Meenakshi Seshadri Marriage Details And Images Exclusively: Yesteryear Star

Meenakshi Seshadri Marriage: Meenakshi Seshadri, remembered for her critically acclaimed portrayal of the title role in the hit 1991 movie Damini, was born as Shashikala Seshadri in 1963 in Dhanbad, Jharkhand (then Bihar). She was born into an Iyengar family and spent most of her life in Sindri, Jharkhand. One of the prominent actresses of her time, Meenakshi is also a trained classical dancer trained in Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Odissi! It was her stunning looks and her mastery of the popular Indian classical dance forms that came to define her.


In 1981, Meenakshi was the youngest contestant ever to win the Miss India title at the age of 17. After that, she made her debut in 1983, opposite Rajiv Goswami in the film titled ‘Painter Babu’. The film was a flop and Meenakshi immediately decided to quit acting. However, Director Subash Ghai managed to convince her and cast her in a leading role opposite Jackie Shroff, who was then a new comer into the industry. The two worked together on the film ‘Hero’, which proves to be a box office success.

Meenakshi did quite a few films after the success of Hero and worked with renowned actors like Rajesh Khanna and Rajnikanth. She was one of the highest paid actresses during that time, and she remains a household name for her roles in her other films like Ghayal, Shehansha etc; during which time she worked alongside Amitabh Bachchan , Sunny Deol and a few others.

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Meenakshi was known for taking up bold roles in films. The highlight of her career was the movie Damini, in which she was a crusader for gender justice, and for which she received critical acclaim. She received several awards and even got a nomination for the Filmfare for her role.

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Meenakshi Seshadri Marriage – A Torrid Love Life

Later, it was reported that Meenakshi was dating Kumar Sanu, one of the most popular singers of the time. In the year 1994, it was reported that Kumar Sanu’s wife, Rita, filed for a divorce. In the news, she held Meenakshi being the reason for her divorce. When Meenakshi was asked about it, she remained silent about the whole rumour. Rita claimed that her husband, Kumar Sanu, was spending all his money on Meenakshi, and that the two of them were sexually involved. However, things soon cooled between Meenakshi and Kumar as he was never serious about this affair and never considered leaving his wife.


Meenakshi’s long term association started with Director Rajkumar Santoshi in 1990, while she was shooting for Ghayal opposite Sunny Deol. The Director publicly proclaimed his love for Meenakshi and promised to make a film every year for her. Later, he surprisingly married Manila, clarifying in a later interview – when asked about Meenakshi – that “I was in love with Meenakshi, but she rejected me. I wanted to marry her.


In the year 1996, Meenakshi worked with Rajkumar again for the film ‘Ghatak’. The actress then accepted the change in their relationship saying, “I’m happy to be working with Rajkumar Santoshi again”. After that the duo, never made another film together. The movie Dil Hai Tumhara, was a birthday gift to Meenakshi, but remained incomplete.

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Meenakshi Seshadri Marriage  – Paradise Regained


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Meenakshi made her last appearance in Bollywood in the year 1997, after making it big in the Industry. She married Harish Mysore, an investment banker. She had a registered marriage in New York, following which the couple settled in Texas with their two kids, son Josh and daughter Kendra.

Meenakshi Seshadri Marriage  – How They Met

In an interview, Meenakshi revealed their chance meeting. She met her husband’s sister who was a journalist and during the course of the conversation she mentioned that she had a brother. To which Meenakshi who was looking for settling down said, “Is your brother married? I like you very much, even in one meeting I feel I know you very well, so is your brother anything like that”. To which her future sister-in-law replied, he is better than me. Since she was traveling to NY, she decided to meet up with him and get to know him. They both connected with each other at a deeper level and things felt right – they felt right for each other. The love boomed and they tied the knot soon after.

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Meenakshi Seshadri Marriage Life In US

Meenakshi teaches Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi and Odissi at a school called the “Cherish Dance School”, that was founded by her husband Harish. The school is described as “an assembly of talented dancers, a voluntary body to enhance multi-culture, revealing the best talent of people of all ages”. Meenakshi relates to and sees herself as a dancer much more than she does an actress, and she has the desire to continue and extend this wonderful art form in a foreign country.

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Meenakshi made very few appearances on television shows and interviews. She gave interview in London in which she discussed her personal and professional life in the year 1987. Later, she appeared on Movers and Shakers, a talk show hosted by Shekhar Suman, where she spoke about her personal life and her passion for dance. In the year 2006, a documentary was made on the actress named, “Meenakshi Accepts Her Wings”, which was her story from an actress to a homemaker!

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