Rashami Desai

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Rashami Desai
Rashami Desai in 2020 (cropped).jpg
Desai in 2020
Born
Shivani Desai[1]

(1986-02-13) 13 February 1986 (age 34)[2][3]
OccupationActress
Years active2004–present
Known forUttaran
Dil Se Dil Tak
Bigg Boss 13
Naagin: Bhagya Ka Zehreela Khel
Spouse(s)
(m. 2012; div. 2015)

Rashami Desai (born 13 February 1986) is an Indian television and film actress. She made her acting debut with the Hindi film Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke (2004). She made her television debut with Ravan (2006).

She rose to prominence with her portrayal of Tapasya Rathore in Uttaran and Shorvari Parth Bhanushali in Dil Se Dil Tak. In 2020, she played Shalaka in Naagin 4 : Bhagya Ka Zehreela Khel and made her OTT debut with Tamas, a short film.

She has participated in reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2012), Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi and Nach Baliye (2015).[5] In 2019, she participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 13 emerging as the 3rd runner-up.[6][7]

In 2018, she was among the highest-paid television actresses of India.[8]

Early life[edit]

Rashami was born Shivani Desai[9] on 13 February 1986 in Nagaon, Assam.[2] Desai is a Gujarati.[10] She has a brother, Gaurav Desai.[11]

Career[edit]

Rashami Desai at the 19th Transmedia Gujarati Screen and Stage Awards.jpg

Acting debut in films (2002-2006)[edit]

Desai started her career with local films where she appeared in an Assamese film titled Kanyadaan in 2002. In 2003, Desai made her Bollywood debut with the film Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke.[12] In 2005, Desai appeared in a Hindi film Shabnam Mausi. She later earned fame in the Bhojpuri film industry where she played many roles in the films like Balma Bada Nadaan and Gabbar Singh.

Television debut and breakthrough role (2006–2014)[edit]

Desai made her television debut in 2006 with a mythological drama series Ravan on Zee TV, where she played the role of Queen Mandodari. In 2007, Desai appeared in an English film titled Sambar Salsa. In 2008, she played a double role in Star one's Pari Hoon Main followed by Meet Mila De Rabba on Sony TV in 2009. In the same year she entered Colors TV's show, Uttaran where she portrayed the negative role of Tapasya. In March 2012 she opted out of Uttaran. On 7 November 2012, she returned to Uttaran in positive shades, but left the show again in 2014.[13]

In 2012, Desai participated in the dance reality TV show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 which aired on Colors TV.[14] She emerged as the first runner up. She also appeared on the Shekhar Suman hosted show Movers and Shakers.[15]

Further ventures (2015–present)[edit]

In 2015, Desai participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6. She was eliminated, but was brought back on the show as a wild card.[16] She was again eliminated just before the finale along with Sana Khan.[17] She then participated in Nach Baliye 7 with her then spouse Nandish Sandhu and they became 1st runners-up.[18] She later entered Colors TV's Ishq Ka Rang Safed where she played negative role of Tulsi. She later played a character in &TV's Adhuri Kahaani Hamari until 2016. She also participated in Box Cricket League in March 2016.

In 2017, she played Shorvori Bhanushali in the drama series Dil Se Dil Tak opposite Sidharth Shukla. The series was loosely based on the Hindi film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke.[19][20] In the same year, Desai starred in a Gujarati film Superstar.[21]

Desai began 2019 with DD National's drama series Chalo Saaf Karein where she played the role of Palak.[22] Later in the year, Desai participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 13, where she finished as 3rd runner up.[23][24]

In 2020, she played the character Shalaka on Colors TV's Naagin 4.[25] Desai also appeared in a short film titled Tamas[26] and participated in Ladies vs Gentlemen, a reality TV show hosted by Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia D'souza in the same year.[27]

As of November 2020, Desai is all set to make her digital debut alongside Tanuj Virwani in a web series titled Tandoor, an investigative thriller about a married couple whose lives take an unexpected turn after a murder.[28] She will be essaying the role of Palak, an aspiring politician in the series.[29] Desai will also feature in Palash Muchhal's music video titled Ab Kya Jaan Legi Meri alongside Shaheer Sheikh and Sana Saeed.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Desai with her ex-husband Nandish Sandhu

She married her co-star from Uttaran, Nandish Sandhu, on 12 February 2012, in Dholpur.[31] In 2014, they separated, and in 2015, the couple filed for divorce after almost four years of marriage.[32]

