Sonali Bendre

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Sonali Bendre
Sonali Bendre at IIJW 2012 ramp walk
Native name सोनाली बेंद्रे
Born (1975-01-01) 1 January 1975 (age 44)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 1994–2004, 2009–present
Spouse(s) Goldie Behl (m. 2002)

Sonali Bendre (born 1 January 1975[1]) is an Indian actress, television personality and model. She has appeared in more than 50 Hindi films in genres including romance, action and comedy. Apart from starring in Bollywood films, she has also acted in various Telugu, Tamil, Marathi and Kannada films. She was also one of the four judges in the fourth season of Indian Idol and India's Got Talent. She has been the brand ambassador for Pril soap, Surya bulbs and tubes, Omega watches, Dr. Morepen, Dabur, Vi-John Group etc. in Maharashtra and Kalyana Kanchi in Andhra Pradesh.[2][3] She would be the narrator of the TV Reality Show Mission Sapne on Colors TV.[4]

Personal life and education

Sonali was born in Mumbai into a Marathi speaking Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu family.[5] She studied in Bangalore and Mumbai in Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram and Holy Cross Convent High School, Thane. Thereafter she went to Welham Girls School, Dehradun. She married film director Goldie Behl on 12 November 2002. On 11 August 2005, she gave birth to a son, Ranveer, at the Breach Candy Hospital.[6]


Bendre started out as a model before being selected for the "Star Dust Talent Search". She was invited to Mumbai and received training from a variety of top actors and performers of the Indian film industry. Her first role was in Aag (1994) opposite Govinda.The movie flopped,but she got noticed. And she got two awards for Filmfare Award for newcomer and Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer. Though, she initially struggled to be a successful actress, she was eventually given critical acclaim for her performances in Diljale in 1996, followed by Bhai (1997), Sarfarosh, Zakhm, Duplicate, Kadhalar Dhinam (Tamil film), Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999), Tera Mera Saath Rahen (2001) and Anahat (2003) among others. She is also known for being one of the few actresses who acted opposite all top four Khans (Salman, Aamir, Shahrukh and Saif). She has also starred opposite Bollywood actors such as Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor. She also starred opposite Telugu Superstars Mahesh Babu in Murari, Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna and Nandamuri Balakrishna in films such as Indra, Shankar Dada M.B.B.S., Angaaray, Manmadhudu, Palanti Brahma Naidu and Kannada Superstar Upendra in the film Preethse (remake of Darr) That helped her to establish herself and she gain popularity in South and North. She is a well known Indian star internationally.[7][8][9]

In addition to her acting performances, she was also recognized as a graceful dancer through films such as Gaddar, Sapoot, Bombay, Lajja and Major Saab. In 2003, she made a special appearance as Shahrukh Khan's doctor named Dr. Priya in Kal Ho Naa Ho (produced by Karan Johar), which also starred Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta.[10] Bendre also starred in the theatre in a play called, Aap Ki Soniya.[11]

Television career

She also hosted a dance show on television named Kya Masti Kya Dhoom....! and was one of the judges of Indian Idol on Sony Entertainment television. She also hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards with Saif Ali Khan and Farida Jalal on 26 February 2005. She was a judge on Mr & Mrs Television, Indian Idol 4 and India's Got Talent. In 2012, she also appeared as a judge on reality dance series, Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz, on Life OK, along with choreographer Terence Lewis.[12][13]

She also appeared as a judge in India's Best Dramebaaz on Zee TV. She is next appearing as narrator in the TV Show Mission Sapne to be aired on Colors in March–April 2014.[4] Sonali has been finalized to play the lead role in Star Life OK's television serial Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh. The serial started airing in October 2014. She plays the main character called Shoba Sachdev.[14]

