25 November 1976
|Other names||Fatima Durrani|
|Political party||Republican Party of India (A)|
Rakhi Sawant (also known as Fatima Durrani; born Neeru Bheda; 25 November 1976) is an Indian dancer, model, actress and television talk show host, who has appeared in many Hindi and a few Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Telugu and Tamil films. She was a contestant on the first season of the Indian reality television series Bigg Boss 1 (2006) and a challenger and finalist in Bigg Boss 14 (2020). She was the prospective bride in Season 1 of the Swayamvar TV series. Sawant has established herself as a sex symbol in Bollywood.
Sawant launched her own political party, headed by Jai Shah, called the Rashtriya Aam Party, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. However, after the election, she joined Republican Party of India (A).
Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda. Maya married Anand Sawant, a police constable at Worli Police Station. She took the surname of her step-father, Anand Sawant.
Career beginnings (1997–2005)
She made her film debut in the 1997 film Agnichakra under the name Ruhi Sawant. She went on to other small roles and dance numbers in Bollywood films Joru Ka Ghulam, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain, and Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke.
In 2003, she auditioned for an item number in the Bollywood film Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne. She auditioned about four times before being selected for her breakthrough item number, "Mohabbat Hai Mirchi", composed by Himesh Reshammiya. Sawant acted in small roles in films including Masti and Main Hoon Na.
In 2005, she appeared in the music video "Pardesiya", from the album D.J. Hot Remix - Vol 3.
Television debut and success (2006–present)
In June 2006, Mika Singh attempted to kiss her at his birthday party, which caused a media controversy. A few months later, she appeared in the first season of the reality show Bigg Boss. She got evicted in week 4 but later made a re-entry. She was among the top four finalists but got evicted days before the grand finale (24 January 2007, Day 84). In 2007, Rakhi made her singing debut in the album Super Girl launched by Venus Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd. She later participated in the dance reality show Nach Baliye with Abhishek Avasthi and emerged as the first runner up. In 2008, Sawant appeared in the film Krazzy 4 for the item song 'Dekhta Hai Tu Kya'. In 2009, Sawant launched the reality show Rakhi Ka Swayamwar in which she planned to select her future husband by the ancient ritual of Swayamvar. On 2 August 2009 she chose her life partner, a contestant from Toronto, Canada, Elesh Parujanwala. However, several months later, Sawant announced that the couple had separated due to irreconcilable differences. After separation she said on interview that she got engaged to Elesh Parujanwala for money.
In 2010, Rakhi hosted a talk show Rakhi Ka Insaaf which aired on Imagine TV. The show saw a controversy after the death of a participant after Rakhi had called him impotent. In 2011, she participated in Sony TV's Maa Exchange along with mother Jaya Sawant.
Often appearing in reality shows as a host, judge or participant, Sawant is a regular stage performer. In 2012, she did a comedy act with Shahrukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor at the 57th Filmfare Awards and entry dance performance in 2015 with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Malaysia.
In 2013, she participated in Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki along with Anchal Sabharwal, Sangram Singh, Chetan Hansraj & Madhura Naik. The show aired on Life OK. She later was a contestant on Box Cricket League.
Political venture (2014–present)
On 26 March 2014, she announced her plans to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-West as an Independent Candidate. On 28 March, she founded the Rashtriya Aam Party (RAP). The party has no symbol assigned by the election commission. However, Sawant said that she's expecting[when?] it to be a "green chilli", which she feels resembles her personality. The party's office bearers and fundraisers are local businessmen from Oshiwara.
Sawant resigned from the Rashtriya Aam Party and joined the RPI (Athawale) party in June 2014 and expressed her desire to work for dalits. Rakhi serves as party's state vice-president and president of the woman wing.
In November 2018, during The Great Khali's Continental Wrestling Entertainment promotion, American female wrestler Rebel got involved in a dance battle against Sawant, during which Rebel grabbed her in a bear hug and threw her on her back. It injured Sawant's back and she fell unconscious. She was taken to a nearby hospital.
On 4 April 2017, she appeared in the Ludhiana court wearing a burqa for making objectionable remarks against Sage Valmiki, at which time she was accompanied by Indian National Congress, National co-ordinator Rahul Jogi (born on 21 August 1990), due to which she was severely criticized.
