The elegant Dia mirza

Dia Mirza is an accomplished Indian model and also a celebrated actress of Bollywood. Dia was the second runner up in the Miss India 2000 beauty contest and was also crowned the Miss Asia Pacific for the same year in Manila. Born on 9th December, 1981in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, Dia attended Vidyaranya High School For Boys And Girls, a school based on the teachings of Krishnamurti, and later Naes School in Kushnuma. This 5’ 6” tall beauty made her debut in the film ‘Rehna Hai Terea Dil Mein’ opposite R. Madhvan which got her career rolling although the film did not prove to be a big hit. RHTDM was an important step in the career of Dia Mirza as this is how she began her days in Bollywood.

Dia Mirza has worked as a marketing executive at Sriven Multi-tech in Hyderabad. Life changed for the better for Dia after she won the title of Miss Asia Pacific. Dia prefers eating chocolates and her favorite dishes include Italian Pasta and Hyderabadi Biriyani. Dia can speak Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, English and Telugu proficiently. In the Miss India, where she was a runner up, she had also won the Miss Beautiful Smile title. Dia Mirza is the second Indian contestant to be crowned Miss Asia Pacific, and has remained the first in twenty-nine years. She has always been independent and is a fitness freak. Dia, a close friend of Sonu Nigam had also appeared in a music video of for this renowned singer. The other films where she has appeared are ‘Dus’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘Tumsa Nahin Dekha’ , ‘Parineeta’ and many more.

Amisha Patel

Beautiful, attractive, a first film wonder , Who is she? She is none other than Amisha Patel. She is the grand daughter of Indian freedom fighter, lawyer and former justice Rajni Patel. She has obtained a degree in Economics from Tufts University , USA and also won a gold medal in Economics paper at her university. Inspite of hailing from an illustrious lineage and having a strong educational background Amisha chose stardom over academics.

This petite and beautiful girl got her first break in Rakesh Roshans “Kaho na pyaar hain” and she became a star overnight. Her other big hits are Gaddar and Bhool Bhulaiya. Although she delivered some subsequent hits but the magical spell on the audience seems to be lost after her first movie. Of late her personal life has attracted more attention than her movies in the box office. It is marred with misunderstandings following a tiff with her family. She is currently dating director Vikram Bhatt who is twice her age. She hits the headlines and the fashion magazines for all the wrong reasons. She recently topped one of the fashion magazines chart as the most badly dressed Indian actress .
An industry, which is ruled, by glamorous looking queens and potentially talented actors she certainly needs to create her own style. Otherwise she will be lost in this world of showbiz and stardom. Probably the academic gown may look better on her rather than the tinsel makeup of BOLLYWOOD.

Sunny Deol

The second-generation acting in the Deol family began with the debut of Sunny Deol. Sunny Deol is the son of the veteran actor of yesteryear Dharmendra. Sunny was born on October 19 in 1959 in New Delhi in India is a descendent of Punjab. He has a younger brother Bobby Deol who is also an actor of Bollywood and his cousin Abbay Deol has recently been into films. His debut movie was ‘Betaab’ which was released in 1983. The movie was a blockbuster and he was paired opposite Amrita Singh.

Sunny has always wanted to be an actor from his childhood and he went to England to join the Old Web Theatre in Birmingham for studying theatre and acting. His peak of his career was in the years 1983,1991, 1994 and 1998. The character of Arjun in the film with the same name established the action hero in Indian cinema. His portrayal of a jobless young man who is forced by situations to be gangster was very much appreciated. The breakthrough performance of Sunny Deol came in the film ‘Ghayal : The Wounded’ which was released in the year 1990. The film was directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi and won him his first ‘National Film Award’. His second ‘National Film Award’ in the best supporting actor category came for the film ‘Damini-Lightning’. Here he played the role of a lawyer. His other noted films are ‘Border’ , ‘Imtihaan’, ‘Tridev’, ‘Gadar- Ek Prem Katha’ and more. He has directed ‘Dillagi’ where both the Deol brothers have acted.

Sameera Reddy

The youngest of the three Reddy sisters, the other two being famous models namely Meghna Reddy and Sushma Reddy, Sameera Reddy is a Bollywood actress who has already made a mark in Indian cinema. Sameera Reddy was born on 8th September in the year 1982 and has graduated from the Sydenham College. This actress of the Indian film industry is a trained dancer. She began her career with a music video; she starred in Pankaj Udhas’s famous music video ‘Ahista’. Before joining films, Sameera who is popularly known as Sam has followed her elder sisters’ footstep; she has done some modeling campaigns. This shy and moody actor prefers eating in small restaurant to five-star hotels.

