Drashti Dhami

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Drashti Dhami
Drashti Dhami.jpg
Born (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 34)[1]
NationalityIndian
EducationDegree in sociology
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • dancer
Years active2007 – present
Known forMadhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi[2]
Spouse(s)
Neeraj Khemka (m. 2015)
RelativesSuhasi Dhami (sister-in-law)

Drashti Dhami (born 10 January 1985)[1] is an Indian actress and model.[3] She is known for playing Geet in Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi, Madhubala in Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, and Nandini in Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka.

In 2013, Dhami won Colors TV's Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 along with choreographer Salman Yusuff Khan. She has also established herself as one of the top actresses of Indian television.[4]

Early life[edit]

Drashti Dhami at Star One's 'Dill Mill Gayye' party.jpg

Dhami was born on 10 January 1985 to a Gujarati family in Mumbai, where she studied. She attended Mary Immaculate Girl's High School and also went to Mumbai's Mithibai College from where she has a degree in sociology.[5] Before entering into modelling, Dhami was a dance instructor[6] Dhami belongs to a conservative family. According to her interview in The Times of India, she said:

When I got [the] offer to dance in a music video ... I had to seek permission from ten different family members including my closest relatives. It was my cousin who supported me, convinced everyone and still stands by me whenever I have to take a decision on my career front. So it's not been so easy for me but my family's support is always with me."[7]

Career[edit]

Start of her career and debut show (2007–11)[edit]

Dhami began her career in modeling with print and television advertisements before debuting in the entertainment industry with her appearance in the music video for "Saiyyan Dil Mein Aana Re" followed by "Humko Aaj Kal Hai", "Teri Meri Nazar Ki Dori" and a Punjabi music video "Nachle Soniyo Tu" and worked in advertisements like Colgate with Saif Ali Khan, Lion Honey, Pulimoottil Silks, Vasan Eye care, RKS Grand (Shopping Mall), Amul, VIP Bags, Chevrolet, Reliance mobile and jewellery.[8]

Drashti Dhami at the Launch of TV serial Madhubala

Dhami got her first role was in the Star One show Dill Mill Gayye, where she portrayed Dr. Muskaan. She then appeared as the female lead on the STAR One show Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi.[5] Dhami got recognition with her portrayal of the character Geet in Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi.[9][10]

Madhubala and breakthrough role (2012–2014)[edit]

Dhami also made a brief appearance through her dance performance for the show Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha. She then played the lead role in the Colors TV serial Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon opposite to Vivian Dsena from 2012 to 2014. She won the sixth season of Indian dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa alongside choreographer Salman Yusuff Khan.[11] In June 2014, Dhami for a short duration hosted the seventh season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She is the brand ambassador of MATRIX India's hair colour brand, SoColor.[12][5] In 2015, Dhami played the roles of Rani Gayatri and Savitri on the show Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani on Zee TV.[13][14] She left the show in May 2016.[15] While playing the role of Gayatri, Dhami said:

"I do feel a little under pressure since ‘Madhubala’ was such a success. But I am also looking forward to seeing my fans’ reaction to my new show. Even my family and friends are very excited," "It found it difficult to speak in the dialect which people spoke at that time. That was challenging. Other than that, I did not have any issues with the role."[16]

In 2016, she was also part of a web series called I Don't Watch TV along with many TV celebrities.[17]

In November 2016, Dhami began playing Naina Batra, the lead in the Star Plus series and Ekta Kapoor's Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil which aired on Star Plus. She was paired opposite Arjun Bijlani.[18][19] The show went off air in June 2017.[20] In 2016, Dhami was in the short film The Change.[21] During an interview, Dhami said that she will not going to do kissing and bold scenes on screen, when asked the reason she told that this is her personal choice as she is not comfortable with it.[22][6] Much of her work in television serials has been in romance-themed shows.[23]

From June to October 2018,[24] she played Nandini, a victim of domestic violence, in the serial Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka on Colors. A critic from India Today praised her, saying that she is equally good as the television actress Sriti Jha who also portrayed a victim of domestic violence.[25][26] In Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka and Geet Huye Sab Se Parai, Dhami portrayed two times on screen wife of Abhinav Shukla.[27]

Other appearances[edit]

Dhami made an appearance on Imagine TV's reality show Big Money: Chota Parda Bada Game in 2010.[28] She later in the same year was a part of another reality show, Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan.[29] In 2011, Dhami (along with her Geet co-actor, Gurmeet Choudhary) made a guest dance performance on Rubina Dilaik & Avinash Sachdev's Chhoti Bahu - Sawar Ke Rang Rachi for a special Holi episode. Later in July 2011, she made an dance performance on Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo and later in December 2011, Dhami then made an appearance on Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani and danced along with Nishant Singh on the last episode which aired Abhay & Pia's wedding. In July 2012, Dhami made a guest appearance on Colors TV's Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha to promote her show Madhubala.

In March 2013, she made an guest appearance on Nach Baliye 5 to support her brother Jaisheel Dhami & her sister in law Suhasi Dhami who were contestants on the show.[30] In June 2014, Dhami was seen on Colors TV's Mission Sapne and later made another appearance in Comedy Nights with Kapil. In September 2015, she was seen as a guest contestant on the eighth season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to support Sanaya Irani.

Other work[edit]

Dhami was the brand ambassador for Canvironment Week 2011 and 2013 to support the cause of 'Save Our Planet'.[5] In 2016, she was part of the Swachh Survekshan 2017 Initiative for an environmentally cleaner India (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan).[31]

Dhami was also the captain for Team 'D' Celebrity Championship 2016, where six teams comprising 78 television personalities competed to help kids in need of education and food. She won, and received an award from 'I HELP A KID.COM' Celebrity Championship.[32]

In 2017, Dhami became the brand ambassador of Bajaj Brahmi Amla Ayurvedic Hair oil.[33]

Films and advertisements[edit]

2016 The Change Short Film [21]
2017 Godrej Soap (commercial video) Dhami done a bath soap advertisement with Ragini Khanna and Ekta Kaul. [34]

Personal life[edit]

On 21 February 2015, Dhami married businessman Neeraj Khemkain a traditional Hindu ceremony.[35][36] Suhasi Dhami, also an actress, is married to her elder brother Jaisheel Dhami.[37][38] Dhami said that her in-laws are very supportive when it comes to her work.[39]

Media[edit]

The media has praised her acting skills by giving the title of "Queen of Expression".[40] Bombay Times called her 'Numero Uno' actress on television.[7] Dhami is also known for her style and fashion sense.[41][42] Dhami is among the highest earning television actresses in India.[43][44] In 2011, she was voted the most desirable woman on television in polls conducted by TellyChakkar.com.[45]

Dhami was included in second place on "Television's Top 10 Actresses" list by Rediff.[46] Dhami also included in the top nine list of Indian television most stylish on-screen actress by Rediff.[47] The UK-based newspaper Eastern Eye placed her in their "50 Sexiest Asian Women" list. In 2012,[48] Eastern Eye placed her at twelfth position. Thereafter she remained in the top three spots for three consecutive years, listed at the third spot in 2013,[49] the second spot in 2014,[50] the third spot in 2015,[51] the fourth spot in 2016,[52] sixth spot in 2017,[53] and twelfth spot in 2018.[54] Dhami included in list of FHM India 100 Sexiest women of 2014 at 10th place.[55] In 2016, Dhami was nominated in "Sexiest Woman" list by FHM India.[56]

Dhami was listed eight among the "35 Hottest Actresses In Indian Television" by MensXP.com, an Indian lifestyle website for men.[57] She was ranked in 38th position in The Times of India's 2014 list of "50 Most Desirable Women".[58] According to the survey in India in 2017, Dhami was voted as desirable woman opposite to Hrithik Roshan in the list.[59]

Dhami received an offer to participate in Bigg Boss but she rejected it.[60] During her dance performance on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, film maker Karan Johar compared Dhami to film actress Zeenat Aman.[61] Filmmaker Karan Johar complimented Dhami by saying that she is better than Kareena Kapoor when she performed in the song "Halkat Jawani" from the film Heroine on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6.[62] She is also known as Madhubala from her serial Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon.[63]

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes Ref
2007–2009 Dill Mill Gayye Dr. Muskaan Chaddha Debut
2010 Big Money: Chota Parda Bada Game Guest Contestant Opposite Ragini Khanna [28]
Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Contestant [29]
2010–2011 Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi Geet Handa
2012–2014 Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon Madhubala Rishabh Kundra / Shamsher Malik
2013 Nach Baliye 5 Guest [30]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 Contestant Winner [5]
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest [64]
Mission Sapne Contestant Hosted by Sonali Bendre [65]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Host Along with Ranvir Shorey [66]
2014–2015 Box Cricket League Contestant Player in Mumbai Warriors [67]
2015–2016 Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani Gayatri Seth/Rani Gayatri Devi/Savitri Opposite Siddhant Karnick [68]
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 Guest Contestant Teen Ka Tadka with Sanaya Irani [69]
2016 I Don't Watch TV Herself Along with Karan Wahi, Sanaya, Nakuul and Karan Patel [70]
2016–2017 Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil Naina Khurana Opposite Vineet Raina [71]
2017 Nach Baliye 8 Guest To support Sanaya & Mohit [72]
2018 A Table For Two Guest Along with Nakuul [73]
Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Nandini Malhotra Opposite Shakti Arora [2]
Dance Deewane Guest To support the contestants
Bigg Boss 12 Guest To support Karanvir

Special appearances[edit]

Year TV show Channel Notes
2010 Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai Star Plus (performed with Hina Khan on last episode)
2011 Chhoti Bahu - Sawar Ke Rang Rachi Zee TV (performed with Gurmeet Choudhary)
Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani Star One (performed with Nishant Malkani)
Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo SAB TV Dance performance
2012 Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha Colors To promote Madhubala
2013 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir Star Plus Guest
2014 Beintehaa - Jazbaat Ke Rang Colors Holi special
2015 Kumkum Bhagya Zee TV Crossover special
2016 Ye Hai Mohabbatein Star Plus Naina
Saath Nibhaana Saathiya
2017 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
2018 Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Colors TV Nandini [74]
Naagin 3 with Ravi Dubey
2019 Gathbandhan Herself/Guest [75]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Show Result
2011 Gold Awards Most Celebrated Jodi

(With Gurmeet Choudhary)

Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi Won[76]
BIG Television Awards Rangeela Character Nominated
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Onscreen Couple

(With Gurmeet Choudhary)

Nominated
2013 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress In A Lead Role Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon Nominated
Best Jodi

(With Vivian Dsena)

Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Television Actor - Female Nominated
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Actress In A Drama Series Won[77]
Gold Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won[78]
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress In A Leading Role Nominated
Best Onscreen Jodi

(With Vivian Dsena)

Nominated
2018 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Nominated
2019 Lions Gold Awards Nominated

See also[edit]

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