Tina Ambani: Former actress turned philanthropist who stole Anil Ambani's heart

Updated: May 21, 2019, 21:39 | Soumil Kamat
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    Tina Ambani was born in a Gujarati Jain family to Nandkumar and Meenakshi Munim in Mumbai in 1957. She is the ninth and the youngest sibling

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    Tina Ambani completed her high school studies in 1975 from the MM Pupils Own School in Khar, Mumbai

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    Later, Tina Ambani persued Arts at Jai Hind College, a popular college at Churchgate in south Mumbai

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    Tina Ambani has a diploma in Interior Design from the Interior Designers Institute in Los Angeles and she also studied Computer Science at the Community College in Yorba Linda, in the state of California in the US

     

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    Tina Ambani was crowned Femina Teen Princess India 1975 and represented India at the Miss Teenage Intercontinental contest. She finished second runner-up in the international event

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    In 1991, Tina Ambani got married to Anil Ambani, one of the heirs of the Reliance group back then. Tina Ambani's love story is full of twists and turns like a Bollywood potboiler

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    Anil Ambani first spotted Tina Ambani at a Gujarati wedding in Mumbai. According to Anil Ambani, it was not a 'love at first sight'

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    What caught Anil Ambani's attention was Tina Ambani's saree. She was the only woman who had worn a black sari, a colour usually not worn in weddings

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    After the wedding incident, Tina Ambani and Anil Ambani met each other in Philadelphia. Anil was introduced to Tina through a common acquaintance and he asked her out. However, Tina Ambani (then Munim) politely declined Anil Ambani's offer

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    In 1986, when Tina was going through a rough phase in personal life and was not keen on meeting anyone, her nephew insisted her that she meets Anil this 'Gujarati' boy. Even though she agreed to meet Anil, she kept dilly dallying the date

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    After postponing the dates four to five time, Tina Ambani finally met Anil Ambani. The date went off well as it did not take much time for them to realise they had a lot in common. The Gujarati connection also clicked and the two soon started dating each other

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    Things were not rosy for them. Anil Ambani's family was against this union as Tina was from the film industry. Anil tried to make his family understand but the Ambanis were adamant on their decision. In the end, Anil told Tina about his family's opinion and she understood it. They did not talk after this for four years

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    Hurt, Tina Ambani went to America to study interior designing. They maintained no contact for 4 years till a day when Anil called Tina. He had heard on the television that a major earthquake had hit Los Angeles and as Tina was in LA at that time, Anil got worried and called her up to ask if she was alright. And as soon as she said 'fine', he disconnected the call. After the call, Tina was left in a state of shock

    In picture: Jai Anmol and Jai Anshul - a rare picture of Tina Ambani and Anil Ambani's kids

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    But soon things changes and just a day after her return to Mumbai, Anil Ambani took Tina Ambani to his place to meet his parents and family. Anil's parents had given their consent and the couple got married in February 1991

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    Tina Ambani and Anil Ambani have two sons Jai Anmol, born in December 1991, and Jai Anshul, born in September 1995

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    Tina Ambani retired from the silver screen to focus on welfare activities. Tina Ambani is the Chairperson of the Mumbai-based Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Harmony for Silvers Foundation and Harmony Art Foundation

    P.S: The pictures showcased in the gallery from here onwards are from Tina Ambani's Bollywood days sourced from mid-day archives

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    Tina Ambani is also Chairperson of Group CSR, Reliance Group, 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)

     

     

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    Tina Ambani is one of those rare celebrities who does not show off her celebrity status, a trait shared with her husband Anil Ambani, and passed on to her two sons, Anmol and Anshul

     

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    When asked the former actress and billionaire bahu about life Tina Ambani said, "I think it's just a feeling of security. When you have nothing to prove, no one to impress and is comfortable in your own skin."

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    Tina Ambani and Anil Ambani have raised their kids normally. Friends who know the boys speak of their uncommon grounding and normal lifestyles. "You'll never guess for a moment that they are wealthy, or are the children of celebrities," says an insider. "They count their pennies like kids their age, and have no paraphernalia surrounding them, here or abroad."

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    Tina Ambani is also the Chairperson of The Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute (KDAH) which is among the top multispecialty healthcare institutes, celebrated the completion of 10 years of redefining healthcare services in India in January 2019

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    Tina Ambani's KDAH has done more than 600 robotic surgeries in 2018, the largest such programme in the country. It has performed over 7,000 child heart surgeries with 60 per cent of them on infants less than a month old, and with a success rate of 97 per cent - its outcome matches that of Boston Children's Heart Hospital, US

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    It's a known fact that Tina Ambani worked in Bollywood before getting married. Tina Ambani signed her first film, Des Pardes, with filmmaker Dev Anand in December 1976

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    Tina Ambani worked in the film industry from 1978 to 1991

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    Tina Ambani has worked in Des Pardes, Karz, Lootmaar, Aap Ke Deewane, Rocky, Yeh Vaada Raha, Souten and many more

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    Tina Ambani's last film was Jigarwala in the year 1991

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    Tina Ambani has also served on the advisory board of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

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    Tina Ambani was nominated to the reconstituted General Assembly of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). She has been actively associated with several welfare activities such as Aseema, an NGO engaged in the rehabilitation of street children, and the restoration of Elephanta Island, a World Heritage Site near Mumbai, with the Archaeological Survey of India and UNESCO

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    In 2015 Tina Ambani shot for a cover of a magazine in which the mother of two handsome young men Jai Anmol and Jai Anshul looked every inch her old vivacious self

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About The Gallery

Tina Ambani is a former Bollywood actress who married Anil Ambani, the younger son of the late business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani. Tina Ambani is an activist, philanthropist and also heads few foundations associated with the Reliance Group. We trace her journey from an actress in the Hindi film industry to a prominent Mumbai-based personality associated in several welfare activities

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