PRESS      CONNECT ME

BIO

Ashvini Bhave is a well-known Bollywood actress, a proud member of the Indian diaspora, and a versatile star of not just the cinema, but also television and theater.  Her acting career has spanned over 40 films with several critically- acclaimed performances in works such as Kalat Nakalat, Ahuti, Ashi hi banawa banvi, Bhairavi, Purush, and the blockbuster Henna by R.K. Productions. Her roles have ranged across the spectrum of human experience, including portrayals of the “other woman” in a domestic drama, a rape victim consumed by revenge, a naive college girl evolving into a clear-sighted adult, a femme fatale, and a zany comedic foil. In her more recent film Dhyanimani, Ashvini plays a barren housewife whose torment at being childless compels her to construct an alternative reality and to defend it at any price.

Ashvini has won several Best Actress and Critics’ Awards and is regarded as an actor of substance.

Ashvini’s more recent projects have focused on social causes and have inspired her to delve into a new role: executive producer. In 2002, she made her first documentary film Warli Art and Culture, a portrayal of a tribe’s artistic tradition and the modernizing forces that threaten to erase it. It screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival. In 2007, she produced her first feature film Kadachit and received accolades for her gripping performance as the protagonist.

April 2015 saw the US theatrical release of the documentary film, The Human Experiment, directed by Emmy-award winners Dana Nachman and Don Hardy. The film was narrated by Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, who also shared with Ashvini responsibilities as its executive producer. It is currently available on all major digital platforms.

Drawing on her wealth of experience in the film world, Ashvini penned a popular column of reminiscences, slices-of-life, and social observation in the leading Marathi daily Loksatta for many years. Several of these columns were collected and published as a book Manobhave in 1998. In addition to receiving a degree in Motion Pictures and Television from Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, CA, she also has a degree in philosophy from University of Mumbai.

Ashvini lives in California with her husband and two children. She continues to pursue her acting career as a lead and character actor.

BIO

Ashvini Bhave is a well-known Bollywood actress, a proud member of the Indian diaspora, and a versatile star of not just the cinema, but also television and theater.  Her acting career has spanned over 40 films with several critically- acclaimed performances in works such as Kalat Nakalat, Ahuti, Ashi hi banawa banvi, Bhairavi, Purush, and the blockbuster Henna by R.K. Productions. Her roles have ranged across the spectrum of human experience, including portrayals of the “other woman” in a domestic drama, a rape victim consumed by revenge, a naive college girl evolving into a clear-sighted adult, a femme fatale, and a zany comedic foil. In her more recent film Dhyanimani, Ashvini plays a barren housewife whose torment at being childless compels her to construct an alternative reality and to defend it at any price.

Ashvini has won several Best Actress and Critics’ Awards and is regarded as an actor of substance.

Ashvini’s more recent projects have focused on social causes and have inspired her to delve into a new role: executive producer. In 2002, she made her first documentary film Warli Art and Culture, a portrayal of a tribe’s artistic tradition and the modernizing forces that threaten to erase it. It screened at the Mumbai International Film Festival. In 2007, she produced her first feature film Kadachit and received accolades for her gripping performance as the protagonist.

April 2015 saw the US theatrical release of the documentary film, The Human Experiment, directed by Emmy-award winners Dana Nachman and Don Hardy. The film was narrated by Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, who also shared with Ashvini responsibilities as its executive producer. It is currently available on all major digital platforms.

Drawing on her wealth of experience in the film world, Ashvini penned a popular column of reminiscences, slices-of-life, and social observation in the leading Marathi daily Loksatta for many years. Several of these columns were collected and published as a book Manobhave in 1998. In addition to receiving a degree in Motion Pictures and Television from Academy of Arts University, San Francisco, CA, she also has a degree in philosophy from University of Mumbai.

Ashvini lives in California with her husband and two children. She continues to pursue her acting career as a lead and character actor.

Selfie

Folks, here is a little bit about me….let us call it my selfie
! A quick and very random peek into who I am!

✫  I didn’t choose my profession; it chose me! This is how Lady Luck does her magic, sometimes!!

✫  I love listening to Indian-classical music. Yes, even when I exercise! Go figure!

✫  My motto is simple: Love and be loved.

✫  My best qualities are hard work, being open to ideas, and be extremely patient. Try me!

✫  I struggle with…. Ahem, some other time….

✫  I love food, music, food, art, food. Did I say food?

✫  I can’t live without my family .They mean the world to me. (They ARE my world!)

✫  My family inspires me; my fans nurture me!

✫  If you asked my world-view, the journey is more fun than the destination. Have you ever felt that?

