Aashima Bhanushali (née Kapoor; born as Nikeeta Raina Bhanushali on 5th September 1980) in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India is a Indian film actress who appears in Bollywood Films. In the following year she became the owner of A.K Productions in 1998. She is the daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita, a younger sister of actress Karishma Kapoor also elder sister of actress Kareena Kapoor and Anisha Kapoor who is a Doctor.

Kapoor made her debut with a romantic drama Tum Meri Jeevan Saathi Ho in (2000), in the following year Kapoor acted in a melodrama film which was Kabhi Kuch Pyaar Hota hai (2001), which was one of Kapoor's biggest commercial successes to date. Kapoor's career improved when Kapoor appeared in Satya (2002), a thriller film for which Kapoor won her first Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. In 2003 Kapoor appeared in a blockbuster film Bhoot Prarate (2003), where she portrayed a young woman named Anjali who eventually gets married to a businessman, suddenly she dies and the she turns in to a spirit. In 2004 Kapoor portrayed a sex worker in Chameli: Ek Phool (2004), which was the turning point of her career. After her marriage she made her comeback Kapoor appeared in romantic thriller Fida (2004), Kapoor portrayed a femme fatale, a young women named Anita Malhotra, who use her charm to seduce men only for money and for revenge, which happen to be her first negative role of her career. Kapoor's performance was well praised by the critics which led her on winning her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress and also her second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for her performance in 2004. Kapoor played the female lead in Jab Hum Miley, an romantic comedy in (2007), for which she received a Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She has established herself as a leading actress of Hindi Cinema.

Early life and background

Born into a film family as Nikeeta Raina Kapoor in Mumbai, Maharashtra India on 5th September 1980, Kapoor is the second elder daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita (née Shivdasani) her elder sister Karishma Kapoor and her younger sister Kareena Kapoor are both actresses. Kapoor's youngest sister Anisha Kapoor was a former indian actress later became a Doctor in 2001. Often informally referred to as Amy, she is the granddaughter of actor and filmmaker Raj Kapoor and niece of actor Rishi Kapoor. According to Kapoor, She is of Punjabi descent on her father's side and on her mother's side she is Sindhi.

Describing herself as a "very naughty [and] spoilt child", Kapoor's exposure to films from a young age kindled her interest in acting. Despite her family background, her father disapproved of women entering films because he believed it conflicted with the traditional maternal duties and responsibility of women in the family. This led to a conflict between her parents, and they separated. She was then raised by her father along with her grandfather and grandmother. Her mother had taken her siblings but did several jobs to support her 3 sisters until her elder sister Karishma Kapoor debuted as an actress in 1991. After living separately for several years, her parents reconciled in October 2007. Asked about her relationship with her father, Kapoor remarked, "My father is [...] an important factor in my life. I recognise my father as a idol, which I can follow. I have a very strong relationship with my father because he supported me with my decisions I have taken. [A]lthough, He used to let me meet my mom and my sisters. Especially my eldest sister in vacation times, but now we are family now." Kapoor attended Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai, followed by Welham Girls' School (a boarding school) in Dehradun along with her younger sister Kareena Kapoor. According to Kapoor, she was a good student and received first-class honors in all subjects except mathematics which made Kapoor the highest student in her whole class. After graduating from Welham she studied commerce for two years at Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics in Vile Parle (Mumbai). Kapoor then registered for a three-month summer course in microcomputers at Harvard University in the United States. She later developed an interest in law, and enrolled at the Government Law College in Churchgate; during this period, she developed a long-lasting passion for reading. However, after completing one year at Churchgate, Kapoor decided to pursue her interest to become an actress. She began training at an acting institute in Mumbai mentored by Kishore Namit Kapoor, a member of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).


Kapoor first appeared on Television very young and was doing commercial adverts. after seen in an advert Kapoor was offered an indian soap opera Kayamath which began in 1999 When Kapoor was 18 years old. It began on 15th February 1999. Kapoor was known for her advert and the producer of Kayamath saw her ad and choose Kapoor to play Prachi Inder Shah but Kapoor had refused to take up the role but later her elder sister Karishma Kapoor had convinced her and she taken up the role of Prachi Shah. Kapoor described Prachi as ..'(shy)'girl. Kayamath only ran for 4 years therefore Kapoor was well praised for her role Prachi Shah.

1999-2004 Kayamath as Prachi Shah/Mishra/Prachi Neev Shergill

Personal Life

Kapoor had shifted along with her younger sister Anisha Kapoor Joshi in Manchester in 1998. Kapoor met builder Amit Bhanushali in Los Angeles in 1997 at the age of 16 years old but after 4 years of dating in 2003 Kapoor got engaged to him on 1st January 2003. In the following year at the age of 23 years old Kapoor married long term boyfriend Amit Bhanushali on 4th January 2004. After two years of marriage Kapoor had gave birth to her first child, a baby girl and named her Namarata Anjali Bhanushali, who was born on the 9th September 2006 in Leicester. After 7 years later Kapoor had given birth to her second child, baby boy and named him Nikhil Arjun Bhanushali, who was born the 5th March 2013 in Leicester. After her marriage she now lives in Leicester with her husband Amit Bhanushali and her 2 children. In 2006 Kapoor became vegetarian influenced by a book she was given by her husband.

