Amna Ilyas was born on October 1991 in Karachi, Pakistan. Unlike many women belonging to her nationality, Amna pursues a career in modelling and acting, which is very different from the societal norms subjected on women folks. Despite the massive pressure that she faced to commit herself to a low-profile life, Amna gained a lot of recognition from around the world and was subjected to a lot of controversies in her own country after she won multiple ‘Lux Style Awards’ for modelling.

Amna started her career in acting in the year 2013 by acting in a film titled- ‘Zinda Bhaag’ in which she bagged the ‘ARY Award for best actress’ for her performance as the lead character in the movie, opposite to none other than the famous Naseeruddin Shah. ‘Zinda Bhaag’ is a story of a couple of Pakistani youth, who struggle to escape the harsh reality to which they are confined. The film was screened in the foreign film category in various International Film Festivals, and it was also a massive success in Pakistan, both critically and also commercially. Amna later makes an appearance in a 2015 movie- ‘Good Morning Karachi’, which was also a huge success.

She proves how bold she really is by appearing in a sensual song in the film ‘Dekh Magar Pyar Se’, Her performance not only gave life to the sequence, but it also proved to a chauvinistic society that it is not always possible to chain one’s freedom. Amna has signed a lot of contracts since 2015, and few movies are in production while certain others are waiting to be released in theaters. Her most awaited work is ’Driven’, which is an action-packed crime thriller-another bold move on her behalf.

Apart from films, Amna has also appeared in four Television series since 2014, which harnessed a lot of viewers.

Amita Khopkar Hindi Actress

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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Anangsha Biswas

Anangsha Biswas is a Bengali actress, popularly known for her role in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana (2012). Originally from Kolkata, she completed her schooling in Pratt Memorial School and then graduated from Bhawanipur College. She first came to Mumbai, after winning the Kolkata round of a reality acting talent hunt show. Unfortunately, she was eliminated and had to return. Eventually, she fought her struggles and went to Mumbai again, this time to pursue theatre. Her first breakthrough was in a play named Special Bond, directed by Sameer Sharma. Following her debut, she hasn’t looked back and has kept working her way through theatres and movies. A 2007 Bollywood film Khoya Khoya Chand and the 2010 Bollywood satirical comedy film Benny and Babloo, gave Anangsha a chance to test the waters in Bollywood and to start her journey as a Bollywood actress. Though her roles were small, she did full justice to the characters and gave her hundred percent in the short performances. She also was selected in a supporting role for the Chandrakant Singh’s 2011 Bollywood flick Be-Careful. Anangsha played a very simple, subtle, de-glam character of a Bengali war-widow Shama Chatterjee in 2011 Indian Comedy movie Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. The film was directed by Sameer Sharma and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, Anurag Kashyap and Ronnie Screwvala. Anangsha’s performance in the picture stood out despite the other spectacular performances given by some known names of the industry like Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi. Famous and acclaimed Bollywood producer Anurag Kashyap explicitly praised her performance in the movie. A German play in Jaipur will see her presence as the protagonist. The play will be directed by an experienced veteran theatre personality Archana Srivastava, who is also the chief of RU's drama department. Apart from the play, she is also preparing for her role in Prakash Jha’s Fraud Saiyyan. Furthermore, she’ll also be a part of Hema Malini and Babul Supriyo’s duet song – Dream Girl’s video. She aspires to be a perfect blend of Madhubala and Smita Patel and set her mark both in Bollywood and Bengali Film Industry.  

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Anangsha Biswas Hindi Actress