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Ananya (actress)
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Ayilya Gopalakrishnan Nair
29 March 1988 KochiKerala, India


Years active 2008 – present
​(m. 2012)​

Ayilya Gopalakrishnan Nair (born 29 March 1988), better known by her stage name Ananya, is an Indian actress who appears in MalayalamTamilTelugu and Kannada films and also she is singer and archer .

Ananya made her acting debut in Malayalam with Positive (2008) and debuted the following year in Tamil with Naadodigal, which emerged a critical and commercial success. She received the Kerala State Television Award for Best Actress in 2012 for the telefilm Doore and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil for Engaeyum Eppothum in 2011.

Early life

Ananya was born as Ayilya to Malayali parents Gopalakrishnan Nair, a noted film producer, and Praseetha in PerumbavoorKerala. She has one younger brother Arjun. Her name was taken from her birth star Aslesha, called Ayilyam in Malayalam and Tamil. She appeared as a child artist in one of her father's productions (executive producer), Pai Brothers (1995). Ananya pursued a B.A. degree in Communicative English at St. Xavier's College for Women, Aluva. During her childhood, she was an archer and won the State Championship. While representing her college in a television reality show "Star Wars", she was spotted by various directors and received acting offers. After declining five projects, she decided to give it a try, accepting to act in Positive
Aindrita Ray
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Aindrita Ray
Ray during the promotion of Kannada movie Manasaare
Aindrita Ray
3 March 1985 

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Nationality Indian
film actress
Years active 2008–present
​(m. 2018)​

Aindrita Ray (born 3 March 1985) is an Indian actress, primarily appearing in Kannada films. She made her acting debut in 2007, starring in Meravanige and went on to appear in several commercially successful films, establishing herself as a leading contemporary actress of Kannada cinema. She is perhaps well known for her critically acclaimed performance as Devika, a mentally challenged girl, in Manasaare.

Early life and background

Aindrita Ray was born as the youngest daughter into a Bengali family in Udaipur, Rajasthan, where she spent her childhood, before moving to Mumbai. With her father, A. K. Ray, being a prosthodontist in the Indian Air Force, she along with her family moved from one place to another, finally settling in Bangalore.

Ray studied at Baldwin Girls High School, Bangalore. Later, she joined B. R. Ambedkar Dental College, Bangalore to pursue a bachelor's degree in dental science. While studying, she did part-time modelling, appearing in television advertisements, which paved way for her entry into the film industry. She started acting in Kannada movies, and once in a while appearing in Amateur/Short films.

Acting career
Debut and breakthrough (2008)

Aindrita Ray trained under fashion choreographer M. S. Sreedhar. She was also seen in a song in the 2006 Kannada movie Jackpot, starring Harsha and Dhyaan. Aindrita Ray began her acting career in the 2008 film Meravanige, playing Nandini, the love interest of the lead actor played by Prajwal Devaraj. The film received a moderate success at the box office, with Rediff.com lauding her performance and her dancing capabilities. Later, in the same year, she made a cameo appearance in Mast Majaa Madi, which had an ensemble cast.

Initial success and accolades (2009–10)

In 2009, Ray appeared in Vaayuputra, an action movie, alongside the debutant Chiranjeevi Sarja. This was followed by a brief appearance in the successful film, Love Guru, directed by Prashant Raj. However, she got her biggest break in the film Junglee and then Turning point movie was Manasaare for her critically acclaimed role of a mentally challenged girl. She received many awards and accolades for her role, which included Suvarna Award for Best Actress and a nomination for Filmfare Awards. This was followed by director Suri's Junglee, which found a moderate success.

In 2010, she starred in five films. Veera Parampare was the only successful movie among Nooru Janmaku, Nannavanu, Januma Janumadallu and a Bollywood parallel cinema, A Flat. She was nominated by Filmfare for the Best Actress category for Veera Parampare.

Recent works

After a series of flops, Ray was cast in the supporting role in the Puneeth Rajkumar starrer Paramathma. She was widely acclaimed by the critics for her obsessive character role. She was also noticed by the critics in Dhool. The other films, Manasina Maathu and Kaanchana, however were failures.

In 2012, she starred in Parijatha, opposite Diganth, which found moderate success. Her other films include Tony, with Srinagar Kitty in the lead and Rajani Kantha, with Duniya Vijay.

In 2014, she made her Bengali film debut with Bachchan, opposite Jeet and directed by Raja Chanda, which incidentally was a remake of the Kannada movie Vishnuvardhana.

In 2017, Ray appeared in Raja Chanda's Bengali film Amar Aponjon, alongside Soham ChakrabortyPriyanka Sarkar and Subhashree Ganguly.

In 2021, she is appearing in Hardik Gajjar's Hindi feature film Bhavai opposite Pratik Gandhi, releasing in theatres on 1 October.

Personal life

Aindrita married actor Diganth Manchale on 12 December 2018, after 10 years of courtship.

Anushree (Kannada actress)
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Anushree (2019)
Born :  25 January 1988
Years active 2006–present

Anushree Born 25 January 1988, is an Indian television presenter and actress who appears in Kannada films. She started her career as a television host in Kannada television and went on to become an actress, mostly appearing in Kannada language films. She won Karnataka State Film Awards for Murali Meets Meera.

Early life

Anushree was born into Tulu-speaking family of Sampath and Shashikala in Surathkal, MangaloreKarnatakaIndia. She has a younger brother, Abhijeeth. Her parents separated when she was young with her father leaving "never to return or even stay in touch." She completed her schooling in St. Thomas Bangalore till Class V, before shifting to Narayana Guru School in Mangalore. She returned to Bangalore once she completed her pre-university education, when she began getting offers to host television shows


Anushree started her career in television as an anchor in a phone-in music show named Tele Anthyakshari on Namma TV a television channel based in Mangalore. She went on to become an anchor on ETV Kannada's television show Demandappo Demandu, which gained her popularity. She also participated in the reality show Bigg Boss Kannada 1. She completed 80 days in the Bigg boss home. Also hosted several stage shows such as Suvarna Film AwardsFilmfare AwardsTV9 Film Awards, Zee Music Awards, SIIMA AwardsCelebrity Cricket League and went on to feature in prominent shows like, Comedy Khiladigalu and Twenty-Twenty Comedy Cup, Kuniyona Baara and others.

She made her entry to filmdom with Benkipatna which won her the NAK Media Achievement Award for Best Debut Actress. She won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Dubbing Artist for the film Murali Meets Meera in 2011. Anushree has played a lead role in the film Uppu Huli Khaara which was directed by Imran Sardhariya.


YearTitleRoleDirectorNotesRef.2011 Bhumitayi Gouri Baraguru Ramachandrappa
2011 Murali Meets Meera Mahesh Rao Voice Dubbing
2012 Belli Kirana Ananya K. Shivarudraiah
2014 Tubelight Sandhya Venugopal
2015 Benkipatna Pavani T. K. Dayanand
2015 Ring Master Madhu Vishruth Naik
2015 Uttama Villain Ramesh Aravind Special appearance 
2016 Madha Mathu Manasi Item Dancer Sathish Pradhan Special appearance 


2015: Zee Kutumba Awards Popular Anchor
2015: NAK Media Achievement Award - Best debut actress : Benkipatna
2016: Zee Kutumba Awards 2016 - Best Anchor
2017: Zee Kutumba Awards 2017 - Popular Anchor
2018: Kempegowda Prashasti
2018: Zee Kutumba Awards 2018 - Favourite Anchor
2019: Zee Kutumba Awards 2019 - Favourite Anchor
2020:Zee Kutumba Awards 2020 - Favorite Anchor
Anu Emmanuel
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Anu Emmanuel
Anu at Agnyaathavaasi (2018) audio launch
Born 28 March 1996
Occupation Actress
Years active 2016 – present

Anu Emmanuel (pronounced [/Anu/ ɪˈmænjəwəl] (listen); born 28 March 1996) is an American actress of Indian origin who appears in Telugu films alongside few Tamil and Malayalam films.

She debuted as a heroine in the 2016 Malayalam film Action Hero Biju. She made her Telugu debut with Majnu (2016), and went on to act in other Telugu films, like Kittu Unnadu Jagratha (2017), Oxygen, and Agnyaathavaasi (2018). Emmanuel has also worked in Tamil films, making her debut with the suspense thriller Thupparivaalan (2017).

Early life

Anu Emmanuel was born on 28 March 1996 to a Malayali Christian Catholic family in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She is the daughter of Thankachan Emmanuel, a noted Malayalam film producer. Her family is settled in Dallas, Texas. She lived throughout in the US and later moved to India to pursue acting. Malayali actress Reba Monica John is her cousin.


Emmanuel made her acting debut as lead in Nivin Pauly starrer Action Hero Biju, directed by Abrid Shine. She made her Telugu debut with Majnu opposite to Nani. The film went on become a hit at box-office. During that time she was announced as the female lead in Oxygen, alongside actor Gopichand in the lead. In 2017, She made her Tamil debut with Thupparivaalan alongside Vishal.

In 2018, She paired opposite to Pawan Kalyan in Agnyaathavaasi. She played lead role in Shailaja Reddy Alludu along with Naga Chaitanya and Ramya Krishna. She made a cameo appearance in Geetha Govindam. She appeared in her second Tamil film Namma Veetu Pillai opposite to Sivakarthikeyan which became successful at the box-office.
Anju (actress)
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Other names Baby Anju
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979-present
​(m. 1995; div. 1996)​
Children Arjun Prabhakar (b. 1996)

Anju, born 23 March 1971 is an Indian actress best known for her work in Malayalams and Tamil films. She hails from Tamil Nadu and is now acting in Tele films and soap operas. She debuted at the age of two with the Tamil movie Uthiripookkal in 1979. She had acted in a Kannada and Telugu movies as well. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress in 1988 for the movie Rukmini.

Personal life

She was married to Kannada actor Tiger Prabhakar in 1995 and got divorce in 1996. They have a son Arjun born in 1996.


Anurupa Roy
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Anurupa Roy
Born 10 March 1977 
New Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Lecturer, puppet theatre and artist
Years active 2004–present

Anurupa Roy is a puppeteer, puppet designer and director of the puppet theater.Puppeteer Anurupa Roy's views puppetry as not "manipulating dolls with strings" but an amalgam of plastic and performing arts where sculptures, masks, figures, materials, found objects and narratives come together with music, movement, physicality and theater to create the theater where humans and puppets are co actors. She started at her group Katkatha in 1998 which was registered as the Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust 2006. She has directed over 15 shows for children and adults ranging from the Ramayana and Mahabharata to Shakespearen comedy to the Humayun-nama. The puppets used by the group range from 3 inches to forty feet. The shows have toured across Europe, Japan and South Asia.A major aspect of her work is using puppets for psycho social interventions in conflict areas like Kashmir, Sri Lanka and Manipur to Juvenile Remand homes. She has worked with youth and women across the country using puppets to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and gender issues. She is a recipient of the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar ine Puppetry(2006). She has been a visiting faculty at the University of California Los Angeles an Artists in Residence at Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council.

Academic qualification

School – Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi.
Graduation – Lady Shriram College – B.A (Hons) History – University of Delhi
Post Graduation – M.A History – Lady Shriram college –South campus – University of Delhi

Puppet theatre qualification

Diploma in Puppet theatre from DI Dramatiska Institutet for Film, TV, Drama and Radio, at Stockholm University, Sweden, at the Dept of Puppet Theatre guided by Prof Micheal Meschke in 2001 & Arne Hogsander, Thomas Mirstram, Thomas Lindquist
Diploma in Guaratelle, traditional glove puppetry, from La Scoula Della
Guaratelle (School of Traditional Glove puppetry) in Naples, Italy under Bruno Leone in 2002

Major theatre productions as director

1998 – The Flowering Tree – Based on the Kannada folk tale Flowering Tree and commissioned by the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH Dalai Lama.
1999 – Her Voice – A collaborative performance with Bharatnatyam dancer Geeta Chandran the show presented the Mahabharata from the eyes of Draupadi.
2001 – Half a Kingdom – Based on an Icelandic folk tale of the same name this was a table top show for children.
2002 – Almost 12th Night – Based on Shakespeare's comedy The Twelfth Night this adaptation looks at the bards play from a gender perspective.
2003 – Durga – An excerpt of Bibhuti Bhushan Bannerji's famous novel 'Pather Panchali' a solo performance.
2004 – Virus Ka Tamasha – Musical puppet performance based on the theme of stigma attached to HIV and AIDS
2005 – Kashmir Project – Based on testimonials of Kashmiri women from the valley gathered through workshops held in Kashmir.
2006 – About Ram – Performance based on Bhavbhuti's Ramayana.
2007 – Magic Blue – A collaboration with dancer Shagun Bhutani the show has giant puppets of 3–10 meters and presents stories from Krishna's childhood
2008 – The Little Blue Planet – A non-verbal children's performance about global warming.
2009 – Bollywood Bandwagon – Multimedia show satiring the Mumbai film industry.
2011 – Anecdotes and Allegories by Gulbadan Begum – This performance is based on the autobiography of the Mughal emperor Humayun written by his sister Gulbadan Begum.
2012 – Life in Progress – A series of images created with 20 kilos of newspaper on stage. This performance has no dialogue or music.

Awards, recognition and fellowships

Researcher in Residence – 2011 – Deutsche Forum DFP in BochumGermany. New Performance Grant – 2010 – India foundation for the Arts for the performance'Ancedotes and Allegories by Gulbadan Begum' Prohelvetia – Artist in residence for 2009 – To work at Rote Fabrik in Zurich as An artist-in-residence. Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2007 – National award for contribution to puppet theatre. Bestowed by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, an autonomous body funded by the Ministry of Culture, India.

Research fellowship at Institute International de la Marionette Charleville- Mezeires, in France in the area of "Evolution of European Puppetry in the 19th and 20th century and the influences of the East" Collaborative Performance Grant 2006 – India Foundation for the Arts – From India Foundation for the Arts for puppetry and animation to create About Ram. Fellow of Peace – WISCOMP for 2005– For working on a puppetry for healing project in the village of Beejbehara in Kashmir. This project entailed 3 trauma therapy workshops spread over 7 months using puppet, mask and theatre exercises, story telling. The project aimed to reclaim folk lore and oral tradition relating to the syncretic culture of Kashmir with the young women of Beejbehara. The stories collected from Kashmiri women from varied backgrounds and the folklore collected from the Beejbehara were then woven into a performance titled "The Kashmir Project" which brings back Lal Ded the Sufi poetess from the 14th century to journey once again through Kashmir as the witness to the present day conflict and the symbol of possible healing.

UCLA APPEX – Asia Pacific Performing Artists fellowship 2004 to participate in an artists collaborative workshop in Bali, Indonesia, for 2 months and collaborate with 15 other artists from the Asia-Pacific region. This workshop was a University of California, Dept of Performing Arts initiative to enable experiments with other performing artists and to start a dialogue between the artists within Asia and with American artists. The performing artists were from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, India, Philippines and the US.

Workshops conducted
Youth and community-based projects – peacebuilding

2013– Workshop with youth in conflict zone Manipur- Churachandpur-(with NGO Standing Together to Enable Peace STEP) Puppetry workshop with youth from different tribes in Churachandpur district to create inter tribe dialogue and understanding. The workshop engaged with youth from Paythei, Naga and Kuki backgrounds who have been involved in conflicts with each other in Manipur for 22 years. The workshop aimed at using the arts to open dialogue and question stereotypes about each other. The youth created a giant puppet performance at the end of the workshop which has been performed for over 2000 people in the district. Sri Lanka – With Peace Development Institute – Sri Lanka – PDI-SL -Workshop with Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese youth leaders to explore ideas of arts and peace building. The six-day workshop also trained these youth leaders to become change makes in their own community by training to do puppeteer based interventions in their own community.

2012 – Sri Lanka – With Peace Development Institute- Sri Lanka- PDI-SL Workshop with clinical psychologists and community workers- Conducted art based interventions using masks, drama, puppets and the systems of archetypes, power and status and cycles of violence. These workshops were conducted in partnership with drama therapist Vikramjeet Sinha. 2011 – Puppet interventions in Juvenile remand homes in Delhi where puppets were used to do process work with youth and change behaviour. The project lasted four months.(with NGO Standing Together to Enable Peace STEP) 2013 – Gender, Youth and Identity – with PRAVAH a youth-based NGO-created gender- and identity-based shows especially post the Delhi gang rape and the reaction to the same. The show is now a YouTube film and teaching aid for gender workers who want to open discussion on complex gender issues. 2011 – Mujhe bhi gino – Count me in – Initiated by the NGO CREA this project was traveling performance which traveled through rural Jharkhand and UP on a truck to 40 villages and challenged the behavior of favoring the male child and the exclusion of women in the socio political lives of the country. 2000–2006 – Almost 12th Night and Her Voice – Are Katkatha's two shows that question gender stereotypes, the former does this by re-looking at Shakespeare's play Twelfth night and the latter re looks at the Indian classic Mahabharata from the woman's point of view Consultant PLAN-India – For a HIV and AIDS Awareness Package (HAAP), a 14-month project which started in February 2006 with the intention of working with HIV-infected and -affected children and children who are in a high-risk group in 5 high prevalent states of India to create awareness and finally create an awareness and stigma-reduction package which will be by children and for children. The package uses stories created by children using puppets to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and raise issues of Stigma and Discrimination. 2004 – Virus Ka Tamashah – Show based on Stigma in HIV/AIDS- This show has completed 200 shows and has been performed for over 50,000 people at stadia, parks, bus stops, schools, colleges, festivals etc.

As faculty

TIE Company- National School of Drama- Annual Production director −2012 directed non-verbal puppet performance for children titled 'Across the Sea' using giant puppets and music. Guest Lecturer National School of Drama Agartala Chapter- For Theatre in Education module Guest Lecturer National School of Drama Bangalore Chapter – TIE course and Actors training course at NSD Bangalore chapter years 2012 and 2013 respectively. Visiting lecturer – Mass Communications Research Centre- Jamia Milia Islamia- Dept of Communication- Traditional media course- Puppet Theatre general secretary UNIMA-India- from 2008– 13 Indian chapter of the Union Internationale de la Marionette- international union for puppeteers in existence since 1929. International Executive committee member of UNIMA (Union Del la Internationale Marionette) at 2004 -2008. The International Union of Puppeteers with a Centre in every country and an International Executive Committee with elected representatives from different countries of the world Guest Lecturer – UCL Arts, the University of California Los Angeles school of Arts, Department of World Arts and Cultures, as a part of the Make Art/Stop AIDS lecture series 'Puppetry in Activism' Also at Fowler Museum of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA.

Other activities based on theatre

Festival Co-ordinator for Putul Yatra Mumbai-2005 National Puppet Theatre Festival organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. This was a national festival organized to coincide with the World Puppet Day by the Government body of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Jurist at the Prix Danube, Bratislava Slovak Republic– International Youth and Children'S Film Festival. September 2003 – she was a jurist at the International film Festival for Youth and Children in Bratislava the capital of the Slovak Republic. A seven-day event featuring 80 films from over 30 countries, in the categories of animation, documentary, fiction and magazine.
Anusha (actress)
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Born : 4 March 1978 
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1992-2005
Spouse(s) Saravanan
Relatives K. R. Savithri (mother)
Ragasudha (sister)
K. R. Vijaya (aunt)

Anusha is an Indian actress. She started her film career at the early age of 13 and was one of the prominent lead actress in MalayalamTelugu and Kannada movies during 1990s and 2000s. She has also acted in Telugu serials later in her career. She is the daughter of Tamil actress K. R. Savithri. Actress K. R. Vijaya is her aunt. She lives in Chennai with her family. She was a former basketball player at State levels and was a tall actress. Anusha married Saravanan in June, 2007.

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Anikha Surendran
7 February 2004, Manjeri, Kerala, India
Nazareth School Manjeri, Malappuram
Devagiri CMI Public School, Calicut
Occupation Child actress
Years active 2010 – present

Anikha Surendran, also known as Baby Anikha, is an Indian actress known for her work in the Malayalam and Tamil film industries. She made her official acting debut in the Malayalam film Kadha Thudarunnu (2010) and also appeared in the Tamil movies including Yennai Arindhaal (2015) and Viswasam (2019). She has also acted in the web series Queen (2019), produced by MX Player. She received the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2013 for the role of Sethulakshmi in 5 Sundarikal (2013). 

Personal life

Anikha was born in Manjeri, Kerala, and lives in Calicut.


Anikha's debut as a child artist was in the film Kadha Thudarunnu in 2010. Subsequently, she has appeared in Tamil films like Yennai ArindhaalViswasam, and the web series Queen. In her first film Chotta Mumbai(2007) she had an uncredited role which appears just for some seconds in climax.
Amy Jackson
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Amy Jackson
Jackson in 2018
Amy Louise Jackson
31 January 1992 
Citizenship British
Years active 2010–present
Partner(s) George Panayatiou (2015–present)
Children 1

Amy Louise Jackson (born 31 January 1992) is a British actress and model known for her work in Indian films, predominantly in TamilHindi, and Telugu languages. A former Miss Teen World, Jackson has appeared in over fifteen films. She made her US debut in 2017 with Warner Brothers production of DC Comics Supergirl as Imra Ardeen/ Saturn Girl. Jackson's most notable roles include her debut into the industry as Amy Wilkinson in Madrasapattinam (2010), Sarah in action film Singh Is Bliing (2015), and Nila in India's most expensive film 2.0 (2018).

She has won an Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award, a SIIMA Award, and a London Asian Film Festival award. She was featured in The Times of India's "Most Desirable Women of 2014" as well as the "Most Promising Female Newcomers of 2012" list.

In 2009, Jackson won the Miss Teen World title in America. At the age of 15, she began her modeling career in the UK and has since worked with designers such as Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera, JW Anderson, Bvlgari, and Cartier. In a twist of fate, Jackson was called to London to audition for the lead role in the Tamil-language period-drama Madrasapattinam (2010) directed by A. L. Vijay. Despite having had no previous acting experience, Jackson landed the role and thus began her career in India.

Jackson is a patron for charities such as "The Sneha Sargar Orphanage for girls". In 2018, she was honoured with the United Nations' International Day of The Girl Child award in London. Jackson is a proclaimed vegan animal rights advocate and has been an ambassador for PETA since 2016 as well as supporting The Elephant Family with their mission to aid human-animal conflict primarily in Asia.

Early life

Amy Louise Jackson was born on 31 January 1992 in Douglas on the Isle of Man, the daughter of Marguerita and Alan Jackson, who divorced several years after Amy Jackson was born. She has an elder sister, Alicia, who is a school teacher. When she was two years old, the family returned to Liverpool and lived with Jackson's grandmother in Woolton so that her father could continue his career with BBC Radio Merseyside. Jackson attended St Edward's College from the age of 3 - 16. She had the intention of taking her A Levels in English literature, philosophy and ethics before she was cast in her first film.


After winning the Miss Teen Liverpool and Miss Teen Great Britain pageants, Jackson won the title of Miss Teen World in 2009, which resulted in a modelling contract in the US.[citation needed] In 2009, Jackson started her modelling career with the Northern-based modelling agency, Boss Model Management, and then went on to sign with her London agency, Models 1. She won Miss Liverpool in 2010. She competed for the Miss England title in 2010 and was crowned the runner-up to Jessica Linley.

2010–2012: Breakthrough in Indian films

In 2010, Indian film producers spotted Jackson's photo on the Miss Teen World website and invited her to audition for the Tamil period-drama film Madrasapattinam (2010). Despite having had no previous acting experience, she was cast as the female lead opposite Arya. The film, set against the backdrop of 1947 India, tells the story of a British Governor's daughter who falls in love with a village boy. Jackson admitted that it was very difficult to learn the Tamil dialogues. The film was released on 9 July 2010; it was praised by critics and performed well at the box office, with Jackson gaining praise for her performance. Sify wrote, "It is an out and out Amy Jackson show. She is simply amazing to deliver lines in Tamil, and is one good reason to see the film". Behindwoods wrote, "The one who walks away with the top honours is Amy Jackson for a beautiful portrayal of a lady torn between her love and the mighty empire. She looks absolutely beautiful, emotes well through her expressive eyes and is able to earn the sympathy of the audiences during tough times". Rediff wrote, "Amy Jackson is almost perfect as the wide-eyed young girl who is seeing India for the first time, fascinated by its culture". She received a nomination for the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress for her role in the film.

In 2011, she was signed by Gautham Vasudev Menon to play the female lead opposite Prateik Babbar in Ekk Deewana Tha (2012), the Hindi remake of the 2010 hit romantic drama film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. She essayed the role played by Trisha in the original, of Jessie Thekekuttu, a Malayali Nasrani Christian who falls in love with a Hindu boy, but is prevented from pursuing the romance by her father. The film was released in February 2012. Jackson received praise for her performance and for her chemistry with Babbar, with BehindWoods stating that "she has done wonders," and the Times of India saying that "she never disappoints."

In September 2012, Jackson made her return to Tamil cinema with a supporting role in Thaandavam (2012), starring opposite Vikram and Anushka Shetty. She was signed for the film in 2011 and shooting took place in India and London, enabling Jackson to return to see her family and friends. It was her second collaboration with director A. L. Vijay after Madrasapattinam (2010). She played the role of Sarah Vinayagam, a British-born Anglo-Indian girl who wins the Miss London title. She reportedly dubbed her own dialogues in Tamil. She received her first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil at the 60th Filmfare Awards South ceremony.

Jackson made her debut in Telugu cinema with the Vamsi Paidipally's Yevadu (2014) alongside Ram Charan and Shruti Haasan, playing the role of Shruti. Jackson next starred as supermodel Diya in Shankar's romantic thriller film, whose title is simply I (2015), the biggest project in her career. The making of the film, one of the most costly Indian films to date, took over two-and-a-half years, with a major part of the film being shot in China. The film was released on 14 January 2015 and received a mixed critical response, although Jackson's performance received favorable reviews. Deccan Chronicle wrote that she was "simply superb. She is another highlight of the film and has given a mature performance", while Sify noted that she was "the biggest surprise packet in the film" and "perfect eye candy". Consequently, she was ranked #1 in The Times of India, Chennai Edition list of the most desirable women in 2014. After I (2015), Jackson signed on to Prabhu Deva's Singh Is Bliing (2015), opposite Akshay Kumar. She had signed on to be part of Venkat Prabhu's supernatural thriller Masss (2015), but opted out of it later when the script and her character were changed. Instead, she signed on to Velraj's Thanga Magan (2015) alongside Dhanush and Samantha Ruth Prabhu.

Soon after, Jackson starred in Thirukumaran's Gethu (2016), portraying an Anglo-Indian girl, for which she won positive reviews, . She has been shooting for a "gritty BBC drama series", on which she declined to further elaborate. She then portrayed the lead female role in Atlee's Theri (2016), featured alongside Vijay while portraying a Malayali teacher. Her performance received positive reviews and her role as a teacher was well appreciated. Upon release, the film went on to become one of the most profitable Tamil films of all time.

On 25 September 2017, it was announced that Jackson had been cast in her first Hollywood role as Imra Ardeen, aka Saturn Girl, in The CW's superhero drama series Supergirl (2017). The character made her first appearance in the third season. The series, based on DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television.

Jackson has played Sita in Prem's Kannada film The Villain (2018) alongside Shiva Rajkumar and Sudeep. She starred as the andro-humanoid robot Nila in Shankar's film 2.0 (2018) alongside Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar.

Jackson with the children of Mumbai's Sneha Sagar Orphanage in March 2016

Personal life

Jackson lived in India from 2012 to 2015 in MumbaiMaharashtra, before later moving back to England, currently living in London. Jackson revealed that she was dating hotelier George Panayiotou, the son of English-Cypriot businessman Andreas Panayiotou since December 2015. On 1 January 2019, Panayiotou proposed in Zambia. Their son, Andreas, was born on 19 September 2019.

Jackson is a regular attendee at BAFTACannes Film FestivalBritish Fashion Awards and International Fashion Weeks. In 2017 she was chosen as the muse for L'Agence at The Green Carpet Fashion Awards during Milan Fashion Week. She has been featured in editorials for fashion magazines like VogueMarie ClareCosmopolitanELLE.

Jackson is an ambassador and spokesperson for charities such as Being Human, Cash and Rocket St. Jude's Hospital in Mumbai and the Girl Child education program in India. In 2014, she posed with her rescue cat in a PETA campaign promoting the adoption of animals from shelters.
Aishwarya Rajesh
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Aishwarya Rajesh

Aishwarya in 2014
Born 10 January 1990 
Madras (present-day Chennai), Tamil NaduIndia

TV anchor
Years active 1996; 2010–present
Relatives Sri Lakshmi (aunt)

Aishwarya Rajesh (born 10 January 1990) is an Indian actress who works primarily in Tamil films, alongside Telugu and Malayalam films. She is a recipient of four SIIMA Awards, one Filmfare Award South and one Tamil Nadu State Film Award.

Aishwarya started her career as television presenter in a comedy show called Asatha Povathu Yaaru? on Sun TV. After winning the reality show Maanada Mayilada, she was cast in the film Avargalum Ivargalum (2011) and came into prominence after starring in Attakathi (2012) portraying the role of Amudha. She has received Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for the 2014 film Kaaka Muttai at Tamil Nadu State Film Awards. She acted in her two career breakthrough roles as Padma in Vetrimaran's Vada Chennai (2018) opposite to Dhanush and as Kousalya Murugesan, a female cricketer in her solo film Kanaa (2018).

Her first Malayalam film was Jomonte Suvisheshangal (2017) opposite Dulquer Salmaan. She made her Hindi film debut in 2017 with Daddy opposite to Arjun Rampal. She made her Telugu film debut with Kousalya Krishnamurthy (2019), which was a remake of her 2018 movie, Kanaa.

Early life

Aishwarya Rajesh was born on 10 January 1990 in a Telugu family in Chennai (then Madras). Her father Rajesh was a Telugu film actor. He died when Aishwarya was 8 years old.Her mother Nagamani was a dancer. Her grandfather Amarnath was also an actor, while her aunt Sri Lakshmi, is a Telugu comedian with over 500 films to her credit. She is the youngest of four siblings, of whom two elder brothers died during her teenage years.

She did her schooling in Shrine Vailankanni, Chennai, Sree Vidyanikethan International School, Tirupati, and Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai. In 1996, she performed as a child in the Telugu film Rambantu.

She studied at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai and graduated with a B.Com degree. She started to learn dance since she needed to choreograph a stage show for a student cultural fest and later entered the reality show Maanada Mayilada on Kalaignar TV. She won the show's third season and got offered roles in films thereafter.


In the early stages of her career, Aishwarya also worked as an anchor on the sets of the TV show Asathapovathu Yaaru. In 2010, she was cast in her first film Avargalum Ivargalum (2011) although Neethana Avan (2010) released first. In 2014, she was seen alongside Vijay Sethupathi in two films, Rummy, and Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, released within two weeks. While the first film was a village drama set in the 1980s, the latter was based on a short film of the same name, and revolved around an old man and his vintage car Premier Padmini. Critics praised her performances, especially in Rummy. Hindustan Times wrote that she was "extremely promising" while film critic Baradwaj Rangan noted that she was "expressive", calling her "a tonic for nerves frayed by the alabaster automatons we usually get as heroines". Later that year, she appeared in a song sequence in R. Parthiepan's Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam and as the female lead in Thirudan Police. In April 2014, she began filming for Seenu Ramasamy's Idam Porul Yaeval, but the film remains unreleased as of May 2020.

Her first release in 2015 was Kaaka Muttai. Her portrayal of a slum dweller and mother of two children was lauded by critics. Baradwaj Rangan wrote, "it features stunning performances from everyone...especially Aishwarya Rajesh, who plays the kids' mother with a world-weariness that belies her years". Other reviewers stated that she was "excellent" played her role "with extraordinary ease" and that she "leaves you awe-struck". That year, she also made her the stage debut, playing Cinderella from the same-titled fairytale that was adapted as a "musical dance drama".


Aishwarya had the most releases for a Tamil actress in 2016 with 8 films out of which Aarathu SinamHello Naan Pei PesurenManithan and Dharma Durai were commercially successful. She was critically appreciated for her performance in the films Dharma Durai and Kuttrame Thandanai, where she collaborated with Kaaka Muttai director Manikandan. She became the number one choice for acting in performance oriented roles in the industry. In 2017, Aishwarya made her entry in Malayalam films acting in two commercially and critically successful films Jomonte Suvisheshangal and Sakhhavu. Based on her performance in Kaaka Muttai, Arjun Rampal selected Aishwarya in the challenging role of Zubeida for the film Daddy. With this, Aishwarya made her debut in Hindi and was recognized for her performance in her first Hindi film. In 2018, she completed shooting for Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kathai. The film remained unreleased as of April 2020.

She starred in her solo film as a cricketer in Kanaa under Sivakarthikeyan's production. She reprised her role in the Telugu remake Kousalya Krishnamurthy, which marked her lead Telugu debut. She starred in sister roles in Namma Veettu Pillai and Vaanam Kottatum. She played a village belle in World Famous Lover. She played a woman who lost her husband in Dubai in Ka Pae Ranasingam. Regarding her performance, a critic noted that "Aishwarya Rajesh is a revelation. She displays hopelessness, powerlessness, vulnerability, grit and determination with ease and impressive conviction".

As of 2020, she is a part of Gautham Menon's delayed project Dhruva Natchathiram. She was cast in the Mundhanai Mudichu remake. As of April 2021, she is filming for Driver Jamuna.
Archana Phadke
Archana Phadke is a cinematographer and editor, known for About Love (2019), Sagar Setu (2009) and Placebo (2014).

New Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) First-time filmmaker Archana Phadke says that her documentary "About Love", in which she captured the everyday moments of her family members, made her see her loved ones as individuals with their own dreams and ideas.

Archana Phadke Talks About Her Debut Movie ‘About Love’, Says ‘Wanted to Create a Memory Box’

First-time filmmaker Archana Phadke says that her documentary About Love, in which she captured the everyday moments of her family members, made her see her loved ones as individuals with their own dreams and ideas. The incredibly personal documentary, which currently streams on MUBI India, follows three generations of Phadke’s family who live and work together in their five-storey building in South Mumbai. After Succession Season 3 Finale, Fans Share Funny Memes on the HBO’s Hit Show (View Tweets).

“About Love” was a part of a specially curated list of seven movies that were specially picked up by filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane for the streaming service. Phadke, who earlier worked as an editor for National Award-winning documentary “Placebo” (2014) and cinematographer for “Raghu Rai: An Unframed Portrait” (2017), said the process of her looking at her family as a group of people started when her mother had a breakdown and she filmed it. KBC 13: Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan to Appear on the Season Finale of Amitabh Bachchan’s Quiz Show.

“I was shooting this film for a long time and there’s always one moment that impacts you a lot. For me, that scene was when my mother had a breakdown and then she talked for ten minutes. While making the documentary, I knew that I had to film this moment. Because in that moment, my mother stopped being my mom, this role that I have assigned to her, and she became more than that. “I suddenly started seeing her as a person, as an individual. I started thinking about her dreams and aspirations. And the moment I started seeing my mother as a person, I also started seeing my whole family as people,” the 35-year-old told PTI in an interview.

For Phadke, it was the 2013 South Korean documentary “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” that pushed her to direct her first documentary feature film. “I believe that all films begin through some sort of inspiration. That’s what happened to me. I saw this documentary and it was about this nonagenarian couple who were so much in love despite being married for 75 years. “While watching that movie and even afterwards, I wondered if I have seen this kind of love in my family. So I set out to make this film, something that plays with the banal moments of everyday life and tries to understand whether it is love that actually ties families together. That was my intention when I started the film. I wanted to capture the nothingness of everyday life,” Phadke said.

The director hopes the documentary serves as a time capsule, bridging the gap between the past, present and future generations of her family. “When you’re making a personal film, you’re always caught between the role of a filmmaker and being a family person. So the family member side of me was always excited about making this film. I thought that ten years down the line, when I will watch this film, it will be a different experience. It also goes for other members of my family.”

Asked whether there were any apprehensions in her family about getting filmed, Phadke said her family understood her intentions and her passion for cinema. “A lot of time in documentaries, what happens is that you have to spend at least a month to get people to feel comfortable with the camera because otherwise the moment a person comes in front of the camera, they change. They become aware of how they are being perceived and might act.

“But I used to hang out in my house with a camera always and my family were aware of my passion.

They saw the camera as an extension of me. So when I started the documentary, I was lucky that I didn’t have to break that wall. So there was no apprehension, they were just being themselves in front of the camera.” There were moments when Phadke struggled to balance her role as a family member and as a filmmaker. The filmmaker, who has a biotechnology degree from Mumbai University’s Jai Hind College, said she filmed the situations that often left her feeling conflicted.

“When my grandfather passed away, I filmed those moments and it was quite difficult for me. When I was filming, I felt conflicted. I didn’t know whether what I was doing was right or not. But the filmmaker part of me suddenly stepped in and the idea was to film with dignity. “You cannot do it insensitively while filming a situation like this. So these kinds of moments were very difficult. Even during editing, I was in two minds about whether it should be there or not.”

Throughout the 90-minute-long documentary, Phadke trains her camera on several of her family members, including her house, the Phadke Building in South Mumbai, which also comes across as a character in the film. “I started shooting with my grandparents first and they can’t step out of the house as it doesn’t have an elevator. So this building is their whole world. Now, it’s all they have and all they know. “When it comes to my parents, the time they spend together is in this space. They also hardly took vacations or went out. So the building kind of lends itself as a character in the film. That’s why I decided to keep the story inside the house,” she said.

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Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie

Jolie in 2014

Assumed office
April 17, 2012
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Personal details
Angelina Jolie Voight
June 4, 1975

United States
​(m. 1996; div. 1999)​
​(m. 2000; div. 2003)​
​(m. 2014; div. 2019)​
Children 6
Jon Voight (father)
James Haven (brother)
Barry Voight (uncle)
Chip Taylor (uncle)
Awards Full list

Other names Angelina Jolie Pitt
Years active 1982–present

Angelina Jolie DCMG (/dʒoʊˈliː/née Voight, formerly Jolie Pitt; born June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. The recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards, she has been named Hollywood's highest-paid actress multiple times.

Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin' to Get Out (1982), and her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993), followed by her first leading role in a major film, Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical cable films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1999 drama Girl, Interrupted. Her starring role as the video game heroine Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) established her as a leading Hollywood actress. She continued her action-star career with Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010), and The Tourist (2010), and received critical acclaim for her performances in the dramas A Mighty Heart (2007) and Changeling (2008), the latter of which earned her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Her biggest commercial success came with the fantasy picture Maleficent (2014). She is also known for her voice role in animation film series Kung Fu Panda (2008–present). Jolie has also directed and written several war dramas, namely In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), Unbroken (2014), and First They Killed My Father (2017).

In addition to her film career, Jolie is known for her humanitarian efforts, for which she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and made an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other honors. She promotes various causes, including conservation, education, and women's rights, and is most noted for her advocacy on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Jolie has undertaken over a dozen field missions globally to refugee camps and war zones; her visited countries include Sierra LeoneTanzaniaPakistanAfghanistanSyria and Sudan.

As a public figure, Jolie has been cited as one of the most powerful and influential people in the American entertainment industry. She has been cited as the world's most beautiful woman by various media outlets. Her personal life, including her relationships, marriages, and health, has been the subject of wide publicity. She is divorced from actors Jonny Lee MillerBilly Bob Thornton and Brad Pitt. She has six children with Pitt, three of whom were adopted internationally.

Early life and family

Angelina Jolie Voight was born on June 4, 1975, in Los AngelesCalifornia, to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. She is the sister of actor James Haven as well as the niece of singer-songwriter Chip Taylor and geologist and volcanologist Barry Voight. Her godparents are actors Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell. On her father's side, Jolie is of German and Slovak descent, while on her mother's side, she has primarily French Canadian, Dutch, and German ancestry. Jolie has noted that she is part Iroquois through a 17th-century Huron ancestor.

Jolie's father, actor Jon Voight, attending the 60th Academy Awards in 1988, where his children accompanied him

Following her parents' separation in 1976, she and her brother lived with their mother, who had abandoned her acting ambitions to focus on raising her children. Jolie's mother raised her as a Catholic but did not require her to go to church. As a child, she often watched films with her mother and it was this, rather than her father's successful career, that inspired her interest in acting, though she had a bit part in Voight's Lookin' to Get Out (1982) at age seven. When Jolie was six years old, Bertrand and her live-in partner, filmmaker Bill Day, moved the family to Palisades, New York; they returned to Los Angeles five years later. Jolie then decided she wanted to act and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, where she trained for two years and appeared in several stage productions.

Jolie first attended Beverly Hills High School, where she felt isolated among the children of some of the area's affluent families because her mother survived on a more modest income. She was teased by other students, who targeted her for being extremely thin and for wearing glasses and braces. Her early attempts at modeling, at her mother's insistence, proved unsuccessful. She then transferred to Moreno High School, an alternative school, where she became a "punk outsider," wearing all-black clothing, going out moshing, and experimenting with knife play with her live-in boyfriend. She dropped out of her acting classes and aspired to become a funeral director, taking at-home courses to study embalming. At age 16, after the relationship had ended, Jolie graduated from high school and rented her own apartment before returning to theater studies, though in 2004 she referred to this period with the observation, "I am still at heart—and always will be—just a punk kid with tattoos."

As a teenager, Jolie found it difficult to emotionally connect with other people, and as a result she self-harmed, later commenting, "For some reason, the ritual of having cut myself and feeling the pain, maybe feeling alive, feeling some kind of release, it was somehow therapeutic to me. She also struggled with insomnia and an eating disorder and began experimenting with drugs; by age 20, she had used "just about every drug possible," particularly heroin. Jolie suffered episodes of depression and planned to commit suicide twice—at age 19 and again at 22, when she attempted to hire a hitman to kill her. When she was 24, she experienced a nervous breakdown and was admitted for 72 hours to UCLA Medical Center's psychiatric ward. Two years later, after adopting her first child, Jolie found stability in her life, later stating, "I knew once I committed to Maddox, I would never be self-destructive again."

Jolie has had a lifelong dysfunctional relationship with her father, which began when Voight left the family when his daughter was less than a year old. She has said that from then on their time together was sporadic and usually carried out in front of the press. They reconciled when they appeared together in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), but their relationship again deteriorated. Jolie petitioned the court to legally remove her surname, Voight, in favor of her middle name, which she had long used as a stage name; the name change was granted on September 12, 2002. Voight then went public with their estrangement during an appearance on Access Hollywood, in which he claimed Jolie had "serious mental problems." At that point, her mother and brother also broke off contact with him. They did not speak for six and a half years but began rebuilding their relationship in the wake of Bertrand's death from ovarian cancer on January 27, 2007 before going public with their reconciliation three years later.

1991–1997: Early work

Jolie committed to acting professionally at the age of 16, but initially found it difficult to pass auditions, often being told that her demeanor was "too dark." She appeared in five of her brother's student films, made while he attended the USC School of Cinema-Television, as well as in several music videos, namely Lenny Kravitz's "Stand by My Woman" (1991), Antonello Venditti's "Alta Marea" (1991), The Lemonheads's "It's About Time" (1993), and Meat Loaf's "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" (1993). She began to learn from her father, as she noticed his method of observing people to become like them. Their relationship during this time was less strained, with Jolie realizing that they were both "drama queens."

Jolie began her professional film career in 1993, when she played her first leading role in the direct-to-video science-fiction sequel Cyborg 2, as a near-human robot designed for corporate espionage and assassination. She was so disappointed with the film that she did not audition again for a year. Following a supporting role in the independent film Without Evidence (1995), she starred in her first Hollywood picture, Hackers (1995). The New York Times critic Janet Maslin wrote that Angelina's character Kate "stands out. That's because she scowls even more sourly than [her co-stars] and is that rare female hacker who sits intently at her keyboard in a see-through top." Hackers failed to make a profit at the box office, but developed a cult following after its video release.

After starring in the modern-day Romeo and Juliet adaptation Love Is All There Is (1996), Jolie appeared in the road movie Mojave Moon (1996), of which The Hollywood Reporter said, "Jolie, an actress whom the camera truly adores, reveals a comic flair and the kind of blatant sexuality that makes it entirely credible that Danny Aiello's character would drop everything just for the chance of being with her." In Foxfire (1996) she played a drifter who unites four teenage girls against a teacher who has sexually harassed them. Jack Mathews of the Los Angeles Times wrote of her performance, "It took a lot of hogwash to develop this character, but Jolie, Jon Voight's knockout daughter, has the presence to overcome the stereotype. Though the story is narrated by Maddy, Legs is the subject and the catalyst."

In 1997, Jolie starred with David Duchovny in the thriller Playing God, set in the Los Angeles underworld. The film was not well received by critics; Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert wrote that Jolie "finds a certain warmth in a kind of role that is usually hard and aggressive; she seems too nice to be [a mobster's] girlfriend, and maybe she is." Her next work, as a frontierswoman in the CBS miniseries True Women (1997), was even less successful; writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Robert Strauss dismissed her as "horrid, a fourth-rate Scarlett O'Hara" who relies on "gnashed teeth and overly pouted lips." Jolie also starred in the music video for the Rolling Stones's "Anybody Seen My Baby?" as a stripper who leaves mid-performance to wander New York City.

Jolie's career prospects began to improve after she won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in TNT's George Wallace (1997), about the life of the segregationist Alabama Governor and presidential candidate George Wallace, played by Gary Sinise. Jolie portrayed Wallace's second wife, Cornelia, a performance Lee Winfrey of The Philadelphia Inquirer considered a highlight of the film. George Wallace was very well received by critics and won, among other awards, the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film. Jolie also received a nomination for an Emmy Award for her performance.

