B.H.Harsh wrote on 11 Aug 2008
Mamta Kulkarni was born on April 20, 1972 in a middle class marathi family. She never had proper schooling, and thus lacked much knowledge of English. She always wanted to make it big in hindi films, although she had no connections in the industry.
Mamta Kulkarni got her break in Mehul Kumar’s Tirangaa (1992), which was a huge success. She also did a few small films like Mera Dil Tere Liye (1992) and Ashaant (1993) which sank without a trace.
Mamta Kulkarni’s solo hit was Aashiq Awara (1993), which was also Saif Ali Khan’s debut film. The film was a huge success, and Mamta gained a lot of popularity. But the real turning point in her career was when She appeared topless on the Stardust Magazine Cover. This act of hers created a lot of controversy, but at the same time made Mamta very popular among the masses.
Mamta Kulkarni went on to do many more films, and a few of them were very successful at the Box-office. Her most crucial films were Krantiveer (1994), Karan Arjun (1995) and Sabse Bada Khiladi (1995) which were huge hits. Mamta Kulkarni had created a sex symbol image for herself by now. But Mamta Kulkarni was also surrounded by a lot of controversies. She also failed to get over her tacky image. Mamta’s did an item number in Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Ghatak (1996), which was hugely popular. But Mamta Kulkarni’s career was going no where. Mamta Kulkarni did many more films, but they flopped. She had a lot of hopes from Raj Kumar Santoshi’s ambitious China Gate (1998), where she had a de-glamourised role and a good chance to display her acting skills. However, China Gate flopped badly, and Mamta’s efforts went unnoticed. Mamta Kulkarni’s last release was Kabhie Tum Kabhi Hum (2002).
Mamta Kulkarni is currently living in U.S.A. with her husband, who she married in 2002.
Mamta Kulkarni won the Filmfare Face of the Year award in 1993.
She was charged under India’s obscenity laws, and was finally convicted in 2000 and fined Rs. 15000.