Criticism began against Sawant began over her conversion to Islam after marrying her boyfriend Adil Durrani, with people even saying that she changed her name to Rakhi Sawant Fatima. However, Adil denied the marriage at first, but soon, after some weeks, he accepted his marriage with Rakhi.
|1999||Dil Ka Sauda||Rambha||Hindi|
|Chudail No. 1||Hindi|
|Joru Ka Ghulam||Chandni||Hindi|
|Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain||Hindi|
|2001||Ehsaas: The Feeling||Hindi|
|Na Tum Jaano Na Hum||Disco Shanti||Hindi|
|Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne||Sheena||Hindi|
|Waah! Tera Kya Kehna||Hindi|
|Masti: Sanam Teri Kasam||Ms. Saxena||Hindi|
|Main Hoon Na||Mini||Hindi|
|Saatchya Aat Gharat||Marathi|
|Khamoshh... Khauff Ki Raat||Kashmira||Hindi|
|2007||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Pooja Bedi||Hindi|
|Journey Bombay to Goa: Laughter Unlimited||Deepa Kutti||Hindi|
|Buddha Mar Gaya||Kim / Vishkanya||Hindi|
|2008||Gumnaam – The Mystery||Ria's friend||Hindi|
|2009||Dil Bole Hadippa!||Shanno Amritsari||Hindi|
|2011||Mere Brother Ki Dulhan||Herself (voice)||Hindi|
|2015||Mumbai Can Dance Saala||Hindi|
|2016||Ek Kahani Julie Ki||Julie||Hindi|
|2001||Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke||Hindi||"Bam Bhole Bam Bhole"|
|2003||Aanch||Hindi||"Hai Re Umariya 16 baras Ki"|
|2004||Saatchya Aat Gharat||Marathi||"Hil Pori Hila"|
|Paisa Vasool||Hindi||"Maine Saiyan Ki Demand"|
|2005||Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena||Hindi||"Ankhiya Na Maar Mere Yaar Mundiya"|
|The Powerful Man||Hindi||"Chikna Badan"|
|2006||Hot Money||Hindi||"Daulat Hai Karishma"|
|Malamaal Weekly||Hindi||"Kismat Se Chalti Hai"|
|2007||Geleya||Kannada||"Nanna Stylu Berene"|
|2008||Krazzy 4||Hindi||"Dekhta Hai Tu Kya"|
|1920||Hindi||"Jab Das Jaaye Bichua"|
|Mudrank – The Stamp||Hindi||"Mohabbat Kya Hoti Hain"||Unreleased|
|2009||Muthirai||Tamil||"Night Is Still Young"|
|Drona||Telugu||"Sayya Re Sayya Re"|
|2010||Horn 'Ok' Pleassss||Hindi||"Nathani Utaro"|||
|Marega Salaa||Hindi||"Sehra Sehra Tujhpe Dil"|
|2011||Gahraee||Hindi||"Meri Jawani AK47"|
|Loot||Hindi||"Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le"|
|2012||Rakhtbeej||Hindi||"Latto Ghuma Re Chora"|
|Om Shanti||Bengali||"Chonnara Dil Thame Dekhle Rakhi"|||
|Valentine's Night||Hindi||"Gaye Re Gaye Saand Paani Mein"|
|2014||Katta Tanal Dupatta Par||Bhojpuri||"Peela Jawaniya Ke Juice"|
|2017||God Father||Odia||"Chuti Kholila Sampu Basiba"|
|2019||Sabse Bada Champion||Bhojpuri||"Laga Navratan Tel"|||
|2006−2007||Bigg Boss 1||Evicted-Day 84 (4th position)|
|2007||Comedy Ka Badsshah — Hasega India||Judge alongside Raju Srivastav|
|Nach Baliye 3||Participant with Abhishek Avasthi (Runner-up)|
|2008||Yeh Hai Jalwa||Contestant (Winner with her team 'Chiller party')|
|The Rakhi Sawant Showz||Host|
|Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka||Judge|
|Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1||Contestant|
|2009||Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano||Contestant|
|Rakhi Ka Swayamwar||Leading Lady|
|Pati, Patni Aur Woh||Participant with Elesh Parujanwala|
