Madhoo

Madhoo
Madhoo, image credit: Chiloka

Born - March 26, 1972 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Birth Name - Madhoobala Raghunath

Occupation - Actress

Years active - 1991-present

Nationality - Indian

Height - 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse(s) - Anand Shah (m. 1999)


Madhoo Shah (born as Madhoobala Raghunath on 26 March 1972) commonly known as Madhoo is an Indian film actress known for her works predominantly in Tamil and Hindi cinema. She has also worked in a few Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada language films. She is best remembered for her portrayals in Kuku Kohli's Hindi hit "Phool Aur Kaante" (1991), Mani Ratnam's Tamil hit "Roja" (1992), which won the National Film Award for Best Film on National Integration, nomination for Best Film at the 18th Moscow International Film Festival; K. Raghavendra Rao's Telugu hit "Allari Priyudu" (1992), which was screened at the International Film Festival of India, in the mainstream section; Sangeeth Sivan's Malayalam hit "Yodha" (1992), and S. Shankar's Tamil hit "Gentleman" (1993).

Madhoo was born into a Tamil-speaking family. She is a niece of actress Hema Malini and therefore a maternal cousin of Esha Deol through her mother. Juhi Chawla is her sister-in-law. She did her schooling from St.Joseph's High School in Juhu, Mumbai.

Madhoo was signed by action director Veeru Devgan for his son Ajay Devgn's debut in "Phool Aur Kaante" (1991), but her first release was K. Balachander's "Azhagan" (1991), co-starring Mammooty, Bhanupriya and Geetha. She made her debut in the Malayalam film "Ottayal Pattalam", opposite Mukesh. She made her comeback in 2008, in the Hindi film, "Kabhi Socha Bhi Na Tha", and has been appearing in supporting roles in films since then.

She married Anand Shah on 19 February 1999. She has two daughters Ameyaa (16 November 2000) and Keia (9 November 2002).

Filmography

Films

Year Movie Role  Language  Notes
 1991   Azhagan  Swapna  Tamil  
1991  Phool Aur Kaante  Pooja  Hindi  
1991  Ottayal Pattalam  Gopika Varma/
 Indu
 Malayalam  
1991  Neelagiri  Anitha  Malayalam  
1992  Ennodishtam Koodamo  Aarathi Menon  Malayalam  
1992  Yodha  Ashwathy  Malayalam  
1992  Vaaname Ellai -  Tamil  
1992  Roja  Roja  Tamil  
1992  Allari Priyudu  Kavita Rani  Telugu  
1993  Annayya  Saraswathi  Kannada  
1993  Gentleman  Susheela  Tamil  
1993  Pehchaan  Tina  Hindi  
1994  Elaan  Mohini Sharma  Hindi  
1994  Prem Yog  Anita  Hindi  
1994  Senthamizh Selvan  Nandhini  Tamil  
1994  Zaalim  Madhu  Hindi  
1994  Janta Ki Adalat  Malathi  Hindi  
1994  Puttinilla Metinilla -  Telugu  
1994  Time Bomb -  Kannada  
1995  Mohini  Ragini  Hindi  
1995  Diya Aur Toofan  Aasha  Hindi  
1995  Hathkadi  Rani  Hindi  
1995  Jallaad  Gayetri  Hindi  
1995  Ravan Raaj  Geeta/Suzie  Hindi  
1995  Hum Hain Bemisaal  Marya  Hindi  
1996  Mr. Romeo  Madhu  Tamil  
1996  Diljale  Shabnam  Hindi  
1996  Return of Jewel Thief  Madhu  Hindi  
1996  Panchalankurichi -  Tamil  
1997  Chilakkottudu  Madhu  Telugu  
1997  Udaan  Madhu  Hindi  
1997  Mere Sapno Ki Rani  Vandana Nehle  Hindi  
1997  Yeshwant  Raagini Yeshwant
 Lohar
 Hindi  
1997  Iruvar  Dancer  Tamil  Special appearance in
 'Narumughaye' song
1997  Sher-E-Hindustan  Dancer  Hindi  Special guest appearance
1998  Hafta Vasuli  Inspector Durga  Hindi  
1998  Khote Sikkey  Suman  Hindi  
1998  Ganesh  Divya  Telugu  
1998  Zulm-O-Sitam  Meena 'Billo'  Hindi  
1998  Sar Utha Ke Jiyo  Shalu  Hindi  
1999  Chehraa  Simran  Hindi  
2001  Mulaqaat  Archana Patkar  Hindi  
2008  Kabhi Socha Bhi Na Tha  Radhika  Hindi  
2011  Tell Me O Kkhuda  Geeta  Hindi  
2011  Love U...Mr. Kalakaar!  Ritu's Aunt  Hindi  
2013  Anthaku Mundhu Aa
 Tharuvatha
 Vidhya  Telugu  
2014  Vaayai Moodi Pesavum  Vidhya  Tamil  
2014  Samsaaram Aarogyathinu
 Haanikaram
 Vidhya  Malayalam  
2015  Ranna  Saraswathi  Kannada  Nominated-Filmfare Award for
 Best Supporting Actress
2015  Surya vs Surya  Nikhil's Mother  Telugu  
2016  Nannaku Prematho  Divya's Mother  Telugu  
2016  Naanu Mattu Varalakshmi -  Kannada  

Television

Year Title Role  Language  Channel Notes
 2001   Kaveri  Kaveri  Tamil  Sun TV  
2002  Devi  Devi  Hindi  Sony TV  
2012  Soundaravalli  Soundaravalli  Tamil  Jaya TV  Cameo
2017  Aarambh  Maharani
 Sambhavija
 Hindi  Star Plus  
2017  D4 Junior v/s Senior   Celebrity Judge   Malayalam  Mazhavil Manorama  Grand finale
 episode


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