Kishori Shahane Vij
With gifted good looks supported by sharp melodious voice, it wasn’t much difficult for Kishori Shahane to find her place into tinsel world at the right time, when she was very much in college. Having crowned with Miss Mithibai Beauty Pageant award from this popular college, known as the cultural hub of Mumbai, there was no looking back for multi-talented Kishori. Being a Mumbaite and Maharashtrian, she first entered Marathi films and shot into fame with the films ‘Maherchi Saadi’and ‘Wajva Re Wajva’;but her stage performances in plays like ‘Moruchi Maushi’. (Marathi )and ‘Aadhe Adhure’( Hindi) gave her recognition as a complete actress. Her performances in recent films like ‘Sachin’s ‘Navara Majha Navasacha’ , Ashok Saraf’s latest block buster ‘Ek Daav Dhobi Pachhad’ ( Marathi) , Hriday Shetty’s ‘Pya Mein Twist’ and Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Red’ ( Hindi) gives an idea of her ability to play different roles, maintaining her fitness level.
Kishori’s talent was noticed by dynamic Hindi film maker Deepak Balaraj Vij, with whom she did ‘Hafta bandh’, ‘Bomb Blast’,‘Shirdi Ke Sai Baba’ and ‘Mumbai Godfather’. During the making of ‘Hafta Bandh’ in 1991,both came closer and got married later. Kishori later switched over to Hindi TV serials but continued to act in Marathi and Hindi films. She became a popular TV artiste with her performances in serials like ‘Ghar Ek Mandir’, ‘Teen Bahuraniyan’ and ‘Koi Apna Sa’. Her roles in other serials like ‘Santaan’ ( Sahara), Kabhi To Nazar Milao’and Jassi Jaisi Koi Nnahin’( On Sony) ,’Sindoor( Zee Tv), ‘Yeh Dil Chhahe More’( Star One) and ‘Mere Apne’( 9X) gives an account of her well spread network on small screen.
Kishori has also excelled in Classical and folk dances and has performed live on stage not only in India but also in US and Australia. She also completed her music video ‘Saavan’ for Venus. After almost 13 years, since she became College beauty Queen, she took part in Mrs. Gladrags Beauty Pageant show and was adjudged Mrs. Gladrags Runner-up in 2003, which displays her multi-talented personality.
As a film maker, her film‘Mohatyachi Renuka’ has already received Maharashtra State award 2007, in the best editing category. This film was produced and directed by her. Her next venture as a producer will be ‘Maalik Ek’ in Hindi, based on the life of Sai Baba with Jackie Shroff performing the lead role. Many popular stars are also performing in this film. The ‘Breaking News’ is that Kishori will soon launch her next marathi film ‘Aika Dajiba’ with top stars from Marathi film industry.