|2010||Zara Nachke Dikha 2||Contestant (Winner with her team 'Masakali Girls')|
|Rakhi ka Insaaf||Host|
|2011||Maa Exchange||Participant along with Jaya Sawant|
|Jubilee Comedy Circus||Winner|
|Ghazab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyan||Host|
|2013||Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki||Weekly contestant|
|Comedy Circus Ke Mahabali||Contestant|
|2014||Box Cricket League - Season 1||Contestant|
|2018||Box Cricket League - Season 3||Contestant|
|Juzzbaatt - Namkeen Se Sangeen Tak||Guest (along with Arshi Khan)|
|Khatra Khatra Khatra||Guest|
|Box Cricket League - Season 4||Host|
|2020−2021||Bigg Boss 14||Challenger Entry on Day 68 |
4th runner-up (Walked with prize money) on Day 141
|2021||Maddam Sir||Begum Chorni|
|Hero – Gayab Mode On|
|Wagle Ki Duniya – Nayi Peedhi Naye Kissey|
|Tera Yaar Hoon Main|
|Ziddi Dil Maane Na|
|2021-2022||Bigg Boss 15||Wild Card Entrant (Day 56) - Evicted (Day 117-7th position)|
|2022 - 2023||Bigg Boss Marathi 4||Challenger Entry on (Day 57) - (Finished Day 98 - 4th Runner up |
Walked with 9 lakhs
Other television appearances
- 2003: Carry On Shekhar (SAB TV)
- 2006: Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Zee TV)
- 2007: Let's Talk... (Zoom TV)
- 2007: Aap Ki Adalat (India TV) (later in 2008 and 2009) (Star Plus)
- 2007: Baa Bahoo Aur Baby (Season 1) (Star Plus)
- 2007: Koffee with Karan (Season 2) (STAR One)
- 2008: Bigg Boss 2 (Colors)
- 2008: 10 Ka Dum (season 1) (Sony TV)
- 2009: Nach Baliye 4 (STAR Plus)
- 2009: Boogie Woogie (Sony TV) (later in 2011)
- 2009: Lux Perfect Bride (STAR Plus)
- 2010: Bigg Boss 4 (Colors)
- 2010: Jubilee Comedy Circus (Sony TV)
- 2011: Comedy Circus 3 Ka Tadka (Sony TV)
- 2011: Ratan Ka Rishta (NDTV Imagine)
- 2011: Sheela, Shagun and Meenakshi (STAR News)
- 2011: Shaadi 3 Crore Ki (NDTV Imagine)
- 2012: Bigg Boss 5 (Colors)
- 2012: All Most Famous (Zoom TV)
- 2012: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 (Colors)
- 2012: Bigg Boss 6 (Colors)
- 2012: Movers & Shakers Masala Markey (SAB TV)
- 2014: Comedy Nights with Kapil (Colors)
- 2015: Comedy Classes (Life OK)
- 2015: Chidiya Ghar(SAB TV)
- 2016: Comedy Nights Bachao (Colors)
- 2017: Bhaag Bakool Bhaag (Colors) as Twinkle Maa
- 2019: Kanala Khada (Zee Marathi) as Guest
- 2021: Indian Idol 12 (Sony TV) as Guest
- 2021: Bigg Boss OTT (Colors) as Guest
- 2021: Bigg Boss 15 (Colors) as Guest
|2003||Jhoomka Gira Re Remix Sweet Honey Mix||D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3||Hindi|
|2005||"Pardesiya Yeh Sach Hai Piya Remix"||D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3||Hindi|
|2006||"Kajra Nite Remix"||Kajra Nite Remix||Hindi|
|2008||"Tu Dissda"||Club Mix||Hindi|
|2021||"Dream Mein Entry"||Dance Cover||Hindi|||
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Dhirubhai and Kokilaben Ambani invited us to the wedding of their son Anil to Tina Munim in Bombay in January 1991...
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- राखी सावंत फिर चर्चाओं में, जावेद अख्तर बनाना चाहते हैं उनके ऊपर एक फिल्म, आलिया भटट निभा सकती हैं रोल[permanent dead link]
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