Rashami Desai

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Rashami Desai
Desai in 2015
Born Divya Desai[1]
(1986-02-13) 13 February 1986 (age 31)[2][3]
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress, model, dancer
Years active 2004-present
Known for Uttaran as Tapasya Raghuvendra Pratap Rathore
Spouse(s) Nandish Sandhu (2012–2015)
Awards Indian Telly Awards

Rashami Desai (born 13 February 1986) is an Indian television actress. She is best known for playing the role of Tapasya Raghuvendra Pratap Rathore in the popular television soap opera, Uttaran on Colors, for which she bagged many accolades, and Preeti (Icchadhari Naagin / Daayan) in Adhuri Kahaani Hamari on &TV.[4] She was also a contestant on the dance reality shows Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 in 2012, Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6 in 2014 and Nach Baliye 7 in 2015. As of February 2017, Desai is playing the role of Shorvori in the Colors show Dil Se Dil Tak.


Desai, who started her career at an early age, got her first break in Ravan on Zee TV followed by Meet Mila De Rabba on Sony TV and started acting in the show Uttaran on Colors from 2008. Later, in March 2012 she opted out of Uttaran as she didn't believe she could portray an older role after the leap.[5] On 7 November 2012, she returned to Uttaran in positive shades.[6]

Desai has worked in other serials including Pari Hoon Main. She has also done episodes for Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai. She has featured in reality shows such as Comedy Circus, Maha Sangram, Zara Nachke Dikha, Crime Patrol, Big Money, Kitchen Champion Season 2, Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala and Jhalak Dikhhla Ja.

Desai has took part in several dance and reality TV shows including Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 which aired on Colors TV.[7] On the show she spoke about her miscarriage and other contestant felt that it was all done for sympathy.[8][9] She also appeared on the Shekhar Suman hosted show Movers and Shakers.[10]

In 2015, Desai participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi but got eliminated. Later she was brought back on the show as wild card. She then participated in Nach Baliye 7 with her spouse Nandish Sandhu and they even became finalists. Desai also was seen in shows like Ishq Ka Rang Safed and Adhuri Kahaani Hamari.

Other Work[edit]

Desai was part of the Swachh Survekshan 2017 Initiative in 2016. An initiative for an environmentally cleaner India (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan).[11]

Personal life[edit]

Desai with her ex-husband Nandish Sandhu.

Desai married her co-star from Uttaran, Nandish Sandhu, on 12 February 2012. They tied the knot in Dholpur.[12] In 2013, Desai became pregnant but suffered from a miscarriage. Due to the miscarriage, problems started taking place in their lives. In 2014, Desai and Sandhu started staying separately due to some differences. However, resolving all differences, they came back together and apparently patched up. In 2015, the couple filed for divorce after almost four years of marriage.[13]


Bhojpuri films[edit]

Balma Bada Naadan
Bambai Ki Laila Chapra Ka Chaila
Bandhan Toote Na
Dulha Babu
Gazab Bhail Rama
Gabbar Singh
Hum Hai Gawaar
Hum Balbrahma Chaari Tu Kanya Kumari
Kab Hoi Gauna Hammar
Kable Aayee Bahaar
Kangna Khanke Piya Ke Angna
Nadiya Ke Teer
Pappu Ke Pyar Ho Gail
Pyar Jab Kehu Se Hoi Jala
Sathi Sanghati
Sohagan Bana Da Sajana Hamaar
Shahar Wali Jaan Mareli
Tohse Pyar Ba
Umariya Kaili Tohre Naam

Bollywood films[edit]

Year Movie Role Notes
2004 Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke Sheetal
2013 Dabangg 2 Bride Cameo appearance in a song "Dagabaaz Re"

Assamese films[edit]

Year Movie Role Notes
2002 Kanyadaan Cameo Assamese

Gujarati films[edit]

Year Movie Role Notes
2017 Superstar Anjali Kapadia Gujarati

TV shows[edit]

Year Serial Role Channel
2006–2008 Raavan Mandodari Zee TV
2008 Pari Hoon Main Nikki/Pari Star One
2008–2009 Meet Mila De Rabba Dr. Meher Datta Sony TV
2008 Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai Mona Star One
2008–2014 Uttaran Tapasya Raghuvendra Pratap Rathore Colors TV
2011–2011 Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala Herself Star Plus
2012 Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Herself Sony TV
2012 Haunted Nights Shivani Sahara One
2012 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Herself Colors TV
2012 Comedy Circus 3 Special Appearance in 3 Ka Tadka Episode Sony TV
2013 Bigg Boss 6 Herself/Guest Colors TV
2013 Nautanki – The Comedy Theatre Natkhat Saali Colors TV
2014 Savdhaan India Mata Life Ok
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest Colors TV
2015 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6 Contestant Colors TV
2015 Farah Ki Dawat Guest Colors TV
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Herself Star Plus
2015 Ishq Ka Rang Safed Tulsi Colors TV
2015 Teri Ek Hasee Mute Girl Music Video by Jubin Nautiyal
2016 Adhuri Kahaani Hamari Preeti &TV
2016 Comedy Nights Live Performer Colors TV
2017 Bigg Boss 10[14] Herself - Guest on Finale to promote new show Colors TV
2017–present Dil Se Dil Tak Shorvori Parth Bhanushali Colors TV

Awards and nominations[edit]

 Rashami Desai smiles for the camera
Desai at Indian Telly Awards in 2010
Year Work Award Category Result
2009 Uttaran 9th Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female) Nominated
2010 10th Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Won
10th Indian Telly Awards Most Popular Negative Actor (Female) Won
3rd Boroplus Gold Awards Best Negative Actress (Popular) Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Best Television Actor (Female) Won
2011 4th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress (Jury) Won
Best Actress (Popular) Won
Apsara Awards Best Actress Won
BIG Television Awards BIG Namkeen Character Female (Fiction) Won
BIG Khatarnak Character Female (Fiction) Nominated
2012 Apsara Awards Best Actress Nominated


  1. ^ TNN (29 January 2008). "Divya is now Rashmi". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Mrunal Jain wishes sister Rashami Desai a happy birthday!". The Times of India. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "`Uttaran` changed my life: Rashmi Desai". Zee News. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2016. After taking a break from the show, the 26-year-old went on to shake a leg on dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa’. 
  4. ^ PTI (7 March 2016). "Rashmi Desai: TV is for masses, has more reach than films". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Nandish and Rashmi did not want to be a part of the leap, says producer Rupali Guha. Tellychakkar.com (21 March 2012). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  6. ^ 'Uttaran' changed my life: Rashami Desai – Entertainment. Mid-day.com. 7 November 2012. Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  7. ^ Rashami Desai Sandhu is scared of 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' choreographer. Mid Day. 1 September 2012. Retrieved on 7 July 2016.
  8. ^ Nach Baliye 7: Rashami Desai admits she underwent cosmetic surgery : Top Stories, News – India Today. Indiatoday.intoday.in (16 June 2015). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  9. ^ Nach Baliye 7: Rashami Desai opens up on her miscarriage. Tellychakkar.com (4 May 2015). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  10. ^ Rashami Desai sizzles on Movers & Shakers – The Times of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (23 May 2012). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Union Minister MVenkaiahNaidu felicitates various artists for their contribution towards Swachh Bharat". Twitter. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  12. ^ It feels good to be married: Nandish Sandhu. The Times of India. 2 March 2012. Retrieved on 8 July 2016.
  13. ^ "TV actors Rashami Desai, Nandish Sandhu file for divorce". Hindustantimes.com. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "All that will happen at the Bigg Boss 10 grand finale!". Retrieved 28 January 2017. 

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