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Minakshi_SheshadriMeenakshi Seshadri (born November 16, 1963) is an Indian film actress and dancer. She won the Miss India contest in 1981 at age 17, the youngest woman to be crowned Miss India.

 
Early life
 
Meenakshi Seshadri was born into a Tamil Iyengar family in Sindri, Jharkhand. She is trained in four Indian classical dance forms, namely, Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Odissi. She studied dance under Vempati Chinna Satyam and Jaya Rama Rao.
 
Career
 
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 (marriage), in New York. The couple have two children, daughter Kendra and son Josh. Meenakshi lives in Plano, Texas,. 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.
 
Filmography
 
    Ghatak: Lethal (1996) .... Gauri
    Duet (1994) .... Anjali (Tamil film)
    Damini - Lightning (1993) .... Damini Gupta
    Kshatriya (1993)
    Aadmi Khilona Hai (1993) .... Punam Verma
    Badi Bahen (1993) .... Jyoti Dwarkaprasad
    Sadhna (1993) .... Madhu
    Aapathbandhavudu (1992) .... Hema (Telugu film)
    Humshakal (1992) .... Sarah
    Police Aur Mujrim (1992) .... Kiran
    Aaj Ka Goonda Raj (1992) .... Shalu Sharma
    Humla (1992) .... Seema
    Yeh Raat Phir Na Ayegi (1992)
    Akayla (1991) .... Seema
    Brahmarishi Vishwamitra (1991) .... Menaka (Telugu film)
    Ghar Parivar (1991)
    Amba[disambiguation needed] (1990) .... Lajjo
    Jurm (1990) .... Meena S. Varma
    Ghayal (1990) .... Varsha Bharti
    Awaargi (1990) .... Meena
    Ghar Ho To Aisa (1990) .... Seema
    Pyar Ka Karz (1990) .... Dr. Naina
    Shandaar (1990) .... Rani
    Aag Se Khelenge (1989) .... Geeta
    Toofan (1989) .... Radha
    Bade Ghar Ki Beti (1989) .... Mala
    Sachché Ká Bol-Bálá (1989) .... Reema
    Joshilaay
    Gharana (1989) .... Radha
    En Rathathin Rathame (1989) (Tamil film) with Bagyaraj
    Mahaadev 1989) .... Geeta
    Mohabat Ka Paigham (1989) .... Zeenat Banu
    Nache Nagin Gali Gali (1989)
    Teri Payal Mere Geet (1989) .... Laila-Jaan / Leela
    Vijay (1988) .... Sapna
    Shahenshah (1988) .... Shalu
    Aurat Teri Yehi Kahani (1988) .... Savitri
    Bees Saal Baad (1988) .... Kiran Thakur
    Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswathi (1988) .... Jamuna
    Inteqam (1988)
    Main Tere Liye (1988) .... Rinku Sagar
    Satyamev Jayate (1987) .... Seema
    Dacait (1987) .... Javli
    Inaam Dus Hazaar (1987) .... CBI Officer Kamal Malhotra aka Sonia
    Muqaddar Ka Faisla (1987) .... Meena
    Parivaar (1987) .... Anita
    Swati (1986)
    Dilwaala (1986) .... Padma
    Allah Rakha (1986) .... Rani
    Dahleez (1986) .... Naini Saxena
    Maa Beti (1986) .... Meenu / Asha
    Main Balwan (1986) .... Natasha
    Rikcy (1986)
    Lover Boy (1985) .... Radha
    Mera Ghar Mere Bachche (1985) .... Sarita
    Meri Jung (1985) .... Geeta Mathur
    Maha Shaktimaan (1985) .... Madhuri
    Bewafai (1985) .... Vinny
    Mahaguru (1985) .... Basanti
    Aandhi Toofan (1985) .... Meena Kapoor
    Mera Jawab (1985) .... Poonam
    Awara Baap (1985)
    Hoshiyar (1985) .... Jyoti
    Paisa Yeh Paisa (1985) .... Sapna
    Love Marriage (1984) .... Ritu Mafatlal
    Hero (1983) .... Radha Mathur
    Painter Babu (1983) .... Renu Kailashnath
 
 
Refrence : Wikipedia


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