Bhumika Chawla(born August 21 1978 as Rachna Chawla) is an Indian actress. She made her film debut in the Telugu film Yuvakudu (2000) and has since then worked in various Indian film industries and appeared in over thirty films in Telugu Tamil Hindi Bhojpuri Punjabi and Malayalam. She is probably best known for her critically acclaimed performances in Kushi, Tere Naam Missamma Gandhi My Father and Sathyabhama.Chawla was born in a Punjabi family in New Delhi India and completed her schooling there. She moved to Mumbai in 1997 and started her career with ad films and Hindi music video albums. She also appeared in the Zee TV series Hip Hip Hurray.Chawla started off her film career in the Telugu film industry starring in the feature film Yuvakudu (2000) alongside actor Sumanth. Her second release Kushi (2001) in which she starred opposite Pawan Kalyan was a box office success following which she acted in several films in Telugu including Okkadu (2003) opposite Mahesh Babu which became one of the years highest grossers in Telugu.