Rakhi Sawant at a talk show with Kapil Dev for Aaj Tak channel.
November 25, 1978 |
Worli, Mumbai, India
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Occupation||Actress, Television presenter, Dancer|
Rakhi Sawant (Hindi: राखी सावंत) (born on 25 November 1978) is an Indian dancer, Hindi film and television actress and television talk show host. She has appeared in many Hindi films and few Kannada, Marathi, Telugu and Tamil films in roles commonly attributed to item girls.
Early life 
Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda to Jaya Bheda. Jaya married Sawant, a police constable at Worli Police Station, and gave her children her second husband's name Sawant. Rakhi attended Goklibai High School in the Vile Parle suburb of Mumbai and later studied arts at Mithibai College. She is the sister of film director Rakesh Sawant and former actress Usha Sawant.
In 1997, Rakhi debuted with the unnoticed film Agnnichakr as Ruhi Sawant. She continued acting in some more low-budget Bollywood films. She did few small roles & dance numbers as a junior artist in films like Joru Ka Ghulam, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain & Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke and went unnoticed.
In 2003, she auditioned for an item number in the Bollywood movie, Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne. She auditioned about four times before being finally selected for her breakthrough item number, "Mohabbat Hai Mirchi", composed by Himesh Reshammiya. She also bagged a small role in the film for which she gained visibility. After that, Sawant acted in small roles in some more films including Masti & Main Hoon Na
In 2005, she appeared in the music video "Pardesia" of music album D.J. Hot Remix-Vol.3 & gained popularity for her dancing abilities. After this, she featured in music videos of many other music albums & Bollywood item numbers.She is known for cheap tactics to gain media & public attention, though she has succeded in only drawing negative publicity.
Television debut & success (2006–Present) 
In June 2006, Mika Singh attempted to kiss her at his birthday party, which converted into a major media controversy. A few months later, she appeared in the first season of the reality show Bigg Boss and was among the top four finalists.
In 2007, Rakhi made her singing debut in the album titled Super Girl launched by Venus Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd. In 2009, Sawant launched her reality show Rakhi Ka Swayamwar in which she planned to select her future husband by the ancient ritual of Swayamvar. On 2 August 2009 she chose her life partner, a contestant from Toronto, Canada, Elesh Parujanwala. However, several months later, Sawant announced that the couple had separated due to irreconcilable differences.
Continuously appearing in numerous reality shows either as a host, judge or participant, Sawant has been a regular stage performer as well. She has performed in many awards ceremonies & television shows. In 2012, she performed a comedy act with Shahrukh Khan & Ranbir Kapoor at the 57th Filmfare Awards. In May 2012, she announced that she would be working in the Bengali remake of the film The Dirty Picture.
|1999||Dil Ka Sauda||Rambha||Hindi|
|2000||Joru Ka Ghulam||Chandni||Hindi|
|2000||Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain||Hindi|
|2001||Ehsaas: The Feeling||Hindi|
|2002||Badmaash No. 1||Hindi|
|2002||Na Tum Jaano Na Hum||Disco Shanti||Hindi|
|2003||Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne||Sheena||Hindi|
|2004||Masti: Sanam Teri Kasam||Ms. Saxena||Hindi|
|2004||Main Hoon Na||Mini||Hindi|
|2004||Saatchya Aat Gharat||Marathi|
|2005||Khamoshh... Khauff Ki Raat||Kashmira||Hindi|
|2007||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Pooja Bedi||Hindi|
|2007||Journey Bombay to Goa: Laughter Unlimited||Deepa Kutti||Hindi|
|2007||Buddha Mar Gaya||Kim / Vishkanya||Hindi|
|2008||Gumnaam- The Mystery||Ria's friend||Hindi|
|2009||Dil Bole Hadippa!||Shanno Amritsari||Hindi|
Item Numbers 
|2001||Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke||Hindi||"Bam Bhole Bam Bhole"|
