Mahi Gill



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.

Mahi Gill at Gang of Ghosts trailer launch in PVR, Mumbai on 11th Feb 2014 shown to user 34610

Early life and education

Gill was born in Chandigarh, Punjab. She completed her Masters in theater from Panjab University, Chandigarh in 1998.

Career

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.

Filmography

Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Hawayein Lali Punjabi
2004 Khushi Mil Gayee
2006 Sirf Panch Din
2007 Khoya Khoya Chand Starlet at Prem Kumar’s house Hindi
Mitti Wajaan Maardi Rani Punjabi
2008 Chak De Phatte Simran Punjabi
2009 Dev.D Parminder (Paro) Hindi Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
Gulaal Madhuri Hindi
Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat Dolly Hindi Credited as Rimpy Gill
Aagey Se Right Sonia Bhatt Hindi
2010 Dabangg Nirmala Hindi
Mirch Hindi Special appearance in an item number
2011 Utt Pataang Sanjana Mahadik Hindi
Not A Love Story Anusha Chawla Hindi
Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Madhavi Devi Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Michael Rwitika Hindi
2012 Paan Singh Tomar Indira Hindi
Carry On Jatta Mahie Kaur Punjabi
Dabangg 2 Nirmala Pandey Hindi
2013 Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns Madhavi Devi Hindi
Zanjeer Mona Darling Hindi
Thoofan Telugu
Hikk Naal Rani Punjabi Filming
Gurlej Sikdar Wali Gurlej Punjabi Filming
Bullett Raja Hindi Special appearance in song “Don’t Touch My Body”
2014 Gang of Ghosts Manoranjana Kumari Hindi
Buddha in a Traffic Jam Hindi Delayed
2015 Singh Of Festival Punjabi With Roshan Prince
Shareek Jassi Punjabi With Jimmy Shergill

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards
  • 2010: Best Actress (Critics); Dev.D
  • 2012: Best Actress; Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster (nominated)
Screen Awards
  • 2010: Most Promising Newcomer – Female; Dev.D
IIFA Awards
  • 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