Himani Shivpuri is an Indian actress, born on October 24, 1960 and bought up in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. She was known for doing supporting roles in Hindi television series and also in Bollywood films. She was the daughter of Hindi teacher, Haridutt Bhatt. He used to teach at The Doon School in Dehradun where Himani studied. During her school days, she usually used to attend school plays and when she was in her Organic Chemistry post graduation, her passion in acting was developed and she started to perform in school plays while studying. Later on, she joined the National School of Drama in
New Delhi and finished her studies in 1984.
Their village is located in Battwadi, District Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand. Himani was married to actor, Gyan Shivpuri who passed away in year 1995. Before moving to Mumbai, Himani worked in the NSD Repertory Company when she graduated in the National School of Drama.
Her debut film is Ab Ayega Mazaa in 1984, followed by Pradip Krishen’s In Which Annie Givesit Those Ones in 1989 along with Shahrukh Khan. She then performed in several art films like the 1992 Hindi film, Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda under the direction of
Shyam Benegal where she appeared as Roma Chachi and in the film, Mammo under the same director in 1994. She was also featured as Razia in the Indian musical romantic film, Hum Aapke Hain Koun released in 1994.
Besides films, she also did television serials and debuted in DD National’s Humrahi under the direction of Kunwar Sinha. She got her fame for appearing as Devki Bhojai which was appreciated extensively by the audiences. After that, she turned out to be a regular star on the television. She was starred on Zee TV’s Hasratein in 1995. She played the role of a discontented wife who was forced to get married to a man with twice her age and searching for extramarital affairs to satisfy her needs. She was also featured in
Kasautii Zindagii Kay on STAR Plus, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on the same network where she played the role of Raksha, Chandni on Zee TV’s
Dollar Bahu, Josh on STAR Plus, Ek Ladki Anjaani Si and in Hindi serials
Ghar Ek Sapnaa on Sahara One and
India Calling on STAR One. She also did Baat Hamarri Paki on Sony Entertainment TV Asia.
Himani used to work as a character actor, but she also did some unforgettable roles in films like the 1997 action thriller film, Koyla where she appeared as Chandabai In the same year, she appeared in Bollywood’s musical drama film Pardes as Kulwanti, in 1995 romantic comedy film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge as Kammo Kaur, Anjaam in 1994 as Nisha and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998 as the hostel Warden.
Through the years, Himani acted in various film production houses such as Yash Raj Films by
Yash Chopra and Yash Johar’s Dharma Productions. She was also seen as Bua Hussaini in J. P. Dutta’s
Umrao Jaan in 2006 and on Zee TV’s Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah in 2008.
She got the 19th JAI National Award under the leading Journalists Federation of India. She also appeared in the documentary film, ‘The Facebook Generation’ under the Blue Strike Production house and Dev Modern School. Himani also appeared in serials like I Luv My India, Baat Hamari Pakki Hai,
Sasural Simar Ka and a lot more which just proves how versatile actress she is.
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Himani Bhatt Shivpuri is a renowned Indian actress who appeared in many Bollywood films and Hindi serials. She was born on October 24, 1960 in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. She is the daughter of Haridutt Bhatt who is a Hindi teacher in ‘The Doon School’ in Dehradun where she also did her education. During her school days, she participated in many school plays and when she’s about to graduate on her course in Organic Chemistry, her passion for acting grew and she started to perform in many plays while studying. Later, she joined in New Delhi’s National School of Drama (NSD) and graduated in the year 1984. After graduating, Himani worked in the Repertory Company of NSD before shifting to Mumbai. She was married to late actor, Gyan Shivpuri and their son is Katyayan.
She was debuted as a film actress through the film, Ab Ayega Mazaa in 1984, followed by a TV film, In Which Annie Gives it Those Ones in 1989. Then, she performed in several art films by Shyam Benegal like Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda in 1993 and Mammo in 1994. She did her first major break as Razia, the wife of
Satish Shah who is a Doctor in the box office musical romantic film, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!’ by Sooraj R. Barjatya.
She was debuted as a television actress through the television serial, Humrahi on DD National. She played as Devki Bhojai which was appreciated by many viewers and gained her fame. Afterwards, she became a regular face in the national television. She appeared as Sulakshana, the mother of Savi (played by Baby Sana) on Zee TV’s Hasratein in 1995. She played the character of an unsatisfied wife who marry an older man and later look for extramarital affairs to satisfy her needs. She was also seen in Balaji Telefilms’ Kasautii Zindagi Kay and STAR Plus’ Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. She was also seen as the mother-in-law in the Hindi show, Dollar Bahu on Zee TV in year 2001 and in Chandni, Josh, El Kadki Anjaani Si and Ghar Ek Sapna. In 2005, she essayed the role of Lajoji in the Hindi show, India Calling on STAR One. In 2010, she was one of the Saachi’s in the drama series, Baat Hamari Pakki Hai on Sony Entertainment Television.
In 2008, Himani essayed the role of Kulraj Kohli in the Hindi drama series, Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah on Zee TV. Then she acted as Shanno in the series, Sanjog Se Bani Sangini in 2011. She was also seen as the grandmother of Sarika on Imagine TV’s Beend Banoongaa Ghodi Chadhunga. In 2012, she played the main lead role as Deep Sethi, a grandmother and a typical housewife who believes in the Indian culture in the comedy series, I Luv My India on SAB TV. She Himani played as Nani in the drama series, Baat Hamari Pakki Hai on Sony Entertainment Television. In 2011, she was seen as Rajjo Dwivedi in the drama soap, Sasural Simar Ka on Colors TV. She was also part of the serials like Aaj Ki Housewife Hai…Sab Jaanti Hai, Mrs. Kaushik ki Paanch Bahuein and Ghar Ek Sapna. She recently did a comedy show entitled, Ajab Gajab Ghar Jamai which was aired on Big Magic together with Sumit Vats.
Himani did a variety of films including In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones, Mammo, Anjaam, Teesra Kaun, Raja, Yaraana, Bandish, Prem Granth and a lot more. Some of her recent films are The Facebook Generation, Rabba Main Kya Karoon, Club 60 and Mr.Joe B. Carvalho.
Prior to doing films and television shows, Himani also did several theatre plays. And during her travel with the theatre group, she met Kunwar Sinha, the director of Humrani and asked her to do a role in the show. And now, she became a household name in television and a dazzling film actress. She also got the 19th JAI National Award in year 2011.