Sonali Kulkarni is a very talented actress of the Indian film industry. This Maharastiran actress was born in 1974 to a Marathi speaking family in Pune. She has studied in Abhinav Vidyalaya in Pune and has done her majors in Political Science from the Fergusson College, she was even granted the scholarship in Marathi literature. Sonali can speak as many as six languages, which include Hindi, Marathi, English, Gujarati, Italian and Tamil.
From childhood, Sonali had a passion for acting and seldom had she performed during the Ganesh Mahotsav. She has attended the workshop of Satyadev Dubey and then formed her theater group named ‘Samanvay’ with her brother Sandeep.
Sonali made her debut with the Tamil movie ‘Cheluvi’ and has acted in more than thirty-two movies, which includes an Italian movie named ‘Fuoco Si Di Me’. For this film, Sonali Kulkarni fetched the award for the best actress in the Milan International Film Festival of 2006.
Sonali’s most prominent Bollywood movie has remained ‘Dil Chata Hai’ which was released in 2001. This directorial debut of Farhan Aktar also starred actors like Aamir Khan, Priety Zinta, Dimple Kapadia, Akshay Khanna and Saif Ali Khan with whom she was paired.
Sonali has also shared her screen space with talented actor like Sanjay Dutt in the Vidhu Vinod Copra directed ‘Mission Kashmir’ in 2000, where she played the doting wife of Sanjay Dutt. Other than acting, Sonali Kulkarni is an Editor of ‘Viva’, a ‘Loksatta’ supplement. She was recently seen taking part in a celebrity dance competition, which came on Sony TV.
Akshaye Khanna, the youngest son of yesteryear-veteran actor, Vinod Khanna is one of the most prominent actors of the Indian film industry. Often considered as an underrated actor of Bollywood, this son of Vinod Khanna started her career a decade earlier. Akshay Khanna was born on March 28 in the year 1975 in Mumbai, India. He made his debut in 1997, when he was 22 years. Akshaye’s first movie was ‘Himalay Putra’ which was directed by Pankaj Parashar and this was his first movie where he shared the screen space with his father Vinod Khanna. His elder brother, Rahul Khanna, is also a Bollywood actor. Though his first movie dint fare well at the box office, he went on to star in many critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies.
Akshaye’s next release was ‘Border’ which was directed by J.P. Dutta, and had other popular stars like Suneil Shetty, Jackie Shroff , Tabu, Sunny Deol,Khulbhusan Kharbandar, Rakhi and Pooja Bhatt with whom Akshay was paired. This was his first major hit and his performance was widely appreciated. This film earned him his first ‘Filmfare’ award in the best debut category. His other recognized films are : ‘Dil Cahta Hai’ which was directed by Farhan Aktar and had Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta and Dimple Kapadia, ‘Humraaz’ directed by Abaas-Mustan, where he played a villain, the recent ‘Gandhi, My Father’ which the critics praised. His performance in the movie is often considered to be the best till date. His 2008 release was the multi-starrer ‘Race’ where he has again played a negative role.
Riya Sen: The bengali bombshell !
Riya Sen is the granddaughter of the legendary actress Suchitra Sen and also the daughter of the popular actress Moonmoon Sen. Born on January 24, 1981, Riya is an Indian actress and also a known model. She was a student of Loreto House and of Rani Birla College, both in Kolkata. Her hobby was jewelry designing and she has a done a brief study at the NIFT. Riya is a trained ‘kathak’ dancer and also a trained kick boxer. She has taken lessons in belly dancing. Her career started at the young age of 16 with a music video, sung by Falguni Pathak. The music video was huge hit. When Riya Sen was child, she had appeared in a film named ‘Vishkanya’. It was the music video of Falguni Pathak, which got her recognized.
As a model, Riya Sen has featured in number of music videos, television commercials, fashion shows and magazine covers. Riya has walked the ramp for famous fashion shows together with her sister Raima Sen who is also a popular Indian actress. Riya has appeared in the cover page of many fashion magazines like Femina, Elaan, Man’s World, Gladrags, and Savvy and Indian versions of Elle, Maxim and Cosmopolitan. The brand assignments Riya has appeared include Limca, where she is the brand ambassador, Colgate, Vatika, Cadbury’s Diary Milk, Nirma and Margarita King. Riya Sen has acted in a number of films like ‘Style’, ‘Jhankar Beats’ ‘Qyamat’, ‘Shaadi No. 1’ and many more. Riya has also worked as an activist and has appeared in an anti-HIV/AIDS. This Bengali bombshell is here to stay in the hearts of many.
From MTV to Bollywood:Sophie Chaudhury
After becoming a VJ for MTV, there was no looking back for this beauty with brains, Sophie Chaudhury. Sophie is a well-known name in the film industry. She is a person with multiple talents; she is a popular singer, and actress and also a very popular Mtv VJ. Sophie has quite a number of music videos where she has sung herself and also featured, and many has proved to be huge hits. Sophie was born in UK and since her father liked Sophia Loren very much, he gave his daughter’s name ‘Sophia’ though she now uses ‘Sophie’. From her childhood, Sophie has been a very good performer, and she took part in school choir and also done lead roles in school and college musicals.
