Indian Female Media Personalities

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Shibani Dandekar
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Birthdate: August 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pune

Born in Pune, Shibani Dandekar grew up in Australia and Africa, before returning to India, as a model and an anchor. She has hosted shows such as After Hours and also appeared in films such as Sultan. She is also the sister of VJ Anusha Dandekar and the girlfriend of actor Farhan Akhtar.

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Barkha Dutt
(News presenter, Author, Journalist)

Barkha Dutt
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Birthdate: December 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi

Barkha Dutt is an Indian journalist and author. She is best known for her association with The Washington Post and The Hindustan Times where she works as an opinion columnist. Dutt achieved national recognition in 1999 for covering the Kargil War between India and Pakistan. Barkha Dutt is the recipient of many prestigious awards, such as the Padma Shri.

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Gauri Lankesh
(Activist, Journalist)

Gauri Lankesh
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Birthdate: January 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Died: September 5, 2017

The daughter of Kannada poet P. Lankesh, Gauri Lankesh began her career as a journalist for The Times of India. She also worked as an editor of Lankesh Patrike. Later, she was known for her firebrand left-wing activism against Hindutva and was eventually shot dead by three men near her Bengaluru home.

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Anusha Dandekar
(MTV VJ, Actress and Singer)

Anusha Dandekar
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Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Khartoum, Sudan

Anusha Dandekar is an Indian-Australian VJ, actress, and singer. She is popularly known for hosting many TV shows. Beginning her career as a TV anchor and VJ, she branched out into acting as well, making her film debut with a role in the Bollywood film Mumbai Matinee. Since then, she has appeared in a few other movies.

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Archana Puran Singh
(TV Presenters)

Archana Puran Singh
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Birthdate: March 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Nikita Dutta
(Actress)

Nikita Dutta
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Birthdate: November 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Delhi, India

The daughter of a retired navy officer, Nikita Dutta is a former Femina Miss India finalist and an actor known for films such as Lekar Hum Deewana Dil. She is also a popular TV star, who has impressed audiences as Suman Tiwari in Ek Duje Ke Vaaste.

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Mandira Bedi
(Actress)

Mandira Bedi
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Birthdate: April 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
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Farah Khan
(Director)

Farah Khan
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Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai

Farah Khan was not a stranger to films, being the daughter of a stuntman/filmmaker and a first cousin of actor/director Farhan Akhtar. Initially wanting to be a director, she focused on choreography later. The National Award- and Filmfare-winning choreographer is known for her work in films such as Dabangg and Koi... Mil Gaya.

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Kasthuri
(Actress)

Kasthuri
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Birthdate: May 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai

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Vani Bhojan
(Actress)

Vani Bhojan
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Birthdate: October 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ooty, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India

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Remya Nambeesan
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Birthdate: January 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chottanikkara, India

Born to a theater artiste, Remya Nambeesan began her career as a child artist in films. As she grew up, she was typecast in roles of the village belle but turned around with the film Traffic. She has also gained fame for her singing in films such as Ivan Megharoopan and Bachelor Party.

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Sonali Kulkarni
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Birthdate: November 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Simi Garewal
(Actress)

Simi Garewal
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Birthdate: October 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Sucheta Dalal
(Journalist)

Sucheta Dalal
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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

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Monica Bedi
(Actress)

Monica Bedi
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Birthdate: January 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India

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Nidhi Razdan
(Journalist, television personality who joined NDTV in 1999 and worked till June 2020 for twenty one years)

Nidhi Razdan
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Birthdate: April 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jammu and Kashmir, India

Known for her firebrand anchoring on NDTV 24x7, journalist Nidhi Razdan is the daughter of former PTI editor-in-chief Krishan Razdan. She made headlines when she claimed to have been fooled by a phishing attack and made to believe that she had secured a teaching job at Harvard.

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Archana Chandhoke
(Television presenter)

Archana Chandhoke
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Birthdate: July 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St Isabels hospital Chennai, India

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Urvashi
(Actress)

Urvashi
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Birthdate: January 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

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Sukumari
(Actress)

Sukumari
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Birthdate: October 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nagercoil, Travancore, British India (present-day Tamil Nadu, India)
Died: March 26, 2013

Sukumari was an Indian actress known for her contribution to Tamil and Malayalam films. One of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation, Sukumari acted in over 2,500 films in a career that spanned over 50 years. In 2003, she was honored with the Padma Shri. In 2011, she won the National Film Award for her performance in Namma Gramam. 

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Mona Singh
(Actress)

Mona Singh
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Birthdate: October 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

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Kirron Kher
(Actress)

Kirron Kher
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Birthdate: June 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

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Juhi Parmar
(Actress)

Juhi Parmar
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Birthdate: December 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Fathima Babu
(Actress)

Fathima Babu
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Birthdate: December 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dhivyadharshini
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Birthdate: February 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India

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Poornima Indrajith
(Film Actress)

Poornima Indrajith
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Birthdate: December 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kerala, India

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Sagarika Ghose
(Author, Journalist)

Sagarika Ghose
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Birthdate: November 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi

Renowned journalist Sagarika Ghose was an Oxford Rhodes scholar before she joined media giants such as The Times of India and CNN-IBN. Apart from being the daughter of Indian civil servant and theater personality Bhaskar Ghose, she is also the wife of popular journalist Rajdeep Sardesai.

