Sonali Bendre

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Sonali Bendre
Sonali Bendre at IIJW 2012 ramp walk
Native name सोनाली बेंद्रे
Born (1975-01-01) 1 January 1975 (age 40)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 1994–2004, 2009–present
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Goldie Behl (m. 2002)

Sonali Bendre (born 1 January 1975[1]) is an Indian actress, television personality and model. She was a leading actress of Bollywood in 1990s and early-2000s. She has appeared in more than 50 Hindi films in genres including romance, action and comedy. Apart from starring in Bollywood films, she has also acted in various Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Kannada films. She was also one of the four judges in the fourth season of Indian Idol and India's Got Talent. She has been the brand ambassador for Pril soap, Surya bulbs and tubes, Omega watches, Dr. Morepen, Dabur, Vi-John Group etc. in Maharashtra and Kalyana Kanchi in Andhra Pradesh.[2][3][4] She would be the narrator of the TV Reality Show Mission Sapne on Colors TV.[5] Bendre has been praised by critics for her acting and dancing skills,and achieved mass popularity due to her physical beauty.


Sonali was born in Mumbai into a Marathi speaking Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu family.[6] She studied in Bangalore and Mumbai in Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram and Holy Cross Convent High School, Thane. Thereafter she went to Welham Girls School, Dehradun.She wanted to become a lawyer and was ready to start studies for a lawyer.

Personal life[edit]

She married film director Goldie Behl on 12 November 2002.[7] On 11 August 2005, she gave birth to a son, Ranveer, at the Breach Candy Hospital.[8] During 90s, she had a crush on Sunil Shetty,but he didn't respond with same feeling because he was married. There were rumours about them but they always denied and said that they're just friends. Because of those rumours Sunil didn't want to work with Sonali again or to be friends. Govinda in one of his interviews said that if he wasn't married he would marry Sonali. There were rumour that she dated Raj Thackeray

Debut and Early Work[edit]

Bendre started out as a model before being selected for the "Star Dust Talent Search". She was invited to Mumbai and received training from a variety of top actors and performers of the Indian film industry. Her first role was in Aag (1994) opposite Govinda .The movie flopped,but she get noticed. And she get two awards: Filmfare Awards 1995 and Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer.Her next 6 movies were flops or averagers on Box Office. She get a chance to show her dancing skills in Bombay with the song Humma Humma. She became famous and people started calling her Humma Humma girl.

Success and Stardom[edit]

Though, she initially struggled to be a successful actress, she was eventually given critical acclaim for her performances in Diljale in 1996. The role that she played,Radhika,heartbroken girl was much appreciated by critics. With that movie she established her acting skills in the eyes of people and she became a star. Followed by Bhai (1997),she played a tomboyish girl, Meenu who is in love with Sunil's character but she is heartbroken because Sunil's character doesn't feel the same.Her role was priased by critics.Sarfarosh,her role of Don't Mind Girl,Seema was a comic one and it was priased by critics. After this movie she became a Sensation. She was nominated for Best Actress in IIFA .In Zakhm ,she played the wife of Ajay's role. Critics adored her in that role. For the first time she played a negative role,Lily in Duplicate . People and critics loved her in new avtar. Her Tamil Debut was with Kadhalar Dhinam (Tamil film). This movie proved to be a Hit. Her next blockbuster was Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United .Her role of shy girl Preeti was very much loved and still remembered. She played Salman's (Prem's) better half in the movie. The amazing between Salman and Sonali was very much loved and cherished by their fans. They are one of the most wanted couple on-screen that their fans and fans of HSSH want to see again together in a New Movie. In 2001,Tera Mera Saath Rahen she played the role of Madhuri who is in lovw with Jay (Ajay's character) and she made the Marathi Debut with Anahat (2003). Critics apreciated her role. The list of her hits is quite long. She is also known for being one of the few actresses who acted opposite all top four Khans (Salman, Aamir, Shahrukh and Saif). She is one of 13 lucky actresses who acted with all the Khans.She has also starred opposite Bollywood actors such as Akshay Kumar , Sunil Shetty , Ajay Devgn , Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor . She also starred opposite Telugu Superstars Mahesh Babu with Telugu Debut Murari , Chiranjeevi , Akkineni Nagarjuna and Nandamuri Balakrishna in films such as Indra,Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. , Angaaray ,Manmadhudu , Palanti brahma naidu and Kannada Superstar Upendra with Kannada Debut in the film Preethse (remake of Darr) That helped her to establish herself and she gain popularity in South and North. She is a well known Indian star internationally. Her last role was inKal Ho Naa Ho as Priya was very much loved.

Dancing Skills[edit]

In addition to her acting performances, she was also recognized as a graceful dancer through films such as Gaddar , Sapoot  : hit song : Kajal Kajal , Bombay Hit song: Humma Humma . In Lajja her special apparearance was in a Blockbuster Wedding Song which name is Mujhe Sajan Ke Ghar Jana Hai . In Major Saab her Hit Songs were : Akeli Na Bazaar Jaya Karo , Pyaar Kiya Toh Nibhana . In Sarfarosh  : Jo Haal Dil Ka , Is Deewane Ladke Ko and Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya . And in Hum Saath Saath Hain :Mhare Hiwda and Maiyya Yashoda and among other famous hits from other Hit Movies.

Other Work[edit]

She had also welcomed Michael Jackson on his arrival in India in traditional Maharashtrian nauvari sari on 1 November 1996.

