Celina Jaitly was a model who eventually changed her course to acting. Born to a Punjabi Army Colonel V. K Jaitly and an Afghan psychologist Meeta in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, Jaitly had the opportunity to study in multiple schools, City Montessori School being one of them. Although she wanted to work as a doctor or pilot in Indian Army, modelling happened to her at a very young age. She has a brother who serves as Army personnel in Indian Army. She married Peter Hogg based in Dubai in the year 2011. They are the parents to two little twin sons Winston and Viraaj, who were born in March 2012.
Celina had received the title of Femina Miss India Universe in the year 2001 and had also been the fourth runner-up of Miss Universe Pageant in the same year. She commenced her journey in the entertainment industry by being a part of the music video launched by Bombay Vikings and in 2001, her presence in the video “Oh Kehri” by Jazzy B got much recognition. Her first break in Bollywood was with Janasheen directed by Feroz Khan. Her second performance opposite Sunny Deol in Khel failed to impress the audience. However, Jaitly has taken up a challenging role through Silisiilay under the direction of Khalid Mohammed, which received many praises. Her ventures Tom, Dick and Harry, Golmaal Returns, No Entry, Apna Sapna Money Money, Accident, Paying Guest, and Thank You have received average ratings from the critics. She took up Love Has No Language to be her first International break. Red: The Dark Side was another film which featured her that was directed by Vikram Bhatt. This film gave her the opportunity to play the lead. Although the movie flopped, Jailtly’s performance got appreciation. She has also performed in some Kannada and Telugu films like Suryam.
Apart from films, Celina is a powerful activist supporting the backward sections of the LGBT community and the gay community who are being ill-treated in the society. She pursues her modelling profession by endorsing in brands like Jashn, Ponds, Ayur and others.
Manvendra Kumar Singh Gohil is the world’s first and only openly gay man who is a prince. He came out as gay on March 14th, 2006 and his declaration was a trending news story worldwide. Prince Manvendra was born on September 23rd, 1965 in the city of Ajmer in Rajasthan. Born as a descendent of the royal Rajpipla family of Gujarat, he was the only boy child born to the Maharana of Rajpipla, Maharana Shri Raghubir Singhji Rajendrasinghji Sahib, and Maharani Rukmini Devi. He was raised in a traditional environment even after the princely families lost recognition as a result of socialism. He completed his higher secondary education from Bombay Scottish School, a private school in Mumbai. He graduated from Amrutben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics also in Mumbai. Manvendra felt something was different about him when he was 13 years old. He had decided to get married to Chandrika Kumari in 1991 seeking to resolve his unknown problems. On recognizing his sexual orientation, Manvendra was unsure himself about the chances of him being homosexual. On realizing this, Chandrika Kumari filed for a divorce only a year after their marriage.
Manvendra confessed that he felt guilty for ruining Chandrika’s life but that he was helpless as he wasn’t aware that he was gay then. In 2002, Manvendra consulted his doctor after a nervous breakdown and had decided to come out and make his sexuality an open truth. But his parents didn’t handle the reality well and was shaken to their cores. After coming out openly, he faced a lot of hate from villagers and family alike. Later he gained worldwide coverage and support poured in from different parts of the world. He appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show twice and won the love and respect of millions. He set up an NGO known as ‘Lakshya Trust’ chaired by the Prince himself that works for the benefit of the LGBT community and to prevent HIV/AIDS. The NGO received the Civil Society Award in the year 2006 for their work aimed at encouraging safe sex among homosexuals. Prince Manvendra is currently a social activist working to towards the uplifting of sexual minorities and gay rights in India and abroad.
He has organized several gay pride rallies in many cities worldwide.
Sambhavna Seth is an Indian dancer, Hindi television actress, model and television talk show host. She has appeared in several item numbers in Bollywood films the most popular being Subhash Ghai’s 36 China Town in which she did an item song “Aashiqui Mein Teri” with Upen Patel. The song with which the actress came into the limelight was the music video of “Aajkal Tere Mere Pyar ke Charche”. She has been featured in numerous Bollywood and Bhojpuri films as an actor and item girl. Known for being temperamental and for her blunt nature, she became popular with Big Boss Season 2 where she had a tough time with Raja Choudhary and Rahul Mahajan.
Sambhavna Seth was a participant along with 7 other television stars of the Indian reality television show- Dil Jeetegi Desi Girl which was aired on NDTV Imagine in 2010. All the 8 contenders stay in the village amongst the villagers and undertake their everyday tasks such as milking cows, making cow dung cakes, cleaning the house, cooking food for the family, etc., thereby trying to prove that besides being glamorous they have the qualities of being the true ‘desi girl’.