✫  I like reading recipe books…. Mark Twain can wait!

✫  When I enter the kitchen, I spring into action with childlike enthusiasm.

✫  I have chased 15 minutes all my life….just to be on time…do you?? C’mon, don’t lie!

✫  Audio books are a blessing to me! Best way to tune off from complaining kids.

✫  When I am working on a movie project I have boundless energy and creativity. It seems like a vacation; time stops for me!

✫  When you can’t find me at home, I am out in the woods exploring

✫  There is no time for me to get bored in a world as beautiful as this!

✫  There is something in the air of Calgary, Cape Town, and Serengeti park of Tanzania, that makes me want to visit them again and again.

✫  Life is better in sports shoes and by the mountains and hills.

✫  Mountains keep calling me and hills, too!

Films

“Conquer your inhibitions and you will be surprised at how amazing you can be”

I am a performer totally in love with expressing, storytelling, and being set-free to explore the possibilities, balance the odds, and come out as a winner. Film is a medium through which I express myself with  aplomb. Making my movies entertaining and giving the audience meaningful cinema is my ultimate aim. Most of my movies are a reflection of my personality and thought process and that is one of the things I love about my job; I pick my projects with great care.

Here is a compilation of my films for my lovely fans (Thank-you, fans!).

“Conquer your inhibitions and you will be surprised at how amazing you can be”.
I am a performer totally in love with expressing, storytelling, and being set-free to explore the possibilities, balance the odds, and come out as a winner. Film is a medium through which I express myself with  aplomb. Making my movies entertaining and giving the audience meaningful cinema is my ultimate aim. Most of my movies are a reflection of my personality and thought process and that is one of the things I love about my job; I pick my projects with great care.

Here is a compilation of my films for my lovely fans (Thank-you, fans!).

Marathi

Hindi

Kannada

Serial And Plays

For me acting is stepping into someone’s shoes and living someone’s life momentarily under the most imaginable situations and it is one of the most enriching experiences. I would like to share the pleasurable journey with you in this section by posting about some of the best serials and plays I have been a part of throughout my career.

SERIAL
MARATHI

HINDI

PLAY
MARATHI

MAHANT
Based on Beckett (Based on period drama) 1985

Written by V.V. Shriwadkar
Co-actors – Bal Dhuri, Smita Talwalkar,
Ravindra Mankani

Serial And Plays

For me acting is stepping into someone’s shoes and living someone’s life momentarily under the most imaginable situations and it is one of the most enriching experiences. I would like to share the pleasurable journey with you in this section by posting about some of the best serials and plays I have been a part of throughout my career.

SERIAL
MARATHI

HINDI

PLAY
MARATHI

Showreel

In these video extracts of few seconds are some of my best treasured moments and snippets from my acting career. Along with my passion and dedication towards work, if I hadn’t crossed my path with some of the most amazing directors and teams that put each film, play, and serials together I wouldn’t have been what I am today; extremely grateful, confident, and successful. Watch some of the best scenes of my career put together for all of you out there!

Ashvini Bhave | Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi

Ashvini Bhave | Henna | Showreel

Ashvini Bhave | Dhyanimani | Showreel

Ashvini Bhave | Parampara | Showreel

Ashvini Bhave | Bhairavi | Showreel

Ashvini Bhave | Productions | The Human Experiment | Documentary Trailer

Ashvini Bhave | Productions | Warli Art & Culture | Documentary

Ashvini Bhave | Lagnachi Bedi | Showreel

Filmy (Back) Stories

A lesson from the master

I was cast in a significant movie ‘Halad Rusali Kunku Hasale’, which defined my early career and was my turning point. Nilu Bhau was one of my co-actors; he is a renowned name in the Marathi film industry. The shoot was scheduled in the interiors of India’s Maharashtra state for almost a month. As soon as I reached the location, I was shocked to see where I’d be staying. We had to survive in makeshift rooms with no proper arrangements. I was furious to see it all, and refused to check-in. While I was standing across my room, I saw Nilu Bhau coming out from his room. He was smiling as ever with a composed look on his face. He came towards me and greeted with great enthusiasm. I shared my concerns with him and he very thoughtfully calmed me down. I was at once struck by his humility; if a man of that stature can stay in these conditions who am I to refuse. I immediately checked-in, but to my dismay my make-up artist and hairdresser ran away after looking at the hotel. I took the reins in my hands and did my own make-up and hair every day, without help. I even fainted on the set once because of the exhausting shooting schedule in those conditions. That day I learnt that you have to push yourself to reach somewhere. I give the entire credit to Nilu Bhau, who made me stay back. Had I given up on this film, I would have missed out on a great opportunity and wouldn’t have been rewarded and recognized so phenomenally in the entire Maharashtra state for that film.

