Saturday, 13 April 2013

Meenakshi Sheshadri 
Original Name:  Shashikala Sheshadri
Date of Birth (Birthday):  13 November
Zodiac Sign:  Scorpio
Hair Color:  Black
Birth Place:  India
Marital Status:  Married
Languages:  Hindi, English

Meenakshi Seshadri was born in Sindri, Jharkhand. She is trained in four Indian classical dance forms: Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Odissi. She studied dance under Vempati Chinna Satyam and Jaya Rama Rao.[2][3]


Meenakshi Seshadri, born as Shashikala Seshadri, made her debut in Painter Babu , Telugu/Hindi bilingual film (1982) opposite Rajiv Goswami, Brother of Manoj Kumar. She shot to fame with the mega hit film Hero directed by Subhash Ghai. She was nominated for a Filmfare Award for her role in the film Damini. She acted in her last film Ghatak in (1997). Meenakshi appeared in a number of films like Awara Baap alongside Madhuri Dixit and Rajesh Khanna, Bewafai alongside Rajnikant and Rajesh Khanna, Meri Jung opposite Anil Kapoor, Inaam Dus Hazaar opposite Sanjay Dutt, Shahenshah opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay opposite Anil Kapoor. Meenakshi Sheshadri had the privilege of working with the best Bollywood banners as well as distinguished actors.
Known for her angelic beauty and impeccable dance performances, Meenakshi is among the few actresses who did not stereotype their on screen image. Her magnetism would bring liveliness to every film she worked in. Although she was appreciated for all her films, her high came when she was paired opposite superstar Amitabh Bachchan in 1988's Shahenshah. The film, though considered then as a flop, was a money-spinner and is said to have made more money than any other blockbuster film. Her groundbreaking performance was in Damini released in 1993. Directed by famed filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi, it also starred Rishi Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Amrish Puri, Tinu Anand, and Paresh Rawal. The film was based on the sensitive subject of injustice towards a rape victim. Damini became a mega-success and received a number of awards including the coveted National Film Award. Meenakshi won accolades for her versatility and display of varied sets of emotions on screen.
In the 1993, she appeared in Aadmi Khilona Hai opposite Govinda. Meenakshi played the female lead in 1996 blockbuster Ghatak opposite Sunny Deol. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, it was her last film.

Personal life

She retired from cinema after marrying investment banker Harish Mysore. She had a civil wedding, a registered shaadi, in New York.[4] The couple have two children, daughter Kendra and son Josh. Meenakshi lives in Plano, Texas,.[5] There, she teaches Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi. She performs with her students at charity events and fundraisers.[citation needed] A philanthropist, Meenakshi and her disciples performed at the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) convention in California.

Awards and nominations

Seshadri was nominated for Filmfare Best Actress Award for Jurm in 1991 and for Damini in 1994.



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