Alka Pradhan is an Indian film and television actress, who mainly works in the Bollywood industry. She appeared in films like Khoya Khoya Chand (2007), Kurbaan (2009), and My Name is Khan (2010). Alka also acted on the small screen and had played as Mahi’s (played by Pushtiie Shakti) grandmother on Sony TV’s romantic comedy series, Mahi Way. In 2010, it was announced that she will also play the role of Karan’s (played by Hiten Tejwani) grandmother on Imagine TV’s romantic drama soap, Kitani Mohabbat Hai.

Sushmita Sen Hindi Actress

Sushmita Sen

“What is the essence of being a woman?” her winning question in 1994 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant held in Manila, Philippines. She shattered the viewer and judges when she delivered her answer outstandingly.Born Sushmita Sen in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India on November 19, 1975. A crowned Miss Universe, model and actress. She was the first Indian to bring home the title Miss Universe. She successfully reigned not just as a beauty title holder but also in Bollywood. She first appeared in the movie “Dastak” in 1996. This was then followed in 1997 with the movies “Zor’ and “Ratchagan.” Her movie offers continued to roll and made her first film awards as “Best Supporting Actress” for the movie “Biwi No.1” from IIFA Awards, Star Screen, Zee Cine and Filmfare Awards. She receive the “Rajiv Gandhi Award” in 2006 and ‘Mother Teresa Awards” in 2013. She also appeared in more movies like the revived “Sirf Tum”, the blockbuster “Hindustan Ki Kasam” and “Mudhalvan” in 1999, “Aaghaaz” and “Fiza” in 2000, the counterpart of “Liar, Liar” of Hollywood - “Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta”, the movie remake “Nayak: The Real Hero” and “Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai” 2001 and more followed. She’s also part of the film “Happy Anniversary” and “Nirbaak” in 2014 and her latest movie “Jodi emon hoto.” She’s indeed the most glamorous star and winner in that beauty pageant. And it is indeed that it is not difficult for her to explain her essence of being a women, since in her introduction at Miss Universe I quote “I am from India, where love is the essence of life.” She also posted for different lines of cosmetics and dress and also busy nurturing her children.

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Amita Khopkar

Unlike other regions, (except perhaps Bengal), theatre has always had a strong presence in the Marathi cultural ethos, and over the years has produced several fine actors and actresses who have not only graced the Marathi film and TV scene, but have made their presence felt through brilliant performances in the national arena through the medium of Hindi films and TV serials. Continuing in the same tradition, comes the name of Amita Khopkar, already a veteran of several Marathi, films, serials as well as stage performances, now making her presence felt in Hindi movies and soap also. Like many other artists, she also changed her actual title “Kopkar” to a more assertive sounding “Khopkar” for her screen name. Whether this changed her fate or not, may not be assessable, but the fact remains that today she is one of the well known character artistes in Marathi cinema, known for playing roles of vastly differing complexities and backgrounds. The physical proximity of Bollywood from the Marathi cinema, with many common background names, and her known prominence in Marathi cinema perhaps made it possible for her to join the mainstream of Indian cinema, and with it Hindi television too. True to her potential, in all her Hindi appearances be it for television or for films, she has always portrayed totally different characters – right from the conservative Muslim lady Bano of “Gadar” to the blunt and daring Jwala Devi of “Sasural Simar Ka” and now to the role of a typical doting mother in “Tu Mera Hero”. Born in February 1970, she had started off at the relatively younger age of 17 through the medium of theatre, her first love. Midway through her career in Marathi cinema, in 2001, she got her first break in Hindi films, with a short but memorable role in “Gadar Ek Prem Kahani”. Thereafter, her appearances in Hindi have been mainly in serials, perhaps betraying her weakness and preference for Marathi films and stage. But the fact that she is just 45 now, means that she still has quite some years of acting left in her, and the very same reasons that propelled her into Hindi movies may once again make Bollywood draw upon her acting skills, the same way it has happened for Hindi serials, especially the development of her role of Jwala in “Sasural Simar Ka”.

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