Mahru Sheikh is an Indian TV actress, with a striking resemblance with the famous Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif. She also acted as the mother of Katrina Kaif in the movie ' Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' on accodue to theirsimilarity. She has been in the profession of acting for more than 20 years and has acted in many films and TV serials. She was born in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh and received her education from Mount Carmel in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. She started her career as a model and slowly switched over to acting in movies and TV serials. She also worked as an air hostess for some time.
She was seen in movies like Kya Super KoolHain Ham, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Hot Friends, Nani Detective and Gupt. She was first noticed on the television screen as Ila, the mother of ArmaanSuri (played by ApurvaAgnihotri), the male protagonist in the extremely popular TV serial of Sony TV, 'Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin' and soon established herself as a renowned actress in supporting roles. She was again seen in the Sony TV serial,AisaDeshHaiMera in 2006 where she acted as the aunt of female protagonist Rusty Deol. Her acting again set a new benchmark in supporting roles.
She also played the role of Kamini, the mother of Rahul, the male lead in Star Plus hit serial Miilee during 2006. She also produced a show for Hungama TV. She further performed in Sahara One dance reality show Saas v/s Bahu with BarkhaBisht, her on screen bahu from the serial DoliSajake, which aired on Sahara One during 2007-09. She is married to Rajiv Vyas. Apart from acting, she is also engaged in the business of home accessories.
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Pawan Malhotra is an Indian television and film actor. He is known for his supporting roles in huge budget movies. His best-known role in movies till date is of Tiger Menon in the movie ‘Black Friday’. He played the role of an aggressive terrorist who had his hands in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai (Bombay). He was born in Delhi and studied in Manav Sthali School. He graduated from Hansraj College, Delhi University, in arts. Pawan was always interested in the film industry. He always wanted to be a part of it and hence joined theater. Pawan moved to Mumbai to fulfill his dreams. Initially, he started as an assistant in ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’ television series. After a few years as an actor he got his first break in ‘Nukkad’ a television serial aired on Doordarshan, by Saeed Akhtar Mirza. Pawan made a move towards cinema in 1984 with ‘Ab Ayega Maza’ along with Pankaj Parashar. Later he was seen in ‘Bagh Bahadur’ by Buddhadeb Dasgupta, which won the National Film Award.
In the same year, he appeared in ‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’ by Saeed Akhtar Mirza both in 1989. He has acted in two Telugu movies. In 2003, he played the role of a mafia don in the sure hit ‘Aithe.’ He was later seen in ‘Anukokunda Oka Roju’ in 2005 as a tantric. He has worked in many television series. In 2006, he was seen in the hit Sony television serial Aisa Desh Hai Mera. He has also acted in Partho Mitra's Patang and Alag Alag on DD Metro. Pawan has also played a major role in hit movies like ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,’ ‘Jab We Met,’ ‘Bang Bang.’ He won many awards in 1990 and he won the BAFTA Award for ‘Bagh Bahadur’, in 1998 National Award for ‘Fakir’, 2003 Nandi Special Jury Award for ‘Aithe’ in Telugu and Filmfare Best Villain Award (Telugu) for ‘Aithe’ both in 2003. He married to Aparnaa Malhotra who is a writer.
Ravee Gupta is an Indian television and film personality, who is best known for her much talked about roles in serials like ‘Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’(2000), and ‘Kahin Kisi Roj’ (2001). Both of these serials were produced by Ekta Kapoor’s production house, Balaji Telefilms and considered among the few longest running television serials in the Hindi television industry. Due to her appearances in these serials she was considered as a young actor who has a lot to offer to the entertainment world.
She appeared in other famous serials such as ‘Kasautii Zindagi Kay’ (2001) and ‘Tumhari Disha’ (2004). ‘Kasautii Zindagi Kay’ (2001) was a depiction of the everlasting love of the lead characters, Anurag and Prerna. ‘Tumhari Disha’ (2004) is a serial based on the life of 'Disha' and the events in her life. She was also seen in a serial called ‘Siddhanth’. ‘Siddhanth’ is a story of a lawyer who is on a constant journey of self realization.
She started modeling at a very young age. She is the daughter of the veteran television actor, Rajendra Gupta, and wife of actor, Manoj Bidwai. Due to her initial exposure to the entertainment world, she sailed very well in the industry. She participated in the Miss India 2006, where she got a lot of exposure to face the challenges posed by the entertainment world. She has worked in various music videos and albums as a model, and she is a regular ramp model. After her marriage, she took a break from work and stopped accepting new assignments. She is blessed with a baby boy and lives in Mumbai.
