Namrata Shirodkar, co-star of the "Bride & Prejudice" Movie!
Namrata Shirodkar is a native born Indian star. After she claimed the title of Miss India in 1993, she represented her country in the Miss Universe Pageant. Her film credits include mostly Indian directed and related movies. She is the sister of actress Shilpa Shirodkar. Her birthday is on January 22. This five feet six inches tall leggy lass came into limelight after she was crowned Miss India. Namrat also came fourth in Miss Universe 1993. She continued modeling for few more years and then decided to take the road her elder sister Shilpa Shirodkar had taken. Bollywood. She made her debut in an inconsequential film “Hero Hindustani” (opposite Arshad Warsi) in 1998 but wasn’t noticed until the small realistic role she played opposite Sanjay Dutt in “Vaastav”. After “Vaastav” she also became a regular in director Mahesh Manjrekar’s camp. Unlike other Bollywood actresses Namrata has been digging more of sensible and realistic roles. She was seen in non-glamorous roles in films like “Aghaaz” and “Tera Mera Saath Rahen”.
Namrata weds Telugu actor
Bollywood beauty Namrata Shirodkar tied the marital knot with Telugu actor Mahesh Babu on Thursday.
Namrata, who is one of the most underrated actresses in Bollywood, first met Mahesh on the sets of Telugu film Vamsi. The two had been seeing each other since then, but Mahesh’s father Krishna did not approve of their relationship, according to a report. But on Thursday, Mahesh’s father and mother Vijaya Nirmala gave their blessings to Namrata and Mahesh at a rather private ceremony in a Mumbai hotel where the two lovebirds tied their nuptial knot.
The newly wed couple reportedly flew straight to Switzerland for their Honeymoon.
Namrata’s film Bride and Prejudice premieres today in the US. She plays the role of Aishwarya Rai’s sister in the film.
‘Sensible and realistic’ roles for Namrata
Namrata Shirodkar 's portrayal of the "non-glamorous" Jaya in Bride and Prejudice is being seen by many as the only saving grace in the otherwise disappointing fare which, despite tremendous media hype that preceded its release, had met with a lukewarm response in the country.
Namrata’s performance in Gurinder Chaddha's film had won her a lot of praise among the critics and audience alike.
For Namrata, who has over the years, established an image as an actress adept at doing sensible and "realistic" roles in films like Boney Kapoor's Pukar , Mahesh Manjrekar's Vaastav , Tera Mera Saath Rahe , Astitva and Praan Jaye Par Shaan Na Jaye , Ananth Mahadevan's Dil Vil Pyar Vyar and Tigmanshu Dhulia's Charas , it was the "different kind of role" in "Bride..." that led her to take up the film.
"It was a different role from the usual Bollywood potboilers. Which is why I chose to take it up," Namrata said in an interview to a news agency.
A former Miss India who came fourth in the Miss Universe Pageant, Namrata is among the few actresses in Bollywood who, like many of her counterparts from the modeling world, did not go on a signing spree after her debut in "Hero Hindustani" in 1998, choosing to do a few films offering sensible and realistic roles.
"I am not willing to do every other role that comes my way. I like to do roles, which have lot of comfort level, and films that offer a different storyline than the usual commercial films made in Bollywood," she said.
Over the years, she has charmed cinegoers and critics alike through her varied roles. Her role of a prostitute in "Vaastav" especially won her praise in critic circles.