Ashwini Kalsekar

Ashwini Kalsekar is an Indian actress works mostly in Marathi television and film industry,later hindi daily soaps and Known mostly for her collaboration with famous directors like Sriram Raghavan, Rohit Shetty and Ram Gopal Varma. She started her career during 1999 popular science fiction comedy Zeetv serial Mr.Gayab in lead role , best known for her villainous roles as Shalaka Catwoman in kids Superhero serial Shaktimaan considered as first Indian Catwoman,Jigyasa Walia in Ekta Kapoor's soap opera Kasamh Se[1] ,Sikka thakuriaan in Afsar Bitiya and Saudamini evil witch in Kavach.She also became the Judge in marathi reality show "Fu hai fu".She was married to Nitesh Pandey, later she divorced him and married Murali Sharma in 2009. In 2011, she debuted in Telugu industry like her husband with Badrinath. In 2019, she debuted on web platform with Zee5 Webseries "Chargesheet: The Shuttlecock Murder" and Mxplayer Webseries "Cheesecake" as charu which will premiere on December 2019.

Ashwini Kalsekar
Born (1970-01-22) 22 January 1970
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
EducationBachelor of Arts
Years active1991 - Present
Known forHer role Jigyasa Walia in Kasamh Se & Maham Anga in Jodha Akbar
Notable work
Pam Khanna in Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar
Saudamini in Kavach... Kaali Shaktiyon Se
Home townMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nitesh Pandey
(m. 1998; separated 2002)

Murali Sharma (m. 2009)
Parent(s)Anil Kalsekar (Father)

Personal life

Ashwini Kalsekar was born in a Konkani Deshastha Brahmin family of Goan Ancestry on 22 January 1970 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her father Anil Kalsekar was a bank employee. Ashwini studied her B.A. from Mumbai and graduated in 1991. She pursued theatre from 1991 to 1994 after her studies. From 1992 to 1993 she was studying under actress Neena Gupta to pursue her dream to be an actress. She is also trained under Muzammeel Vakil, a theatre acting coach from 1992 to 1995. Ashwini is also a trained Kathak dancer.[2]

Ashwini was married to Nitesh Pandey in 1998. The duo fell apart due to various unknown reasons in 2002. Later she married film and television character actor Murali Sharma in 2009.[3]


In 1996, Ashwini played a role in the Marathi film Tula Jhapar La. This was followed by a number of films in Marathi where she played supporting characters.

She started her television career in the mid-1990s with serials such as Shanti,[4] C.I.D., Anjaane, Siddhant and K. Street Pali Hill.[5]

Her biggest break came when she was approached by Ekta Kapoor to play the antagonist in her soap opera Kasamh Se where she played the role of Jigyasa Walia. The role fetched her the Indian Television Academy Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role,[6] the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role[7] and other major awards.

In 2012, Ashwini was again approached by Ekta Kapoor to play the role of Maham Anga,[8] a foster mother of Emperor Akbar in her historical drama series Jodha Akbar. The role fetched her critical acclaim[9][10] and major awards. She went on to win the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role,[11] the Boroplus Gold Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role[12] and other major awards.

In 2014, Ashwini was offered a very different and modern role as Pam Khanna[13] in Ekta Kapoor's soap opera Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar.[14]



Year Film Role Notes
1996 Tula Jhapar La Marathi film
2003 The Hero: Love Story of a Spy Intelligence officer under Major Arun Khanna
2004 Khakee Kamlesh's wife
Musafir Angela
2005 Kisna Rita
Aashiq Banaya Aapne Police Officer
Apaharan Anwar's wife
2006 Ankahee Mrs. Shilpa Mehta
2007 Speed (2007 film)Speed Pam
Johnny Gaddar Varsha
2008 Golmaal Returns Munni
Phoonk Madhu
2009 Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye Mrs. Kapoor
All The Best: Fun Begins Mary
Ek Tho Chance
2010 Phoonk 2 Madhu
Rakht Charitra Inspector Ashwini
Golmaal 3 Chintu
2011 Badrinath Sarkar's wife Telugu film
2012 Nippu Raja Goud's wife
2014 Singham Returns TV journalist Meera Shori
Poshter Boyz Head of Health Department Marathi film
2015 Rahasya Remi Fernandes She is Ayesha's real mother
Badlapur Detective Joshi
2016 Dongari Ka Raja Raja's Mother
2017 Golmaal Again Damini
2018 Mehbooba Telugu film
Andhadhun Rasika Jawanda
Simmba Judge Mrs. Smita Parulkar
2019 Wedding Cha Shinema Dr. Anagha Pradhan Marathi Film


Year Show Role Notes
1995-1997 Shanti Shasha
1997 Farz
1997 Ek Aur Mahabharat Draupadi[15]
1998-2004 C.I.D. Asha Supporting role
1998 Ji Sahab Doctor Special Appearance
1998 Aahat Police officer Episodic role
1999 Naya Zamana
1999 Mr. Gayab Main Lead
2001 Shaktimaan Shalaka Black Cat
2001-2002 Anjaane
2002-2003 Achanak 37 Saal Baad Malini She sees Ajay/Ajinkya in dreams
2002-2004 Kittie Party Natassha
2004 Siddhant ACP Nethra Menon
Kasamh Se Jigyaasa Bali/Walia Antagonist
2007 Jeete Hai Jiske Liye Adira Dhanrajgir
2007-2008 Virrudh Devyani
2007-2008 Parrivaar Manorma Supporting role
2010 Jhansi Ki Rani Heera Bai Antagonist
2010 Ganga Kii Dheej Maha Mai Antagonist
2012 Afsar Bitiya Sikka Thakurayin Antagonist
2013 Fu Bai Fu Judge Marathi comedy show
20132014 Jodha Akbar Maham Anga Antagonist
2014–2015 Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar Pam/Poonam Khanna Grey-shaded role
2016 Adaalat (season 2)
2016 Kavach... Kaali Shaktiyon Se Saudaamini (pisachini) Main female antagonist
2017 Partners Trouble Ho Gayi Double Neena Nadkarni Supporting role

Sab TV


Year Award Category For Result
2006 6th Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Kasamh Se Won[7]
2007 7th Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Won[16]
2014 13th Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Jodha Akbar Won[11]
7th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in Negative Role (Critics) Won[12]


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