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The beauty, Ravee Gupta, is a talented actress who is known for the most famous Balaji serial, 'Kyunki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi'. She is the only daughter of Rajendra Gupta. Ravee started her career at a young age and performed in many campaigns during her college days. She got a lot of exposure to the fashion world when she enrolled for Miss India. Soon, she was casted in many music albums and got a role in the serial, 'Kahin Kissi Roz'.
The turning point of her acting career came when she played the role of Ravan's mother in 'Ravan', which broadcasted on Zee. She also showed her talent in the serial, 'Siddhanth'. This gorgeous lady stepped into Bollywood with 'Kaash Aap Hamare Hote'. Her fans await her comeback and wish her huge success in the years to come.
Manoj Bidwai is an Indian model-turned-television actor who appeared as Paramjeet in the drama series, Mere Ghar Aayi Ek Nanhi Pari on Colors TV. He was born on February 7, 1975 and raised up in Mumbai. Manoj studied Commerce and he aims to start his own business. But deep in his heart, he wanted to be an actor. He works on his father’s hardware business when he was young while joining dramas and plays at school. He was married to actress Ravee Gupta in 2007 and, recently, the two became the proud parents of a baby boy whom they called Agastya. When Gupta got pregnant, Manoj took a hiatus on his acting career so he can focus more on her wife’s pregnancy. After doing the serial Mere Ghar Aayi Ek Nanhi Pari, Manoj concentrated on doing films.
Manoj did a brief appearance in the Telugu romance film, Idhi Maa Ashokgadi Love Story in 2003, where he played the role of Vinod who is engage to the female lead character, Gauri (played by Kanchi Kaul). He also joined the casts of the Hindi film, Valentine Days in 2003 under the direction of Sumeer Sabharwal. In 2010, he acted in the Marathi film, Manini. This film was shot mostly from Dubai. He played the role of Deepak, a photographer. Manoj also played the main lead role as Rahul opposite with Ritisha Vijavargya in the Bollywood film, Rivaaz in 2011.
In 2004, he bagged the role of Abhi in the Hindi soap, Dekho Magar Pyaar Se; a romantic comedy serial that revolves on the life and emotions of Nikita Sareen (played by Shweta Agarwal/ Shraddha Nigam). He also did the antagonist role of Andy Singh, son of Baldev (played by Bharat Kapoor) who will try to murder Kanwaljeet (played by Ranbir Singh) in Siddhant Cinevision’s Aisa Des Hai Mera on Sony Entertainment Television in 2006. Later, he appeared in the Hindi serial, Naaginn – Waadon Ki Agniparikshaa as Kanishka on Zee TV. He was also part of the show, Bombay Talking on Zee Café under the production of UTV. This soap is mainly in the English language, but there are also characters who speak in the Hindi language. He also appeared as Shashank, the sports coach in the teen drama serial, Remix on STAR One. He was also featured in STAR One’s Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii.
Manoj went missing in year 2008 after doing the Hindi serial, Meri Awaz Ko Mil Gayi Roshni. His character landed into jail and supposedly, Manoj will re-enter the show but it didn’t happen. He did the serial, Shaadi Street in 2006 but it was delayed and got telecasted in year 2008. The show was renamed to Gum Hua Hosh, where Manoj was bagged to play the second lead role.
Manoj has done many Hindi television serials and Telugu films; he is now waiting for a better opportunity in the big screen to come his way.
Kruttika Desai is a popular theater artist, who rose to fame through the TV Series “Buniyaad,” which was telecasted in 1986 in the National Channel Doordarshan. She is not only the best actress but a social activist too. She says that Theater was her school, which educated her entire nook and corner of acting. Kruttika says, “Theatre was my learning school...my discipline, my confidence, my growth all happened there, though I was studying then and it was a hobby only... and for the extra spending power... but it was my Buniyaad,! I wanted to pursue psychology and I did finally finish my M.A. in psychology but did not do my Ph.D. Buniyaad shot me to levels of fame that I had never contemplated.” When asked about the best medium of performance, a theater or cinema or TV Series, the experienced artist said, “All three mediums have their own lure...theatre for the thrill of a live audience and all its other magic, small screen for its instant fame through millions seeing you every day in their homes and feeling you are a part of their daily lives and discussions and the silver screen for its canvas and detailing and exclusivity and larger than life magic! All three require different approaches in your style of acting..and all are enjoyable to their differences.” Kruttika is a member of Akanksha and has been serving the society for years. Kruttika feels satisfied when working for Akanksha. She says, “Akanksha is an NGO for underprivileged children that I worked with for a long time training children in acting and putting up musical productions as a director, involving 100 + children..... from all the work I have done, this was the most soul satisfying.” Kruttika was just 18 when she was working on the TV Series, Buniyaad. She shares her experience about Buniyaad with us. Kruttika says, “When I started doing Buniyaad I had already done theater and a serial, Air Hostess. So, I was trained and a bit confident with acting but Ramesh sippy was the best director to have at that stage. He fine tuned whatever I had learned and taught me so much about the camera, angles lighting etc..most of the craft of the business.”