In 2018, Desai met Arhaan Khan, they both participated in Bigg Boss 13 in 2019, where Arhaan proposed to Desai. Later, it was revealed by Salman Khan that Arhaan was married before and had a kid which he had kept secret from Desai. In 2020, after coming out from the Bigg Boss house, Desai broke up with Arhaan.[33][34]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Movie Role Language Notes Ref
2002 Kanyadaan Assamese Cameo [35]
2004 Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke Sheetal Hindi
Balma Bada Nadaan Bhojpuri
Hum Balbrahma Chaari Tu Kanya Kumari
2005 Gazab Bhail Rama
Kab Hoi Gauna Hammar Gauri National Award for Best Feature Film in Bhojpuri [36]
Nadiya Ke Teer
Shabnam Mausi Naina Hindi
2006 Bambai Ki Laila Chapra Ka Chaila Bhojpuri
Gabbar Singh
Kable Aayee Bahaar
Kangna Khanke Piya Ke Angna
Pappu Ke Pyar Ho Gail
Sathi Sanghati
Tohse Pyar Ba
2007 Dulha Babu
Sambar Salsa English
2008 Bandan Toote Na Bhojpuri
Pyar Jab Kehu Se Hoi Jala
Shahar Wali Jaan Mareli
2009 Hum Hai Gawaar
2010 Sohagan Bana Da Sajana Hamaar
Umariya Kaili Tohre Naam
2012 Dabangg 2 Bride Hindi Cameo appearance in the song "Dagabaaz Re"
2017 Superstar Anjali Kapadia Gujarati
2017 Six X Shweta Bhardwaj Unreleased

Web series[edit]

Year Movie Role Language Notes
2020 Tamas Saina/Sania Hindi Released on YouTube & Hotstar
TBA Tandoor dagger Palak Hindi Post Production

Television[edit]

Year Show Role
2006–2008 Raavan Mandodari
2008 Pari Hoon Main Nikki/Pari
Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai Priya
2009 Meet Mila De Rabba Dr. Meher Datta
2009–2014 Uttaran Tapasya
2010 Meethi Choori No 1 Contestant
Zara Nachke Dikha
2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Guest Contestant
Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala Participant
Ratan Ka Rishta Herself
2012 Bigg Boss 5 Dance performance
Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Participant
Haunted Nights Shivani
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Contestant (1st runner-up)
2013 Bigg Boss 6 Herself
Comedy Nights with Kapil Participant
2014 Savdhaan India Mata
CID Sakshi (Episode: "Naari Shakti Part I-II")
2015 Farah Ki Daawat Participant
Nach Baliye 7 Contestant (1st runner-up)
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6 Contestant (eliminated on 5 April 2015)
Ishq Ka Rang Safed Tulsi
2016 Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani Herself
Adhuri Kahaani Hamari Preeti
Box Cricket League 2 Contestant
Comedy Nights Live Participant
2017 Bigg Boss 10 Guest
2017–2018 Dil Se Dil Tak Shorvari Bhanushali/Bhattacharya
2017 Ek Shringaar-Swabhiman Guest (as Shorvari)
Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki
Bigg Boss 11
Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke Sung Participant
Entertainment Ki Raat Guest
2018 Tu Aashiqui Guest (as Shorvori)
Belan Wali Bahu
MTV Ace Of Space 1 Guest
Naagin 3
2019 Chalo Saaf Karein Palak
Kitchen Champion 5 Contestant
Khatra Khatra Khatra
2019–2020 Bigg Boss 13 Contestant (3rd runner-up)
2020 Mujhse Shaadi Karoge Guest
Naagin: Bhagya Ka Zehreela Khel Shalakha Dev Parekh/Nayantara
Ladies vs Gentlemen Participant
2021 Bigg Boss 14 To meet Vikas Gupta as a Friend in Family Round and for Talk Time Task

Album songs[edit]

Year Song Singer Ref
2015 Teri Ek Hassi Jubin Nautiyal [37]
2016 Sajna Ve Monali Thakur and Dilip Soni [38]
2020 Ab Kya Jaan Legi Meri Palash Muchhal and Amit Mishra

Awards and nominations[edit]

Rashami Desai smiles for the camera
Desai at Indian Telly Awards in 2010
Year Award Category Film/Show Result
2009 Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in Negative Role (Female) Uttaran Nominated
2010 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Won[39]
Indian Telly Awards Most Popular Actor in a Negative Role (Female) Won[40]
2017 Golden Petal Awards Favourite Jodi (with Sidharth Shukla) Dil Se Dil Tak Won[41]
Best Actress Nominated[42]

References[edit]

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