Namrata Shirodkar is a former Indian actor and model. In 1993, she won the beauty pageant Femina Miss India.
Namrata Shirodkar was born on Saturday, 22 January 1972 (age 51 years; as of 2023) in Mumbai. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius.
She did her graduation from Mithibai College of Arts, Chauhan Institute of Science & Amruthben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai. Mithibai College of Arts, Chauhan Institute of Science & Amruthben Jivanlal College of Commerce and Economics pdf
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Hazel Brown
Figure Measurements (approx.): 36-30-34
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Nitin Shirodkar, was a former Indian cricketer who died in 2007. Her mother, Vanita Shirodkar, is a former model. Her younger sister, Shilpa Shirodkar, is an actress.
Husband & Children
In 2000, while shooting for the Telugu film ‘Vamshi,’ she met the South Indian actor Mahesh Babu, who was three years younger than her. While working on the film, they became good friends, and after some time started dating each other.
After dating for almost five years, the couple got married on 10 February 2005 at JW Marriott Mumbai. Before her marriage, she completed the shoot of all her films as it was Mahesh’s will to get married to a girl who was not working.
On 31 August 2006, the couple was blessed with a son named Gautam Ghattamaneni. After three years of their marriage, the couple started facing issues in their married life. Once she even left Mahesh’s house and shifted to her parents’ home in Mumbai. Later, the couple sorted the matter and Namrata returned to Mahesh’s home. India Today In an interview, while talking about it, Namrata said,
Three years post-marriage was difficult for Mahesh and me. He was on a long career break, I lost my parents, he lost his granny. Plus, he was in this whole dilemma of what movie to sign next. But that period made us stronger as a couple, and as individuals. Our foundation today is more solid, we became one strong nuclear unit. I look back at all of it as a blessing.”
On 20 July 2012, they welcomed their daughter Sitara Ghattamaneni.
Her paternal grandmother, Meenakshi Shirodkar, was a renowned Indian actress.
Her father-in-law, Ghattamaneni Siva Rama Krishna, was a renowned South Indian actor.
Her mother-in-law, Vijaya Nirmala, was a South Indian actor, director, and producer.
Her brother-in-law Naresh Babu is an actor, politician, and social activist.
Her brother-in-law Ramesh Babu was an actor and producer.
Namrata’s sister-in-law, Manjula Swaroop, is an actress and producer. She is married to the Indian actor Sanjay Swaroop.
Her brothers-in-law are Galla Jayadev (politician and industrialist) and Sudheer Babu (actor and former badminton player).
While Namrata was pursuing her modelling career, she started dating an Indian restaurateur named Deepak Shetty. The couple dated for more than nine years. Reportedly, they were in a live-in relationship for a few years and were planning to tie the knot, but later, the couple parted ways. In an interview, while talking about her relationship with Deepak, Namrata said,
There was just one time when I let my personal life overwhelm my professional one, and that cost me dearly. The relationship began before the Miss India contest, and lasted nine years. But, it wasn’t meant to be. There was a void in my life after that, but I moved on. And we will always wish each other well.”
You know, Aishwarya and I started our careers together. But she stayed on track, while I was diverted by this personal relationship, and it made me less ambitious. But I’m not bitter about anything. Perhaps, because I’m practical by nature, I don’t dwell on things. My sister Shilpa helped a lot too. She joined the industry at 14. She knew the importance of being professional and punctual. She told me to accept that dreams change, people change, but work is constantly fulfilling. And I’m happy, particularly now that the industry is sitting up and noticing me once again.”
In 1999, while the Indian director-actor Mahesh Manjrekar was working on his directorial debut film ‘Vaastav: The Reality,’ he met Namrata who was the female lead actress in the film. The duo became good friends while shooting for the film. Reportedly, they started dating each other and even started living together. At that time, Mahesh was already married to Medha Manjrekar. According to some sources, Namrata and Mahesh Manjrekar’s relationship did not last long, and the couple parted ways. Orissa Post
Namrata started her career as a model. When she was 15 years old, her mother (a former Indian model) introduced Namrata to the popular Indian fashion photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha, who did a photoshoot with Namrata. After watching her photos, the Indian fashion designer Hemant Trivedi asked her to walk the ramp at one of his fashion shows. She accepted the offer and later, walked the ramp at various fashion shows.