Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary
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Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

The pretty actress who made her acting debut as a Subhash Ghai heroine in 'Pardes' has been missing from limelight for a long time. Here's taking a look through her rare photos and some unknown facts about her life.

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Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Originally born as Ritu Chaudhary, Mahima hails from a small town of Darjeeling. While growing up, Mahima has been exposed to a variety of cultures, as her father is a Hindu Jat and mother is of Nepali origin. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Recalling her childhood memories with parents, Mahima has often shared that her dad was never a strict person, and it was her mom who made her a disciplined child. While her mom would give a fixed amount of money, dad would always pamper her with extra notes. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

After completing her schooling from Loreto Convent in Darjeeling, Mahima moved to Delhi to pursue her graduation. But before that she had participated in a local beauty pageant in Darjeeling that she won. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

During the 1990s, Mahima was a popular face on Indian television and she appeared in several television commercials that helped her have a smooth entry into films. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Mahima was fortunate to get a chance to feature in 1st Pepsi Ad with Aamir Khan and Ashwarya Rai. She was noticed as a promising model after this ad, however Ash stole the thunder. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Mahima's journey to become an actress started when she was spotted by Bollywood filmmaker Subhash Ghai while she used to be a VJ on music channels. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Interestingly, Subhash Ghai renamed Ritu Chaudhary as Mahima due to superstition and numerology logics, as he considered alphabet 'M' to be lucky for the then new actress. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Call it a coincidence or anything but Subhash Ghai has always believed that he has been successful with actresses whose names start with 'M' that includes Madhuri Dixit, Meenakshi Sheshadri and Manisha Koirala and that's why he gave screen name Mahima. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Mahima Chaudhary made her big Bollywood debut in 1997 with Subhash Ghai's superhit 'Pardes' starring Shahrukh Khan and the film earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

'Pardes' turned out to be so lucky for Mahima that she was awarded with the Lux Face of the Year title in 1998. Needless to mention, this kick-started her journey in the glamour industry in the most desired way. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Little you would know that Mahima Chaudhary was the lucky one to have been chosen among 3000 applicants who auditioned to pay the female lead in Pardes? Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

According to various media reports, Subhash Ghai took a big risk of making this Rs 9 crore movie with a debut actress Mahima Chaudhary playing the lead role and slogged for 15 months to build her as a star. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Though Mahima has enjoyed her short and sweet stint in Bollywood, there have been quite a few controversies that she got embroiled in. The much talked about is obviously the clashes with her first director Subhash Ghai. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

In April 1998, a tiff broke between Mahima and Subhash Ghai when the director took the actress to court to restrain her from travelling abroad, where she had plans to participate in a stage show. Though the request was rejected by the court but it planted the seeds of misunderstanding between the Mahima and Ghai. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Putting her stand clear, Mahima was quoted saying in an interview with Rediff: "He suddenly took off on me and sent me this legal notice. When I called back and tried to get in touch with him, he switched off his cell phone and refused to come on line. So I spoke to his wife. She said she will talk to him and asked me to call him back after ten minutes. That's exactly what I did. By this time, I presume on her persuasion, he had switched on his cellphone." Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

While Mahima expected the situation to get sorted soon but things apparently went out of her hands. She added in her interview: "When I called again, he picked it up and said: I will meet you in court! Then he went off the line. I tried to connect with him to understand what he meant by that short, cryptic comment, but (by that time) he had switched the cellphone off again. So, if you ask me, I still have no clue as to what went wrong." Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Reportedly, it all started with false promises that Subhash Ghai had made to Mahima saying that he would sign her up for his next three ventures but he went on and signed Aishwarya for his next film (Taal). Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

When Mahima felt betrayed and cheated, she also moved on to do what pleased her - take up work, shape her career, do stage show and make money. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

Bollywood Confidential: Mahima Chaudhary

So while Subhash Ghai dragged Mahima to court, the actress always maintained her point saying that it was the director himself who violated the contract. Image courtesy: Procured via Google Search

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