1998–2000: Breakthrough

Jolie's first breakthrough came when she portrayed supermodel Gia Carangi in HBO's Gia (1998). The film chronicles the destruction of Carangi's life and career as a result of her addiction to heroin, and her decline and death from AIDS in the mid-1980s. Vanessa Vance of Reel.com retrospectively noted, "Jolie gained wide recognition for her role as the titular Gia, and it's easy to see why. Jolie is fierce in her portrayal—filling the part with nerve, charm, and desperation—and her role in this film is quite possibly the most beautiful train wreck ever filmed." For the second consecutive year, Jolie won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy Award. She also won her first Screen Actors Guild Award.

In accordance with Lee Strasberg's method acting, Jolie preferred to stay in character in between scenes during many of her early films, and as a result had gained a reputation for being difficult to deal with. While shooting Gia, she told her husband, Jonny Lee Miller, that she would not be able to phone him: "I'd tell him: 'I'm alone; I'm dying; I'm gay; I'm not going to see you for weeks.'" After Gia wrapped, she briefly gave up acting, because she felt that she had "nothing else to give." She separated from Miller and moved to New York, where she took night classes at New York University to study directing and screenwriting. Encouraged by her Golden Globe Award win for George Wallace and the positive critical reception of Gia, Jolie resumed her career.

Following the previously filmed gangster film Hell's Kitchen (1998), Jolie returned to the screen in Playing by Heart (1998), part of an ensemble cast that included Sean ConneryGillian Anderson, and Ryan Phillippe. The film received predominantly positive reviews, and Jolie was praised in particular; San Francisco Chronicle critic Peter Stack wrote, "Jolie, working through an overwritten part, is a sensation as the desperate club crawler learning truths about what she's willing to gamble." She won the Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review.

In 1999, Jolie starred in the comedy-drama Pushing Tin, alongside John CusackBilly Bob Thornton, and Cate Blanchett. The film met with mixed reception from critics, and Jolie's character—Thornton's seductive wife—was particularly criticized; writing for The Washington PostDesson Howe dismissed her as "a completely ludicrous writer's creation of a free-spirited woman who weeps over hibiscus plants that die, wears lots of turquoise rings and gets real lonely when Russell spends entire nights away from home." Jolie then co-starred with Denzel Washington in The Bone Collector (1999), playing a police officer who reluctantly helps Washington's quadriplegic detective track down a serial killer. The film grossed $151.5 million worldwide, but was critically unsuccessful. Terry Lawson of the Detroit Free Press concluded, "Jolie, while always delicious to look at, is simply and woefully miscast."

"Jolie is emerging as one of the great wild spirits of current movies, a loose cannon who somehow has deadly aim."

Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert on Jolie's performance in Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Jolie next took the supporting role of a sociopathic mental patient in Girl, Interrupted (1999), an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's memoir of the same name. While Winona Ryder played the main character in what was hoped to be a comeback for her, the film instead marked Jolie's final breakthrough in Hollywood. She won her third Golden Globe Award, her second Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2000. For VarietyEmanuel Levy noted, "Jolie is excellent as the flamboyant, irresponsible girl who turns out to be far more instrumental than the doctors in Susanna's rehabilitation."

In 2000, Jolie appeared in her first summer blockbuster, Gone in 60 Seconds, which became her highest-grossing film to that point, earning $237.2 million internationally. She had a minor role as the mechanic ex-girlfriend of a car thief played by Nicolas Cage; The Washington Post writer Stephen Hunter criticized that "all she does in this movie is stand around, cooling down, modeling those fleshy, pulsating muscle-tubes that nest so provocatively around her teeth." Jolie later explained that the film had been a welcome relief after her emotionally demanding role in Girl, Interrupted.
2001–2004: Worldwide recognition

Although widely praised for her acting and performances, Jolie had rarely found films that appealed to a wide audience, but 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider made her an international superstar. An adaptation of the popular Tomb Raider video games, the film required her to learn an English accent and undergo extensive martial arts training to play the archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft. Although the film generated mostly negative reviews, Jolie was generally praised for her physical performance; Newsday's John Anderson commented, "Jolie makes the title character a virtual icon of female competence and coolth." The film was an international hit, earning $274.7 million worldwide, and launched her global reputation as a female action star.

Jolie next starred opposite Antonio Banderas as his mail-order bride in Original Sin (2001), the first of a string of films that were poorly received by critics and audiences alike. The New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell questioned Jolie's decision to follow her Oscar-winning performance with "soft-core nonsense." The romantic comedy Life or Something Like It (2002), though equally unsuccessful, marked an unusual choice for Jolie. Salon magazine's Allen Barra considered her ambitious newscaster character a rare attempt at playing a conventional women's role, noting that her performance "doesn't get off the ground until a scene where she goes punk and leads a group of striking bus workers in singing 'Satisfaction'". Despite her lack of box office success, Jolie remained in demand as an actress; in 2002, she established herself among Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, earning $10–$15 million per film for the next five years.

Jolie reprised her role as Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003), which was not as lucrative as the original, earning $156.5 million at the international box office. She also starred in the music video for Korn's "Did My Time", which was used to promote the sequel. Her next film was Beyond Borders (2003), in which she portrayed a socialite who joins an aid worker played by Clive Owen. Though unsuccessful with audiences, the film stands as the first of several passion projects Jolie has made to bring attention to humanitarian causes. Beyond Borders was a critical failure; Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times acknowledged Jolie's ability to "bring electricity and believability to roles," but wrote that "the limbo of a hybrid character, a badly written cardboard person in a fly-infested, blood-and-guts world, completely defeats her."

The year 2004 saw the release of four films featuring Jolie. She first starred in the thriller Taking Lives as an FBI profiler summoned to help Montreal law enforcement hunt down a serial killer. The film received mixed reviews; The Hollywood Reporter critic Kirk Honeycutt concluded, "Jolie plays a role that definitely feels like something she has already done, but she does add an unmistakable dash of excitement and glamour." Jolie made a brief appearance as a fighter pilot in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, a science fiction adventure shot entirely with actors in front of a bluescreen, and voiced her first family film, the DreamWorks animation Shark Tale. Her supporting role as Queen Olympias in Oliver Stone's Alexander, about the life of Alexander the Great, was met with mixed reception, particularly concerning her Slavic accent. Commercially, the film failed in North America, which Stone attributed to disapproval of the depiction of Alexander's bisexuality, but it succeeded internationally, grossing $167.3 million.

2005–2010: Established actress

In 2005, Jolie returned to major box office success with the action-comedy Mr. & Mrs. Smith, in which she starred opposite Brad Pitt as a bored married couple who find out that they are both secret assassins. The film received mixed reviews, but was generally lauded for the chemistry between the two leads; Star Tribune critic Colin Covert noted, "While the story feels haphazard, the movie gets by on gregarious charm, galloping energy and the stars' thermonuclear screen chemistry." With box office takings of $478.2 million worldwide, Mr. & Mrs. Smith was the seventh-highest grossing picture of the year and remained Jolie's highest-grossing live-action film for the next decade.

Following a supporting role as the neglected wife of a CIA officer in Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd (2006), Jolie starred as Mariane Pearl in the documentary-style drama A Mighty Heart (2007). Based on Pearl's memoir of the same name, the film chronicles the kidnapping and murder of her husband, The Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, in Pakistan. Although the biracial Pearl had personally chosen Jolie for the role, the casting drew racial criticism and accusations of blackface The resulting performance was widely praised; Ray Bennett of The Hollywood Reporter described it as "well-measured and moving," played "with respect and a firm grasp on a difficult accent." She received nominations for a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Jolie also played a shape-shifting seductress, Grendel's mother, in the epic Beowulf (2007), created through motion capture. The film was critically and commercially well received, earning $196.4 million worldwide.

By 2008, Jolie was considered the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, earning $15–$20 million per film. While other actresses had been forced to take salary cuts in recent years, Jolie's perceived box office appeal allowed her to command as much as $20 million plus a percentage. She starred alongside James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman in the action film Wanted (2008), which proved an international success, earning $341.4 million worldwide. The film received predominantly favorable reviews; writing for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis noted that Jolie was "perfectly cast as a super-scary, seemingly amoral assassin," adding that "she cuts the kind of disciplinarian figure who can bring boys of all ages to their knees or at least into their theater seats."
Jolie in character as Christine Collins on the set of Changeling in 2007

Jolie next took the lead role in Clint Eastwood's drama Changeling (2008). Based in part on the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders, the film centers on Christine Collins, who is reunited with her kidnapped son in 1928 Los Angeles, only to realize the boy is an imposter. Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips noted, "Jolie really shines in the calm before the storm, the scenes when one patronizing male authority figure after another belittles her at their peril." She received nominations for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award for Best Actress. Jolie also voiced the DreamWorks animation Kung Fu Panda (2008), the first work in a major family franchise, later reprising her voice role in the sequels Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).

After her mother's death in 2007, Jolie appeared in fewer films, later explaining that her motivation to be an actress had stemmed from her mother's acting ambitions. Her first film in two years was the 2010 thriller Salt, in which she starred as a CIA agent who goes on the run after she is accused of being a KGB sleeper agent. Originally written as a male character with Tom Cruise attached to star, agent Salt underwent a gender change after a Columbia Pictures executive suggested Jolie for the role. With revenues of $293.5 million, Salt became an international success. The film received generally positive reviews, with Jolie's performance in particular earning praise; Empire magazine critic William Thomas remarked, "When it comes to selling incredible, crazy, death-defying antics, Jolie has few peers in the action business."

Jolie starred opposite Johnny Depp in the thriller The Tourist (2010). The film was a critical failure, though Roger Ebert defended Jolie's performance, stating that she "does her darndest" and "plays her femme fatale with flat-out, drop-dead sexuality." Despite poor critical reception and a slow start at the North American box office, the film went on to gross a respectable $278.3 million worldwide, cementing Jolie's appeal to international audiences. She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance, which gave rise to speculation that it had been given merely to ensure her high-profile presence at the awards ceremony

2011–present: Career expansion

After directing the documentary A Place in Time (2007), which was distributed through the National Education Association, Jolie made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), a love story between a Serb soldier and a Bosniak prisoner, set during the 1992–95 Bosnian War. She conceived the film to rekindle attention for the survivors, after twice visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina in her role as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. To ensure authenticity, she cast only actors from the former Yugoslavia—including stars Goran Kostić and Zana Marjanović—and incorporated their wartime experiences into her screenplay. Upon release, the film received mixed reviews; Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Jolie deserves significant credit for creating such a powerfully oppressive atmosphere and staging the ghastly events so credibly, even if it is these very strengths that will make people not want to watch what's onscreen." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Jolie was named an honorary citizen of Sarajevo for raising awareness of the war.

After a three-and-a-half-year absence from the screen, Jolie starred in Maleficent (2014), a live-action re-imagining of Disney's 1959 animation Sleeping Beauty. Critical reception was mixed, but Jolie's performance in the titular role was singled out for praise; The Hollywood Reporter critic Sherri Linden found her to be the "heart and soul" of the film, adding that she "doesn't chew the estimable scenery in Maleficent—she infuses it, wielding a magnetic and effortless power." In its opening weekend, Maleficent earned nearly $70 million at the North American box office and over $100 million in other markets, marking Jolie's appeal to audiences of all demographics in both action and fantasy films, genres usually dominated by male actors. The film went on to gross $757.8 million worldwide, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year and Jolie's highest-grossing film ever.

Jolie next completed her second directorial venture, Unbroken (2014), about World War II hero Louis Zamperini (1917–2014), a former Olympic track star who survived a plane crash over sea and spent two years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. She also served as producer under her Jolie Pas banner Unbroken is based on Laura Hillenbrand's biography of the same name, the film was scripted by the Coen brothers and starred Jack O'Connell. After a positive early reception, Unbroken was considered a likely Best Picture and Best Director contender, but it ultimately received mixed reviews and little award recognition though it was named one of the best films of the year by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. Variety magazine's Justin Chang noted the film's "impeccable craftsmanship and sober restraint", but deemed it "an extraordinary story told in dutiful, unexceptional terms." Financially, Unbroken far outperformed industry expectations in its opening weekend, eventually earning over $163 million worldwide.
Jolie promoting Eternals at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International

Jolie's next directorial effort was the marital drama By the Sea (2015), in which she starred opposite her husband, Brad Pitt, marking their first collaboration since 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Based on her screenplay, the film was a deeply personal project for Jolie, who drew inspiration from her own mother's life. Critics, however, dismissed it as a "vanity project," as part of an overall poor reception Writing for The Washington Post, Stephanie Merry noted its dearth of genuine emotion, stating, "By the Sea is dazzlingly gorgeous, as are its stars. But peeling back layer upon layer of exquisite ennui reveals nothing but emptiness, sprinkled with stilted sentiments." Despite starring two of Hollywood's leading actors, the film received only a limited release.

As Jolie preferred to dedicate herself to her humanitarian work, her cinematic output remained infrequent. First They Killed My Father (2017), a drama set during Cambodia's Khmer Rouge era, again enabled her to combine both interests. In addition to directing the film, she co-wrote the screenplay with her longtime friend Loung Ung, whose memoirs about the regime's child labor camps served as its source material. Intended primarily for a Cambodian audience, the film was produced directly for Netflix, which allowed for the use of an exclusively Khmer cast and script. Labeling Jolie as a "skilled and sensitive filmmaker", Rafer Guzmán of Newsday commended her for "convincingly depict[ing] the illogical hell of the Khmer Rouge era". It received nominations for the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.

Jolie reprised the role of Maleficent in the Disney fantasy sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019), which received unfavorable reviews from critics but performed moderately well commercially, with a global gross of $490 million. She next starred alongside David Oyelowo as grieving parents to the title characters of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan in the fantasy film Come Away.

Following its release in May 2021, Jolie stars in Taylor Sheridan's neo-Western thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, based on Michael Koryta's novel of the same name. She is also set to produce and star in an adaptation of the 2014 James Scott novel The Kept, in addition to portraying the fictional warrior Thena in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Eternals.

Humanitarian work
UNHCR ambassadorship

"We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don't believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us."

—Jolie on her motives for joining UNHCR in 2001

Jolie first witnessed the effects of a humanitarian crisis while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) in war-torn Cambodia, an experience she later credited with having brought her a greater understanding of the world. Upon her return home, Jolie contacted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for information on international trouble spots To learn more about the conditions in these areas, she began visiting refugee camps around the world. In February 2001, she went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed.

In the following months, Jolie returned to Cambodia for two weeks and met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, where she donated $1 million in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal, the largest donation UNHCR had ever received from a private individual. She covered all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits. Jolie was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva on August 27, 2001.
Jolie and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a UNHCR celebration of World Refugee Day in June 2005

Over the next decade, she went on more than 40 field missions, meeting with refugees and internally displaced persons in over 30 countries. In 2002, when asked what she hoped to accomplish, she stated, "Awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon." To that end, her 2001–02 field visits were chronicled in her book Notes from My Travels, which was published in October 2003 in conjunction with the release of her humanitarian drama Beyond Borders.

Jolie aimed to visit what she termed "forgotten emergencies," crises that media attention had shifted away from. She became noted for traveling to war zones, such as Sudan's Darfur region during the Darfur conflict, the Syrian-Iraqi border during the Second Gulf War, where she met privately with U.S. troops and other multi-national forces and the Afghan capital Kabul during the war in Afghanistan, where three aid workers were murdered in the midst of her first visit. To aid her travels, she began taking flying lessons in 2004 with the aim of ferrying aid workers and food supplies around the world she now holds a private pilot license with instrument rating and owns a Cirrus SR22 and Cessna 208 Caravan single-engine aircraft.

On April 17, 2012, after more than a decade of service as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie was promoted to the rank of Special Envoy to High Commissioner António Guterres, the first to take on such a position within the organization. In her expanded role, she was given authority to represent Guterres and UNHCR at the diplomatic level, with a focus on major refugee crises. In the months following her promotion, she made her first visit as Special Envoy—her third over all—to Ecuador, where she met with Colombian refugees, and she accompanied Guterres on a week-long tour of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq, to assess the situation of refugees from neighboring Syria. Since then, Jolie has been on over a dozen field missions around the world to meet with refugees and undertake advocacy on their behalf.
Conservation and community development
Jolie at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in January 2005

In an effort to connect her Cambodian-born adopted son with his heritage, Jolie purchased a house in his country of birth in 2003. The traditional home sat on 39 hectares in the northwestern province Battambang, adjacent to Samlout national park in the Cardamom mountains, which had become infiltrated with poachers who threatened endangered species. She purchased the park's 60,000 hectares and turned the area into a wildlife reserve named for her son, the Maddox Jolie Project. In recognition of her conservation efforts, King Norodom Sihamoni awarded her Cambodian citizenship on July 31, 2005.

In November 2006, Jolie expanded the scope of the project—renamed the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation (MJP)—to create Asia's first Millennium Village, in accordance with UN development goals. She was inspired by a meeting with the founder of Millennium Promise, noted economist Jeffrey Sachs, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she was an invited speaker in 2005 and 2006. Together they filmed a 2005 MTV special, The Diary of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa, which followed them on a trip to a Millennium Village in western Kenya. By mid-2007, some 6,000 villagers and 72 employees—some of them former poachers employed as rangers—lived and worked at MJP, in ten villages previously isolated from one another. The compound includes schools, roads, and a soy milk factory, all funded by Jolie. Her home functions as the MJP field headquarters.

After filming Beyond Borders (2003) in Namibia, Jolie became patron of the Harnas Wildlife Foundation, a wildlife orphanage and medical center in the Kalahari desert. She first visited the Harnas farm during production of the film, which features vultures rescued by the foundation. In December 2010, Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, established the Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation to support conservation work by the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary, a nature reserve also located in the Kalahari. In name of their Namibian-born daughter, they have funded large-animal conservation projects as well as a free health clinic, housing, and a school for the San Bushmen community at Naankuse. Jolie and Pitt support other causes through the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, established in September 2006.
Child immigration and education

Jolie has pushed for legislation to aid child immigrants and other vulnerable children in both the U.S. and developing nations, including the "Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act of 2005." She began lobbying humanitarian interests in the U.S. capital from 2003 onwards, explaining, "As much as I would love to never have to visit Washington, that's the way to move the ball." Since October 2008, she has co-chaired Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a network of leading U.S. law firms that provide free legal aid to unaccompanied minors in immigration proceedings across the U.S. Founded in a collaboration between Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation, by 2013, KIND had become the principal provider of pro bono lawyers for immigrant children. Jolie had previously, from 2005 to 2007, funded the launch of a similar initiative, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants' National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children.
Jolie on the cover of Ms. magazine in 2015, in which she discusses child marriage

Jolie has also advocated for children's education. Since its founding at the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in September 2007, she has co-chaired the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which provides policy and funding to education programs for children in conflict-affected regions. In its first year, the partnership supported education projects for Iraqi refugee children, youth affected by the Darfur conflict, and girls in rural Afghanistan, among other affected groups. The partnership has worked closely with the Council on Foreign Relations' Center for Universal Education—founded by the partnership's co-chair, noted economist Gene Sperling—to establish education policies, which resulted in recommendations made to UN agencies, G8 development agencies, and the World Bank. Since April 2013, all proceeds from Jolie's high-end jewelry collection, Style of Jolie, have benefited the partnership's work. Jolie additionally launched the Malala Fund, a grant system established by Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, at the 2013 Women in the World Summit; she personally contributed over $200,000 to the cause.

Jolie has funded a school and boarding facility for girls at Kakuma refugee camp in northwestern Kenya, which opened in 2005, and two primary schools for girls in the returnee settlements Tangi and Qalai Gudar in eastern Afghanistan, which opened in March 2010 and November 2012 respectively. In addition to the facilities at the Millennium Village she established in Cambodia, Jolie had built at least ten other schools in the country by 2005. In February 2006, she opened the Maddox Chivan Children's Center, a medical and educational facility for children affected by HIV, in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. In Sebeta, Ethiopia, the birthplace of her eldest daughter, she funds a sister facility, the Zahara Children's Center, which is expected to open in 2015 and will treat and educate children suffering from HIV or tuberculosis. Both centers are run by the Global Health Committee

Jolie is executive producer of the BBC programme My World which aims to teach teenagers how to think critically about what they read and how to tell high-quality journalism from bad.

Human rights and women's rights
Jolie at the launch of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative in 2012

After Jolie joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in June 2007, she hosted a symposium on international law and justice at CFR headquarters and funded several CFR special reports, including "Intervention to Stop Genocide and Mass Atrocities." In January 2011, she established the Jolie Legal Fellowship, a network of lawyers and attorneys who are sponsored to advocate the development of human rights in their countries. Its member attorneys, called Jolie Legal Fellows, have facilitated child protection efforts in Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake and promoted the development of an inclusive democratic process in Libya following the 2011 revolution.

Jolie has fronted a campaign against sexual violence in military conflict zones by the UK government, which made the issue a priority of its 2013 G8 presidency. In May 2012, she launched the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) with Foreign Secretary William Hague, who was inspired to campaign on the issue by her Bosnian war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011). PSVI was established to complement wider UK government work by raising awareness and promoting international co-operation. Jolie spoke on the subject at the G8 foreign ministers meeting, where the attending nations adopted a historic declaration, and before the UN security council, which responded by adopting its broadest resolution on the issue to date. In June 2014, she co-chaired the four-day Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, the largest-ever meeting on the subject, which resulted in a protocol endorsed by 151 nations.

Through her work on the PSVI, Jolie met foreign policy experts Chloe Dalton and Arminka Helic, who served as special advisers to Hague. Their collaboration resulted in the 2015 founding of Jolie Pitt Dalton Helic, a partnership dedicated to women's rights and international justice, among other causes. In May 2016, Jolie was appointed a visiting professor at the London School of Economics to contribute to a postgraduate degree program at the university's Centre on Women, Peace and Security, which she had launched with Hague the previous year.

On September 9, 2020, Jolie made a generous donation to two young boys, who were running a lemonade stand in London. The boys were raising money through the stall for the people of Yemen, as the country was on the brink of humanitarian crisis caused by the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels.

Recognition and honors

Jolie has received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. In August 2002, she received the inaugural Humanitarian Award from the Church World Service's Immigration and Refugee Program, and in October 2003, she was the first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association. She was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA in October 2005, and she received the Freedom Award from the International Rescue Committee in November 2007. In October 2011, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres presented Jolie with a gold pin reserved for the most long-serving staff, in recognition of her decade as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

In November 2013, Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Academy Award, from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In June 2014, she was appointed an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) for her services to the UK's foreign policy and campaigning to end sexual violence in war zones. Queen Elizabeth II presented Jolie with the insignia of her honorary damehood during a private ceremony the following October.

Personal life
Relationships and marriages

Jolie had a serious boyfriend for two years from the age of 14. Her mother allowed them to live together in her home, of which Jolie later said, "I was either going to be reckless on the streets with my boyfriend or he was going to be with me in my bedroom with my mom in the next room. She made the choice, and because of it, I continued to go to school every morning and explored my first relationship in a safe way." She has compared the relationship to a marriage in its emotional intensity, and said that the breakup compelled her to dedicate herself to her acting career at the age of 16. Jolie initially declined to name her former beau in interviews, but in 2014 he was finally identified as costumer Anton Schneider.

During filming of Hackers (1995), Jolie had a romance with British actor Jonny Lee Miller, her first lover since the relationship in her early teens. They were not in touch for many months after production ended, but eventually reconnected and married soon after in March 1996. She attended her wedding in black rubber pants and a white T-shirt, upon which she had written the groom's name in her blood. Although the relationship ended for good the following year, Jolie remained on good terms with Miller, whom she called "a solid man and a solid friend". Their divorce, initiated by Jolie in February 1999, was finalized shortly before she remarried the next year.

Prior to her marriage to Miller, Jolie began a relationship with model-actress Jenny Shimizu on the set of Foxfire (1996). She later said, "I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn't married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her." According to Shimizu, their relationship lasted several years and continued even while Jolie was romantically involved with other people. In 2003, when asked if she was bisexual, Jolie responded, "Of course. If I fell in love with a woman tomorrow, would I feel that it's okay to want to kiss and touch her? If I fell in love with her? Absolutely! Yes!"
Jolie with then-partner Brad Pitt at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009, where they each received an Academy Award nomination

After a two-month courtship, Jolie married actor Billy Bob Thornton on May 5, 2000, in Las Vegas. They had met on the set of Pushing Tin (1999), but did not pursue a relationship at that time as Thornton was engaged to actress Laura Dern, while Jolie was reportedly dating actor Timothy Hutton, her co-star in Playing God (1997). As a result of their frequent public declarations of passion and gestures of love—most famously wearing one another's blood in vials around their necks—their marriage became a favorite topic of the entertainment media. Jolie and Thornton announced the adoption of a child from Cambodia in March 2002, but abruptly separated three months later. Their divorce was finalized on May 27, 2003. When asked about the sudden dissolution of their marriage, Jolie stated, "It took me by surprise, too, because overnight, we totally changed. I think one day we had just nothing in common. And it's scary but ... I think it can happen when you get involved and you don't know yourself yet."

Jolie was involved in a well-publicized Hollywood scandal when she was accused of having caused the divorce of actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston in October 2005. She said she fell in love with Pitt during filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), but she dismissed allegations of an affair, saying, "To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother, is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that. I wouldn't be attracted to a man who would cheat on his wife." Jolie and Pitt did not publicly comment on the nature of their relationship until January 2006, when she confirmed that she was pregnant with his child.

During their twelve-year relationship, the couple were dubbed "Brangelina"—a portmanteau coined by the entertainment media—and were the subject of worldwide media coverage. They became one of Hollywood's most glamorous couples. Their family grew to include six children, three of whom were adopted, before they announced their engagement in April 2012. Jolie and Pitt married on August 23, 2014, at their estate Château Miraval in Correns, France. She subsequently took the name "Jolie Pitt". After two years of marriage, the couple separated on September 15, 2016. On September 19, Jolie filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. On April 12, 2019, the court restored Jolie and Pitt to single status and they were declared divorced.

Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt
born August 5, 2001 (age 20), in Cambodia
Adopted March 10, 2002 by Jolie
Adopted early 2006 by Pitt
Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt
born November 29, 2003 (age 17), in
Adopted March 15, 2007 by Jolie
Adopted February 21, 2008 by Pitt
Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt
born January 8, 2005 (age 16), in Awasa, Ethiopia
Adopted July 6, 2005 by Jolie
Adopted early 2006 by Pitt
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
born May 27, 2006 (age 15), in Swakopmund, Namibia
Knox Léon Jolie-Pitt
born July 12, 2008 (age 13), in
Nice, France
Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt
born July 12, 2008 (age 13), in
Nice, France

Jolie has six children. Of the children, three were adopted internationally, while three are biological.

On March 10, 2002, Jolie adopted her first child, seven-month-old Maddox Chivan, from an orphanage in BattambangCambodia. He was born as Rath Vibol on August 5, 2001, in a local village. After twice visiting Cambodia, while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and on a UNHCR field mission, Jolie returned in November 2001 with her husband, Billy Bob Thornton, where they met and subsequently applied to adopt Maddox. The adoption process was halted the following month when the U.S. government banned adoptions from Cambodia amid allegations of child trafficking. Although Jolie's adoption facilitator was later convicted of visa fraud and money laundering, her adoption of Maddox was deemed lawful. Once the process was finalized, she took custody of Maddox in Namibia, where she was filming Beyond Borders (2003). Jolie and Thornton announced the adoption together, but she adopted Maddox alone, becoming a single parent following her separation from Thornton three months later.

Jolie adopted her second child, six-month-old Zahara Marley, from an orphanage in Addis AbabaEthiopia, on July 6, 2005. Zahara was born as Yemsrach on January 8, 2005, in Awasa. Jolie initially believed Zahara to be an AIDS orphan, based on official testimony from her grandmother, but Zahara's birth mother later came forward in the media. She explained that she had abandoned her family when Zahara became sick, and said she thought Zahara was "very fortunate" to have been adopted by Jolie. Jolie was accompanied by her partner, Brad Pitt, when she traveled to Ethiopia to take custody of Zahara. She later indicated that they had together made the decision to adopt from Ethiopia, having first visited the country earlier that year. After Pitt announced his intention to adopt her children, she filed a petition to legally change their surname from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt, which was granted on January 19, 2006. Pitt adopted Maddox and Zahara soon after.
A pregnant Jolie attending the premiere of Changeling with director Clint Eastwood at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

In an attempt to avoid the unprecedented media frenzy surrounding their relationship, Jolie and Pitt traveled to Namibia for the birth of their first biological child. On May 27, 2006, she gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel, in Swakopmund. Shiloh's middle name is homage to French architect Jean Nouvel. During labor, Jolie had fits of hysteric laughter due to the administration of morphine. They sold the first pictures of Shiloh through the distributor Getty Images with the aim of benefiting charity, rather than allowing paparazzi to take these valuable photographs. People and Hello! magazines purchased the North American and British rights to the images for $4.1 and $3.5 million respectively, a record in celebrity photojournalism at that time, with all proceeds donated to UNICEF.

On March 15, 2007, Jolie adopted her fourth child, three-year-old Pax Thien, from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam. Pax was born as Pham Quang Sang on November 29, 2003, in HCMC, and was abandoned soon after birth. After visiting the orphanage with Pitt in November 2006, Jolie applied for adoption as a single parent, because Vietnam's adoption regulations do not allow unmarried couples to co-adopt. After their return to the United States, she petitioned the court to change Pax Thien's surname from Jolie to Jolie-Pitt, which was approved on May 31. Pitt subsequently adopted Pax on February 21, 2008.

At the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Jolie confirmed that she was expecting twins. For the two weeks she spent in a seaside hospital in Nice, France, reporters and photographers camped outside on the promenade. She gave birth to twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, on July 12, 2008. Knox Léon was named after two ancestors and Vivienne Marcheline was named in honor of Jolie's mother. The first pictures of Knox and Vivienne were jointly sold to People and Hello! for a reported $14 million—the most expensive celebrity photographs ever taken. All proceeds were donated to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

Cancer prevention treatment

On February 16, 2013, the 37-year-old Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87-percent risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Her maternal family history warranted genetic testing for BRCA mutations: her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, had breast cancer and died of ovarian cancer, while her grandmother died of ovarian cancer. Her aunt, who had the same BRCA1 defect, died of breast cancer three months after Jolie's operation. Following the mastectomy, which lowered her chances of developing breast cancer to under five percent, Jolie had reconstructive surgery involving implants and allografts. Two years later, in March 2015, after annual test results indicated possible signs of early ovarian cancer, she underwent a preventive salpingo-oophorectomy, as she had a fifty-percent risk of developing ovarian cancer due to the same genetic anomaly. Despite hormone replacement therapy, the surgery brought on premature menopause.

"I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options."

—Jolie on her reasons for speaking out about her mastectomy

After completing each operation, Jolie discussed her mastectomy and oophorectomy in op-eds she wrote for The New York Times, with the aim of helping other women make informed health choices. She detailed her diagnosis, surgeries, and personal experiences, and described her decision to undergo preventive surgery as a proactive measure for the sake of her six children. Jolie further wrote, "On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."

Jolie's announcement of her mastectomy attracted widespread publicity and discussion on BRCA mutations and genetic testing. Her decision was met with praise from various public figures, while health campaigners welcomed her raising awareness of the options available to at-risk women Dubbed "The Angelina Effect" by a Time cover story, Jolie's influence led to a "global and long-lasting" increase in BRCA gene testing: the number of referrals tripled in Australia and doubled in the United Kingdom, parts of Canada, and India, as well as significantly increased in other European countries and the United States. Researchers in Canada and the United Kingdom found that despite the large increase, the percentage of mutation carriers remained the same, meaning Jolie's message had reached those most at risk In her first op-ed, Jolie had advocated for wider accessibility of BRCA gene testing and acknowledged the high costs which were greatly reduced after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a June 2013 ruling, invalidated BRCA gene patents held by Myriad Genetics.

Public image

As the daughter of actor Jon Voight, Jolie appeared in the media from an early age. After embarking on her own career, she earned a reputation as a "wild child", which contributed to her early success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Celebrity profiles routinely covered her fascination with blood and knives, experiences with drugs, and her sex life, particularly her bisexuality and interest in sadomasochism. When asked in 2000 about her outspokenness, she stated, "I say things that other people might go through. That's what artists should do—throw things out there and not be perfect and not have answers for anything and see if people understand." Another contributing factor of her controversial image were tabloid rumors of incest that began when Jolie, upon winning her Oscar for Girl, Interrupted, kissed her brother on the lips and said, "I'm so in love with my brother right now." She dismissed the rumors by saying, "It was disappointing that something so beautiful and pure could be turned into a circus," and explained that, as children of divorce, she and James relied on one another for emotional support.

Jolie's reputation began to change positively after she, at age 26, became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, later commenting, "In my early 20s I was fighting with myself. Now I take that punk in me to Washington, and I fight for something important." Owing to her extensive activism, her Q Score—the industry's measure of celebrities' likability—nearly doubled to 25 between 2000 and 2006. Her recognizability grew accordingly; by 2006, she was familiar to 81% of Americans, compared to 31% in 2000. She became noted for her ability to positively influence her public image through the media, without employing a publicist or an agent. Her Q Score remained above average even when, in 2005, she was accused of ending Brad Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Aniston, at which point her public persona became an unlikely combination of alleged homewrecker, mother, sex symbol, and humanitarian A decade later, Jolie was found to be the most admired woman in the world in global surveys conducted by YouGov in 2015 and 2016.

Jolie's general influence and wealth are extensively documented. In a 2006 global industry survey by ACNielsen in 42 international markets, Jolie, together with Pitt, was found to be the favorite celebrity endorser for brands and products worldwide. Jolie was the face of St. John and Shiseido from 2006 to 2008, and a decade later became a spokesmodel for Guerlain. Her 2011 endorsement deal with Louis Vuitton, reportedly worth $10 million, was a record for a single advertising campaign. Jolie was among the Time 100, a list of the most influential people in the world as published by Time, in 2006 and 2008. She was named the world's most powerful celebrity in Forbes's Celebrity 100 issue in 2009, and, though ranked lower overall, was listed as the most powerful actress from 2006 to 2008 and 2011 to 2013. Forbes additionally cited her as Hollywood's highest-paid actress in 2009, 2011, and 2013, with estimated annual earnings of $27 million, $30 million, and $33 million respectively.

Jolie at the premiere of A Mighty Heart in 2007; several of her tattoos are visible

Jolie's public image is strongly tied to her perceived beauty and sex appeal Many media outlets, including Vogue, People, and Vanity Fair, have cited her as the world's most beautiful woman, while others such as EsquireFHM, and Empire have named her the sexiest woman alive; both titles have often been based on public polls in which Jolie places far ahead of other celebrity women Her most recognizable physical features are her many tattoos, eyes, and in particular her full lips, which The New York Times considered as defining a feature as Kirk Douglas's chin or Bette Davis' eyes. Among her estimated 20 tattoos are the Latin proverb quod me nutrit me destruit ("what nourishes me destroys me"), the Tennessee Williams quote "A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages", four Buddhist Sanskrit prayers of protection, a twelve-inch tiger, and geographical coordinates of where she first met her adopted children. Over time, she has covered or lasered several of her tattoos, including "Billy Bob", the name of her second husband

Professionally, Jolie's status as a sex symbol has been considered both an asset and a hindrance. Some of her most commercially successful films, including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Beowulf (2007), overtly relied at least in part on her sex appeal, with Empire stating that her "pneumatic figure", "feline eyes", and "bee-stung lips" have greatly contributed to her appeal to cinema audiences. Conversely, Salon writer Allen Barra agreed with critics who suggested that Jolie's "dark and intense sexuality" has limited her in the types of roles she can be cast in, rendering her unconvincing in many conventional women's roles, while Clint Eastwood, who directed her Oscar-nominated performance in Changeling (2008), opined that having "the most beautiful face on the planet" sometimes harmed her dramatic credibility with audiences.

Beyond her career, Jolie's appearance has been credited with influencing popular culture at large. In 2002, AfterEllen founder Sarah Warn observed that many women of all sexual orientations had publicly expressed their attraction to Jolie, which she considered a new development in American culture, adding that "there are many beautiful women in Hollywood, and few generate the same kind of overwhelming interest across genders and sexual orientations that she does". Jolie's physical attributes became highly sought-after among western women seeking cosmetic surgery; by 2007, she was considered "the gold standard of beauty", with her full lips remaining the most imitated celebrity feature well into the 2010s. After a 2011 repeat survey by Allure found that Jolie most represented the American beauty ideal, compared to model Christie Brinkley in 1991, writer Elizabeth Angell credited society with having "branched out beyond the Barbie-doll ideal and embraced something quite different". In 2013, Jeffrey Kluger of Time agreed that Jolie has for many years symbolized the feminine ideal, and opined that her frank discussion of her double mastectomy redefined beauty.


Jolie has appeared in over thirty film productions since 1982. According to the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes and infotainment website Screen Rant, her most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films are Playing by Heart (1998), Gia (1998), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), Alexander (2004), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Beowulf (2007), A Mighty Heart (2007), Changeling (2008), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010), The Tourist (2010), Maleficent (2014), and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019). Her television projects comprise CBS miniseries True Women and TNT's George Wallace.

Jolie has directed a number of films, such as In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), Unbroken (2014), By the Sea (2015), and First They Killed My Father (2017). Her producing and executive producing credits include In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), Unbroken (2014), Maleficent (2014), First They Killed My Father (2017) and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019). Jolie served as a screenwriter for In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), By the Sea (2015) and First They Killed My Father (2017).
Aarti Puri
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Aarti Puri
Portrait of Aarti Puri
Born 8 January 1985 

Nationality Indian
Occupation ActressModel
Years active 1999−Present

Aarthi Puri, also known as Arthi Puri, (born 8 January 1985) is an Indian television & movie actress and model. Noted roles include the character of Trishna from show Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon. and movies like Deswa.


Puri started her career with regional cinema and then moved on to small screen. She is a model and has also done many movies and 100+ plus Punjabi videos as model as well. She was cast to play the parallel lead in the show Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon. alongside Drashti Dhami, who plays the lead in the show. She also played a lead role opposite Rakesh Kapoor in, "Pahado Ke Daman Mein" in 1999.

Regional Film

Khich Ghuggi Khich (Punjabi comedy), Nalaik (2005)


2012–2013 Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon as Trishna Balraj Chaudhary
2004 Mysteries Shaque as Simran
2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya as Gauri
Amritha Meera Vijayan
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Amritha Meera Vijayan
Born : 9 January 1990
Occupation Actress
Years active 2016–present
Parent(s) K.Vijayan , P.G. Meera

Amritha Meera Vijayan is a South Indian actress in the Malayalam film industry. She is known for her roles in Action Hero Biju (film).

Personal life

Amritha Meera Vijayan was born into a Nair Family in Kozhikode (Calicut) as the elder daughter of K.Vijayan and P.G. Meera. She has a younger brother Anoop Meera Vijayan, who is a thyring lieutenant service for the Indian Air Force.She is raised completely in Bangalore.Completed her schooling in St. Thomas Public School Bangalore and Higher Secondary in Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore. She completed her BSC and MSC in electronics from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. And worked as Software engineer in Cognizant Technological Solutions.
Aishwarya Devan
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Aishwarya Devan
Devan in 2018
Born 21 December 1993

Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present

Aishwarya Devan is an Indian actress and Beauty queen from Kerala state who has acted in MalayalamTamil and Kannada language films. She was crowned Femina Miss India Maharashtra 2017 and represented Maharashtra state in Femina Miss India 2017. She won various subtitles during the contest and made it to top-6 finalists. She made her Hindi film debut with the film 'Kashi - in Search of Ganga'.

Early life

Aishwarya was born to Malayalee parents in Bangalore to S. Devan, and Sheeja Devan who is from ShornurPalakkad districtKerala.


She was debuted in a Tamil movie 'Yuvan' with Siddharth Rajkumar and Rakul Preet Singh.[6] Then in Malayalam, Deepan introduced her to Shaji Kailas who cast her in his film Simhasanam opposite Prudhviraj Sukumaran. She played a Bangalore-based girl who, after her Plus Two, enters college in both her films. Yuvan was her first Tamil film and Simhasanam was her first Malayalam film.

After Simhasanam, she acted in Bala's The Hit List and Major Ravi’s Karmayodha.

In 2013, she received the lead role In V. K. Prakash's Thank You. In the early 2014 she signed up for the Tamil film Anegan directed by K.V. Anand as the second lead opposite Dhanush which released in the early 2015 and was a blockbuster, which also released as Anekudu in Telugu.
Anjana Sukhani
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Anjana Sukhani
Born 10 December 1978 

JaipurRajasthan, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actressmodel
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Reham Khan

Anjana Sukhani (born 10 December 1978) is an Indian film actress and model, who predominantly appears in Bollywood films.

Early life

Anjana was born in Jaipur to Preethi and Om Sukhani and has an older brother. She earned her Masters degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Film and modelling career
Anjana Sukhani walking the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week

Anjana Sukhani put her academic pursuits behind to pursue acting. During the early years of her career, she was cast in a television advertisement for Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates with the Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. She was also noted for her performance in the remixed Hindi music video for the song Ghar Jayegi. Even though she does not have a film industry related background, she has figured in sizeable roles like in the 2007 multi-starrer blockbuster film Salaam-e-Ishq following which she starred in Golmaal Returns, a sequel to the 2006 hit film Golmaal. Her other releases were Jai VeeruJashnn and her Kannada debut film Maleyali Jotheyali alongside Ganesh and Yuvika Chaudhary. She has been cast in Tollywood actor Ravi Teja's film Don Seenu marking her second film in Telugu after Naa Oopiri (2005). In 2016, Anjana made her debut in Marathi cinema opposite Swapnil Joshi in Laal Ishq, a Sanjay Leela Bhansali Production directed by Swapna Waghmare Joshi.
Andrea Jeremiah
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Andrea Jeremiah
Andrea in 2013
Andrea Maria Jeremiah
21 December 1985
voice actress
Years active 2007–present

Andrea Maria Jeremiah is an Indian actress, playback singer, and musician works predominantly in Tamil and Malayalam launguage films. She began her career as a playback singer, and has subsequently appeared in films as supporting to lead role. She made her acting debut in Tamil film Pachaikili Muthucharam (2007), and Malayalam debut with Annayum Rasoolum (2013), and Telugu with Tadakha (2013).

She has appeared many commercialy successfully films like Mankatha (2011), Annayum Rasoolum (2013), Vishwaroopam (2013), Tadakha (2013), Endrendrum Punnagai (2013), Aranmanai (2014), Loham (2015), Thoppil Jopaan (2016), Taramani (2017), Aval (2017), Vada Chennai (2018) and Aranmanai 3 (2021).

Early life

Andrea Jeremiah was born in an Anglo-Indian family at Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu  on 21 December 1985. Andrea's father is a lawyer at the High Court in Chennai. She has one younger sister who lives and works at Leuven, Belgium as a research assistant Jeremiah was raised near Chennai and went to National Public School and graduated from Women's Christian College. She has said that she was quite a geek and wanted to be a psychiatrist until she completed her 12th board exams.

Andrea learned classical piano when she was eight. At age 10, she was a part of a Jackson Five-style troupe called Young Stars which formed the base of her early singing and music composing career. She was also a theatre artist in her college and appeared in several stage plays organised by The Madras Players and EVAM. She was the President of the Student Senate at Women's Christian College. She also organised a company, The Show Must Go On (TSMGO Productions), to promote live art and artistes. Andrea said that as a college student, she turned down every film offer she got as she had no intention of becoming a film actor.


She began her theatre career with Girish Karnad's Nagamandala. She acted in new leo coffee advertisement with actor Shiva in 2006. She also acted in a serial which relayed In Podhigai channel. She has performed all over India. She played a brief role during the climax of Kanda Naal Mudhal (2005). After she rendered a song in Gautham Menon's Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, he asked her to play as one of the lead female character in his next venture, Pachaikili Muthucharam. This film was a film adaptation of James Siegel's novel Derailed, with Andrea portraying Kalyani, a homemaker, whose husband engages in an affair and is blackmailed. Andrea was selected for the role after actresses SimranShobana and Tabu were approached.
Jeremiah at U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre celebration of World Environment Day at Marina Beach on June 5, 2012.

She signed for Selvaraghavan's fantasy-adventure film Aayirathil Oruvan, which released in early 2010. In 2011, she agreed to play a minor supporting role in Venkat Prabhu's multi-starrer Mankatha, which was released in August 2011. In 2013, she made her debut in Malayalam cinema with Rajeev Ravi's romance film Annayum Rasoolum. She has rated this film as the best in her career. She played a role in Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam and reprised the role in its sequel, which released in 2018.

Andrea has completed filming for Puthiya Thiruppangal, in which she plays a journalist. In Endrendrum Punnagai, she played a model and she also acted in the Malayalam film London Bridge. And her next film as female lead is Aranmanai, directed by Sundar C., the film becomes the blockbuster and one of the high grosser of the year.

She had signed on to director Ram's Taramani, which released in 2017.

In 2015, Andrea was cast alongside Mohanlal in Loham, directed by Ranjith. This was her third Malayalam film, and the first with Mohanlal.

In 2021, her first release was Master, which she played an Extended cameo role, then she appeared as lead in Arya's Aranmanai 3, directed by Sundar C.. The film received mixed reviews but became a hit film.

She is also completed shootings for tamil movies like Maaligai and Myskkin's Pisaasu 2 , and she is currently filming Kaa, in which she plays the lead role. She reportedly plays a wildlife photographer.


Andrea has stated that her focus was always on music, that she chose to be a professional singer and that acting happened by chance. In 2005, she ventured into playback singing in feature films. She has sung several popular songs for composers Harris JayarajYuvan Shankar RajaAnirudh Ravichander, Thaman, Devi Sri Prasad and G. V. Prakash Kumar and has also received nominations at Filmfare and Vijay Awards for a few of them. She considers the song "Maalai Neram" as the most challenging she has sung.


