5' 3" tall, Bhoomika Chawla was born on August 21 in New Delhi. Her father was a military officer who was posted in various places across the country, so she saw much of India. Her elder brother is also a military officer. Bhoomika finished her schooling in Delhi and moved to Mumbai in 1997 for work on her career starting in ads and music videos. Her campaign for Ponds talcum powder became popular and inevitably, film offers followed. She got an offer from the Telugu film industry and though "Yuvakudu" (2000) was her first movie, she became popular with mega hit "Khushi" (Telugu). She won the "Best Actress Award" for the film Kushi.
Chawla was born in a Punjabi family in New Delhi, India and completed her schooling there. Her father was an Army officer. She moved to Mumbai in 1997 and started her career with Ad films and Hindi music video albums. She appeared in the Zee TV series Hip Hip Hurray.
Chawla started off her film career in the Telugu film industry, starring in the feature film Yuvakudu (2000) alongside actor Sumanth. Her second release, Kushi (2001), in which she starred opposite Pawan Kalyan was a box office success, winning her the Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu) following which she acted in several films in Telugu, including Okkadu (2003) opposite Mahesh Babu and Simhadri (2003) opposite Jr. NTR, which became two of the year's highest grossers in Telugu. Meanwhile, she made her debut in the Tamil film industry as well, starring in the film Badri (2001) opposite actor Vijay, which was followed by her second Tamil film Roja Kootam (2002).
After a number of critically and commercially successful films in the South, Chawla starred in her first Bollywood film, Tere Naam (2003), alongside Salman Khan. The film was one of the year's highest grossers It was a critical success and her performance in the film won her many positive notices as well as several nominations for Best Debut at different award ceremonies. She was nominated for her first Filmfare Best Actress Award and won the Best Debut trophy at the Zee Cine Awards ceremony.
Subsequently, she got to star in a number of Hindi films as Run (2004), a remake of the same-named Tamil film, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa (2004), again opposite Salman Khan, Silsilay (2005) and Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... (2005) alongside Amitabh Bachchan. She returned to Telugu, acting in the films Naa Autograph (2004) (a remake of the Tamil film Autograph) and Jai Chiranjeeva, alongside Chiranjeevi and Sameera Reddy. Whilst Chawla's performance in the former won her accolades and the CineMAA Jury Award for Best Actress, the latter went to become a super hit film.
In 2006, Chawla appeared in the Tamil film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, alongside real-life couple Surya and Jyothika which became a big hit worldwide, whilst playing a vital role in the Hindi film Family - Ties of Blood, in which she shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, and starring in the Telugu fantasy film, Mayabazar. Following which, she acted in the Hindi film Gandhi, My Father as Gulab Gandhi and enacted the title roles in the Telugu films Sathyabhama, in which she played a woman who suffers from Short-term memory loss, and Anasuya, a crime thriller, and in the Bhojpuri film, Gangotri, a sequel to the successful 2006 Bhojpuri film Ganga, acting again alongside Amitabh Bachchan.
In 2008, she made her debut in the Punjabi film industry, starring in Yaariyan, opposite Gurdas Maan, following which she debuted in Malayalam as well, starring in Bhramaram alongside Mohanlal. Currently, she is working on half-a-dozen films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, which include Thangar Bachan's Kalavadiya Pozhudugal opposite Prabhu Deva in Tamil, Yagam alongside Navdeep and Sathyaraj in Telugu and Classmates, a remake of the same-named Malayalam film, in Hindi.
Bhumika Chawla married her long-time boyfriend and Yoga teacher Bharat Thakur on 21 October 2007 at Devlali, Nashik in a Gurdwara. She went regularly to Thakur's courses and is said to have dated him for four years, before eventually marrying him. Bhumika has two siblings; one brother, who is an army officer, and one sister, both elder to her.
Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Yuvakudu Sindhu Telugu
2001 Badri Janaki Tamil
2001 Khushi Madhumitha Telugu
2001 Snehamante Idera Yuvrani Padmini Telugu
2002 Roja Koottam Mano Tamil
2002 Vasu Divya Telugu
2003 Okkadu Swapna Reddy Telugu
2003 Missamma Meghana Telugu
2003 Simhadri Indu Telugu
2003 Tere Naam Nirjara Bharadwaj Hindi Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2003 Aadanthe Ado Type Telugu Special appearance
2004 Run Jhanvi Choudhry Hindi
2004 Samba Nandu Telugu
2004 Naa Autograph Divya Telugu
2004 Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa Dhani Hindi
2005 Silsilay Zia Rao Hindi
2005 Dil Jo Bhi Kahey... Dr. Gayarti Pandey Hindi
2005 Jai Chiranjeeva Neelima Telugu
2006 Sillunu Oru Kaadhal Ishwarya Tamil
2006 Family - Ties of Blood Dr. Kavita Hindi
2006 Mayabazaar Anupama Telugu
2007 Gandhi, My Father Gulab Gandhi Hindi
2007 Sathyabhama Sathyabhama Telugu Nandi Special Jury Award
2007 Gangotri Gangotri Bhojpuri
2007 Anasuya Anasuya Telugu
2008 Swagatham Vidhya KK Telugu
2008 Mallepuvvu Malleshwari Kanneganti (Malli) Telugu
2008 Yaariyan Simran Punjabi
2009 Bhramaram Jaya Malayalam
2009 Naa Style Veru Parvati Telugu
2009 Amaravathi Amaravathi Telugu
2010 Yagam Nandini Telugu
2010 Thakita Thakita Professor Telugu also Producer
2010 Collector Gaari Bharya Indira Gautam Telugu
2012 Godfather Kannada Special Appearance
2012 Kalavadiya Pozhudugal Jayanthi Tamil Delayed
2012 Bheeshma Telugu Filming
2012 Alivelu Manga Alivelu Manga Telugu Filming
2012 Rathrimazha Malayalam Filming
2012 April Fool Telugu Filming
2013 Buddy Padma Malayalam Filming
The Punjabi-speaking Chawla family welcomed their youngest and latest arrival, Rachna, on August 21st 1978 in Delhi, India. They would call her by the nickname of Guddiya. Her dad is an officer in the Indian Army, her mom's name is Bali. Her brother, too, is in the Indian Army. She has an elder sister.
Aftre completing her schooling in Delhi, Rachna, began her career with Hindi music videos albums, appeared in 'Ponds Talcum Powder' advertisements amongst others, and then went on to star in 'Yuvakudu' in Telegu opposite Sumanth in the year 2000. This is how Rachna became Bhoomika. Her second release 'Khushi' in Telegu bagged her the best actress award. Since then she has acted in about 25 Hindi, Telegu, and Tamil movies. Her debut in Bollywood was in the 2003 hit 'Tere Naam' opposite Salman Khan.
She has not only acted opposite Salman Khan, but also with Abhishek Bachchan in 'Run', and has recently been involved in the filming of 'Gandhi My Father' and "Benaam' which are to be released in the near future.