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Varsha Bhosle
(author, journalist)

Varsha Bhosle
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Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Nagpur
Died: October 8, 2012

Apart from being the daughter of legendary Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle’s daughter, Varsha Bhosle was also a singer and journalist in her own right. She wrote for The Times of India and The Sunday Observer, among other publications. Four years after a failed suicide attempt, she shot herself to death.

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Deepti Bhatnagar
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Birthdate: September 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Shobhaa De
(Journalist, Writer, Socialite, Model)

Shobhaa De
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Birthdate: January 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai

Apart from being a bestselling novelist and a popular columnist, Shobhaa De is also former model and a prominent socialite. The founder of the magazine Stardust, she writes regularly for publications such as The Times of India and Asian Age and was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in India.

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Sangeetha Krish
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Birthdate: October 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Irom Chanu Sharmila
(Poet, Journalist)

Irom Chanu Sharmila
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Birthdate: March 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Imphal

Gwangju Prize-winning human rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila, also known as the Iron Lady of Manipur, made international headlines with her 16-year hunger strike to urge the Indian government to repeal the AFSPA Act. She later married British citizen Desmond Coutinho and is now a mother to twin daughters.

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Sarah-Jane Dias
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Birthdate: December 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Muscat, Oman

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Tavleen Singh
(author, political journalist, journalist)

Tavleen Singh
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Mussoorie

A leading columnist for The Indian Express and India Today, Tavleen Singh has also been a reporter for leading publications such as The Statesman, The Telegraph, and The Sunday Times. A firebrand political commentator, too, she has also penned books such as India's Broken Tryst and Lollipop Street.

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Archana Kavi
(Actress who made her acting debut in film Neelathaamara (2009))

Archana Kavi
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Birthdate: January 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

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Maria Goretti
(Video Jockey)

Maria Goretti
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Birthdate: January 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vasai, Maharashtra, India

Maria Goretti is an Indian video jockey who has hosted several popular shows. She was interested in music and performing from an early age and often participated in school and college programs. She went on to become a famous VJ on MTV and has also hosted shows on other channels. She is married to actor Arshad Warsi. 

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Nayantara Sahgal
(Journalist, Writer)

Nayantara Sahgal
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Birthdate: May 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Allahabad
Sahitya Akademi Award-winning author Nayantara Sahgal is the granddaughter of Motilal Nehru and the niece of Jawaharlal Nehru. Her works include 9 novels, including the award-winning Rich Like Us, and 10 non-fiction books. She has also received the Doon Ratna from Dehradun, where she has lived for decades. 

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Chitrashi Rawat
(Hockey player)

Chitrashi Rawat
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Birthdate: November 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Raipur, Uttarakhand, India

Chitrashi Rawat is an Indian model, actress, and field hockey player. She is best known for her portrayal of Komal Chautala in the 2007 sports film Chak De! India. In 2008, she received the Star Screen Award for Best Actress In A Supporting Role. She then went on to play important roles in popular films like Fashion and Luck.

Shereen Bhan
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

Shereen Bhan began her career as Karan Thapar’s news researcher. The journalist now heads CNBC-TV18 as its managing editor. She has anchored several popular shows such as Young Turks and India Business Hour and has won honors such as the FICCI Woman of the Year Award.

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Bhama
(actor)

Bhama
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Birthdate: May 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kottayam

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Mink Brar
(Actress, Model, Presenter known for her work in Bollywood films and on Indian television shows)

Mink Brar
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Birthdate: November 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

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Arya
(Actress)

Arya
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Trivandrum district Trivandrum, Kerala, India

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Rachana Banerjee
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Birthdate: October 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

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Madhu Trehan
(Journalist, Writer)

Madhu Trehan
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: India

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Hemalatha
(Actress)

Hemalatha
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Birthdate: November 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: India

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Poornitha
(Actress)

Poornitha
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Birthdate: November 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Quilon, Kerala, India

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Homai Vyarawalla
(Photojournalist)

Homai Vyarawalla
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Birthdate: December 9, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Navsari, Bombay, India
Died: January 15, 2012
Homai Vyarawalla, better known as Dalda 13, created history as India’s first female photojournalist. The Padma Vibhushan-winning photographer had initially released her photos under the initials of her husband, M.J.V., the renowned photographer Manekshaw Vyarawala. Mostly found in crisp khadi sarees, she documented Indian politics accurately.

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Mrudula Murali
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Birthdate: June 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ernakulam

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Teesta Setalvad
(Author, Journalist)

Teesta Setalvad
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Birthdate: February 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai

Social activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad is best known for establishing the Sabrang Trust, aimed at peace-building after the 1992 Mumbai riots, and the CJP, aimed at seeking justice for the 2002 Gujarat riot victims. The Padma Shri awardee has also successfully obtained 117 convictions against the Gujarat rioters.

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Udaya Bhanu
(TV Presenter and Film Actress Best Known for Her Works in Telugu Television Shows)

Udaya Bhanu
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Birthdate: August 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Telangana, Hyderabad, India

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Archana Suseelan
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Birthdate: October 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bhilai, Maharashtra, India