Apart from singing under other composers' direction, Andrea also produces her own music. She composed, wrote and sang a single, "Soul of Taramani", as a promo for her Tamil romantic-drama Taramani. She has composed several music themes, songs and albums.

Personal Life (in Pidgin English): She has been a bright student from school to college.There was a dream of becoming a doctor since childhood, but due to money could not become a doctor, and did not intend to work in the film. But the actress was written in luck. Right now seen as a top actress. She is a famous actress in South India.
Ankita Lokhande
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Ankita Lokhande
Lokhande in 2020
Born 19 December 1984 

Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Notable work Pavitra Rishta
Vicky Jain
​(m. 2021)​

Ankita Lokhande (born 19 December 1984) is an Indian actress who debuted in an award-winning role in Balaji Telefilms's daily show Pavitra Rishta on Zee TV. She was one of the highest paid television actors until she retired in 2018 to foray into films.

In 2019, Lokhande began her film career as Jhalkaribai in the historical periodic movie Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. She then appeared in 2020 action thriller Baaghi 3, which was directed by Ahmed Khan.

Early and personal life
Family background

Lokhande was born on 19 December 1984 in Marathi family of Indore to Shashikant (a news reporter) and Vandana Phadnis (a teacher) and has two brothers, Sooraj and Arpan and a sister, Jyoti. After graduating she moved to Mumbai in 2005 to pursue a career in acting.

Personal life
Lokhande with Sushant Singh Rajput at KAI PO CHE's premiere in 2013

Lokhande co-starred with Sushant Singh Rajput in Pavitra Rishta, and they began dating in 2010, Rajput proposed her in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhlaja 4. In a 2016 interview, the couple even spoke of marrying each other. However the same year couple parted their ways. Post breakup with rajput, lokhande went into deep depression and it took her long time to recover from it.

In 2019, she announced her relationship with Vicky Jain, a businessman. They married on 14 December 2021 in Mumbai.

Television works (2006–16)

After participation in India's Cinestar's ki Khoj (2004–05), Lokhande won the lead role of Archana in Ekta Kapoor's daily soap Pavitra Rishta (2009–14). Her performance and chemistry with Rajput received various television awards, making her a household name.

Along with Pavitra Rishta, Lokhande contested on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa season 4 in 2011. That year, she also participated in Comedy Circus. In 2013, she appeared in episodic of Kapoor's mini-series Ek Thhi Naayka as Pragya.

Pavitra Rishta took a generation leap in 2013, and Lokhande also began playing Archana's granddaughter Ankita, along with her former role of Archana, until the series ended in 2014.

Film career (2018–present)

After a two-year gap from acting and her separation from Rajput, there were reports that Lokhande was set for a movie debut with a role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama Padmaavat (2018). However she left the movie, replying that she was not ready for film.

The following year, speculation spread that she had been signed for Girish Malik's film Torbaaz along with Sanjay Dutt. However, rumours proved to be untrue after Malik stated that Lokhande was not going to be involved with the film.

In 2018, she announced she would appear in the role of Jhalkaribai, a warrior in Krish and Kangana Ranaut's joint directorial venture Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, an epic drama based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai. The film received a theatrical premiere during the eve of Republic day 2019 and did quite very well at the box-office, becoming her first commercial success.

Lokhande next starred in Sajid Nadiadwala's action packed production Baaghi 3 (2020), the third part of the Baaghi trilogy, alongside Tiger ShroffShraddha Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh, in the role of Kapoor's elder sister married to Deshmukh's character. The film was released prior to the shut down of theatres owing to Coronavirus pandemic in India, which affected the box office performance.
Amita Suman
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Amita Suman
Suman in 2021
Born 19 July 1997

Bhedihari, Nepal
Occupation Actress
Years active 2018–present

Amita Suman (born 19 July 1997) is a Nepali-British actress. She stars as Inej Ghafa in the Netflix series Shadow and Bone. She had a recurring role as Naya in The CW series The Outpost.

Early life

Suman was born in Bhedihari, a village in Parsa District, southern Nepal. Her first language was Bhojpuri. She went to Saint Xavier School in Birgunj. At the age of seven, Suman moved to Brighton, England. She attended Sussex Downs College (now East Sussex College Lewes)[5] before going on to train at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, graduating in 2018.


Shortly after graduating, Suman made her television debut with minor roles in Casualty and Ackley Bridge. She landed a major guest role in the Doctor Who series 11 episode "Demons of the Punjab" as a young version of companion Yasmin Khan's grandmother, Umbreen. Suman took over the recurring role of Naya from Medalion Rahimi in Season 2 of the CW series The Outpost. In October 2019, it was announced Suman would star as Inej Ghafa in the 2021 Netflix series Shadow and Bone, an adaptation of the fantasy book series The Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo.


2018 Casualty Nina Biswas 2 episodes
Ackley Bridge Sameera 1 episode
Doctor Who Umbreen Episode: "Demons of the Punjab"
2019 The Outpost Naya Recurring role (season 2)
2021 Shadow and Bone Inej Ghafa Main role
TBA Helvellyn Edge Alamo
Archana Kavi
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Archana Kavi
Kavi in 2010
Archana Jose Kavi
4 January 1990 

New Delhi, India
Nationality Indian

Years active 2009 – 2016
Spouse(s) Abish Mathew (2016–2021)

Archana Jose Kavi (born 4 January 1990) is an Indian film actress, YouTuber and a television host. She made her acting debut in film Neelathaamara (2009) scripted by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and directed by Lal Jose.

Early life

Archana was born in New Delhi to Jose Kaviyil, a senior journalist, and Rosamma. Jose Kaviyil's family is from Kannur District in Kerala. She has an elder brother named Ashish Kavi. She was raised in Delhi and studied at St. Xavier's School, Delhi. In 2006, Archana moved to Ramapuram in Kerala for a Bachelor of Business Administration course at the Mar Augusthinose College. She stated that she came from a "typical Malayali middle-class family and acting was never considered a profession by us". She said that she wanted to be a journalist initially since her father was one and later wanted to be an RJ but that people discouraged her.

Archana applied for an internship at the television channel Yes Indiavision and assisted in the production of certain programmes. After a year, she anchored the show Bloody Love on the same channel, while she was spotted by director Lal Jose, who offered her the lead female role in his film in March 2009.


She made her cinematic debut in 2009 with the highly successful Neelathaamara, portraying the role of Kunjimalu, a maid in an old Nair Tharavadu (ancestral home) who falls for the young master of the house. Director Lal Jose said that "Archana has an in-born talent". Her role won critical accolades. In her next venture titled Mummy & Me, which narrated the tale of the tumultuous relationship between a modern-day teenager and her mother, she played the lead role of a rebellious teenager named Jewel. Archana stated the character Jewel was "so very like the real me". But her following release Best of Luck where she reunited with her Neelathamara co-stars Kailash and Rima Kallingal, failed to make an impact at the box office. She made her Tamil debut in the period film Aravaan in which she played a tribal character named Chimby.

In 2013 she also made her Telugu debut in Backbench Student. Archana stated that she played "a college girl caught in a sweet love tale" in the film. She acted as the lead in Abhiyum Njanum, in which she played a modern girl from Mumbai, who comes to Kerala in search of her fiancé. In Honey Bee she played a naïve Anglo-Indian girl Sara. She played a supporting role as the hero Karthik's best friend in Pattam Pole. Her next films Bangles in which she played a junior artiste, and Nadodimannan in which she played a doctor, both released on the same day.

She has signed her second Tamil film Gnana Kirukkan. She is shooting for Day-Night opposite Maqbool Salmaan. She has acted as a Muslim girl in the film Mazhavillinattam Vare, which is Kaithapram's directorial debut. She will also be seen in Nemam Pushparaj's upcoming film Kukkiliyar, in which she plays Manoj K Jayan's daughter who plays a 75-year-old.Archana also shot for a Hindi film Saroja, an offbeat film directed by Anjali Shukla, playing the role of a commercial sex worker.

She anchored Sundari Neeyum Sundaran Njaanum, a reality show for television actors on Asianet. She maintains a Twitter account. In 2010 she was only one of two Malayalam actresses maintaining an active Twitter account. In 2021, she moved to direction with a web series titled Pandaraparambil House at 801.

Archana also owns a boutique named 'Chaaya' in Kochi, Kerala.

Personal life

Archana Kavi was engaged to standup comedian Abish Mathew on 31 October 2015. They were married on 23 January 2016 in Vallarpadam Church, Kerala The marriage function was attended by Rima KallingalAashiq Abu and Abish's friends from Delhi and comedians like Kenny SebastianKaneez SurkaRohan Joshi and Kanan Gill. Now as on 2021 they have filed for divorce.
Avantika Khattri
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Avantika Khattri
Avantika Khattri
20 November 1989 

Occupation Film Actress Producer Director
Years active 2011-present

Avantika Khattri (born 20 November 1989) is an Indian Bollywood actress, producer, and director  who debuted with the movie War Chhod Na Yaar in which she played the parallel lead with Soha Ali Khan along with co-stars Sharman Joshi and Javed Jaffrey.


Avantika debuted in Bollywood as an actress with the Hindi movie War Chhod Na Yaar. She had already produced a film titled by Beautiful World which was based on the 2016 incident that happened in Bulandshahr, starring Amruta SubhashSwanand Kirkire and Shweta Tripathi and it was presented by Anurag Kashyap. Avantika Khatri has done an album named Bottoms Up as a lead actress with Mika Singh.

Avantika's second short film For All That You Are as a producer and also her debut directorial - won the Best LGBTQ Film award at the Top Shorts International Film Festival. The film, which has Avantika playing the protagonist, is a revenge drama revolving around two female ex-lovers. She was chosen as the Best Actress In An Indie Film in Actors Award at Los Angeles; the Best Woman Filmmaker at The IndieFEST Film Awards (US) and the Best Actress-Leading at Accolade Global Film Competition (US). The film also won the award for the Best Short at the Mediterranean Film Festival and Best Short at Canada Shorts Film Festival. Avantika walked the Red Carpet at the 71st Cannes Film Festival where For All That You Are was screened in the Short Film Corner.

Early life

Avantika is from Jhansi which is a town in Uttar Pradesh, born to a doctor father and an artist mother. She has an MBA in Human Resource. She began her career by performing arts and also dabbled in modelling and featured in the FHM magazine. and others. She has been featured in TV commercials.


2013 War Chhod Na Yaar Sakshi
2015 Kuch Kuch Locha Hai Jacqueline
2015 Bottoms up Avantika Music Video with Mika Singh

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotesReference2017 Beautiful World Short Film
2018 For All That You Are Avantika Khattri as Alisha Avantika Khattri Short Film
Aparna Nair
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Aparna Nair
Born 30 November 1989 

Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007 – present
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)

Aparna Nair (born 30 November 1989) is an Indian film actress, who appears in Malayalam cinema.


Aparna was educated at St. Paul's EMHSS, Tenhipalam and at St. Teresa's College, Kochi. She was introduced to cinema by the veteran Lohithadas in Nivedyam. After Nivedyam, she portrayed Panchali in the play Chayamukhi, which had Mohanlal and Mukesh in lead roles. Aparna portrayed Kaviyoor Ponnamma’s young version in the 2009 film Meghatheertham, opposite Manikuttan. . In Kayam, Aparna was Bala’s pair.  In 2010, She acted in Cocktail. Her debut Tamil debut was Edhuvum Nadakkum, directed by K. Mageshwaran.

She then acted in Beautiful, receiving accolades for her performance. Next she acted in Streetlight directed by Sankar, in which she played four roles. She also acted in movies such as Mallu SinghThattathin Marayathu, and in Joshiy’s Run Babby Run.
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Occupation Actress
Years active
Awards Nandi (2 times), Filmfare (1 time)

Aamani born 16 November 1973 , is an Indian actress who has predominantly appeared in Telugu and Tamil films. She made her debut in a lead role opposite Naresh in the Telugu film Jamba Lakidi Pamba, directed by E. V. V. Satyanarayana. The film turned out to be a blockbuster.

She starred in the film Mister Pellam directed by Bapu, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu. She won Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu for the film Subha Lagnam and Nandi Award for Best Actress for the films Subha Sankalpam and Mr. Pellam.

Film career

Aamani was born in Bengaluru. She started her career doing small roles in films like Aadadhi. Subsequently, she was paired as the lead actress opposite actors like VishnuvardhanNagarjunaBalakrishnaKrishnaMammoottyArvind SwamiJagapathi Babu and Kamal Haasan. She won Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu for the film Subha Lagnam & Nandi Award for Best Actress for the films Subha Sankalpam & Mr. Pellam. After a hiatus of many years, she appeared in the film Aa Naluguru.
Anna Rajan
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Anna Rajan
13 November 1985 , Aluva, Kochi, Kerala
Nationality Indian
Years active 2017 – Present
Notable work Angamaly Diaries
Parent(s) KC Rajan (Father)
Sheeba (Mother)
Relatives Shaun (Brother)

Anna Reshma Rajan is an Indian film actress who appears in Malayalam films. She made her debut in 2017 with the film Angamaly Diaries. She worked as a nurse in a private hospital in Kochi before making her first foray into films.

Personal life and education

Anna was born in Aluva a suburb of the city of Kochi in Kerala to Sheeba and KC Rajan. She has an elder brother named Shaun. Anna's father died of a heart-attack when she was in college, the sudden demise of her father put a lot of financial pressure on her family, so she had to take up jobs while in college to support the family financially.

Most of Anna's education took place in Aluva, she did her schooling from Nirmala Higher Secondary School, after which she completed her eleventh and twelfth grade from St Frances College in Aluva. She studied nursing from Government Medical College, Ernakulam. Anna, liked to play sports and has competed at various sporting district level activities representing her school and college.


Anna Rajan hails from Aluva in Kerala. She worked as a nurse in Rajagiri Hospital in Aluva before foraying into films. She was identified by producer Vijay Babu and director Lijo Jose Pellissery after seeing her face in a hoarding in Kerala. They made her audition for the role of Lichy in Angamaly Diaries. Including her, the film introduced 86 debutant actors. In the film she is credited as Reshma Rajan. After that, she preferred to be credited as Anna Rajan. Her second film was the Lal Jose directorial Velipadinte Pusthakam (2017), in which she starred opposite Mohanlal.
Anamika Saha
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Anamika Saha
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actress
Anamika Saha is a Bengali film actress.

Early life

Saha was born in JessoreBangladesh as Usha. In 1961, she passed Higher Secondary examination from Deshbandhu Balika Vidyalaya and joined in Scottish Church College. She started her acting career in 1973 in a Bengali film Ashar Alo. Saha got her first break through in Tollywood film industry in Tarun Majumdar’s film Sansar Simante (1974).

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Anushree Das
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Anushree Das
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Known for
Bourani (1991)
Rupban Kanya (1992)
Khorkuto (2020)

Anushree Das is a Bengali film and television actress. She started her career through acting in films and later switched to Bengali TV soap opera.


She started playing major roles in films through playing the lead actress in Bourani directed by Bhabesh Kundu in 1991 and Rupaban in Rupban Kanya (1992). She is highly acclaimed for her works in Bhai Amar Bhai (1996) and Praner Cheye Priyo (1998).

List of works


Bourani (1991)
Rupban Kanya (1992)
Biswas Abiswas (1994)
Amodini (1994)
Naga Jyoti (1994)
Abooz Mon (1996)
Bakul Priya (1997)
Praner Cheye Priyo (1998)
Anashua Majumdar
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Anashua Majumdar
Born December 9, 1953 
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Subrata Majumder

Anashua Majumdar is a Bengali film actress and theater personality.


Gotra (2019)
Maati (2018)
Mrs. Sen (2013)
Hariye Jaai (2012)
Bhalo Theko (2003)
Debanjali (2000)
Sampradan (1999)
Kalratri (1997)
City of Joy (1992)
Mahaprithibi (1991)


YearSerialChannelCharacter2009 - 2012 Bou Kotha Kao Star Jalsha Niharika
2009 - 2013 Binni Dhaner Khoi ETV Bangla Mohor's Mother In Law
2013 - 2014 Sokhi Star Jalsha Rama Sanyal
2013 - 2015 Jol Nupur Star Jalsha Radharani
2014 - 2016 Tumi Robe Nirobe Zee Bangla Jaya
2015 - 2016 Kojagori Zee Bangla Rashmoni Mitra
2015 - 2016 Chokher Tara Tui Star Jalsha Umrao Jaan
2015 Ichchenodi Star Jalsha Malobika's Mother
2016 - 2018 Kusum Dola Star Jalsha Nayan Mani
2017 - 2018 Kundo Phuler Mala Star Jalsha Angshu's step-mother
2017 - 2018 Andarmahal Zee Bangla Kundanandini Bose
2017 Gachkouto Colors Bangla Chitra
2019 - 2020 Mohor Star Jalsha as Malobika Roy chowdhury
2020 Jiyon Kathi Sun bangla
2020 Kora Pakhi Star Jalsha Radharani Ghosh
2020-present Desher Maati Star Jalsha Sharmila Mukherjee
Angana Roy
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Angana Roy
Born 28 October 1981 
Kolkata, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2013–present

Angana Roy is an Indian actress, who has appeared in South Indian films.


Angana Roy is a south Indian film industry actress. Before venturing into films she pursued her academics in commerce and finance and holds a master's degree in the field. She was also a corporate HR in a fortune 500 firm. Alongside her education she is also trained in classical Hindustani music and a very strong sports enthusiast. Being tall, she created a model portfolio and endorsed several brands across India, walked the ramp for many shows and later was approached by director Manohar to feature in his Tamil film Ragalaipuram, a comedy which starred Karunas. Before the release of the film, she also began work on Kabadam and the AR Murugadoss production Vathikuchi. by June 2012 She has since signed on to appear in Telugu and Kannada language films.

2014 she played a role with dual shades in Kabadam and was seen as a nurse in Megha. Her first 2015 release was her maiden Malayalam film Picket 43 directed by Major Ravi. In her next Tamil film, Mahabalipuram she played a "newly married, office going girl".

She has acted in Telugu projects, one of which is a big budget movie of Koratala Siva called "Srimanthudu" starring Mahesh Babu. which was a massive hit in Telugu after Baahubali. She had two more releases in Telugu in 2016, "Sri Sri (film)" with Superstar Krishna as his daughter which is an official remake of a state awarded Marathi film and another untitled project. In 2016 she was also awarded with two awards namely 'Bharat Icon Awards' in Mumbai and as a 'Multi lingual actress' to have worked with all 4 languages in south Indian cinema.. In 2017 she received the Women Achievers State Award by the Karnataka Chief Minister "Siddaramaiah" and by the Mayor of Bangalore Miss "Padmavathi" for her long time contribution to the field of fashion and modelling and for her work in films and social welfare activities.

She was also the lead for a mega series in Colors Tamil television in prime time slot and another project with Star Vijay television which will be the first Fantasy series of Vijay TV.
Aditi Ravi
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Aditi Ravi

Born : 15 March 1993
ThrissurKerala, India
Years active 2014 - present
Vishnu Nair

Aditi Ravi born 15 March 1993, is an Indian model and actress, who appears in Malayalam films. She pursued a career in modelling before becoming an actress, debuting with a commercial for The Times of India during her college education. She made her acting debut with the 2014 film Angry Babies in Love, in a supporting role. Her first female lead role was in the 2017 film Alamara.

Early and personal life

Aditi was born on 15 March 1993 at ThrissurKerala, in India as the daughter of Ravi and Geetha. She has two siblings—Rakesh (brother) and Rakhi (sister). She graduated with a degree from Christ CollegeIrinjalakuda, Thrissur. Aditi currently resides in Kochi.


She began her modelling career during her college education, she was selected after applying for appearing in a commercial for The Times of India. Later she acted in a number of commercials for various brands. She debuted as an actress in 2014, in a supporting role in the Malayalam romantic-drama film Angry Babies in Love, directed by Saji Surendran. She played the role, Maria, a model coordinator in a modelling agency. Before the film released, she was cast in two more films, Third World Boys and Beware of Dogs in the same year. She played Teena in Beware of Dogs. In 2014, she also appeared in the music video, Yelove, alongside Siddharth Menon, she was voiced by Shreya Ghoshal. She appeared in her first female lead role in 2017 with the film Alamara, opposite Sunny Wayne. She was selected after auditioning for the role. The film directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas was a satirical comedy surrounding around the custom of gifting a cupboard as part of dowry in Kerala weddings. Some other films are Aadhi, directed by Jeethu Joseph, and Tick Tock.
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Born 14 January 1952

VeliyamState of Travanvore-Cochin (present day KollamKerala), India
Died 5 April 2019 (aged 67)

Nationality Indian

Dubbing artist
Radio announcer
Years active 1969 – 2019
Spouse(s) Chandrasekhara Pillai
Children Director Diphan (son)

Anandavally C. R. (14 January 1952 – 5 April 2019) was an Indian actress and dubbing artist, who predominantly worked in the Malayalam film industry.

Early life

Anandavally was born into an agricultural family at VeliyamState of Travancore-Cochin to Tamilian parents. She did her schooling in "Kaiyela School" - Veliyam, where she began acting in school plays and later started Kadhaprasangam (story-telling performance).

Drama artist

Anandavally used to sing for dramas even while a teenager. But unexpectedly, her acting skills were put to test in front of a large audience during the drama "Chithalu Kayariya Bhoomi" in 1969. Then she started performing in several dramas of KPACKalidasa Kalakendram, Deshabhimani Theaters-Attingal, Kerala Theaters-Kottayam and Kayamkulam Peoples Theaters.


She also worked as an announcer in the All India Radio.

Film actress

Anandavally entered the film industry through the film "Kadu" and went on to act in below given films. She became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a minor role in various Malayalam films, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue a dubbing artist career.

Dubbing artist

In 1973, she debuted as a dubbing artist and gave sound for actress Rajasri in the film Devi Kanyakumari. Manjil Virinja Pookkal Malayalam film dubbed for Poornima Jayaram was the break through. Thereafter, Anandavally did not look back. She has dubbed for numerous Malayalam films. She gave her voice for several leading heroines, the list as GeethaSumalathaMadhaviMenakaAmbikaUrvasiJayapradhaKarthikaParvathyGauthamiSuhasiniSobhanaSukanyaSarithaSilksmithaSuchitraSaradaBharathiBhanupriyaRekhaRevathiRadhaRaadhikaRenjiniMohiniNanditha BoseVinayaprasadKanakaKhushbuUnni MarySanthikrishna and so on. She won a Kerala State Award for the Malayalam film Aadhaaram dubbed for actress Geetha.
Aparna Chandra
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Aparna Chandra
Born 6 January 1971

Occupation Fashion Designer

Label(s) Aparna Chandra for Nicobar

Aparna Chandra (born 6 January 1971)[citation needed] is a fashion designer and stylist from India.


Chandra was born on January 6, 1971 in Delhi. She watched as a child the tailors employed by her mother, Asha, who was a designer of children's clothing. Chandra studied fashion design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and she worked, as an intern, for Indian designer Rohit Khosla.

After graduation she launched her eponymous fashion line with less ordained clothing. It operated for ten years but there was insufficient interest and she began working as a stylist. In 2015 Elle (India) recalled her designs from the era as notable "[n]ot for being outrageous, ostentatious or opulent, but for their easy simplicity. She created campaigns for Benetton, Ray Ban, Van Heusen and De Beers. In 2014, she returned to design as the head of clothing at Indian lifestyle brand Nicobar. The September 2018 launch of Aparna Chandra for Nicobar marks her first standalone collection in more than a decade.

Design Philosophy

Aparna Chandra is known for her simple aesthetic and easy vibe. She often favours natural fabrics, much white, and pops of colour. She uses lightweight fabrics, fusing little splashes of colour with icons that have come to be her signature. In her lines she often pairs loose and slouchy styles with more structured and streamlined pieces.

Fashion designer Aparna Chandra of Nicobar on the five must-haves in your summer wardrobe
From printed summer dresses to linen pants, make some trendy sartorial choices this summer and include these pieces of clothing in your wardrobe.

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |
April 30, 2019 
 Aparna Chandra is currently the head of clothing design at Indian lifestyle brand Nicobar.

With the country reeling under the harsh summer sun, it is time to bring out all those breezy summer dresses, strappy tops, loose shirts, and comfortable shorts in earthy tones that will help you beat the heat.

To help you make trendy sartorial choices, fashion designer Aparna Chandra, who recently launched her second edition for Nicobar, Sitth, gives a peak into the new collection and shares tips on what you should have in your summer wardrobe:

Loose white shirt

Loose white shirt always works best for a summer day. At Nicobar, we have always had a love for whites, as seen in our Sitth collection, and we love clothes that you can wear in many different ways – styling and layering being the essential central theme. A loose white shirt is effortless, clean and essential.
Anusmriti Sarkar
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Anusmriti Sarkar
Anusmriti Sarkar
Born 23rd October 1995
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2011–present
Height 5’5”

Anusmriti Sarkar is an Indian actress. She is known for her Telugu movies Ishta Sakhi and Heroine. And recently she is known for her debut Hindi movie "One Day Justice Delivered “ and “O Pushpa I hate tears”.

Early life and background
Anusmriti Sarkar was born on 23 October 1995 to Animesh Sarkar and Anita Sarkar. Anusmriti started her modelling career when she was just 17 years old. Her father is a businessman and her mother is a homemaker. She has two younger sisters call Satasmriti Sarkar and Ranasmriti Sarkar .They both are studying in law school.

Anusmriti made her acting debut in the year 2011 with the Bengali film Bhorer Alo, replacing Riya Sen to star opposite Rohit Roy. This film was directed by two time National Award-winning director Prabhat Roy.

Her next project, in the same year, was Tollywood film Vankai Fry. The film was directed by Chandra Mauli, and she starred opposite a newcomer actor.

Post that, she immediately signed her second Bengali film Bikram Singha: The Lion Is Back, directed by Rajiv Kumar Biswas, where she starred opposite Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee. This led to her signing Telugu film Ishta Sakhi in 2013, where she starred opposite famous actor Srihari and two other heroes. Her acting was very much appreciated in Ishta Sakhi.

She also worked on Telugu film Suswagatam where she played the main lead opposite famous Telugu actor Raja, and two more Bengali films: Biporjoy starred with Indronil Sengupta and one more Bengali movie call Moner Majhi Tumi.

Sarkar then bagged Telugu film Heroine, directed by Bharath Parapelli where she played the lead role and was widely appreciated for her acting.

Throughout the early phase of her career, Anusmriti Sarkar did a series of films in both Bengali and Telugu industry. Recently Anusmriti’s next Bollywood movie got released called "Oo Pushpa I hate tears" with Krushna Abhishek and Jayraam Karthik. Anusmriti sarkar's Debut Hindi movie was "One day Justice Delivered “ which got released on 5 July 2019. Where her role was very much appreciated as Shagufta. She played a Muslim girl in that film . Anusmriti was costarring in "One Day Justice Delivered “ with Anupam Kher, Esha Gupta and Kumud Mishra . The song from that movie "Khuda ka Noor" was much appreciated. Anusmriti’s work in “Oo Pushpa I hate tears’ is very appropriated. Her latest music video album call “Regret” with Rnait was a big hit. Now she’s shooting for two new Bollywood movies and three south films .

Other work

Anusmriti has done many ad campaigns like Khadims, BSNL, Tiger biscuit, Reliance SIM card, Marie Biscuit, Manyavar, Chirag Computer, Livon hair serum and many more. Anusmriti also contributes in campaigns which supports a cause to maintain a healthy environment.
Anuja Sathe
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Anuja Sathe Gokhale
8 October 1987, Pune, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010–present
Height 5.8”
Saurabh Gokhale
​(m. 2013)​

Anuja Sathe Gokhale is an Indian actress, mainly working in Indian film industry. She is married to actor Saurabh Gokhale.


Anuja began her career as a theater artist, working in numerous popular Marathi plays such as Shobha Yatra and Uttar Ratra. She then progressed to Marathi television and then Marathi mainstream cinema, and more recently Bollywood. She played the leading role as Dhara in the primetime soap opera Tamanna, on Star Plus channel; this was her first Hindi TV show.] She was seen in the historical period series Peshwa Bajirao as the mother of Bajirao, Radhabai. She was also seen in Khoob Ladi Mardaani... Jhansi Ki Rani as JankiBai. She essayed the role of a mafia queen in the web-series Ek thi Begum which streamed on MX player.

Sathe met Saurabh Gokhale, another Marathi actor, on the sets of her show Mandala Don Ghadicha Dav. The couple tied the knot in 2013.
Aman Sandhu

She is a Indian Celebrity, "Aman Sandhu," a popular Actress, who currently residing at Chandigarh, Punjab, India.



Aman Sandhu (aka Aman) is a Indian, Female celebrity, who hails from Chandigarh, Punjab, India and who has strong belief in Sikhism. Her Birthday is Oct-12, born on date Thursday, October 12, 1995, . She is well known to us as a Actress. She Weighs 60 Kilograms and has a height of 5′ Feet 5″ Inches. Her Eye Colour is Dark Brown and hair colour is Dark Brown.

Aman Sandhu is an Indian TV show entertainer and model. She has made her place through her surprising acting in wrongdoing and mindfulness shows like Savdhan India and Crime Patrol. She has been dynamic in the acting and displaying industry since 2011.

She finished her investigations in Delhi and began her acting profession as a theater craftsman in Delhi, India in the year 2011. Her profession as a theater craftsman was extremely fruitful and advancing for her. She cleaned herself as an entertainer while working in plays and shows directed all through Delhi.

In 2012, Sandhu made her TV debut with Zee TV Rajasthan’s show Saperan as female lead. After that she moved to Mumbai to attempt karma in Hindi broadcast business. She started working for Shows like Savdhaan India and Crime Patrol where she turned into a top pick to play the characters influential ladies in negative roles.

True (Real) Name Aman Sandhu
Nickname Aman
Profession Actress
Date of Birth 12 October 1995
Current (Age) 26 years, 0 month, 0 days
Birthplace Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Nationality Indian
Home Town Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Religion Sikhism
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Educational Qualification Graduate
Debut Television : Saperan (2012)

Film : Vilaiti Yantra (2019 ; Punjabi)
Akshara Kishor
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Akshara Kishor
8 October 2008, Kannur, Kerala
Other names Baby Akshara
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present

Notable work Balachandrika in Karuthamuthu

Akshara Kishor, credited as Baby Akshara, is an Indian child actress who predominantly works in Malayalam television soap's and Films. She is well known for her role as Balachandrika in the series Karuthamuthu on Asianet. In 2014, she made her debut film through Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla, directed by Akku Akbar.

Early life and career

Akshara was born to Kishor, an architect and Hemaprabha, a bank employee in Kannur. Later they shifted to Eranakulam. She has a sister named Akhila Kishor.

Akshara is well known popular for her role Balachandrika in the tele-serial Karuthamuthu which is being telecast on Asianet channel. Before coming to the limelight, she made her appearance in several advertisements in which the ads Kalayan Silks, Nirapara and Jayalakshmi are much notable. She made her debut to the Malayalam film industry in 2014 through Mathai Kuzhappakkaranalla, which is directed by Akku Akbar. She has appeared in some albums and advertisements also.
Archana Suseelan
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Archana Suseelan
Born 6 October 1990 

Nationality Indian

Years active 2004–2021

Archana Suseelan (born 6 October 1990) is an Indian television actress who predominantly works in the Malayalam television industry.

Personal life and career

Archana is a half Nepali and Indian born to Malayi father and Nepali mother.

Archana came into limelight and became popular for her role as Gloria in the television series Ente Manasaputhri which aired on Asianet channel. She was also seen in several television serials in both Tamil and Malayalam languages.She is settled at Thiruvananthapuram with her family. She also runs a restaurant.
Amala Paul
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Amala Paul
Amala at the 60th South Filmfare Awards in 2013
Born 26 October 1991 

Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Other names Anaka

Years active 2009–present
​(m. 2014; div. 2017)​

Amala Paul (born 26 October 1991) is an Indian film actress who mainly appears in TamilMalayalam and Telugu films. After appearing in a supporting role in the Malayalam-language film Neelathamara, Amala became noted for playing the title role in Mynaa, receiving critical acclaim for her work.

2009–2010: Early career

Amala, after finishing high school from Nirmala higher secondary school, Aluva, and higher secondary education at Aluva Government Higher Secondary School, took a year out before joining college. She later joined St Teresa's college, to pursue a B.A. degree in Communicative English. At the time, her modelling portfolio was spotted by noted Malayalam director Lal Jose who offered her a supporting role in his remake, Neelathamara (2009). Despite emerging a success, the film failed to attract any further offers, as she had anticipated. She pursued roles in Tamil films and went on to sign for the low-budget comedy film Vikadakavi, which was delayed and ultimately became her sixth release, while also signing on to play the lead role in another small budget film Veerasekaran (2010). The film, which became her maiden Tamil release, was panned by critics and went completely unnoticed, while Amala's role was labelled as "minimal", and she later cited that she regretted doing the film and many of her scenes were edited out. Amala then went on to work in Samy's controversial Sindhu Samaveli (2010), portraying the role of Sundari, who has an illicit relationship with her father-in-law. The director of the film had previously drawn criticism for his depictions of illicit romances as well as for assaulting his previous lead actress in a film, but Amala played down the issue citing that she had no problem with the director. She was approached after the major portions of her next release, Mynaa were ready, and signed on before listening to the entirety of the story, claiming that she was shocked but not upset with the controversial scenes which she heard later. Upon release, the film met with contrasting reviews, whilst some critics refused to give the film a rating, declaring their disgust at the film's plot. Amala's performance won her critical acclaim. However, her success was marred with extreme reactions from the public, with Amala claiming that she received death threats from anonymous callers and was publicly scolded by women at a cinema hall in Chennai.

Amala's next release, the romantic drama film Mynaa (2010), by Prabhu Solomon, made her a recognised actress in the industry. The film had garnered much anticipation prior to release, with noted distributors Udhayanidhi Stalin and Kalpathi S. Aghoram purchasing the rights of the film after being impressed with it. Amala played the village belle Mynaa, attaining unanimous praise from critics for her portrayal; a critic labelled her work as "outstanding" and that she put in a "riveting performance", while other reviews claimed she had "immense talent" and scores in "every instance" in the title role. The film, which also saw her gain recognition from noted actors Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth, subsequently became a large commercial success at the box office.[9] Amala gained recognition from several award committees and notably secured the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress, while also gaining nominations in the Best Actress category at the Filmfare Awards and the Vijay Awards.


Following the success of the Tamil movie, Mynaa, Amala became touted as the "new top star of 2011" as she subsequently signed on to several prominent projects. Her first release of 2011 was in a supporting role in the Malayalam drama film Ithu Nammude Katha, a remake of the successful Tamil film Naadodigal, and the second was meant to be her launch in Tamil films, the coming-to-age tale of five friends Vikadakavi, with the film opening to limited screens. Both films opened to limited screens due to the moderate budget of the projects, with her performance in the latter being described as "full of potential". She went on to sign three big budget films with established production houses, with the drama Deiva Thirumagal, directed by Vijay, featuring her opposite Vikram and alongside Anushka, becoming her next release. Her portrayal of school correspondent Shwetha Rajendran won critical acclaim, with a reviewer citing that her "expressive eyes help her leave a mark in a small but important role", whilst another critic claimed that she "acquits herself well". Her final release of 2011 was Ram Gopal Varma's Bejawada, which marked her début in Telugu language films.

Amala's first release of 2012 was in Linguswamy's multi-starring action entertainer Vettai, alongside AryaMadhavan and Sameera Reddy. The film opened to critical and commercial acclaim with The New York Times claiming that the film "entertains without breaking any new ground, though it can also surprise". Amala won mixed feedback for her performance, while the critic from Sify mentioned that she "is lovely to look at and her feisty performance proves that a star is born". Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff cited that she "struts, pouts and hams to the hilt". The actress had three films released on the Valentine's Day weekend of 2012, with Balaji Mohan's bilingual Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi / Love Failure becoming critical and commercial successes. The film, made in Tamil and Telugu, featured her alongside Siddharth and portrayed her as a college girl, Parvathi, showing her romantic skills. About the Tamil version, a reviewer from The Hindu wrote: "Amala Paul, after coming across as convincing in her last few movies, looks finally set as a leading lady", while another critic labelled that she "comes across as natural" and "it is a pleasure to see her in a role and costumes that suit her age as compared to her recent movies". Rediff.com called the Telugu version of the film "refreshing", highlighting that the lead pair's on-screen chemistry "sparkles". The romantic thriller Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal, opposite Adharvaa, also released on the same day in which she played Charulatha, a modern girl based in Bangalore. The film won mixed reviews, though the lead pair's on-screen chemistry was praised by critics, while another reviewer noted that "Amala renders an effortless act". She played a notable role in renowned director Dr. Biju's Aakashathinte Niram, which was her first art-house film. The film was screened at the competition section for the Golden Goblet Award in the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival. She paired with veteran Malayalam actor Mohanlal in the film Run Baby Run, in which she played the role of a senior news channel editor. The film was a big commercial success and her performance as well as her chemistry with Mohanlal were highly appreciated.

In 2013, Amala achieved her first commercial success in Telugu cinema. Her first release in 2013, V. V. Vinayak's directorial Naayak, opposite Ram Charan Teja, went on to be one of the biggest critical as well as commercial successes of the year. Her next film was Puri Jagannadh's romantic comedy Iddarammayilatho opposite Allu Arjun. Upon release, Amala's performance was appreciated by the critics. Sangeetha Devi Dundroo of The Hindu commented: "Amala Paul manages to pull off a character that traverses a thin line between being naïve and downright silly. We wish we saw more of her." Another reviewer, Sasidhar AS from The Times of India commented: "Amala Paul's characterisation is a delight, and she plays Komali so effectively that you'll be left wondering who else could have done the role better than her. She was a perfect choice to play a traditional Telugu girl." She was later seen in A. L. Vijay's action entertainer Thalaivaa, opposite Vijay, as a police officer. Her last release of the year was the Malayalam film Oru Indian Pranayakadha. The film was a blockbuster at the Kerala box office and she received several awards for her character Irena, including the SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Malayalam consecutively for two years.

In 2014, her first release was Samuthirakani's Nimirndhu Nil, opposite Jayam Ravi, which was simultaneously shot in Telugu as Janda Pai Kapiraju, in which Nani reprised the role of Jayam Ravi. Her next release Velaiilla Pattadhari, opposite Dhanush was a success in Tamil Nadu and her performance was appreciated.


In 2015, she appeared in Rajesh Pillai's Mili, playing the titular role. Her performance in the film was critically acclaimed. She then went on to act with Mohanlal for the second time in Lailaa O Lailaa. Even though it was a big budget film, it didn't perform well in theatres.[citation needed] In 2016, she signed for four Malayalam films – 2 PenkuttikalShajahanum PareekuttiyumOre Mukham and Thoppil Joppan, but left the later two projects due to conflicting schedules. Amala also appeared in a Tamil film Amma Kanakku, playing the mother of a 15-year old. She made her Kannada debut in the film Hebbuli, opposite SudeepHebbuli became a great success in the Karnataka box office. Later, she acted in the Malayalam film Achayans, with Jayaram, which was released in May 2017 and became a commercial success at the box office. In later 2017, she had two releases in Tamil Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 and Thiruttu Payale 2 both did well in the box office. Amala had signed to play lead roles in Malayalam films Zam Zam and Kayamkulam Kochunni but later opted out of both as she has signed 3 Tamil films for 2018.

Personal life

Amala was born in a Christian family at Ernakulam, Kerala to Paul Varghese and Annice Paul. Her brother Abijith Paul also appeared in films following Amala's entry into the film industry. After completing her schooling from Nirmala Higher Secondary School Aluva, she took a sabbatical to begin a career in films, but has since joined St. Teresa's College in Kochi, to pursue a B.A. degree in English. Her father had been strictly against Amala pursuing an acting career, but was forced to accept her decision with her brother, Abijith Paul, strongly backing her ambition. She later claimed that she had performing arts in her, revealing that her mother was a singer and her dad was into theatre in college.

Amala had changed her on-screen name to Anakha, on director Samy's insistence, who cited that another actress, Amala had already made her name popular. However, after the failure of her 2011 movie Sindhu Samaveli, she reverted to her birth name, since she felt that the replacement had brought her bad luck.

As early as 2011, when Amala was working on Deiva Thirumagal, she was romantically linked to director A. L. Vijay, but denied that the pair were dating. On 7 June 2014, she got engaged to Vijay at Aluva in Kochi. The couple got married on 12 June 2014 at Mayor Ramanathan Chettiar Hall, Chennai.In 2016, Amala and Vijay filed for a divorce due to disagreement between her and her in-laws on continuing her acting career. They were granted divorce in 2017.

In January 2018, Amala was arrested for tax evasion. A crime branch investigation had found that she had registered her luxury car in Puducherry with fake documents. Later, the case was closed citing jurisdictional issues.

In January 2020, Amala's father Paul died of cancer.
Anita Dongre
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Anita Dongre
Dongre in 2015
Born 3 October 1963 

Nationality Indian
Education Fashion Design SNDT Women's University in Mumbai 1998
Occupation Fashion Designer
Children Yash Dongre

Anita Dongre (born 3 October 1963) is an Indian fashion designer. She is the founder of House of Anita Dongre, an Indian fashion house.

Early life

Dongre was born in Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra. Her mother, Pushpa Sawlani, used to stitch clothes for Anita and her 5 siblings when they were kids[citation needed]. Later in life, Anita studied fashion design at SNDT college located in Mumbai. She pursued a Degree course in Fashion designing.


Dongre launched her jewellery brand Anita Dongre Pink City, which also features under House of Anita Dongre.

In the year 2015, AND Designs India Limited re-branded itself as House of Anita Dongre.

House of Anita Dongre currently shelters AND (western wear), Global Desi (boho-chic brand inspired by the folk tales of India), and her signature label ANITA DONGRE. She has recently introduced Anita Dongre Grassroot to her fashion house. She is also the founder of Pink City, a jadau fine jewellery brand.

On March 28, 2019, the Board of House of Anita Dongre Limited (HOADL), as part of its corporate restructuring, transferred the businesses under its two brands, AND and Global Desi under a slump sale arrangement to a newly formed wholly-owned subsidiary, Ochre and Black Private Limited (OBPL) - effective April 01, 2019. HOADL will continue to manage the business under its two brands - Anita Dongre and Grassroot.</ref> https://www.icra.in/Rationale/ShowRationaleReport?Id=87212

Dongre's brother and sister handle the operations of the business, while she focuses on the design front. She features as the Chief Creative Officer of the company.
Personal life

Anita Dongre is married to Pravin Dongre, a businessman and has a son named Yash Dongre, who is also a part of Dongre's business.

Dongre is a vegan activist and a member of the organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Awards and recognitions

In 2008, she received the GR8 Flo Women Achievers Award for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’.
In 2013, The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization, Bombay Chapter, presented an award to Dongre for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’.
In 2014, she received the EY Entrepreneur of the year award.
She received the Pantene Shine Award for helping women shine.
Archana (Tamil actress)
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For other actresses named Archana, see Archana (disambiguation).


Occupation Actress
Years active 1980 - Present
Known for Nireekshana (1982)
Veedu (1987)
Daasi (1988)

Archana (born as Sudha) is an Indian film actress and Kuchipudi and Kathak dancer, known for her works in TeluguTamilMalayalam and Kannada films. She is the recipient of two National Film Awards.

Early life

Archana was born in Krishna districtAndhra Pradesh, India as Sudha. During her childhood, her family moved to Madras (Present day Chennai).


Thai Ponggal (1980)
Thunive Thozhan (1980)
Vasanthame Varuga (1983)
Neengal Kettavai as Radha (1984)
Puyal Kadantha Boomi (1985)
Veedu (1988) as Sudha
Vaidehi Vandhachu (1991)
Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram (2007) as Meenakshi
Keni (2018)
Seethakaathi (2018)
Namma Veetu Pillai (2019) as Thenmozhi, Arumpon's mother
Madhura Geetam (1981)
Nireekshana (1982)
Ukku Sankellu (1988)
Daasi (1988) as Kamakshi; Nominated-Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Yogi Vemana (1988) as Vishwada
Bharat Bandh (1991)
Chakravyuham (1992)
Pachcha Toranam (1994)
Police Venkataswamy (1983)
Malamukalile Daivam (1986) as Marie
Piravi (1989) as Chakyar's daughter
Onnaam Muhoortham (1991) as Radhika Vishwanath
Yamanam (1992) as Ambil
Sammohanam (1994) as Pennu
Madamma (1996)
Kinar (2018)
Belli Naaga (1986)
Guri (1986) as Shantadevi
Ondu Muttina Kathe (1987) as Kaaki
Huliya (1996) as Mydani
Bagh Bahadur (1989) as Radha
Buddha Mil Gaya (1971) as Deepa
Nishad (2002) as Sati Gujaral



Abenao Elangbam
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Abenao Elangbam
Sonia Elangbam
September 28, 1986

Top Khongnang Makhong, Porompat DC Road, ImphalManipur
Present address:
Singjamei, ImphalManipur
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress

Sonia Elangbam, known by the stage name Abenao Elangbam, (born September 28, 1986) is an Indian actress working in Manipuri cinema. She has displayed her versatility in acting by taking various roles in Manipuri films. The beginning of her career in films are marked by movies like Cheinakhol, Thoiba Thoibi, Naoshum and Akhunba Mani.

Early life and education

She completed her Master in Adult Education from Manipur University.


