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Sophie Choudry
Born Sophia Choudhry
18 February 1981 (age 28)
London, United Kingdom
Other name(s) Sophiya Chaudhury, Sophie Chaudhary
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter, VJ, model, anchor
Years active 2000-present

Sophie Choudry (born as Sophia Choudhry)[1] is an Indian film actress, singer, former 'MTV India' VJ and occasional model and anchor.

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Early life

Sophie was born and brought up in London, UK.[2 ] Her father adored Sophia Loren and hence her birthname is "Sophia", however she now goes by the name "Sophie". She has one elder brother.[1]

She studied at the London School of Economics, graduating in European politics and French [1][2 ] and is also a gold medallist from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[3] Furthermore, she studied for nearly two years at the "Sciences Po", an esteemed political institute in Paris, France, where many French politicians studied.[4] While still studying, Choudry became a VJ for Zee UK.[5]

Sophie is a polyglot, able to speak fluently English, Hindi, Urdu, French and Italian and sings in these languages as well as in Spanish, Punjabi and Arabic.[1][6] She is trained in various dance styles, including Indian classical dance as Bharatnatyam, which she learnt in London for four years, and Kathak, which she learnt in Mumbai for two years as well as in Western dance as salsa.[5] She is also well trained in Western classical music, which she learnt for three years in the UK from Helena Shenel,[7] as well as in Indian classical music, which she learnt from Pandit Ashkaran Sharma.[3]

Career

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Music

Having completed her education, Sophie decided it was time to follow her dreams and she began her singing career. When she was 13 years old, her talent was discovered by noted music director Biddu, who launched her musical career.[3][5] She, at first, lent her voice as back-up for pop- and playback singers Shweta Shetty and Alisha Chinai.[1]

In 2000, she started her career as a pop singer with her all-girl band "Sansara" with a song which Sophie herself wrote ("Yeh Dil Sun Raha Hai"). Very soon the band separated and Choudry started her solo singing career, donning the videos "Habibi" and "Le Le Mera Dil" in 2001.[3]

She then moved to Mumbai in 2002, becoming a VJ for MTV India and hosting the popular show MTV Loveline,[3] which eventually gained her popularity.[8] In November 2003, she released her first super-hit remix album "Sophie & Dr. Love"; Mera Babu Chail Chabila. The album was a chart-topper for six months in India and broke records in the U.K Asian Pop Charts by holding the number 1 spot for 12 weeks. The album contained old classics by Runa Laila, Nazia Hassan and Salma Agha. The video was directed by Rao and Sapru of Kaanta Laga fame and music remixed by Harry Anand.

Less than one year on, Sophie returned with her newest offering "Babylove"; Ek Pardesi Mera Dil Legaya. According to Sophie, she listened to over 400 songs in order to come up with her perfect 12.[3] Songs on this album include Dil Ke Armaan, Ghar aaya Mera Pardesi

She is currently working on her new album, which will have no remixes, but only original numbers. She worked with well known music composers as Rishi Rich, Bappi Lahiri, Biddu and Gaurav Das Gupta in the album,[5] which will be released in October 2009.[9]

Filmography

Year Film Role Language Notes
  Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Special Appearance Hindi
2005 Shaadi No. 1 Dimple Kothari Hindi
Pyaar Ke Side Effects Tanya Hindi
I See You Dilnaaz Bagga Hindi
2007 Heyy Babyy Hindi Special appearance
Aggar Nisha Raval Hindi
Speed Monica Monteiro Hindi
2008 Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Hindi
Kidnap Hindi
2009 Aa Dekhen Zara Bindiya Avasti Hindi
Daddy Cool Ayesha Hindi
Chintuji Menka Hindi
Alibaug Nisha Hindi Filming

Discography

  • Le Le Mera Dil (2001)
  • Sophie & Dr. Love (2003)
  • Baby Love (2004)
  • Sound of Sophie (2009)

Awards

  • 2001: UK Asian Pop Award for Best Female Newcomer[7][10][11]
  • 2004: Lycra MTV Style Award for Most Stylish Female in Music[12]
  • 2005: Bollywood Music Award for Best Female Pop Artist

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Sophie Choudry". MTV INDIA. http://www.mtvindia.com/vjs/sophie.html. Retrieved 2009-03-06.  
  2. ^ a b "'I'm single and loving it'". Rediff. http://movies.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/sep/04/slide-show-1-sophie-chowdry-gets-candid-with-fans-on-rediff-chat.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-04.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Sophia with love...". The Hindu. http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mp/2004/12/16/stories/2004121600290200.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-04.  
  4. ^ "Sophie Chaudhary excited about Aa Dekhen Zara". bollyspice.com. http://www.bollyspice.com/view.php/2451-sophie-chaudhary-excited-about-aa-dekhen-zara.html. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  5. ^ a b c d ""Shaadi No. 1 is something I will never regret!" - Sophie Choudry". bollyspice.com. http://www.bollyspice.com/view.php/3295-shaadi-no-1-is-something-i-will-never-regret-sophie-choudry.html. Retrieved 2009-09-04.  
  6. ^ "Sophia with love...". The Hindu. http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mp/2004/12/16/stories/2004121600290200.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  7. ^ a b "The versatile veejay". The Hindu. http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mp/2002/12/09/stories/2002120901620200.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  8. ^ "I'm India's Goldie Hawn: Sophie Choudhry". buzz18.in.com. http://buzz18.in.com/interviews/movies/im-indias-goldie-hawn-sophie-choudhry/107111/0. Retrieved 2009-09-04.  
  9. ^ "'Mumbai has given me so much'". Rediff. http://movies.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/sep/04/slide-show-1-sophie-chowdry-gets-candid-with-fans-on-rediff-chat.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-04.  
  10. ^ "Omar Explores Sophia Choudry". desiclub.com. http://www.desiclub.com/desimusic/desimusic_features/printlisting.cfm?id=56. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  11. ^ "Sophie Chaudhary". ganaga.com. http://www.ganaga.com/itemgirls/Bollywood_Item_Girl_Sophie_Chaudhary.asp. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  
  12. ^ "The Lycra® MTV Style Awards – Winners". MTV India. http://www.mtvindia.com/styleawards/pastawards.html. Retrieved 2009-09-05.  

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