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Namrata Shirodkar (Marathi: नम्रता शिरोडकर, born 22 January 1972 in Mumbai, India) is an Indian actress and model.
Namrata Shirodkar was born in a moderate Maharashtrian Brahmin family. She used to live in Khar, a suburb in Mumbai. Her sister is the actress Shilpa Shirodkar. She is the granddaughter of famous Marathi actress Meenakshi Shirodkar, who starred in Brahmachari (1930s), and (Meenakshi)was the first actress to wear a swimsuit and gambol in a pool.[2] She married Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu Ghattamaneni on 10 February 2005.
[edit]Modelling career
Namrata worked as a model, and was crowned Miss India in 1993.[3] She represented India in the Miss Universe pageant and came in fifth place.[4] She was featured on VH1's The Greatest: 40 Dumbest Celebrity Quotes Ever for her answer at the 1993 Miss Universe contest to a question asked by Michael Dorn: "I would not want to live forever because I don't believe that one can live forever. And so, I don't think I would want to live forever!"[5] The same year, she also represented India in the Miss Asia Pacific contest and was chosen first runner-up.[4]
[edit]Acting career
She made her debut with a small role in super hit film Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), along with Salman Khan and Twinkle Khanna. She then went on to star in the hit Vaastav.[6] Her performance was appreciated and she became a known name in Bollywood.
She has played mainly supporting roles in films. Films like Pukar, Hera Pheri and Astitva went on to do well.[7] She was nominated for the IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in Pukar.[8] Since then her films have not done well at the box office.
In 1999, she starred opposite Mammootty in the Malayalam film Ezhupunna Tharakan. In 2004, she starred opposite Chiranjeevi in a Telugu Movie Anji. In the same year, she was back into the spotlight when she played the role of Jaya Bakshi in Bride and Prejudice. She played Aishwarya Rai's elder sister in the film. The film was a hit overseas particularly in the UK but failed to do well in India.[9] She left the industry after her marriage.
[edit]Personal life
She began dating Tollywood actor Mahesh Babu in 2000 after the filming of Vamsi.[10] They married on 10 February 2005. Shirodkar now lives in Hyderabad with her husband.[11] Their first child, a boy named Gautam Krishna Gattamaneni was born on 31 August 2006.[1]
Saloni Aswani (born on 1 June 1977 as Vandana Aswani) is an Indian film actress and model. After finishing her education, Saloni ventured into modeling, appearing in various television advertisements. She went on to pursue a career in acting, debuting in the Hindi film Dil Pardesi Ho Gayaa (2003), following which she starred in several South Indian films, failing to achieve notable commercial success.[1][2] She gained notice through her performances in S. S. Rajamouli's Maryada Ramanna (2010), leading to roles in further high-profile Telugu productions.

Saloni was born in Ulhasnagar, Maharashtra into a Sindhi-speaking family as Vandana. Her father was an assistant commissioner of narcotics.[1] The family moved to CGS quarters at Wadala, Mumbai, when she was around 5 years old. After completing school, she enrolled at the Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University (SNDT) near New Marine Lines/Churchgate, Mumbai, and graduated in Psychology.
She was always interested in acting and was supported by her mother, while her father wanted her to "do a respectable job".[1] Without her father's knowledge, she created a portfolio and sent it to modeling agencies. She appeared in several television advertisements like Vaseline, Lifebuoy, Parachute Oil, Moove, Chic Shampoo, Three Roses tea and Meera soaps. Throughout her academic career, she had always participated in dramas, especially mimicking Sridevi. She also participated with a theater group Kala Sansad and took acting lessons in Ashok Kumar's Academy of Dramatic Arts, run by his daughter, Preeti Ganguly.[1][1]
She made her acting debut in the 2003 Hindi film Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya, directed by Sawaan Kumar Tak,[2] who rechristened her as Saloni. She then got to appear in her first Telugu film Dhana 51 (2005) and followed it up with Oka Oorillo, both of them ending up as commercial failures.[1] In 2006 she starred in 5 films, performing lead roles in Chukkallo Chandrudu and Kokila in Telugu and Rehguzar and Saawan... The Love Season in Hindi, the latter featuring her as Salman Khan's romantic interest, while doing a special appearance in the song "Nachindey Chesey" for the film Boss, I Love You. She debuted in the Tamil film industry with a starring role in Madurai Veeran (2007), and in the Kannada cinema the following year, playing one of the five lead actresses in Budhivanta, both being her only releases in 2007 and 2008, respectively; the latter went on to become a blockbuster.[1]
Her first release in 2009 was the Kannada film Dubai Babu, in which she essayed a minor supporting role, with her performance being appreciated by critics.[3][4] Later that year, she appeared in a cameo role in the high-budget fantasy adventure Magadheera by S. S. Rajamouli,[2] which garnered attention and prompted Rajamouli to cast her as the lead female character in his subsequent project Maryada Ramanna, with Sunil as the protagonist.[1] Described as a "musical comedy", the film received positive reviews, while also emerging commercially successful.[5] Saloni garnered positive feedback as well, with Jeevi from Idlebrain noting that she was "refreshing" and looked "pretty good".[6] Her other 2010 release was Mr. Theertha in Kannada language, with Saloni citing that she was upset with the attitude of the makers, resulting in her declining further Kannada projects.[2] She has finished shooting for the film Telugu Ammayi, which she terms as a "female-oriented film",[7] revolving around her character, Balatripura Sundari, a "typical traditional innocent Telugu girl" who "turns ferocious to save her struggling family".[8] For the film, she had to ride a horse in one particular scene and speak the Godavari slang throughout.[8] In late 2011, she made a special appearance in the Tamil film Rajapattai, starring Vikram.[9]
In 2012, Saloni played a lead female role in Bodyguard alongside Venkatesh and Trisha Krishnan. With regard to her performance, a critic from said: "Saloni shines through the film and projects her expressions convincingly...".[10] She is currently working on two Telugu projects, including Adhinayakudu opposite Balakrishna.[8]

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