How just one Number can rocket you to fame!

The song Aja Ve Mahi from the movie Henna was a turning point in my career. That song received appreciation and accolades globally. After the release of the movie, I was doing a show in London called Mega Artistes’ Show with some of Bollywood’s renowned and veteran actors. Since the song was extremely popular I opened the show with Aja Ve Mahi; with a bang and it garnered much admiration. After the successful event, I was strolling on the streets of London and went shopping at Harrods. While I was shopping, suddenly from nowhere 4-5 heavy built bodyguards appeared in front of me. They told me that their boss wanted to meet me so I need to go along with them. I was completely taken by shock and surprise encountering such gigantic men. I tried asking what the matter was and in that very moment came a beautiful lady. She was very tall with deep black expressive eyes wearing a scarf on her head. She was svelte and poised. She told me she was my huge fan. Due to the security reasons, she couldn’t meet me at the hotel. Somehow, she tracked me down and came to express how much she loved me and my Aja Ve Mahi number, especially that day. She presented me a huge gold diamond ring as a token of love. That was one of the most pleasant experience in my life. I was so elated to know that I was recognized globally and loved by all.

Never losing your cool!

I was a part of a historical play called Raja Sanyas. It was based on Sambhaji. Yashwant Dutt was playing the role of Sambhaji and Mr.Janardhan Sohni was playing Kabji, the advisor. I was essaying the role of Tulsi, the love interest of Sambhaji in the play. We were enacting the play in front of hundreds of people. In one particular scene Tulsi (my character) goes to meet Sambhaji in the enemy’s hideout. While they are together he recites a poem appreciating her beauty. He makes her sit on a bench and he sits on a chair opposite her. As soon as he sits on the chair it breaks and he falls down and gets stuck in the chair. It was a very crucial moment for us. Without leaving my character I moved forward to help him giving the impression to the stunned audiences that the particular scene was a part of the script. While I was trying to save the situation at that very moment, Mr.Janardhan said, ‘Dekha yeh dushman ka elaka hai yaha kuch bhi hosakta hai,’ and I immediately continued with my dialogue and so did Mr.Yashwant. All of us held the play with great poise. Neither did we give the audience a chance to mock, nor did we stop our performance. With great presence of mind we managed the show. As the popular saying goes, ‘The show must go on.’

A moment of epiphany!

I was shooting at RK studios for one of my favorite films. The hallway of the studio had a large antique mirror. On one of the days after getting ready for my shot, while walking down I looked at myself in the mirror. I felt like a princess because of the glamorous outfit and radiant make-up. I still remember the amount of hard work invested in the movie, I used to get drained while shooting because of the heavy outfit and extended working hours but the satisfaction of working on something so worthy completely balanced it. After the long and taxing shoot that day; I got back to my room, quickly changed into my regular outfit and removed my make-up. While I was leaving the studio, I randomly glanced into the same mirror again. The shift in how my image now appeared was immense. At that moment, I realized the meaning of ‘Never forget who you are.’ Never forget from where you have come, appreciate everything, and be grounded in your roots. That has been my key to success—it was my epiphany! I was so moved by this little episode that I also wrote an article on it. You can read the excerpts of the article in the blog section. I would be very happy if you guys gave it a read.

Filmy Stories

A lesson from the master

I was cast in a significant movie ‘Halad Rusali Kunku Hasale’, which defined my early career and was my turning point. Nilu Bhau was one of my co-actors; he is a renowned name in the Marathi film industry. The shoot was scheduled in the interiors of India’s Maharashtra state for almost a month. As soon as I reached the location, I was shocked to see where I’d be staying. We had to survive in makeshift rooms with no proper arrangements. I was furious to see it all, and refused to check-in. While I was standing across my room, I saw Nilu Bhau coming out from his room. He was smiling as ever with a composed look on his face. He came towards me and greeted with great enthusiasm. I shared my concerns with him and he very thoughtfully calmed me down. I was at once struck by his humility; if a man of that stature can stay in these conditions who am I to refuse. I immediately checked-in, but to my dismay my make-up artist and hairdresser ran away after looking at the hotel. I took the reins in my hands and did my own make-up and hair every day, without help. I even fainted on the set once because of the exhausting shooting schedule in those conditions. That day I learnt that you have to push yourself to reach somewhere. I give the entire credit to Nilu Bhau, who made me stay back. Had I given up on this film, I would have missed out on a great opportunity and wouldn’t have been rewarded and recognized so phenomenally in the entire Maharashtra state for that film.