Television career[edit]

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She also hosted a dance show on television named Kya Masti Kya Dhoom....! It was a children show. The children who were talented in singing and dancing were taking part of it.Famous Bollywood Stars were jugging.At the end one children from singing and dancing part were declared winners. Basically,there were two winners. She was one of the judges of Indian Idol on Sony Entertainment television. She also hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards with Saif Ali Khan andFarida Jalal on 26 February 2005. At the same time she was pregnant with her son. She was a judge on Mr & Mrs Television, Indian Idol 4.She was a juge inIndia's Got Talentfor three years and even got an award for Most Chahiti Personality of Telelvision. In 2012, she also appeared as a judge on reality dance series, Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz, onLife OK, along with choreographer Terence Lewis. She also appeared as a judge in India's Best Dramebaaz onZee TV. She is next appearing as narrator in the TV Show Mission Sapne to be aired on Colors in March–April 2014. The show was about Bollywood and Television stars who live a life of a common man jusr for one day.Then she was a juge on India Cinestars Ki Khoj.[5] Sonali has been finalized to play the lead role in Star Life OK's television serial Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh. The serial started airing in October 2014. She plays the main character called Shoba Sachdev. Her role was apreciated and fans are happy to see that even after 10 years of absence on screen she still can act.

Bollywood comeback[edit]

At the end of June 2012, Sonali Bendre was rumoured to quit judging India's Got Talent 4. She was said to be likely replaced by Ritesh Deshmukh.[16]However, later, it turned out she opted out of the show in order to give her dates for her comeback vehicle, Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!, though as of now, the channel hasn't spoken to Bendre.[17][18] Later, at the beginning of July, Sonali Bendre announced[18][19] she will be making her comeback by portraying a character connected to the one played by Akshay Kumar in the movie. 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."[18] She took a sabbatical from movies after 2004, then after giving birth to her son she started doing television. She refused to star in many movies, saying she wants to focus on her family, especially her son. But after she was offered Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobara, she said yes because of her friendship with Ekta and Shobha Kapoor and the fact she worked with both Luthria (Chori Chori) and Kumar (Tarazu, Sapoot, Angaaray, Keemat) before. Her little role was very much priased. Rajeev Massand said that her role is inspiring.


Did You Know ?[edit]

She loves to read. She is allergic to bananas. She has two sisters. She is the only actor from the movie Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai who was nominated for her performance in this movie.hi

Awards & Nominations[edit]

List of Acting Awards and Nominations
Year Film Award Category Result
1995 Aag Filmfare Awards Filmfare Lux New Face Award Won
1995 Aag Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won
2000 Sarfarosh International Indian Film Academy Awards IIFA Award for Best Actress Nominated
2001 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2001 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai International Indian Film Academy Awards IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2004 Anahat Star Screen Award Best Actress Marathi Won
2011 India's Got Talent Golden Petal Awards Most Chahiti Personality Won


Year Film Role Other notes
1994 Aag Parul Filmfare Lux New Face Award
1994 Naaraaz Sonali
1995 The Don Anita Malik
1995 Gaddaar Priya
1995 Takkar Mohini
1995 Bombay Tamil film
Special appearance(Item number)
1996 Rakshak Dr. Pooja Malhotra
1996 English Babu Desi Mem Bijuriya
1996 Diljale Radhika
1996 Apne Dam Par Special appearance
1996 Sapoot Kajal
1997 Bhai Meenu
1997 Tarazu Pooja
1997 Qahar Neelam
1998 Keemat - They Are Back Mansi
1998 Duplicate Lily
1998 Humse Badhkar Kaun Anu
1998 Major Saab Nisha
1998 Angaaray Roma
1998 Zakhm Soniya
1999 Love You Hamesha Shivani Released in 2001
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Roja Tamil film
Dubbed into Telugu into Premikula Roju
Remade into Hindi as Dil Hi Dil Mein
1999 Kannodu Kanbathellam Kalyani Tamil film
1999 Hum Saath Saath Hain Preeti
1999 Dahek Sabina Bahkshi/Neelima Bahkshi
1999 Sarfarosh Seema
2000 Chal Mere Bhai Vicky's beloved Special appearance
2000 Dil Hi Dil Mein Roja
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Khushi Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress
2000 Dhai Akshar Prem Ke Nisha Special appearance
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Saawni
2000 Preethse Kiran Kannada film
remake of Darr
2001 Murari Vasundhara Telugu film
Dubbed into Tamil
2001 Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Sapna Chopra
2001 Lajja Dancer Item number in the song "Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai"
2001 Tera Mera Saath Rahen Madhuri
2002 Indra Pallavi Telugu film
Dubbed into Hindi and Tamil
2002 Khadgam Swathi Telugu film
2002 Manmadhudu Harika Telugu film
2003 Anahat Queen Sheelavati Marathi film
2003 Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaatha Disha
2003 Palnati Brahmanayudu Siva Nageswari Telugu film
2003 Chori Chori Pooja
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Priya Guest role
2004 Shankar Dada MBBS Dr. Sunita/ Chitti Telugu film
2004 Aga Bai Arrecha! Marathi film
Item number
2013 Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! Mumtaz Khan Special Appearance
2014 Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh Shobha Sachdev TV show


  1. ^ "Sonali Bendre Birthday Bash". Retrieved 2012-07-10. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Sonali Bendre becomes the brand ambassador for an almond hair oil". The Times of India. 7 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Many takers for married actresses in ad world". Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Sonali Bendre and Genelia in Kalyana Kanchi Jewellery Designs(wedding jewellery) – Bollywood Mantra – Sonali Bendre". Bollywood Mantra. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  5. ^ "Sonali Bendre to be Narrator in TV Reality Show Mission Sapne". IANS. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Interview with Sonali Bendre
  7. ^ "". Sonali Bendre's set to tie the knot!. Retrieved 9 August 2007. 
  8. ^ "Sonali Bendre delivers a babyboy.". 12 August 2005. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 

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