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Tina Ambani
Tina in 2012
Born
Tina Munim

(1958-02-11) 11 February 1958 (age 63)
OccupationActor, activist, philanthropist
Years active1975–1991
Notable credit(s)
Chairperson Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Harmony for Silvers Foundation, Harmony Art Foundation, Group CSR, Reliance Group
TitleFemina Teen Princess 1975
Spouse(s)
(m. 1991)
Children2

Tina Ambani (nee Munim) is a former Indian actress and chairperson of the Mumbai-based Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Harmony for Silvers Foundation and Harmony Art Foundation.[1] She is also Chairperson of Group CSR, Reliance Group,[2] and the Mudra Foundation for Communications Research and Education (MFFCRE), as well as Chief Mentor and Advisor for the Strategic Planning Committee of the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT). Her husband is Anil Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Group.[3]

Personal life

Tina Ambani was born on 11 February 1958.[4] Munim graduated high school in 1975 from the MM Pupils Own School in Khar, Bombay. The same year, she was crowned Femina Teen Princess India 1975 and represented India at the Miss Teenage Intercontinental contest in Aruba, where she was crowned second runner-up.[5] She subsequently enrolled in Jai Hind College for a degree in Arts. Later in 1970s, she joined the Hindi film industry and had a successful career as a leading actress, for thirteen years.

In February 1991, she married Anil Ambani, the younger son of Indian business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani who founded Reliance Industries. They have two sons Jai Anmol (born in December 1991) and Jai Anshul (born in September 1995).

Career

Films

Munim made her debut in Hindi films with filmmaker Dev Anand's Des Pardes. Her other films with Dev Anand include Lootmaar, and Man Pasand. She was cast opposite Amol Palekar in Basu Chatterjee's Baaton Baaton Mein. [6] Her notable films with Rishi Kapoor include Karz, and Yeh Vaada Raha.She starred with actor Rajesh Khanna in many films including Fiffty Fiffty, Souten, Bewafai, Suraag , Insaaf Main Karoonga, Rajput, Aakhir Kyon?, Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai, Alag Alag, Bhagwaan Dada and Adhikar.[7][8] Her last film was Jigarwala, released in 1991. In an interview to Simi Garewal, Munim said: "Sometimes I feel [that I left films too soon] too, but then I felt that there was a lot more to the world that I wanted to explore and experience, and not just stick to movies. I decided to quit. I never regretted it. I never wanted to go back, ever."

Arts and culture

With the aim to offer young artists a platform to exhibit alongside seasoned veterans and acknowledged masters, she organised the first Harmony Art show in 1995.[9] In 2008, Harmony Art Foundation showcased upcoming Indian artists at Christie's in London, drawing attention to the wealth of talent in India. The same year, she was invited to the Board of Trustees of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, which is the oldest continually operating museum in the US and houses rare Indian art treasures from the 1600s.[citation needed]

In addition, she has served on the advisory board of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.[citation needed] She was also nominated to the reconstituted General Assembly of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).[10] She has been actively associated with several welfare activities such as Aseema, an NGO engaged in the rehabilitation of street children,[11][additional citation(s) needed] and the restoration of Elephanta Island, a World Heritage Site near Mumbai, with the Archaeological Survey of India and UNESCO.[citation needed]

Tina Ambani Listening to agitated Senior citizens in Oct 2007
Tina Ambani Listening to agitated Senior citizens in Oct 2007

Elder welfare

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In 2004, Ambani established Harmony for Silvers Foundation, a Mumbai-based non-government organisation that seeks to enhance the quality of life of the elderly.[12] Its activities have included Harmony – Celebrate Age, the magazine, now in its 14th year; the portal www.harmonyindia.org; Harmony Interactive Centre for Silver Citizens, in South Mumbai; the Harmony Research Division; the Harmony Silver Awards; and the Harmony Senior Citizens’ Runs at the Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru marathons.

