pukar Pooja Mallapa Hindi Nominated - IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award
Hera Pheri Ms. Chinga Hindi Special appearance
Vamsee Shilpa Telugu
Astitva Revati Marathi Bilingual film
Aaghaaz Gittika Hindi
2001 Albela Nina Hindi
Tera Mera Saath Rahen Suman Gupta Hindi
2002 Hathyar: Face to Face with Reality Sonu Raghunath Shivalkar Hindi
Dil Vil Pyar Vyar Raksha Hindi
Maseeha Pinky Hindi
2003 Pran Jaaye Par Shaan Na Jaaye Mona Hindi
Jamindar Malayalam
Tehzeeb Aloka Hindi
LOC Kargil Mrs. Y.K. Joshi Hindi
2004 Anji Swapna Telugu
Charas: A Joint Operation Pia Hindi
Insaaf: The Justice Mrs. Kunti V. Prasad Hindi
Bride and Prejudice Jaya Bakshi English
Rok Sako To Rok Lo Sandra Hindi Narrator
2022 Major Telugu


  1. ^ a b "Happy Birthday Namrata Shirodkar: Her journey from Miss India Universe 1993 to becoming the wife of southern superstar Mahesh Babu". News18. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday Namrata Shirodkar: 5 lesser-known facts about the evergreen actress that you need to know". The Times of India. 22 January 2021. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  3. ^ Pais, Arthur J. (14 October 2004). "Has Bride & Prejudice topped the UK charts?". Rediff. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b Kavirayani, Suresh (22 July 2012). "Mahesh Babu names his daughter Sitara". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Namrata Shirodkar and Mahesh Babu: Love story in pics". India Today. 22 January 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  6. ^ a b Sumit, Rajguru (22 April 2018). "Bollywood's Forgotten Stars: 10 Unknown facts about Mahesh Babu's wife and actress – Namrata Shirodkar". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Namrata Shirodkar - Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai Indian Award Winning Talk Show - Zee Tv Hindi Serial" (in Hindi). Zee Tv. Retrieved 15 February 2020 – via YouTube. Time 9:22 - 10:14
  8. ^ "Veteran Marathi actress dead". Express India. 4 June 1997. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Miss India Winners 2010-1964". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 August 2007.
  10. ^ "Happy Birthday Namrata Shirodkar: 5 adorable pictures with her hubby Mahesh Babu". The Times of India. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Vaastav is a hit!". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 12 July 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2007.
  12. ^ "Mahesh and Namrata dating!". Retrieved 8 August 2007.
  13. ^ "Namrata Shirodkar marries Mahesh Babu". Retrieved 8 August 2007.
  14. ^ "Mahesh Babu becomes daddy!". Archived from the original on 29 December 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2006.

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