Mahima Chaudhry a beautiful and talented Bollywood actress was born as Rita Chaudhry on 13 September 1973 in British Columbia, Canada. However, she changed her name Mahima after being selected by Subhash Ghai to act in her debut movie. Prior to making a foray in Bollywood, Mahima was a model. Pepsi noticed her initially and wanted her as a model for a Pepsi commercial.
Mahima auditioned along with 3000 other applicants for the role of Ganga in Pardes. Subhash Ghai was the director who has launched other famous actresses like Madhuri Dixit and Manisha Koirala. Subhash Ghai, who is superstitious about only launching actresses whose names start with the letter ‘M’, had Mahima change her name from Rita.
Mahima won a lot of critical acclaim for her 1997 role in Pardes as Ganga, the village belle who values her culture and tradition. After Pardes, Mahima has acted in a number of films. Unlike other actresses in Bollywood, Mahima does not have a problem acting in films that do not cast her in lead roles like Dil Kya Kare in 1999 and Dhadkan in 2000.
For her role in Dil Kya Kare as a loving wife Mahima won a lot of critical acclaim. She was nominated for Filmfare Awards for this film.
Mahima love life has been a bit rocky. She was dating Leander Paes, a popular Indian tennis player, for quite a long time. However, this relationship did not last after Leander was linked with Sanjay Dutt’s ex-wife, Rhea Pillai. Mahima has been extremely silent about the entire episode and has not talked about it to the media.
Mahima is one actress who had acted in a wide variety of roles starting with Pardes. In 1999 she played a nasty prostitute in Daag The Fire. In Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin, also in the same year, she played a widow who was forced to marry her brother-in-law. In Souten, her latest release, she plays a housewife who ends up having an affair with her stepdaughter’s boyfriend.
Mahima has had the privilege of acting along side a number of popular and talented Bollywood actresses like Kajol, Urmila Matondkar, Hema Malini, Shilpa Shetty and Manisha Koirala. Mahima has said in interviews that she has enjoyed acting with all the other actress. However, she has expressed a desire to work with her favorite actress Juhi Chawla.
Mahima is a vegetarian and a PETA ambassador.