Ragini Nandwani

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Ragini Nandwani
Ragini Nandwani at the special screening of Dehraadun Diary (60071215) (cropped).jpg
Nandwani at the special screening of Dehraadun Diary in 2016
Sheena Nandwani

(1989-09-04) 4 September 1989 (age 29)
Years active2007–present

Ragini (Rageeni) Nandwani (born 4 September 1989) is an Indian film and television actress. She became popular after playing the lead in the Hindi soap opera Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein (2011–12).[1] She made her Bollywood debut with the crime thriller film Dehraadun Diary (2013), which was based on a real murder case.

Nandwani made her debut in the Tamil film industry with the action thriller film Thalaivaa (2013), directed by A. L. Vijay. She played a supporting role in the film[2] and earned critical acclaim for her role.

She is currently working in a Marathi film Krupa Swaminchi. She has also signed a Bollywood film which will be officially announced soon.[3] She has done a Malayalam movie Peruchazhi, in which she appears as the female lead opposite to Mohanlal.[4]

Early life[edit]

Nandwani was born on 4 September 1989 in Dehradun. She did her schooling from Marshalls School (Dehradun), Dehradun and received a master's degree in English Honours from Delhi University, Delhi.


Nandwani started her career with small supporting roles in television shows like Ye Meri Life Hai, Thodi Khushi Thode Gham and CID (Episodic appearance).

In 2011, Nandwani came into the limelight with Zee TV's daily soap Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein. Nandwani played the lead role of Lovely Kaushik, an unconventional daughter-in-law and earned a good name for herself. Meanwhile, the actress was approached for a Hindi film. She auditioned for the film and got selected.[5] Nandwani then chose to opt out of the TV show in October, 2012 and was replaced by another actress.[6][7]

Ragini then started shooting for the Hindi film which was later titled as Dehradun Diary. Her co-stars in the film were Adhyayan Suman, Ashwini Kalsekar, Rati Agnihotri, Neelima Azeem and Rohit Bakshi. The film was based on a real murder case.[8][9] The film was released on 4 January 2013 but didn't prove to be a commercially successful film and was a box office flop.[10] The film also received mixed to negative reviews from the critics.[11] Despite the film's failure, Nandwani managed to get many film offers.

The actress got her first major break in the Tamil flick Thalaivaa, opposite Vijay, who is a superstar in the Tamil film industry.[12] The film is an action thriller film directed by A. L. Vijay and Nandwani has a key role of a North Indian in the film, which basically features Amala Paul as the female lead.[13] Nandwani stated in an interview that all of her film sequences were shot in Mumbai over 25–30 days.[14] The film was released worldwide on 9 August 2013 except in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, where it was delayed due to some controversies, but finally released on 20 August 2013. The film received good response from the audience as well the critics, but the film suffered a severe loss commercially due to its late release in Tamil Nadu. [15]

Nandwani's performance in Thalaivaa was well received by the audience. She has been offered more South Indian films, but she is first brushing up on her language project.[16][17] She will now be seen in a cameo role in a Marathi film Krupa Swaminchi, which is based on the life of Shri Swami Samarth.[18] She is also looking forward to work simultaneously in Hindi films and television shows as well.[19]

After the successful performance in Thalaivaa, she was offered to act in the commercial Malayalam movie project Peruchazhi [meaning :bandicoot rat], as a heroine opposite Mohanlal along with Mukesh. The film became a big hit in the Mollywood industry.

Nandwani is currently shooting for the Telugu film Siddhartha, opposite Sagar, produced by Dasari Kiran Kumar, who earlier produced films like Genius and Ramleela. Dayanand Reddy, who worked ten years in Pawan Kalyan creative works banner, is making his debut as director with this film. The film is scheduled to release soon. She is also seen in Bhakton Ko Bhakti Mein Shakti On Life Ok in 2016 (episodic role)[20]


Nandwani at the location of Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein in Jaipur in 2011.


Year Title Role Language Notes
2005 Ayodhya Zarina Tamil
2013 Dehraadun Diary Priti Thakur Hindi
Thalaivaa Gowri Tamil Dubbed in Telugu as Anna - Born to lead
Krupa Swaminchi Marathi Cameo appearance
2014 Peruchazhi Jessy Malayalam
2016 Siddhartha Sahasra Telugu
2017 Hadiya Saara Malayalam


Year Title Role Network Notes
2011-2012 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein Lovely Kaushik nee Tyagi Zee TV Lead role. Also a double role as Dulari for a few episodes. Replaced by Vindhya Tiwari.
2016 Bhakton Ki Bhakti Mein Shakti Life OK
2016-2017 SuperCops vs SuperVillians (Khoonkhar) Princess Adonia Life OK Lead role as Princess Adonia, a vampire princess. Episodes are available at http://www.hotstar.com/tv/supercops-vs-super-villains/1654

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Show Role Result
2011 Zee Rishtey Awards Popular Jodi (along with Mukul Harish) Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein Lovely Karthik Kaushik Won
Favourite Nayi Jodi
Favourite Bhabhi Nominated
Favourite Saas Bahu Won
Favourite Naya Sadasya (Female)
Popular Face (Female) Nominated


  1. ^ "Ragini Nandwani as Lovely in Mrs Kaushik ki Paanch Bahuein".
  2. ^ "Bollywood's Ragini Nandwani joins Vijay for Thalaivaa" Check |url= value (help).
  3. ^ "Telly actress Ragini Nandwani makes a slow and steady start".
  4. ^ "Ragini Nandwani: Heroin of Peruchazhi".
  5. ^ "Ragini Nandwani Talks About Her Upcoming Film 'Dehraadun Diary'".
  6. ^ "Ragini Nandwani to quit Mrs Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein".
  7. ^ "Ragini Nandwani wishes the new Lovely of Mrs. Kaushik, Vindhya Tiwari all the very best..."
  8. ^ "Dehraadun Diary Movie based on True Story".
  9. ^ "'Dehraadun Diary' set for release in Jan".
  10. ^ "Bollywood in 2013 suffering 'flops' and 'disasters'".
  11. ^ "Dehraadun Diary".
  12. ^ "Ragini Nandwani signs Tamil film 'Thalaivaa'".
  13. ^ "Ragini is equally important as Amala Paul".
  14. ^ "Thalaivaa was a cakewalk: Ragini Nandwani".
  15. ^ "Thalaiva opens to good reviews".
  16. ^ "Ragini Nandwani completes Thalaivaa shoot opposite Vijay".
  17. ^ "Ragini to Learn Tamil and Telugu".
  18. ^ "Ragini Nandwani bags cameo in Marathi film".
  19. ^ "Ragini Nandwani is on a high after her new release 'Thalaivaa' with Vijay".
  20. ^ "'Siddhartha' first schedule completed".

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