Nagma | Actress | Politician | Celebrity

Nagma, image credit: Indya 101

Born - December 25, 1974 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Birth Name - Nandita Arvind Morarjii

Occupation - Actress, Politician

Nationality - Indian

Years active - 1990 - 2007

Height - 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Nagma (born Nandita Arvind Morarji on 25 December 1974) is an Indian politician and former actress. She is better known for her roles in Telugu and Tamil movies. She began her acting career in Bollywood and acted in a few of the biggest Bollywood movies and in other languages. Nagma has acted in a broad range of India's languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, and Marathi.

Nagma's biological father was Arvind Pratapsinh Morarji whose forefathers hailed from a royal background from Jaisalmer, later migrating to Gujarat, Porbandar, then Mumbai. Her great grandfather Gokuldas Morarji was a reputed businessman in the shipping, textile, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. Her mother hailed from the Konkan region of Maharashtra. She belonged to the Kazi freedom fighter family and her original name was Shama Kazi, but she is now known as Seema. She married Morarji in 1969 at the CCI Club in Mumbai, but separated from him in 1974 According to Nagma's passport, the name given to her at birth was Nandita Arvind Morarji, which has now been updated to Nagma Arvind Morarji. After divorcing Morarji in August 1974, Nagma's mother married Chander Sadanah, a film producer in March 1975 with whom she had three children: including two daughters, actresses Roshini and Jyothika. Through her biological father, who had remarried earlier, Nagma has two half-brothers, Dhanraj, and Yuvraj.

Nagma remained close to her biological father until his death on 31 December 2005. Inspired by her entrepreneurial background, Nagma forayed into the clothing business by opening a boutique in Mumbai in Bandra West on Hill Road called Nagma's, which was inaugurated in September 2000 by Akshay Kumar. Although the boutique was highly successful and an instant hit, she had to shut it down in 2003 as she had to be by the side of her ailing father while simultaneously honoring her Bhojpuri and other language film commitments apart from her spiritual quest, then teaching 'Art of Living'.

Nagma's debut film "Baghi: A Rebel for Love", opposite Salman Khan was Hindi cinema's seventh highest-grossing film in 1990. With Karisma Kapoor, she was also one of the female leads in 1994's "Suhaag" with Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar. Following these films, she moved south to star in Telugu and Tamil movies at the behest of her friend Divya Bharti.

Her Telugu films include 1992's "Gharana Mogudu" with Chiranjeevi, "Allari Alludu" with Nagarjuna Akkineni and "Major Chandrakanth" with N. T. Rama Rao and Mohan Babu. Her Tamil films include "Baasha" with Rajnikanth and 1994's "Kadhalan" with Prabhu Deva.

After moving back to Mumbai, she again concentrated on hindi cinema by doing supporting roles in films like 2000's "Chal Mere Bhai", which reunited her with former co-stars Karisma Kapoor, Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt. Within a year, Nagma enrolled in the spiritually oriented 'Art of Living' course, eventually teaching it herself in Mumbai and elsewhere. While based in Mumbai, she continued to work in some Telugu and Tamil movies, such as "Allari Ramudu" and "Citizen", as well as taking leading roles in some Malayalam films.

Nagma has acted in Bhojpuri movies, including films with the 'Big Boss' participant Ravi Kishan. She won a Best Actress award at the 2005 Bhojpuri Film Awards for her performance in "Dulha Milal Dildar". In 2006's "Ganga", she starred in the title role opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. When asked why she shifted to Bhojpuri films, she said 'I wanted to do films in different languages. I have already done movies in 10 languages. My first Bhojpuri film "Panditji Bataayina Biyaah Kab Hoii" was a huge hit. After that, the offers poured in and they were too good to be ignored'.

In 2006, she made her Punjabi film debut, starring alongside Raj Babbar in "Ek Jind Ek Jaan".

A vocal supporter of India's Indian National Congress, she had only formally become a member of the Congress Party in Delhi. Nagma has elsewhere been cited as saying that she first supported the Congress Party because of her admiration for Rajiv Gandhi.

She had to turn down an offer to run for India's Lok Sabha in 2003 due to her many film commitments. She was in serious contention for his seat in 2009 for the General Lok Sabha Elections which was also highlighted in Star News from Mumbai. She has been continuing her vigorous efforts in AICC and is campaigning in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of India.