Before coming into films, she has acted in some theatrical plays under People's Arts and Dramatic Association, Imphal. Her first film is Chingjaogum Lepliba Thamoi, where she is playing a supporting role. She is most popularly known for her role of Naobi in Thoiba Thoibi. Among her popular films were Thoiba Thoibi, Akhunba Mani, Thokkidagi Kishi, Nobap, Ekhenglaktagi Red Rose, Chumthang Makhong, Bema Bema, Liklaai, Leikang Thambal, Tabunungda Akaiba Likli, Western Sankirtan, Phijigee Mani and Waikhu.

In Phijigee Mani, she played an archer.

For her role in the film Nobap, Elangbam received the Special Jury Award at the 7th Manipur State Film Awards 2010. She was awarded the Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in the film Pabunggi Cycle at the 2nd SSS MANIFA 2013 Best Actress in a Leading Role award was given to her for potraying the role Thoibi in the film Tabunungda Akaiba Likli at the 3rd SSS MANIFA 2014. She was also honoured with Th. Ashokumar Memorial Award in Arts and Culture at the 10th Foundation Day of USU, Khurai.
Anna Kashfi
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Anna Kashfi
Kashfi in Night of the Quarter Moon (1959)
Joan O'Callaghan
30 September 1934

Died 16 August 2015 (aged 80)

Resting place Kalama IOOF Cemetery, Kalama, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1956–1963
​(m. 1957; div. 1959)​

James Hannaford
​(m. 1974; died 1986)​

Anna Kashfi (born Joan O'Callaghan, 30 September 1934 – 16 August 2015) was a British Indian film actress who had a brief Hollywood career in the 1950s.

Early life

Kashfi was born in Chakradharpur, India, to William Patrick O'Callaghan, a traffic superintendent on the Indian State railways, who was a Londoner of Irish descent,[2] and his Welsh wife, Phoebe. She was raised in Calcutta until she was 13, when the family relocated to Cardiff, Wales.

Ethnic heritage

By the age of 22 Joan O'Callaghan had transformed herself into the exotic ethnic Indian model and actress Anna Kashfi, using a name invented by her and Glyn Mortimer, the head of a London modelling agency. As Mortimer told Parade magazine for its 1959 investigation into Kashfi's past, "Kashfi was the name of a dear friend of mine. Joan picked the name Anna from Joanna [sic], which she apparently had used from time to time".

The matter of Kashfi's ethnic heritage has remained in question. Both her British-born parents maintained she was their biological daughter, born, her father told Parade magazine in 1959, "to my wife in 1934 when I was employed by the Bengal-Nagupur railway as a station master". Parade stated that its investigation determined that "her baptismal certificate bears this out" and furthermore stated that she had a brother, Bosco Brian Patrick O'Callaghan, who was then attending a technical college in Cardiff.

However, upon her 1957 marriage to Marlon Brando a year after adopting her stage name, Kashfi failed to list either on her marriage license, instead stating her real father was one Devi Kashfi and biological mother named Selma Ghose. In a 14 October 1957, wedding day interview with The New York Times (entitled "Kashfi Still Enigma: License Does Not List Welsh Couple As Parents"), a friend of the bride was quoted as stating that Kashfi's purported Indian father had died six weeks before the ceremony.

Nevertheless, the O'Callaghans were adamant that Kashfi was their child, and William O'Callaghan was quoted in Time magazine as saying, "That's our daughter, and both me and missus were born in London." Parade reported that Kashfi might have selected the surname "Ghose" for her putative mother from the owners of The Maharajah, a London shop where she worked as a model. She also worked as a model in the London fur salon of Henry Noble in Regent Street.

In her 1979 book, Brando for Breakfast, Kashfi retreated halfway and claimed she is half-Indian, maintaining that rather than William O'Callaghan being her real father he was in effect her stepfather. She stated her biological father was Indian and she was the result of an "unregistered alliance" between him and her mother. When questioned earlier in life about her daughter's heritage, her mother had told the press "There is no Indian blood in my family or my husband's family", which indeed rules out her ancestry and O'Callaghan's, but does admit the logical possibility of Anna's father having been Indian. Film director Edward Dmytryk, who directed the actress in her first film, stated in a New York Times interview (titled "Kashfi Called Welsh") the day before her wedding to Brando that he knew her real surname was Irish but assumed that she was half-Indian.


Upon her family's relocation to Wales, O'Callaghan worked as a waitress and in a butcher's shop in Cardiff before moving to London, where she became a model. She made her screen debut as an actress in 1956 in The Mountain (1956) for Paramount with Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner. Using the stage name Anna Kashfi, the twenty-two-year-old played a Hindu girl. In her next film a year later, Battle Hymn (1957), she co-starred with Rock Hudson as a Korean girl. A year after that she played a Mexican in Cowboy (1958) with Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon. Her next and last film during this period was Night of the Quarter Moon (1959), where she played the African American wife of singer Nat King Cole and for which she received the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Cartagena Film Festival in 1961. She made a few appearances on television, including the series Adventures in Paradise, though drug and alcohol problems reportedly contributed to the premature end of her acting career.

Personal life

Kashfi married Marlon Brando, whom she had met in the summer of 1956, on 11 October 1957. They divorced a year and a half later on 22 April 1959.

They had a son, Christian Devi Brando (1958–2008), whom she called "Devi". Kashfi and Marlon fought bitterly over Christian, with Marlon eventually winning custody. In the 1990s, Christian was tried for killing his half-sister Cheyenne's boyfriend. Jailed for the crime, he later died of pneumonia in Los Angeles in 2008, aged 49. Kashfi married James Hannaford, a salesman, in 1974.


Kashfi died on 16 August 2015, in Woodland, Washington at 80 years old. She died six months after Brando's second wife Movita Castaneda died on 12 February 2015, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 98.

Anna K. Brando and E. P. Stein, Brando for Breakfast, Berkley Pub Group, 1980, ISBN 0-425-04698-2.

The Mountain (1956) – Hindu Girl
Battle Hymn (1957) – En Soon Yang
Cowboy (1958) – Maria Vidal / Arriega
Night of the Quarter Moon (1959) – Maria Robbin
Television appearances[edit]
Adventures in Paradise (1959) – Monique Le Febure
The Deputy (1960) – Felipa
Bronco (1960) – Princess Natula
Anjali Patil
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Anjali Patil
Patil (left) receiving IFFI Best Female Actor award, 2012
Born 26 September 1987 

Years active 2011–present

Anjali Patil (born 26 September 1987) is an Indian actress and theatre director who primarily works in Hindi and Marathi films. She has earned rave reviews for her work in Delhi in a DayChakravyuhNewton and Sri Lankan film With You Without You. She received the IFFI Best Actor Award (Female) Silver Peacock Award at the 43rd International Film Festival of India her role in the Sri Lankan film With You Without You. In 2013, she starred in the Telugu film Na Bangaaru Talli for which she received the National Film Award – Special Mention, and the state Nandi Award for Best Actress.

Early life and education

Patil was born into a Marathi family and raised in NashikMaharashtraIndia. Patil attended RJCB girls high school (Purushottam), Nashik and by age 14, she had decided to pursue acting as her career. She persuaded her parents to send her to Center for Performing Arts at University of Pune. In June 2007, she earned a bachelor's degree in Arts with a gold medal for her excellence. Later that year, Patil was chosen to pursue Masters in Theater Design at National School of Drama in New Delhi. It presented her with many opportunities to work extensively with Indian and International film and theater actors and directors.


Patil's first feature film opportunity came with Prashant Nair's Hindi-English international independent film Delhi in a Day. She was critically acclaimed for her portrayal of Rohini. The film premiered in Asia at the Mumbai film festival on 13 October 2011 and released theatrically in India in August 2012.
Patil with Pankaj Tripathi at World Premiere Newton Zoopalast Berlinale 2017.

In 2010-11, Patil worked as the lead actress and a producer on an international short film Green Bangles. It was selected as India’s official entry to WIFTI (Women In Film and Television International, Los Angeles) and was eventually selected and screened at the WIFTI International Showcase 2012 in 44 cities in 15 countries.

She later on worked in Prakash Jha's film on issues related to Naxalism: Chakravyuh. Patil received rave reviews for her fierce portrayal of Naxal leader Juhi.

Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You) (2012) was her international collaboration with acclaimed Sri Lankan writer-director Prasanna Vithanage. Patil did the dubbing herself and that makes her the first Indian actress to dub in Sinhala language. Her stellar performance won her Silver Peacock award for Best Actor Female at International Film Festival of India in Goa in November 2012. She is one of the youngest actors to receive this award. Patil also received the Presidential award Of Srilanka for her performance in 2017.

In 2016 Patil did her first Marathi film The Silence with Nagraj Manjule as a co-actor, for which she received a Filmfare award.

She played a pivotal role in Mirzya from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra which released in 2016. She went on to collaborate with him as the lead in Mere Pyare Prime Minister in 2018.

Patil's performance as Gondi speaking Malko- Adivasi BLO in Newton, with Rajkumar Rao in 2017 was highly applauded across all levels.

She played a bold and fierce activist, Puyal in Pa. Ranjith's Kaala with Rajinikanth earning a major following in Tamil industry. Her next Tamil venture was Kuthirai Vaal which was screened at international film festivals.

Patil's latest work is Hutatma a web series based on the Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti. She recently received the prestigious Ma TA Sanmaan- Best actress for her performance in this series.

Anjali has also worked in an ad film for Sintex, which urged people to take a pledge to save rivers.
Aditi Arya
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Aditi Arya
Aditi in 2016
Born 18 September 1993 

Occupation Actor
Beauty pageant titleholder
competition(s) Femina Miss India 2015
(Miss Beautiful Hair)
(Miss Sudoku)

Aditi Arya (born September 18, 1993) is an Indian actress, model, research analyst and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Femina Miss India World in 2015. She represented India at Miss World 2015 pageant.

Early life

Arya was born in Chandigarh and studied at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School in her early years before moving to Gurgaon where she completed her schooling at Amity International School. She then completed her graduation with a finance major in business studies from Delhi University's Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. She was enrolled in the Indian School of Business through their Young Leaders Programme while working as a research analyst for one of the big four audit firms, Ernst & Young.

She has been associated with several non-profit groups such as Amitasha, Supported Decision Making and Protsahan. She has also been involved in street theatre, touching topics such as civic sense and sensitivity towards specially abled.

Femina Miss India 2015

Aditi was crowned the winner at fbb Femina Miss India World 2015, on 28 March 2015 in Mumbai.

Miss World 2015

After winning the title of Femina Miss India World 2015 represented India at Miss World 2015, the 65th edition of the Miss World pageant. She was amongst the top 5 in Multimedia award, top 5 in People's choice award, top 10 in World Fashion Designer Dress award, top 25 in Beauty With a Purpose award, top 30 in the talent sub-competition and top 30 in the Top Model sub-competition.

Acting career

After passing on the crown of Femina Miss India 2015, Aditi Arya has made her Tollywood debut as the lead heroine in Director, Puri Jagannadh's film with Nandamuri Kalyan Ram titled Ism. The film was a box office success and was well received by audience and critics alike.

She then made her Kannada debut as Uttara in the magnum opus Kurukshetra, which is being shot in 3D.

She has played the lead role in the 36 episode Hindi web series Tantra directed by Sidhant Sachdev and produced by Vikram Bhatt. She has also done another web series Spotlight 2 with the same team, to be released on 26 January on the International over-the-top video service Viu.

She is currently shooting for her next Tollywood film Ninnu Vadili Nenu Polenule.
Ambika Anand
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Ambika Anand

Born 15 September 1980
Nationality Indian
Education Delhi University
Employer NDTV

Ambika Anand (born 15 September 1980) is an Indian TV anchor and fashion consultant at NDTV. She has previously anchored shows like Eyes on Style, Band Baajaa Bride Season 7,Big Fat Indian Wedding, I'm Too Sexy For My Shoes, and I'm Too Sexy – All Access.[5] And host ' The Ambika Anand Show ' on her Youtube channel

Early life and career

Born in Chandigarh, she completed her schooling from Delhi Public School & graduated from Jesus and Mary CollegeDelhi University. She earned a Diploma Degree in Economics from the Cardiff Business School.

Anand joined NDTV on 8 December 2002 and worked for their show India Business Report, a weekly programme that was produced for the BBC. After close to two years of working with NDTV, she went and worked for the Department of Communication of the International Labour Organization in Geneva.

In December 2005, she rejoined NDTV and worked on several programmes in her capacity as reporter and anchor, including Hot Property, Boss's Day Out and Value for Money. She also anchored live business news on the channel.

Anand turned to fashion and wedding related programming in 2007 and joined NDTV's lifestyle channel, Good Times. She worked on a series of hit programs like Big Fat Indian Wedding, 10 Things To Do Before You Say Bye, Vanity No Apologies, The Inside Story and I Am Too Sexy For My Shoes.

Continuing with her foray in this genre, she began anchoring a new show Band Baja Bride in 2011, a bride makeover show where she performed the part of mentor. She also hosted The Fast and the Gorgeous, a reality show, in the same year.

Awards and honours

Was on Verve's India's best dressed list in 2009, 2010 
Her show I'm Too Sexy For My Shoes also won the Best Lifestyle & Fashion Show for 2010 at the Indian Telly Awards
Awarded Cosmopolitan India's Fun Fearless Female TV Personality Award 2011
10 Things to do before you say Bye! - London - A show that Anand was a part of, won the award for Outstanding Broadcast Feature at VisitBritain Media Awards 2011
Band Baajaa Bride, a show that Anand hosted won Best Lifestyle Show at the Indian Telly Awards 2011 
Was on the list of HT City Delhi's Most Stylish 2013 
In 2019, The Colombo Fashion Week show was sent as an entry by NDTV 24x7 for Best Fashion And Lifestyle Show for Indian Television Awards 2019 and won in that category. Ambika had scripted and anchored the show! 
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Born, Moulya
14 September 1993

Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
​(m. 2017)​

Amulya (born as Moulya; on 14 September 1993) is an Indian film actress who appears in Kannada films. She made her debut as a child artist in the early 2000s and appeared in a lead role in 2007 with Cheluvina Chittara. She is best known for her roles in the commercially successful films Chaitrada Chandrama (2008), Naanu Nanna Kanasu (2010) and Shravani Subramanya (2013). 

Early life

Amulya was born 14 September 1993 as Moulya in BengaluruKarnataka. Her father worked as a head clerk in Seshadripuram main college till he died in 2009. Her mother, Jayalaksmi, is a housewife who Amulya resides with, in Bangalore. She has an older brother, Deepak Aras, who directed her 2011 film Manasology. Her first appearance on-screen came as a six-year-old in a Kannada television soap opera, Supta Manasina Sapta Swaragalu. She describes her childhood as a "busy" one, having involved herself in sports and music alongside academics. While in school, she trained as Bharatanatyam dancer and has obtained a green belt in Karate. She completed her pre-university course in commerce from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. In 2014, she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) degree, from the same college.


Amulya made her debut in films as a child artist in the 2001 Kannada film Parva that had Vishnuvardhan playing the lead role. Her debut as a lead actress came in the 2007 film Cheluvina Chittara opposite Ganesh which was successful at the box-office. She then appeared in Chaitrada ChandramaPremismNaanu Nanna Kanasu and Manasology which did moderate business or failed at the box-office. But, Amulya's performances received critical acclaim. After a two-year hiatus, she appeared in the 2013 hit film Shravani Subramanya opposite Ganesh with her performance receiving appreciation from critics. In the same year, she was given the title 'Golden Queen' by her co-star of Shravani Subramanya, Ganesh. Her performance in the film won her, her first Filmfare Award, the award for Best Actress In her only release of 2014, Amulya played Meera in Gajakesari, as the love interest of the character played by Yash.

Amulya's first film in 2015, Khushi Khushiyagi, saw her being paired opposite Ganesh for the third time. Critics praised her performance as Nandini; G. S. Kumar of The Times of India wrote, "Shades of 'Shravani Subramanya' are visible in Amulya's role, who essays a stellar role..." In Male, she was cast in tomboyish role as Varsha, and was paired opposite Prem Kumar. In her second release of the year, a romance-drama, Ram-Leela, she played Chandrakala, the sister of a don, and the love interest of Chiranjeevi Sarja. The film received mixed response from critics. In her first release of 2016, Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole, she portrayed "a meaty character that allows to ride a Bullet". As Kushi, she was paired opposite Suraj (played by Suraj Gowda), in the family drama-romance film, who she ends up marrying confronting certain familial issues and upon the wishes of their respective parents. The Times of India called her performance a "versatile" one.

In February 2016, The New Indian Express reported that Amulya was approached by the makers of Mass Leader to play the role of Shiva Rajkumar's sister. It is to be directed by Sahana Murthy. She also confirmed signing Nagashekar's Maasti Gudi that would see her playing the female lead opposite Duniya Vijay.

Personal life

Amulya married Jagadish in 2017
Aruna Mucherla
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Aruna Mucherla
Born 13 September 1965 

Telangana, India
Years active 1980–1990
​(m. 1990)​
Children 4

Aruna Mucherla is an Indian actress who worked in TeluguTamilMalayalam and Kannada films, mainly during the 1980s. She was introduced in Tamil movie titled Kallukkul Eeram by Bharathiraja which was released in 1980. She has been frequently paired with actor Vijayakanth in Sivappu MalliNeedhi PizhaithathuSattam Sirikkiradhu, and Kanalukku Karaiyethu. In some of the Tamil movies, she appeared as the second lead and supporting roles. She acted as Poornima Bhagyaraj's friend in Darling, Darling, Darling and as Betha Sudhakar's sister in Pennin Vazhkai. She acted with Karthik Muthuraman in suspense movie Kelviyum Naane Pathilum Naane which was released on 1982 where actress Srividya acted as an antagonist. Aruna Mucherla also acted in some good family-oriented movies like Kathula Poo, Sakalakala Sambanthi, and Penmani Aval Kanmani. In 1981, the Telugu film Seethakoka Chiluka received a Swarna (Gold) Nandi Award for Best Feature Film. She spread across acting more than 70 movies within 10 years majoring all 4 South Indian languages. She is married to Mohan, a businessman based from Chandigarh in 1990 and the couple has four daughters. Currently, she lives in Chennai with her four daughters.
Amala Akkineni
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Amala Akkineni
Amala Akkineni in 2010
Amala Mukherjee
12 September 1967

Alma mater KalakshetraChennai

social activist
Years active 1986–1993; 2012–present
​(m. 1992)​
Children Akhil Akkineni
Naga Chaitanya (step-son)

Amala Akkineni (née Mukherjee) is an Indian actress, Bharatanatyam dancer, and animal welfare activist. She has predominantly worked in Tamil films, in addition to TeluguHindiMalayalam, and Kannada-language films. She was a leading actress in the Tamil film industry in the late 1980s and has appeared in many blockbusters in Tamil and other languages. She has won two Filmfare Awards South, namely Best Actress – Malayalam for the 1991 film Ulladakkam and Best Supporting Actress – Telugu for the 2012 film Life Is Beautiful. Amala is the co-founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad, a non-government organisation (NGO) in Hyderabad, India, which works towards the welfare of animals and preservation of animal rights in India.

Early life

Amala was born in Calcutta (present-day Kolkata) to a Bengali Indian Navy officer and an Irish mother. She has a brother. Amala holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra college of fine arts, Madras now Chennai. She gave many live performances worldwide. She was subsequently persuaded to join films by T. Rajender, who visited her home with his wife Usha and convinced her mother to let her act in the film, which would be a classical film featuring her Bharatanatyam dancing.

Personal life

Amala married Telugu actor Nagarjuna on 11 June 1992 and the couple have a son, actor Akhil Akkineni born in 1994. She is the step-mother of actor Naga Chaitanya. They currently live in Hyderabad.


Amala made her debut in a Tamil film titled Mythili Ennai Kaathali, directed by T. Rajendar, which was a huge box office hit. Winning overnight fame, she charmed cinegoers in a flurry of fifty films, including a number of Tamil box office hits. She acted with her future husband Akkineni Nagarjuna in hits such as Nirnayam and Siva. She received Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam for the film Ulladakkam

She quit acting in 1992 following her marriage to Nagarjuna. After a hiatus of 20 years she made a comeback in 2012 with the Telugu film Life is Beautiful. She received a CineMAA Award for Best Outstanding Actress and Telugu category Filmfare Award for best supporting actress in 2013 for her portrayal.

She returned to Malayalam cinema with C/O Saira Banu after a gap of 25 years, since Ulladakkam (1991).

Anjali (actress)
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Born 16 June 1986 

Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Anjali (born 16 June 1986) is an Indian actress and model, who appears in TamilTeluguMalayalam and Kannada films. Following a stint in modelling, she was cast in starring roles in two Telugu productions; her debut film was the Telugu film Photo (2006), before bagging a role and gaining attention in the film Kattradhu Thamizh (2007) with Jiiva. In 2010 and 2011, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil, for her performances in Angaadi Theru and Engaeyum Eppothum respectively and the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Angadi Theru, subsequently becoming recognised as one of the "finest young actors" in Tamil cinema, and noted for mostly playing "performance-oriented roles".

In 2013, she returned to Telugu cinema appeared in a string of successful films like Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle ChettuBalupuMasalaGeethanjali and Dictator, which made her one of the leading actresses in Telugu. She also received two Nandi Awards for Best Actress for her performances in the films Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2013) and Geethanjali (2014).

Early life

Anjali was born on 16 June 1986 in RazoleEast Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh to a Telugu-speaking family. She has two brothers and a sister. She completed her schooling in Razole and later moved to Chennai where she continued her studies, pursuing a degree in mathematics. After completing her education, she began acting in short films, which paved the way for her entry into the film industry. Anjali remarked that her parents had aspirations to become an actor and that they "realised their dreams" through her.


2006–2008: Debut and breakthrough

In 2002, Anjali was signed on to appear in director Kalanjiyam's Sathamintri Muthamidu under the screen name of Sundhari, but the film later failed to materialise.The director also began two other films with Anjali, Valiba Desam and En Kanavu Thaanadi, though those also failed to materialise. During one of her modelling assignments, she was spotted by director Siva Nageswara Rao, who offered her a starring role in his Telugu thriller film Photo (2006). Anjali portrayed a ghost haunting her murderers in Photo, which co-starred two more newcomers, Anand and Bhanu. She played the female lead in another Telugu venture, the romance film Premalekha Raasa (2007), directed by lyricist Kulasekhar, opposite a debutant again; both films garnered negative response and performed poorly at the box office, failing to propel her career in Telugu cinema.

She made her Tamil film début later that year in Kattradhu Thamizh, directed by Ram, which released to strong critical acclaim. Anjali won critical praise for her portrayal of Anandhi, the childhood friend and love interest of a young teacher-turned-psychopath (enacted by Jeeva). A Behindwoods critic wrote that she was "a delight to watch and spellbinds the viewer with her beautiful fresh look and her performance",[ while Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff described her as "a breath of fresh air" and "the perfect foil to Jeeva's plethora of emotions". Her performance earned her the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress for that year, and she grew in popularity, leading her to several more offers, albeit the film proved commercially unsuccessful She appeared in two films in 2008; Honganasu, her first Kannada project and Aayudham Seivom in Tamil. The latter, which featured her as the female lead opposite Sundar C, was panned by critics and she was criticised for accepting that role, with reviewers noting that she had nothing to do in the film, "except roll her eyes".

2010–2012: Critical acclaim

She next played Kani, a fiery, independent sales girl in a textile showroom in Angadi Theru (2010) which melted everyone's heart and was released two years after her last venture. The Vasanthabalan-directed tragedy drama focussed on the lives of young employees who work in retail department stores. The film was shot in real location at the Ranganathan Street in T Nagar, Chennai with hidden cameras, with Anjali disclosing that they wore the uniform of a particular textile company, passing off as real sales-people and selling goods. Angadi Theru opened to rave reviews, whilst also fetching Anjali critical acclaim for her performance, which went on to win several accolades, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil. She subsequently appeared in two family drama films; S PicturesRettaisuzhi, in which she shared screen with veteran directors Bharathiraja and K Balachandar, and Magizhchi, co-starring and directed by Gowthaman. The latter released to favourable reviews, and Anjali received positive feedback on her performance, being labelled as "impressive", and "almost perfect as the young, a bit mischievous, village girl"; however both films failed to succeed at the box office.

In 2011, she first appeared in Payyans alongside Jayasurya, which marked her début in Malayalam cinema, followed by a lead female role in the Cloud Nine Movies-production Thoonga Nagaram, in which she starred as an anchor in local television, and a cameo appearance in a song in Ko that also featured other lead actors from Tamil Cinema. She was then seen in the small-budget drama film Karungali, directed by KalanjiyamKalanjiyam had signed up Anjali, rechristening her as Sundari then, for a film titled Sathamindri Muthamidu, even prior to Kattradhu Thamizh, followed by three more films, all of which were cancelled. Following her rise to fame post Angadi Theru, Kalanjiyam revived one of the projects, namely Karungali, with Anjali agreeing to be part of it, owing to her prior commitments. The film featured her as a childless housewife living in a bad relationship with her husband, and was a critical and commercial failure. While starring in Thoonga Nagaram, she was offered a minor supporting role in another project of the production studio, Mankatha. The Ajith Kumar-starrer, directed by Venkat Prabhu, was Anjali's first high-budget project and featured her as part of an ensemble cast. The film emerged a financial success and Anjali's highest-grossing film in her career, however her role in the film was small and not well received generally. Meanwhile, she was cast by director A R Murugadoss to perform a lead role in his maiden production Engeyum Eppodhum alongside JaiSharvanand and Ananya, directed by his assistant M Saravanan.[Anjali essayed the role of a bold and dominating nurse, with critics again heaping praise on her performance. The Hindu wrote that she "has given her best [and] steals the show in the climax", while Rediff's Pavithra Srinivasan cited it was she "who clearly walks away with the honours", adding that "the extent of her feelings emerges only at the end, and carries you away" and calling it a "noteworthy performance". She had her only starring role in 2012 in Sundar C's Kalakalappu. A critic from Deccan Chronicle wrote that "Anjali scores well with her natural performance".
2013–2014: Continued success

In 2013, she starred in the Telugu multi-starrer Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu along with VenkateshMahesh Babu and Samantha. The film went on to be a critical and commercial success, with many applauses for Anjali from the critics. Mahalakshmi Prabhakaran of DNA India commented that Anjali "as the innocent Seetha...gives an easy breezy but endearing performance". She later starred in A R Murugadoss' next production venture Vatthikuchi opposite Dhileban. The film received mixed reviews as did her performance. IndiaGlitz commented "Anjali's character though is sugary; it's a reminiscent of so many of her characters in the past and leaves you with a sense of wanting variation". Her next release was Settai, the Tamil remake of Delhi Belly, in which she starred opposite Arya. The film received mixed reviews, though she was appreciated for her performance and looks. S Saraswati of Rediff commented "Anjali, who is better known for deglamorised performances, has been given a brand new avatar for this film. Her clothes, hair and makeup have all been changed to suit her character—that of a very confident and attractive Mumbai-based journalist". After an item number in Suriya's Singam II, her first in her career, she starred in two Telugu films, Gopichand Malineni's Balupu opposite Ravi Teja and Masala, the Telugu remake of Bol Bachchan, opposite Venkatesh, for the second time in her career. In 2014, she appeared in a horror comedy women-centric film titled Geethanjali for which she received Nandi Award for Best Actress, SICA Award for Best Telugu Actress.

2015–present: Brief setback and comeback

In early 2015, Anjali returned to Sandalwood and starred opposite Puneeth Rajkumar in Rana Vikrama. Her début film in Kannada was Honganasu seven years ago. She broke the seven-year hiatus with that film. In Tamil, she appeared opposite Jayam Ravi alongside TrishaSoori in Sakalakala Vallavan. In Telugu, she played a special cameo role of a lady don in Sankarabharanam, a Telugu film which has Nikhil Siddharth in lead. In 2016, her first release was in Telugu opposite Balayya Balakrishna titled Dictator which declared Super-hit. Her role was well received by the audience. Later she signed a psycho action thriller Telugu film Chitrangada (2017). In December 2017, her film with Jai & Janani Iyer titled Balloon directed by newcomer Sinish got good reviews and moderate-average performance at the box office. She signed a Tamil-Malayalam film Peranbu (2019) opposite Mammootty directed by Ram. She acted in the horror flick, Lisaa (2019) as lead character. Anjali acted as lesbian in the web series Paava Kadhaigal (2020) directed by Vignesh Shivan. The next year she played the role Zarina in the film Vakeel Saab (2021), directed by Venu Sriram. The film was successful at the box-office, grossing over ₹137.65 crore worldwide, despite COVID-19 pandemic in India. The film became her comeback success. Following the success, she signed for a role in the film F3, produced by Sri Venkateswara Creations
Atisha Naik
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Atisha Naik is an Indian film actress who has been in the field of acting since she was 8 years old when she made her debut in a Marathi play, Good-Bye Doctor as a child artist. She made her film debut with Mahesh Manjrekar’s Hindi film Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye. Recently, she played an important role as a lady, Sarpanch in the national award-winning film Deool. Atisha Naik is a Actor. Atisha Naik has mostly worked in Marathi and has worked in languages like Marathi. Atisha Naik is an actress, known for Wake Up Sid (2009), Lafangey Parindey (2010), and Zokkomon (2011).Atisha Naik is a popular Actor. The latest movie in which Atisha Naik has acted is Bandookya. She has worked in Marathi serials like Abhalmaya, Madhu Ithe An Chandra Tithe, Dilya Ghari Tu Sukhi Raha, Ghadlay Bighadlay, Fu Bai Fu (Zee Marathi), Sundara Manamadhe Bharli, Ya Gojirwanya Gharat, Ghadge & Suun (Colors Marathi), Bun Maska (Zee Yuva), Mansicha Chitrakar Toh, Pudhcha Paaul, Swapnanchya Palikadale (Star Pravah), etc. She has also appeared in Hindi serials like Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Ek Packet Umeed, etc. Her Marathi film appearances in Manthan: Ek Amrut Pyala, Bandookya, Salaam, and Deool were appreciated by both audience and critics.

She has also acted in Hindi feature films like Lafangey Parindey and Wake Up Sid. Atisha Naik is an Indian actress, who works in the Hindi and Marathi film and T.V. industries. Atisha made her big-screen acting debut with the 2003 movie, Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye. In 2009 she acted alongside Konkona Sen Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in coming of age dramedy, Wake Up Sid. Atisha played the role of Mrs. Bapat. Her other acting credits include movies like Deool (2011), Lafangey Parindey (2010) Zokkomon (2011), and Salaam (2014). In 2017 Atisha acted in director Rahul Manohar Chaudhari`s Bandookya. The cast also includes Shashank Shende and Namdeo Murkute. Atisha Naik is a Hindi and Marathi actress mostly known for her negative roles. She made her Hindi film debut in ‘Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye’, a movie directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. Recently, she played an important role as a lady Sarpanch, in the national award-winning film ‘Deool’ starring Nana Patekar. In this movie, she exploited her acting potential to the core and was lauded by everyone. She made her TV debut in NDTV’s Imagine “Ek Packet Umeed” and played the role of “Sundari”.

She is also very active in Marathi Theater and ‘Suryachi Pilley’ is her latest Marathi play. She is also regular in Marathi’s TV circuit and in the serial ‘Pudhcha Paul’ her role as a cunning Mother in law sends shivers to the viewers. She acted in another Starpravah Marathi TV serial ‘Manasicha Chitrakaar’ which is a story of the clash of dreams of two persons. Being an actor she wants to explore and not wants to limit herself to negative roles. She is playing a comic role In Amol Palekar’s movie “We are on, Ata Houn Jau De” and she enjoyed doing the comic role. She also did standup comedy with Sunil Tawde in “Fu Bai Fu” season 3. She recently acted in a Marathi movie Salaam (2014) Directed by Kiran Yadnyopavit and Atisha gets good reviews for her acting. She wants to make her mark in the Indian Film industry as “Smita Patil’. We wish her all the best for her upcoming projects.

Atisha Naik is an actor who performs in film, television, and even theater. She began her career as a child artiste on stage. Hailing from Maharashtra, she loved being on stage and performing in front of live audiences. Her versatile stage performance includes Suryachi Pilley’ and ‘Good Bye Doctor’ (child artiste). She began her acting career through the Hindi film ‘Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye’. It was a good offer as she got a chance to perform in Mahesh Manjrekar’s Hindi film, followed by few other popular Marathi films too. She also acted in another Marathi film ‘We are on Ata Houn Jau De’ which was a clean, healthy comedy devoid of any silly clowning and vulgarity. The film was directed by veteran actor Amol Palekar. Now she is one of the most promising faces of Marathi serial.

She started as a stage actor and then shifted to Hindi and Marathi movies because Marathi is her mother tongue, and she would be more comfortable in doing her performances. As an actor, she had every reason to opt for movies in two different languages, as both Marathi and Hindi movies have their own charm. Although she had played always a positive and good character in theater, television, or cinema, she surprised the audiences by playing a negative character of a cunning woman in the Marathi serial, Pudhcha Paaul’. She actually received prominence in the much-admired Marathi serial ‘Pudhcha Paaul’. And since then, she is known as the villain and cunning woman of the small screen. But actually, in personal life, she is a very kind-hearted woman. This actress is hardworking, honest, and possesses the thinking power and ability to do something creative before the camera. She was noticed in a meaningful small role in the Hindi popular film “Wake Up, Sid”, which was a Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions movie and directed by Ayan Mukerji. Atisha Naik plays the role of Indumati, mother of Abhimanyu (Sameer Paranjpe) and wife of Uttam. Let us have a detailed look at her Atisha Naik information.Atisha Naik information

Lives In Mumbai, India
Atisha Naik Marital Status Married
Net Worth (2021) $1 million – $5 million
Career Span 2003 – present
Occupation Actress, Director
Hobbies Acting, Travelling

Career :
Natak Good Bye Doctor
Ashi Hi Shyamchi Aai
Shevgyachya Shenga
Wada Chirebandi – 9 hours play
Sakkhe Shejari
Sorry Wrong Number
Sakharam Binder
Suryachi Pille
Varyavarchi Varat
Jaubai Jorat
Vijay Dinanath Chauhan
Dili Supari Baykochi
Serials Bun Maska
Hasa Chakat Fu
Ya Gojirwanya Gharat
Puneri Misal
Dilya Ghari Tu Sukhi Raha
Manasicha Chitrakar To
Fu Bai Fu
Ghadalay Bighadalay
Mad Mad Murder
Kahani Main Twist
Pardes Main Mila Koi Apanasa
Crime Patrol
Ssshhhh…Koi Hai
Pudhcha Paaul
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Ek Packet Umeed
Ghadge & Suun
Bigg Boss Marathi (season 1) (as a guest)
Sundara Manamadhe Bharli
Swapnanchya Palikadale
Ashihi Shyamchi Aai
Films Pran Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye
Manthan: Ek Amrut Pyala
Wake Up Sid
Are Sansar
Lafangey Parindey
Conditions Apply Atti Laagu
Ek Daav Sansaracha
Web series / Short Films

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Atisha Naik is an Indian film actress who has been in the field of acting since she was 8 years old when she made her debut in a Marathi play, Good-Bye Doctor as a child artist.
She made her film debut with Mahesh Manjrekar’s Hindi film Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye. Recently, she played an important role as a lady, Sarpanch in the national award-winning film Deool.

Atisha Naik is an actress, known for Wake Up Sid (2009), Lafangey Parindey (2010), and Zokkomon (2011).

She has worked in Marathi serials like Abhalmaya, Madhu Ithe An Chandra Tithe, Dilya Ghari Tu Sukhi Raha, Ghadlay Bighadlay, Fu Bai Fu (Zee Marathi), Sundara Manamadhe Bharli, Ya Gojirwanya Gharat, Ghadge & Suun (Colors Marathi), Bun Maska (Zee Yuva), Mansicha Chitrakar Toh, Pudhcha Paaul, Swapnanchya Palikadale (Star Pravah), etc.
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She has also appeared in Hindi serials like Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Ek Packet Umeed, etc. Her Marathi film appearances in Manthan: Ek Amrut Pyala, Bandookya, Salaam, and Deool were appreciated by both audience and critics.
She has also acted in Hindi feature films like Lafangey Parindey and Wake Up Sid. Atisha Naik is an Indian actress, who works in the Hindi and Marathi film and T.V. industries
. She started her career as a child artist at the age of eight with the play, Goodbye Doctor.
Atisha Naik plays role of Indumati, mother of Abhimanyu (Sameer Paranjpe) and wife of Uttam.
Anupama Kumar
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Anupama Kumar
Born 4 December 1974 

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Other names Anupama Prakash Kumar
Occupation Actress, Producer, Model, Journalist, Anchor, Television producer
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Cdr G. ShivaKumar
Children Aditya Shivakumar

Anupama Prakash Kumar (born 4 December 1974 in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu), better known as Anupama Kumar, is an Indian film actress and model. Having appeared in more than 300 ad films, she made her debut as an actress in the 2004 Hindi film Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na and went on to play supporting roles in Tamil films. Besides acting and modelling, Anupama has also worked as a journalist, anchor, and a television producer. She recently turned Producer with her indie black and white flick that is due for release in the summer of 2021 She won the Vijay Award 2013 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) for her role in Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal.


Born at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Anupama mostly lived in North India. She had been mainly involved in the field of television for over thirteen years, working as an anchor, visualizer, journalist and even producer. Later she started off into a modelling and acting career, featuring in more than 300 commercials along with the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Mohanlal. She had appeared in several Hindi language television series such as Kabhi Aaye Na Judaai, Mission Fateh, Shaka Laka Boom Boom and The Magic Make-Up Box as well.

Kumar debuted in Indian films with the Aishwarya Rai-starrer Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na in a cameo.

Personal life

She is married to G. Shivakumar, a Navy commander, and has one son, Aditya, with whom she currently resides in Chennai.
Avanthika Mohan
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Priyanka Mohan
Born 8 June 1993 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Occupation Actress, model, dancer
Years active 2012–present
Anil Kumar Kainth
​(m. 2017)​

Priyanka Mohan is an Indian actress and model, better known by her stage name as Avanthika Mohan. She made her debut film, Yakshi – Faithfully Yours and was later seen in Malayalam films and later earned popularity through the TV series Athmasakhi for which she received two best actress award for the character called Nanditha by 24 frames film society In 2018, she got the 2nd position as Kochi Times Most Desirable women on Television.

Early life

Avanthika Mohan was born and brought up in Dubai. Her parents are from Calicut. She returned to Kerala to pursue a modelling career and won the Miss Malabar 2011 title and also the subtitle Miss Perfect 2010. She is a dancer and had taken training for it. After winning the beauty pageant, she began to receive acting offers and decided to enter the film industry. She received three consequent best actress award in 2017.


She made her debut in the 2012 experimental film Yakshi – Faithfully Yours, directed by Abhiram Suresh Unnithan, featuring all newcomers in the lead roles. The film saw Avanthika playing the titular character of a "snake ghost" named Nagayakshi, a snake who turns into a woman after coming to the planet. 2013 she was part of the Malayalam comedy flick Mr Bean- The Laugh Riot after which she was seen in Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi,. She next played a lead role in crocodile love story. She made her Tamil film debut with the horror film Aalamaram (2014). Her next releases were Vundile Manchi Kalam Mundu Munduna, her first Telugu film, and debutant director Shyam Mohan's thriller 8:20 released and the movie went on well she got good appreciation for her performance from the Critics and the audiences. She had signed film Male Baruva Munna, an Oriya movie and a Hindi movie directed by Samagra Ganesh is based on a true story. She has also signed Rajavin Parvai Raniyin Pakkam, to be directed by Azhagu Raj.Television debut

In May 2016, she signed into play lead role in TV series Athmasakhi in Malayalam language in which she plays a bold and modern character Nanditha who is a doctor by profession. Later in June she made her Telugu Television debut through Raja Rani in which she plays a strong and innocent school teacher. She is getting positive reviews from both TV series. She had to quit Athmasakhi in 2018 due to pregnancy completing 500 episodes. After a sabbatical she is paired up with Rajyan Rajan after Athmasakhi in the new series Priyapettaval which is going on-air in Mazhavil Manorama from late 2019 which portrays the misunderstandings in Marriage life

Personal life

Avanthika married Anil Kumar Kainth in 2017. The couple has a son Rudraunsh Kainth.
Anu Sithara
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Anu Sithara
Anu Sithara Pulivetti Salam
21 August 1995

Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2013–present
Vishnu Prasad
​(m. 2015)​

Abdul Salam (Father)
Renuka (Mother)

Anu Sithara (pronounced: anu sittāra) is an Indian film actress who appears predominantly in Malayalam films. Anu Sithara made her debut in 2013 as a child artist in Pottas Bomb. Her debut role as a lead actress was in Omar Lulu's Happy Wedding in 2016.

Personal life

Anu was born on 21 August 1995 to Renuka and Abdul Salam. She married boyfriend Vishnu Prasad in 2015. She has a younger sister, Anu Sonara
Alka Kaushal
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Alka Kaushal
Alka Badola

Delhi, India

Years active 1994–present
Known for Queen
Spouse(s) Ravi G. Kaushal
Children Shhambhavi Kaushal (daughter)
Family Vishwa Mohan Badola (father)
Varun Badola (brother)
Kalindi Badola (sister)
Rajeshwari Sachdev (sister-in-law)

Alka Kaushal (born Badola, Hindi: अल्का कौशल) is an Indian actress and producer, known for her work in Marathi cinema. She is also popular for her roles in TV shows such as Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan and Qubool Hai. She has played supportive roles in numerous Hindi TV serials, mainly negative characters or vamps

Personal life

Kaushal is the eldest of three children born to stage artist Vishwa Mohan S. Badola and Susheela Badola. She had attended the National School of Drama Repertory in her hometown Delhi, and later moved to Mumbai to pursue a career on Indian television. She is married to TV producer and director, Ravi G. Kaushal; the couple have started their own production house, Mangalam Arts.

In 2017, the actress and her mother were sent for two years to Sangrur district jail after the Sangrur (Punjab) court upheld the two-year jail term given to the television actress and her mother in a cheque-bounce case by a lower court. Alka and her mother had borrowed Rs.50 lakh from farmer Avtar Singh, to make a serial and gave him two cheques of Rs 25 lakh each which bounced and so he moved a local court in Malerkotla in 2015, which sentenced the two to two years' imprisonment.

Acting career

She made her television debut with Ramesh Sippy's Gathaand and later acted in Tum Pukar Lo, Manzilein Apni Apni and Prratima. Kaushal has worked in serials like Faasle9 Malabar Hill, Sansar, Kartavya and Kammal. She is also seen in Zee TV's serial Qubool Hai. She was out of Qubool Hai for six months. She has acted in Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur as Parvati Gadodia and Tarkeshwari Singh/Tharka Bua on Sarojini. In July and November 2020, She played Sita Choudhary in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and Tara Bai in Colors TV's Barrister Babu.

Since December 2020, she is playing Devi Sabherwal in Shaurya Aur Anokhi Ki Kahani.
Anjali Devi
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Anjali Devi
Anjali Devi in 1949
24 August 1927

Died 13 January 2014 (aged 86)


​(m. 1948; died 1991)​

Anjali Devi (pronunciation (help·info); 24 August 1927 – 13 January 2014) was an Indian actress, model and producer in Telugu and Tamil films. She was well known for her role as the Devi Sita in Lava Kusa as well as for the titular roles in movies like Suvarna Sundari and Anarkali.

Early life

Anjali Devi was born in PeddapuramEast Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, India, as Anjamma. She changed her name to Anjani Kumari when acting in dramas. Later, director C. Pullaiah changed her name to Anjali Devi.


As actress

She was a theatre artiste before venturing into movies, her debut film role was as Lohitasva in "Raja Harishchandra" in 1936. Her first film as a heroine was Kashtajeevi by L. V. Prasad in 1940, but that film was abandoned after three reels shooting. Later, C.Pullayya discovered her and gave her the opportunity to star as Mohini in Gollabhama (1947). Based on her acting ability and looks, she became a star overnight in 1947. She eventually acted in more than 350 films, majority of them in Telugu films and a few in Hindi, Tamil and Kannada films as the heroine or in character roles.

She acted in Lava Kusa, a milestone film and the first color film in the Telugu film industry in 1963. She is well known for playing Sita in Lava Kusa and her performances in films like Suvarna Sundari and Anarkali were also appreciated. Brundavanam (1992), Anna Vadina (1993) and Police Alludu (1994) were the last few films of her career. In Balaiah's Police Alludu and Anna Vadina she appeared alongside Brahmanandam. She acted in various roles, such as a damsel, an angel, a dancer, a demon, a goddess, a traditional woman and later in mother roles.

As producer

In 1955 she produced the film Anarkali, in which she herself played the titular role, with Akkineni Nageswara Rao as Prince Salim. Then she produced V. Madhusudan Rao's Bhakta Tukaram and Chandipriya. Bollywood and Tollywood actress Jayapradha played the lead role in the latter alongside Sobhan Babu and Chiranjeevi. As a producer she has produced 27 films. An ardent devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba she produced and acted in Shirdi Sai Parthi Sai Divyakatha, a tele-serial on the life and avatar of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This was also the first screen appearance of Vijay Devarakonda, then a student of class 3 at Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, Puttaparthi in 1997.

Personal life

She married P. Adinarayana Rao, a music director, in 1948. They settled in Chennai. They have two sons. Together, they produced many Telugu films under the banner, Anjali Pictures. Their granddaughter, Saila Rao, is also an actress.


Devi died at the age of 86 on 13 January 2014 at Vijaya Hospital, in Chennai, due to a cardiac arrest. Her organs were donated to Ramachandra Medical College.


Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu – Suvarna Sundari (1957)
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu – Chenchu Lakshmi (1958)
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu – Jayabheri (1959)
Raghupathi Venkaiah Award in 1994 for her lifetime service to the Telugu film industry.
Ramineni Award in 2006 in the fine arts category.
Tamil Nadu State Film Honorary Award – Arignar Anna Award in 2000
Padmabhushan Dr. B. Saroja Devi National Award in 2010 by Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore.
Ashnoor Kaur

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Ashnoor Kaur
Born 3 May 2004
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present
Known for

Ashnoor Kaur (born 3 May 2004) is an Indian actress. She is best known for her acting in several television serials including Jhansi Ki RaniYeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and Patiala Babes. In 2018, she made her Bollywood debut with supporting roles in Sanju and Manmarziyaan.


Kaur started her career at the young age of five, by playing the character of Prachi in the 2009 series Jhansi Ki Rani. In 2010, she played Panna in Saath Nibhaana Saathiya of Star Plus. She later played Navika Vyas Bhatnagar in the television series Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha and Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha 2. She also acted as young Mayra Kapoor in the show Bade Achhe Lagte Hain. She appeared in CID, and as Ashok Sundari in the mythological series, Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev. She had the role of young Naira Singhania in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.

Kaur played Dushala in the 2013 television series Mahabharat, and was also seen in Prithvi Vallabh as Princess Vilas.

Kaur was also part of Anurag Kashyap's film Manmarziyaan in the role of Taapsee Pannu 's sister.

From 2018 to 2020, Kaur played Mini Babita/Khurana in the Sony TV show Patiala Babes.

She featured in a song "Kya Karu" by Millind Gaba and Parampara Thakur, which was released on 13 October 2020.

Personal life

Kaur is doing her schooling from Ryan International School. In 2019, she scored 93% in her class X boards.

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResultRef.2019 Indian Telly Awards Jury Special Award For Next Generation Star Patiala Babes Won
Agnes Sonkar

Agnes Sonkar is an Indian actress known best for her work in the film industry of the south in India, although she has starred in movies that have international exposure as well. She is well known for her looks despite a limited career in films but is very popular among audiences; as a result, she has even done an item number. The first movie that she acted in was the 2011 Freida Pinto starrer Trishna. The movie is based on the novel written by Thomas Hardy titled Tess of D’Urbervilles. It tells the story of a young Indian girl from a lower class family and how her life sets upon a destructive path when she falls in love with someone who is above her standing in society. She finally falls in love with him, but the complications from their love life leads to her becoming more and more depressed with the situation, and eventually she not only kills her lover but herself too.

In this movie, Agnes Sonkar played the role of a girl named Agnes. Trishna received mixed reviews from critics, but it served as a good launchpad for Agnes to begin a career. Her next work came in the 2014 Tamil language movie titled Azhagiya Pandipuram and was directed by renowned director Rayan and was given a musical score by Bhardwaj. The film revolves around a classic trope in Indian cinema; two warring families whose children end up falling in love with each other despite the fact that their families have issues with each other dating back generations. The story of how their love is eventually fulfilled is what the film mostly revolves around; comic relief in between the film is present as well. The film was generally well received by critics.

Agnes Sonkar had only a supporting role in this filml. In the same year, she was signed on to do an item number. The film she did the item number for was titled Husn, Heroine Aur Hathiyar and focuses on the Bhanwari Devi sex scandal, something that was dominating political headlines at the time and which also inspired a number of films in the process. The film not only focused on the various illicit activities of various politicians at the time but also put a different twist to it. The item number was meant to sell the sexual nature of the story that was being depicted, hence why Agnes was signed up.
Anupama Parameswaran
Anupama Parameswaran is an actress who is highly popular among the Malayalam and Telugu audience. Anupama launched her acting career through the blockbuster Malayalam movie Premam, directed by maverick director Alphonse Puthren. Her role of Mary in the movie, gained her popularity like no other debutant have received in the recent times. Soon after this movie, she forayed into Telugu by debuting as the seconds female lead in the movie A Aa, which became a super hit. Later she reprised her role in the Telugu official remake of Premam. She is having her Tamil debut alongside Dhanush in Kodi. In very short time, Anupama has been able to capture the likeness of scores of the audience in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil.

Anupama Parameswaran Early Life

Anupama was born on February 18, 1996, to Parameswaran and Sunitha. She was very passionate about movies from early childhood. Anupama studied music till 8th standard and got trained in classical and Carnatic dance. But, according to her, it was her laziness that made her discontinue both dance and music. She used to be a regular stage performer during her school days. And was part of a drama club in her hometown. Anupama did her schooling from Don Bosco Central School and National HSS, Irinjalakuda. Later she enrolled in BA Communicative English at CMS College, Kottayam. It was during her college days when she auditioned and got selected for the role of Mary in Premam.

On the family front, Anupama’s dad Parameswaran works in Qatar and her mother Sunitha is a housewife. She has a younger brother Akshay. Anupama is a pet lover and has a squirrel (named Chiku) and a dog (named Snoopy), which she considers as part of her small family.

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Anupama Varma 
Anupama Verma is a model from Delhi. Her first modeling assignment was with Shekhar Kapur for Digjam suiting. It was rumored that she was the reason for the split between Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi. In 2006 she starred in the Indian reality show Bigg Boss later, she was evicted and replaced with Rakhi Sawant.

On the show Bigg Boss, Anupama had developed a relationship with model Aryan Vaid. Aryan was supposedly madly in love with Anupama and was very emotional when they parted when he got evicted from the show before Anupama. In the final episode of the show, it was discovered that the beautiful relationship that started on the show could not last in the real world. An emotional Anupama said that Aryan was not the same person outside and she could not relate to him anymore.

She also acted in Doordarshan channel's serial program "Ankhen" where she plays the protaganist, who can forsee crimes that are immediately committed after she has seen them.
Angoorlata Deka
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Angoorlata Deka

Assumed office
Preceded by Gautam Bora
Constituency Batadroba
Majority 5,885
Personal details
Born 31 January 1986
Nationality Indian
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Akashdeep Deka
Occupation Politician
Profession Actress

Angoorlata Deka (born 31 January 1986) is an Indian actress and politician from Assam. She is a first term member of the Assam Legislative Assembly.

Political party

Angoorlata is from the Bharatiya Janata Party. She represents the Batadroba constituency of Assam. She joined BJP in December 2015. She is one of the six female candidates who were given tickets by Bharatiya Janata Party, out of which, only two won elections; and Angoorlata is one of them.

Early life and family

Angoorlata was born in NalbariAssam.
Apu Biswas
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Apu Biswas

অপু বিশ্বাস
Biswas in 2017
Abonti Biswas
11 October 1986

Bogra, Bangladesh

Years active 2006–Present
​(m. 2008; div. 2018)
Children 1

Apu Biswas (born 11 October 1986) is a Bangladeshi film actress, model and the former wife of notable Bangladeshi actor Shakib Khan. Biswas made her debut in the film industry with the film Kal Shokale in 2006. She then performed in Koti Takar Kabin. In many of her films she has co-starred with Shakib Khan.

Early life

Biswas was born on 11 October 1989 as Abonti Biswas in Bogra district of Bangladesh to Upendronath Bishwas (d. 2014) and Shefali Bishwas (d. 2020). Upendronath Bishwas and Shefali Biswas had three daughters and one son. Among siblings actress Apu Biswas is the youngest. Apu's only brother Uttom Kumar Biswas lives in Katnarpara SK Lane in Bogra. Apu's elder sister Mili Biswas lives in Bogra and younger sister Lata Biswas lives in Siliguri, India.


Biswas made her debut in the film industry with the film Kal Shokale in 2006 She then performed in Koti Takar Kabin. Biswas played the role of Parvati in the 2013 Bangladeshi remake of Devdas. She performed in the 2013 film My Name Is Khan.

Personal life

In 2008, Biswas married actor Shakib Khan. The couple has one son. The news of marriage and child was kept secret from the public until 10 April 2017, when Apu appeared on television with her son and revealed the relationship.

Shakib Khan filed for a divorce on 22 November 2017, and the couple was divorced on 22 February 2018. She converted to Islam after her marriage and renamed as Apu Islam Khan, however, later reverted to Hinduism after her divorce.
Ayesha Dharker
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Ayesha Dharker
Born 16 March 1977

Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Robert Taylor (m. 2010)

Ayesha Dharker (born 16 March 1977) is a British actress, known for her appearance as Queen Jamillia, the Queen of Naboo, in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and for her stage performances.

Her other film roles include starring as a young woman brainwashed into contemplating becoming a suicide bomber in the Tamil film The Terrorist (1997), for which she was awarded Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress at the Cairo International Film Festival and nominated for a National Film Award for Best Actress.

She has also appeared in Outsourced and The Mistress of Spices, television series such as Arabian Nights, and the West End and Broadway musical Bombay Dreams.


Dharker was born on 16 March 1977 in Mumbai, India.

She is the daughter of Imtiaz Dharker, a noted poet, artist and documentary film-maker, and Anil Dharker, a columnist and an ex-editor of the renowned Indian men's magazine Debonair. Her father is from India and her mother, born in Lahore, was raised in Scotland, United Kingdom.

In May 2010 she married Robert Taylor in St Giles Cripplegate, London.


Dharker made her screen debut in the 1989 François Villiers film Manika, une vie plus tard. She subsequently went on to star in many American, French and Indian films. She has had many television roles in the UK, particularly in Cutting It and Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, in which she co-starred with Meera Syal.

In the international award-winning film The Terrorist (1999), she played the lead character Malli, a role that earned her a nomination for the National Film Award for Best Actress in India and the Cairo Film Festival award for Best Artistic Contribution by an Actress.

Her most internationally recognised role came in 2002 when she played Queen Jamillia, the Queen of Naboo, in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. In the same year she appeared in the critically acclaimed Anita and Me. Dharker starred in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Bombay Dreams, both in London's West End and on Broadway (2004). She also starred in The Mistress of Spices (2005).

She has appeared in the episode "Planet of the Ood" of the long-running BBC sci-fi television series, Doctor Who as Solana Mercurio.

In 2006, she played the role of Asha in the film Outsourced.

In 2008, she played the role of Tara Mandal in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.

In 2010, she played doctor's wife Kamini Sharma opposite Sanjeev Bhaskar in the BBC's comedy drama series The Indian Doctor.

In 2017, Dharker began playing Nina Karnik in a returning role on long running BBC drama Holby City.


Narrator for the audio book of Brick Lane by Monica Ali (2003).
Aditi Ravi

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Aditi Ravi
ThrissurKerala, India

Years active 2014 - present


Aditi Ravi is an Indian model and actress, who appears in Malayalam films. She pursued a career in modelling before becoming an actress, debuting with a commercial for The Times of India during her college education. She made her acting debut with the 2014 film Angry Babies in Love, in a supporting role. Her first female lead role was in the 2017 film Alamara.
Early and personal life

Aditi was born on 15 March 1993 at ThrissurKerala, in India as the daughter of Ravi and Geetha. She has two siblings—Rakesh (brother) and Rakhi (sister). She graduated with a degree from Christ CollegeIrinjalakuda, Thrissur. Aditi currently resides in Kochi.

She began her modelling career during her college education, she was selected after applying for appearing in a commercial for The Times of India. Later she acted in a number of commercials for various brands. She debuted as an actress in 2014, in a supporting role in the Malayalam romantic-drama film Angry Babies in Love, directed by Saji Surendran. She played the role, Maria, a model coordinator in a modelling agency. Before the film released, she was cast in two more films, Third World Boys and Beware of Dogs in the same year. She played Teena in Beware of Dogs. In 2014, she also appeared in the music video, Yelove, alongside Siddharth Menon, she was voiced by Shreya Ghoshal. She appeared in her first female lead role in 2017 with the film Alamara, opposite Sunny Wayne. She was selected after auditioning for the role. The film directed by Midhun Manuel Thomas was a satirical comedy surrounding around the custom of gifting a cupboard as part of dowry in Kerala weddings. Some other films are Aadhi, directed by Jeethu Joseph, and Tick Tock.
Awards and Nominations

2019 21st Asianet Film Awards Best Character Actress Kuttanadan Marpappa Nominated
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3 March 1990

Nationality Indian
Education Bapu composite PU College, Bangalore
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Arundhati (born Padma; 3 March 1990), is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in South Indian films, primarily Tamil and Kannada movies. Arundhati made her debut through a Tamil movie and this includes Veluthu Kattu (2010) that was produced by S.A. Chandrasekhar who also gave her the screen name Arundhati. After this she played pivotal roles in numerous Tamil films including Bodinayakkanur Ganesan (2011), Sundaattam (2013), Agraja (2014), Netru Indru (2014), Naaigal Jaakirathai (2014), Thottal Thodarum (2015), Arthanari (2016), Kaala (2018).

In 2014 Arundhati made a guest appearance in the Kannada film Agraja with Darshan and also acted opposite Thaman Kumar in the Tamil romantic thriller movie Thottal Thodarum (2015) after her noted performance in the comedy-thriller Naaigal Jaakirathai (2014) opposite Sibi Sathyaraj. In 2018 she was part of Kaala.

Early life

Arundhati was born in BengaluruKarnataka, India, to Venkatswamy and Geetha. She has a younger brother named Yogesh. She finished her PUC from Bapu composite PU College in Bangalore and then started a training course as an air hostess in Bangalore.


Director and producer S. A. Chandrashekar spotted and approached Arundhati, then still a student, in a temple and offered her a pivotal role in the film Veluthu Kattu. The film's box office returns were average, though critics have praised her performance.

S. A. Chandrashekar gave her the screen name Arundhati, which was then adopted by the Tamil film industry. She was very choosy about her role and this resulted in her turning down some offers until acting in Bodinayakarun Ganesan (2011) and Sundattam (2013) opposite Ifran. In 2014 she appeared in a challenging role in Netru Indru as a police officer who is disguised as a prostitute. Though this movie did not make big in the box office, she was praised for her role in this film.

She then appeared in the romantic thriller Thottal Thodarum (2015) opposite Thaman Kumar after playing a pivotal role in the comedy-thriller movie Naaigal Jaakirathai (2014) opposite Sibi Sathyaraj. This movie turned out to be a box office hit and she received positive reviews from the critics. In 2016, she played the female lead in the action flick Arthanari which was a box office disaster. But she was noted for her performance in 2018 Kaala which had an ensemble cast. She has been signed to play the lead in Mugam which is currently under production.
Anchal Anand

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Aanchal Anand is an Indian model and television actress. She was born on November 30 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Aanchal Anand is a hot and attractive TV personality with a displaying foundation. Aanchal has a Greek goddess-like appearance and has the most beguiling and hypnotizing identity. Aanchal Anand advocates her character of Siddhi in Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai.uy Now

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The dazzling and charming Aanchal Anand has made a significant progress in the TV business, and has demonstrated to every last one that she can play a light black shade and a lead-part with the same artfulness and flawlessness. In Teen Bahuraaniyaan, Aanchal plays the role of sibling of her co-star (as Kajal) who goes to get hitched to the child of the Gheewalla family. Payal Mahesh Gheewala is altogether different from her sister. She is a bubbly young lady who is exceptionally legit.She is extremely reasonable and trusts in remaining up for what is correctand certain. As the vamp and inconvenience inventor Alisha in Sinndoor Tere Naam Ka, the crowd wanted to scorn her. In Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai, she got into the notches of Siddhi and played an extremely sensible character with perspectives that are truly advocated and near the truth of today's life. Aanchal Anand has not found any life partner and wishes a love marriage to be arranged. She likes a life partner who looks like Gyan. Aanchal expressed her thoughts about Sachin Shroff  that he was an excellent co-star.

Amrita Saluja Raichand

Amrita Raichand is a well-known TV anchor of a cooking show Mummy ka Magic. Besides, she is also Actress and a Model. She grew up with her Dad in TATA township which is situated in Jamshedpur where her dad was a general manager. During her childhood days, she was very disciplined, and she spent more of her time towards studies. She took up Marketing Management in her college and her family members wanted her to work in a multinational company. She even has qualified computer graphics in her post graduation. She was very good at dancing in her college but one fine day she was selected as the brand ambassador for Ponds Dream fairness cream and then there was nothing to stop her she was seen on television as a model. Little more efforts made her reach Whirlpool home appliances. She was very well known for her smile that made her get more and more offers. She was later on seen in Yash Raj’s Mahive in a glamorous role wherein her acting was very much praised. Later on recently she was also seen in a Salman Khan movie ready. Her show Mummy Ka Magic, which is being telecasted for 30 minutes, has won many hearts especially the kids it was also awarded as the best cooking show for the year 2012. She also has completed her acting classes with Anupam Kher to enhance her acting Skills.

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A host, an actress, and a beauty with the most beautiful smile. That’s Amrita Saluja for you. She’s been on Indian television since so many years, and always does good roles and great shows. She started her career with a show on Zee TV, which was directed by Ketan Mehta, named ‘Time Bomb’. She played the part of a journalist on the show and gave a mind blowing performance. After that, there was no turning back for her.

Amrita Saluja was born and brought up in Jamshedpur. She pursued her graduation from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Her first commercial was with Ponds and she was so talented that she was made the brand ambassador of Whirlpool home appliances, and Su-kam inverters. She has acted in some serials, the latest being ‘Mahi Way’, on Sony Television. She has also hosted many shows and is currently seen on ‘Mummy Ka Magic’, which is a cookery show. She has also hosted Whirlpool Women’s Achiever awards, and Bollywood ke Sitare, among others.

She had become a household name with her debut in the serial, Time Bomb, in which she was casted opposite Rajeev Khandelwal. Her acting was praised, and after that, she was offered commercials from big brands like Ponds, Whirlpool, Su-kam, Pepsodent, Parle, Nihar, Nalli sarees, Tata Tea, Cerelac, Dabur Honitus, Maggi noodles, Wipro, Boroline, TVC Skyshop, Cello pens and many others.

Amrita Saluja also featured in a tele-film, which was broadcasted on Star TV, named ‘Humko Ishq Ne Maara’, in the year 2001. She has not only been a successful person, but also a loving wife. She is blissfully married to Rahul Raichand.

She has been a successful model, actress and host in her career. Her beauty and talent has been her support and has taken her places. She is a very devoted person and a good human being. She has a beautiful smile and has achieved success in every sphere of life, has it been her professional life or personal life.

Asha Negi
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Asha Negi
Asha Negi at Launch of the new TV show 'Entertainment Ki Raat'
Born 23 August 1989

Nationality Indian

Years active 2010–present
Known for Pavitra Rishta
Partner(s) Rithvik Dhanjani (2013–2020)

Asha Negi (born 23 August 1989) is an Indian television actress. She is best known for playing her role of Purvi Deshmukh in Zee TV's popular soap opera Pavitra Rishta and winning Star Plus's Indian dance reality show Nach Baliye along with Rithvik Dhanjani in 2014. In 2019, she made her digital debut with Balaji Telefilms's production Baarish as Gauravi Karmakar opposite to Sharman Joshi .

Early life

Negi was born and raised in DehradunUttarakhand to LS.Negi and Beena Negi. In 2009, she was crowned Miss Uttarakhand 2009. She eventually moved to Mumbai to pursue an acting career.

Personal life

Negi began a relationship with her Pavitra Rishta costar Rithvik Dhanjani in 2013, but they broke up in May 2020.


Negi started her career as a model in 2009 after she won the title of Miss Uttarkhand 2009 during her college days. She appeared in various advertisements for companies and did many photo shoots. Later she auditioned for her first TV show in 2010 with the Star Plus popular show Sapnon Se Bhare Naina playing the role as Madhura. In 2011, Negi appeared on the Balaji Telefilms series Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, where she played the negative role Apeksha Malhotra. She has acknowledged the show as a great experience and has cited lead actress Sakshi Tanwar as her inspiration.
Breakthrough (2011–2014)

Negi at the launch party of Pavitra Rishta post leap in 2013.

Her first main role was in 2011 when she was cast in part in Zee TV's Pavitra Rishta, as the intelligent, beautiful and determined Purvi Desmukh, the adopted daughter of Archana Deskmukh (Ankita Lokhande). She has won the stellar performer of the year in Gold Awards and was awarded the popular favourite Jodi at Zee Rishtey awards with Rithvik. Negi has also won the Fresh Face Female at Indian Telly Awards.

In November 2013, Negi participated in the popular dance couple reality show Nach Baliye 6 along with her partner Dhanjani. They both were one of the entertaining contestants. In February 2014, they both became the winner of the dance show.

In August 2014, Negi entered the Zee TV popular show Ek Mutthi Aasmaan.[ She played the role as Kalpana Raghav Singhania opposite Ashish Chaudhary. She made a small appearance in the &TV show Killerr Karaoke Atka Toh Latkah in March 2015.
Khatron Ke Khiladi and further success (2015–present)
Negi participated in the popular celebrity stunt based show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2015. She became one of the finalists on the show. She then appeared in the popular Ekta Kapoor show Kumkum Bhagya along with Dhanjani reprising their roles in Pavitra Rishta. She also did an episodic appearance in Code Red. She also was a team member in Box Cricket League in Season 1 in 2015 along with Season 2 of BCL. Later, hosted the singing reality show Indian Idol in 2015.

In November 2015, Negi was approached and finalised to replace Shritama Mukherjee in the Star Plus show Kuch Toh Hai Tere Mere Darmiyaan opposite Gautam Gupta and Ali Goni. She plays the role of Gauravi Mehta in web series of Alt Balaji named Baarish opposite Sharman Joshi.
Other work and appearances

Negi performed in many awards events and television shows. In March 2012, Negi appeared as Purvi in the special episode of Punar Vivah. In August 2012, she again performed for the 5th Boroplus Gold Awards along with Dhanjani. Later she made a special appearance in two popular shows Hitler Didi and Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke. In the grand finale of Bigg Boss 6, Negi made a special appearance and performed in the Bigg Boss house along with Rati PandeyPooja Gaur and Rashami Desai.

Later she performed at Zee Rishtey Awards 2013. In 2014, Negi performed with Rithvik at the Star Parivaar Awards 2014. Negi also did photo shoots for a television calendar in 2014 and 2016. In 2014, she made a guest appearance on Jamai Raja along with Sargun Mehta. Later she made another appearance in Kumkum Bhagya in 2015.

Web series

2019-2020 Baarish Gauravi Karmakar/ Gauravi Mehta ALTBalaji
2020 Abhay 2 Sonam Khanna (News Reporter); Abhay Pratap Singh's wife ZEE5

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Ashwini (actress)
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14 July 1967

Died 23 September 2012 (aged 45)

Years active 1979–2012
Children Karthick

Ashwini was an Indian actress, primarily in Telugu and Tamil films. She died at the Sri Ramachandra Hospital in Chennai in the early hours of Sunday, 23 September 2012. According to reports, she was suffering from a liver-related illness and she is survived by a son, Karthik.


Making her debut as a child artiste in Bhakta Dhruva Markandeya and later shared screen space with Telugu stars, Balakrishna in Bhale Thammudu, Venkatesh in Kaliyuga PandavuluRajendra Prasad in Station Master and Mohan Babu films. She was one among the much sought after actresses of '80s as well as 90s. She had acted in more than 110 films in various languages like Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.


Veteran producer D. Ramanaidu, who produced Kaliyuga Pandavulu in 1986, which was his son Venkatesh's debut film, said, "Ashwini was a bubbly actress, and although she was playing the second lead in our film, she grabbed the attention of viewers." R. Parthiepan, who introduced her to Tamil films with Pondatti Thevai said, "she was a little plump, but suited the role that I have conceived and the next day, she was on board. In fact, she replaced a leading actress who had reservation doing film with me". Incidentally it was Parthiban who helped Ashwini's family to carry her body in an ambulance to Andhra. In addition to this, he has also agreed to take the responsibility of Ashwini's son Karthick's education expenses completely.

Abhirami (actress)
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Divya Gopikumar
26 July 1981 

Alma mater


Film actress
TV host
Years active 1995–2004
Rahul Pavanan
​(m. 2009)​
Parent(s) Gopikumar

Abhirami (pronunciation (help·info)) (born Divya Gopikumar) is an Indian actress and television host. She has acted in MalayalamTamilTelugu and Kannada films. Her career, which started in 1995, was interrupted in 2004 when her family moved to the United States. She made a comeback in 2014.

Early life and education

She was born as Divya in a Tamil speaking family on July 26 1983 to Gopikumar and Pushpa in the Indian state of Kerala. She grew up there as her parents were both bank officials settled in Trivandrum. She attended Christ Nagar English High School and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, in Trivandrum and did predegree training from Mar Ivanios College, before graduating in programs for psychology and communications from the College of Wooster in Ohio.

Her family migrated to the United States in 2004 when she got a job there. Her parents are yoga instructors in Ohio.


Abhirami made her debut in director Adoor Gopalakrishnan's film Kathapurushan. While in college, Abhirami worked as a TV anchor for the program Top Ten which aired on the Asianet channel, which according to Abhirami was "quite popular" and got her a film offer. She also appeared in the 100-episode Malayalam serial Akshaya Pathram, directed by Sreekumaran Thampi.She changed her screen name to Abhirami, the character name of the heroine of the film Guna, being "obsessed with the role and the name".

She had a small role in the Malayalam film Pathram in 1999 and in the series Mercara directed by Jude Attipetty. Later she acted in the films Millennium StarsNjangal Santhushtaranu, and Sradha before shifting to Tamil cinema. Her first Tamil film was Vaanavil (2001) opposite Arjun, which was a "big hit" and was followed by Middle Class Madhavan and Samudhiram. A notable film in her career was Virumaandi, in which she appeared as a Tamil village girl from Madurai opposite Kamal Haasan. Besides Ta

mil and Malayalam, she has appeared in Telugu and Kannada films and was a notable Tollywood actress. In 2003, she appeared opposite Upendra in the film Raktha Kanneer and opposite Shivrajkumar in Sri Ram. In 2004, she retired from the film industry and settled in the United States for her studies. She went on to work as the marketing director of an MNC there.

In 2013, Abhirami was the voice of Pooja Kumar in both parts of Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam[ and she went on to host Rishimoolam, a talk show on the Tamil television channel Puthuyugam. The following year, she returned to Malayalam films with Apothecary, in which she played the role of a gynaecologist. She also appeared in Ithu Thaanda Police playing the role of Sub-Inspector Arundhati Varma.

She has also anchored the reality show Made For Each Other on Mazhavil Manorama.

Personal life

Abhirami is married to Rahul Pavanan, grandson of writer Pavanan
Aparna Vinod
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Aparna Vinod
Born 19 February 1996

Nationality Indian
Education M.Sc. Psychology
Occupation ActressDancer and Model
Years active 2012–present
Parent(s) Vinod Ponnan, Vaiga Sukumar
Relatives Gayatri Vinod

Aparna Vinod is a south Indian film and theatre actress hailing from Cochin in Kerala, who debuted in 2015 in the Malayalam industry through the movie Njan Ninnodu Koodeyundu.

Early Life, Family and Education

Aparna was born in Ernakulam in Kerala to entrepreneur Vinod P (a descendant of Padmanaban Palpu) and outfitter/designer Vaiga Sukumar. She attended school at St. Thomas Residential School during her early years and went on to complete her 10th grade from Fr. Mathew Alakalam Public School, Chalakudy graduating from Saraswathi Vidyalaya in Trivandrum.

Aparna graduated in B.Sc.Psychology under the University of Calicut at Sahrdaya College of Advanced Studies. She has done her M.Sc in Psychology from Presidency College.

Acting Career

Aparna debuted in 2015 in the Malayalam industry through Njan Ninnodu Koodeyundu, a Malayalam-language Indian feature film directed by Priyanandanan, starring opposite Siddharth Bharathan and Vinay Forrt in a lead role.

In her second film Kohinoor, she played the lead female role alongside Asif Ali.

After the success of Kohinoor, her debut in the Tamil film Industry came in the form of a role in an Ilayathalapathy Vijay movie, playing a minor role as a friend of the female lead Keerthy Suresh, who gets killed, in the 2017 Tamil film, Bhairavaa. The film was directed by veteran Tamil Director Bharathan.


At the Zonal and University Level arts festival conducted by the University of Calicut in 2017, Aparna Vinod played the role of a central female character who went through various stages of life, from a teenaged girl to a revolutionary character, in a play inspired by the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex.

Her work in the play earned her critical acclaim and two university level awards including Best Actress in a Leading Role for English Drama. Critics praised her method acting skills and dedication to the role.

In January 2018, Aparna was awarded the title of Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Zonal Level by the University of Calicut for her performance in the critically acclaimed English language play, Road To Redemption, Which drew strong influences from plays like Dickens' Christmas Carol and Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince. The key theme of the play deals with the protagonist's struggle with Oedipus Complex.

2015 Njan Ninnodu Koodeyundu Thaara Malayalam Debut Film
2015 Kohinoor Daisy Malayalam
2017 Bairavaa Vaishali Tamil Debut Film (Tamil)
2020 Naduvan Tamil Filming

Awards & Recognitions

2017 Calicut University: D- Zone Best Actress in a Leading Role English Drama The Final Judgement Won
2017 University Arts Fest: Calicut University Best Actress in a Leading Role English Drama The Final Judgement Won
2018 Calicut University: D- Zone Best Actress in a Leading Role English Drama Road To Redemption Won
2018 University Arts Fest: Calicut University Best Actress in a Leading Role English Drama Road To Redemption Won
Alokananda Roy
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Alokananda Roy
Nationality Indian
Years active 1951 – 1962
1978 – present

Awards BFJA Awards

Alokananda Roy is an Indian actress known for her work in Bengali cinema and theatre. She made her thespian debut at the age of seven in the 1951 and later on became part of numerous Bengali plays. She made her screen debut with Satyajit Ray's Kanchenjungha (1962). She received a BFJA Award for her role in Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Bengali film Phera (1988). She appeared in National Award winning films such as Paromitar Ek DinUtsabProhor and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero.

Acting career

After Sharmila Tagore was compelled to decline the role of Manisha in Satyajit Ray's Kanchenjungha (1962), the latter zeroed upon Alokananda Roy to play the character. Ray had to convince her father and her uncle as well that the role was sober enough to play.The film received positive review from the critics. It did not perform well at the box office.

In 1978, She returned to stage with the Bengali play Acharya directed by Shekhar Chatterjee. She featured opposite Soumitra Chatterjee for near about ten years, in the Bengali play Homapakhi directed by the latter. She starred as Rangapishima in Rituparno Ghosh's Bengali thriller TV series Tahar Namti Ranjana. Due to the sudden demise of Ghosh, the series was never carried on after completion of the first episode.


BFJA Award 1989 Best Actress in a Leading Role Phera Won 
Anandalok Puraskar 1998 Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sedin Chaitramas Won

Alokananda Chakladar was born in Kolkata on 25th March 1951. Her father, Himangshu Chakladar, was in the West Bengal Govt. administration and her mother, Devi Chakladar, was an eminent singer and teacher of Rabindra Sangeet, though she refused being a professional singer. Alokananda was the younger of the two children, preceded by her elder brother Abhijit.

Her education begun in St. John Diocesan Girls’ School, until and later transferred to Modern High School. She did not quite appreciate the strict regime of school life, as a youngster. In school she was fond of sports and extra-curricular activities.

Inheriting Music from her mother, the childhood and growing-up years were always in a musical environment. While her mother was a teacher at the Dakshini school of music, she introduced Alokananda to Rabindra Sangeet at the early age of seven.

However the love of her life remains constant as, Dance. As far back as she can remember, she always wanted to dance. Her aspiration was well appreciated and supported by her parents. She got associated with the CLT (Children’s Little Theatre) at an early age and was her favourite place to be in. Her very first performance was a solo dance, at the age of 4, in 1955 at Rabindra Mela, Jorasanko on the occasion of Tagore’s birthday. Followed by her performances at the CLT, with Jijo , a Japanese folk lore and many dance dramas, got her noticed as child artist.
Aindrita Ray
Aindrita Ray is an Indian film actress, primarily appearing in Kannada films.


Aindrita Ray was born as the youngest daughter into a Bengali family in Udaipur, Rajasthan, where she spent her childhood, before moving to Mumbai. With her father, A. K. Ray, being a prosthodontist in the Indian Air Force, she along with her family moved from one place to another, finally settling in Bangalore. Her mother, Sunita Ray, is a child psychologist, while her elder sister works for a multinational company.


She joined M R Ambedkar Dental College, Bangalore to pursue a bachelor's degree in dental science.

While studying, she did part-time modelling, appearing in television advertisements, which paved way for her entry into the film industry.


Aindrita made her acting debut in 2007, starring in "Meravanige" and went on to appear in several commercially successful films, establishing herself as a leading contemporary actress of Kannada cinema. She is perhaps best known for her critically acclaimed performance as Devika, a mentally challenged girl, in "Manasaare".

In 2009, Ray appeared in "Vaayuputra", an action movie, alongside the debutant Chiranjeevi Sarja. This was followed by a brief appearance in the successful film, "Love Guru" directed by Shashank.

She received many awards and accolades for her role which included Suvarna Award for Best Actress and a nomination for Filmfare Awards.


ConnectionsFather:A. K. Ray
Mother:Sunita Ray
Alivia Sarkar
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Alivia Sarkar
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Model and Actress
Known for Malini Sen in Joyee

Notable work

Seemarekha (2017)
Joyee (2017)

Alivia Sarkar (Bengali: অলিভিয়া সরকার) (born 20 May 1993) is a Bengali model and actress who works primarily in TV soap operas. She is well known for portraying the female antagonists Malini Sen in Joyee and Tiya in Seemarekha.


Horror Stories (Bengali) (2022)
Shades of Life (Bengali) (2021)
Ei Ami Renu (2021)

Web series

Montu Pilot (2019)
Aalisha Panwar

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Aalisha Panwar

Nationality Indian
Born 7 May 1996
Occupation Actress
Years active 2012–present
Known for Ishq Mein Marjawan

Aalisha Panwar is an Indian actress who appears in television shows known for her work in Colors TV's thriller Ishq Mein Marjawan. She was last seen in Star Bharat's Meri Gudiya.

Early life

Panwar is from ShimlaHimachal Pradesh. Her mother, Anita Panwar, is a teacher at Chapslee School Shimla, and her father, Dinesh Panwar, is a lawyer.

In 2008, she participated in DD National's Nachein Gaen Dhoom Machaen. In 2012, she was crowned The Shimla Queen.


Panwar started her acting career in 2012 with the film Akkad Bakkad Bambe Bo. She made her television debut as Najma in Begusarai in 2015. In 2016, she played Aditi in Thapki Pyar Ki. She also worked in Jamai Raja and Rishton Ki Saudagar - Baazigar. From 2017 to 2019, Panwar portrayed Aarohi Kashyap and Tara Raichand in Ishq Mein Marjawan. Her next role was as a deceased character Madhuri Shirke in Star Bharat's Meri Gudiya.

2012 Akkad Bakkad Bambe Bo Teenager Girl


2015 Begusarai Najma Supporting
2016 Thapki Pyaar Ki Aditi Diwakar Mishra
Jamai Raja Anya Sengupta Supporting
Rishton Ka Saudagar - Baazigar Kritika Supporting
2017–2019 Ishq Mein Marjawan Aarohi Kashyap/Tara Raichand Protagonist and Antagonist (Dual Role)

2019 Laal Ishq Nishta Episodic
2019–2020 Meri Gudiya Madhuri Shirke/Madhuri Gujeral Lead role

Special appearances

2017, 2018 Tu Aashiqui Aarohi Kashyap/Tara Raichand Guest
2018 Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Tara Raichand Guest
2018, 2019 Udaan Sapnon Ki Tara Raichand Guest

Music videos

2020 Khamoshiyaan Yuvrash Koshar T-Series

Awards and nominations

2018 Gold Awards Best Actor In A Lead Role Female (Negative) Ishq Mein Marjawan Nominated
Akshata Sonawane
Akshata Sonawane is an Indian actress, model and television personality who works in the Telugu film industry. She shot to fame after she appeared on MTV Splitsvilla 10 in 2017. She will be making her big-screen debut in 2020 with Poster Telugu movie. Born on 9 May 1996, Akshata Sonawane hails from Panvel, Mumbai, India. As in 2021, Akshata Sonawane’s age is 25 years. Check below for more deets about the actress. This page will put a light upon the Akshata Sonawane biography, wiki, age, birthday, family details, affairs, upcoming movies, controversies, rumours, lesser-known facts and more.

Akshata Sonawane Profile:

Personal Info
Stage Name Akshata Sonawane
Real Name Akshata Sonawane
Profession(s) Actress, Model
TV: MTV Splitsvilla 10 (2017)
Telugu film: Ksheera Sagara Madhanam (2020)
Birthday 9 May 1996
Age 25 years
Nationality Indian
Food Habit Non-Vegetarian
Height 5’5″

Parents Father: NA
Mother: Pooja Sonawane
Sibling(s) Brother(s): NA
Sister(s): NA

Educational & Qualification
School St. Mary’s High School, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
College SIES Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India
Eduction Bachelor’s degree in BMS (Business and Management Science)

Contact Details
Instagram Instagram
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Youtube Youtube
Email ID. akshatasnwn@gmail.com

Akshata Sonawane Biography / Trivia:
Akshata Sonawane was born in Panvel, Mumbai, India.
Akshata Sonawane’s father name is NA and Akshata Sonawane’s mother name is Pooja Sonawane.
Akshata Sonawane was also a national level Basketball player.
Since childhood, she always wanted to be an actress. Thus she ventured into the modelling industry.
She was the winner of Miss Kalanilayam (2014) and was also the 1st Runner up in Miss Raigad Queen (2015)
She also won the Face of Navi Mumbai title and was the winner in Elite Miss India Asia (2015).
She got into fame after she appeared in MTV Splitsvilla Season 10 (2017)
Akshata Sonawane will be making her big-screen debut in 2020 Telugu flick, ‘Poster’..
She is the best friend of Rashi Singh.

Akshata Sonawane was one of the contestants of MTV Splitsvilla Season 10 ( 2017 ), which aired on MTV India. She was born on 9th May 1996 in Panvel, Mumbai, India. She finished her schooling at St. Mary's High School, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, and SIES Nerul, Navi Mumbai. Later, she pursued a bachelor's degree in Business and Management Science. Her mother is Pooja Sonawane. Her mother is the pillar of the house. She also has a brother.

Akshata was also a Basketball player on the National Level. She goes on trips often. Since childhood, she wished to become an actress, therefore, she entered into acting from the modeling industry. MTV show contestant Akshata has earlier showed up in many pageants such as won the Face of Navi Mumbai title, the winner of Kalanilayam (2014), 1st runner up in Miss Raigad Queen (2015), and winner in Elite Miss India Asia(2015).

After achieving this much success in life, she debuted in television with the reality show titled as the MTV Splitsvilla 10 (2017), hosted by renowned stars Sunny Leone 
The theme of the show was the Experiment of Love, i.e., experimenting on love if it could be found, with the help of science. In the series, Akshata Sonawane & Siddharth Sharma 
were the first match found. The go-girl has a great sense of styling and inspiring new-comers to be stylish. Akshata is debuting on a big screen with the Telugu Movie titled Poster ( in 2020 ), directed by TMR.
Annie (actress)
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Annie Jobbie
21 July 1975 

PalaKerala, India
Other names Chitra Shaji Kailas

Years active 1993 – 1996 (Films)
2015 – present (TV)
​(m. 1996)​
Children 3

Chitra Shaji Kailas (born Annie Jobbie; 21 July 1975), better known mononymously as Annie, is an Indian film actress and television host from Kerala, who appears in Malayalam films and television. Her film career spanned three years from 1993 to 1996 with a total of 16 films in Malayalam cinema, she retired from acting post-marriage and returned as a television host in 2015.

She debuted as an actress in 1993 in the film Ammayane Sathyam directed by Balachandra Menon. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam for her role in Mazhayethum Munpe (1995). Her other most noted films include Rudraksham (1994), Parvathy Parinayam (1995), Tom & Jerry (1995), Puthukkottayile Puthumanavalan (1995), and Swapna Lokathe Balabhaskaran (1996).

Personal life

She hails from a Christian family in PalaKerala, India and raised in Thiruvalla. She was born to Jobbie and Mariamma in 1975. She has three older sisters, Lissy, Mary and Tessy. Her mother died when she was in eighth grade. Though she was from Pala the family was settled at Thiruvananthapuram due to her father's job. She studied at Holy Angel's Convent Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram and then joined at All Saints College for higher studies and it was during that time she entered in to films.

She is married to Shaji Kailas. She converted to Hinduism three months after her marriage with Shaji and changed her name to Chitra Shaji Kailas. She has three sons.
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Anandhi in 2016

10 December 1996

Other names Hasika
Occupation Film actress
Years active 2012–present
​(m. 2021)​

Anandhi (born Rakshita; 10 December 1996) is an Indian actress who appears in Tamil and Telugu films. After her debut in the Telugu film Bus Stop (2012), she appeared in Vetrimaaran's production Poriyaalan and Prabhu Solomon's Kayal (2014). She won Special Prize for Kayal at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Early life

Anandhi was born on 10 December 1996 in a Telugu family in WarangalTelangana.


Anandhi made her debut with Maruthi Dasari's coming of age story Bus Stop (2012). Critics responded positively.Her next film, Priyathama Neevachata Kushalama, opened in March 2013 to negative reviews, though a critic claimed that "the saving grace for the film is performance of the lead pair - Varun Sandesh and Hasika", adding that Hasika "looks traditional and has put up a decent show as well."

Anandhi was next seen in Vijay Maddala's next directorial venture Green Signal, where she appeared alongside newcomer Revanth, though the film garnered negative reviews. In early 2013, she had also signed on to appear in the Tamil film, Poriyaalan alongside Harish Kalyan, written by Manimaran. During production, the scope of the film became larger after it was announced that director Vetrimaaran had chosen to invest in the venture as a co-producer.

Anandhi appeared in Prabhu Solomon's directorial venture Kayal, in which she plays the title role. The director decided to rechristen her as Anandhi from Rakshita for the film, and she was selected after auditioning twice before impressing Solomon. Her performance received praise. She was nominated for several Best Debut Actress awards for 2014, including at the Vijay Awards.

In 2015, Anandhi's first release was in A. Sarkunam's Chandi Veeran produced by Bala, in which she portrayed the romantic interest of Atharvaa's character.Anandhi then worked on the adult comedy flick Trisha Illana Nayanthara (2015) starring working alongside G. V. Prakash Kumar.Post-release, Anandhi revealed her displeasure at working with the director and revealed that she was led to believe that the film would be a "cute love story" and not an "adult comedy". Anandhi nonetheless helped to promote the release of the film's Telugu version. In 2016, she played a small roles in Visaranai, followed by two films with G. V. Prakash Kumar in Enakku Innoru Per Irukku and Kadavul Irukaan Kumaru. In 2017, his films were RubaaiPandigai and En Aaloda Seruppa Kaanom. In 2018, Mari Selvaraj's debut film Pariyerum Perumal is one of the best Tamil film made on caste discrimination and the pain of the oppressed people.The film was released to positive reviews, while its performance was critically acclaimed. The next project is Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu (2019). Anandhi gets a character similar to what she played in Pariyerum Perumal.

Anandhi is appearing in her TV show Live Telecast directed by Venkat Prabhu and starring Kajal Aggarwal and Vaibhav Reddy.

Personal life

Anandhi married Socrates on 7 January 2021 in WarangalTelangana, a marine engineer turned assistant director, brother-in-law of Moodar Koodam–fame director Naveen, notable for working in Alaudhinin Arputha Camera and Agni Siragugal.
Anchal Sabharwal

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Anchal Sabharwal

Born 29 August 1986

Other names Aanchal, Sobhana
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2006 − present

Anchal Sabharwal (born 29 August 1986) is a film actress and model, who has appeared in Hindi television series and regional feature films.


Anchal first appeared in many TV commercials and then in few Hindi television series. Her first film was in Telugu, Masth. Her first Hindi film was Rupali Guha's Aamras. She made her debut in Kannda in 2011 and played a supporting role in Kempe Gowda. She was first supposed to play the lead role in the film. She replaced Mugdha Chaphekar as Aarti Jhaveri in the sitcom Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo.
अर्चना गौतम

जानकारीअंग्रेज़ी से अनुवाद किया गया कॉन्टेंट-अर्चना गौतम एक भारतीय अभिनेत्री, मॉडल और सौंदर्य प्रतियोगिता की खिताब धारक हैं, जिन्होंने मिस बिकिनी इंडिया 2018 जीती, मिस कॉसमॉस वर्ल्ड 2018 में भारत का प्रतिनिधित्व किया और सबसे प्रतिभा 2018 का उप खिताब जीता। गौतम ने IIMT, मेरठ से BJMC किया। अर्चना ने 2015 में बॉलीवुड में डेब्यू किया। विकिपीडिया (अंग्रेज़ी)
मूल विवरण देखें
जन्म: 1 सितंबर 1995 , मेरठ
ऊंचाई: 1.68 मी
Arundathi Nag
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Arundhati Nag
Arundhati in 2010
Arundhati Rao
6 July 1956

Occupation Actress
Years active 1973–present
​(m. 1980; died 1990)​
Children 1
Relatives Padmavati Rao (sister)

Arundhati Nag (née Rao; born 6 July 1956) is an Indian film and theatre actress. She has been involved with multilingual Theatre in India, for over 25 years, first in Mumbai where she got involved with Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA), and did various productions in GujaratiMarathi, and Hindi theatre, and then in KannadaTamilMalayalam and English, in Bangalore.

They stayed in Chintamani, Karnataka for a few years.

Following her marriage to Kannada actor-director Shankar Nag (1980–1990), her association with theatre continued in Bangalore, where she performed several plays in Kannada: Girish Karnad's Anju Mallige, 27 Mavalli Circle based on the famous play Wait Until Dark, Sandhya Chayya (Jayant Dalvi), Girish Karnad's Nagamandala, and Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage as Hulaguru Huliyavva. She also worked in several Kannada movies: Accident (1984), Parameshi Prema Prasanga (1984) and Nodiswamy, Navirodu Heege (1987).

