Birth: 25-02-1974,
Divya Bharti was an Indian film actress who starred in Hindi as well as Telugu and Tamil movies. She started her career in the South film industry with the 1990 Telugu film Bobbili Raja. After several other hits in the South, she entered Hindi films with Vishwatma in 1992, for which she earned accolades for her performance in the song Saat Samundar Paar. She appeared in more than 14 Hindi films between 1992 and 1993. Divya was in the ninth standard when she began to get film offers. As her face resembled superstar Sridevi, she got noticed by many directors and producers. At first her parents were hesitant, till Nandu Tolani offered her Gunahon Ka Devta in 1988. Divya was 14 and a 1/2 at that time. She was screen-tested by big names Boney Kapoor, Shabnam Kapoor, Shekhar Kapoor and Subhash Ghai. They all raved about her but no one signed her up. There were rumors that her childish reputation had preceded her. In magazines, she had earned a name for being wild and crazy. In fact, for his big budget film Prem, Boney Kapoor signed up Divya. Eight days later, Divya was out and Tabu was signed in. Later Subhash Ghai too called her for Saudagar opposite Aamir Khan and 20 days later she was out and he signed up Manisha Koirala and Vivek Mushran. By then, the rejections had affected fifteen year old Divya. Since she was already out of school, they would not accept her back. As a result, she was forced to sit idle. Fortunately, D. Ramanaidu, one of the biggest producers of Telugu cinema, landed up at Divya's doorstep. He offered Divya Bobbili Raja opposite his son Daggubati Venkatesh. Immediately, Divya got a Tamil Film and Rajiv Rai approached her for Vishwatma. Barely 16, Divya met Sajid Nadiadwala in 1990 at Film City, when Sajid dropped by the sets to meet his friend Govinda on the sets of Shola Aur Shabnam. It was Govinda who introduced Sajid to Divya. Soon, it became a routine for the unit to see Sajid on sets everyday. She married Sajid Nadiadwala in May 1992. Divya's career was cut short due to her untimely death on 5th April, 1993. Divya's two completed films, Rang and Shatranj, were released months after her death. These films, in addition to several films produced by her husband Sajid Nadiadwala, were dedicated to her memory.