Year Film Role Language Notes
 1990   Baaghi: A Rebel for Love  Kaajal, a.k.a.
 Hindi  Debut film
1991  Peddinti Alludu  Geeta  Telugu  
1991  Killer  Priya  Telugu  
1992  Gharana Mogudu  Uma Devi  Telugu  
1992  Bewaffa Se Waffa  Nagma  Hindi  
1992  Dilwale Kabhi Na Hare  Anjali Oberoi  Hindi  
1992  Police Aur Mujrim  Meena Khanna  Hindi  
1992  Yalgaar  Anu Singhal  Hindi  
1992  Aswamedham  Sowjanya  Telugu  
1993  King Uncle  Kavita  Hindi  
1993  Major Chandrakanth  Seetha  Telugu  
1993  Varasudu  Keerthi  Telugu  
1993  Hasti  Neena Narang  Hindi  
1993  Kondapalli Raja  Subbalakshmi  Telugu  
1993  Dhartiputra  Lisa  Hindi  
1993  Allari Alludu  Sravani  Telugu  
1993  Rendilla Poojari    Telugu  
1993  Green Snake  Bharatanatyam
 Cantonese & Mandarin
1994  Mugguru Monagallu  Rani  Telugu  
1994  Kadhalan  Sruthi  Tamil  
1994  Suhaag  Madhu  Hindi  
1994  Super Police  Roja  Telugu  
1994  Gang Master  Sandhya  Telugu  
1994  Aavesham    Telugu  
1995  Baashha  Priya  Tamil  
1995  Mounam    Telugu  
1995  Ragasiya Police  Raji  Tamil  
1995  Villadhi Villain  Janaki  Tamil  
1995  Rikshavodu  Rani  Telugu  
1995  Adavi Dora  Priya  Telugu  
1995  Bharatha Simham    Telugu  
1996  Love Birds  Mridula  Tamil  
1996  Saradha Bullodu  Nirmala Devi  Telugu  
1996  Mettukudi  Indhu  Tamil  
1997  Kaun Rokega Mujhe    Hindi  
1997  Surya Putrulu    Telugu  
1997  Janakiraman  Indhu  Tamil  
1997  Periya Thambi  Selvi  Tamil  
1997  Pistha  Vanilla  Tamil  
1997  Aravindhan  Anu  Tamil  
1998  Sreekrishnapurathe
 Yamuna Rani  Malayalam  
1998  Kurubana Rani  Rani  Kannada  
1998  Vaettiya Madichu Kattu    Tamil  
1999  Lal Baadshah    Hindi  Special appearance
1999  Ravimama    Kannada  
2000  Kunwara  Sharmila Singh  Hindi  
2000  Chal Mere Bhai  Sonia  Hindi  
2000  Papa The Great  Mrs. Pooja Jai
2001  Dheena    Tamil  Special appearance
2001  Sai Teri Maya    Hindi  
2001  Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of
   Hindi  Special appearance
2001  Citizen  CBI Sarojini
2001  Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh
 Meraa Ghar
 Anupama Verma  Hindi  
2002  Chathurangam  Nayana Pillai  Malayalam  
2002  Allari Ramudu  Chamundeswari  Telugu  
2002  Ninu Choodaka
   Telugu  Special appearance
2003  Hrudayavantha    Kannada  
2004  Ab Tumhare Hawale
 Watan Saathiyo
 Aarti V. Singh  Hindi  
2005  Pandit Ji Batai na Byah
 Kab Hoi
2005  Dulha Milal Dildar    Bhojpuri

 Winner, Bhojpuri Film
 Award for Best Actress

2005  Parinam    Bengali  
2006  Ek Jind Ek Jaan  Nimmi  Punjabi  
2006  Ganga  Ganga  Bhojpuri  
2006  Ab Ta Banja Sajnwa
2006  Mai Baap    Bhojpuri  
2006  Dil Diwana Tohar Ho Gayil    Bhojpuri  
2006  Raja Thakur    Bhojpuri  
2007  Back To Honeymoon    Hindi  
2007  Thamb Lakshmi Thamb  Lakshmi  Marathi  
2007  Tu Hamaar Hou    Bhojpuri  


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