Nag built a theatre space dedicated to quality theatre in Bangalore Ranga Shankara: . She is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2008), the Padma Shri (2010) and the National Film Awards (57th) in 2010.


Nag's career spans over 40 years of theatre, film and television. She is the founder and the Managing Trustee of the Sanket Trust, established in 1992, which runs Ranga Shankara, a theatre space in Bangalore.,. Ranga Shankara offers a quality theatre experience for theatre lovers in city. The annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival, now in its twelfth year, has become a regular feature on Bangalore's cultural calendar.

Nag continues to be actively involved in theatre: her most recent works include Girish Karnad's "Bikhre Bimb" (Hindi) and "Odakalu Bimba" (Kannada).

Her last major movie was The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016), in which she played the mother of the mathematical wizard Ramanujan. She has also appeared in Hindi movies including Paa (2009), "Sapnay" (1997) and "Dil Se" (1998), Kannada movies including Golibar (1991), Jogi (2005) and "Andar Bahar", and Malayalam Da Thadiya (2012)

Personal life

Nag was born in 1956 in Delhi, stayed in Netaji Nagar. Her family moved to Mumbai when she was 10. At 17, she met Shankar Nag, also a theatre artist. Six years later, the two got married and moved to Bangalore. Shankar became a well-known film actor, and later a director, most remembered for his TV adaptation of R. K. Narayan's Malgudi Days (1987). They had a daughter together, Kaavya.

In 1990, Shankar died in a car accident. Arundhati continued to act in theatre, and began to work towards realising her dream of a theatre space, which in 2004, finally materialised into Ranga Shankara, which is today one of India's premier venues for theatre.


2006: Won: Citizen Extraordinaire' from the Rotary Club Bangalore
2008: Won: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – Theatre, Acting
2010: Awarded: Padma Shri Award
2010: Conferred A Doctorate: for services rendered to the world of theatre, by Bijapur Women's University, Bijapur
Annie Gill
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Annie Gill
Gill in 2014.
Born February 24

FerozepurPunjab, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2010–present

Annie Gill (born in FerozepurPunjab, India) is an Indian television actress. She entered in television with as a game partner of Rahul Bose in reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi season 3. After she made her career with reality show Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout as Contestant. In 2012, she was approached in teen drama show Friendship Baazi as Anjie. Her first major role was in Anamika as Rano. She has done episodics in Confessions of an Indian Teenager and Savdhaan India @ 11. She was last seen in Anamika as Rano.

Personal life

Annie was born in FerozepurPunjab and comes from a Punjabi Sikh family.

2008 Arslaan Rudabeh Sony TV
2012 Friendship Baazi Anjie MTV India Youth based show.
2012–2013 Anamika Rano Sony TV lead role.
2014 Love by Chance Roshni Bindass Appeared in 1st episode Aur Phir Baji Ghanti on 31 May 2014
2014 Yeh Hai Aashiqui Ayesha Bindass Appeared in episode 60 The Money Factor
2015 Yeh Hai Aashiqui Siyappa Ishq Ka Krish Bindass Appeared in 1st episode.
2015 Hum Ne Li Hai... Shapath A cop Life OK Weekend crime series
2016 Vishkanya Malay's Fiancée Zee TV Cameo Role
2016 Savdhaan India Shruthi Life OK Episodic
2016 Savdhaan India Seema Life OK Episodic lead
2016 Tashan-e-Ishq Sonia Zee TV Cameo role
2016 Shapath Supercops v/s Supervillans Life OK Episodic appearance
2017 MTV Big F#Season 2 Madhu MTV INDIA Episodic appearance Episode 4:"A transgender love story"

Aneri Vajani
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Aneri Vajani
Born 26 March 1994
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2012–present

Aneri Vajani (born 26 March 1994) is an Indian television actress known for her portrayal of Nisha Gangwal in Nisha Aur Uske Cousins and Saanjh Mathur in Beyhadh.

Early life

Vajani was born on 26 March 1994 in a Gujarati family.


Vajani began her career with Star Plus's Kaali – Ek Punar Avatar as Paakhi, followed by Channel V's Crazy Stupid Ishq as Shanaya.

From 2014 to 2015, Vajani portrayed Nisha Gangwal in Star Plus's Nisha Aur Uske Cousins opposite Mishkat Varma.

Next, she played Arushi in Zing's Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya and Riddhi in Bindass's Yeh Hai Aashiqui where she reunited with Varma.

In 2016, she played Saanjh Mathur in Sony TV's Beyhadh opposite Kushal Tandon and Jennifer Winget. She then featured in Arre's I Don't Watch TV.

In 2019, she portrayed Pari Malhotra in Voot's Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka opposite Kunal Jaisingh and Tejasswi Prakash.

In 2020, Vajani portrayed Pranati Mishra in Colors TV's Pavitra Bhagya opposite Kunal Jaisingh.


2016 I Don't Watch TV Tulsi Arre
2019 Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Pari Malhotra Voot
2020 Cookiees Arundhati Singh xStream


YearAwardCategoryShowResultReference2015 Indian Telly Awards Fresh New Face (Female) Nisha Aur Uske Cousins Nominated

Asian Viewers Television Awards Female Actor Of The Year Nominated

June 18, 2021

The government railway police in Kalyan on 16th June arrested a 21-year-old member of a fatka gang for snatching the iPhone of 22-year-old television actress Ankita Adhikari on 4th June. Ankita was travelling from Patna to Bombay by the Patna Express and the incident took place near the Ambivli railway station. The train slowed down before the station, and Ankita was speaking on her iPhone, standing near the footboard. Raju Kengar hit the actress on her hand with a stick, and fled with her phone.
Ashika Ranganath
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Ashika Ranganath
Ashika Ranganath in 2020
Born 5 August 1996
Nationality Indian
Citizenship India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2016 - Present

Ashika Ranganath is an Indian film actress, known for her lead role in the 2016 film Crazy Boy and Raambo 2 (2018).

Early life and personal life

Ashika was born to Ranganath and Sudha Ranganath. Her elder sister Anusha Ranganath is also an actress. She studied in Bishop Sargant School, Tumkur and later moved to Bangalore for pre-in Jyoti Nivas College, where she auditioned for a Clean and Clear Fresh Face Bangalore contest, emerging as the runner-up of Miss Fresh Face 2014. She is trained in various dance forms including freestyle, Belly and western. In an interview with zee-5 Ashika said that she had a crush on Rang De Basanti actor Siddharth.


Ashika's career in acting started after Crazy Boy director Mahesh Babu picked her during a Clean and Clear Fresh Face Bangalore contest. She was nominated for the Best Debutant Actress in a Leading Role Award by SIIMA.
Alesia Raut

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Alesia Raut

Alecia (Alesia) Raut at Southern Command Polo Club Cup Manish Malhotra Fashion Show.
Alesia Raut

Alesia Raut is an Indian-Russian modelVJ, and a fashion Choreographer. She had anchored a travel show on STAR One. And she was a contestant in a TV reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 4). Alesia had also featured in some item songs such as Meri Beri Ber and Ek Aankh Maro. She is currently the official ramp-walk trainer of Femina Miss India and Miss India Universe pageants.

Personal life

Alesia was born in Moscow, Russia to an Indian father and a Russian mother. She attended Bombay Cambridge Gurukul (Andheri E) and graduated in commerce from Mithibai College in Juhu. She has a sister, Anjali Raut who is a former model in Mumbai and a brother, Amit Raut. Alesia married Alexander Yanovskiy, a Russian Economist. She moved to Moscow but the marriage failed and she returned to India with her son. Alesia married television actor Siddhanth Suryavanshi in the month of November 2017.

Alesia Raut walks the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week.
Modeling career

Alesia, had never imagined making it into modeling. However a neighbour took some pictures and sent them to the look of year contest 1999, organized by Times Group in India. She became a finalist in the ‘Look of the year-1999’ Contest. After the failure of her marriage, she returned to Mumbai from MoscowRussia along with her son Mark. Her sister Anjali, who was a well-established model, got her back into contact with some fashion choreographers including Lubna Adams, Noyonika Chatterjee and Marc Robinson. She then restarted her modeling career. She was soon busy, including modeling for the prestigious Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week shows and International Institute of Fashion Design shows. She had done runway in many shows such as Manish Malhotra.[5] And she also played the role of a model in Madhur Bhandarkar's Movie Fashion (2008 film) which starring Priyanka ChopraKangana RanautMugdha Godse and Arjan Bajwa. She was a contestant in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 4) hosted by Akshay Kumar. She featured in an item song from the movie Karu Toh Karu Kya and she featured in the music videos Meri beri ke ber and Ek aankh maro.

Antara Biswas
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Antara Biswas
Monalisa in 2018
Antara Biswas
21 November 1982

KolkataWest Bengal, India
Other names Mona Lisa
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present

Vikrant Singh Rajpoot

​(m. 2017)​

Antara Biswas (born 21 November 1982), better known by her stage name Mona Lisa, is an Indian actress. She has done mostly Bhojpuri language films, and has also appeared in HindiBengaliOdiaTamilKannada and Telugu language films. She was a contestant of Indian show Bigg Boss 10 in 2016 and is known portraying Mohana in Nazar. She was last seen as Madhulika Chaudhary in Nazar 2, the second season of Nazar.

Biography and early life

Antara Biswas was born to a Bengali Hindu family. She adopted the stage name of Monalisa at the behest of her uncle. She studied at Julien Day School in Elgin Road, South Kolkata, and graduated from Ashutosh College of the University of Calcutta, earning a BA degree in Sanskrit before starting out a few years ago as a small-time TV actress and model in Odia video albums

Archana Taide

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Archana Taide
Born 6 November 1988

Hyedrabad, Telangana
Nationality Indian
Occupation ActressProducer, Writer
Years active 2008 – present
Spouse(s) Ashish Sharma (2013 - present)

Archana Taide Sharma is an Indian actress. She started her career with the reality show Bollywood Ka Ticket on 9X TV. She started her writing career with the show she herself produced along with Ashish Sharma and a close friend, titled Chore Tera Gaon Bada Pyara. She is the Creative Head as a Producer at Desi Fillum Compani Pvt. Ltd.

Career : Archana played the lead role of Pavni in the show Beend Banoongaa Ghodi hadhunga on Imagine TV. She was cast as Nikhat Ahmed Khan in Zee TV's Qubool Hai. She was last seen playing the antagonist on & TV show Santoshi Maa.
Personal life

Taide was born into a Maharashtrian Christian family to Mr Anand Taide and Mrs Kiran Taide. She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Sion, Mumbai. On 30 January 2013, she married actor Ashish Sharma in Jaipur. The couple were introduced to each other by a mutual friend in Baroda where they were shooting for separate shows.

Anu Prabhakar

Indian film actress

Anu Prabhakar, also known by her married name Anu Prabhakar Mukherjee, is an Indian film actress, who predominantly appears in Kannada films and is from Mangalore. Wikipedia

Born: 9 November 1980 Bengaluru
SpouseRaghu Mukherjee (m. 2016), Krishna Kumar (m. 2002–2014)
ParentsM. V. PrabhakarGayathri Prabhakar
NominationsFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – KannadaMORE
TV showsTriveni Sangama

Aarti Solanki

After her elimination, Aarti Solanki was given a special power to save any contestant from next week’s nominations. The comedian saved noted television actor Usha Nadkarni from eliminations.

Aarti also shared her views about the housemates in a Voot exclusive video and predicted that Usha Nadkarni, Aastad Kale, Sai Lokur and Sushant Shelar might have a long run on the show.


Aishwarya Kale is a popular Actor. Latest movie in which Aishwarya Kale has acted is Sobat.

Aishwarya Lakshmi


Aishwarya Lekshmi

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Aishwarya Lekshmi

Aishwarya at SIIMA
Born 6 September 1994

Nationality Indian
Alma mater Sree Narayana Institute of Medical SciencesErnakulam

Years active 2017–present
Height 164 cm (5.38 ft)
Relatives Govind Vasantha (cousin)

Aishwarya Lekshmi is an Indian film actress and model. She began her career as a model in 2014 and made her acting debut in 2017 with the film Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela, followed by Mayaanadhi (2017), Varathan (2018), Vijay Superum Pournamiyum (2019) , Argentina Fans Kaattoorkadavu (2019) establishing herself as a leading actress in Malayalam cinema. She won several accolades including Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South.

Early life

Aishwarya attended Holy Angels' ISC school, Trivandrum and completed her MBBS degree from Sree Narayana Institute of Medical Sciences (SNIMS)Ernakulam, in 2016. She also completed her internship there. She resides in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.


Lekshmi has been modelling since 2014. She has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Flower World, Salt Studio, Vanitha and FWD Life. She has modelled for brands such as Chemmanur Jewellers, Karikkineth Silks, La Brenda, Ezva Boutique, Akshaya Jewels, Sri Lakshmi Jewellery etc.

She states that she "never planned on acting", but now that she has finished her studies, she decided to give it a try when she chanced upon casting call by Althaf Salim for the family-drama Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela starring Nivin Pauly and was cast in a prominent role. She then did the female lead in romantic thriller Mayaanadhi by Aashiq Abu. The film became a major success and her role as an aspiring actress garnered appreciation. She signed for the lead role in Telugu film Naa... Nuvve, but later opted-out. In 2018, she signed by Varathan with Fahadh Faasil. She was also featured in webseries Karikku. She made her Tamil debut with the Vishal-starrer Action.
Aranmula Ponnamma
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Aranmula Ponnamma

Born 8 April 1914

Aranmula, KeralaIndia
Died 21 February 2011 (aged 96)

Occupation Actress
Years active 1943–2004
Spouse(s) Kochu Krishna Pillai
Children Rajamma
Parent(s) Malethu Kesava Pillai
Parukutty Amma

Suresh Gopi (Grandson-in-law)
Awards 2006 - J.C. Daniel Award for Lifetime Achievement

Aranmula Ponnamma (8 April 1914 – 21 February 2011) was a National Award winning Malayalam film actress known for her roles as mother of the protagonist in numerous films. She was widely described as a mother figure in Malayalam cinema.

Early life

Ponnamma was born as one of five children of Malethu Kesava Pillai and Parukutty Amma in Aranmula, Pathanamthitta, Travancore. She has four siblings, Ramakrishna Pillai, Pankiyamma, Bhaskara Pillai and Thankamma. She started her career at the age of 12 as a Carnatic music vocalist. She began by singing before meetings organised by the Hindu Mahamandal on the banks of the Pampa river. At the age of 15, she was appointed as a music teacher in a primary school in Pala, before starting to teach in the senior classes. Later she joined the first batch of students at the Swati Tirunal Music Academy. After the course, she was appointed as the music teacher in Cotton Hill Girls' High School in Trivandrum.

She was married to Late Kochu Krishna Pilla. The couple have a son, Rajashekharan and a daughter, Rajamma. Her granddaughter is married to Suresh Gopi.

Ponnamma's acting debut happened at the age of 29, in a play titled Bhagyalakshmi. She went on to act in plays such as Prasanna, Chechi, Jeevithayathra and Rakthabandham, before debuting in films. Her debut role was that of the mother of the character played by Miss Kumari, a prominent actress at that time, in Sasidharan (1950). The same year she did another role as a mother in the Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair starrer Amma, which was the first film of noted producer T. E. Vasudevan and also the 18th Malayalam film. In 1968, she acted in the film Viruthan Shanku directed by P. Venu, the first full-length comedy in Malayalam cinema. She was typecasted in mother roles. In her own words: "I did play a negative role in Paadunna Puzha and that of a wayward woman in Yachakan. But after that I was always cast as the mother. As the mother of two children, I was very comfortable in that role. My role model was my mother, Parukutty Amma, who had to look after her five children on her own after my father, Malethu Kesava Pillai, passed away when I was nine. In fact, in Amma, my fifth film, I was merely acting as my mother." In her career spanning over 60 years, she acted as the mother or grandmother of first generation actors like Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair, second generation actors like Prem Nazir and Sathyan and third generation actors like MammoottyMohanlal and Suresh Gopi.
She appeared last in the film Gourisankaram (2004). She died on 21 February 2011, aged 96, at a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.


National Film Awards

1996: Best Supporting Actress - Kathapurushan
Kerala State Film Awards
2005 : J. C. Daniel Award
1996 : Second Best Actress - KathapurushanAsianet Film Awards
1998 : Lifetime Achievement Award
Anju Kurian
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Anju Kurian
Occupation Actress
Born : 9 August 1993. Kottayam

Anju Kurian is a Super Duper Sundhari and Indian film actress who appears mainly in Malayalam and Tamil films. Best known for her roles in the 2016 Malayalam film Kavi Uddheshichathu and the 2018 film Njan Prakashan.


She started her career in the Malayalam film industry with a supporting role in the movie Neram which was directed by Alphonse Puthren The following year, she played a supporting cast Ohm Shanthi Oshaana. She has also acted in several short films and musical videos.[7] In 2019, she had two releases in Malayalam as female lead in movies Shibu starring Karthik and directed by Arjun and Gokul. Jack & Daniel starring Dileep & Arjun directed by S.L Puram Jayasuriya respectively.
Anjali Jay
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Anjali Jay
ಅಂಜಲಿ ಜಯದೇವ್
Anjali Jay
9 November 1970 

Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Anjali Jay (born 9 November 1970) is an Indian actress, writer and dancer. She trained as a dancer (Bharatanatyam and Contemporary) and has performed since the age of 7. Jay has had an extensive career in theatre, including working with the Royal Shakespeare company and in movies such as Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombBlind Dating, and The Age of Adaline

Personal life

Jay was born in India and grew up in Bangalore. She attended Sophia High School until 1986. She graduated with a BA degree from Mount Carmel College in 1991. Jay is trained in Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance. She went to Britain on a Charles Wallace Scholarship for her MA degree in Dance Theatre at the Laban Centre. After graduating, she performed a season with the Shobana Jaysingh Dance Company.


Jay appeared opposite Chris Pine in Blind Dating.Jay was praised by Jack G. Shaheen for her "heroic" portrayal of an Arab Muslim woman, Djaq, in the Robin Hood TV series.

Acting credits

YearTitleRoleNotes2006 Blind Dating Leeza Raja
2015 The Age of Adaline Cora
2017 Power Rangers Maddy Hart 
2020 Brahms: The Boy II Dr. Lawrence

YearTitleRoleNotes2003 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Shala Malik Episode: "Deception on His Mind"
2005 Doctors Susie Sharma Episode: "Trophy Life"
2006–2007 Robin Hood Djaq 22 episodes
2009 The Fixer Madulika Episode: series 2, episode 6
2012 Supernatural Dr. Kashi Episode: "Heartache"
2014–2015 Continuum Jacqueline (Escher's secretary) 8 Episodes
2017 A Midsummer's Nightmare Agent Radlas TV movie
2017 iZombie Carey Gold 6 Episodes
2017–2020 Supergirl Selena 11 Episodes
2018 The X-Files Dr. Joyet Episode: "My Struggle III"
2018 The Good Doctor Oncologist Episode: "More"
2018 Salvation Dr. Rosetta Stendahl 7 episodes
2021 Debris Priya Ferris

The Making of a Marchioness (2007) as Hester
Goan Flame (2000)
Romeo and Juliet (2006; UK tour) as Juliet
The Jungle Book (2004–05; UK tour) as Bagheera/ Dulia
Anne of Green Gables (2004; Lilian Bayliss Theatre) as Katie Maurice
Tales of the Arabian Nights (2000; UK tour)
Border Crossings production of Mappa Mundi (2000; Courtyard Theatre, Hereford)
Dance Like A Man as Latah
Vesuvius (1997; The Nehru Centre of the High Commission of India, London)
Ashlesha Sawant
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Ashlesha Sawant
Nationality Indian
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Sandeep Baswana (2011–present)

Ashlesha Sawant (Born 14 March 1982) is an Indian television actress. She played Meera in Kumkum Bhagya from 18 March 2019 to 28 January 2021. She played Preeti Sameer Deshpande in Star Plus's soap opera Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara.[3] Ashlesha also had played Tara from Saat Phere: Saloni Ka Safa.

Early life and career

Sawant comes from Pune; she completed her T.Y.B.Com in 2003. Her father is in the Air Force. After Standard XII, she got into local modelling for about a year. Then she started training for the Gladrags contest. During that time, Balaji's auditions were taking place in Pune. Sawant went to the auditions for a lark. They shortlisted her for Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat, and she had to move to Mumbai. The KHKH shoot did not happen, and she played a small role in Kasautii Zindagii Kay as Rishab Bajaj's associate. Ekta Kapoor informed Sawant that she was keen to cast her in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (Star Plus) and Kammal (Zee TV). She accepted both offers. Sawant also played the role of Rohit Sharma's wife in Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand. She played the role of Preeti in Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyaara Pyaara. Currently she is playing the role of Meera in Kumkum Bhagya.


YearAwardCategorySerialOutcome2007 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Saat Phere Nominated
Aparna Balamurali
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Aparna Balamurali
Aparna in 2018
Born 26 August 1995 

ThrissurKerala, India
Alma mater Global Institute of Architecture, Palakkad

Years active 2013—present
Relatives K. P. Udayabhanu (great-uncle)

Aparna Kishok Balamurali (born 26 August 1995) is an Indian actress and playback singer who works predominantly in Malayalam and Tamil cinema. She is known for her roles in Maheshinte Prathikaaram (2016), Sunday Holiday (2017) and Soorarai Pottru (2020).

Personal life

Aparna comes from Thrissur in Kerala, India She was born to K. P. Balamurali and Sobha Balamurali. Her father is a music director who has composed several musical albums, and her mother is a lawyer who has also worked as a playback singer in some Malayalam films. The singer-composer K. P. Udayabhanu is her paternal great-uncle. Aparna is trained in Indian classical music and classical dance styles such as BharatanatyamMohiniyattam, and Kuchipudi. She was studying architecture at the Global Institute of Architecture in Palakkad when she began her acting career.


Aparna started her career at the age 18 who is working in Malayalam and Tamil film industry. Aparna made her acting debut in the Malayalam film Yathra Thudarunnu (2013) along with Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, directed by Jayan Sivapuram. In 2015, her movie Oru Second Class Yathra was released. She rose to fame with her film named, Maheshinte Prathikaaram in 2016. She also starred in comedy Oru Muthassi Gada (2016). She made her Tamil debut in 8 Thottakkal (2017). She played in Sunday Holiday (2017) and Thrissivaperoor Kliptham (2017). In both films, she is paired opposite Asif Ali. Besides this, she also pursued her career in Music and gave songs like Mounangal Mindumoree, Thennal Nilavinte and Thanthane. Her 2018 releases are Kamuki and B. Tech. She has been roped in as the Tamil film's heroine in Sarvam Thaala Mayam (2019) starring G. V. Prakash Kumar. Her subsequent films in Malayalam were Mr. & Ms. Rowdy (2019) and Jeem Boom Bhaa (2019) received with average reviews. She presented a convincing performance as Bommi in Suriya starrer Soorarai Pottru (2020) has been getting a lot of accolades for her role. The next Tamil movie was Theethum Nandrum (2021).
Anarkali Marikar
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Anarkali Marikar
Born 8 February 1997
KochiKerala, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2016 – present

Nias Marikar
Lali P. M.

Anarkali Marikar (born 8 February 1997) is an Indian film actress who appears predominantly in Malayalam films. She made her debut in 2016 in the film Aanandam.

Early life

Anarkali was born to Nias Marikar and Lali P. M. Her father is a photographer and mother is an actress. She has an elder sister named Lakshmi Marikar, who was a former child actor in the Malayalam film No. 1 Snehatheeram Bangalore North. Anarkali completed her degree in Mass communication from Mar Ivanios College in Thiruvananthapuram. She was offered the role in her debut film Aanandam through its cinematographer Anend C. Chandran, a friend to her sister.


Anarkali made her film debut in 2016 with the teenage romantic-comedy Aanandam, in a supporting role. Her second film Vimaanam (2017) featured Prithviraj Sukumaran in the lead role, and was directed by debutante Pradeep Nair. After that, she was cast in a leading role in Amala, directed by debutante Nishad Ebrahim.

In 2018, she played Devika opposite Asif Ali in Mandharam.[7][8] In 2019, she appeared in debutante director Manu Ashokan's Uyare, along with Parvathy ThiruvothuTovino Thomas and Asif Ali. Manu, who had previously worked with Anarkali in Vimaanam as an associate director, cast her in the movie seeing her performance. Her role as Sariya D'Costa, a friend of protagonist Pallavi (Parvathy), was critically acclaimed. She has also done a guest role in Marconi Mathai directed by debutante Sanil Kalathil. Starring Jayaram and Vijay Sethupathi.
Avika Gor
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Avika Gor
Gor in 2020
Avika Sameer Gor
30 June 1997

Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Avika Gor (born 30 June 1997) is an Indian actress who works predominantly in Telugu films and Hindi television. She is known for playing the roles of Anandi in Balika Vadhu and Roli in Sasural Simar Ka, both were successful shows. She made her Telugu film debut with Uyyala Jampala (2013).

She won SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut (Telugu) for her role in Uyyala Jampala. She went onto star in successful films including Cinema Choopistha MavaCare of Footpath 2Ekkadiki Pothavu ChinnavadaRaju Gari Gadhi 3 and Net.

Gor also appeared as the lead in Laado – Veerpur Ki Mardani. In 2019, Gor was a contestant on Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9.

Early life and career

Avika Gor was born 30 June 1997 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She attended Sharon English High School in the Mulund suburb of Mumbai.

She made her Hindi television debut with Ssshhhh...Koi Hai in 2007. She made her film debut in Tollywood with Uyyala Jampala in 2013 and won SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut (Telugu) at 3rd South Indian International Movie Awards for her role.


YearTitleRoleNotes2008 [Rajkummar Aaryan]] Young Rajkumari Bhairavi Lead role
2008–2010 Balika Vadhu Young Anandi Singh Lead role
2011–2016 Sasural Simar Ka Roli Dwivedi Bhardwaj Parallel Lead role
2012 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Contestant Wildcard entry (Not selected)
2017–18 Laado – Veerpur Ki Mardani Anushka Sangwan / Anushka Yuvraj Singh Choudhary / Juhi Sethi Lead role
2019 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 Contestant Eliminated 12th place


2009 Morning Walk Gargi Hindi Child artist
2010 Paathshala Avika Hindi Child artist
2012 Tezz Piya Raina Hindi Child artist
2013 Uyyala Jampala Uma Devi Telugu Debut in a lead role 
2014 Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki Lakshmi Telugu 
2015 Cinema Choopistha Mava Parineeta Chatterjee Telugu
Thanu Nenu Keerthi Telugu
Kill Them Young Geetha Hindi
2016 Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada Ayesha / Amala Telugu 
2019 Natasaarvabhowma Bride Kannada Special appearance in "Tajaa Samcahara" song
Raju Gari Gadhi 3 Maya Telugu 
2021 Net Priya Telugu
#Bro Subhadra Telugu
2022 Thank You  TBA Telugu Filming 
10th Class Diaries  Chandini Telugu Filming 

Short films

.2016 Ankahi Baatein Hindi 
2017 I, Me, Myself Hindi Also Writer 

Music videos

2019 Doggy Ishaan Khan BLive Music 
Qurbaan Stebin Ben, Asad Khan 

Awards and nominations

YearAward CeremonyCategoryWorkResultRef.
2008 8th Indian Television Academy Awards Best Child Artist Balika Vadhu Won 
Best Actress – Drama (Jury)
2009 9th Indian Television Academy Awards Best Child Artist Won 
Aishwarya (actress)
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Shanta Meena Bhaskar
23 May 1971

Occupation Film actress
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)

​(m. 1994; div. 1996)​
Children Anaina (b. 1995)
Relatives Y. V. Rao (maternal grand father)
Lakshmi (mother)
Bhaskar (father)

Aishwarya Bhaskar (born May 23, 1971) is an Indian actress who has acted in TamilMalayalam, and Telugu movies and later in several Malayalam television soap operas. She is the daughter of actress Lakshmi.


Aishwarya's first film was Oliyampukal (1991), followed by Mamagaru (1991), Rasukutty (1992) and Meera (1992). She played a double role in Butterflies (1993) and also in Gardish (1993), which was a remake of the Malayalam movie Kireedam. Early in her career, she turned down opportunity to work with Mani Ratnam in Thiruda Thiruda (1993).

Following her marriage in 1994, Aishwarya quit the film industry and chose to prioritise bringing up a family. However her marriage fell apart and she became addicted to taking drugs as a result of her husband's addiction, which made it difficult for her to re-enter the film industry after her divorce in 1996. After undergoing a rehabilitation process, she chose to continue her education in computer science and joined to work with the NIIT in 1997 and prioritised her work as a software engineer. She then accepted an offer to be a part of a television show produced by Suresh Chandra Menon, after being convinced by her friend, actress Revathi. After a four-year sabbatical from films as a result of her marriage, childbirth and divorce, Aishwarya made a comeback in Parthiban's Housefull (1999) portraying an inspector in charge of the bomb disposal squad. She continued to portray supporting roles in films such as Suyamvaram (1999), Sathyameva Jayathe (2000) and Narasimham (2000) during the turn of the century.

Personal life

Born as Shanta Meena Bhaskar, to father K Bhaskaran and half Tamil and Telugu actress Lakshmi, she has a stepsister from her mother's third marriage with Sivachandran. She was married to Tanveer Ahmed in 1994 and they were divorced in 1996. The couple have a daughter, Anaina, born in 1995.
Bindu Panicker
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Bindu Panicker
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992 – present

Biju V. Nair
​(m. 1998; died 2003)​

​(m. 2009)​
Children 1

Bindu Panicker is an Indian actress who has more than 200 films to her credit. She has played both comedy and character roles in Malayalam cinema. Her films include Vaatsalyam, Soothradharan, and Joker. She won the Kerala State Film Award for the best supporting actress in 2001 for Soothradharan. She was a member of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists executive committee.

Personal life

Panicker was first married to Biju V. Nair from 1998 until his death. They had a daughter named Kalyani. She later married the actor Sai Kumar in 2009.


2013 – TTK Prestige-Vanitha Film Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum
2014– Nominated-61st Filmfare Awards South for Best Supporting Actress -Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum
2014-Pending-3rd South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role -Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum
Bhargavi Chirmule

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Bhargavi Chirmuley
Born 29 March 1978

Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present

Bhargavi Chirmuley (born 29 March 1978) is a Marathi actress. She has worked in many Marathi movies and television serials. Bhargavi has always been outstanding among the Marathi actors of today's generation. Besides doing serious kind of roles in movies like Kass and One Room Kitchen, she also worked in the reality show (comedy) Fu Bai Fu (3re parv).

Early life and education

Bhargavi was born to Shirish and Sai Chirmuley on 29 March 1978. She is brought up in Mumbai-Girgaon. Later her family moved to Dadar. She completed her school in Raja Shivaji Vidyalaya. She is a graduate from Ruparel College(Mumbai). She has learnt classical dance form "Bharat Natyam". She is also a yoga therapist. She has younger sister Chaitrali (actress who is wife of actor Lokesh Gupte). In 2015, she had her 2nd divorce.


Chirmule started working in small plays and dramas when she was doing graduation in Ruparel. She got her first movie break in Vishwa Vinayak. In 2010, she worked with big Marathi actors like Sachin (actor) Pilgaonkar, Mahesh Kothare and Ashok Saraf in the movie Ideachi Kalpana. She says "I would like to be known as actress rather than star."[2] Chirmule participated and won the reality show Eka Peksha Ek (Celebrity Parv), hosted by Adesh Bandekar and judged by Sachin (actor). She also joined the show on 20 April 2011 Eka Peksha Ek (Apsara Aali) as guest. In 2011, she worked with Bharat Jadhav in the movie One Room Kitchen, in which she played a middle-class housewife, who is living in a chawl, but dreaming about having a flat in a suburban area of Mumbai. In 2012, she played in a drama named Zopi Gelela Jag Zala. Currently, she is doing the sitcom Suvasini, which telecasts on Star Pravah. She also played Queen Sunayna, mother of Sita in the TV serial Siya ke Ram, aired on Star Plus.

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12 January 1966

BangaloreKarnataka, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983 - present
Spouse(s) Rahul Verma
Awards Karnataka State Film Awards

Bhavya, born as Bharathi, is a South Indian actress. She has acted in several Kannada and a few Tamil and Telugu movies. She was a top heroine of Kannada cinema during 1985-1992. She switched over to key supporting roles post 2000. She is settled in Mumbai, India and travels frequently to Bangalore for her shoots .


Bhavya began her career with the Siddalingaiah directorial Prema Parva opposite Murali in 1983. This was followed by a lead role in the acclaimed director Bhargava's Praana Snehita opposite Shankar Nag and the role of Vishnuvardhan's sister in the multi-starrer Kallu Veene Nudiyitu. She next starred in a glamorous role in the V. Ravichandran starrer Pralayantaka and played the harassed daughter-in-law in the successful Baddi Bangaramma. She signed several medium budget movies with newcomers of the time like Vinod Alva (Tavarumane and Namma Oora Devate), Ramakrishna Hegde (Sedina Sanchu), Vijaya kashi (Hosa Balu), Charan Raj (Maruthi Mahime) and Arjun Sarja (Na Ninna Preetisuve and Prema Jyothi) which were all moderately successful. Her big break to the top league came in the form of the heroine's role opposite superstar Vishnuvardhan in Nee Bareda Kadambari. She was widely acclaimed for this role. The success of her major commercial films such as Krishna Nee Begane BaaroSangramaAvale Nanna Hendthi and Ravana Raajya in quick succession established her as the topmost actress of Kannada cinema. She has acted opposite all the leading actors of 1980's and 1990s. Her pairing with Vishnuvardhan in one movie a year from 1985 to 1992 resulted in a string of more hits including KarunamayiHrudaya Geethe and Mathe Haditu Kogile. She starred with Ambarish in six films including the acclaimed Hrudaya Haadithu. With Anant Nag she has successfully starred in several romantic films and social dramas. Her pairing with action hero Shankar Nag was the most prolific, including the Sangliyana series and several masala entertainers. She acted opposite V. Ravichandran in three films during the initial phase of their respective careers and gave Kashinath the biggest hit of his career with Avale Nanna Hendthi. She also worked in Tamil/ Telugu films including the musical hit Geethanjali with Murali. She however never got a chance to act opposite Raj Kumar as she was considered too young for him. She acted with his son-in-law Ram Kumar in one of the last movies of her career as a lead heroine.

From 2002 till date, Bhavya has switched over to character roles mainly playing mother to the younger actors. Her sensitive portrayal as Dhyan's mother in Nanna Preethiya Hudugi and Ramya's mother in Amrithadhare, both directed by the famours Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, warrant special mention. Bhavya has also worked in television daily series such as Durga.
Bhanu Sri Mehra
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Bhanu Sri Mehra
Bhanu Sri Mehra at 60th South Filmfare Awards 2013
Born 19 November 1984 

Amritsar, India
Other names Bhanushree Mehra, Bhanu Mehra
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2010–present
Spouse(s) Karan Manas

Bhanu Sri Mehra is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Telugu, Tamil and Punjabi films.


Hailing from AmritsarPunjab, Bhanu Sri finished her schooling in DehradunUttarakhand and moved to MumbaiMaharashtra to pursue her graduation in Mass Media. She then started modelling for commercials and print ads.

She made her debut in Gunasekhar's Varudu, which featured her alongside Allu Arjun and Arya. Prior to release, the film opted not to show any promotional material of Bhanu Sri to keep in line with the film, where Allu Arjun's character only sees her face at their wedding. The film opened to mixed reviews and was a box office bomb. The film's failure meant that she went unnoticed and did not get a lead role in a high-profile Telugu film subsequently. Before Varudu, she had done a cameo in the Bollywood film Bachna Ae Haseeno.

Bhanu Sri later went on to play the second lead in the Tamil film Udhayan alongside Arulnithi and Pranitha, which failed to achieve success, too. While she appeared in secondary characters mostly in low-profile Telugu and Tamil films in the following years, she landed starring roles in three films in the Punjabi language, her mother tongue. She also shot for a Hindi film titled Boyss Toh Boyss Hain. Several Telugu projects, including Chilkur Balaji, Prematho Cheppana, Maharaja Sri Galigadu, Lingadu-Ramalingadu, and Antha Nee Mayalone, all films she had started filming for, did not see a theatrical release. In 2015, she signed up a new Tamil film, Simba, which would see her playing a news reporter. She has completed her first Kannada film, Deal Raja, too.
Baby Annie
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Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005

Baby Annie (born 31 March 2001) is a south Indian actress who predominantly works in Telugu movies. She is known for the role of Mallamma in the 2011 movie Rajanna, for which she received a Nandi Award. She made her debut through Anukokunda Oka Roju that stars Jagapathi Babu and Charmi. Her other noted film appearances include SwagathamAthidiStalin and Ek Niranjan.

Early life

Annie was born and brought up in Hyderabad to Malayalam speaking parents.

Annie started her acting career at the age of 4 and till now she shared screen with many top actors of the Telugu Film Industry like ChiranjeeviMahesh BabuNandamuri BalakrishnaJagapathi BabuGopichand, and Ram PothineniRam CharanUday Kiran and Aadhi Pinisetty. She also acted in a Bhojpuri film titled Shiva directed by Dinesh Lal Yadav under Suresh Productions.

She has won three Nandi Awards, one for Trap (Telefilm) (2007),another for Gorintaku Serial (2010) and another for Rajanna (2011). She won Nandi Award for Best Child Actress-2011 and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu-2011 for the movie Rajanna.

She studies commerce at Avinash College of Commerce, Hyderabad.
Bhakti Barve
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Bhakti Barve

Born 10 September 1948

SangliBombay StateIndia
Died 12 February 2001

Other names Bhakti Barve Inamdar
Spouse(s) Shafi Inamdar

Bhakti Barve (10 September 1948 – 12 February 2001) was an Indian film, theatre and television actress in MarathiHindi and Gujarati. She is best known for her role in Kundan Shah's comedy Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), where she acted alongside Naseeruddin ShahSatish Shah and Ravi Baswani.

In theatre, which was her mainstay, she was associated with leading groups like Theatre Unit, Indian National Theatre, and Rangayan, and is remembered for performances in plays like Ti Phularani, Nag Mandala, Aayee Retire Hote Aahe and Hands Up. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Marathi theatre Acting in 1990 by India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, apart from Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar, and Abhinay Puraskar. She was married to actor Shafi Inamdar, who died in 1996.

Personal life

Barve was born in SangliMaharashtra. During her school days she participated in Sudha Karmarkar's productions of children's theatre. She was married to late actor Shafi Inamdar.


Barve began her career by acting for Sudha Karmarkar's Little Theatre. She also had a short stint as announcer on All India Radio, Bombay and later as a news reader on Bombay Doordarshan (India's National broadcaster), and presenter of Saptahiki. While with Doordarshan, she also performed the role of Bahinabai Choudhary, the poetess-saint, in the critically acclaimed DD produced telefilm, Bahinabai.

She shot to fame with her performance in plays like the Marathi drama Ajab Nyaya Vartulacha ('Strange Justice of the Circle') in 1973, C. T. Khanolkar's adaptation of Brecht's Caucasian Chalk CircleMohan Rakesh's Adhe-adhure, Tee Phul Rani (Flower Queen) (1975), P.L. Deshpande's noted adaptation of G. B. Shaw's Pygmalion and in Jay Lerner's My Fair Lady. She was widely appreciated in 2 super hit Marathi stage plays, Hands-Up! (1982) and Ranga Mazha Vegala (1991), both co-starring Avinash Masurekar.

She acted in many TV serials and dramas, besides Hindi films, Kundan Shah's Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and Govind Nihlani's Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa (1998). She was also the chairperson of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Sammelan.


Barve performed a solo act, Pu La Fulrani Aani Mee, at Wai on 11 February 2001. The next morning at 02:45 IST, on her way back to Mumbai, her car driven by her driver rammed into the opening of Bhatan Tunnel on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and she succumbed to her injuries.


Bhakti Barve was honoured with a posthumous award at the Indian Telly Awards in 2001 for her contribution to Indian cinema and television.
Bidita Bag
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Bidita Bag
Bidita Bag in 2017
Born 30 September 1991

Nationality Indian
Occupation Actressmodel
Years active 2010–present

Bidita Bag (born 30 September 1991) is an Indian actress and model. She has a varied portfolio when it comes to print advertisements, TV commercials and films. She is mostly known for her inclination towards socio-political films.

Early life

Bidita is from SantragachhiHowrahWest Bengal. She was born into a Bengali family of Indian state of West Bengal. Her brother Sugata Bag teaches at Delhi School of Economics.

She attended Kendriya Vidyalaya, Santragachi and completed her pre-university studies from Kendriya Vidyalaya Fort William in Science. Bidita graduated in Economics from Jadavpur UniversityKolkata. She is a trained classical singer and loves painting.


While in college, Bidita pursued a career in modelling. She was spotted by Jeena Mitra Banik and ace make-up artist Late Prabeer Kumar Dey. She came into limelight in Kolkata after working for designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Kiran Uttam Ghosh. After graduation she shifted her base to Mumbai. She has worked for Lakme fashion week, Lakme Elle-18, Vaseline, Nokia, Motorola, Colgate, Reliance etc. Recently she has been face of brands like Fair and Lovely (make-up man ki beti), 7UP, Samsung Corby TV, Wild Stone deodorant, Kwality Walls Cornetto, Manubhai Jewellers, Jade, Indian Terrain, Bombay Dyeing, Eye-tex Dazzler etc.

Web Series
Bhaukaal (2020)
Bhanu Athaiya
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Bhanu Athaiya
Bhanumati Annasaheb Rajopadhye
28 April 1929

Died 15 October 2020 (aged 91)

Occupation Costume designer
Years active 1956–2004
Spouse(s) Satyendra Athaiya (separated)
Children 1

1991: Lekin...

Bhanu Athaiya (née Annasaheb Rajopadhye; 28 April 1929 – 15 October 2020) was an Indian costume designer. She worked on over 100 films, with Indian filmmakers such as Guru DuttYash ChopraB.R. ChopraRaj KapoorVijay AnandRaj Khosla, and Ashutosh Gowariker; and international directors such Conrad Rooks and Richard Attenborough. She was the first Indian to win an Academy Award, winning one for costume design for Gandhi in 1982 .


Athaiya was born in Kolhapur in Maharashtra of British India. She was the third of the seven children born to Annasaheb and Shantabai Rajopadhye. Athaiya's father, Annasaheb was a painter. He died when Athaiya was nine years old.

Athaiya died on 15 October 2020 from complications of brain cancer at a medical center in South Mumbai, aged 91.


Athaiya started her career as a freelance fashion illustrator for various women's magazines in Bombay, including the 'Eve's Weekly'. Later when its editor opened a boutique, she asked Athaiya to try designing dresses, here upon she discovered her flair for designing clothes. Her success as a designer soon led to her switching career paths. Her career began by designing clothes for Guru Dutt's films, starting with C.I.D. (1956). She soon became a part of the Guru Dutt team.

She made her debut as a film costume designer with the film C.I.D. in 1956, and followed it up with other Guru Dutt films such as Pyaasa (1957), Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1960) and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962). In her career spanning 50 years she has received numerous awards. She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (shared with John Mollo) for her work in the 1982 film, Gandhi. She became the first Indian to win an Academy Award. She also won two National Film Awards, in 1991 and 2002.

In a career spanning over 100 films, she worked with Indian filmmakers such as Guru DuttYash ChopraB.R. ChopraRaj KapoorVijay AnandRaj Khosla, and Ashutosh Gowariker, and international directors such Conrad Rooks and Richard Attenborough.

In March 2010, Athaiya released her book The Art of Costume Design, published by Harper Collins. On 13 January 2013, Athaiya presented a copy of the book to the Dalai Lama.

On 23 February 2012, it was reported that Athaiya wished to return her Academy Award to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences because she felt that her family will not be able to take care of the trophy after her demise. On 15 December 2012, it was confirmed that the trophy had been returned to The Academy.

In April 2021, as part of the New York Times “Overlooked No More” series of obituaries that were not written at the time of the person's passing (in this case, October 2020), Anita Gates wrote an obituary of Athaiya. In it, Athaiya is quoted about her work on Gandhi: “Richard Attenborough was making a complex film and needed someone who knew India inside out,” Athaiya told Eastern Eye, a British weekly newspaper, in an interview published last year. “So much had to be contributed, and I was ready for it.”
Birbaha Hansda
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Birbaha Hansda
ᱵᱤᱨᱵᱟᱦᱟ ᱦᱟᱸᱥᱫᱟᱜ
Birbaha Hansda in traditional costume
Born 1982/1983 
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008-present
Best Actress,Santali Film Fair Award 2008-2012

Minister of State for Forest Affairs, Government of West Bengal

Assumed office
10 May 2021

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Preceded by Sujit Bose

Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly

Assumed office
6 May 2021

Preceded by Sukumar Hansda
Constituency Jhargram

Birbaha Hansda born 8 October 1982, is the Hon'ble Minister of State, Department of Forests (West Bengal), India and the Member of Legislative Assembly of Jhragram constituency. She is an Indian actress in Santali language films. She also acted in Bengali and Hindi language films.

Early life

Hansda was born in Aankro village in the Indian state of West Bengal in a Santal family. Her late father Naren Hansda was the founder of the Jharkhand Party (Naren). Her father and her mother Chunibala Hansda were members of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly. Hansda participated in the elections.

She completed her Higher Secondary at Ghatshila College, and graduated from the University of Calcutta. She started acting at an early age.


