Sonali Bendre

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Sonali Bendre Behl
Sonali Bendre attends the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 (20) (cropped).jpg
Bendre at the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018
Born (1975-01-01) 1 January 1975 (age 44)
NationalityIndian
Alma materRamnarain Ruia College, Mumbai
OccupationActress, model, writer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)
Goldie Behl (m. 2002)

Sonali Bendre (born 1 January 1975)[1] is an Indian film actress, model and author. Primarily worked in Hindi films, she has also appeared in Telugu, Tamil, Marathi and Kannada films and has won a Filmfare Award.

Early life and family[edit]

Bendre was born in Bombay (present-day Mumbai) in a Maharashtrian family. She studied at Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai.[2] She has a brother who lives in Mumbai. Her father was a civil servant.[3] She studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore.[4]

Career[edit]

Modelling and movie debut (1994-1995)[edit]

Bendre started out as a model before getting selected for the Star Dust Talent Search. She eventually got the opportunity to study under the guidance of the best Bollywood actors and performers. Initially, she was cast in a movie called Ram, produced by Sohail Khan.[5] However, this movie was never made. Her first major role was in Aag (1994) at the age of 19.[6] For this, she won the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year and Star Screen Awards for Most Promising Newcomer.[7][8] In 1994, she also appeared in Naaraaz, for which she was awarded Filmfare's Sensational Debut award.[9] In 1995, she appeared in Bombay in the song Humma Humma.[7][10]

Established actress (1996-2003)[edit]

Bendre on the sets of India's Got Talent in 2011

In 1996, she starred in Rakshak, English Babu Desi Mem, Diljale,[7] Apne Dam Par and Sapoot. In the same year, she welcomed Michael Jackson on his arrival in India in a traditional Marathi sari and applied tilak on his forehead.[11] In 1997 and 1998, Bendre starred in Bhai, Tarazu, Qahar, Keemat, Humse Badhkar Kaun, Major Saab, Angaaray and Zakhm.[12] She was seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Duplicate.[8] At the beginning of 1999, Bendre starred in two Tamil Movies: Kadhalar Dhinam and Kannodu Kanbathellam.[13][14] Bendre starred in Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United, Dahek and Sarfarosh as well.[15][16][17]

Bendre at the IFFI 2017 in Goa

In 2000, Bendre made a brief cameo in Chal Mere Bhai and Dhai Akshar Prem Ke.[18] She later appeared in Hamaara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. Bendre won a Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress[8] and got nominated for Planet - Bollywood People's Choice Awards (Best Supporting Actress) and Best Supporting Actress. Then, Bendre starred in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain.[19] In the same year, she made her debut in Kannada with the movie Preethse, a remake of Darr.

In 2001, she made her Telugu debut with Mahesh Babu. For this film, she was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Telugu. Then, she was seen in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega. She featured in a song, Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai, in Lajja. Bendre later acted in Tera Mera Saath Rahen.

In 2002, Bendre starred in 3 Telugu Movies: Indra, Khadgam and Manmadhudu. In 2003, Bendre made her Marathi debut with Anahat, for which she got nominated for Star Screen Awards Best Actress in Marathi.[8] Consecutively, Bendre starred in Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaatha (Hindi), Palnati Brahmanayudu (Telugu) and Chori Chori (Hindi). She made a special appearance in Kal Ho Naa Ho.

2004 was the last active year of her career. Bendre starred in Shankar Dada MBBS and made a special appearance in Aga Bai Arrecha!. In addition to her acting, she was also recognised as a dancer through films such as Gadar, Sapoot, Bombay, Lajja and Major Saab. She took a break after this. In 2007, Bendre starred in a play called Aap Ki Soniya.[4]

Television career[edit]

Sonali Bendre at LFW Summer/Resort fashion show, 2012

In 2001, Bendre ventured into television and hosted the dance show Kya Masti Kya Dhoom....! and featured as a talent judge for Mr & Mrs Television, the reality shows Indian Idol 4, India's Got Talent, Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz and India's Best Dramebaaz.[20] She also hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards with Saif Ali Khan and Farida Jalal on 26 February 2005. She was the narrator on the TV Show Mission Sapne, aired on Colors in 2014.[21] Bendre played the lead role, Shoba Sachdev, in Star Life OK's television serial Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh.[22]

Bollywood comeback[edit]

In June 2012, Bendre was rumoured to quit judging India's Got Talent 4. She was said to be likely replaced by Ritesh Deshmukh.[23] However, she opted out of the show in order to give her dates for her comeback movie Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!.[24][25] In July, Bendre announced that she would be making her comeback by portraying a character connected to the one played by Akshay Kumar in the movie.[25][26] Her part was described by the director Milan Luthria: "Sonali's character is called Mumtaz. The name spells enigma and is very crucial to the plot of the film. The character doesn't fit into the usual mould of a mother or a sister or bhabhi but has an identity of its own. That is what makes it special. And that's why Sonali agreed to be a part of the film."[25] After she was offered Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobaara!, she agreed because of her friendship with Ekta and Shobha Kapoor, and the fact she had previously worked with both Luthria (Chori Chori) and Akshay Kumar (in Tarazu, Sapoot, Angaaray and Keemat).[27][28]

