Sangeeta Bijlani

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Sangeeta Bijlani
Sangeeta at fashion show 2017.jpg
Bijlani in 2017
Born (1965-07-09) 9 July 1965 (age 53)
OccupationActress, Model
Spouse(s)Mohammad Azharuddin
(1996 - 2010)[1]
  • Motilal Bijlani (father)

Sangeeta Bijlani is an Indian former Bollywood actress who was the Miss India winner in 1980.[2] She started her Bollywood career with lead role in Qatil in 1988 and was one of the three female leads in the multi-starrer blockbuster action film Tridev (1989). Bijlani adorned and has been the poster girl of Indian commercials with television advertisements like Nirma, Vicco, Campa Cola and Graviera suitings.

Early life[edit]

Born and brought up in Mumbai hailing from a high profile educated Sindhi family, Sangeeta did her schooling from Mount Mary’s Convent High School and her college from M.M.K in Bandra, Mumbai.

Modelling and commercials[edit]

Sangeeta started her modelling career at the tender age of 18 and signed a huge modelling contract with Dettol Soap and then went on to do many commercials and she became a household name with ads like Nirma, Vicco Turmeric, Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate with Jackie Shroff, Fem Insto Bleach, Colgate, Pond's Dreamflower Talc & Soap, Ramolene Suitings with ex-cricket Captain Mohammed Azharuddin and her famous ads of Graviera Suitings and Lakhani with actor Salman Khan. Sangeeta received her popular name "Bijli" from her ramp walk days as she was often referred to as "lightning on stage".

Miss India Universe and international recognition[edit]

Sangeeta garnered the Beauty Queen title very early in life as she was first crowned as her School Queen followed by College Queen and then went on to win Campa Princess, Bombay Harbour, Jaycees Queen, Eagle Queen and then came Miss India Universe Title in 1980. Sangeeta represented India at the Miss Universe contest in Seoul, South Korea where she won the 1st Prize for Best National Costume award designed by her mother Poonam Bijlani.

Bollywood debut and success[edit]

Sangeeta started her Bollywood debut in 1987 with Qatil, opposite Aditya Pancholi and then went on to do blockbusters like Tridev, Hathyar, Jurm, Yodha, Yugandhar, Izzat and Lakshman Rekha. She was spotted by director Rajiv Rai while on the ramp in a fashion show who convinced her to join Bollywood. She also did a bilingual in Hindi & Kannada opposite popular south star Vishnu Vardhan. She was nominated by the Filmfare Awards in the Best Supporting Actress category for Jurm opposite Vinod Khanna and was directed by Mahesh Bhatt and scripted by Salim Khan. She has worked with renowned directors like Mahesh Bhatt, Mukul Anand, J.P. Dutta, Rahul Rawail and N. Chandra.

Television career[edit]

Sangeeta made her small-screen debut with Chandni - "a tale of power, revenge and love” in early 1996 opposite actor Shahbaz Khan. She also went on to produce popular comedy serial Hasna Mat, with Kader Khan on Star Plus and Kinarey Milte Nahi on Zee TV.

Personal Life & Relationships[edit]

Sangeeta and Salman Khan started dating each other in 1986 when they both were still modelling and their relationship lasted for a long 7 years.They eventually broke up. On 14 November 1996, Sangeeta married cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin at a star-studded reception at the Taj Mahal Hotel attended by the Bollywood and cricket fraternity in Mumbai. The marriage ended in a divorce in 2010 reportedly due to Azhar's alleged affair with badminton player Jwala Gutta, which was denied by the player.[3][4]


In 2009 Bijlani campaigned actively for her husband Mohammed Azharuddin who was nominated from Moradabad for the Lok Sabha elections.


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Qatil Kiran Mathur
1989 Hathyar Jenny
1989 Tridev Natasha Tejani
1990 Jai Shiv Shankar
1990 Gunahon Ka Devta Bhinde's sister
1990 Hatim Tai Gulnar Pari, Husna Pari
1990 Jurm Geeta Sarabhai
1990 Paap Ki Kamaee
1991 Yodha Vidya Agnihotri
1991 Police Matthu Dada Kannada film
1991 Dhun Unreleased film
1991 Numbri Aadmi Sangeeta Rana
1991 Inspector Dhanush Sangeeta
1991 Vishnu-Devaa Sangeeta Samppat
1991 Khoon Ka Karz Sagarika D. Mehta
1991 Gunehgar Kaun Nisha
1991 Izzat Surya
1991 Shiv Ram
1991 Lakshmanrekha Beenu
1993 Yugandhar
1993 Tahqiqaat Roopa
1993 Game Advocate Shraddha
1996 Nirbhay Radha
1997 Jagannath
1997 ABCD


  1. ^ Gupta, Rajarshi (21 December 2015). "Mohammad Azharuddin furious with reports of third marriage". India Today. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  2. ^ Sangeeta Bijlani.
  3. ^ "Jwala in, Bijli out of Azharuddin's life?". The Times of India. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Azhar dating badminton player Jwala Gutta". India tv News. Retrieved 12 May 2016.

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Preceded by
Swaroop Sampat
Miss India Succeeded by
Rachita Kumar