Mahi Gill (also known as Mahie Gill; born 19 December 1975) is an Indian actress, working in the Bollywood industry. She is best known for her role of Paro in Anurag Kashyap’s critically acclaimed Hindi film Dev.D, a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Bengali novella Devdas for which she also won the 2010 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. She started her career in Punjabi films before making a debut in Bollywood with Dev.D.
She consequently gained recognition after portraying Madhavi Devi, a sexually frustrated Begum in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, as well as its sequel, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns.
Early life and education
Gill was born in Chandigarh, Punjab. She completed her Masters in theater from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1998.
Gill got her first break with the Punjabi based Bollywood film Hawayein and has done a couple of Punjabi films along with theatre. Anurag first saw her at a party and instantly finalized her to play the character of Paro in movie Dev D. She worked in Ram Gopal Verma’s Not a Love Story which was based on Niraj Grover Murder case of 2008. She also worked in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster withJimmy Shergill and Randeep Hooda which was released on 30 September 2011. This movie earned her a nomination at the FilmFare awards for best actress.
Gill appeared in Paan Singh Tomar with Irrfan Khan. It is the true story of an athlete who became a dacoit. In this, she played the title character’s wife. Gill made her Telugu debut with Apoorva Lakhia’s film Toofan, simultaneously shot with the Hindi version, Zanjeer. She did her first ever item number in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s film Bullett Raja starring Saif Ali Khan.
Khushi Mil Gayee
Sirf Panch Din
Khoya Khoya Chand
Starlet at Prem Kumar’s house
Mitti Wajaan Maardi
Chak De Phatte
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat
Credited as Rimpy Gill
Aagey Se Right
Special appearance in an item number
Not A Love Story
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Paan Singh Tomar
Carry On Jatta
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
Gurlej Sikdar Wali
Special appearance in song “Don’t Touch My Body”
Gang of Ghosts
Buddha in a Traffic Jam
Singh Of Festival
With Roshan Prince
With Jimmy Shergill
Awards and nominations
2010: Best Actress (Critics); Dev.D
2012: Best Actress; Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster (nominated)
2010: Most Promising Newcomer – Female; Dev.D
2010: IIFA Star Debut Award; Dev.D
2010: Best Actress; Dev D (nominated)
2012: Best Actress; Saheb Biwi aur Gangster (nominated)
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
2013: Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – Female; Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns