Drashti Dhami

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Drashti Dhami
Drashti Dhami at Star One's 'Dill Mill Gayye' party.jpg
Born (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 32)[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Education Degree in Sociology
  • Actress
  • model
  • dancer
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Neeraj Khemka (m. 2015)
Relatives Suhasi Dhami (sister-in-law)

Drashti Dhami (born 10 January 1985)[1] is an Indian actress who works in the Hindi television industry and is a model and dancer. Dhami establishing herself as one of the most popular actresses in the industry. Dhami is recognized for her roles in the shows Dill Mill Gayye, Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani[2] and Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil[3]. Dhami is included several times in "50 Sexiest Asian Women" list by Eastern Eye. Dhami is also the winner of dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 6 in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Dhami was born on 10 January 1985 to a Gujarati family in Mumbai where she also 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.[4] Before entering into modelling, Dhami was a dance instructor. She did it for six months for pocket money.[5] Dhami belongs to a conservative family. According to her interview in itimes, 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."[6]


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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 done 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.[7]

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.[4] Dhami got recognition with her portrayal of the character Geet in Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi.[8][9]

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 2012-2014. She is also the winner of the sixth season of Indian dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa alongside choreographer Salman Yusuff Khan.[10] In June 2014, Dhami for a short duration hosted the seventh season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She has been roped in as the face of MATRIX India's hair colour brand - SoColor as the brand ambassador of that product.[11][4] In 2015, Dhami played the roles of Rani Gayatri and Savitri in a show Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani on Zee TV.[12][13] She left the show in May 2016.[14] During 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.”[15]

In 2016, she was also part of a web series called I Don't Watch TV along with many TV celebrities.[16]

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 seen paried opposite Arjun Bijlani.[17][18] The show went off air in June 2017.[19] In 2016, Dhami done the short film called The Change.[20] 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.[21][5]

Other work[edit]

Dhami was also the Brand Ambassador for Canvironment Week 2011 and 2013 to support the cause of 'Save Our Planet'.[4] In 2016, Dhami was part of the Swachh Survekshan 2017 Initiative. An initiative for an environmentally cleaner India (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan).[22] Dhami has appeared on various magazine covers over the years.[citation needed]

Dhami was also the captain for Team 'D' Celebrity Championship 2016, where 6 teams comprising 78 television personalities competed to help kids in need of education and food. Dhami won Celebrity Championship 2016 and received an Award from 'I HELP A KID.COM' Celebrity Championship.[23]

Personal life and popularity[edit]

Drashti Dhami at the Launch of TV serial 'Madhubala' (2).jpg

On 21 February 2015, Dhami married businessman Neeraj Khemka.[24][25] Suhasi Dhami who is also an actress is married to her elder brother 'Jaisheel Dhami'.[26][27] Dhami said that her in-laws are very supportive when it comes to her work.[28] Dhami maintains a Twitter [29] and a Instagram [30] account.

Dhami is one of the most well-known and admired Indian television actress.[6] The media praises her acting skills by giving the title of 'Queen of Expression'.[31] Bombay Times called her 'Numero Uno' actress on television.[6] Dhami is also known for her style and fashion sense.[32][33] Dhami is among the highest earning television actress in India.[34][35] In 2011, Dhami was voted the most desirable woman on television in polls conducted by TellyChakkar.com.[36]

Dhami was included in second place on "Television's Top 10 Actresses" list by Rediff.[37] Dhami also included in the top nine list of Indian television most stylish on-screen actress by Rediff.[38] The UK-based newspaper Eastern Eye placed her in their "50 Sexiest Asian Women" list. In 2012, 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, the second spot in 2014, the third spot in 2015 and the fourth spot in 2016.[39][40][41][42][43] Dhami included in list of FHM India 100 Sexiest women of 2014 at 10th place.[44] In 2016, Dhami was nominated in "Sexiest Woman" list by FHM India.[45]

Drashti Dhami at AVBFW 2013 - Day 6.jpg

Dhami was listed eight among the "35 Hottest Actresses In Indian Television" by MensXP.com, an Indian lifestyle website for men.[46] She was ranked in 38th position in The Times of India's 2014 list of "50 Most Desirable Women".[47] In 2017, The Times of India included Dhami in 7th position in the list of television actresses that are popular than Bollwood heroines.[48] In 2015, Dhami was voted the most prominent and hottest actress in polls by BollywoodLife.com.[49][50] According to the survey in India in 2017, Dhami was voted as desirable woman opposite to Hrithik Roshan in the list.[51]

Dhami received an offer to participate in Bigg Boss but she rejected it.[52] During her dance performance in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, film maker Karan Johar compared Dhami to film actress Zeenat Aman.[53] Film maker Karan Johar complimented Dhami by saying that she is better than Kareena Kapoor when she performed on 'Halkat Jawani' song from the film Heroine in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6.[54] Dhami received an offer for Singham Returns but she rejected it.[55]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes tv shows that have not yet been released
Year TV Show Role Co-Star TV Channel Notes
2007–09 Dill Mill Gayye Doctor Muskaan Chadda Mayank Anand STAR One Support role
2010-11 Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi Geet Handa/Geet Maan Singh Khurana Gurmeet Choudhary Lead role
2012-14 Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon Madhubala Rishabh Kundra/ Madhubala Raja Khushwa(dual role) Vivian Dsena Colors Lead role
2015-16 Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani Gayatri Seth/Rani Gayatri and double role Savitri Siddhant Karnick Zee TV Lead role
2016-17 Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil Naina Batra/ Naina Raghav Mehra Arjun Bijlani Star Plus Lead role

Reality appearances[edit]

Special appearances[edit]

Year TV Show TV Channel Month
2011 Chhoti Bahu - Sawar Ke Rang Rachi Zee TV March 2011 (Performed along with Gurmeet Choudhary)
2011 Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani Star One December 2011 (Performed along with Nishant Singh)
2011 Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo SAB TV July 2011
2012 Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha Colors July 2012
2014 Beintehaa - Jazbaat Ke Rang Colors March 2014
2016 Ye Hai Mohabbatein and Saath Nibhana Saathiya Star Plus November 2016 Naina Batra ( Special Appearance )


Year Film Role Ref
2016 The Change N/A [20]


Year Award Show Category Result
2011 Zee Gold Awards Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi Most Celebrated Jodi (shared with Gurmeet Choudhary) Won[65]
BIG Television Awards Rangeela Character Nominated
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Onscreen Couple with Gurmeet Choudhary Nominated
Golden Petal Awards Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon Most Lokpriya Naya Sadasya Female Won
Most Sanskaari Vyaktitva Nominated
2013 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated
Best Jodi (shared with Vivian Dsena) Won
Golden Petal Awards Best Jodi Won
Most Lokpriya Face Female Nominated
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Television Actor - Female Nominated
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Won[66]
Zee Gold Awards Best Actress - Critics Won[67]
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2015 Zee Rishtey Awards Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani Favourite Beti Won
Favourite Pati-Patni Rishta Nominated
Favourite Saas-Bahu Rishta Nominated
Favourite Bahu Nominated
2017 Star Parivaar Awards Pardes Main Hea Mera Dil Favourite Digital Sadasya (Female) Nominated [68]
Favourite International Jodi Nominated [68]
Favourite Bahu Nominated [68]

See also[edit]


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