Bollywood comeback

At the end of June 2012, Sonali Bendre was rumoured to quit judging India's Got Talent 4. She was said to be likely replaced by Ritesh Deshmukh.[15] However, later, it turned out she opted out of the show in order to give her dates for her comeback vehicle, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!, though as of now, the channel hasn't spoken to Bendre.[16][17] Later, at the beginning of July, Sonali Bendre announced[17][18] she will be making her comeback by portraying a character connected to the one played by Akshay Kumar in the movie. Her part was described by the director Milan Luthria: "Sonali's character is called Mumtaz. The name spells enigma and is very crucial to the plot of the film. The character doesn't fit into the usual mould of a mother or a sister or bhabhi but has an identity of its own. That is what makes it special. And that's why Sonali agreed to be a part of the film."[17] She took a sabbatical from movies after 2004, then after giving birth to her son she started doing television. She refused to star in many movies, saying she wants to focus on her family, especially her son. But after she was offered Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobara, she said yes because of her friendship with Ekta and Shobha Kapoor and the fact she worked with both Luthria (Chori Chori) and Kumar (Tarazu, Sapoot, Angaaray, Keemat) before.[19][20]


Year Film Role Other notes
1994 Aag Parul Filmfare Lux New Face Award
1994 Naaraaz Sonali
1995 The Don Anita Malik
1995 Gaddaar Priya
1995 Takkar Mohini
1995 Bombay Tamil film
Special appearance(Item number)
1996 Rakshak Dr. Pooja Malhotra
1996 English Babu Desi Mem Bijuriya
1996 Diljale Radhika
1996 Apne Dam Par Special appearance
1996 Sapoot Kajal
1997 Bhai Meenu
1997 Tarazu Pooja
1997 Qahar Neelam
1998 Keemat - They Are Back Mansi
1998 Duplicate Lily
1998 Humse Badhkar Kaun Anu
1998 Major Saab Nisha
1998 Angaaray Roma
1998 Zakhm Soniya
1999 Love You Hamesha Shivani Released in 2001
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Roja Tamil film
Dubbed into Telugu into Premikula Roju
Remade into Hindi as Dil Hi Dil Mein
1999 Kannodu Kanbathellam Kalyani Tamil film
1999 Hum Saath Saath Hain Preeti
1999 Dahek Sabina Bahkshi/Neelima Bahkshi
1999 Sarfarosh Seema
2000 Chal Mere Bhai Vicky's beloved Special appearance
2000 Dil Hi Dil Mein Roja
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Khushi Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress
2000 Dhai Akshar Prem Ke Nisha Special appearance
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Saawni
2000 Preethse Kiran Kannada film
remake of Darr
2001 Murari Vasundhara Telugu film
Dubbed into Tamil
2001 Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Sapna Chopra
2001 Lajja Dancer Item number in the song "Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai"
2001 Tera Mera Saath Rahen Madhuri
2002 Indra Pallavi Telugu film
Dubbed into Hindi and Tamil
2002 Khadgam Swathi Telugu film
2002 Manmadhudu Harika Telugu film
2003 Anahat Queen Sheelavati Marathi film
2003 Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaatha Disha
2003 Palnati Brahmanayudu Siva Nageswari Telugu film
2003 Chori Chori Pooja
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Priya Guest role
2004 Shankar Dada MBBS Dr. Sunita/ Chitti Telugu film
2004 Aga Bai Arrecha! Marathi film
Item number
2013 Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara! Mumtaz Khan Special Appearance

TV shows

Year Serial Role Channel
2014 – Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Shobha Sachdev Life OK
2013 – [India's Best Dramebaaz] Judge Zee Tv

Awards and nominations

List of Acting Awards and Nominations
Year Film Award Category Result
1995 Aag Filmfare Awards Filmfare Lux New Face Award Won
1995 Aag Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won
2000 Sarfarosh International Indian Film Academy Awards IIFA Award for Best Actress Nominated
2001 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2001 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai International Indian Film Academy Awards IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2004 Anahat Star Screen Award Best Actress Marathi Won
2011 India's Got Talent Golden Petal Awards Most Chahiti Personality Won


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