Notable Personalities Of Meerut

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Mandakini :

Born on the 30th of July in 1969, Mandakini had her birth name as Yasmeen Joseph and gained famed as an actress in bollywood. Although she worked in hindi movies for a short time, there were controversies surrounding her, one of which was her association with the gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Her parents were in meerut when she was born with mother being kashmiri muslim while father was a britisher.

Her pet name was Sana Anjum and in 1985 at the age of 16, she got a role in the lead in Ram Teri Ganga Maili by Raj Kapoor where the opposite role was played by Raj Kapoor’s youngest son, Rajiv Kapoor. It was a movie that went on to become a grand success and mandakini got a filmfare award for her role as the female protagonist. Two clips from the movie also were a subject of controversies. In one she was bathing under a waterfalls and the saree of white color was quite thin revealing her breasts very clearly. The other scene had her shown with her breasts exposed while feeding a baby. Some of the critics said harshly about these scenes and labled them as exploitative and vulgar and had to get the irk of the Film Censor’s Board against nudity. But Raj kapoor was in full defense of these scenes as he argued that they were quite justified and in good taste. A few more movies of mandakini such as Dance Dance opposite Mithun Chakraborthy, with Govinda in Pyar Karke Dekho, etc were released but the initial success was not possible in all of these.

Achint Kaur :

An actress of Indian television, Achint Kaur has a Punjabi background but belong to meerut. She is well known as an actress in many drama series in hindi television with starting her television series in Banegi Apni Baat on Zee TV in 1994 and in 1995 in Swabhiman where she had bagged the role of Soha.

Apart from a number of roles in the drama series of popularity, Achint has also done some significant work in the movies such as Corporate, Julie, Om Jai Jagdish. Many of her character portrayals have helped her get awards, one of which is the ITA award that she got by playing a role of actress in supporting cast for Virrudh. Presently, she is up to a task in Ranbir Rano, which is a Punjabi series.

Chitrangada Singh :

Born as chitrangada singh Randhawa in the year 1976 on 30th of August, she is working in Indian movies as an actress. She has been well known since her role in the movie Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi in 2005 and is presently the wife of famous Indian Golfer Jyoti Randhawa. Digvijay Singh, another golfer is her brother. Together, Chitrangada, Digvijay and Tina are siblings and their father is an army officer. Due to her similarity in looks to Smita Patil, she was also well known. After her debut role in Hazaron khwaishein aisi, she was completemented by Sekhar Kapur that she had done better work than Smita Patil. There were many such praises forthcoming after this role of hers. Apart from acting, she has the knowledge of Kathak and was more interested in acting. Marriage happened in 2001with Jyoti Randhawa while and now their son is named as zorawar.

Vishal Bharadwaj –The Film Director

Vishal Bharadwaj is a versatile personality with involvement in various aspcts such as writing, producing, directing, singer and composer. Originally, he was given birth in Bijnour but then shifted into meerut. His parents were Ram Bharadwaj who himself was a poet and wrote lyrics and mother was  housewife. Father of Vishal was doing a government job and worked as an inspector for sugarcane fields. During his youth days, he shifted to Delhi and admitted into Delhi University in Hindu College where he also got through together and got involved in various theatres. He started to play the musical instrument of harmonium for other gazal singers and in various sporting events and even in pragati maidan during other occasions. He got a job in the CBS music company after being noticed by RV Pandit.