Bhumika Chawla

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Bhumika Chawla
Bhumika Chawla

Bhumika Chawla (born Rachna /Bhupinder Chawla on 21 August 1978) is an Indian actress and a former model. Chawla was born in a Punjabi family in New Delhi, India and completed her schooling there. Her father was an Army officer. Bhumika has two siblings, an elder brother and sister. She moved to Mumbai in 1997 and started her career with Ad films and Hindi music video albums. She appeared in the Zee TV series Hip Hip Hurray.

Chawla started off her film career in the Telugu film industry, starring in the feature film Yuvakudu (2000) alongside actor Sumanth. Her second release, Kushi (2001), in which she starred opposite Pawan Kalyan was a box office success, winning her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu following which she acted in several films in Telugu, including Okkadu (2003) opposite Mahesh Babu and Simhadri (2003) opposite Jr. NTR, which became two of the year's highest grossers in Telugu.

Meanwhile, she made her debut in the Tamil film industry as well, starring in the film Badri (2001) opposite actor Vijay, which was followed by her second Tamil film Roja Kootam (2002). Her performance in Missamma (2003), as a businesswoman with cancer, was applauded. She was nominated for the FilmfareAward for Best Actress – Telugu and won the Nandi Award for Best Actress.

In 2008, she made her debut in the Punjabi film industry, starring in Yaariyan, opposite Gurdas Maan, following which she debuted in Malayalam as well, starring in Bhramaram alongside Mohanlal. Currently, she is working on half-a-dozen films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, which include Thangar Bachan's Kalavadiya Pozhudugal opposite Prabhu Deva in Tamil, Yagam alongside Navdeep and Sathyaraj in Telugu and Classmates, a remake of the 2006 Malayalam film, in Hindi.

Bhumika Chawla married her long-time boyfriend and Yoga teacher Bharat Thakur on 21 October 2007 at Devlali, Nashik in a Gurdwara. She went regularly to Thakur's courses and is said to have dated him for four years, before eventually marrying him. The couple has a son born on February 2014. Her notable performances include Badri, Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, Kushi, Okkadu, Tere Naam, Missamma, Gandhi, My Father, Buddy and Anasuya.

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