Jui Gadkari is a Marathi television actress. She is most popular for her role as Kalyani from the serial ‘Pudhacha Paul’.
Early Life & Background
Jui was born on 8th July 1988 in Kalyan, Mumbai in a joint family. She is the daughter of Ketan Gadkari, a Play Writer-Rhythmist, who works in MTNL and Netra Ketan Gadkari, who too works in MTNL. She is the great-granddaughter of the famous Marathi literary Ram Ganesh Gadkari.
Jui later, shifted to her aunt’s place to complete her schooling from Navi Mumbai’s St. Xavier’s Group of Schools, St. Augustine’s High School. She completed her graduation in Bachelors of Mass Media from CHM (Chandibai Himathmal Mansukhani) College and stood first in the Mumbai University exams. Then, she completed her Post Graduation course in Advertising and Public Relations, and later, did her MBA in Marketing from Welingkar’s Institute of Research and Management, Mumbai. She is also a trained classical singer and has also learned Kathak for 2 years.
First assignment/ First major break
Jui started her career in the industry by working as an assistant director for a serial, however, her big break was the show ‘Pudhacha Paul’.
Journey in the industry
After her education, Jui did an internship with Zee Marathi, and then, worked as assistant director in a production house. However, she was removed from the job due to some reason. This shocked her as she was a topper in her college. Later, her mother insisted her to have a portfolio done and took her to the legendary photographer, late Gautam Rajadhyaksha. He guided her as a mentor and motivated her to opt for acting.
After the photo shoot, Jui once visited ND studio in Karjat with her relatives just to roam around. At that time, the auditions of the show ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was going on at ND studio. Jui’s father told her to give the audition and luckily she got selected. It was totally unexpected for her. She played the role of Chanda in the show, and was there till the last episode of the serial. In the meanwhile, she was offered ‘Majhiya Priyala Prit Kelena’ by Zee Marathi. At the same time, she got the offer for Star Pravah’s ‘Tujvin Sakhya Re’, were she played the role of Lavanya. She was doing three serials at that time. It was a bit hectic for her to travel so far and to manage three shows, but she successfully proved herself. She was also pursuing her MBA at that time.
Soon after these shows went off air, Star Pravah offered her the lead role of Kalyani in the super-hit serial ‘Pudhacha Paul’. Role of Kalyani got her into limelight and she became popular among masses. However, she left the show suddenly, and then, Swapnali was roped in to play the lead character. However, now she is back in the show with a new twist.
Jui has performed in several shows like Big Marathi Raising Stars Awards, and also performed at Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, were she did anchoring in 2012. She has also done promotional events for ‘Pudhacha Paul’ for Star Pravah. She then did ad films for Vaseline and Odomos.
Jui is looking forward to do a good movie. She says that rather than doing glamorous roles, she will definitely love to be a part of social or serious films like ‘Jogwa’. She also wishes to produce a good film with a good script.
Name of Serials
‘Bajirao Mastani’ as Chanda on ETV Marathi
‘Mazhiya Priyala Prit Kalena’ as Soniya on Zee Marathi
‘Tujvin Sakhya Re’ as Lavnya on Star Pravah
‘Pudhacha Paul’ as Kalyani on Star Pravah