She was last seen in Big Boss Season 8 but her stint was not too long and she got evicted soon. After struggling for some time to make her mark in the Hindi television industry Sambhavna has bagged the role of an antagonist in the upcoming historical series Razia Sultan which will be aired on a new television channel & TV and is the story based on the life of the first woman ruler of India.
Laxmi Narayan Tripathi is anything but ordinary - she is a transgender, or locally called - hijra - she is a transgender rights activist, an actress, a Bharatnatyam dancer and the first transgender to represent Asia Pacific in the United Nations, in 2008. The eldest born boy in a Brahmin family, Laxmi holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mithibai College, Mumbai, and a post-graduate degree in Bharatnatyam. She was called gay in school and thus she sought out Ashok Row Kavi in Grade 5, who was the only gay person she knew. She started featuring in dance videos for Ken Ghosh and eventually became a choreographer herself. She met the first Ph.D. hijra student Shabira, who introduced her to the hijra community.
She then became a bar dancer and was severely admired for her dance. However, since Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil shut down the dance bars, Laxmi protested against it. Laxmi has been on the boards of several big NGOs and became the President of NGO DAI Welfare Society in 2002, which is the first registered organization for eunuchs in South Asia. To support sexual minorities, she began her organization called Astitva. She went to Toronto, Canada, for Asia Pacific sex workers network. She joined hands with Kavi in his plea against Section 377, which deemed homosexuality as a crime. Her family found out about her association with the hijra community only when she appeared on TV dressed as a female. However, they are very supportive of her since then.
Laxmi had petitioned the court to recognize transgender as a third gender, which it did in 2014. Although she was criticized by fellow transgenders for her association with various organizations, Laxmi did not deter from her path. She appeared on several television shows such as Bigg Boss, Raaz Pichle Janam Ka, Dus Ka Dum and Sach Ka Saamna. She has also been featured in an award-winning documentary called Blurred Lines - India's Third Gender. Other than that, she was featured in Project Bolo and Queens! Destiny of Dance, both documentaries on hijras. She confessed on Bigg Boss that she has been in a relationship with a man and has adopted two children.
Ravi Kishan Shukla, or ostentatiously known by his stage name of Ravi Kishan, is a Bhojpuri film and television artist. Kishan has also acted in many well-known Bollywood movies such as "Tere Naam", "Phir Hera Pheri", "Pitambar", "Raavan", "Welcome to Sajjanpur", and "Luck", among many others. Kishan was also a finalist on the 2006 season of the reality television show, Bigg Boss. The year of 2012 also saw him as a participant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 5. Kishan is also affiliated with the Indian National Congress Party.
Kishan was brought up in a Brahmin family in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. Even though his family wasn’t well off, Kishan’s first paycheck of Rs. 5000 for his movie debut in the 1992 Mithun Chakraborty starrer, "Pitambar", meant a lot to his family. In 1994, Kishan featured in the Akshay Kumar starrer, "Zakhmi Dil", the Kanti Shah-directed, "Aag Aur Chingari", and the 'Jeetendra' and Moushumi Chatterjee starrer, "Udhaar Ki Zindagi". 1996 saw Kishan in the Pran starrer, "Lalchee", the Bollywood remake of the movie, ‘Jaws’, titled "Aatank", and the Mukul Anand-produced, "Army". The following year saw Kishan in the Raj N. Sippy-directed, "Koi Kisi Se Kam Nahin", the Dharmendra starrer, "Agnee Morcha", and the Sanjay Khan-directed television series, "Jai Hanuman". In 1998, Kishan featured in Chetan Anand’s drama film, "Kudrat", the Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan starrer, "Keemat", and the Mithun Chakraborty starrer war movie, "Aaya Toofan".
The start of the millennium decade saw Kishan in the Tinnu Anand starrer, "500 Ka Note", and was casted alongside Mithun Chakraborty in the action flick, "Marshal". But it was in the Satish Kaushik-directed, "Tere Naam", that Kishan started gaining recognition for his portrayal of a priest. The movie also featured Salman Khan and Bhumika Chawla in the lead roles. Kishan also had a supporting role in the Anti-Sikh riot film, "Hawayein", which also was the debut of the actress, Mahie Gill.
