Bhumika Chawla

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Bhumika Chawla
BornRachna Chawla
(1978-08-21) 21 August 1978 (age 36)
New Delhi, India
Other namesGudiya
Bhumika Thakur
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Bharath Thakur (2007–Present)
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For the 1991 film, see Bhoomika (film).
Bhumika Chawla
BornRachna Chawla
(1978-08-21) 21 August 1978 (age 36)
New Delhi, India
Other namesGudiya
Bhumika Thakur
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Bharath Thakur (2007–Present)

Bhumika Chawla (born Rachna Chawla on 21 August 1978) is an Indian actress. She made her film debut in the Telugu film Yuvakudu (2000) and has since then worked in various Indian film industries and appeared in over thirty films in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Bhojpuri, Punjabi and Malayalam. She is probably best known for her critically acclaimed performances in Kushi, Okkadu (2003), Tere Naam, Missamma, Gandhi, My Father and Anasuya.

Early life[edit]

Chawla was born in a Punjabi family in New Delhi, India and completed her schooling there. Her father was an Army officer. 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.[1]


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 Best Actress Award (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.[2] 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).

After a number of critically and commercially successful films in the South, Chawla starred in her first Bollywood film, Tere Naam (2003), alongside Salman Khan. The film was one of the year's highest grossers. It was a critical success and her performance in the film won her many positive notices as well as several nominations for Best Debut at different award ceremonies. She was nominated for her first Filmfare Best Actress Award and won the Best Debut trophy at the Zee Cine Awards ceremony.[3]

Subsequently, she got to star in a number of Hindi films as Run (2004), a remake of the same-named Tamil film, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (2004), again opposite Salman Khan, Silsilay (2005) and Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... (2005) alongside Amitabh Bachchan. She returned to Telugu, acting in the films Naa Autograph (2004) (a remake of the Tamil film Autograph) and Jai Chiranjeeva, alongside Chiranjeevi and Sameera Reddy. Whilst Chawla's performance in the former won her accolades and the CineMAA Jury Award for Best Actress, the latter went to become a super hit film.

In 2006, Chawla appeared in the Tamil film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, alongside real-life couple Surya and Jyothika which became a big hit worldwide, whilst playing a vital role in the Hindi film Family - Ties of Blood, in which she shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, and starring in the Telugu fantasy film, Mayabazar. Following which, she acted in the Hindi film Gandhi, My Father as Gulab Gandhi and enacted the title roles in the Telugu films Sathyabhama, in which she played a woman who suffers from Short-term memory loss,[4] and Anasuya, a crime thriller, and in the Bhojpuri film, Gangotri (2007 film), a sequel to the successful 2006 Bhojpuri film Ganga, acting again alongside Amitabh Bachchan.

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 Classmates (film), in Hindi.

Personal life[edit]

Bhumika Chawla married her long-time boyfriend and Yoga teacher Bharat Thakur on 21 October 2007 at Devlali, Nashik in a Gurdwara.[5] She went regularly to Thakur's courses and is said to have dated him for four years, before eventually marrying him.[6]The couple has a son born on February 2014.[7][8] Bhumika has two siblings; one brother, who is an army officer, and one sister, both elder to her.


2001KhushiMadhumithaTeluguFilmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2001Snehamante IderaYuvrani PadminiTelugu
2002Roja KoottamManoTamil
2003OkkaduSwapna ReddyTelugu
2003MissammaMeghanaTeluguNandi Award for Best Actress
2003Tere NaamNirjara BharadwajHindiZee Cine Award for Best Female Debut
2003Aadanthe Ado TypeTeluguSpecial appearance
2004RunJhanvi ChoudhryHindi
2004Naa AutographDivyaTelugu
2004Dil Ne Jise Apna KahaaDhaniHindi
2005SilsilayZia RaoHindi
2005Dil Jo Bhi Kahey...Dr. Gayarti PandeyHindi
2005Jai ChiranjeevaNeelimaTelugu
2006Sillunu Oru KaadhalIshwaryaTamil
2006Family - Ties of BloodDr. KavitaHindi
2007Gandhi, My FatherGulab GandhiHindi
2007SathyabhamaSathyabhamaTeluguNandi Special Jury Award
2007AnasuyaAnasuyaTeluguSantosham Best Actress Award
2008SwagathamVidhya KKTelugu
2008MallepuvvuMalleshwari "Malli" KannegantiTelugu
2009Naa Style VeruParvatiTelugu
2010Thakita ThakitaProfessorTelugualso Producer
2010Collector Gaari BharyaIndira GautamTelugu
2012GodfatherKannadaSpecial appearance
2013Chithirayil NilachoruTamil
2014Laddu BabuMadhaviTelugu
2014April FoolSwapnaTelugu[9]
2015Alivelu MangaAlivelu MangaTeluguFilming
2015Love You AliaKannadaFilming
2015Kalavadiya PozhudugalJayanthiTamilDelayed


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