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Rakhi Sawant
Rakhi Sawant (cropped).jpg
Rakhi Sawant in 2011
Born Neeru Sawant
(1978-11-25) 25 November 1978 (age 39)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, television presenter, dancer, politician, model
Political party RPI(A)

Rakhi Sawant (born Neeru Sawant on 25 November[1] 1978[2][3]) is an Indian dancer, model, Hindi film and television 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 Bigg Boss.[4] Throughout her career, she has established herself as a sex symbol.

Sawant had launched her own political party, the Rashtriya Aam Party to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.[5] However, after the election, she joined Republican Party of India (A).[6] Rakhi Sawant has often been in the news due to actions and statements that are deemed controversial in the Indian context.[7]

Early life[edit]

Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda to Jaya Bheda. Jaya married Anand Sawant,[8][9] a police constable at Worli Police Station, and gave the children from her first marriage her second husband's name. She is the sister of film director Rakesh Sawant and former actress Usha Sawant.


She made her film debut in Agnichakr under the name Ruhi Sawant. She went on to other small roles and dance numbers in the low-budget Bollywood films Joru Ka Ghulam, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain and Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke.

Rakhi Sawant performing at Nach Baliye 3 in Madhuri Dixit's famous getup.

In 2003, she auditioned for an item number in the Bollywood movie, 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" of music album D.J. Hot Remix - Vol 3.

Television debut and success (2006–present)[edit]

In June 2006, Mika Singh attempted to kiss her at his birthday party, which caused a media controversy.[10] A few months later, she appeared in the first season of the reality show Bigg Boss and was among the top four finalists.

In 2007, Rakhi made her singing debut in the album Super Girl launched by Venus Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd. 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.[citation needed]

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[11] and entry dance performance in 2015 with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Malaysia[12]


On 26 March 2014, she announced her plans to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-West as an Independent Candidate.[13] On 28 March, she founded the party called Rashtriya Aam Party (RAP).[14][15] There's no party's 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.[16] The party's office bearers and fundraisers are local businessmen from Oshiwara.[16]

She received only 15 votes from the Mumbai North-West Constituency and lost her deposit.[17]

Sawant resigned from Rashtriya Aam Party and joined RPI (Athavale) party in June 2014 and expressed her desire to work for dalits.[18][19] Rakhi serves as party's state vice-president and president of woman wing.[20]


On April 4, 2017, she was arrested by Punjab police about her remarks on Rishi Valmiki.[21]


Year Film Role Language
1997 Agnichakra Hindi
1999 Dil Ka Sauda Rambha Hindi
1999 Chudail No. 1 Hindi
2000 Kurukshetra Geeta Hindi
2000 Joru Ka Ghulam Chandni Hindi
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Hindi
2001 Ehsaas: The Feeling Hindi
2001 6 Teens Nandini Telugu
2002 Badmaash No. 1 Hindi
2002 Gautam Govinda Hindi
2002 Na Tum Jaano Na Hum Disco Shanti Hindi
2003 Dum Hindi
2003 Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne Sheena Hindi
2003 Om Celina Hindi
2003 Bad Boys Hindi
2003 2 October Hindi
2003 Patth Hindi
2004 Gambeeram Tamil
2004 Paisa Vasool Dilkhush Hindi
2004 Masti: Sanam Teri Kasam Ms. Saxena Hindi
2004 Main Hoon Na Mini Hindi
2004 Saatchya Aat Gharat Marathi
2005 Mumbai Xpress Hindi
2005 Khamoshh... Khauff Ki Raat Kashmira Hindi
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Pooja Bedi Hindi
2007 Journey Bombay to Goa: Laughter Unlimited Deepa Kutti Hindi
2007 Buddha Mar Gaya Kim / Vishkanya Hindi
2008 Gumnaam – The Mystery Ria's friend Hindi
2008 Dhoom Dadakka Rambha Hindi
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa! Shanno Amritsari Hindi
2010 Mungilal Rocks Hindi
2015 Mumbai Can Dance Saala Hindi
2016 Ek Kahani Julie Ki Julie Hindi
TBA Upeksha Hindi

Item numbers[edit]

Year Film Language Song
2000 En Sakhiye Tamil
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
2005 Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena Hindi Ankhiya Na Maar Mere Yaar Mundiya
2005 The Powerful Man Hindi Chikna Badan
2006 Hot Money Hindi Daulat Hai Karishma
2006 Malamaal Weekly Hindi Kismat Se Chalti Hai
2007 Geleya Kannada Nanna Stylu Berene
2008 Krazzy 4 Hindi Dekhta Hai Tu Kya
2008 1920 Hindi Jab Das Jaaye Bichua
2008 (unreleased) Mudrank – The Stamp Hindi Mohabbat Kya Hoti Hain
2009 Muthirai Tamil Night Is Still Young
2009 Drona Telugu Sayya Re Sayya Re
2010 Horn Ok Please Hindi Pom Pom
2010 Marega Salaa Hindi Sehra Sehra Tujhpe Dil
2011 Gahraee Hindi Meri Jawani AK47
2011 Loot Hindi Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le
2012 Rakhtbeej Hindi Latto Ghuma Re Chora
2012 Om Shanti Bengali Chonnara Dil Thame Dekhle Rakhi
2012 Valentine's Night Hindi Gaye Re Gaye Saand Paani Mein
2017 God Father Odia "Chuti Kholila Sampu Basiba"