How just one Number can rocket you to fame!

The song Aja Ve Mahi from the movie Henna was a turning point in my career. That song received appreciation and accolades globally. After the release of the movie, I was doing a show in London called Mega Artistes’ Show with some of Bollywood’s renowned and veteran actors. Since the song was extremely popular I opened the show with Aja Ve Mahi; with a bang and it garnered much admiration. After the successful event, I was strolling on the streets of London and went shopping at Harrods. While I was shopping, suddenly from nowhere 4-5 heavy built bodyguards appeared in front of me. They told me that their boss wanted to meet me so I need to go along with them. I was completely taken by shock and surprise encountering such gigantic men. I tried asking what the matter was and in that very moment came a beautiful lady. She was very tall with deep black expressive eyes wearing a scarf on her head. She was svelte and poised. She told me she was my huge fan. Due to the security reasons, she couldn’t meet me at the hotel. Somehow, she tracked me down and came to express how much she loved me and my Aja Ve Mahi number, especially that day. She presented me a huge gold diamond ring as a token of love. That was one of the most pleasant experience in my life. I was so elated to know that I was recognized globally and loved by all.

Never losing your cool!

I was a part of a historical play called Raja Sanyas. It was based on Sambhaji. Yashwant Dutt was playing the role of Sambhaji and Mr.Janardhan Sohni was playing Kabji, the advisor. I was essaying the role of Tulsi, the love interest of Sambhaji in the play. We were enacting the play in front of hundreds of people. In one particular scene Tulsi (my character) goes to meet Sambhaji in the enemy’s hideout. While they are together he recites a poem appreciating her beauty. He makes her sit on a bench and he sits on a chair opposite her. As soon as he sits on the chair it breaks and he falls down and gets stuck in the chair. It was a very crucial moment for us. Without leaving my character I moved forward to help him giving the impression to the stunned audiences that the particular scene was a part of the script. While I was trying to save the situation at that very moment, Mr.Janardhan said, ‘Dekha yeh dushman ka elaka hai yaha kuch bhi hosakta hai,’ and I immediately continued with my dialogue and so did Mr.Yashwant. All of us held the play with great poise. Neither did we give the audience a chance to mock, nor did we stop our performance. With great presence of mind we managed the show. As the popular saying goes, ‘The show must go on.’

A moment of epiphany!

I was shooting at RK studios for one of my favorite films. The hallway of the studio had a large antique mirror. On one of the days after getting ready for my shot, while walking down I looked at myself in the mirror. I felt like a princess because of the glamorous outfit and radiant make-up. I still remember the amount of hard work invested in the movie, I used to get drained while shooting because of the heavy outfit and extended working hours but the satisfaction of working on something so worthy completely balanced it. After the long and taxing shoot that day; I got back to my room, quickly changed into my regular outfit and removed my make-up. While I was leaving the studio, I randomly glanced into the same mirror again. The shift in how my image now appeared was immense. At that moment, I realized the meaning of ‘Never forget who you are.’ Never forget from where you have come, appreciate everything, and be grounded in your roots. That has been my key to success—it was my epiphany! I was so moved by this little episode that I also wrote an article on it. You can read the excerpts of the article in the blog section. I would be very happy if you guys gave it a read.

Productions

It takes great efforts to conceptualize and execute content worthy of my fans’ interest, so that they can enjoy it. Compiled here is some of my produced content. I will make sure to keep you all posted with my latest work.

It takes great efforts to conceptualize and execute content worthy of my fans’ interest, so that they can enjoy it. Compiled here is some of my produced content. I will make sure to keep you all posted with my latest work.

Ashvini Bhave | Productions | Kadachit

Ashvini Bhave | Productions | Warli Art & Culture

Ashvini Bhave | Productions | The Human Experiment | Documentary Trailer

Blog

Press

Get the latest updates about me and my work right here

Meet Ashvini Bhave – The woman behind Modi’s mega show in San Jose

Khupte Tithe Gupte

Manja Mulakhat With Nilima

Manjha Team In Conversation With Komal Nahta

Press

Get the latest updates about me and my work right here

Meet Ashvini Bhave – The woman behind Modi’s mega show in San Jose

Khupte Tithe Gupte

Manja Mulakhat With Nilima

Manjha Team In Conversation With Komal Nahta

CONNECT WITH ME

For professional enquiries please fill the details below

CONNECT WITH ME

For professional enquiries please fill the details below