She had been one among the talented bold women in the industry. Kruttika shaved her head for a TV Series. When asked about her bold attempt, she says, “Yes it is a bold step for a woman to let go of her 'crowning glory' but I had done so much glamorous stuff, for so many years. I was then ready to experiment. Pinto Guha, the producer, an old friend, suggested it as the role was of a widow from a place where they shave the head of widows. I was very excited at the opportunity. I spoke to my daughter husband and mom. I thought they would be upset, but they were equally excited, if not more. It was a liberating experience to say the least.”
She is also proud of the present generation youth. Kruttika says that they have a lot of exposure. The younger generation artists have a lot of confidence and talent, states the beautiful star.
Kruttika loves to act in any language, as each would have its own flavor. She likes to do Bengali films, and also says that she is partial to European cinema.
Krutika Desai Khan, also known as Krutika Desai, was born on 23rd February 1968. She is a famous Indian film, theater, and television actress and playing a different role in Hindi Television from 1985. She is the only child of famous stage actor Late Girish Desai. She got married to Imtiaz Khan, a famous director.
Krutika has the talent to work in any situation and never give up. She had been employed in different theater group. In this field, she had collaborated with “Akansha” a theater group who work for homeless children. She also worked with various Gujarati plays like Shodh Pratishodh, Pallavi Bani Parvati, and To Karo Shree Ganesh. She also worked in Saat Tari Ekvees, in which she played the role of a middle-class woman married to a wealthy family.
In Indian Cinema, Krutika also plays a different role for different film. Her worked can be noticed in Insaaf, Dastak, etc. In Insaaf, she played the role of Geeta Kapoor. The film was released on 19 June 1987 and was directed by Mukul Anand.
Krutika is famous for her TV serial performances. As she already done lots of Hindi Serial and currently she comes to Limelight for her role in Uttaran. She is the first Indian actress in Indian television history to go bald for a role in Uttaran. Her working list includes Chandrakanta, Hungama, Superhit Muqabla, Mansi, Tumhari Disha, Annu Ki Ho Gayee Waah Bhai Waah, Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Ram Milaayi Jodi and finally Uttaran.
In Uttaran, Krutika plays a negative role of a mother, and after her husband was killed, she goes bald. She always wants to try something new and for her character in this serial she cuts her hair and makes a new benchmark in Hindi television history.
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Krutika Desai or Kruttika Desai or Krutika Desai Khan is an Indian actress. She was born on 23rd February 1968. She is the daughter of famous stage personality “Late Shri Girish Desai”. She married to Imtiaz Khan. He is the son of renowned film actor Jayant and brother of Amjad Khan. Imtiaz is also an Indian actor and director. They have a daughter called Ayesha Khan. She is also a theater actress.
She acted in some Gujarati plays like Shodh Pratishodh, Pallavi Bani Parvati, To Karo Shree Ganesh, etc. She also acted in few movies. She worked in the TV movie “Apna Jahan” in 1985. She played the character of Rita in the film. She worked in the movie “Insaaf” in 1987. It was directed by Mukul Anand and starred Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia, and Suresh Oberoi. Krutika performed the role of Geeta Kapoor in the movie. After this, she was seen in the movie “Dattak” in 2001. Gul Bahar Singh directed it. Then she acted in an Israel film “Turn Left at the End of the World” in 2004. It was written, directed and produced by Avi Nesher. The story of the movie is about small development town in the Negev during the 1960s and focused on the struggle of the Moroccan and Indian Jews who live there. Krutika played the role of “Rachel Talkar” in the movie.
She made her entry into the television world during the period of the 1980s. She acted in the popular serial “Buniyaad” in 1986. She acted the role of Mangla in the serial. It was directed by Ramesh Sippy and was telecasted on DD National. After this, she was seen in the serial “Chandrakanta”. She played four roles in the serial as Sabhya and Ramya (twin sisters), Amba (Vish Kanya) and Jwala (the dacoit). It was very popular show at that time. Krutika acted in more than ten serials in her career such as Zameen Aasmaan, Kismet, A Mouthful of Sky, Kkusum, Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Uttaran, etc. She is the only woman in the history who shaved her head for a role in Indian television. She shaved her head for the serial Uttaran. She won many awards for her acting.