The millennium decade also saw Kishan feature in the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed, "Aan: Men at Work", the director, Neeraj Vohra’s comedy, "Phir Hera Pheri", the Shreyas Talpade starrer, "Welcome to Sajjanpur", the Soham Shah-directed, "Luck", and Vijay Anand’s Bhojpuri drama, "Ram Balram". Kishan has also had a brief, yet memorable role in Mani Ratnam’s thriller, "Raavan", the Shyam Benegal-directed political satire, ‘Well Done Abba’, the Sanjay Dutt starrer, "Zilla Ghaziabad", and the Telugu flick, "Kick 2".
Besides, Kishan pocketed the rights to dub "Spiderman 3" in Bhojpuri, making it the first Hollywood movie to be done so.
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Ravi Kishan is also known as Ravi Kishan Shukla. He is a well known personality on television and the big screen, who has acted both in Indian, as well as Bhojpuri films. The 43-year-old actor from Jaunpur is a household name in Bhojpuri cinema, and has made his foray into Indian television through his participation in the controversial show, 'Bigg Boss', which made his name known outside the Bhojpuri cinema in a big way.
When he came to Mumbai, he had to undergo a lot of struggle in his early days and had to run after various directors and producers before he established himself as a successful Bhojpuri actor. In the year 2008, he co-hosted an extraordinary reality show about ordinary people and their journey to stardom. The show was basically a platform to hunt for an untrained singer who can capture the hearts of millions with the unique combination of singing and entertainment quotient.
Ravi Kishan has worked as a host on the television reality show, ‘Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka’, which was broadcasted by NDTV Imagine, and the show went on the air for two seasons, which was a huge success among viewers due to its unique concept. He got a chance to work with movie directors such as Mani Ratnam and Shyam Benegal, and also starred in the movie, ‘Jala Debh Duniya Tohra Pyar Mein’, produced by PUN films, and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the year 2010.
He was the voice behind the Bhojpuri version of "Spiderman 3", wherein he dubbed the voice of Spiderman, making the film to be the first even Hollywood blockbuster film to be dubbed in Bhojpuri. The actor even tried his hand at politics, but his political career did not take off since he lost the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Jaunpur Constituency. Ravi Kishan has been awarded as the Best Bhojpuri Actor, time and again. In the year 2008, he was awarded the Most Popular Actor at the ETV Bhojpuri Cinema Samman and is also the proud recipient of the Best Actor award in the regional film category by the Journalist Association of India, awarded by Shila Dixit, Chief Minister of Delhi.
This versatile actor has proved his talent in Bhojpuri as well as several Hindi films like 'Zakhmi Dil' (1994), 'Keemat' (1998), 'Aan: Men at Work (2004), 'Money Hai Toh Honey Hai' (2009), 'Luck' (2009), and 'Agent Vinod' (2012), to name a few.
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Ravi Kishan Shukla is a well-known actor in both Hindi and Bhojpuri cinema. Born on 17th July, 1971, in Uttar Pradesh, he is the son of Pt. Shyama Narayan Shukla and Jadavati Devi. Ravi Kishan got the ETV Bhojpuri best actor Samman in 2008, along with fellow actor, Ajit Kumar Singh. He got married to his childhood love, Preeti, and has four children with her, one son and three daughters.
He starred in the Indian version of the American show, Big Brother, called 'Bigg Boss', but, unfortunately, did not win the show. Recently, he has appeared in the show, 'Ek Se Bahdkar Ek'. He also co-hosted the celebrity-based show, ‘Bathroom Singers’, in 2008. He even hosted the show, ‘Raaz Pichhle Janam Kaa’, which was a big hit with the Indian audience and was aired on NDTV. He starred in a film, a project started by an American company called PUNS films, and was showcased in a film festival. The film received a lot of good reviews from its viewers.
He was also a judge on the ETV show, ‘Sales Ka Bazigar’, in the year 2013. He then went on to have a career in politics and is now a member of the Indian National Congress, and is the representative in the Jaunpur district, his hometown, and the place where his parents still live. During the dubbing of the movie ‘Spiderman 3’, Ravi Kishan was approached to give the voice to the character played by the actor, Toby McGuire. This movie was the first movie to be dubbed in Bhojpuri in the Indian Dubbing Industry.
Later on, he created a superhero film of his own. Ravi Kishan also appeared on the celebrity dance show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa', season five, however, he got eliminated and secured the 10th place. He will be starring in the upcoming films, 'Ballia Ke Dabangai', 'Ranbanka', and 'Love Aur Rajneeti'.