Other pursuits[edit]

During her time, she was considered a style icon and many used to get inspired by her outfits in movies.[29] In 2012, she was the brand ambassador of Oriflame India.[2] Bendre has authored a book, The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments with Parenting, sharing her three principles of parenting that find a balance between traditional and modern values.[30] She has been running a digital book club since 2017, called Sonali Book Club.[31] Through her book club, Bendre organizes events to increase interest in reading and bring Indian authors to interact with the urban millennial generation.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1994 Aag Parul Hindi Hindi debut
Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year
Naaraaz Sonali Hindi
1995 The Don Anita Malik Hindi
Gaddaar Priya Hindi
Takkar Mohini Hindi [32]
Bombay Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Humma Humma"[19]
1996 Rakshak Dr. Pooja Malhotra Hindi [32]
English Babu Desi Mem Bijuriya Hindi
Diljale Radhika Hindi [33]
Apne Dam Par Herself Hindi Special appearance in the song "Aara Hile Chapara Hile"
Sapoot Kajal Hindi [32]
1997 Bhai Meenu Hindi
Tarazu Pooja Hindi
Qahar Neelam Hindi
1998 Keemat - They Are Back Mansi Hindi
Duplicate Lily Hindi [33]
Humse Badhkar Kaun Anu Hindi
Major Saab Nisha Hindi [31]
Angaaray Roma Hindi
Zakhm Soniya Hindi [12]
1999 Sarfarosh Seema Hindi [33]
Kadhalar Dhinam Roja Tamil Tamil debut[13]
Kannodu Kanbathellam Kalyani Tamil [13]
Hum Saath Saath Hain Preeti Hindi [33]
Dahek Sabina Bahkshi/Neelima Bahkshi Hindi [16]
2000 Chal Mere Bhai Piya Hindi Cameo appearance[18]
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Khushi Hindi Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress
Dhai Akshar Prem Ke Nisha Hindi Cameo appearance[18]
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Saawni Hindi
Preethse Kiran Kannada Kannada debut
2001 Murari Vasundhara Telugu Telugu debut
Love You Hamesha Shivani Hindi
Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Sapna Chopra Hindi
Lajja Herself Hindi Special appearance in the song "Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai"
Tera Mera Saath Rahen Madhuri Hindi
2002 Indra Pallavi Telugu
Khadgam Swathi Telugu
Manmadhudu Harika Telugu
2003 Anahat Queen Sheelavathi Marathi
Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaatha Disha Hindi
Palnati Brahmanayudu Siva Nageswari Telugu
Chori Chori Pooja Hindi
Kal Ho Naa Ho Priya Hindi Cameo appearance
2004 Shankar Dada MBBS Dr. Sunita/ Chitti Telugu
Aga Bai Arrecha! Herself Marathi Special appearance in the song "Cham Cham Karta Hai"
2013 Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara! Mumtaz Khan Hindi Cameo appearance

Television[edit]

Year Serial Role Notes
2001–2002 Kya Masti Kya Dhoom Host
2008 Mr & Mrs Television Judge
2008-2009 Indian Idol Judge season 4
2009-2012 India's Got Talent Judge season 1-3
2012 Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz Judge
2014 Mission Sapne Narrator
2014–2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Shobha Sachdev
2013–2016 India's Best Dramebaaz Judge

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result Reference
1995 Screen Awards Discovery of the Year Won [34]
Aag Filmfare Awards Lux New Face of the Year Won
Aag Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Won
Naaraaz Filmfare Awards Sensational Debut Won [9]
1998 Zakhm Planet Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [35]
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Planet Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [36]
Sarfarosh International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated
2001 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2002 Murari Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Nominated
2004 Anahat Screen Awards Best Actress – Marathi Won
2011 India's Got Talent Golden Petal Awards Most Chahiti Personality Won
2012 India's Got Talent Indian Telly Awards Best Judge Panel Won
2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Indian Telly Awards Best Onscreen Couple Nominated
2017 India's Best Dramebaaz Zee Rishtey Awards Best Judge Won
2018 Women Achiever's Awards Pride of Maharashtra Won [37]
2019 Woman of Substance I Am Woman awards Won [38]

Personal life[edit]

Bendre married film director Goldie Behl on 12 November 2002. The two had a son on 11 August 2005.

Controversies[edit]

The state government of Rajasthan filed an appeal against acquittal of Bendre and other Bollywood actors in connection with hunting of two blackbucks in 1998 at Kankani village near Jodhpur.[39]

Cancer[edit]

On 4 July 2018 she revealed on Twitter that she has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and was undergoing treatment in a New York City hospital.[40] Post treatment, She returned from US in December 2018.[6] Ram Kadam, politician posted a false tweet about Bendre's death in September 2018. Kadam was criticized for spreading this false rumor.[41]

References[edit]

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