Shibani Dandekar

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Shibani Dandekar
Shibani Dandekar grace the launch of Arth restaurant (17) (cropped).jpg
Dandekar in June 2018
Born (1980-08-27) 27 August 1980 (age 38)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
OccupationVJ, model, singer, anchor
Years active2009–present
RelativesAnusha Dandekar (sister)

Shibani Dandekar (born 27 August 1980) is an Indian singer, actress, anchor and model.[1] She began her career working as a television anchor in American television. Following her return to India, she began hosting several shows in Hindi television and events, besides working as a model and a singer as well.


Shibani Dandekar was born as the second eldest daughter into a Marathi family.[2] She has two siblings, Anusha Dandekar, an actress-singer working in Bollywood, and Apeksha Dandekar.[3] Shibani along with her sisters formed a music band named D-Major.[4][5] Shibani grew up in London, Australia and Africa for the majority of her childhood [6] In 2001, she moved to New York City, US and began working in American television.[7] She hosted three nationally syndicated television shows, Namaste America, V Desi and the Asian Variety Show.[8] In this role, she introduced Bollywood’s biggest stars to American audiences and also hosted An Evening With Shah Rukh Khan in Atlantic City. She has been a contestant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa,[9] the India-based Dancing With the Stars on the BBC network and hosted in India on Colors TV.[10]

She returned to India and continued her work as a television host, while venturing into modelling as well. Apart from music and modeling, Shibani’s love for anchoring shows saw her as host for major events such as the Maxim Hot 100, Nike, Rolls Royce, Puma, Mercedes, Toyota, Horlicks, HSBC, Spice Mobile, JBL, MTV Coke Studio, Nivea and the Sony Launch of the tribute to Michael Jackson ‘This is It’. Shibani has anchored popular shows including the lifestyle shows After Hours on Zee Cafe, Men 2.0 on AXN,[11] ZoOm's Let's Design,[12] India's Sexiest Bachelor on Big CBS Prime,[13] as well as its extension India's Glam Diva on Big CBS Love.[14][15] Shibani also anchored the Indian produced Grammy Nominees Special on VH1 as a lead-up to the 53rd Grammy Awards.[16] Since 2011, she has been co-hosting the show Extraa Innings - T20 on Sony Max Television during the Indian Premier League matches;[17] she won a nomination at the 11th Indian Television Academy Awards in the category Best Anchor Game/Quiz Show.[18] She is hosting the Mission cover shot for National Geography channel. She did a dance number Hi Poli Saajuk for 2014's Marathi movie Timepass, followed by 36 Nakhrewali in Sangharsh.[19] She played the role 'Zoya' in the movie Roy which was released on February 13, 2015.[20] She started dating Farhan Akhtar in 2018.


Year Films Role Language
2014 Timepass Item Dance Performer Marathi
Sangharsh Chameli (Item Dance Performer)
2015 Roy Zoya Hindi
Shaandaar Sonia
2016 Sultan TV Anchor
2017 Naam Shabana Special appearance in a song
Noor Zara Patel
2018 Queen Once Again TBA Telugu
Bhavesh Joshi Item girl in a song "Chavanprash" Hindi
Firrkie Hindi



  1. ^ "Shibani Dandekar". Times Of India. June 20, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Times Of India. "Cricket buff anchor". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  3. ^ Times Of India. "CCL Anchor". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  4. ^ The Hindu. "Anushka and Shibani's band". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  5. ^ India Today. "IPL Eye Candy". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  6. ^ DNA India. "Shibani Dandekar Interview". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  7. ^ DNA India. "American Born Glam Desi". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  8. ^ "IPL's Host". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  9. ^ Bollywood Life. "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5: Shibani Dandekar evicted!". Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  10. ^ Shibani Dandekar Profile
  11. ^ The Indian Express. "Now TV to bring spotlight back to men". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  12. ^ Times Of India. "Sisters, Anchors, Cricket Buffs". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  13. ^ DNA India. "Shibani Dandekar Interview". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  14. ^ Hindustan Times. "India's Glam Diva". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  15. ^ Times Of India. "Freida Pinto, Sonakshi Sinha ..." Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  16. ^ Radio and Music. "VH1 Grammy nominees special". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  17. ^ Rediff. "IPL Season 4". Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  18. ^ Indian Television Academy. "Event Details". Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
  19. ^ "Shibani Dandekar: I am happy to have stepped into Marathi space!". Bollywoodlife. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  20. ^ Roy (film)

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