About Mamta Kulkarni
Mamta Mukhund Kulkarni was born in 20 April, 1972 in Mumbai. She is a former Bollywood Actress.
gained fame after posing topless (but with her arms crossed over her
breasts) for a photograph that appeared on the cover of Stardust, a
popular Indian film magazine in September, 1993. She was charged under
India's obscenity laws. She was under attack from both conservative
religious groups, and women's groups.
Mamta lashed out at
protesters, calling them hypocrites but was finally convicted in July
2000, and was fined Rs 15,000. She appeared in court in a burqa to
evade photographers.This caused yet another controversy which led to
death threats and protests from the local Islamic community.
Kulkarni's career was not a happy one. Her detractors claim that she
could never fit into the class-conscious industry because of her
inability to speak fluent English. However, the other view is that the
actress's brazen outspokenness antagonised her colleagues. Mamta
Kulkarni, was reportedly taunted as being a 'vern' (a derogatory term,
short for vernacular) by some assumedly well-heeled actresses because
of her broad Marathi accent.
Press interviews in which she
attacked other actresses, and was attacked in return, worsened the
matter further. In 1997, she was reportedly paid a large amount to
perform at a private function by a legislator from Bihar, who was later
arrested after investigations into the Fodder Scam case. Kulkarni was
interrogated, but she denied any knowledge of the legislator's
Mamta Kulkarni made her Bollywood film debut in the
1992 movie "Tiranga". In 1993 she starred opposite Saif Ali Khan in
"Aashiq Awara" which won her a Filmfare Lux New Face Award .
appeared in number of films like "Karan Arjun" (1995), "Sabse Bada
Khiladi" (1995) and" Baazi" (1995) which did well at the box office.
However most of her roles involved only a little more than being a love
interest to the leading man of the films or glamourous dance sequences,
projecting her as a sex symbol.She hardly had anything to do in the
movies except a few dance sequences.
Mamta Kulkarni had
regretted of being typecasted as an item girl. Her luck seemed to take
a favourable turn when Rajkumar Santoshi, in whose earlier movie
"Ghatak" she had a cameo appearance, cast her as the female lead in his
1998 movie China Gate.China Gate was the remake of "The Magnificent
Seven". In a deglamourised role and sharing screen space with some of
Hindi cinemas finest actors, she had the perfect opportunity to
showcase her acting talent.
However, things did not go as
planned. Relations between Santoshi and the actress soured, and rumours
started circulating that Mamta was dropped from the movie, and
reinstated only after gangster Chhota Rajan intervened on her behalf.
The movie was finally released but it was also a huge flop.
the only song in the movie, the item number "Chamma Chamma", was
picturised on Urmila Matondkar, although Kulkarni had a good reputation
with such numbers. To worsen Mamta's pain , the song turned out to be a
chartbuster, and was even used in Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge!, and
greatly increased Urmila's popularity.
Mamta Kulkarni got
furious with the turn of events and lashed out at Santoshi, accusing
him of cutting her screen time because she had refused his advances.
Rajkumar Santoshi denied all rumours related to the movie, and the
matter was given a quiet burial. This controversy proved to be the
death blow to Kulkarni's career. She only appeared in a handful of
movies after that, and new offers dried up. So atlast she had to quit
So she moved to New York City after she married a NRI.She lives in New York City currently with her husband.
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