Wishing the Most Humble & Kind Hearted woman Namrata Shirodkar Ghattamaneni a very Happy Birthday!
Namrata Shirodkar (born 22 January 1972) is an Indian actress and former model primarily known for her work in Hindi and Malayalam films. She was awarded the Femina Miss India in 1993. She is best known for her works in films such as the Malayalam movie Ezhupunna Tharakan (1999) directed by P.G. Viswambharan, Kachche Dhaage (1999), Vaastav: The Reality (1999) and Pukar (2000), for which she was nominated for the IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award, Astitva (2000), Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002), LOC Kargil (2003), and the crossover cinema Bride and Prejudice (2004), which was a hit overseas, particularly in the UK. She married Telugu actor Mahesh Babu in 2005, and the couple has a son and a daughter.
Namrata Shirodkar was born on 22 January 1972 in a Maharashtrian family of Goan origin. She has an elder sister, actress Shilpa Shirodkar, and the grand daughter of noted Marathi actress Meenakshi Shirodkar, who starred in Brahmachari (1938).
Shirodkar worked as a model, and was crowned Miss India in 1993. She represented India in the Miss Universe pageant and finished in sixth place. The same year, she also represented India in the Miss Asia Pacific contest and was chosen as first runner-up.
Shirodkar’s debut film was meant to be Purab Ki Laila Pachhim Ki Chhaila, with Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty in the lead and music by Nadeem Shravan. This movie was never released. The movie was completed after her retirement and the title was changed to Hello India but it is still awaiting release. Shirodkar made her actual debut with a small role in the film Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998), along with Salman Khan and Twinkle Khanna. She then went on to star in the hit films Vaastav and Kachche Dhaage (both 1999). Her performance was appreciated and she became a known name in Bollywood. In 2004, she appeared in the English language film Bride and Prejudice. Her last film was Rok Sako To Rok Lo in 2004.
In 2000, Shirodkar met Telugu cinema actor Mahesh Babu on the sets of their movie Vamsi. They began dating shortly after filming finished. They married on 10 February 2005 at the JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu during the shooting of Athadu. Shirodkar now lives in Hyderabad with her husband. The couple has two children — a son Gautam Krishna (born 2006) and a daughter Sitara (born 2012).