See Also

A.K Production


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Tum Meri Jeevan Saathi Ho Saniya Kapoor Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
2001 Mujhe Tumse Kuch Kehna Hai Pooja Kumar
2001 Zindagi Hamari Isha Singh Puri
2001 Aap Kaun Hai Sonia Mehra Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2001 Kahin Pyaar Mehi Priya Kumar
2001 Kabhi Kuch Pyaar Hota Hai Anisha Kapoor/Raichand Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2002 Satya Sanjana Sharma Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2002 Tumse Pyaar Karoge Veera Bakshi
2003 Tumhare Bina Priya Malhotra Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2003 Bhoot Prarate Anjali
2003 Khatil Mithali Bhatia
2003 Vishwas Ritu Verma
2004 Chameli:Ek Phool Chameli Special Award for Best Performance
2004 Rudraksh Pooja Joshi
2004 Raksha Sonali Kapoor
2004 Roothbath Kamna Sharma
2004 Fida Anita Mehra/Malhotra First Villain Role-Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress-(Credited as married name Aashima Bhanushali)
2004 Keemath Nisha Choudary
2005 Humraaz: Unlimited Expose Priya Malhotra
2005 Musafir Aisha Azeem/Hussain Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Filmfare Awards for Best Actress
2005 Tum Meri Sapne Meh Anjail Sharma
2006 China Town Priya Malhotra
2006 Chupke Chupke Shruti Chauhan/Sharma
2006 Ek Vivah: Bond of Love Kamini Kapur Nominated - Filmfare Awards for Best Actress
2007 Khel Mein Pyaar Herself Special Appearance in the song "Move Your Body"
2007 Jab Hum Miley Geet Dhillon/Kashyap Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2007 Paagal Pyaar Mein Tina Chubal
2007 Yaadon Rituka Tandon/Agarwal Special Appearence in a flashback of a song
2008 Lajjo Payal Shah Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2008 Kismat Talkies Neha Verma
2008 Jeevansh Amrita Ahuja
2008 Samchar Talkies Reporter Simrata (Simi) Nominated - Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2008 Tasveer 8 Ayesha Joshi
2008 Jahaan Mayuri Chawla
2008 Tumhara Bateemeez Dil Dia Choudary
2009 Kismat Shivani Khurana
2009 Dulhara Chandni Kapoor/Kashyap
2009 Kambatkat Shudhi Samaira Ahuja
2009 Mr and Mrs Singh Priya Singh/ (Mrs Singh) Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2009 Kasam Avantika Ahuja/ Khan Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2010 Hum Miley Priya Malhotra/Kapur
2010 Mann Gauri Saxena
2010 Mushkil Meenakashi Mathur Nominated -Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2010 Yaad Anamika Sahni
2010 Raaz Preetika Sahi
2010 Dhruv Radhika Sahni (Radhu) Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2011 Kahani Sonia Singh
2011 Zindagi Hameesha Kiara Malhotra
2012 Ek Dhayar Hina Kapoor
2012 Pyaar ki Baadal Malini Singh
2012 Ek Heroine Mahi Khanna Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2012 Thalishi Simran
2013 Teri Ishq Mein Saniya Rathra
2013 Shuddi Desi Mona Talwar
2013 Dhamand Meghna Sharma Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2013 Raaz Dobara Rritika Sharma/ Singh Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2014 Kush Chandrika Sahani
2014 Kabhi Khushi Aur Vaada Herself Special Appearence in the song Ishq Ishq Mein
2014 Shakle: The Un Truth Raima Verma Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2014 Hum Aur Tum Pyaar Howa Hai Raina Kumar
2015 Punjab House Sameera Kaur/Kapoor ak (Sammi)
2015 Farz Shanaya Singhania/Singh
2015 Raksha Rasika Basu/Sengupta
2015 Kuch Hai Is Tara Meh Tara Maheshwari
2016 Zindagi Humsafar Kaya Sharma/Deewan
2016 Ishq Hai Awara Amira Yadav
2016 Black Diamond Amaya Mathur (ak Amu)
2016 Isaan Anjana Basu (Anju)
2016 Sanam Re Rubina Khurrana/Ruby
2016 Khawashi Tumhare Aur Meri Rhea Sachdev
2017 Adhuri Kahani Suhani Birla
2017 Nach Le Ishita Sabarwal
2017 Zindagi Ki Vajha Veera Juneja
2017 Kismet Rehana Sahani
2017 Sheetal Herself Special Appearence in the song Vaada Tumhara
2017 Wajha Tum Hi Ho Aakanksha Sahani/Malhotra
2018 Hamara Sapna Amrita Ahlawat
2018 Zindagii Shweta Agarwal
2018 Anamika: The Untold Story Anamika Maheshwari
2018 Meri Humsafar Ki Kahani Zoya Ali Khan/Mehra
2018 Chand Ki Sirfarish Mitali Sharma/Chatterjee
2018 Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Bandhan Ho Amrya Gill
2019 Qayamaat Ki Raat Filming
2019 Raat Ki Baatein Upcoming