Shalmalee Desai

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Shalmalee Desai
Born (1989-03-17) March 17, 1989 (age 30)
EducationBachelor of Arts, (Psychology)
Master of Business Administration (Marketing)
Television Writer
Years active2012 - Present
Avinash Sachdev
(m. 2015; div. 2017)

Shalmalee Desai (born March 17, 1989) is an Indian television writer and an actress, mostly known for the role of Sojal from Hindi soap opera Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir.[1] She was the winner of UTV Stars' reality show Lux The Chosen One in 2012.[2]

Early life and Career[edit]

Born and brought up in Mumbai, Shalmalee worked with television channel Zee Marathi as a management trainee after completing an M.B.A from Welingkar College in 2011.[2]

Shalmalee is a trained Kathak dancer and has learned Kathak for 15 years. She is also a golf player.[3]

After winning "Lux The Chosen One" reality show in 2012, she became the official face of UTV Stars channel for the year 2013[2] In 2013, Desai secured her first television role in the soap opera Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir. After completing a screenwriting course at Whistling Woods International Institute, she made her writing debut with popular television drama series Thapki Pyar Ki in 2016.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In the year 2015, Desai married her Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir co-star Avinash Sachdev.[5][6] However, the couple divorced in 2017.[7]



Year Show Role channels Comments
2012 Lux The Chosen One Participant / Winner UTV Stars Won[2]
2013 Just Khans Host UTV Stars
2013–2015 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir Sojal Varad Agnihotri Star Plus Supporting Role[8]
2014 Ek Hasina Thi Sagarika Ganguli Star Plus Cameo Role
2014 Encounter (Indian TV series) Mrs. Dave Sony TV Supporting Role
2015 Gulmohar Grand Avanti Star Plus Episodic Role

Television writer[edit]

Year Show Channel Comments
2016-2017 Thapki Pyar Ki Colors TV [4]
2017 Ek Aastha Aisi bhi Star Plus [4]


  1. ^ "Iss Pyaar Ko... cast reunite at Geetanjali's 'house warming' party". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Palatial pleasures". The Indian Express. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  3. ^ "I idolise Cat Deeley". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Team, Tellychakkar. "Actress Shalmalee Desai turns writer". Retrieved 2017-01-07.
  5. ^ "Celeb' Hush Hush Wedding". TIO. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Avinash Sachdev and Shalmalee Desai's wedding diaries". Bollywood life. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Avinash Sachdev and Shalmalee Desai are officially divorced - Shocking break-ups of TV actors, here's the list". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-08-28.
  8. ^ "Iss Pyaar Ko... cast reunite at Geetanjali's 'house warming' party". TC. Retrieved 10 August 2015.