Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ragini Dwivedi

Ragini Dwivedi (born 24 May 1990) is an Indian film actress and model who appears in South Indian cinema, but primarily in Kannada cinema. As a model, she was the runner-up of the 2008 Femina Miss India contest and won the Richfeel Femina Miss Beautiful Hair award at the 2009 Pantaloons Femina Miss India contest.

She made her entry to filmdom with Veera Madakari (2009) which won her the Suvarna Film Award for Best Debut Actress. She rose to fame starring in successful Kannada language films, Kempe Gowda (2011), Shiva (2012), Bangari (2013) and Ragini IPS (2014), thus establishing herself as one of the leading actresses in Kannada cinema.

Early life

Dwivedi was born to a Punjabi family on May 24, 1990 in Bangalore, Karnataka and was brought up there. However, she has her roots in Rewari, Haryana. Her father Rakesh Kumar Dwivedi, born in Rewari, was an Army general in the Indian Army and her mother Rohini, a housewife. Her paternal grandfather Pyare Lal Dwivedi was a railway guard in Rewari.

She was recognized by fashion designer, Prasad Bidapa in 2008 and introduced her to modeling. As a model, she modeled for Lakme Fashion Week, Sri Lanka fashion week and for designers like Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. She participated in the Femina Miss India contest held in Hyderabad in December 2008, where she was declared the first runner-up, thus receiving a direct entry to the 2009 Pantaloons Femina Miss India in Mumbai, where she was given the Richfeel Miss Beautiful Hair title.


Debut and breakthrough (2009-13)

Dwivedi made her acting debut with the Kannada film Veera Madakari in 2009. The action-comedy was a remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu and she was cast opposite Sudeep. The film became a major commercial success of the year. In the same year, she appeared in the film Gokula in a brief role. In 2010, she featured in five films out of which her Malayalam debut, Kandhahar, was one.

Dwivedi's career break came in 2011, with the action film, Kempegowda, with Sudeep as her co-star. She earned a nomination in the South Filmfare awards as a best female leading actress. The same year saw her in comic-capers such as Kalla Malla Sulla and Kaanchaana. The song Thuppa Beku Thuppa in Kalla Malla Sulla shot on her became a rage and one of the biggest hits of the year.

The year 2012 saw her featuring in films alongside leading male actors of Kannada cinema, with Upendra in Aarakshaka and with Shivarajkumar in Shiva. She received the award for the best actress in the critics' category for her performance in Shivaas well as in Arakshaka her role was highly appreciated. Her other film Villain also released in the same year. She then appeared in a Malayalam language film titled Face2Face with Mammootty as her co-actor. She made special appearances in the films Victory and Prabhu Deva's R... Rajkumar.

Recent work (2014-present)

Dwivedi's first release of 2014 was a bilingual film known as Nimirndhu Nil in Tamil language and Janda Pai Kapiraju in Telugu, her first film in Telugu. Her second release of the year was Ragini IPS, the long delayed film and the first Kannada film to be named after an actress. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics upon its release.

As of June 2014, Dwivedi has the following projects in development for a 2014 release. She is filming with director Srinivasa Raju's Basavanna with Upendra and has said that her character has a mafia connect. She also bagged roles in Yogaraj Bhat's production Parapancha, the remake of the Telugu film Missamma titled Namaste Madam, Ravindra H. P. Das' Ragini Superstar, Shrungara, Faisal Saif's multi-lingual film Amma and Ranachandi.

Personal life and off-screen work

Since 2011, Dwivedi has been endorsing for Nandini Milk which is a product of Karnataka Milk Federation.

After actress Kushboo, Dwivedi is the only Indian actress to have a fan club named after her, on which said, "Already there are many fans pages in my name on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. I will also be interacting with my followers over there. But these registered and official fans association will help me to have direct conversation with my fans."

Galleries of Ragini Dwivedi

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