Sameera Reddy made her debut in film with Sohail Khan, the younger brother of popular actor Salman Khan in the movie ‘Maine Dil Tujhko Diya’. In this movie she was given the role of a shy girl of college falling in love with her fellow students. Though the film did not fare well at the box office, it opened the door for many offers for Sameera. By far she has appeared in some eighteen films which include three Telegu films which are ‘Jai Chiranjeevi’ , ‘Narasimhudu’ and ‘Ashok’. Sameera got noticed in the film ‘Musafir’ where her item number was very much appreciated and everyone got to know her trained dancing skills. In ‘Musafir’ she starred opposite Anil Kapoor. Her recent release was ‘Race’ which has proved to be a hit in the box office. Sameera Reddy has also done a Bengali movie named ‘Kalpurush’ directed by Buddhadev Dasgupta with Rahul Bose.

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi, a name, known to all, is one of the talented actresses of the Indian film industry. She can be regarded as one of the leading ladies of parallel or art films. Shabana was born on 18th September in the year 1950, she is the daughter of Kaifi Azmi who was famous Urdu poet and writer and noted stage actress Shaukat Azmi. Shabana is both an Indian actress and a social activist, who has acted in different genres of films. Most of her performances are appreciated and she has been felicitated with numerous awards. Having graduated in Psychology from St’ Xavier’s College, she joined an acting course at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, she even topped her batch in 1972. Shabana is one the few actresses to have won a National Film Award for best actress for the debut film. Shabana’s debut film was Shyam Benegal’s ‘Ankur’, which was released in 1972.

Shabana has received National Film Award for three consecutive awards, which is an achievement in itself. The films for which she won are ‘Arth’, ‘Khandhar’ and ‘Paar’. She has won five National Film Awards in the best actress category. ‘Godmother’ is the last one till now in her list of five. Her other memorable performances include in the movies like Shyam Benegal’s ‘Nishant’, ‘Junoon’ , ‘Susman’ , ‘Antarnaad’, Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’ , ‘Genesis’ , ‘Ek Din Achanak’ directed by Mrinal Sen, ‘Disha’ and ‘Sparsh’ by Sai Paranjpye , Aparna Sen’s ‘Sati’ , ‘Picnic’ ,Gautam Ghose’s ‘Paar’ , ‘Madame Sousatzka’ of John Schlesinger, Roland Joffe’s ‘City of Joy’ and Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Arth’. Shabana has also appeared in many commercial films and is a active social activist.

Kirron Kher

Kirron Kher, who is the wife of noted actor Anupam Kher is an Indian actress and also a television host. She was born on June 14 and hails from Chandigarh, India. Of late she has chaged her name from ‘Kiron’ to ‘Kirron’ because of her belief in numerology. Kirron has been the host of three television programs namely ‘Purushkshetra’, ‘Kiron Kher Today’ and ‘Jagte Raho with Kiron Kher’. She hosted these programs before joining films. This talented actress made her debut in the year 1983 in a film named ‘Aasra Pyar Da’ which is a Punjabi film. Her performance in the film was widely appreciated. She worked as a costume designer in the blockbuster movie ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’. It was Kirron who also suggested for the title of the film. Kirron has received the ‘Bronze Leopard’ at the Locanro International Film Festival 2003’ for her outstanding performance in ‘Khamosh Pani: Silent Waters’.

Though she debuted in 1983, she did not act in films from 1988 to 1996. Along with her actor husband Anupam Kher, Kirron has appeared in the American television series ‘ER’, where she played Parminder Nagra’s mother. Kirron is mostly seen playing supporting roles and her portrayal of those roles are mostly successful. Her noted performance includes in the films like ‘Devdas’ in 2002, ‘Main Hoon Na’ in 2004, ‘Hum Tum’ in 2004. Kirron’s acting in ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ received accolades. She has received National Film Award in the best actress category for the film ‘Bariwali’.

Govinda

Govind Arun Ahuja or Govinda is an award-winning actor of the Indian film industry. Besides being an actor, Goinda is also a Member of Parliament of the Mumbai North Constituency of Maharastra in India. Govind has done as many as one-twenty films in Bollywood. Govinda was born on 21st December in the year 1963 and his first film was ‘Ilzaam’ which came in 1986 and was box office hit. Govinda is a much known dancer. Govinda claimed to fame with his films like ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’, ‘Aankhen’, ‘Coolie No. 1’, ‘Haseena Maan Jaayegi’ and many more. He is very popular for his dancing skills and his comic timing. Govinda is a commerce graduate from the Annasaheb Vartak College in Vasai, Maharashtra. Under David Dhawan’s direction, Govinda has done seventeen movies.

Govinda has given his audiences many fun filled hit films. The list of his successful comedy films is endless. He has shared his screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in the 1997 hit ‘Bade Miyaan, Chote Miyaan’. In the film ‘Shikhar’ where Govinda played the role of a negative character won him many accolades. After joining politics, Govinda had taken a break from films, but he had made his comeback with the comedy film ‘Bhagam Bhag’ directed by Priyadarshan. The film was hit of 2006. Govinda’s performance in the movie ‘Salaam-e-Isqh, A Tribute to Love’ was well appreciated, though it was a box office failure. His second release for 2007 was ‘Parnter’ directed by David Bhawan was huge hit of the year.