Benjamin Gilani born on November 20, 1946, is a versatile and noted actor who has acted in theatres, TV serials and both in commercial and parallel cinemas. He was born and raised in Delhi, India. Benjamin Gilani studied English Literature from Delhi University and then went on to become a graduate from Films and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, India in the year 1972. Noted ace Bollywood actors Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter were also his batch mates in FTII and in the year 1977 this talented trio opened a theatre company named Motely Productions and also launched a play named Awaiting for Godota. After acting in few theatre for a time Benjamin Gilani started teaching English Literature at St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. He juggled his career between teaching and acting. From late 70’s through the 80’s and 90’s actor Benjamin Gilani featured in a number of successful and critically acclaimed both commercial and parallel Hindi movies such as Pyaasa Dil, Mukti, Bhumika: The Role, Junoon, Kalyug, Meri Kahani, Pratibha, etc. He also went on to feature in TV shows mostly for Doordarshan channels like Bombay Meri Hain, Apna Jahan, Zindagi, Bhootnath, The Great Maratha, Rahaat, Junoon, Noor Jahan, and many more… Benjamin Gilani also starred in successful Hindi films like Mirch Masala, Waqt: Race against time, 8x10 Tasveer, etc. Recently, in the year 2013, Benjamin Gilani appeared in Hindi movies like Rising of the Zombie, Baromas, and Game and in the 2014 TV movie Sun silk Real FM. Benjamin Gilani is a very talented and multi-faceted actor and we feel proud to have him on our TV and Movie Industry.
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Benjamin Gilani is a veteran Indian actor, who has worked in India films, TV serials, and plays. Benjamin was born in Dhariwal town of Gurdaspur district in Punjab on 20 November 1946. He has mastered theatre before getting into Indian cinema. Benjamin is of Iran origin as his name suggests (Gilani). His ancestors had migrated from Gilan (Iran) to Kashmir. Benjamin's grandfather and his brother later settled in Jagraon near Ludhiana. His father was posted to Batala at the time of his birth in the year 1947. His father worked as a judge in Punjab State Civil Services. Due to communal riots at the time of independence, his mother was sent to Dhariwal town of Gurdaspur district for the safety of both the child and her. Benjamin spent his early childhood in many cities of Punjab because his father had a transferable job.
In the year 1959, he was sent to a boarding school. He did his early schooling at Bishop Cotton School. It was this time when the seed of acting was sown into him when the Shakespearean, a Company visited his school for a play. He is a postgraduate from Delhi University. He has studied at St Stephen's College, Delhi, where he met Kiran Bedi, who was his immediate senior. He later joined St Stephen`s College as a professor of English Literature. He didn’t quit theatre and kept working on it simultaneously with his teaching. He then took a life-changing, and bold decision to pursue drama and acting from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune in the year 1972, where Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter were his batchmates. He completed his diploma in the year1974.
Three years after his diploma, he founded 'Motleys Productions' which is a Mumbai-based theatre company with his batch mates Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter.His first play, which was recognized by the audience was Waiting For Godot that was played on 29 July 1979 at Prithvi Theatre. It was later revived in 2009 for group`s 30th - anniversary celebration. At this time Benjamin Gilani was already into films and was seen working with some of the great names of that time. In the year1977, he acted in the movie “Alaap” as Kishan. He got recognized for his work and did two films namely “Devata” and “Junoon” (Rashid Khan) in 1978. He got his next film “Mirch Masala” in which he played a schoolmaster.
He portrayed Jawaharlal Nehru in 1993 film “Sardar.” He also acted in many other movies like “Hum Dum,” "Waqt: The race against time," “8x10 Tasveer,” “Game,”, “Bajirao Mastani.” He has also worked in TV serials alongside films. He acted in TV serial known as “Kathasagar” in the year 1985 for two years. In the year 1993, he was a part of TV serial known as The Great Maratha. He also worked in TV series “Itihaas,” “Rishtey”, “Tujhpe Dil Qurbaan,” “Amarpali,” “Sahib Biwi Gulam,” “Junoon,” “Bhootnath,” “Hotel Kingston,” “Bunty Babli Ki Mummy.” He is currently working on four projects “Kaun,” ”Shamaa,” “The Great Maratha,” and “Disney Q Family Mastermind.”
