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Bhagyashree in 2012
Born (1969-02-23) 23 February 1969 (age 52)
OccupationActress, social worker
Years active1989–present
Himalaya Dasani
(m. 1990)
Children2, including Abhimanyu Dassani

Bhagyashree Patwardhan (born 23 February 1969)[1] is an Indian actress and social worker. The recipient of a Filmfare Award, she is best known for her roles in Hindi language film and television.

Bhagyashree had her breakthrough starring as Suman in the film Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), for which she received critical acclaim, and it has since become her signature work; for her performance, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. In the 1990s, she took on roles less frequently in films, only starring in Tyagi (1992) and Rana (1998), to focus on her marriage with Himalaya Dasani.

Bhagyashree's career had a resurgence starting from the 2000s, where she appeared in various independent films such as Shotru Dhongsho (2002) and Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle (2006), before taking on roles in films such as Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006), Red Alert: The War Within (2010) and Seetharama Kalyana (2019).

Aside from her film roles, Bhagyashree also directed the television series Studio One (2005), and had a starring role in Laut Aao Trisha (2014–2015), for which she was nominated for an Indian Television Academy Award. She also works as a social worker.

Early life[edit]

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


Bhagyashree in 2015

She started her acting career with the 1987 television serial Kachchi Dhoop, which was based on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. She was approached to act in the serial by Amol Palekar, a renowned actor-director who offered her the role as the original actress had abandoned the project abruptly.

She made her film debut in the 1989 commercially successful Hindi film Maine Pyaar Kiya, starring alongside Salman Khan where she played Suman. This remains her most successful and best known film to date.[5] After marriage to Himalaya Dassani, 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.[6] She also acted with Avinash Wadhawan in Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi in 1993.[7] This was her last Hindi film in the 1990s and she went on to appear in a few Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films. She made her Telugu debut in the film Yuvaratna Rana (1998). She also appeared in episodes of the television series CID and Kabhie Kabhie.[citation needed]

She returned to Hindi films in the mid 2000s appearing in Maa Santoshi Maa (2003), Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006)[8] 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.[9] In 2019, she appeared in the Kannada film Seetharama Kalyana. She is set to return to Telugu films with the Telugu remake of the 2014 Hindi film 2 States.[10]

In 2021, she will be making a comeback to Hindi films with the upcoming releases Thalaivi and Radhe Shyam.[11]

Other ventures[edit]

In March 2015, Bhagyashree became brand ambassador of the Bhagyashree Scheme, launched by the Government of Maharashtra.[12] Bhagyashree Scheme caters to girl child from below poverty line families.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Bhagyashree and her son, Abhimanyu Dassani at Wardha Nadiadwala's special screening of Heropanti in 2014

Bhagyashree married Himalaya Dasani in 1990.[14][15][16] They have two children, a son and a daughter.[17][18] Her son, Abhimanyu Dasani, won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance in the 2019 film Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota.[19]



Year Film Role Notes
1989 Maine Pyar Kiya Suman
1992 Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul Pooja Choudhry
Tyagi Aarti Shakti Dayal
Paayal Paayal
1993 Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi Roopa
1997 Ammavra Ganda
Sautan Ki Sautan
Omkaram Shashi
1998 Rana Dr. Kasthuri
2002 Shotru Dhongsho Borsha/Urmi Bengali
2003 Avunaa!
Maa Santoshi Maa
2006 Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle Bhojpuri
Humko Deewana Kar Gaye Simran Kohli Special appearance
Janani Akanksha
Gandugali Kumara Rama
2007 Janam Janam Ke Jismani Saath Jyoti
Mumbai Aamchich Marathi
2009 Zhak Marli Bayko Keli Marathi
2010 Sati Behula Bangladeshi film
Red Alert: The War Within Uma
2013 Deva
2019 Seetharama Kalyana Meera
2021 Radhe Shyam Releasing
Thalaivi Releasing


Year Show Role Notes
1987 Kachchi Dhoop Alka
2001 CID Nupur
2003 Kabhie Kabhie Sanobar Kabir
2005 Studio One - Director
2009 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 Contestant
2014–2015 Laut Aao Trisha Amrita Swaika

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. ^ "Happy birthday Bhagyashree; The 'Maine Pyaar Kiya' actress quit films for this shocking reason - OrissaPOST". OrissaPOST. 23 February 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  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. ^ Goyal, Divya (14 August 2020). "Bhagyashree Revisits Italy Trip With Husband Himalaya Dasani: "Once Upon A Sea Swim"". NDTV. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  7. ^ "सलमान ख़ान की 29 साल पुरानी हीरोइन भाग्यश्री जब इस अंदाज़ में सिनेमा हॉल पहुंची, देखें तस्वीरें". Dainik Jagran (in Hindi). 6 July 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Bhagyashree back on the big screen". Manchester Evening News. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  9. ^ IANS (17 June 2014). "Bhagyashree Patwardhan back to screens with Laut Aao Trisha". Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  10. ^ Paul, Papri (14 March 2018). "Bhagyashree to make a comeback with 2 States Telugu remake". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  11. ^ Panchal, Komal RJ (24 February 2021). "Bhagyashree on quitting films after Maine Pyar Kiya: I did not value my success". The Indian Express. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Maharashtra Government launches Bhagyashree Scheme for girl child, to be linked with Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Scheme". India Today. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  13. ^ PTI (24 January 2018). "'Bhagyashree' scheme for girls in Maharashtra". @businessline. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  14. ^ Khan, Faizan (3 July 2019). "Bhagyashree's husband Himalaya Dasani arrested by Amboli police in gambling racket". Mid Day. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  15. ^ IANS (13 July 2014). "I never went away from my fans: Bhagyashree". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Bhagyashree reveals she was separated from husband Himalaya for 1.5 years: I still get scared". India Today. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  17. ^ Suri, Rishabh (27 August 2018). "Bhagyashree's son Abhimanyu: People only recognised me when they saw me with mom". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  18. ^ Shah, Gunjan (25 November 2019). "Salman Khan to say "Maine Pyaar Kiya" to Bhagyashree's daughter Avantika?". Republic World. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  19. ^ Kulkarni, Onkar (17 February 2020). "Abhimanyu Dassani on receiving the trophy from his mother Bhagyashree: 65th Amazon Filmfare Awards 2020 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 February 2020.

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