Hansda began working with actress and producer Prem Mardi. Her 2008 debut film was Ado Alom Aso Aa'।. She received praise for her performance. Other films include Achchha Thik Geya, Aas Tanhe Ena Amre, Amge Sari Dulariya (2012), Tode Sutam (2013), Jupur Juli, Aalom Rejinya Sakom Sindoor (2013), Jawai Orah Bongay Chapal Kiding (2014), Malang and Fulmoni.

She has worked in songs and music videos, such as 'A Na Mosla Baha' (2014), 'A Dogor Na' (2014), 'Chag Cho Chando' (2014) and 'Gorom Sari Sari'. Hansda won the 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election from Jhargram (Vidhan Sabha constituency) as a candidate of AITC.


From the year 2008 to 2012, the Santali Filmfare Award was received.
RASCA Award.
Lastly, her film Fulmoni is 122nd in the Delhi International Film Competition, 2018.
Reception from Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, 2019.
Barbra Streisand
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Barbra Streisand
Streisand in 2018
Barbara Joan Streisand
April 24, 1942 
​(m. 1963; div. 1971)​
​(m. 1998)​
Jon Peters (1973–1982)
Richard Baskin (1983–1987)
Children Jason Gould
Roslyn Kind (half-sister)
Awards Full list
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960–present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts

Barbara Joan "Barbra" Streisand (/ˈstraɪsænd/; born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, actress, and filmmaker. With a career spanning over six decades, she has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment, and is among the few performers awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT).

Streisand began her career by performing in nightclubs and Broadway theaters in the early 1960s. Following her guest appearances on various television shows, she signed to Columbia Records, insisting that she retain full artistic control, and accepting lower pay in exchange, an arrangement that continued throughout her career, and released her debut The Barbra Streisand Album (1963), which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Throughout her recording career, Streisand has topped the US Billboard 200 chart with 11 albums—a record for a woman—including People (1964), The Way We Were (1974), Guilty (1980), and The Broadway Album (1985). She also achieved five number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100—"The Way We Were", "Evergreen", "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", and "Woman in Love".

Following her established recording success in the 1960s, Streisand ventured into film by the end of that decade. She starred in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl (1968), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Additional fame followed with films including the extravagant musical Hello, Dolly! (1969), the screwball comedy What's Up, Doc? (1972), and the romantic drama The Way We Were (1973). Streisand won a second Academy Award for writing the love theme from A Star Is Born (1976), the first woman to be honored as a composer. With the release of Yentl (1983), Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct, and star in a major studio film. The film won an Oscar for Best Score and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical. Streisand also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, becoming the first (and for 37 years, the only) woman to win that award. Streisand later directed The Prince of Tides (1991) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996).

With sales exceeding 150 million records worldwide, Streisand is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the highest-certified female artist in the United States, with 68.5 million certified album units tying with Mariah CareyBillboard ranked Streisand as the greatest female artist on the Billboard 200 chart and the top Adult Contemporary female artist of all time.Her accolades include two Academy Awards, 10 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and nine Golden Globes.

Early life

Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Diana (born Ida Rosen) and Emanuel Streisand. Her mother had been a soprano in her youth and considered a career in music, but later became a school secretary. Her father was a high school teacher at the same school, where they first met. Streisand's family was Jewish. Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Galicia (Poland–Ukraine) and her maternal grandparents from the Russian Empire, where her grandfather had been a cantor.

In August 1943, a few months after Streisand's first birthday, her father died at age 34 from complications from an epileptic seizure, possibly the result of a head injury years earlier.: 3  The family fell into near-poverty, with her mother working as a low-paid bookkeeper. As an adult, Streisand remembered those early years as always feeling like an "outcast", explaining, "Everybody else's father came home from work at the end of the day. Mine didn't.: 3  Her mother tried to pay their bills but could not give her daughter the attention she craved: "When I wanted love from my mother, she gave me food," Streisand says.: 3 

Streisand recalls that her mother had a "great voice" and sang semi-professionally on occasion. During a visit to the Catskills when Streisand was 13, she told Rosie O'Donnell, she and her mother recorded some songs on tape. That session was the first time Streisand ever asserted herself as an artist, which also became her "first moment of inspiration".

She has an older brother, Sheldon, and a half-sister, singer Roslyn Kind, from her mother's remarriage to Louis Kind in 1949.

Streisand began her education at the Jewish Orthodox Yeshiva of Brooklyn when she was five. She was considered bright and inquisitive about everything; however, she lacked discipline, often shouting answers to questions out of turn.: 3  She next entered Public School 89 in Brooklyn, and during those early school years began watching television and going to movies. "I always wanted to be somebody, to be famous ...You know, get out of Brooklyn.": 3 

Streisand became known by others in the neighborhood for her voice. With the other kids she remembers sitting on the stoop in front of their apartment building and singing: "I was considered the girl on the block with the good voice.": 3  That talent became a way for her to gain attention. She would often practice her singing in the hallway of her apartment building which gave her voice an echoing quality.

She made her singing debut at a PTA assembly, where she became a hit to everyone but her mother, who was mostly critical of her daughter. Streisand was invited to sing at weddings and summer camp, along with having an unsuccessful audition at MGM records when she was nine. By the time she was 13, her mother began supporting her talent, helping her make a four-song demo tape, including "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", and "You'll Never Know".: 4 

Becoming an actress was her main objective. That desire was made stronger when she saw her first Broadway play, The Diary of Anne Frank when she was 14. The star in the play was Susan Strasberg, whose acting she wanted to emulate.: 4  Streisand began spending her spare time in the library, studying the biographies of various stage actresses such as Eleanora Duse and Sarah Bernhardt. In addition, she began reading novels and plays and studying the acting theories of Konstantin Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov.: 4 

She attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn in 1956 where she became an honor student in modern history, English, and Spanish. She also joined the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club, where she sang with another choir member and classmate, Neil Diamond Diamond recalls, "We were two poor kids in Brooklyn. We hung out in the front of Erasmus High and smoked cigarettes." The school was near an art-movie house, and he recalls that she was always aware of the films they were showing. Also in her class at Erasmus Hall was Bobby Fischer, who was US Chess Champion by 1957.

During the summer of 1957, she got her first stage experience as a walk-on at the Playhouse in Malden Bridge, New York. That small part was followed by a role as the kid sister in Picnic and one as a vamp in Desk Set.: 4  In her second year, she took a night job at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village helping backstage. When she was a senior, she rehearsed for a small part in Driftwood, a play staged in a midtown attic space.: 5 

She graduated, aged 16, from Erasmus Hall in January 1959, and despite her mother's pleas that she stay out of show business, she set out trying to get roles on the New York City stage.: 5  After renting a small apartment on 48th street in the heart of the theater district, she accepted any job she could involving the stage, and at every opportunity, she "made the rounds" of the casting offices.: 5 

Career beginnings
Streisand, c. 1962

Aged 16 and living on her own, Streisand took various menial jobs to have some income. During one period, she lacked a permanent address, and found herself sleeping at the home of friends or anywhere else she could set up the army cot she carried around. When desperate, she returned to her mother's flat in Brooklyn for a home-cooked meal. However, her mother was horrified by her daughter's "gypsy-like lifestyle", wrote biographer Karen Swenson, and again begged her to give up trying to get into show business,: 6  but Streisand took her mother's pleadings as even more reason to keep trying: "My desires were strengthened by wanting to prove to my mother that I could be a star.": 6 

She took a job as an usher at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater for The Sound of Music early in 1960. During the run of the play, she heard that the casting director was auditioning for more singers, and it marked the first time she sang in pursuit of a job.: 6  Although the director felt she was not right for the part, he encouraged her to begin including her talent as a singer on her résumé when looking for other work.: 6 

She asked her boyfriend, Barry Dennen, to tape her singing, copies of which she could then give out to possible employers. Dennen found a guitarist to accompany her:

We spent the afternoon taping, and the moment I heard the first playback I went insane ... This nutty little kook had one of the most breathtaking voices I'd ever heard ... when she was finished and I turned off the machine, I needed a long moment before I dared look up at her.: 6 

Dennen grew enthusiastic and he convinced her to enter a talent contest at the Lion, a gay nightclub in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. She performed two songs, after which there was a "stunned silence" from the audience, followed by "thunderous applause" when she was pronounced the winner.: 7  She was invited back and sang at the club for several weeks. It was during this time that she dropped the second "a" from her first name, switching from "Barbara" to "Barbra", due to her dislike of her original name.

In the early days Streisand was repeatedly told she was too ugly to be a star and advised to get a nose job, which she did not do
Nightclub shows and Broadway stage

Streisand was next asked to audition at the Bon Soir nightclub, after which she was signed up at $125 a week. It became her first professional engagement in September 1960, where she was the opening act for comedian Phyllis Diller. She recalls it was the first time she had been in that kind of upscale environment: "I'd never been in a nightclub until I sang in one.": 7 

Dennen now wanted to expose Streisand to his vast record collection of female singers, including Billie HolidayMabel MercerEthel Waters, and Édith Piaf. Streisand realized she could still become an actress by first gaining recognition as a singer.[24]: 7  According to biographer Christopher Nickens, hearing other great female singers benefited her style, as she began creating different emotional characters when performing, which gave her singing a greater range.

She improved her stage presence when speaking to the audience between songs. She discovered that her Brooklyn-bred style of humor was received favorably.: 8  During the next six months appearing at the club, some began comparing her singing voice to famous names such as Judy GarlandLena Horne and Fanny Brice. Her conversational ability to charm an audience with spontaneous humor during performances became more sophisticated and professional.: 8  Theater critic Leonard Harris wrote: "She's twenty; by the time she's thirty she will have rewritten the record books.": 9 

Her name is Barbra Streisand. She is 20 years old, she has a three-octave promiscuity of range, she packs more personal dynamic power than anybody I can recall since Libby Holman or Helen Morgan. She can sing as loud as Ethel Merman and as persuasively as Lena or Ella, or as brassy as a Sophie Tucker ... and only Barbra Streisand can turn "Cry Me a River" into something comparable to Enrico Caruso having his first bash at Pagliacci. When Streisand cries you a river, you got a river, Sam ... and she will be around 50 years from now if good songs are still written to be sung by good singers.

—syndicated columnist Robert Ruark,
on her 1963 performances at the Blue Angel.

Streisand accepted her first role on the New York stage in Another Evening with Harry Stoones, a satirical comedy play in which she acted and sang two solos. The show received terrible reviews and closed the next day. With the help of her new personal manager, Martin Erlichman, she had successful shows in Detroit and St. Louis. Erlichman then booked her at an even more upscale nightclub in Manhattan, the Blue Angel, where she became a bigger hit during the period from 1961 to 1962. Streisand once told Jimmy Fallon, with whom she sang a duet,[42] on the Tonight Show, that Erlichman was a "fantastic manager" and still managed her career after 50 years.

While appearing at the Blue Angel, theater director and playwright Arthur Laurents asked her to audition for a new musical comedy he was directing, I Can Get It for You Wholesale. She got the part of secretary to the lead actor businessman, played by then unknown Elliott Gould.: 9  They fell in love during rehearsals and eventually moved into a small apartment together. The show opened on March 22, 1962, at the Shubert Theater, and received rave reviews. Her performance "stopped the show cold", wrote Nickens.: 9 : 10  Groucho Marx, while hosting the Tonight Show, told her that 20 was an "extremely young age to be a success on Broadway". Streisand received a Tony nomination and New York Drama Critic's prize for Best Supporting Actress. The show was recorded and made into an album.: 10 

Television appearances, marriage and first albums
Streisand in 1966

Streisand's first television appearance was on The Tonight Show, then credited to its usual host Jack Paar. She was seen during an April 1961 episode on which Orson Bean substituted for Paar. She sang Harold Arlen's "A Sleepin' Bee". During her appearance, Phyllis Diller, also a guest on the show, called her "one of the great singing talents in the world."

Later in 1961, before she was cast in Another Evening With Harry Stoones, she became a semi-regular on PM East/PM West, a talk/variety series hosted by Mike Wallace and Joyce Davidson.

In early 1962, she went into the Columbia Records studio for the cast recording of I Can Get It for You Wholesale. Also that spring she participated in a 25th anniversary studio recording of Pins and Needles, the classic popular front musical originated in 1937 by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Reviews of both albums highlighted Streisand's performances.

In May 1962, Streisand appeared on The Garry Moore Show where she sang "Happy Days Are Here Again" for the first time. Her sad, slow version of the 1930s upbeat Democratic Party theme song became her signature song during this early phase of her career.: 10 

Johnny Carson had her on the Tonight Show half a dozen times in 1962 and 1963, and she became a favorite of his television audience and himself personally. He described her as an "exciting new singer." During one show, she joked with Groucho Marx who liked her style of humor.: 10 

She did three or four songs, and she was beyond brilliant – so amazing.

Elliott Gould, about their first play together in 1961

In December 1962, she made the first of a number of appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. She was later a cohost on the Mike Douglas Show, and also made an impact on a number of Bob Hope specials. Performing with her on The Ed Sullivan Show was Liberace who became an instant fan of the young singer. Liberace invited her to Las Vegas to perform as his opening act at the Riviera Hotel. Liberace is credited with introducing Barbra to audiences on the West Coast. The following September during her ongoing shows at Harrah's Hotel in Lake Tahoe, she and Elliott Gould took time off to get married in Carson City, Nevada. With her career and popularity rising so quickly, she saw her marriage to Gould as a "stabilizing influence.": 11 

When she was 21, Streisand signed a contract with Columbia Records that gave her full creative control, in exchange for less money.

Lieberson relented and agreed to sign her. Nearly three decades later, Streisand said:

The most important thing about that first contract – actually, the thing we held out for – was a unique clause giving me the right to choose my own material. It was the only thing I really cared about. I still received lots of pressure from the label to include some pop hits on my first album, but I held out for the songs that really meant something to me.

She took advantage of this several times during her career.

Columbia wanted to call her first album, in early 1963, Sweet And Saucy Streisand; Streisand used her control to insist that it was called The Barbra Streisand Album, saying "if you saw me on TV, you could just go [to the record shop] and ask for the Barbra Streisand album. It's common sense" It reached the top 10 on the Billboard chart and won three Grammy Awards.: 11  The album made her the best-selling female vocalist in the country.: 11  That summer she also released The Second Barbra Streisand Album, which established her as the "most exciting new personality since Elvis Presley.": 11  She ended that breakthrough year of 1963 by performing one-night concerts in Indianapolis, San Jose, Chicago, Sacramento, and Los Angeles.: 11 

Streisand returned to Broadway in 1964 with an acclaimed performance as entertainer Fanny Brice in Funny Girl at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show introduced two of her signature songs, "People" and "Don't Rain on My Parade." Because of the play's overnight success, she appeared on the cover of Time. In 1964, Streisand was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical but lost to Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly! Streisand received an honorary "Star of the Decade" Tony Award in 1970.

In 1966, she repeated her success with Funny Girl in London's West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre. From 1965 to 1968 she appeared in her first four solo television specials, including the Emmy award-winning My Name is Barbra.



Streisand has recorded 50 studio albums, almost all with Columbia Records. Her early works in the 1960s (her debut The Barbra Streisand AlbumThe Second Barbra Streisand AlbumThe Third AlbumMy Name Is Barbra, etc.) are considered classic renditions of theatre and cabaret standards, including her pensive version of the normally uptempo "Happy Days Are Here Again". She performed this in a duet with Judy Garland on The Judy Garland Show. Garland referred to her on the air as one of the last great belters. They also sang "There's No Business Like Show Business" with Ethel Merman joining them.

Beginning with My Name Is Barbra, her early albums were often medley-filled keepsakes of her television specials. Starting in 1969, she began attempting more contemporary material, but like many talented singers of the day, she found herself out of her element with rock. Her vocal talents prevailed, and she gained newfound success with the pop and ballad-oriented Richard Perry-produced album Stoney End in 1971. The title track, written by Laura Nyro, was a major hit for Streisand.

During the 1970s, she was also highly prominent on the pop charts, with Top 10 recordings such as "The Way We Were" (US No. 1), "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" (US No. 1), "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (1979, with Donna Summer), which as of 2010 is reportedly still the most commercially successful duet, (US No. 1), "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (with Neil Diamond) (US No. 1) and "The Main Event" (US No. 3), some of which came from soundtrack recordings of her films. As the 1970s ended, Streisand was named the most successful female singer in the U.S. – only Elvis Presley and The Beatles had sold more albums. In 1980, she released her best-selling effort to date, the Barry Gibb-produced Guilty. The album contained the hits "Woman in Love" (which spent several weeks on top of the pop charts in the fall of 1980), "Guilty", and "What Kind of Fool".

After years of largely ignoring Broadway and traditional pop music in favor of more contemporary material, Streisand returned to her musical-theater roots. Columbia records objected that the songs she wanted to sing were not pop songs, but Streisand asserted the full creative control her contract gave her—'I've always had the right to sing what I want— with 1985's The Broadway Album, which was unexpectedly successful, holding the coveted No. 1 Billboard position for three straight weeks, and being certified quadruple platinum. The album featured tunes by Rodgers and HammersteinGeorge GershwinJerome Kern, and Stephen Sondheim, who was persuaded to rework some of his songs especially for this recording. The Broadway Album was met with acclaim, including a Grammy nomination for album of the year and handed Streisand her eighth Grammy as Best Female Vocalist. After releasing the live album One Voice in 1986, Streisand was set to release another album of Broadway songs in 1988. She recorded several cuts for the album under the direction of Rupert Holmes, including "On My Own" (from Les Misérables), a medley of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Heather on the Hill" (from Finian's Rainbow and Brigadoon, respectively), "All I Ask of You" (from The Phantom of the Opera), "Warm All Over" (from The Most Happy Fella) and an unusual solo version of "Make Our Garden Grow" (from Candide). Streisand was not happy with the direction of the project and it was scrapped. Only "Warm All Over" and a reworked, lite FM-friendly version of "All I Ask of You" were ever released, the latter appearing on Streisand's 1988 effort, Till I Loved You. At the beginning of the 1990s, Streisand started focusing on her film directorial efforts and became almost inactive in the recording studio. In 1991, a four-disc box set, Just for the Record, was released. A compilation spanning Streisand's entire career to date, it featured over 70 tracks of live performances, greatest hits, rarities and previously unreleased material.
Streisand taping her TV Special Barbra Streisand ... and other Musical Instruments in 1973

The following year, Streisand's concert fundraising events helped propel President Bill Clinton into the spotlight and into office. Streisand later introduced Clinton at his inauguration in 1993. Streisand's music career, however, was largely on hold. A 1992 appearance at an APLA benefit as well as the aforementioned inaugural performance hinted that Streisand was becoming more receptive to the idea of live performances. A tour was suggested, though Streisand would not immediately commit to it, citing her well-known stage fright as well as security concerns. During this time, Streisand finally returned to the recording studio and released Back to Broadway in June 1993. The album was not as universally lauded as its predecessor, but it did debut at No. 1 on the pop charts (a rare feat for an artist of Streisand's age, especially given that it relegated Janet Jackson's Janet to the No. 2 spot). One of the album's highlights was a medley of "I Have A Love" / "One Hand, One Heart", a duet with Johnny Mathis, who Streisand said is one of her favorite singers.

In 1993, The New York Times music critic Stephen Holden wrote that Streisand "enjoys a cultural status that only one other American entertainer, Frank Sinatra, has achieved in the last half century". In September 1993, Streisand announced her first public concert appearances in 27 years (if one does not count her Las Vegas nightclub performances between 1969 and 1972). What began as a two-night New Year's event at the MGM Grand Las Vegas led to a multi-city tour in the summer of 1994. Tickets for the tour were sold out in under an hour. Streisand also appeared on the covers of major magazines in anticipation of what Time magazine named "The Music Event of the Century". The tour was one of the biggest all-media merchandise parlays in history. Ticket prices ranged from US$50 to US$1,500, making Streisand the highest-paid concert performer in history. Barbra Streisand: The Concert went on to be the top-grossing concert of the year and earned five Emmy Awards and the Peabody Award, while the taped broadcast on HBO was the highest-rated concert special in HBO's 30-year history. Following the tour's conclusion, Streisand once again kept a low profile musically, instead focusing her efforts on acting and directing duties as well as a burgeoning romance with actor James Brolin.

In 1996, Streisand released "I Finally Found Someone" as a duet with Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams. The song was nominated for an Oscar as it was part of the soundtrack of Streisand's self-directed movie The Mirror Has Two Faces. It reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was her first significant hit in almost a decade and her first top 10 hit on the Hot 100 (and first gold single) since 1981.

In 1997, she finally returned to the recording studio, releasing Higher Ground, a collection of songs of a loosely inspirational nature which also featured a duet with Céline Dion. The album received generally favorable reviews and once again debuted at No. 1 on the pop charts. Following her marriage to Brolin in 1998, Streisand recorded an album of love songs entitled A Love Like Ours the following year. Reviews were mixed, with many critics complaining about the somewhat syrupy sentiments and overly-lush arrangements; however, it did produce a modest hit for Streisand in the country-tinged "If You Ever Leave Me", a duet with Vince Gill.

On New Year's Eve 1999, Streisand returned to the concert stage, selling out in the first few hours, eight months before her return. At the end of the millennium, she was the number one female singer in the U.S., with at least two No. 1 albums in each decade since she began performing. A two-disc live album of the concert entitled Timeless: Live in Concert was released in 2000. Streisand performed versions of the Timeless concert in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, in early 2000. In advance of four concerts (two each in Los Angeles and New York) in September 2000, Streisand announced that she was retiring from playing public concerts. Her performance of the song "People" was broadcast on the Internet via America Online.

Streisand's most recent albums have been Christmas Memories (2001), a somewhat somber collection of holiday songs, and The Movie Album (2003), featuring famous film themes and backed by a large symphony orchestra. Guilty Pleasures (called Guilty Too in the UK), a collaboration with Barry Gibb and a sequel to their Guilty, was released worldwide in 2005.
Streisand performing in July 2007 at The O2 Arena in London

In February 2006, Streisand recorded the song "Smile" alongside Tony Bennett at Streisand's Malibu home. The song is included on Bennett's 80th birthday album, Duets. In September 2006, the pair filmed a live performance of the song for a special directed by Rob Marshall entitled Tony Bennett: An American Classic. The special aired on NBC November 21, 2006, and was released on DVD the same day. Streisand's duet with Bennett opened the special. In 2006, Streisand announced her intent to tour again, in an effort to raise money and awareness for multiple issues. After four days of rehearsal at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey, the tour began on October 4 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, continued with a featured stop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (this was the concert Streisand chose to film for a TV special), and concluded at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 20, 2006. Special guests Il Divo were interwoven throughout the show. The show was known as Streisand: The Tour.

Streisand's 20-concert tour set box-office records. At the age of 64, she grossed $92,457,062 and set house gross records in 14 of the 16 arenas played on the tour. She set the third-place record for her show of October 9, 2006 at Madison Square Garden, the first- and second-place records, of which are held by her two shows in September 2000. She set the second-place record at MGM Grand Garden Arena with her December 31, 1999, show being the house record and highest-grossing concert of all time. This led many people to openly criticize Streisand for price gouging as many tickets sold for upwards of $1,000.[62]

A collection of performances culled from different stops on this tour, Live in Concert 2006, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, making it Streisand's 29th Top 10 album.[63] In the summer of 2007, Streisand gave concerts for the first time in continental Europe. The first concert took place in Zürich (June 18), then Vienna (June 22), Paris (June 26), Berlin (June 30), Stockholm (July 4, canceled), Manchester (July 10) and Celbridge, near Dublin (July 14), followed by three concerts in London (July 18, 22 and 25), the only European city where Streisand had performed before 2007. Tickets for the London dates cost between £100.00 and £1,500.00, and for Ireland, between €118 and €500. The Ireland date was marred by issues with serious parking and seating problems leading to the event's being dubbed a fiasco by Hot Press.[64] The tour included a 58-piece orchestra.

In February 2008, Forbes listed Streisand as the No.-2-earning female musician between June 2006 and June 2007 with earnings of about $60 million. On November 17, 2008, Streisand returned to the studio to begin recording what would be her 63rd album and it was announced that Diana Krall was producing the album. Streisand is one of the recipients of the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors. On December 7, 2008, she visited the White House as part of the ceremonies.

On April 25, 2009, CBS aired Streisand's latest television special, Streisand: Live in Concert, highlighting the featured stop from her 2006 North American tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On September 26, 2009, Streisand performed a one-night-only show at the Village Vanguard in New York City's Greenwich Village. This performance was later released on DVD as One Night Only: Barbra Streisand and Quartet at The Village Vanguard. On September 29, 2009, Streisand and Columbia Records released her newest studio album, Love is the Answer, produced by Diana Krall. On October 2, 2009, Streisand made her British television performance debut with an interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross to promote the album. This album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and registered her biggest weekly sales since 1997, making Streisand the only artist in history to achieve No. 1 albums in five different decades.

On February 1, 2010, Streisand joined over 80 other artists in recording a new version of the 1985 charity single "We Are the World". Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie planned to release the new version to mark the 25th anniversary of its original recording. These plans changed, however, in view of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12, 2010, and on February 12, the song, now called "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", made its debut as a charity single to support relief aid for the island nation.

In 2011, Streisand sang "Somewhere" from the Broadway musical West Side Story, with child prodigy Jackie Evancho, on Evancho's album Dream with Me.

Streisand was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year on February 11, 2011, two days prior to the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

On October 11, 2012, Streisand gave a three-hour concert performance before a crowd of 18,000 as part of the ongoing inaugural events of Barclays Center (and part of her current Barbra Live tour) in Brooklyn (her first-ever public performance in her home borough). Streisand was joined onstage by trumpeter Chris Botti, Italian operatic trio Il Volo, and her son Jason Gould. The concert included musical tributes by Streisand to Donna Summer and Marvin Hamlisch, both of whom had died earlier in 2012. Confirmed attendees included Barbara Walters, Jimmy Fallon, StingKatie CouricWoody Allen, Michael Douglas and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as designers Calvin KleinDonna KaranRalph Lauren and Michael Kors. In June 2013 she gave two concerts in Bloomfield StadiumTel Aviv.

Streisand is one of many singers who use teleprompters during their live performances. Streisand has defended her choice in using teleprompters to display lyrics and, sometimes, banter.

In September 2014, she released Partners, a new album of duets that features collaborations with Elvis PresleyAndrea Bocelli, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, BabyfaceMichael BubléJosh GrobanJohn MayerJohn LegendBlake Shelton and Jason Gould. This album topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 196,000 copies in the first week, making Streisand the only recording artist to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades. It was also certified gold in November 2014 and platinum in January 2015, thus becoming Streisand's 52nd gold and 31st Platinum album, more than any other female artist in history.

In May 2016, Streisand announced the upcoming album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway to be released in August following a nine-city concert tour, Barbra: The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic, including performances in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and a return to her hometown of Brooklyn. In June 2018, Streisand confirmed she was working on an album titled Walls. This album, a protest against the Trump administration, came out on November 2, 2018, just prior to the U.S. midterm election. A featured track in this album is "Don't Lie to Me." In the New York Times she revealed that she wrote this song because Donald Trump's outrages were keeping her awake at night.

Streisand in Hello, Dolly! (1969)

Her first film was a reprise of her Broadway hit, Funny Girl (1968), an artistic and commercial success directed by Hollywood veteran William Wyler. Streisand won the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actress for the role, sharing it with Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter), the only time there has been a tie in this Oscar category. Her next two movies were also based on musicals—Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!, directed by Gene Kelly (1969); and Alan Jay Lerner's and Burton Lane's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Vincente Minnelli (1970)—while her fourth film was based on the Broadway play The Owl and the Pussycat (1970).

During the 1970s, Streisand starred in several screwball comedies, including What's Up, Doc? (1972) and The Main Event (1979), both co-starring Ryan O'Neal, and For Pete's Sake (1974) with Michael Sarrazin. One of her most famous roles during this period was in the drama The Way We Were (1973) with Robert Redford, for which she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress. She earned her second Academy Award for Best Original Song (with lyricist Paul Williams) for the song "Evergreen", from A Star Is Born in 1976,[85] in which she also starred.

Along with Paul NewmanSidney Poitier and later Steve McQueen, Streisand formed First Artists Production Company in 1969 so actors could secure properties and develop movie projects for themselves. Streisand's initial outing with First Artists was Up the Sandbox (1972).

From 1969 to 1980, Streisand appeared in Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll, the annual motion picture exhibitors poll of Top 10 Box Office attractions a total of 10 times, often as the only woman on the list. After the commercially disappointing All Night Long in 1981, Streisand's film output decreased considerably. She has acted in only eight films since.

I'm impressed with her choosing Yentl; it was extraordinary. But for some reason, Hollywood turned against her ... there was a lack of sympathy toward her ... Christ, she could have played Cleopatra better than Liz Taylor, with her enormous power and the subtlety of her singing ... She is one of the great actresses and she hasn't been well used.

—director John Huston, Playboy interview, 1985

Streisand produced a number of her own films, setting up Barwood Films in 1972. The first film she made, Yentl (1983), was turned down by every Hollywood studio at least once when she asked to not only direct the picture, but also to star in the film, until Orion Pictures took on the project and gave the film a budget of $14 million. For Yentl (1983), she was producer, director, and star, an experience she repeated for The Prince of Tides (1991) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). There was controversy when Yentl received five Academy Award nominations, but none for the major categories of Best Picture, actress, or Director.The Prince of Tides received even more Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, although not for director. Upon completion of the film, its screenwriter, Pat Conroy, who also authored the novel, called Streisand "a goddess who walks upon the earth.": xii 

Streisand also co-scripted Yentl (with Jack Rosenthal), something for which she is not always given credit. According to The New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal in an interview with Allan Wolper, "The one thing that makes Barbra Streisand crazy is when nobody gives her the credit for having written Yentl."

In 2004, Streisand made a return to film acting after an eight-year hiatus, in the comedy Meet the Fockers (a sequel to Meet the Parents), playing opposite Dustin HoffmanBen StillerBlythe Danner and Robert De Niro.

In 2005, Streisand's Barwood Films, Gary Smith, and Sonny Murray purchased the rights to Simon Mawer's book Mendel's Dwarf. In December 2008, she stated that she was considering directing an adaptation of Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart, a project she has worked on since the mid-1990s.

In December 2010, Streisand appeared in Little Fockers, the third film from the Meet the Parents trilogy. She reprised the role of Roz Focker alongside Dustin Hoffman.

On January 28, 2011, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Paramount Pictures had given the green light to begin shooting the road-trip comedy My Mother's Curse, with Seth Rogen playing Streisand's character's son. Anne Fletcher directed the project with a script by Dan Fogelman, produced by Lorne MichaelsJohn Goldwyn, and Evan Goldberg. Executive producers included Streisand, Rogen, Fogelman, and David Ellison, whose Skydance Productions co-financed the road movie.[95] Shooting began in spring 2011 and wrapped in July; the film's title was eventually altered to The Guilt Trip, and the movie was released in December 2012.

Streisand has been set to star in a film adaptation of the musical Gypsy – featuring music by Jules Styne, a book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – with Richard LaGravenese reportedly attached to the project as screenwriter. In April 2016, it was reported that Streisand was in advanced negotiations to star in and produce the film, which will be directed by Barry Levinson and distributed by STX Entertainment. Two months later, the film's script had been completed and production was scheduled to begin in early 2017.

In 2015 plans emerged for Streisand to direct a feature biopic about the 18th-century Russian empress Catherine the Great based on the top 2014 Black List script produced by Gil Netter with Keira Knightley starring. As of 2020 nothing has come out of these plans.

Streisand possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range, which Howard Cohen of the Miami Herald describes as "peerless". Whitney Balliett wrote, "Streisand wows her listeners with her shrewd dynamics (in-your-ear soft here, elbowing-loud there), her bravura climbs, her rolling vibrato, and the singular Streisand-from-Brooklyn nasal quality of her voice – a voice as immediately recognizable in its way as Louis Armstrong's." Music writer Allegra Rossi adds that Streisand creates complete compositions in her head:

Even though she can't read or write music, Barbra hears melodies as completed compositions in her head. She hears a melody and takes it in, learning it quickly. Barbra developed her ability to sustain long notes because she wanted to. She can mold a tune that others cannot; she's able to sing between song and speech, keeping in tune, carrying rhythm and meaning.

While she is predominantly a pop singer, Streisand's voice has been described as "semi-operatic" due to its strength and quality of tone. According to Adam Feldman of Time Out, Streisand's "signature vocal style" is "a suspension bridge between old-school belting and microphone pop." She is known for her ability to hold relatively high notes, both loud and soft, with great intensity, as well as for her ability to make slight but unobtrusive embellishments on a melodic line. The former quality led classical pianist Glenn Gould to call himself "a Streisand freak".

In recent years, critics and audiences have noted that her voice has "lowered and acquired an occasionally husky edge". However, New York Times music critic Stephen Holden noted that her distinctive tone and musical instincts remain, and that she still "has the gift of conveying a primal human longing in a beautiful sound". Paul Taylor of The Independent wrote that Streisand "has sounded a little scratchy and frayed, though the stout resolve and superb technique with which Streisand manages to hoist it over these difficulties has come to seem morally as well aesthetically impressive." Reviewing Streisand's most recent studio effort Partners, Gil Naveh of Haaretz described Streisand's voice as "velvety, clear and powerful ... and the passing years have given it a fascinating depth and roughness."

Personal life
Relationships and family
Streisand with husband Elliott Gould and son Jason (1967)
With James Brolin (2013)

Streisand has been married twice. Her first husband was actor Elliott Gould, whom she married on September 13, 1963. They announced their separation on February 12, 1969 and divorced on July 6, 1971. They had one child, Jason Gould, who appeared as her on-screen son in The Prince of Tides.

In 1969 and 1970, Streisand dated Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

She started a relationship with hairdresser/producer Jon Peters in 1973. He went on to be her manager and producer. They broke up in 1982 during the making of Yentl, but remain friends. She is the godmother of his daughters, Caleigh Peters and Skye Peters.

From November 1983 to October 1987, Streisand lived with Baskin-Robbins ice cream heir Richard Baskin, who wrote the lyrics to "Here We Are At Last" on her 1984 album Emotion.

She dated actor Don Johnson from December 1987 through at least September 1988. The pair recorded a duet of "Till I Loved You".

In 1983 and 1989, respectively, Streisand briefly dated actors Richard Gere and Clint Eastwood.

From 1989 to 1991, she was involved with composer James Newton Howard.

Streisand dated tennis champion Andre Agassi from 1992 to 1993. Writing about the relationship in his 2009 autobiography, Agassi said: "We agree that we're good for each other, and so what if she's twenty-eight years older? We're simpatico, and the public outcry only adds spice to our connection. It makes our friendship feel forbidden, taboo – another piece of my overall rebellion. Dating Barbra Streisand is like wearing Hot Lava."

During the early to mid-1990s, Streisand was in romantic relationships with several high-profile men, including newscaster Peter Jennings as well as actors Liam Neeson,.Jon Voight and Peter Weller She is reputed to have had liaisons with U.S. President Bill ClintonPrince Charles, and Dodi Fayed.

Her second husband is actor James Brolin, whom she married on July 1, 1998. While they have no children together, Brolin has two sons from his first marriage, including actor Josh Brolin, and one daughter from his second marriage.

Streisand is the owner of multiple dogs, and she loved her dog Samantha so much, that she had her cloned.

In March 2019, Streisand apologized for her controversial statements about Michael Jackson's accusers.


Streisand changed her name from "Barbara" to "Barbra" because, she said, "I hated the name, but I refused to change it." Streisand further explained, "Well, I was 18 and I wanted to be unique, but I didn't want to change my name because that was too false. You know, people were saying you could be Joanie Sands, or something like that. (My middle name is Joan.) And I said, 'No, let's see, if I take out the 'a,' it's still 'Barbara,' but it's unique." A 1967 biography with a concert program said, "the spelling of her first name is an instance of partial rebellion: she was advised to change her last name and retaliated by dropping an "a" from the first instead."


In the early years of her career, Streisand's interest in politics was limited, with the exception of her participation in activities of the anti-nuclear group Women Strike for Peace in 1961 and 1962. In July 1968, with Harry Belafonte and others, she performed at the Hollywood Bowl in a fundraising concert sponsored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Streisand has long been an active supporter of the Democratic Party and many of its causes. She was among the celebrities on President Richard Nixon's 1971 list of political enemies. In 1995 Streisand spoke at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government about the role of the artist as citizen, in support of arts programs and funding.

Streisand is a supporter of LGBT rights and backed the "No on 8" campaign in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat California Proposition 8.

In 2012, Streisand stated, "The new laws requiring U.S. citizens to produce photo IDs at the poll are designed to deprive elderly and minority citizens of the precious right to cast their vote. These regressive laws are themselves the most dangerous voter fraud threatening American democracy." Streisand continued her voter rights advocacy in 2020, tweeting a link to VoteRiders, a nonprofit that assists citizens with obtaining voter ID.

In June 2013, she helped celebrate the 90th birthday of Shimon Peres held at Jerusalem's international convention center. She also performed at two other concerts in Tel Aviv that same week, part of her first concert tour of Israel.

In January 2017, she participated in 2017 Women's March in Los Angeles. Introduced by Rufus Wainwright, Streisand appeared on stage and made a speech.

In an October 2018 interview with Emma Brockes of The Guardian, Streisand discussed the theme of her new album Walls: the danger she believed President Donald Trump posed towards the United States. She said, "This is a dangerous time in this nation, this republic: a man who is corrupt and indecent and is assaulting our institutions. It's really, really frightening. And I just pray that people who are compassionate and respect the truth will come out and vote. I'm saying more than just vote. Vote for Democrats!"


In 1984, Streisand donated the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the Mount Scopus campus, in memory of her father, an educator and scholar who died when she was young.

Streisand has personally raised $25 million for organizations through her live performances. The Streisand Foundation, established in 1986, has contributed over $16 million through nearly 1,000 grants to "national organizations working on preservation of the environment, voter education, the protection of civil liberties and civil rights, women's issues and nuclear disarmament".

In 2006, Streisand donated $1 million to the William J. Clinton Foundation in support of former President Bill Clinton's climate change initiative.

In 2009, Streisand gifted $5 million to endow the Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Women's Heart Center. In September that year, Parade magazine included Streisand on its Giving Back Fund's second annual Giving Back 30 survey, "a ranking of the celebrities who have made the largest donations to charity in 2007 according to public records", as the third most generous celebrity. The Giving Back Fund claimed Streisand donated $11 million, which The Streisand Foundation distributed. In 2012 she raised $22 million to support her women's cardiovascular center, bringing her own personal contribution to $10 million. The program was officially named the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center.

At Julien's Auctions in October 2009, Streisand, a longtime collector of art and furniture, sold 526 items, with all the proceeds going to her foundation. Items included a costume from Funny Lady and a vintage dental cabinet purchased by the performer at 18 years old. The sale's most valuable lot was a painting by Kees van Dongen.

In December 2011, she appeared at a fundraising gala for Israel Defense Forces charities.

In June 2020, she gifted George Floyd's daughter, Gianna Floyd, Disney shares.


Streisand was presented Distinguished Merit Award by Mademoiselle in 1964, and selected as Miss Ziegfeld in 1965. In 1968, she received the Israel Freedom Medal, the highest civilian award of Israel, and she was awarded Pied Piper Award by ASCAP and Prix De L'Academie Charles Cros in 1969, Crystal Apple by her hometown City of New York, Woman of Achievement in the Arts by Anti-Defamation League in 1978. In 1984, Streisand was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. She received the Woman of Courage Award by the National Organization for Women (NOW), the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Scopus Award by American Friends of The Hebrew University.

She received Breakthrough Awards for "making films that portray women with serious complexity" at the Women, Men and Media symposium in 1991. In 1992, she was given the Commitment to Life Award by AIDS Project Los Angeles(APLA), and the Bill of Rights Award by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the Dorothy Arzner Special Recognition by Women in Film, and the Golden Plate by the Academy of Achievement. She was honored with the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from the ASCAP in 1994 and the Peabody Award in 1995, the same year she was accorded an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities by Brandeis University. She was also awarded Filmmaker of the Year Award for "lifetime achievement in filmmaking" by ShowEast and Peabody Award in 1996, Christopher Award in 1998.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton presented Streisand with the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor specifically given for achievement in the arts, and Library of Congress Living Legend, she also received the highest honor for a career in film AFI Life Achievement Award from American Film Institute and Liberty and Justice Award from Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Gracie Allen Award, First Annual Jewish Image Awards in 2001, and Humanitarian Award "for her years of leadership, vision, and activism in the fight for civil liberties, including religion, race, gender equality and freedom of speech, as well as all aspects of gay rights" from Human Rights Campaign in 2004. In 2007, French President Nicolas Sarkozy presented Streisand with Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France, and President George W. Bush presented her Kennedy Center Honors, the highest recognition of cultural achievement.

In 2011, she was given Board of Governors Humanitarian Award for her efforts on behalf of women's heart health and her many other philanthropic activities." by Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. She received the L'Oréal Paris Legend Award in 18th Elle Magazine Women in Hollywood. In 2012, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women Film Critics Circle. She was accorded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013. In that year, she was also recipient of the Charlie Chaplin Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as the only female artist to direct, write, produce and star in the same major studio film, Yentl, along with a Lifetime Achievement Glamour Awards.

In 2014, Streisand was on one of eight different New York Magazine covers celebrating the magazine's "100 Years, 100 Songs, 100 Nights: A Century of Pop Music in New York". She also received the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Board of Governors Award,[citation needed] the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment Breakfast, and came first in the 1010 Wins Iconic Celebrity Poll by CBS in 2015. In November 2015, President Barack Obama announced that Streisand would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States. Streisand was inducted into and Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976, Goldmine Hall of Fame in 2002, Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007, the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009, National Museum of American Jewish History and California Hall of Fame in 2010.

In 1970, she received a Special Tony Award named "Star of the Decade", and was selected "Star of the Decade" by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) in 1980, "Star of Decade" by NATO/ShowWest and President's Award by NARM in 1988. That year she was also named as All-Time Favorite Musical Performer by People's Choice Awards. In 1986, Life named her as one of "Five Hollywood's Most Powerful Women". In 1998, Harris Poll reported that she is the "Most Popular Singer Among Adult Americans of All Ages." She was also featured on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll,Top 100 Singers of all time by Mojo magazine, named the century's best female singer in a Reuters/Zogby poll, and "Top Female Artist of the Century" by Recording Industry Association of America in 1999. In 2006, Streisand was one of honorees at Oprah Winfrey's white-tie Legends Ball.

In 2015, The Daily Telegraph ranked Streisand as one of the 10 top female singer-songwriters of all time. A&E's Biography magazine ranked Streisand as one of their favorite leading actress of all time, she was also featured on the Voices of the Century list by BBC, the "100 Greatest Movie Stars of Time" list compiled by PeopleVH1's list of the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons of All Time", the "100 Greatest Entertainers of All Time", "ranked at #13" and the "Greatest Movie Star of all time list" by Entertainment Weekly, "The 50 Greatest Actresses of All Tim" by AMC, and Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists. Billboard also ranked Streisand as the top female Jewish musician of all time. As a gay icon, Streisand was named by The Advocate as one of the "25 Coolest Women" and the "9 Coolest Women Appealing to Both Lesbians and Gay Men", and was also placed among the "12 Greatest Female Gay Icons of All Time" by Out magazine. She was recognized as one of the top gay icons of the past three decades by Gay Times.

During the first decade of the 21st century, the American Film Institute celebrated 100 years of the greatest films in American cinema. Four of Streisand's songs were represented on AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs, which highlighted "America's Greatest Music in the Movies": "The Way We Were" at #8, "Evergreen (Love Theme From A Star Is Born)" at # 16, "People" at #13, and "Don't Rain on My Parade" at #46. Many of her films were represented on AFI's 100 Years ... series. AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Laughs, highlighting "the films and film artists that have made audiences laugh throughout the century," ranked What's Up, Doc? at #61. AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Passions highlighted the top 100 greatest love stories in American cinema and placed The Way We Were at #8, Funny Girl at #41, and What's Up, Doc? at #68. AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals highlighted the 25 greatest American movie musicals, ranking Funny Girl at #16.

In December 2016, the film Funny Girl was marked for preservation by the Library of Congress in the National Film Registry. In March 2017, the song "People" was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry. Streisand said she was humbled to have the song honored "as part of the flow of our nation's culture."

Professional memberships

As one of the most acclaimed actresses, singers, directors, writers, composers, producers, designers, photographers and activists in every medium that she's worked in, Streisand is the only artist who is concurrently a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and PublishersScreen Actors GuildAmerican Federation of Television and Radio ArtistsAcademy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Actors' Equity Association, as well as the honorary chairwoman of the board of directors of Hadassah's International Research Institute on Women.

"Streisand effect"

In a 2003 lawsuit, Streisand claimed that a website illustrating coastal erosion invaded her privacy because one of its 12,000 images happened to show her Malibu, California home; Streisand wanted the photo removed from the site. The suit was dismissed and the resultant publicity prompted hundreds of thousands of people to download the photo, which had been accessed only four times prior to Streisand initiating legal action. The term Streisand effect was coined to refer to an attempt to censor information which unintentionally publicizes that information.

Awards and nominations

Streisand has been nominated 43 times for a Grammy Award, winning eight. In addition, she has received two special non-competitive awards; the 1992 Grammy Legend Award and the 1994 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame four times. In 2011, she was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year by the Grammy Foundation for her artistic achievement in the music industry.
B. S. Saroja
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B. S. Saroja
B. S. Saroja in 1949 film Deva Manohari
Born 18 November 1929 

Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1951–1978
Spouse(s) T. R. Ramanna
Children Ganesh, Kalarani, Shanthi
Relatives T. R. Rajakumari (sister-in-law)

B. S. Saroja (born 18 November 1929) is an Indian actress in Malayalam movies and Tamil movies. She is the daughter of Johnson, who acted in the first Malayalam film, Vigathakumaran.