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Language Notes
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
2007 "Haadsa" Universal Music Hindi
2008 "Tu Dissda" Club Mix Hindi
2009 "Bhoot" Ishq Bector Hindi
2010 "Jhagde" Ishq Bector Hindi


Year Title Network Notes
2006 Bigg Boss 1 Sony TV Contestant
2007 Comedy Ka Badsshah — Hasega India Sony TV Judge alongside Raju Srivastav
2007 Nach Baliye 3 Star Plus Participant with Abhishek Avasthi (Runner-up)
2008 Yeh Hai Jalwa 9X Contestant (Winner with her team 'Chiller party')
2008 The Rakhi Sawant Showz Zoom TV Host
2008 Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka Zee TV Judge
2008 Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1 9X Contestant
2009 Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano Star Plus Contestant
2009 Rakhi Ka Swayamwar Imagine TV Leading Lady
2009 Pati, Patni Aur Woh Imagine TV Participant with Elesh Parujanwala
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha (Season 2) Star Plus Contestant (Winner with her team 'Masakali Girls')
2010 Rakhi ka Insaaf Imagine TV Host
2011 Maa Exchange Sony TV Participant along with Jaya Sawant
2011 Jubilee Comedy Circus Sony TV Winner
2011 Bigg Toss India TV Contestant
2011 Ghazab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyan Imagine TV Host
2013 Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki Life OK Weekly contestant
2013 Comedy Circus Ke Mahabali Sony TV Contestant[22]
2014 Box Cricket League - Season 1 Sony TV Contestant[23] Box Cricket Laughter - Season 4 M TV

Other television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Sam Kumar Shukla (20 November 2008). "Rakhi Sawant goes wireless!". One India. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "I have served food at Tina Ambani's wedding Rakhi". IndiaFm. One India. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  3. ^ McDonald, Hamish (1999). The Polyester Prince: The Rise of Dhirubhai Ambani. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-468-3. Dhirubhai and Kokilaben Ambani invited us to the wedding of their son Anil to Tina Munim in Bombay in January 1991... 
  4. ^ "Top 10 Controversies of Bigg Boss: Kushal's Eviction, MMS Clips, Rakhi's Fight with Kashmeera and More". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Rakhi Sawant launches her own party, wants 'green chilly'". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rakhi Sawant joins RPI, challenges Raj Thackeray in Election". IANS. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "7 Rakhi Sawant Controversies That Will make You Go WTF". MTV India. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Neha Maheshwri, TNN 17 May 2012, 11.26AM IST (17 May 2012). "Rakhi Sawant's father passes away". Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  9. ^ 16 May 2012 3:16pm UTC by BollywoodLife (16 May 2012). "Rakhi Sawant's father passes away". Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rakhi Sawant moves women's panel against Mika". Times of India. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  11. ^ After Salman, Rakhi Sawant join hands with Shahrukh Khan-Ranbir Kapoor – Filmibeat. (2 February 2012). Retrieved on 2016-11-28.
  12. ^ Ranveer Singh Arjun Kapoor Rakhi Sawant Entry performance Part 2 @ IIFA 2015 Malaysia Live. 
  13. ^ Rakhi Sawant to contest Lok Sabha Election from Mumbai North West | Biharprabha News. (26 March 2014). Retrieved on 2016-11-28.
  14. ^ "Rakhi Sawant launches her party, wants 'green chilly'". The Times of India. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rakhi Sawant launches own party with green chilli symbol". 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  16. ^ a b ‘Green chilly’ as symbol, Rakhi Sawant launches her party. The Times of India (28 March 2014)
  17. ^ "Rakhi Sawant gets only 15 votes after three rounds of counting - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
  18. ^ "Rakhi Sawant wants to join RPI". ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA, GENERAL ELECTION TO LOK SABHA TRENDS & RESULT 2014. 21 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Rakhi Sawant joins RPI". 28 June 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  20. ^ Rakhi Sawant express her desire to join RPI. (21 June 2014). Retrieved on 2016-11-28.
  21. ^ "Rakhi Sawant Arrested For Objectionable Comment On Sage Valmiki: Reports". NDTV. 2017-04-04. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  22. ^ Rakhi Sawant and Vinay Pathak in Comedy Circus – The Times of India. (26 June 2013). Retrieved on 2016-11-28.
  23. ^ "Box Cricket League Teams: BCL 2014 Team Details With TV Actors & Names of Celebrities". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "Sizzling Rakhi Sawant! The "Mohabbat hai mirchi" girl!". Youtube. 
  25. ^ "Rakhi Sawant dances on Jhalak Dihla Ja". June 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  26. ^ "Shekhar Interviews Rakhi Sawan". Youtube. 
  27. ^ Nitish Bhardwaj (10 June 2016). "Comedy Nights Bachao (CNB) 11th June 2016 Episode Rakhi Sawant, Alok Nath, Aarti Chabria, Gaia Mother Sofia, Shefali Zariwala Promo Video". Filmi India. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  28. ^ "Rakhi Sawant to be seen on Bhaag Bakool Bhaag - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-11-11.

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