Vaishnavi Macdonald

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Vaishnavi Macdonald (née Mahant) is an Indian film and TV actress who is best known for playing Geeta Viswas in Mukesh Khanna's television series Shaktimaan, telecasted on Doordarshan. She is currently seen in Dangal's recently launched Aye Mere Humsafar.[citation needed] She has acted in various Bollywood films such as Bambai Ka Babu, opposite Saif Ali Khan, Ladlaa and Barsaat Ki Raat (1998). She is also known for playing Shilpa Sharma in Miley Jab Hum Tum, Shail in the Zee TV show Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke and Leela Taneja in the television series Tashan-E-Ishq.

Vaishnavi Macdonald
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Born
Vaishnavi Mahant

OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Known forShaktimaan, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke, Oru Mutham Manimutham
Spouse(s)Leslie Macdonald
Children1
Websitevaishnavireinvented.com

Early life and careerEdit

Her father is a Vaishnav Hindu (the reason she took the screen name Vaishnavi), while her mother is Christian. Raised as a Hindu, she converted to Christianity in the early 1990s. She is currently a born again Christian believer who is more into a relationship with God not religion.[1]

As a child she moved to Hyderabad where she decided to become a scientist. However, while vacationing in Mumbai, she had the opportunity to appear in the Ramsay Brothers' horror film Veerana and decided to pursue acting as a profession.[2] She subsequently appeared in Barsaat Ki Raat, Ladlaa, Maidan-E-Jung, Bambai Ka Babu, Daanveer and Oru Mutham Manimutham (a 1997 Malayalam film with actor Mukesh).

From 1998 to 2005, she played the female lead Geeta Vishwas in the superhero series Shaktimaan on Doordarshan. The show, as well as her character, got high acclaim and was considered her breakthrough role. When her journalist character Geeta Vishwas was written out of the series, fan protests prompted the producers to bring her back. In 2000, she played the role of ACP Ratna, a daring police officer in the comedy serial Raju Raja Rajasaab on Sahara TV.[1]

She went on to play leading roles in several Telugu films.

She played the role of Sameera's mother Sapna in Chhoona Hai Aasmaan and Bhaskar's mother in the Sony Entertainment Television serial Bhaskar Bharti. She also appeared in Karmyudh on Doordarshan in the role of Inspector Shivangi Chauhan.

She is married to Leslie Macdonald[3] and has a daughter.

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Veerana Child Jasmine Pratap
1994 Laadla
1995 Maidan-E-Jung Radha
1996 Bambai Ka Babu Anita
1996 Daanveer Sudha
1997 Oru Mutham Manimutham Lekha Malayalam Movie
1998 Barsaat Ki Raat Rangeeli
2001 Dal – The Gang Reshma
2006 Baabul
2006 Mata Swamini ("dil wanted" song) Kannada movie
2008 Saanchaa
2011 Mummy Punjabi Amrita (Jackie Shroff's wife)
2014 Super Nani Mann's mother
2017 Who Is the First Wife of My Father Nikita
2018 Raja Abroadiya Prakash Kaur
2019 Dosti Ke Side Effects Shristi's mother
2019 Hansa Ek Sanyog

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role
1998–2005 Shaktimaan Geeta Vishwas
1998–1999 Main Dilli Hoon Sanyogita
1998 Saturday Suspense
X Zone
Awaz Ki Duniya Herself (co-anchor)
1999 Naagin Cameo
Baat Ban Jaaye Guest appearance
Zee Horror Show – The Party
2000 Raju Raja Rajashaab ACP Ratna
Naqab
2001 Dushman
Chingaari
Gharana
Choti Maa – Ek Anokha Bandhan Sharda/Shakti
Chandan Ka Palna Resham Ki Dori Shreya
Suraag – The Clue
2004 Dekho Magar Pyaar Se Priyanka
K. Street Pali Hill Ishita Khandelwal
2005 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Madhavi Bose/Madhavi Vineet Khanna
2005–2007 Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Meera Sachdev
2006 Mamta Vasundhara
2007–2008 Chhoona Hai Aasmaan Sapna/Anupama Singh
Kahe Naa Kahe Urmila
2008 Saas v/s Bahu Contestant
2008–2010 Miley Jab Hum Tum Shilpa Sharma
2009 Mere Ghar Aayi Ek Nanhi Pari
Bhaskar Bharti Bhaskar's mother
2010 Bairi Piya Sunanda Devi Pundir
Karmyudh Shivangi Chauhan
Sapnon Se Bhare Nena Anjali
2010–2012 Sasural Genda Phool Suhana's Mother
2011 Maa Exchange Herself
2012–2015 Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke Shail Garg
2015–2016 Tashan-E-Ishq Leela Taneja
2016 Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil Cameo Role
2017–2018 Dil Se Dil Tak Indu Bhanushali
Hum Paanch Phir Se Parikrama
2017–2019 Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai Vishakha Maheshwari Somani
2017 Savdhaan India
2018 Mitegi Laxman Rekha Devyani
2019–2020 Divya Drishti Mahima Shergill
2020–2021 Aye Mere Humsafar Surajmukhi Sharma
2020 Shaadi Mubarak Mrs. Gopalani
2021 Kyun Utthe Dil Chhod Aaye Zahida Iqbal Baig
Tera Yaar Hoon Main Shobha Roy
2021–present Meet: Badlegi Duniya Ki Reet Anubha Hooda
2022-present Parineetii

PublicationsEdit

  • Macdonald, Vaishnavi. The Invisible Hand of God. ISBN 979-8669664565.
  • Macdonald, Vaishnavi. The Cinderella Effect: Nothing Here is Forever. Pen It! Publications, LLC. ISBN 978-1954868151.

AwardsEdit

Year Award Category Serial Outcome
2006 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Nominated
2014 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jury Award) Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke Nominated
2014 Zee Rishtey Awards Best Mata Pita Award Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke Won
2015 Zee Rishtey Awards Tashan-E-Ishq Won
2016 Zee Gold Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Tashan-E-Ishq Nominated
2020 Padmashri Award Art Nominated
2020 Global Book Awards For her book Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b An Interview with Vaishnavi Mahant. 12 October 2001. www.indiantelevision.com Accessed 1 February 2011.
  2. ^ "First of Many: Vaishnavi MacDonald revisits Veerana". The Indian Express. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Christmas 2019: Here's how Vaishnavi Macdonald celebrates the festival". India Today. Retrieved 6 July 2021.

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