Himani Shivpuri at the launch of her show, I Luv My India.
24 October 1960 |
Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Himani was born into a middle class Garhwali Brahmin family settled in Dehradun, Uttrakhand. Her father Haridutt Bhatt was a Hindi teacher at The Doon School. While at school in Dehradun, she was actively involved in dramatics. She began a parallel career in theatre while studying for a postgraduate degree in Organic Chemistry.
She married the Kashmiri Pandit actor Gyan Shivpuri, who died in 1995. She has a son, Katyayan.
Shivpuri made her film debut in 1984 with Ab Ayega Mazaa, followed by In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones a TV film, in (1989), also starring Shahrukh Khan. She acted in many art films thereafter like Shyam Benegal's Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1993) and Mammo (1994), though her big commercial break came with Sooraj R. Barjatya's Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994).
She made her television debut with the serial Humrahi (DD National), directed by Kunwar Sinha, which gave her considerable popularity as her role of Devki Bhojai was widely appreciated. Earlier, she had made brief appearances in Lekh Tandon's TV show Phir Wahi Talash and Shyam Benegal's Yatra. After Humrahi, she became a regular feature on Indian television, starring in serials like Hasratein on Zee TV in 1995 as an unsatisfied wife forced to marry a man double her age and looking out for extramarital affairs to satiate her needs, Kasautii Zindagi Kay, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as Raksha, Chandni, Dollar Bahu (Zee TV), Josh (Star Plus), Ek Ladki Anjaani Si and most recently in Ghar Ek Sapna (Sahara One), and India Calling (Star One). She has starred Baat Hamarri Pakki hai on Sony Entertainment Television Asia.
Though she works mainly in character actor, she has done some memorable roles in films like Koyla (1997), Pardes (1997), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Anjaam (1994) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998).
Himani Shivpuri now plays Kul in Zee's Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah.
Shivpuri is awarded with 19th JAI National Award by Journalist Association of India under the flagship of Journalists Federation of India, in the presence of Oscar Fernandes (former cabinet minister), Kapil Sibal (cabinet minister), and H.K. Sethi, secretary general of Journalists Federation of India.
She briefly appeared in a short documentary film The Facebook Generation. produced by Blue Strike Productions and Dev Samaj Modern School and Directed by Sahil Bhardwaj.The film competed in Reel to Real film making competition at Harmony 2012 organised by The Global Education and Leadership Foundation and was among the top 10 finalists.
Journalist Association of India www.jaoi.org (H K Sethi Secretary General) Journalists Federation of India www.jfoi.org
1. 19th JAI National Award 2011 under the flagship of Journalist Federation of India www.jfoi.org 2. 'Uttrakhand Gaurav Samman' 3. Sangeet Natak Akademi award, 2014–15 4. Lifetime Achievement Award, 'Cine and Television Artists Association' 5. National Award, 'All India Journalist Association for Films and TV' 6. 'Shri Kant Varma' award, Theatre Acting 7. 'Indian Icon Award' from TIMES 8. 'Ashirwad', 'Colors' and 'PETAL' awards for television
Contribution to the field- Having done over 200 films in Indian cinema, over 50 television serials and staged countless plays, Himani Shivpuri continues to be one of the only few actors who is equally active in theater, television and in films. She is part of the visiting faculty of the Mumbai University and the selection and planning committee of the National School of Drama and its theater company ‘Repertory’. She has represented India in theater in the 'Festival of India' in England Germany and Poland. She has performed plays abroad in countries like Dubai, Kuwait, UK, among st others. She has also participated in worlds’ women playwright conference
Contribution to society- Himani shivpuri regularly conducts workshops and teaches young boy and girls the art of acting. In her lifetime, she has taught thousands, a lot of who are successfully pursuing their dreams. She is part of the ‘Aasha’ foundation where she regularly teaches underprivileged children. She regularly aids charitable organizations like SAVE and CRY and is actively involved in planting trees to make a better environment and in the prevention of cruelty towards animals.