Rashami Desai

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Rashmi Desai
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Rashmi Desai
Born Divya Desai
(1986-08-04) 4 August 1986 (age 28)
Nagaon, Assam, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Fashion model, Actress, television presenter, dancer
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Nandish Sandhu (m. 2012)

Rashmi Desai (born Divya Desai; 4 August 1986) is an Indian television actress. She is best known for playing the role of Tapasya Thakur (Tappu) in the popular television soap opera, Uttaran on Colors. She has acted in many B grade movies before shifting to television. She has also acted in Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Manipuri and Bhojpuri movies.

Early life[edit]

Rashmi was born in Nagaon to a Gujarati family. She did her schooling from Ulubari High School. Rashmi is also a trained Kathak and Bharatnatyam dancer.


Rashmi Desai who started her career at an early age, got her first break in Ravan on Zee TV followed by Meet Mila De Rabba on Sony TV and started acting in the show Uttaran on Colors on 20 June 2009. Later, in March 2012 she opted out of the show Uttaran as she didn't believe she could portray an older role after the leap.[1] On 7 November 2012, she has returned to Uttaran in positive shades.[2]

She has worked in other serials including Pari Hoon Main. She has also done episodes for Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai. She has featured in reality shows such as Comedy Circus, Maha Sangram, Zara Nachke Dikha, Crime Patrol, Big Money, Kitchen Champion Season 2, "Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala" and Jhalak Dikhhla ja. In Jhalak season 5 2nd runner-up

Personal life[edit]

Rashmi with her husband Nandish Sandhu

Desai is married to her co-star, Nandish Sandhu, since 12 February 2012. They tied the knot in Dholpur.[3] She is a very active person and likes to take part in dance and reality TV shows and recently she participated on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5[4] which also aired on Colors TV. She has appeared on Shekhar Suman hosted Movers and Shakers show.[5]

She is currently starring as herself on the comedy show Nautanki:The Comedy Theatre on Colors.


  • Pyar Jab Kehu Se Hoi Jala - Bhojpuri
  • Kab Hoi Gauna Hammar - Bhojpuri
  • Balma Bada Naadan - Bhojpuri
  • Bambai Ki Laila Chapra Ka Chaila - Bhojpuri
  • Tohse Pyar Ba - Bhojpuri
  • Sathi Sanghati - Bhojpuri
  • Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke - Hindi
  • Dabangg 2 - Cameo Appearance in a song - Hindi
  • Konnyadaan - Cameo - Assamese

TV shows[edit]

Year Serial Role Channel
2006–2008 Raavan Mandodari Zee TV
2008–2008 Pari Hoon Main Nikki/Pari Star One
2008–2009 Meet Mila De Rabba Meher Sony TV
2008–2008 Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai Mona Star One
2008–2014 Uttaran Tapasya (Tapu) Colors TV
2011–2011 Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala Herself Star Plus
2012 Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Herself Sony TV
2012 Haunted Nights Shivani Sahara One
2012 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Herself Colors TV
2012 Comedy Circus 3 Special Appearance in 3 Ka Tadka Episode Sony TV
2013 Nautanki - The Comedy Theatre Natkhat Saali Colors TV
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest who comes to live in Sharma house Colors TV
2015 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 6) Contestant Colors TV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Rashmi Desai awards and nominations

Rashmi Desai at the 10th Indian Telly Awards
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Awards won 20
Nominations 24
Year Award Category Show Result
2009 9th Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female)
2010 10th Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Won
10th Indian Telly Awards Most Popular Negative Actor (Female) Won
16th Lions Gold Awards Favorite Television Actor in Negative Role (Female) Won
FICCI Frames Excellence Awards Best Television Actor (Female) Won
Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards Best Television Actress Won
3rd Boroplus Gold Awards Best Negative Actress (Popular)[6] Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Best Television Actor (Female) Won
2011 The Global Indian Film and Television Honours Best Television Actress Won
Gr8! Women Achiever's Awards Gr8 Face of the Year Won
News Maker's Award Best Actress on Television Won
4th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress (Jury) Won
Best Actress (Popular) Won
Golden Petal Awards Most Lokpriya Face (Female) Nominated
Most Lokpriya Jodi
Alonwith Gaurav Chopra
Apsara Awards Best Actress Won
BIG Television Awards BIG Namkeen Character Female (Fiction) Won
BIG Khatarnak Character Female (Fiction) Nominated
2012 Golden All India Achiever's Award Excellence in Acting Won
Trans Media Special Award Best Actress Won
Apsara Awards Best Actress Nominated
Colors Golden Petal Awards Most Lokpriya Dancing Diva Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Won
2013 19th Lions Gold Awards Most Entertaining Face on TV Won


  1. ^ [1].
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ It feels good to be married: Nandish Sandhu, 2 March 2012]
  4. ^ Rashmi Desai Sandhu is scared of 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' choreographer, 1 September 2012
  5. ^ Rashmi Desai sizzles on Movers & Shakers, 23 May 2012, ...Beautiful and popular actress Rashmi Desai aka Tapasya Thakur of Uttaran fame will be seen on SAB TV's Movers and Shakers
  6. ^ "Gold Awards (2010) | Watch Online Hindi Movies, Live Indian TV , Radio And More". Hindilinks4u.net. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 

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