Personal life

She was born to Johnson and Rajalakshmi at Thiruvananthapuram in 1929. She studied till fourth grade. Then she joined a circus company, with which she traveled all over India. Then she acted in a Tamil movie as a junior artist. Jeevitha Nouka was her first Malayalam movie. She went on to act many movies after that. She was married to late T. R. Ramanna in 1949, a sound engineer turned movie director in Tamil movies. The couple started three cinema production companies known as R.R.Pictures, Vinayaga Pictures and Ganesh Pictures. They have three children. They are settled at Chennai.
Bárbara Mori
In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Mori and the second or maternal family name is Ochoa.

Barbara Mori
Mori in 2018
Barbara Mori Ochoa
2 February 1978

Montevideo, Uruguay
Nationality Mexican
Occupation Actress, model, producer, writer
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Kenneth Ray Sigman (m. 2016–2017)
Children 1
Relatives Kenya Mori (sister)

Bárbara Mori Ochoa (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbaɾβaɾa ˈmoɾi oˈtʃoa]; born 2 February 1978) is an Uruguayan-born Mexican actress, model, producer and writer. She is known for playing the main character in the 2004 telenovela Rubí, one of the most successful telenovelas of all time. Since 2005 she has appeared as the lead character in several Hollywood and Bollywood films such as My Brother's Wife (2005), Violanchelo (2008), Insignificant Things (2008) produced by Guillermo del ToroKites (2010), Cantinflas (2014) and Treintona, soltera y fantástica (2016).

Mori started her career in 1992 as a fashion model at the age of 14, later she became an actress when she co-starred in 1997 on the smash TV-hit Mirada De Mujer with TV Azteca; then, she starred in the soap opera Azul Tequila. She has also appeared in several lists as one of the most beautiful Mexican actresses of all time.

Life and career

Mori was born in Uruguay on 2 February 1978. Her paternal grandfather was Japanese. Her mother is of Lebanese descent.She has two siblings, actress Kenya Mori and Kintaró Mori. Her parents divorced when she was three years of age, Mori spent her early childhood between Mexico and Uruguay and finally settled in Mexico City at the age of twelve.

Early work (1992–1997)

One day, while working as a waitress at the age of fourteen, fashion designer Marcos Toledo invited her to work as a model. She became independent by the age of seventeen and went to live with her cousins. At nineteen she met actor Sergio Mayer, who would later become father to their son Sergio, born in 1998. They never married.

She later studied acting in El Centro de Estudios de Formación Actoral. She made her acting debut in the Mexican telenovela Al norte del corazón. She then participated in the comedy series Tric Tac and Mirada de mujer the following year. She obtained her first TVyNovelas Award for her role in Mirada de mujer for Best New Actress.

Commercial success (1998–2003)

In 1998, Bárbara Mori got her first leading role as "Azul" in the series Azul Tequila, co-starring with Mauricio Ochmann. A year later she filmed the series Me muero por tí in Miami, with Peruvian actor Christian Meier. Later, she acted in various other telenovelas, including the Telemundo telenovela Amor descarado.

In 2001, she got her first film role in the romantic comedy Inspiración, the film was a box-office success in cinemas.

In 2002, she playing the villain role as a seductive college student in the telenovela Subete A Mi Moto opposite Vanessa Acosta.

Consolidation (2004–2008)

Mori in 2006.

In 2004, she signs with Televisa and starred as Rubí, a smash TV-hit and highly–rated Mexican soap opera, of the same name, which earned her another TVyNovelas Award.

In 2005 she obtained the starring role in the blockbuster film La mujer de mi hermano as Zoe, and her husband was portrayed by Christian Meier, with whom she had previously co-starred in Me muero por tí. At the same year she lent her voice in the Spanish-language version for the movie Robots.

She also had the leading role in "Pretendiendo", a Chilean/Mexican-backed movie which was critically panned.
Barbari Mori in 2014

International film success (2009–2011)

In 2009, she starred in the psychological crime thriller Amor, Dolor y Viceversa alongside Leonardo Sbaraglia, the drama is about a female architect who is involved in the murder of the fiancee of a promising surgeon, who allegedly saw in her nightmares. The crime-drama was filmed in Mexico city and is produced by Mori. The film earned mixed reviews from critics and viewers.

In 2011, she got the main role in the action-drama "Viento En Contra", alongside actors Héctor Arredondo and Fernando Luján, in which she played a successful and promising CIO, who is unjustly involved in a police chase due to a scandal of a financial fraud. The film was distributed by Warner Bros and received mixed reviews by critics. The drama was filmed on locations of Mexico city and Valle de Bravo. Mori was the producer of the film.

Indian film producer Rakesh Roshan signed her as the leading lady for his movie Kites opposite his son, Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan. It was shot in New Mexico, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, it went into production by the end of July 2008, and was released on 21 May 2010.

Mori was diagnosed with early stage cancer and is now a proud survivor. She talks about her journey in UniGlobe Entertainment's docu-drama titled 1 a Minute made by actress Namrata Singh Gujral.

Personal life

In 1996, Mori began a relationship with actor Sergio Mayer, with whom she has a son, Sergio Mayer Mori, born in 1998. The couple separated shortly after. In 2016 she wed baseball player Kenneth Ray Sigman. The couple divorced in 2017.

Mori's son had a daughter, Mila, in November 2016, making her a grandmother at 38.
Bharathi (Tamil actress)
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Born 27 October 1987

Occupation Actress
Years active 2003-2015

Bharathi is an Indian film actress who has appeared in the Tamil film industry. The actress won critical acclaim for her performance as a prostitute in Ammuvagiya Naan (2007) and later appeared in other Tamil and Malayalam language films.


Bharathi was signed on by director Padmamagan to be a part of Ammuvagiya Naan (2007), after several leading actresses had turned down the role. She portrayed a prostitute who attempts to ease back into society, and won critical acclaim for her portrayal with a reviewer noting she was "blessed with a role of her lifetime". Despite the success of Ammuvagiya Naan, Bharathi failed to get good offers in Tamil films and instead signed on to feature in Malayalam films. The actress signed on to appear in Anwar Rasheed's Annan Thambi (2008) opposite Mammootty, but was later replaced by Lakshmi Rai. She then however moved on to work in Biju Pal's Aayudham (2008), featuring alongside Suresh Gopi. The film failed to become a box office success, and subsequently failed to garner further big budget film offers for Bharathi. She was also seen in Agathiyan's romantic film Nenjathai Killadhe (2008) with Vikranth and in Satrumun Kidaitha Thagaval (2009), a low-budget thriller, featuring stunt choreographer Kanal Kannan in the leading role.

Bharathi subsequently turned down approaches to be a part of Engal Aasan (2009) and Enga Raasi Nalla Raasi (2009), and chose to quit the film industry after her marriage to her manager, Murugan. In 2010, she expressed a desire to make a comeback to acting. She began work on Rudhram, a television soap drama on Jaya TV in late 2012
Bhairavi Goswami
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Bhairavi Goswami
Bhairavi Goswami at AIDS Healthcare Foundation Launch 'Keep the Promise'
Bhairavi Goswami
12 November 1984 
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2002–present

Bhairavi Goswami, (born 12 November 1984) is an Indian actress, television host.

Early life

Bhairavi was born to parents of mixed heritage. Her father is part Bengali while her mother is Creole. Bhairavi left India at the age of 6 and returned as a teenager to pursue a career in modelling and acting, spending most of her adolescence in the United Kingdom.


Bhairavi won the "Pantaloons Model Quest" and was runner up at the "AXN Hot & Wild" contest. The Times of India described her as "the Paris Hilton of India, who loves to socialise".

Movies and theatre

After her first movie role in Sagar Bellary's Bheja Fry, she acted in the children's hit composite animation film My Friend Ganesha 2. In her next film, Mr. Bhatti on Chutti, starring Anupam Kher with Amitabh Bachchan in a cameo appearance, she played a glamorous girl. Bhairavi shed her glamorous image to play a simple school teacher in Kachcha Limboo.[8] [9] She has ten plays to her credit, including Liar Liar, Tea Coffee or Me, Mad House and See no Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil 

Music videos
"Samundar Mein Nahake" remix directed by Samir Malkan
Raaghav Sachar's first album directed by Indrajit Nattoji for HMV
"Raat Taakli"", Marathi music video directed by Deepali Vichare

Television credits
JBC with Javed Jaffery
Bollywood Live (Indonesia)
Guest VJ on B4U
Appeared on Movers & Shakers (Shekhar Suman Show)

2014 Kamasutra - The Poetry of Sex
2012 Hate Story Bhairavi
2011 Kachha Limboo Lily Fernandes
2008 My Friend Ganesha – 2 Anita
2007 Bheja Fry Suman Rao

English comedy Liar Liar Dinyar Contractor 150 shows worldwide
English comedy Madhouse Dinyar Contractor 140 shows worldwide
English comedy P Dialogues Alyque Padamsee 10 shows in Mumbai
English comedy Mad Horses of Matheran Gary Richardson 195 shows
English comedy Unspoken Dialogues Alyque Padamsee 8 shows in Mumbai
Hindi comedy Tea, Coffee Or Me 85 shows

English comedy See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Paritossh Painter 50 shows worldwide
Hindi comedy Shree, Adi, Manav Paritossh Painter 5 shows in Mumbai
English comedy Dil Maange More Paritossh Painter 5 shows
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Beyoncé at The Lion King premiere in 2019
Beyonce Giselle Knowles
September 4, 1981 
HoustonTexas, U.S.
Other names
Harmonies by The Hive
Queen B
Third Ward Trill
Sasha Fierce
record producer
Years active 1997–present

​(m. 2008)​
Children 3, including Blue Ivy

Relatives Solange Knowles (sister)
Awards Full list
Musical career

Instruments Vocals
Associated acts
Website beyonce.com

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (/biːˈjɒnseɪ/ bee-YON-saynée Knowles; born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw the release of her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which featured the US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".

Following the 2006 disbanding of Destiny's Child, she released her second solo album, B'Day, which contained hit singles "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar". Beyoncé also starred in multiple films such as The Pink Panther (2006), Dreamgirls (2006), Obsessed (2009), and The Lion King (2019). Her marriage to Jay-Z and her portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008) influenced her third album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), which earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010. It spawned the successful singles "If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", and "Halo".

After splitting from her manager and father Mathew Knowles in 2010, Beyoncé released her musically diverse fourth album 4 in 2011. She later achieved universal acclaim for her sonically experimental visual albums, Beyoncé (2013) and Lemonade (2016), the latter of which was the world's best-selling album of 2016 and the most acclaimed album of her career, exploring themes of infidelity and womanism. In 2018, she released Everything Is Love, a collaborative album with her husband, Jay-Z, as the Carters. As a featured artist, Beyoncé topped the Billboard Hot 100 with the remixes of "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran in 2017 and "Savage" by Megan Thee Stallion in 2020. The same year, she released the musical film and visual album Black Is King to widespread acclaim.

Beyoncé is one of the world's best-selling recording artists, having sold 118 million records worldwide. She is the first artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with their first six solo studio albums. Her success during the 2000s was recognized with the RIAA's Top Certified Artist of the Decade as well as Billboard's Top Female Artist of the Decade. Beyoncé's accolades include 28 Grammy Awards, 26 MTV Video Music Awards (including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 2014), 24 NAACP Image Awards, 31 BET Awards, and 17 Soul Train Music Awards; all of which are more than any other singer. In 2014, Billboard named her the highest-earning black musician of all time, while in 2020, she was included on Time's list of 100 women who defined the last century.

Life and career
Early life and career beginnings

Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981, in HoustonTexas, to Celestine "Tina" Knowles (née Beyonce), a hairdresser and salon owner, and Mathew Knowles, a Xerox sales manager. Beyoncé's name is a tribute to her mother's maiden name. Her younger sister Solange Knowles is also a singer and a former backup dancer for Destiny's Child. Solange and Beyoncé are the first sisters to have both had No. 1 albums. Mathew is African American, and Tina is Louisiana Creole. Through her mother, Beyoncé is a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard[14] and Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie de Saint-Castin. In 2018, Beyoncé researched her ancestry and discovered that she is descended from a slaveowner who married his slave.

Beyoncé was raised Catholic and attended St. Mary's Montessori School in Houston, where she enrolled in dance classes Her singing was discovered when dance instructor Darlette Johnson began humming a song and she finished it, able to hit the high-pitched notes. Beyoncé's interest in music and performing continued after winning a school talent show at age seven, singing John Lennon's "Imagine" to beat 15/16-year-olds. In the fall of 1990, Beyoncé enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston, where she would perform with the school's choir. She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later Alief Elsik High School. Beyoncé was also a member of the choir at St. John's United Methodist Church as a soloist for two years.

When Beyoncé was eight, she and childhood friend Kelly Rowland met LaTavia Roberson while at an audition for an all-girl entertainment group. They were placed into a group called Girl's Tyme with three other girls, and rapped and danced on the talent show circuit in Houston. After seeing the group, R&B producer Arne Frager brought them to his Northern California studio and placed them in Star Search, the largest talent show on national TV at the time. Girl's Tyme failed to win, and Beyoncé later said the song they performed was not good. In 1995, Beyoncé's father resigned from his job to manage the group. The move reduced Beyoncé's family's income by half, and her parents were forced to move into separated apartments. Mathew cut the original line-up to four and the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B girl groups. The girls auditioned before record labels and were finally signed to Elektra Records, moving to Atlanta Records briefly to work on their first recording, only to be cut by the company. This put further strain on the family, and Beyoncé's parents separated. On October 5, 1995, Dwayne Wiggins's Grass Roots Entertainment signed the group. In 1996, the girls began recording their debut album under an agreement with Sony Music, the Knowles family reunited, and shortly after, the group got a contract with Columbia Records.

1997–2002: Destiny's Child

Beyoncé (center) at the final line-up of Destiny's Child, performing during their 2005 Destiny Fulfilled... and Lovin' It concert tour

The group changed their name to Destiny's Child in 1996, based upon a passage in the Book of Isaiah. In 1997, Destiny's Child released their major label debut song "Killing Time" on the soundtrack to the 1997 film Men in Black. In November, the group released their debut single and first major hit, "No, No, No". They released their self-titled debut album in February 1998, which established the group as a viable act in the music industry, with moderate sales and winning the group three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year, Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, and Best R&B/Soul Single for "No, No, No". The group released their Multi-Platinum second album The Writing's on the Wall in 1999. The record features some of the group's most widely known songs such as "Bills, Bills, Bills", the group's first number-one single, "Jumpin' Jumpin'" and "Say My Name", which became their most successful song at the time, and would remain one of their signature songs. "Say My Name" won the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and the Best R&B Song at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. The Writing's on the Wall sold more than eight million copies worldwide. During this time, Beyoncé recorded a duet with Marc Nelson, an original member of Boyz II Men, on the song "After All Is Said and Done" for the soundtrack to the 1999 film, The Best Man.

LeToya Luckett and Roberson became unhappy with Mathew's managing of the band and eventually were replaced by Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams.Beyoncé experienced depression following the split with Luckett and Roberson after being publicly blamed by the media, critics, and blogs for its cause. Her long-standing boyfriend left her at this time.The depression was so severe it lasted for a couple of years, during which she occasionally kept herself in her bedroom for days and refused to eat anything.Beyoncé stated that she struggled to speak about her depression because Destiny's Child had just won their first Grammy Award, and she feared no one would take her seriously.Beyoncé would later speak of her mother as the person who helped her fight it. Franklin was then dismissed, leaving just Beyoncé, Rowland, and Williams.

The remaining band members recorded "Independent Women Part I", which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Charlie's Angels. It became their best-charting single, topping the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for eleven consecutive weeks. In early 2001, while Destiny's Child was completing their third album, Beyoncé landed a major role in the MTV made-for-television film, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, starring alongside American actor Mekhi Phifer. Set in Philadelphia, the film is a modern interpretation of the 19th-century opera Carmen by French composer Georges Bizet When the third album Survivor was released in May 2001, Luckett and Roberson filed a lawsuit claiming that the songs were aimed at them. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 663,000 copies sold. The album spawned other number-one hits, "Bootylicious" and the title track, "Survivor", the latter of which earned the group a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. After releasing their holiday album 8 Days of Christmas in October 2001, the group announced a hiatus to further pursue solo careers.

In July 2002, Beyoncé made her theatrical film debut, playing Foxxy Cleopatra alongside Mike Myers in the comedy film Austin Powers in Goldmember, which spent its first weekend atop the U.S. box office and grossed $73 million. Beyoncé released "Work It Out" as the lead single from its soundtrack album which entered the top ten in the UK, Norway, and Belgium. In 2003, Beyoncé starred opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr., in the musical comedy The Fighting Temptations as Lilly, a single mother with whom Gooding's character falls in love. The film received mixed reviews from critics but grossed $30 million in the U.S. Beyoncé released "Fighting Temptation" as the lead single from the film's soundtrack album, with Missy ElliottMC Lyte, and Free which was also used to promote the film. Another of Beyoncé's contributions to the soundtrack, "Summertime", fared better on the U.S. charts.
2003–2005: Dangerously in Love and Destiny Fulfilled
Beyoncé performing "Baby Boy", which spent nine consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart

Beyoncé's first solo recording was a feature on Jay-Z's song "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" that was released in October 2002, peaking at number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. On June 14, 2003, Beyoncé premiered songs from her first solo album Dangerously in Love during her first solo concert and the pay-per-view television special, "Ford Presents Beyoncé Knowles, Friends & Family, Live From Ford's 100th Anniversary Celebration in Dearborn, Michigan." The album was released on June 24, 2003, after Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland had released their solo efforts. The album sold 317,000 copies in its first week, debuted atop the Billboard 200, and has since sold 11 million copies worldwide. The album's lead single, "Crazy in Love", featuring Jay-Z, became Beyoncé's first number-one single as a solo artist in the US. The single "Baby Boy" also reached number one, and singles, "Me, Myself and I" and "Naughty Girl", both reached the top-five. The album earned Beyoncé a then record-tying five awards at the 46th Annual Grammy AwardsBest Contemporary R&B AlbumBest Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Dangerously in Love 2", Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Crazy in Love", and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "The Closer I Get to You" with Luther Vandross. During the ceremony, she performed with Prince.

In November 2003, she embarked on the Dangerously in Love Tour in Europe and later toured alongside Missy Elliott and Alicia Keys for the Verizon Ladies First Tour in North America. On February 1, 2004, Beyoncé performed the American national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII, at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. After the release of Dangerously in Love, Beyoncé had planned to produce a follow-up album using several of the left-over tracks. However, this was put on hold so she could concentrate on recording Destiny Fulfilled, the final studio album by Destiny's Child. Released on November 15, 2004, in the US and peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, Destiny Fulfilled included the singles "Lose My Breath" and "Soldier", which reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Destiny's Child embarked on a worldwide concert tour, Destiny Fulfilled... and Lovin' It sponsored by McDonald's Corporation, and performed hits such as "No, No, No", "Survivor", "Say My Name", "Independent Women" and "Lose My Breath". In addition to renditions of the group's recorded material, they also performed songs from each singer's solo careers, most notably numbers from Dangerously in Love. and during the last stop of their European tour, in Barcelona on June 11, 2005, Rowland announced that Destiny's Child would disband following the North American leg of the tour. The group released their first compilation album Number 1's on October 25, 2005, in the US and accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2006. The group has sold 60 million records worldwide.

2006–2007: B'Day and Dreamgirls

Beyoncé's second solo album B'Day was released on September 4, 2006, in the US, to coincide with her twenty-fifth birthday. It sold 541,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200, becoming Beyoncé's second consecutive number-one album in the United States. The album's lead single "Déjà Vu", featuring Jay-Z, reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The second international single "Irreplaceable" was a commercial success worldwide, reaching number one in Australia, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand and the United States. B'Day also produced three other singles; "Ring the Alarm", "Get Me Bodied", and "Green Light" (released in the United Kingdom only).
Beyoncé performing during The Beyoncé Experience tour in 2007

At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards (2007), B'Day was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including Best Contemporary R&B AlbumBest Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Ring the Alarm" and Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration"for "Déjà Vu"; the Freemasons club mix of "Déjà Vu" without the rap was put forward in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category. B'Day won the award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The following year, B'Day received two nominations – for Record of the Year for "Irreplaceable" and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Beautiful Liar" (with Shakira), also receiving a nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Pictures, Television or Other Visual Media for her appearance on Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture (2006).

Her first acting role of 2006 was in the comedy film The Pink Panther starring opposite Steve Martin, grossing $158.8 million at the box office worldwide. Her second film Dreamgirls, the film version of the 1981 Broadway musical loosely based on The Supremes, received acclaim from critics and grossed $154 million internationally. In it, she starred opposite Jennifer HudsonJamie Foxx, and Eddie Murphy playing a pop singer based on Diana Ross.To promote the film, Beyoncé released "Listen" as the lead single from the soundtrack album. In April 2007, Beyoncé embarked on The Beyoncé Experience, her first worldwide concert tour, visiting 97 venues and grossed over $24 million. Beyoncé conducted pre-concert food donation drives during six major stops in conjunction with her pastor at St. John's and America's Second Harvest. At the same time, B'Day was re-released with five additional songs, including her duet with Shakira "Beautiful Liar".

2008–2010: I Am... Sasha Fierce
Beyoncé performing during the I Am... World Tour.

I Am... Sasha Fierce was released on November 18, 2008, in the United States. The album formally introduces Beyoncé's alter ego Sasha Fierce, conceived during the making of her 2003 single "Crazy in Love". It was met with generally mediocre reviews from critics, but sold 482,000 copies in its first week, debuting atop the Billboard 200, and giving Beyoncé her third consecutive number-one album in the US. The album featured the number-one song "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and the top-five songs "If I Were a Boy" and "Halo".[ Achieving the accomplishment of becoming her longest-running Hot 100 single in her career, "Halo"'s success in the U.S. helped Beyoncé attain more top-ten singles on the list than any other woman during the 2000s. It also included the successful "Sweet Dreams", and singles "Diva", "Ego", "Broken-Hearted Girl" and "Video Phone". The music video for "Single Ladies" has been parodied and imitated around the world, spawning the "first major dance craze" of the Internet age according to the Toronto Star. The video has won several awards, including Best Video at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2009 Scottish MOBO Awards, and the 2009 BET Awards. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, the video was nominated for nine awards, ultimately winning three including Video of the Year. Its failure to win the Best Female Video category, which went to American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me", led to Kanye West interrupting the ceremony and Beyoncé improvising a re-presentation of Swift's award during her own acceptance speech. In March 2009, Beyoncé embarked on the I Am... World Tour, her second headlining worldwide concert tour, consisting of 108 shows, grossing $119.5 million.

Beyoncé further expanded her acting career, starring as blues singer Etta James in the 2008 musical biopic Cadillac Records. Her performance in the film received praise from critics, and she garnered several nominations for her portrayal of James, including a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Beyoncé donated her entire salary from the film to Phoenix House, an organization of rehabilitation centers for heroin addicts around the country. On January 20, 2009, Beyoncé performed James' "At Last" at First Couple Barack and Michelle Obama's first inaugural ball Beyoncé starred opposite Ali Larter and Idris Elba in the thriller, Obsessed. She played Sharon Charles, a mother and wife whose family is threatened by her husband's stalker. Although the film received negative reviews from critics, the movie did well at the U.S. box office, grossing $68 million – $60 million more than Cadillac Records – on a budget of $20 million. The fight scene finale between Sharon and the character played by Ali Larter also won the 2010 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.

At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Beyoncé received ten nominations, including Album of the Year for I Am... Sasha Fierce, Record of the Year for "Halo", and Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", among others. She tied with Lauryn Hill for most Grammy nominations in a single year by a female artist. Beyoncé went on to win six of those nominations, breaking a record she previously tied in 2004 for the most Grammy awards won in a single night by a female artist with six. In 2010, Beyoncé was featured on Lady Gaga's single "Telephone" and appeared in its music video. The song topped the U.S. Pop Songs chart, becoming the sixth number-one for both Beyoncé and Gaga, tying them with Mariah Carey for most number-ones since the Nielsen Top 40 airplay chart launched in 1992. "Telephone" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

Beyoncé announced a hiatus from her music career in January 2010, heeding her mother's advice, "to live life, to be inspired by things again". During the break she and her father parted ways as business partners. Beyoncé's musical break lasted nine months and saw her visit multiple European cities, the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian pyramids, Australia, English music festivals and various museums and ballet performances.

2011–2013: 4 and documentary film
Beyoncé's sound became mellower with 2011's 4 which focused on traditional R&B styles. She performed the album during her 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé concert residency in August 2011

On June 26, 2011, she became the first solo female artist to headline the main Pyramid stage at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival in over twenty years. Her fourth studio album 4 was released two days later in the US. 4 sold 310,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving Beyoncé her fourth consecutive number-one album in the US. The album was preceded by two of its singles "Run the World (Girls)" and "Best Thing I Never Had". The fourth single "Love on Top" spent seven consecutive weeks at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while peaking at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest peak from the album. 4 also produced four other singles; "Party", "Countdown", "I Care" and "End of Time". "Eat, Play, Love", a cover story written by Beyoncé for Essence that detailed her 2010 career break, won her a writing award from the New York Association of Black Journalists. In late 2011, she took the stage at New York's Roseland Ballroom for four nights of special performances: the 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé concerts saw the performance of her 4 album to a standing room only. On August 1, 2011, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having shipped 1 million copies to retail stores. By December 2015, it reached sales of 1.5 million copies in the US. The album reached one billion Spotify streams on February 5, 2018, making Beyoncé the first female artist to have three of their albums surpass one billion streams on the platform.

In June 2012, she performed for four nights at Revel Atlantic City's Ovation Hall to celebrate the resort's opening, her first performances since giving birth to her daughter.

2013–2015: Beyoncé
Beyoncé performing during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013. The tour is one of the highest grossing tours of the decade.

Beyoncé embarked on The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour on April 15 in BelgradeSerbia; the tour included 132 dates that ran through to March 2014. It became the most successful tour of her career and one of the most successful tours of all time. In May, Beyoncé's cover of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" with André 3000 on The Great Gatsby soundtrack was released. Beyoncé voiced Queen Tara in the 3D CGI animated film, Epic, released by 20th Century Fox on May 24, and recorded an original song for the film, "Rise Up", co-written with Sia.

On December 13, 2013, Beyoncé unexpectedly released her eponymous fifth studio album on the iTunes Store without any prior announcement or promotion. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number-one album in the US. This made her the first woman in the chart's history to have her first five studio albums debut at number one. Beyoncé received critical acclaim and commercial success, selling one million digital copies worldwide in six days; Musically an electro-R&B album, it concerns darker themes previously unexplored in her work, such as "bulimiapostnatal depression [and] the fears and insecurities of marriage and motherhood". The single "Drunk in Love", featuring Jay-Z, peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In April 2014, after much speculation, Beyoncé and Jay-Z officially announced their On the Run Tour. It served as the couple's first co-headlining stadium tour together. On August 24, 2014, she received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Beyoncé also won home three competitive awards: Best Video with a Social Message and Best Cinematography for "Pretty Hurts", as well as best collaboration for "Drunk in Love". In November, Forbes reported that Beyoncé was the top-earning woman in music for the second year in a row – earning $115 million in the year, more than double her earnings in 2013. Beyoncé was reissued with new material in three forms: as an extended play, a box set, as well as a full platinum edition. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), in the last 19 days of 2013, the album sold 2.3 million units worldwide, becoming the tenth best-selling album of 2013. The album also went on to become the twentieth best-selling album of 2014. As of November 2014, Beyoncé has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and has generated over 1 billion streams, as of March 2015.

At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2015, Beyoncé was nominated for six awards, ultimately winning three: Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for "Drunk in Love", and Best Surround Sound Album for Beyoncé. She was nominated for Album of the Year, but the award went to Beck for his album Morning Phase.

2016–2018: Lemonade and Everything Is Love
Beyoncé performing alongside Bruno Mars at Super Bowl 50 halftime show in February 2016

On February 6, 2016, Beyoncé released "Formation" and its accompanying music video exclusively on the music streaming platform Tidal; the song was made available to download for free. She performed "Formation" live for the first time during the NFL Super Bowl 50 halftime show. The appearance was considered controversial as it appeared to reference the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party and the NFL forbids political statements in its performances. Immediately following the performance, Beyoncé announced The Formation World Tour, which highlighted stops in both North America, and Europe. It ended on October 7, with Beyoncé bringing out her husband Jay-ZKendrick Lamar, and Serena Williams for the last show. The tour went on to win Tour of the Year at the 44th American Music Awards.

On April 16, 2016, Beyoncé released a teaser clip for a project called Lemonade. It turned out to be a one-hour film which aired on HBO exactly a week later; a corresponding album with the same title was released on the same day exclusively on Tidal. Lemonade debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, making Beyoncé the first act in Billboard history to have their first six studio albums debut atop the chart; she broke a record previously tied with DMX in 2013. With all 12 tracks of Lemonade debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Beyoncé also became the first female act to chart 12 or more songs at the same time. Additionally, Lemonade was streamed 115 million times through Tidal, setting a record for the most-streamed album in a single week by a female artist in history. It was 2016's third highest-selling album in the U.S. with 1.554 million copies sold in that time period within the country as well as the best-selling album worldwide with global sales of 2.5 million throughout the year. In June 2019, Lemonade was certified 3× Platinum, having sold up to 3 million album-equivalent units in the United States alone.
Beyoncé performing during The Formation World Tour in 2016. The tour grossed $256 million from 49 sold-out shows.

Lemonade became her most critically acclaimed work to date, receiving universal acclaim according to Metacritic, a website collecting reviews from professional music critics. Several music publications included the album among the best of 2016, including Rolling Stone, which listed Lemonade at number one. The album's visuals were nominated in 11 categories at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, the most ever received by Beyoncé in a single year, and went on to win 8 awards, including Video of the Year for "Formation". The eight wins made Beyoncé the most-awarded artist in the history of the VMAs (24), surpassing Madonna (20). Beyoncé occupied the sixth place for Time magazine's 2016 Person of the Year.

In January 2017, it was announced that Beyoncé would headline the Coachella Music and Arts Festival. This would make Beyoncé only the second female headliner of the festival since it was founded in 1999. It was later announced on February 23, 2017, that Beyoncé would no longer be able to perform at the festival due to doctor's concerns regarding her pregnancy. The festival owners announced that she will instead headline the 2018 festival. Upon the announcement of Beyoncé's departure from the festival lineup, ticket prices dropped by 12%. At the 59th Grammy Awards in February 2017, Lemonade led the nominations with nine, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year for Lemonade and "Formation" respectively. and ultimately won two, Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade and Best Music Video for "Formation". Adele, upon winning her Grammy for Album of the Year, stated Lemonade was monumental and more deserving.

In September 2017, Beyoncé collaborated with J Balvin and Willy William, to release a remix of the song "Mi Gente". Beyoncé donated all proceeds from the song to hurricane charities for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean Islands. On November 10, Eminem released "Walk on Water" featuring Beyoncé as the lead single from his album Revival. On November 30, Ed Sheeran announced that Beyoncé would feature on the remix to his song "Perfect". "Perfect Duet" was released on December 1, 2017. The song reached number-one in the United States, becoming Beyoncé's sixth song of her solo career to do so.

On January 4, 2018, the music video of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 4:44 collaboration, "Family Feud" was released. It was directed by Ava DuVernay. On March 1, 2018, DJ Khaled released "Top Off" as the first single from his forthcoming album Father of Asahd featuring Beyoncé, husband Jay-Z, and Future. On March 5, 2018, a joint tour with Knowles's husband Jay-Z, was leaked on Facebook. Information about the tour was later taken down. The couple announced the joint tour officially as On the Run II Tour on March 12 and simultaneously released a trailer for the tour on YouTube. On March 20, 2018, the couple traveled to Jamaica to film a music video directed by Melina Matsoukas.

On April 14, 2018, Beyoncé played the first of two weekends as the headlining act of the Coachella Music Festival. Her performance of April 14, attended by 125,000 festival-goers, was immediately praised, with multiple media outlets describing it as historic. The performance became the most-tweeted-about performance of weekend one, as well as the most-watched live Coachella performance and the most-watched live performance on YouTube of all time. The show paid tribute to black culture, specifically historically black colleges and universities and featured a live band with over 100 dancers. Destiny's Child also reunited during the show.

On June 6, 2018, Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z kicked-off the On the Run II Tour in Cardiff, United Kingdom. Ten days later, at their final London performance, the pair unveiled Everything Is Love, their joint studio album, credited under the name The Carters, and initially available exclusively on Tidal. The pair also released the video for the album's lead single, "Apeshit", on Beyoncé's official YouTube channel. Everything Is Love received generally positive reviews, and debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, with 123,000 album-equivalent units, of which 70,000 were pure album sales. On December 2, 2018, Beyoncé alongside Jay-Z headlined the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 which was held at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their 2-hour performance had concepts similar to the On the Run II Tour and Beyoncé was praised for her outfits, which paid tribute to Africa's diversity.

2019–present: Homecoming, The Lion King and Black Is King

Homecoming, a documentary and concert film focusing on Beyoncé's historic 2018 Coachella performances, was released by Netflix on April 17, 2019. The film was accompanied by the surprise live album Homecoming: The Live Album. It was later reported that Beyoncé and Netflix had signed a $60 million deal to produce three different projects, one of which is Homecoming. Homecoming received six nominations at the 71st Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Beyoncé starred as the voice of Nala in the remake The Lion King, which was released on July 19, 2019. Beyoncé is featured on the film's soundtrack, released on July 11, 2019, with a remake of the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" alongside Donald GloverBilly Eichner and Seth Rogen, which was originally composed by Elton John. Additionally, an original song from the film by Beyoncé, "Spirit", was released as the lead single from both the soundtrack and The Lion King: The Gift – a companion album released alongside the film, produced and curated by Beyoncé. Beyoncé called The Lion King: The Gift a "sonic cinema." She also stated that the album is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat. The songs were additionally produced by African producers, which Beyoncé said was because "authenticity and heart were important to [her]," since the film is set in Africa. In September of the same year, a documentary chronicling the development, production and early music video filming of The Lion King: The Gift entitled "Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift" was aired on ABC.

Beyoncé wrote and recorded a song titled “Be Alive” for the biographical drama film King Richard.

Voice and musical style

With "Single Ladies", clearly I'd just gotten married, and people want to get married every day – then there was the whole Justin Timberlake thing [recreating the video] on Saturday Night Live, and it was also the year YouTube blew up. With "Irreplaceable", the aggressive lyrics, the acoustic guitar, and the 808 drum machine – those things don't typically go together, and it sounded fresh. "Crazy in Love" was another one of those classic moments in pop culture that none of us expected. I asked Jay to get on the song the night before I had to turn my album in – thank God he did. It still never gets old, no matter how many times I sing it.


Jody Rosen highlights her tone and timbre as particularly distinctive, describing her voice as "one of the most compelling instruments in popular music". Her vocal abilities mean she is identified as the centerpiece of Destiny's Child. Jon Pareles of The New York Times commented that her voice is "velvety yet tart, with an insistent flutter and reserves of soul belting". Rosen notes that the hip hop era highly influenced Beyoncé's unique rhythmic vocal style, but also finds her quite traditionalist in her use of balladry, gospel and falsetto. Other critics praise her range and power, with Chris Richards of The Washington Post saying she was "capable of punctuating any beat with goose-bump-inducing whispers or full-bore diva-roars."


Beyoncé has received co-writing credits for most of her songs and has had no sole writing credit. In regards to the way she approaches collaborative songwriting, Beyoncé explained: "I love being around great writers because I'm finding that a lot of the things I want to say, I don't articulate as good as maybe Amanda Ghost, so I want to keep collaborating with writers, and I love classics and I want to make sure years from now the song is still something that’s relevant." Her early songs with Destiny's Child were personally driven and female-empowerment themed compositions like "Independent Women" and "Survivor", but after the start of her relationship with Jay-Z, she transitioned to more man-tending anthems such as "Cater 2 U".

In 2001, she became the first Black woman and second female lyricist to win the Pop Songwriter of the Year award at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Beyoncé was the third woman to have writing credits on three number-one songs ("Irreplaceable", "Grillz" and "Check on It") in the same year, after Carole King in 1971 and Mariah Carey in 1991. She is tied with American lyricist Diane Warren at third with nine songwriting credits on number-one singles. (The latter wrote her 9/11-motivated song "I Was Here" for 4.) In May 2011, Billboard magazine listed Beyoncé at number 17 on their list of the Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters for having co-written eight singles that hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She was one of only three women on that list, along with Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift.

Beyoncé has long received criticism, including from journalists and musicians, for the extensive writing credits on her songs. The controversy surrounding her songwriting credits began with interviews in which she attributed herself as the songwriter for songs in which she was a co-writer or for which her contributions were marginal. In a cover story for Vanity Fair in 2005, she claimed to have "written" several number-one songs for Destiny's Child, contrary to the credits, which list her as a co-writer among others. In a 2007 interview with Barbara Walters, she claimed to have conceived the musical idea for the Destiny's Child hit "Bootylicious", which provoked the song's producer Rob Fusari to call her father and then-manager Mathew Knowles in protest over the claim. As Fusari tells Billboard, "[Knowles] explained to me, in a nice way, he said, 'People don't want to hear about Rob Fusari, producer from Livingston, N.J. No offense, but that's not what sells records. What sells records is people believing that the artist is everything.'" However, in an interview for Entertainment Weekly in 2016, Fusari said Beyoncé "had the 'Bootylicious' concept in her head. That was totally her. She knew what she wanted to say. It was very urban pop angle that they were taking on the record."

In 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ruled out Beyoncé as a songwriter on "Listen" (from Dreamgirls) for its Oscar nomination in the Best Original Song category. Responding to a then-new three-writer limit, the Academy deemed her contribution the least significant for inclusion. In 2009, Ryan Tedder's original demo for "Halo" leaked on the Internet, revealing an identical resemblance to Beyoncé's recording, for which she received a writing credit. When interviewed by The Guardian, Tedder explained that Beyoncé had edited the bridge of the song vocally and thus earned the credit, although he vaguely questioned the ethics of her possible "demand" for a writing credit in other instances. Tedder elaborated when speaking to Gigwise that "She does stuff on any given song that, when you go from the demo to the final version, takes it to another level that you never would have thought of as the writer. For instance, on 'Halo,' that bridge on her version is completely different to my original one. Basically, she came in, ditched that, edited it, did her vocal thing on it, and now it's become one of my favorite parts of the song. The whole melody, she wrote it spontaneously in the studio. So her credit on that song stems from that." In 2014, the popular industry songwriter Linda Perry responded to a question about Beyoncé receiving a co-writing credit for changing one lyric to a song: "Well haha um that's not songwriting but some of these artists believe if it wasn't for them your song would never get out there so they take a cut just because they are who they are. But everyone knows the real truth about Beyoncé. She is talented but in a completely different way." Perry's remarks were echoed by Frank Ocean, who acknowledged the trend of recording artists forcing writing credits while jokingly suggesting Beyoncé had an exceptional status.

Reflecting on the controversy, Sunday Independent columnist Alexis Kritselis wrote in 2014, "It seems as though our love for all things Beyoncé has blinded us to the very real claims of theft and plagiarism that have plagued her career for years", and that, "because of her power and influence in the music industry, it may be hard for some songwriters to 'just say no' to Beyoncé." While reporting on her controversial writing record, pop culture critics such as Roger Friedman and The Daily Beast's Kevin Fallon said the trend has redefined popular conceptions of songwriting, with Fallon saying, "the village of authors and composers that populate Lemonade, [Kanye West']s Life of Pablo, [Rihanna's] Anti, or [Drake's] Views – all of which are still reflective of an artist's voice and vision ... speaks to the truth of the way the industry's top artists create their music today: by committee." James S. Murphy of Vanity Fair suggests Beyoncé is among the major artists like Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday who are "celebrated [not] because [they] write such good parts, but because [they] create them out of the words that are given".

Meanwhile, Everything Is Love producers Cool & Dre stated that Beyoncé is "100 percent involved" in writing her own songs, with Dre saying that "She put her mind to the music and did her thing. If she had a melody idea, she came up with the words. If we had the words, she came up with the melody. She's a beast," when speaking on the writing process of Everything Is Love. Ne-Yo, when asked about his collaborative writing experience with Beyoncé on "Irreplaceable," said that they both wrote "two damn totally different songs [...] So, yeah, I gave her writer's credit. Because that counts. That's writing... She put her spin on it." As for Drake: "'Pound Cake' happened while I was writing for Beyoncé or working with Beyoncé, not writing for, working with. I hate saying writing for 'cause she's a phenomenal writer. She has bars on bars." The-Dream revealed: "We did a whole Fela album that didn't go up. It was right before we did 4. We did a whole different sounding thing, about twenty songs. She said she wanted to do something that sounds like Fela. That's why there's so much of that sound in the 'End of Time.' There's always multiple albums being made. Most of the time we're just being creative, period. We're talking about B, somebody who sings all day long and somebody who writes all day long. There's probably a hundred records just sitting around."

Beyoncé's major influences include Michael Jackson (left) and Tina Turner (right).

Beyoncé names Michael Jackson as her major musical influence. Aged five, Beyoncé attended her first ever concert where Jackson performed and she claims to have realized her purpose. When she presented him with a tribute award at the World Music Awards in 2006, Beyoncé said, "if it wasn't for Michael Jackson, I would never ever have performed." Beyoncé was heavily influenced by Tina Turner, who she said "Tina Turner is someone that I admire, because she made her strength feminine and sexy". She admires Diana Ross as an "all-around entertainer", and Whitney Houston, who she said "inspired me to get up there and do what she did." Beyoncé cited Madonna as an influence "not only for her musical style, but also for her business sense", saying that she wanted to "follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire." She also credits Mariah Carey's singing and her song "Vision of Love" as influencing her to begin practicing vocal runs as a child. Her other musical influences include PrinceShakiraLauryn HillSade AduDonna Summer,[266] Mary J. BligeAnita Baker, and Toni Braxton.

The feminism and female empowerment themes on Beyoncé's second solo album B'Day were inspired by her role in Dreamgirls and by singer Josephine Baker. Beyoncé paid homage to Baker by performing "Déjà Vu" at the 2006 Fashion Rocks concert wearing Baker's trademark mini-hula skirt embellished with fake bananas. Beyoncé's third solo album, I Am... Sasha Fierce, was inspired by Jay-Z and especially by Etta James, whose "boldness" inspired Beyoncé to explore other musical genres and styles. Her fourth solo album, 4, was inspired by Fela Kuti, 1990s R&BEarth, Wind & FireDeBargeLionel RichieTeena MarieThe Jackson 5New EditionAdeleFlorence and the Machine, and Prince.

Beyoncé has stated that she is personally inspired by Michelle Obama (the 44th First Lady of the United States), saying "she proves you can do it all," and has described Oprah Winfrey as "the definition of inspiration and a strong woman." She has also discussed how Jay-Z is a continuing inspiration to her, both with what she describes as his lyrical genius and in the obstacles he has overcome in his life. Beyoncé has expressed admiration for the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, posting in a letter "what I find in the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, I search for in every day in music ... he is lyrical and raw". Beyoncé also cited Cher as a fashion inspiration.

Music videos and stage
Beyoncé performing during the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards

In 2006, Beyoncé introduced her all-female tour band Suga Mama (also the name of a song on B'Day) which includes bassists, drummers, guitarists, horn players, keyboardists and percussionists. Her background singers, The Mamas, consist of Montina Cooper-Donnell, Crystal Collins and Tiffany Moniqué Riddick. They made their debut appearance at the 2006 BET Awards and re-appeared in the music videos for "Irreplaceable" and "Green Light".[ The band have supported Beyoncé in most subsequent live performances, including her 2007 concert tour The Beyoncé Experience, I Am... World Tour (2009–2010), The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013–2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016).

Beyoncé has received praise for her stage presence and voice during live performances. Jarett Wieselman of the New York Post placed her at number one on her list of the Five Best Singer/Dancers. According to Barbara Ellen of The Guardian Beyoncé is the most in-charge female artist she's seen onstage, while Alice Jones of The Independent wrote she "takes her role as entertainer so seriously she's almost too good." The ex-President of Def Jam L.A. Reid has described Beyoncé as the greatest entertainer alive. Jim Farber of the Daily News and Stephanie Classen of The StarPhoenix both praised her strong voice and her stage presence. Beyoncé's stage outfits have been met with criticism from many countries, such as Malaysia, where she has postponed or cancelled performances due to the country's strict laws banning revealing costumes.

Beyoncé has worked with numerous directors for her music videos throughout her career, including Melina MatsoukasJonas Åkerlund, and Jake NavaBill Condon, director of Beauty and the Beast, stated that the Lemonade visuals in particular served as inspiration for his film, commenting, "You look at Beyoncé's brilliant movie Lemonade, this genre is taking on so many different forms ... I do think that this very old-school break-out-into-song traditional musical is something that people understand again and really want."

Alter ego

Described as being "sexy, seductive and provocative" when performing on stage, Beyoncé has said that she originally created the alter ego "Sasha Fierce" to keep that stage persona separate from who she really is. She described Sasha as being "too aggressive, too strong, too sassy [and] too sexy", stating, "I'm not like her in real life at all." Sasha was conceived during the making of "Crazy in Love", and Beyoncé introduced her with the release of her 2008 album, I Am... Sasha Fierce. In February 2010, she announced in an interview with Allure magazine that she was comfortable enough with herself to no longer need Sasha Fierce. However, Beyoncé announced in May 2012 that she would bring her back for her Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live shows later that month.

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