Vaishnavi Mahant

Vaishnavi Mahant is an Indian film and TV actress who is best known for playing Geeta Vishwas in Mukesh Khanna's television series Shaktimaan, telecasted on Doordarshan. She has acted in various Bollywood films such as Bambai Ka Babu, opposite Saif Ali Khan, Ladlaa and Barsaat Ki Raat (1998). She is also known for playing Shilpa Sharma in Miley Jab Hum Tum, Shail in the Zee TV show Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke and Leela Taneja in the television series Tashan-E-Ishq.

Vaishnavi Mahant
Vaishnavi Mahant at Zee Gold Awards 2013
Born (1974-09-09) 9 September 1974
NationalityIndian
OccupationActress
Years active1988–present
Known forShaktimaan, Miley Jab Hum Tum, Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke
Spouse(s)Leslie Macdonald
ChildrenMargaret Macdonald

Early life and career

Her father is a Vaishnav Hindu (the reason she took the screen name Vaishnavi), while her mother is Christian. Raised as a Hindu, she converted to Christianity in the early 1990s. She is currently a born again Christian believer who is more into a relationship with God not religion.[1]

As a child she moved to Hyderabad where she decided to become a scientist. However, while vacationing in Mumbai, she had the opportunity to appear in the Ramsay Brothers' horror film Veerana and decided to pursue acting as a profession. She subsequently appeared in Barsaat Ki Raat, Ladlaa, Maidan-E-Jung, Bambai Ka Babu, Daanveer and Oru Mutham Manimutham (a 1997 Malayalam film with actor Mukesh).

From 1998 to 2005, she played the female lead Geeta Vishwas in the superhero series Shaktimaan on Doordarshan. The show, as well as her character, got high acclaim and was considered her breakthrough role. When her journalist character Geeta Vishwas was written out of the series, fan protests prompted the producers to bring her back. In 2000, she played the role of ACP Ratna, a daring police officer in the comedy serial Raju Raja Rajasaab on Sahara TV.[1]

She went on to play leading roles in several Tollywood movies.

She played the role of Sameera's mother Sapna in Chhoona Hai Aasmaan and Bhaskar's mother in the Sony Entertainment Television serial Bhaskar Bharti. She also appeared in Karmyudh on Doordarshan in the role of Inspector Shivangi Chauhan.

She is married to Leslie Macdonald and has a daughter Margaret Macdonald.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Veerana Child Jasmine Pratap
1994 Laadla
1995 Maidan-E-Jung Radha
1996 Bambai Ka Babu Anita
1996 Daanveer Sudha
1997 Oru Mutham Manimutham Lekha Malayalam Movie
1998 Barsaat Ki Raat Rangeeli
2001 Dal - The Gang Reshma
2006 Baabul
2008 Saanchaa
2011 Mummy Punjabi Amrita (Jackie Shroff's wife)
2014 Super Nani Mann's mother
2017 Who Is the First Wife of My Father Nikita
2018 Raja Abroadiya Prakash Kaur
2019 Dosti Ke Side Effects Shristi's mother
2019 Hansa Ek Sanyog

Television

Year Title Role TV Channel
1998–2005 Shaktimaan Geeta Vishwas Doordarshan
1998– Main Dilli Hoon Sanyogita Doordarshan
1998 Saturday Suspense Zee TV
1998 Awaz Ki Duniya Herself (co-anchor) Doordarshan
1999 Naagin Cameo Zee TV
1999 Baat Ban Jaaye Guest Appearance Zee TV
1999 Zee Horror Show - The Party Zee TV
2000 Raju Raja Rajashaab ACP Ratna Sahara TV
2000 Naqab Doordarshan
2001 Dushman Doordarshan
2001 Chingari Zee TV
2001 Gharana Zee TV
2001 Choti Maa - Ek Anokha Bandhan Sharda/Shakti Zee TV
2001 Chandan Ka Palna Resham Ki Dori Shreya (Surrogate mother) Zee TV
2001 Suraag – The Clue Doordarshan
2004 Dekho Magar Pyaar Se Priyanka Star Plus
2004 K. Street Pali Hill Ishita Khandelwal Star Plus
2005 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Madhavi Bose/Madhavi Vineet Khanna Star Plus
2005-2007 Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Meera Sachdev Sony TV
2006 Mamta Vasundhara Zee TV
2007–2008 Chhoona Hai Aasmaan Sapna/Anupama Singh Star One
2007–2008 Kahe Naa Kahe Urmila 9X
2008 Saas v/s Bahu Herself (contestant) Sahara One
2008–2010 Miley Jab Hum Tum Shilpa Sharma Star One
2009 Mere Ghar Aayi Ek Nanhi Pari Colors TV
2009 Bhaskar Bharti Bhaskar's mother Sony TV
2010 Bairi Piya Sunanda Devi Pundir Colors TV
2010 Karmyudh Shivangi Chauhan Doordarshan
2010 Sapnon Se Bhare Nena Anjali Star Plus
2010–2012 Sasural Genda Phool Suhana's Mother Star Plus
2011 Maa Exchange (Reality Show) Herself Sony TV
2012–2015 Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke Shail Garg Zee TV
2015-2016 Tashan-E-Ishq Leela Taneja Zee TV
2016 Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil Cameo Role Star Plus
2017–2018 Dil Se Dil Tak Indu Bhanushali (Parth's mother) Colors TV
2017–2018 Hum Paanch Phir Se Parikrama (Anand's first wife) Big Magic
2017–2019 Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai Vishakha Maheshwari/Somani (Sameer's mother) Sony TV
2017 Savdhaan India (1 Episode) Life OK
2018 Mitegi Laxman Rekha Devyani( Vishesh's Mother) &TV
2019-Present Divya Drishti Mahima Shergill Star Plus

Awards

Year Award Category Serial Outcome
2006 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Nominated
2014 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jury Award) Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke Nominated
2014 Zee Rishtey Awards Best Mata Pita Award Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke Won
2015 Zee Rishtey Awards Best Maa Beti Award Tashan-E-Ishq Won
2016 Zee Gold Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Tashan-E-Ishq Nominated

References

  1. An Interview with Vaishnavi Mahant. 12 October 2001. www.indiantelevision.com Accessed 1 February 2011.


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