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Ravi Kishan Shukla is a popular Indian actor, who works in Hindi and Bhojpuri films. He is extremely popular, especially in the Bhojpuri cinema. He has won the prestigious, Most Popular Actor award at ETV Bhojpuri Cinema Samman function.
Ravi Kishan, born to a poor Brahmin family, had four siblings of which he was the youngest. Their family managed their expenses with the help of a small dairy business, run by his father, Shyam Shukla, who was also the priest in the temple. They had to close their business due to some disputes, as a result of which, they had to relocate to Jaunpur, M.P, their hometown. Fed up with the lifestyle and education, he came to Mumbai to look out for something interesting. While doing several jobs to manage his daily expenses, he got his first chance to act in the film, 'Tere Naam', as a priest.
He began to do roles whichever came in his way, and as time went on, he became very popular, which had given him to work with the biggies like Mani Ratnam and Shyam Benegal. His notable films are 'Agnee Morcha', 'Zakhmi Dil', 'Money Hai Toh Honey Hai', 'Aan: Men at Work', 'Justice Chowdhary', and so on. He is also very good in dubbing. He has given background voices to several artists. His notable work includes the voice of Tobey Maguire’s voice in Spiderman 3.
Although, well known in the film circuit, he rose to fame in the television circuit after active participation in top hit shows like 'Ek Se Badhkar Ek', 'Jalwe Sitaron Ke', 'Bathroom Singer', and 'Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka', of which he has even hosted some of them. He also participated in 'Bigg Boss', 2013. In the same year, Ravi Kishan judged the TV show, "Sales ka Baazigar", a talent hunt for the best salespersons in the country.
Ravi Kishan and Ajit Kumar Singh starred in a film produced by PUN Films, an American film company. The film was screened in the 2010’s Cannes Film Festival as a part of the Indian Pavilion. Since then, he has joined the Indian National Congress, and he has been an active participant in politics.
Currently, he is married to Preeti, with whom he has four children - one son and three daughters. His entire family consists of around 20 members.
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Ravi Kishan is a famous Indian television actor and film star. He is one star whose name is synonymous with the Bhojpuri industry. Ravi was born on 17 July 1971 in Jaunpur district Uttar Pradesh as Ravi Kishan Shukla. He was brought up in Santacruz, Mumbai. He was the youngest child in the family. He is married to Preeti Kishan, and the couple has four children. He owes his inspiration of entering films to the legend Amitabh Bachchan. Ravi is a simple and happy going person. He is a sincere devotee of Lord Shiva, and this fact is evident as he recites ‘Har Har Mahadev’ many a times. Although Ravi was an unrecognized actor initially, yet he gained stardom with his sincerity and dedication. He started with a B-grade film in Bollywood. He also worked in TV series ‘Jai Hanuman.’
Since he hailed from a poor family with a weak financial background, he came with an aim to make money. But soon he realized that he has an interest in acting and filmmaking. He was inspired by Amitabh Bachchan movies. His first recognized role was in the Bollywood movie ‘Tere Naam’ starring Salman Khan as lead, where he played Rameshwar – The Priest. As Bollywood did not get him much fame, he tried his luck in Bhojpuri cinema. He did numerous movies such as ‘Raja Bhai Lagey Raho,’ ‘Gehri Chaal,’ ‘Bhoomiputra,’ ‘Bidai’ and much more.
He simultaneously became a part of Television industry. He was a contestant on Big Boss show in 2006 and reached the finale. He even did hosting for shows such as ‘Ek Se Badhkar Ek- Jalwe Sitaron Ke,’ ‘Bathroom Singer,’ and ‘Raaz Pichle Janam ka.’ In 2012, he participated in Dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhlaja’ showing his inherent dance skills. In the following year, he judges the Television show ‘Sales Ka Bazigar.’ He was recently seen in Hindi movies such as ‘Ghayal Once Again,' ‘Bullet Raja,’ and ‘Lucky Kabootar.' Ravi was awarded the most popular actor award at the ETV Bhojpuri Samman in 2008.
He has also joined Indian National Congress. His movie ‘Jala Debh Duniya Tohra Pyar Mein’ was especially showcased at Cannes Films Festival 2010. He has also worked for few Telugu films. Ravi will be seen in major roles in the upcoming Bhojpuri and Hindi films-‘Love Aur Rajneeti,’ ‘Dishoom,’ ‘Pandit Ji Batai Na Biyah Kab hoi 2.’