Divya Solgamawrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Born on 11th Feb. 1957 into a Gujarati family of Bhuleshwar Mumbai, Tina Munim has lived a life that dreams are made of. She had a successful Bollywood career during the late seventies and early eighties and is now the wife of Ambani scion – Anil Ambani.
On the basis of a fashion spread she had done for Femina, Tina Munim was selected to represent India at the International Teen Princess contest at Aruba. The return ticket was paid for and her wardrobe was created by the designer boutique Vama. Tina was selected the International Teen Princess contest in Aruba in 1975 and won the 2nd Runners Up Miss Photogenic and Miss Bikini awards, closely losing to Miss Iran and Miss Venezuela. On her return, Femina magazine put her on their cover which caught the eye of Dev Anand. At the time, Dev Anand was planning the movie Des Pardes, based on illegal immigrants and was looking for a young girl to play the lead role. He got in touch with her, but Tina already had her heart into becoming a Parisian trained couturier and was poised to travel there for her studies in design. After an initial dilly-dallying, Tina said yes to the offer. In 1978 Dev Anand cast her in his film Des Pardes, which launched her film career. He would repeat her in several other films, such as Lootmar (1980). During the late 70s and early 80s, Tina went on to act in over 30 Bollywood movies, spanning from 1978 through to 1992. When Sunil Dutt launched his son Sanjay Dutt in his film debut Rocky (1981), Tina was chosen as Sanjay's heroine. Their real life love affair was the talk of the town. But it seems Sanjay’s doping habits cut short the love affair. Tina was soon to be seen painting the town red with Rajesh Khanna, who was married to Dimple at that time. Tina and Rajesh acted in several films, including the hit film Souten and Shakti Samanta's film Alag Alag (1985), which wasn't a hit. The relationship ended shortly thereafter. Apart from Dev Anand, she also made a popular screen team with actor Rishi Kapoor, since they were paired romantically in six films, the most popular being Subhash Ghai's Karz (1980). Producer/Director/Actor Rakesh Roshan also cast her several times, including for the hit film "Aakhir Kyon?" (1985). Director Basu Chatterjee repeated her as well in his films, such as for Baaton Baaton Mein (1979) and Man Pasand (1980). In the late 1980s Munim made the conscious decision to put her Bollywood career on hiatus. She moved to California and attended college. On the one hand Tina has been part of hit films like Karz, Des Pardes, Souten, Pukar, Yeh Vaada Raha etc., on the other hand she has acted in colossal flops such Deedar-E-Yaar, Alag Alag etc.
Leaving the glamour of cinema, she bravely left for California to complete her long overdue college education. She returned back home in 1991, got married in lavish style to multi-millionaire industrialist, Anil Ambani, quit acting, re-located to Britain, where she gave birth to two sons, Jai Anmol and Jai Anshul. Today she is involved in a number of charity, arts, and talent endeavors. The latent talent of Jackie Shroff was first rewarded by the Filmare Best Actor Award for Parinda in 1990. This was followed by consecutive Filmfare Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1995 for 1942: A Love Story and in 1996 for Rangeela. Art connoisseur Tina Ambani unveiled acclaimed painter Wasim Kapoor's 'Shades of Times' - a collection of 60 portraits of actresses from the Madhubala to the Aishwarya era on April 24, 2006. The series included paintings of Devika Rani, Meena Kumari, Hema, Zeenat, Konkana, Madhuri, Sridevi, Bipasha and Rani, among other breathtaking portraits.
After being associated for two years with Harmony, Tina felt the need to innovate: Harmony - The Show was born. The first show kicked off in 1996, where top masters participated, followed by established artists and newcomers. It proved to be a perfect launching pad for young, upcoming artists. In the following shows, they focused on upcoming new artists. In the year 2004, Tina Ambani announced the launch of the Harmony Initiative for Senior Citizens. This is a non-government organisation working to enhance the quality of life of the elderly in India. After over 12 years of promoting art and young artists from across the country, Tina Ambani, wife of industrialist Anil Ambani, is set to take the next step up the art ladder. Thirty international artists from around the world unveiled their unique and exclusive sculptures at the Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City (DAKC) at Navi Mumbai, Monday (Jan 14, 2008). The Harmony Art Foundation also provides an opportunity to streetchildren to showcase their works of art through Aseema, an NGO working towards rehabilitating deprived children.