In 1972, Bharat Kapoor has started his career. From that time he has been working as a television actor. 'Bhagyavidhaata' is one of his most popular television serial in which he showed his acting skills and earned great name. After that, he also worked in a number of series. Since 2009, he is working in the Colors Television and worked there till 2011. From that time, he exhibited his acting skills to the people and entertained the audience of the whole world. As he is in a senior actor, the other young actors give a lot of respect to him and honor him. He is also director of Raeeszada and Barsaat ki raat. He has worked in 5 TV serials and more than 50 films.
Gaurav Chopra is a popular, stylish Hindi Television actor and is famous for his role of Raghuvendra Pratap Rathore on Colours TV’s soap opera 'Uttaran'. Born on 4th April 1979, his first appearance was as Ballu, the ghost, in kids’ series, Ruby Duby Hub Dub, aired on Sahara One in 2004. This was followed by his portrayal as Sandy in Zee TV’s 'Lavanya' and an appearance as the assassin, Gunshot, in Karma – Koi Aa Raha Hai Waqt Badalney, a superhero drama series aired on Star Plus.
He played the roles of Prem in Piya ka Ghar, Kabeer in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Kapil Singhania in Ghar Ki Lakshmi Betiyaan, all of which aired on Zee TV. Gaurav Chopra is well-known for his performances as the antagonist, Samay Khurana, in Sony TV’s Aisa Des Hai Mera, and Captain Abhimanyu Rai Chauhan in Left Right Left, a unique military drama serial aired on SAB TV. He played a cameo on the popular crime drama, C.I.D., and was a success as Public Prosecutor Vishwajeet Ranawat on the courtroom drama 'Adaalat', both of which were telecasted on Sony TV.
He then went on to make a name for himself on Uttaran. Gaurav showcased his dancing skills on the celebrity reality series 'Nach Baliye 2' and 'Zara Nachke Dikha' on Star One and also featured as a contestant on NDTV Imagine’s reality shows, Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout and Pati Patni Aur Woh. He currently hosts 'Saavdhan India', a crime show aired on Star Utsav.
He has acted in Hindi spoof comedy film 'Ghoom' and Tamil spy film 'Ottran', and has even had a stint in Hollywood as a French Journalist in Blood Diamond (2006). Gaurav Chopra will play the lead role, Taimur Ansaar, in Rangdari, an upcoming action movie.
Gaurav is a six footer. He was in an on-off relationship with Narayani Shastri, which broke off many years back, but the couple was recently spotted together and there are rumors that they have patched things up and are back together.
Gaurav last appeared in the TV series Gulmohar Chand. Now he is one of the participants in Big Boss Season 4 and is vying for the same title.
Sukirti Kandpal is a Hindi television actress known for her roles in Dill Mill Gayye as Dr. Riddhima Gupta and Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani as Piya Dobriyal. She was born on November 20, 1987 and brought up in Nainital, Uttaranchal. Sukirti is considered as following her father’s footsteps into the field of Law. She finished her honours degree from the Sophia College in Mumbai Majoring in Economics. She even tried her hand in International BPO before she found her calling in the television industry. She has an elder sister and a younger brother. She’s a very warm and cheerful person and had always dreamt of participating in a beauty pageant.
She was 14 when she came to Bombay where she was spotted by a director and asked her to audition for Dil Mil Gayye. Unfortunately, she was not selected, but that didn’t stop her from dreaming of being an actress. She was debuted as a ghost in the horror television series, Ssshhsh…Phir Koi Hai on Star One. Then, she shot to fame in Dill Mill Gayye on STAR One channel. Sukirti played the role of Siddheshwari on Zee TV’s Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo where she was critically acclaimed. Then she did Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani in 2010, followed by the Indian soap, Rab Se Soha Ishq on Zee TV as Jasveer. In 2012, she did the weekly crime-based series on Life OK channel, Hum Ne Li Hai…Shapath as Monisha. Sukirti also played the main role of the modern girl, Simran Rajveer Sangwan in the soap, Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai… Ajab Sa Risk Hai on Life OK. She then went on to play as Sakshi, the female lead of the TV series, Jersey No. 10 that was aired on SAB TV.
Sukirti also played a cameo role in Gumrah: End of Innocence, Dekh Bhai Dekh and Meethi Churi 1. Sukirti was crowned as Miss Bollywood Diva at the Miss India Worldwide Pageant in 2011. She debuted on the big screen through the movie, Love Sex Aur Dhokha in 2010.
Sukirti hosted a couple of TV shows, and she was featured in a few ads and magazines. She became the official model of PC Chandra Jewellers in 2009. She was also seen on the Shahnaz Hussain’s Fair One beauty cream’s commercial and made an appearance on the Dove shampoo advertisements. She also won the Women Achievers Award in 2013.