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Bhagyashree in 2012
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Himalaya Dasani[1]

Bhagyashree Patwardhan is an Indian actress, who appears in Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Telugu and Bhojpuri films. She made her acting debut with the film Maine Pyar Kiya, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Bhagyashree has appeared in over 20 films, and has also worked in television, debuting with a role on the show Kachchi Dhoop.

Early life[edit]

Bhagyashree "hails from the royal family of Sangli in Maharashtra."[2] Her father, Vijay Singhrao Madhavrao Patwardhan, is the Maharaja of Sangli.[3] She is the eldest of three daughters, the other two being Madhuvanti and Purnima.[4]


She started her acting career with Kachchi Dhoop, which was based on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. She had been approached by Amol Palekar, a renowned actor-director, and had offered her to act in the serial, due to the original actress who had been abandoned the project abruptly.

Bhagyashree in 2015

She made her film debut in the 1989 blockbuster film Maine Pyaar Kiya with Salman Khan. This remains her most successful and best known film to date.[5] After marriage, she acted in three films: Peepat's Qaid Main Hai Bulbul, K.C. Bokadia's Tyagi and Mahendra Shah's Paayal, all opposite her husband in 1992. She also acted with Avinash Wadhawan in Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi (1993). This was her last Hindi film in the 1990s and she went on to appear in a few Tamil and Telugu films. She made her Telugu debut in the film Yuvaratna Rana (1998). She also made appearances in many television series. She returned to Hindi films in the mid 2000s appearing in Maa Santoshi Maa (2003), Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006)[6] and Red Alert: The War Within (2010).

After a gap of several years, she made her comeback to television with the TV serial Laut Aao Trisha aired on Life OK from 2014 to 2015.[7] She is also set to return to films with the Telugu remake of the 2014 Hindi film 2 States.[8]

Other ventures[edit]

Bhagyashree is the promoter of the media company Shrishti Entertainment with her husband.

In March 2015, Bhagyashree became brand ambassador of the Bhagyashree Scheme, launched by the Government of Maharashtra.[9] Bhagyashree Scheme caters to girl child from below poverty line families.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Bhagyashree is married to Himalaya Dasani, who was arrested for his involvement in a gambling racket.[11] They have two children, a son and a daughter.[12][13]



Year Film Role Notes
1989 Maine Pyar Kiya Suman Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1992 Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul Pooja Choudhry
Tyagi Aarti Shakti Dayal
Paayal Paayal
1993 Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi Roopa
1997 Ammavra Ganda Kannada film
Sautan Ki Sautan
Omkaram Shashi Telugu film
1998 Rana Dr. Kasthuri
1999 Satru Dhwansa
2002 Shotru Dhongsho Borsha/Urmi Bengali film
2003 Avunaa!
Maa Santoshi Maa
2005 Hawas Bhojpuri film
Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle
Ego Chumma Deda Sasurji
2006 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye Simran Kohli Special appearance
Janani Akanksha
Gandugali Kumara Rama Kannada film
2007 Janam Janam Ke Jismani Saath Jyoti Bhojpuri film
Mumbai Aamchich Marathi film
2009 Zhak Marli Bayko Keli
2010 Sati Behula Bengali film
Red Alert: The War Within Uma
2013 Deva Bhojpuri film
2019 Seetharama Kalyana Meera Kannada film
2 states Telugu film


Year Show Role Notes
1987 Kachchi Dhoop Alka Television debut[14]
1987 Honi Anhoni
1987 Kisse Miya Biwi Ke
1999 Didi Ka Dulha Apna Bana Lu
1996 Samjhota
1996 Saraab
1997 Aandhi Jazbaton Ki Politician
1999 Jaan Radha
2000 Sambandh
2001 CID Nupur Episodic role
2002 Kaagaz Ki Kasti Aarti
2002 Jubilee Plus Anchor (herself)
2002 Smriti Sandhya Dhanrajgir
2002 Tanha Dil Tanha Safar
2003 Kabhie Kabhie Sanobar Kabir Episodic role
2009 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 Contestant Reality dance show
2014–2015 Laut Aao Trisha Amrita Swaika [15][16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1990 Filmfare Award Best Female Debut Maine Pyar Kiya Won
1990 Filmfare Award Best Actress Maine Pyar Kiya Nominated
2014 Indian Television Academy Awards Performer of The Year – Female Laut Aao Trisha Nominated


  1. ^ a b IANS (13 July 2014). "I never went away from my fans: Bhagyashree". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Beyond the coyness..." The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 March 2011.
  3. ^ "' I like to know all the details of my role beforehand' : Bhagyashree". Indian Television Dot Com. 22 August 2002.
  4. ^ "Bhagyashree: I have no regrets". Rediff. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  5. ^ "I'm happy to be known as 'Maine Pyar Kiya' girl: Bhagyashree". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Bhagyashree back on the big screen". 14 August 2007.
  7. ^ "Bhagyashree Patwardhan back to screens with Laut Aao Trisha". IANS. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Bhagyashree to make a comeback with 2 States Telugu remake - Times of India".
  9. ^ "Maharashtra Government launches Bhagyashree Scheme for girl child, to be linked with Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Scheme".
  10. ^ PTI. "'Bhagyashree' scheme for girls in Maharashtra". The Hindu Business Line.
  11. ^ Khan, Faizan (3 July 2019). "Bhagyashree's husband Himalaya Dasani arrested by Amboli police in gambling racket". Mid Day. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  12. ^ "Bhagyashree's son Abhimanyu: People only recognised me when they saw me with mom". Hindustan Times. 27 August 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  13. ^ Shah, Gunjan (25 November 2019). "Salman Khan to say "Maine Pyaar Kiya" to Bhagyashree's daughter Avantika?". Republic World. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Coming of age: Bhagyashree made her debut with Kachchi Dhoop". 4 March 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  15. ^ Hegde, Rajul (17 July 2014). "Bhagyashree: Salman is looking incredibly good now". Rediff. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Bhagyashree Returns to Small Screen with Life OK's New Show". 25 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014.

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