Friday, March 15, 2013

Meenakshi Seshadri PROFILE

Birth Name: Shashikala Sheshadri
Date of Birth: 13 November
Birth Place: India
Spouse: Harish Maysore
Son: Sanjosh
Daughter: Kendra
Hair: Black
Languages: Hindi, English
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Debut Film: Painter Babu
Meenakshi Sheshadri was born on 13th November. She was winner of Miss India competition in the year 1981. After winning the contest, she moved towards films. She made her first film named "Painter Babu" in the year 1982 with the actor Rajiv Goswami. Her first super hit film was "Hero" in 1983 opposite with the actor Jacky Shroff and film was directed by Subhash Ghai. Some of her hit films were "Meri Jung" released in 1985, "Vijay" in the year 1988, "Shahenshah" in 1988, "Ghayal" in 1990 and the film "Damini" released in the year 1993.

Rajkumar Santoshi, film Director emotionally involved with Meenakshi but she rejected the marriage offer given by him. Meenakshi performed many bold roles in the films such as "Painter Babu" in the year 1983, "Vijay" with the actor Anil Kapoor in the year 1888 etc.

She performed last film "Ghatak" in the year 1997 opposite with Sunny Deol. From the year 1997 to since she has not appeared in any film. Her career in the Bollywood only for fifteen years and within these 15 years she performed in near about 80 films. Meenakshi is a professional dancer and made her career as a dance teacher. She is expert in Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odissi. 

Meenakshi got married with Harish Mysore (Investment Banker) and now settled in Texas. In USA she is taking the dance classes. Both of them have two children, one daughter named Kendra and the one son, Sanjosh. Now days she is living in United State.

Meenakshi Sheshadri - Selected Filmography:

1997 - Ghatak: Lethal
1994 - Duet
1993 - Damini - Lightning
1993 - Kshatriya
1993 - Aadmi Khilona Hai
1992 - Humlaa
1992 - Police Aur Mujrim
1991 - Akayla
1991 - Brahmarishi Vishwamitra
1991 - Ghar Parivar
1990 - Amba
1989 - Toofan
1989 - Bade Ghar Ki Beti
1989 - Sachché Ká Bol-Bálá
1989 - Joshilaay
1989 - Gharana
1988 - Vijay
1988 - Bees Saal Baad
1988 - Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswathi
1986 - Dilwaala
1986 - Maa Beti
1986 - Main Balwan
1986 - Ricky
1985 - Meri Jung
1985 - Maha Shaktimaan
1985 - Bewafai
1985 - Paisa Yeh Paisa
1983 - Hero
1983 - Painter Babu


Real Name          : Shashikala Seshadri
Date of Birth      : 16th November 1963
Place Of Birth   : Sindri, Jharkhand, India
Father's Name  : Seshsadri Iyer
Mother's Name: Rada sheshadri
Siblings                             : Son:  Sanjosh Daughter: Kendra
Spouse                             : Harish
Studied Upto                   : Graduate
Previous Carrier            : Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi.
Introduced Film              : Painter Babu (1982)
Director                           : Manoj
Languages Acted          : Tamil, telugu, hindi
Awards Won                   : She won the Miss India contest in 1981 at age 18


CHANGING TRACK Meenakshi Seshadri still retains the dewy-faced freshness
"Ding dong, baby, sing a song... ' Meenakshi Seshadri is trying to do exactly that. But not one song, she wants to sing quite a few.

Remember how a team of bike-borne goons disguised as cops, led by the handsome Jackie Shroff, sang this line to the heroine of Hero? And how she broke into the lilting number that went on to become a chartbuster? Almost 20 years after the film made and eight years after she quit the marquee for marriage and motherhood, Meenakshi Seshadri, the toast of the box-office, is trying to make a comeback, but as a singer.

Meenakshi is working on her debut Hindi pop album. Besides, she is busy marketing a musical documentary on her life and artistic endeavours. This has brought the U.S.-based dancer-actor to India with a creative agenda.

"I know many might wonder why a trained classical dancer (she is proficient in Kuchipudi, Bharatanatya, Kathak and Odissi) wants to enter the cacophonous Hindi pop world," she says with her luminous smile. "For fun and friends' sake. My two friends in Dallas (one a composer and the other a keyboard artiste) and I work like a band and have been toying with the idea of an album for some time. I believe art spans all genres. Whatever I do should appeal to my senses, that's what matters."

Still a charmer

Despite a long hiatus from the arc lights, Meenakshi has not lost the charm and dew-like freshness that marked her celluloid presence. She still sounds like the effervescent, a-sentence-a-second Radha of Hero. "Maybe the cool clime, my cooler attitude and my kids Kendra and Josh are doing the trick! In the U.S., you play several roles — wife, mother, cook, driver, cleaner, tutor... I also run Cherish Arts, a dance school, do some choreography and cultural shows. To be able to pack in so much, one needs to be constantly charged. The challenges give you the energy," she says matter-of-factly. And goes on to add, "Philosophy apart, life is not as easy as I am making it out to be. Moving to the U.S. was not just about bidding goodbye to the glamour and adulation, it was more about feeling uprooted and searching for your identity."

So when Margaret Stephens, a documentary filmmaker living in her neighbourhood in Dallas, came up with the idea of capturing these feelings on camera, Meenakshi instantly accepted the offer. "She wanted to observe my life from up close for a few months before starting work. But the process continued for six long years. Her commitment was so touching that instead of being a mere subject I got totally involved in the making of the film too. Violinist L. Subramaniam lent his tracks for the background score and I have choreographed two dance items for the film. It's a never-before-told story in the documentary format," she says excitedly.

Never the archetypal star

Coming from a simple, middle-class Tamilian family, Meenakshi was never the quintessential Bollywood heroine. "My mother being proficient in the classical arts, I was naturally initiated early in life. So life revolved around rehearsals and recitals. But, like any youngster, I had varied interests and that's precisely why I entered the Miss India contest. To my amazement, I came back with the crown and soon film offers came along. `But not at the cost of your studies,' my father made it clear. I used to go for shoots with my vanity case and a load of books. That's how I managed to do my post-graduation. On the other hand, my mother was particular that I continue dancing. It was the most happening phase of my life. And I thoroughly enjoyed every moment."

Not overtly ambitious, she was keen on marriage and motherhood. "You need to experience everything. After all, life, like a movie, is full of twists and turns," she says striking poses spontaneously even as the camera went click, click, click.

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