At the age of 13, much acclaimed music director Biddu recognized her talent of singing. After completing her studies, Sophie Chaudhury started to follow her dreams. In 2003,she moved in Mumbai, and became an Mtv VJ. Sophie can speak in English, Urdu, French and Hindi. She also sings in Spanish, Arabic and Punjabi. Sophie has taken training in Bharatnatyam, Kathak and street dance. She won the Lycra Mtv style award for the ‘Most Stylish Female in Music’ in October 2004 and won the Bollywood award for ‘Best Pop Singer’ in January 2005 at the Bollywood awards in Dubai Global Village. With the film ‘Shaadi No. 1’, Sophie stepped into Bollywood. She was casted opposite Zayed Khan, this movie was directed by David Dhawan and was a multi-starrer. Sophie Chaudhury has also starred in ‘Pyaar Ke Side Effects’ with Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat.
Dia Mirza is an accomplished Indian model and also a celebrated actress of Bollywood. Dia was the second runner up in the Miss India 2000 beauty contest and was also crowned the Miss Asia Pacific for the same year in Manila. Born on 9th December, 1981in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, Dia attended Vidyaranya High School For Boys And Girls, a school based on the teachings of Krishnamurti, and later Naes School in Kushnuma. This 5’ 6” tall beauty made her debut in the film ‘Rehna Hai Terea Dil Mein’ opposite R. Madhvan which got her career rolling although the film did not prove to be a big hit. RHTDM was an important step in the career of Dia Mirza as this is how she began her days in Bollywood.
Dia Mirza has worked as a marketing executive at Sriven Multi-tech in Hyderabad. Life changed for the better for Dia after she won the title of Miss Asia Pacific. Dia prefers eating chocolates and her favorite dishes include Italian Pasta and Hyderabadi Biriyani. Dia can speak Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, English and Telugu proficiently. In the Miss India, where she was a runner up, she had also won the Miss Beautiful Smile title. Dia Mirza is the second Indian contestant to be crowned Miss Asia Pacific, and has remained the first in twenty-nine years. She has always been independent and is a fitness freak. Dia, a close friend of Sonu Nigam had also appeared in a music video of for this renowned singer. The other films where she has appeared are ‘Dus’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ , ‘Parineeta’ and many more.
Beautiful, attractive, a first film wonder , Who is she? She is none other than Amisha Patel. She is the grand daughter of Indian freedom fighter, lawyer and former justice Rajni Patel. She has obtained a degree in Economics from Tufts University , USA and also won a gold medal in Economics paper at her university. Inspite of hailing from an illustrious lineage and having a strong educational background Amisha chose stardom over academics.
This petite and beautiful girl got her first break in Rakesh Roshans “Kaho na pyaar hain” and she became a star overnight. Her other big hits are Gaddar and Bhool Bhulaiya. Although she delivered some subsequent hits but the magical spell on the audience seems to be lost after her first movie. Of late her personal life has attracted more attention than her movies in the box office. It is marred with misunderstandings following a tiff with her family. She is currently dating director Vikram Bhatt who is twice her age. She hits the headlines and the fashion magazines for all the wrong reasons. She recently topped one of the fashion magazines chart as the most badly dressed Indian actress .
An industry, which is ruled, by glamorous looking queens and potentially talented actors she certainly needs to create her own style. Otherwise she will be lost in this world of showbiz and stardom. Probably the academic gown may look better on her rather than the tinsel makeup of BOLLYWOOD.
The second-generation acting in the Deol family began with the debut of Sunny Deol. Sunny Deol is the son of the veteran actor of yesteryear Dharmendra. Sunny was born on October 19 in 1959 in New Delhi in India is a descendent of Punjab. He has a younger brother Bobby Deol who is also an actor of Bollywood and his cousin Abbay Deol has recently been into films. His debut movie was ‘Betaab’ which was released in 1983. The movie was a blockbuster and he was paired opposite Amrita Singh.
Sunny has always wanted to be an actor from his childhood and he went to England to join the Old Web Theatre in Birmingham for studying theatre and acting. His peak of his career was in the years 1983,1991, 1994 and 1998. The character of Arjun in the film with the same name established the action hero in Indian cinema. His portrayal of a jobless young man who is forced by situations to be gangster was very much appreciated. The breakthrough performance of Sunny Deol came in the film ‘Ghayal : The Wounded’ which was released in the year 1990. The film was directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi and won him his first ‘National Film Award’. His second ‘National Film Award’ in the best supporting actor category came for the film ‘Damini-Lightning’. Here he played the role of a lawyer. His other noted films are ‘Border’ , ‘Imtihaan’, ‘Tridev’, ‘Gadar- Ek Prem Katha’ and more. He has directed ‘Dillagi’ where both the Deol brothers have acted.