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Rashami Desai
Rashami Desai at Prince Narula & Yuvika Chaudhary’s mehendi ceremony (03) (cropped).jpg
Desai in 2018
Divya Desai[1]

13 February[2]
OccupationActress, model, dancer
Years active2004-present
Known forUttaran as Tapasya Raghuvendra Pratap Rathore, Dil Se Dil Tak as Shorvori Parth Bhanushali
Spouse(s)Nandish Sandhu (2012–2015)

Rashami Desai 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 and Preeti (Icchadhari Naagin / Daayan) in Adhuri Kahaani Hamari on &TV.[3] She acted in several low-budget movies before shifting to television. She was also a contestant on the dance reality shows Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 in 2012, Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2014 and Nach Baliye 7 in 2015. She has played the role of Shorvori in the Colors show Dil Se Dil Tak. As of 2018, she is among the highest-paid television actresses of India.[4]


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. 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 was eliminated. Later she was brought back on the show as a wild card. She then participated in Nach Baliye 7 with her spouse Nandish Sandhu and they became finalists. Desai has also appeared on Ishq Ka Rang Safed and Adhuri Kahaani Hamari. In 2017, she bagged the leading role of Shorvori Bhanushali in drama series Dil Se Dil Tak.

Personal life[edit]

Desai with her ex-husband Nandish Sandhu

Rashami Desai is a Gujarati.[11] Desai married her co-star from Uttaran, Nandish Sandhu, on 12 February 2012, in Dholpur.[12] In 2014 they separated, and in 2015, the couple filed for divorce after almost four years of marriage.[13]


Bhojpuri movies[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 the song "Dagabaaz Re"
2017 Six X Shweta Bhardwaj Unrealesed

Assamese films[edit]

Year Movie Role Notes
2002 Kanyadaan Cameo Assamese

Gujarati films[edit]

Year Movie Role Notes
2017 Superstar Anjali Kapadia Gujarati


Year Show Role Channel
2006–2008 Raavan Mandodari Zee TV
2008 Pari Hoon Main Nikki/Pari Star One
2008 Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai Mona Star One
2009–2014 Uttaran Tapasya Rathore Colors TV
2011–2011 Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala Herself Star Plus
2012 Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Herself Sony TV
Haunted Nights Shivani Sahara One
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Herself Colors TV
Comedy Circus 3 Special Appearance Sony TV
2013 Bigg Boss 6 Guest Appearance Colors TV
Nautanki – The Comedy Theatre Natkhat Saali Colors TV
2014 Savdhaan India Mata Life Ok
Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest Colors TV
2015 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6 Contestant Colors TV
Farah Ki Dawat Guest Colors TV
Nach Baliye 7 Herself Star Plus
Ishq Ka Rang Safed Tulsi Colors TV
Comedy Classes Guest Colors TV
Teri Ek Hasee Mute Girl Music Video by Jubin Nautiyal
2016 Adhuri Kahaani Hamari Preeti &TV
Comedy Nights Live Performer Colors TV
2017 Bigg Boss 10[14] Herself - Guest on Finale to promote new show Colors TV
2017-2018 Dil Se Dil Tak Shorvori Bhanushali Colors TV
2017 Ek Shringaar-Swabhiman Guest Appearance Colors TV
Shakti — Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Colors TV
Bigg Boss 11[15] Colors TV
2018 Tu Aashiqui: Jashn-E-Ishq Colors TV
Belan Wali Bahu Colors TV
Ace Of Space 1 MTV India
Naagin 3 Colors TV
2019 Kitchen Champion Herself 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 in Negative Role (Popular) Won
10th Indian Telly Awards Most Popular Negative Actor (Female) Won
3rd Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Best Television Actor (Female) Won
2011 4th Boroplus Gold Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Won
Best Actress in Negative Role Won
Apsara Awards Best Negative Actress Won
BIG Television Awards BIG Namkeen Character Female (Fiction) Won
BIG Khatarnak Character Female (Fiction) Nominated
2012 Apsara Awards Best Actress Nominated
2017 Dil Se Dil Tak Colors Golden Petal Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Nominated
Colors Golden Petal Awards Best Onscreen Jodi
with Siddharth Shukla

See also[edit]


  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. ^ PTI (7 March 2016). "Rashmi Desai: TV is for masses, has more reach than films". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Highest paid TV stars in India". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  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. ^ Jain, Kiran (October 22, 2014). "Ssharad Malhotra, Rashami Desai reveals their special shopping plan for Dhanteras". Daily Bhaskar.
  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.
  15. ^ "Bigg Boss 11 Day 21 preview: Housemates welcome Rubina Dilaik, Arjun Bijlani, Rashami Desai and others from Colors' family; Dhinchak Pooja enters the house". 22 October 2017.

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