Tina Ambani was an Indian film actress who had a successful Bollywood career during the late seventies and early eighties. She is married to the industrialist Anil Ambani, now one of the richest men in the world. Tina was born in Mumbai in a well to do Gujarati-speaking family. They lived in Khar, Mumbai, India. She belongs to the Svetambara sect of Jain religion. Her forefathers were royal merchants in the service of the Burmese kings under British rule. Munim was discovered by Dev Anand after she represented India at the International Teen Princess contest in Aruba, and won the Miss Photogenic and Miss Bikini awards. Tina aspired to become a Parisian trained couturier and was poised to travel there for her studies in design when approached with a cinematic offer. In 1978, Dev Anand cast her in his film Des Pardes, which launched her film career. He would repeatedly cast her in several other films, such as Lootmaar. Sunil Dutt launched his son Sanjay Dutt in his film debut Rocky. Tina was chosen as Sanjay's heroine. The screen love story is said to have blossomed into a real life affair between them, but it was short-lived. The breakup was said to have devastated Sanjay at the time, but years later, he showed up as an invited guest for her wedding to industrialist Anil Ambani. She was also romantically linked with film actor Rajesh Khanna after starring together in films such as Fifty Fifty and Souten. The relationship created a lot of publicity as Khanna was married to Dimple Kapadia when he took up with Munim, but their relationship eventually ended. Apart from Dev Anand and Rajesh Khanna, she also made a popular screen team with actor Rishi Kapoor, since they were paired romantically in six films, the most popular being Subhash Ghai's Karz. Producer-Director-Actor Rakesh Roshan also cast her several times, including for the hit film "Aakhir Kyon?". Director Basu Chatterjee repeatedly cast her in his films, such as Baaton Baaton Mein and Man Pasand. Tina's nephew Karan Shah tried to follow in her footsteps by starring in the teen love story "Jawani" (1984) opposite Neelam, but the film didn't become a hit, in spite of R.D. Burman's hit music, and Karan's film career fizzled. In the late 1980s, Munim made the conscious decision to put her Bollywood career on hiatus. She moved to California and attended college. Tina is working on "Empowering Indian Senior Citizens" and runs magazine called "Harmony". She also organizes yearly exhibits for artists, "The Harmony Show". In 1991, she returned to India and married industrialist Anil Ambani, with whom she has two sons. Today she is involved in a number of charity, arts, and talent endeavors and hasn't made any new films since 1991.
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