Mahima Chaudhry is an Indian model and actress, who gained immense popularity with her debut Hindi film Pardes (1997).She was born and brought up in Assam. Mahima Chaudharys childhood picture.While studying in school, she used to participate in various sports.One of her maternal aunts, who used to make documentaries for Doordarshan, motivated Mahima to make her career in acting.Mahima then started working as a model and appeared in various print advertisements and fashion shows. Mahima Chaudhary walking the ramp in a fashion show.She came into the limelight with her TV commercial for Pepsi in 1995 along with the famous Indian actors Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai.Mahima then featured in a few more TV commercials for brands like Fair & Lovely, Hawkins, and Alapatt Jewellers.She then auditioned for a VJ in a Hindi music channel and got selected. She worked as a VJ with a few Hindi music channels.She was spotted by the Indian director Subhash Ghai in one of her music shows. Ghai offered her the lead role in the Hindi film Pardes opposite Shah Rukh Khan. She was given the name Mahima (which is also her cousins name) by Subhash Ghai because he had a superstition that all his films with the actress name starting with M have been successful. The Times of India Pardes (1997).She was then signed by the Indian filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma for the Hindi film Satya (1998). However, he started shooting with another actress without informing Mahima about the same. In an interview, while talking about it, Mahima said, I had taken the signing amount. Ram Gopal Varma didnt even have the decency to call me or my manager and inform me about the reality. I learnt from the press that he had begun shooting without me. I had already given interviews stating that I would be shooting for Satya in a week. I and Ram Gopal Varma had even discussed the look..