|2003||Aanch||Hindi||"Hai Re Umariya 16 baras Ki"|
|2004||"Satchya aat gharat||Marathi||"Hil pori hila"|
|2005||Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena||Hindi||"Ankhiya Na Maar Mere Yaar Mundiya"|
|2005||The Powerful Man||Hindi||"Chikna Badan"|
|2006||Hot Money||Hindi||"Daulat Hai Karishma"|
|2006||Malamaal Weekly||Hindi||"Kismat Se Chalti Hai"|
|2007||Geleya||Kannada||"Nanna Stylu Berene"|
|2008||Krazzy 4||Hindi||"Dekhta Hai Tu Kya"|
|2008||1920||Hindi||"Jab Das Jaaye Bichua"|
|2008||Mudrank – The Stamp||Hindi||"Mohabbat Kya Hoti Hain"|
|2009||Muthirai||Tamil||"Night Is Still Young"|
|2009||Drona||Telugu||"Sayya Re Sayya Re"|
|2010||Horn Ok Please||Hindi||"Pom Pom"|
|2010||Marega Salaa||Hindi||"Sehra Sehra Tujhpe Dil"|
|2011||Gahraee||Hindi||"Meri Jawani AK47"|
|2011||Loot||Hindi||"Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le"|
|2012||Rakhtbeej||Hindi||"Latto Ghuma Re Chora"|
|2012||Om Shanti||Bengali||"Chonnara Dil Thame Dekhle Rakhi"|
|2012||Valentine's Night||Hindi||"Gaye Re Gaye Saand Paani Mein"|
Music Videos 
|2005||"Pardesiya Yeh Sach Hai Piya Remix"||D.J. Hot Remix-Vol.3||Hindi|
|2006||"Kajra Nite Remix"||Kajra Nite Remix||Hindi|
|2008||"Tu Dissda"||Club Mix||Hindi|
|2006||Bigg Boss 1||Sony TV||Contestant|
|2007||Comedy Ka Badsshah- Hasega India||Sony TV||Judge alongside Raju Srivastav|
|2007||Nach Baliye 3||STAR Plus||Participant along-with Abhishek Avasthi (Runner-up)|
|2008||Yeh Hai Jalwa||9X||Contestant (Winner with her team Chiller party)|
|2008||The Rakhi Sawant Showz||Zoom TV||Host|
|2008||Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka||Zee TV||Judge|
|2008||Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1||9X||Contestant|
|2009||Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano||STAR Plus||Contestant|
|2009||Rakhi Ka Swayamwar||NDTV Imagine||Leading Lady|
|2009||Pati, Patni Aur Woh||NDTV Imagine||Participant along-with Elesh Parujanwala|
|2010||Zara Nachke Dikha (Season 2)||STAR Plus||Contestant (Winner with her team Masakali Girls)|
|2010||Rakhi ka Insaaf||NDTV Imagine||Host|
|2011||Maa Exchange||Sony TV||Participant along-with Jaya Sawant|
|2011||Bigg Toss||India TV||Contestant|
|2011||Ghazab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyan||NDTV Imagine||Host|
|2013||Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki||Life OK||Herself|
Other Television appearances 
- 2006– Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Zee TV)
- 2007– Let's Talk... (Zoom TV)
- 2007– Aap Ki Adalat (India TV) (Later in 2008 & 2009)
- 2007– Baa Bahoo Aur Baby (Season 1) (STAR Plus)
- 2007– Koffee with Karan (Season 2) (STAR One)
- 2008– Bigg Boss 2 (Colors)
- 2008– 10 Ka Dum (Sony TV)
- 2009– Nach Baliye 4 (STAR Plus)
- 2009– Boogie Woogie (Sony TV) (Later in 2011)
- 2009– Lux Perfect Bride (STAR Plus)
- 2010– Bigg Boss 4 (Colors)
- 2010– Jubilee Comedy Circus (Sony TV)
- 2011– Comedy Circus 3 Ka Tadka (Sony TV)
- 2011– Ratan Ka Rishta (NDTV Imagine)
- 2011– Sheela, Shagun and Meenakshi (STAR News)
- 2011– Shaadi 3 Crore Ki (NDTV Imagine)
- 2012– Bigg Boss 5 (Colors)
- 2012– All Most Famous (Zoom TV)
- 2012– Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 (Colors)
- 2012– Bigg Boss 6 (Colors)
- Sam Kumar Shukla (20 November 2008). "Rakhi Sawant goes wireless!". One India. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- ""I have served food at Tina Ambani's wedding" Rakhi". IndiaFm. One India. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- McDonald, Hamish (1999). The Polyester Prince: The Rise of Dhirubhai Ambani. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-468-3. "Dhirubhai and Kokilaben Ambani invited us to the wedding of their son Anil to Tina Munim in Bombay in January 1991..."
- "Rakhi Sawant moves women's panel against Mika". Times of India. June 16, 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- "Rakhi Sawant join hands with Shahrukh Khan-Ranbir Kapoor". OneIndia.
- "I'll do a better 'ooh lala' than Vidya:Rakhi Sawant". Times of India. May 26, 2012.
- "Rakhi Sawant dances on Jhalak Dihla Ja". Retrieved 16 June 2012.
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