Healthcare

In order to bridge the gaps in Indian healthcare, Ambani launched the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute (KDAH) in Mumbai in 2009, a quaternary care facility.[5] It is the only hospital in Mumbai to receive accreditation from the JCI (Joint Commission International, USA), NABH (National Accreditation Board for Healthcare, India), CAP (College of American Pathologists, USA) and NABL (National Accreditation Board for Laboratories, India).[13] Other standouts include the first comprehensive centre for liver transplant and the first integrated centre for children's cardiac care in western India; its robotic surgery programme; the centres for rehabilitation and sports medicine; and its initiative to open 18 cancer care centres in rural Maharashtra.[14]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1978 Des Pardes Gauri Debut film
1979 Baaton Baaton Mein Nancy
1980 Karz Tina
Man Pasand Kamli
Lootmaar Neela Ramniklal
Ek Do Teen Chaar
Aap Ke Deewane Sameera
1981 Katilon ke katiloooo Petty Thief
Fiffty Fiffty Mary
Khuda Kasam Tina Hukamchand
Harjaee Geeta Chopra
Rocky Renuka Seth
1982 Yeh Vaada Raha Sunita Sikkan / Kusum Mehra / Anisha
Rajput Jaya
Deedar-E-Yaar Firdaus Changezi
Suraag Guest Appearance
1983 Souten Rukmani Mohit
Bade Dil Wala Rashmi Sinha
Pukar Usha
1984 Sharara One of the only two films with Mithun Chakraborty
Karishmaa Radha
Wanted: Dead or Alive Neeta
Aasmaan
Paapi Pet Ka Sawaal Hai
Zindagi Jeene Ke Liye
1985 Alag Alag Chandni
Insaaf Main Karoonga Seema Khanna
Aakhir Kyon? Indu Sharma
Bewafai Asha
Bayen Hath Ka Khel
Yudh Anita / Rita
1986 Samay Ki Dhaara Rashmi A. Verma
Bhagwaan Dada Madhu
Adhikar Jyoti
1987 Kamagni Megha Alok Nath's only solo hero movie
Muqaddar Ka Faisla Nisha
1988 7 Bijliyaan
1991 Jigarwala Sohni

References

  1. ^ Ghosh, Labonita (12 August 2011). "Harmony art show, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Research Institute keep Tina Ambani busy". The Economic Times.
  2. ^ Dharampur, Shrimad Rajchandra Mission. "Gandhi Revisits the Royal Opera House After 81 Years With an Untold Story in Indian History /PR Newswire India/". www.prnewswire.co.in.
  3. ^ "It Was An Earthquake That Brought Anil Ambani-Tina Munim Together After Their 'Four-Year-Separation': Here's A Love Story That's No Less Than A Bollywood Rom-Com!". Daily.bhaskar.com. 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Tina Ambani's birthday". Republic World. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Tina Ambani: Every organ wasted is a potential life lost". The Times of India.
  6. ^ "42 years of Baton Baton Mein: Revisiting Basu Chatterjee's love letter to Mumbai". Indian Express.
  7. ^ "I've always been a working woman: Tina Ambani". India Today.
  8. ^ "Tina Ambani". IMDb.com.
  9. ^ "Tina Ambani - Any museum I create will not merely be art". Livemint.com.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Art with a heart" (PDF). Aseema.org.
  12. ^ "Harmony for Silvers Foundation honours 10 Silver Achievers on 1st October, World Elders Day". Indiainfoline.com.
  13. ^ "Mumbai: Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital gets JCI accreditation - Medical Dialogues". Medicaldialogues.in. 13 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Kokilaben Hospital to set up 18 cancer care centres in Maha". The Times of India.
Awards and achievements Preceded byRadha Bartake Miss Teenage Intercontinental India1975 Succeeded byKalpana Iyer Preceded by Lisa Langlois Miss Teenage Intercontinental2nd runner up1975 Succeeded by Barbara Ann Neefs