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Sonali Bendre

Sonali Bendre

Indian actress and model
Sonali Bendre
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Quick Facts

Intro Indian actress and model
A.K.A. Sonali Behl
Is Model Actor Film actor Television presenter Television actor
From India
Type Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1975, Mumbai, India
Age 46 years
Star sign Capricorn
Spouse: Goldie Behl
The details (from wikipedia)


Sonali Bendre (born 1 January 1975) is an Indian film actress who has primarily worked in Hindi films and has won a Filmfare Award.

Early life and family

Bendre was born in Mumbai in a Maharashtrian family. She studied at Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai. She has a brother who lives in Mumbai. Her father was a civil servant. She studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore.


Modelling and movie debut (1994-1995)

Bendre was a model before entering the Star Dust Talent Search. She was then cast in a movie called Ram, produced by Sohail Khan. However, this movie was never made. Her first major role was in Aag (1994) at the age of 19. For this, she won the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year and Star Screen Awards for Most Promising Newcomer. In 1994, she also appeared in Naaraaz, for which she was awarded Filmfare's Sensational Debut award. In 1995, she appeared in Bombay in the song Humma Humma.

Established actress (1996-2003)

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

In 1996, she starred in Rakshak, English Babu Desi Mem, Diljale, 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. In 1997 and 1998, Bendre starred in Bhai, Tarazu, Qahar, Keemat, Humse Badhkar Kaun, Major Saab, Angaaray and Zakhm. She was seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Duplicate. At the beginning of 1999, Bendre starred in two Tamil Movies: Kadhalar Dhinam and Kannodu Kanbathellam. Bendre starred in Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United, Dahek and Sarfarosh as well.

Bendre at the IFFI 2017 in Goa

In 2000, Bendre made a brief cameo in Chal Mere Bhai and Dhai Akshar Prem Ke. She later appeared in Hamaara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. Bendre won a Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress 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. 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. 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 Gaddar, Sapoot, Bombay, Lajja and Major Saab. She took a break after this. In 2007, Bendre starred in a play called Aap Ki Soniya.

Television career

Sonali Bendre at LFW Summer/Resort fashion show, 2012

In 2001, Bendre hosted the television 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. She also hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards with Saif Ali Khan and Farida Jalal on 26 February 2005. She narrated the TV Show Mission Sapne on Colors in 2014. She played the lead role in Star Life OK's television series Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh.

Bollywood comeback

In 2012, Bendre opted out of India's Got Talent in order to facilitate her comeback movie Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!. 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."

Other pursuits

Bendre has been considered a style icon. In 2012, she was the brand ambassador of Oriflame India. She has authored a book, The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments with Parenting. She has run the Sonali Book Club since 2017.

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result Reference
1995 Screen Awards Discovery of the Year Won
Aag Filmfare Awards Lux New Face of the Year Won
Aag Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Won
Naaraaz Filmfare Awards Sensational Debut Won
1998 Zakhm Planet Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Planet Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
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
2019 Woman of Substance I Am Woman awards Won


The state government of Rajasthan filed an appeal against the acquittal of Bendre and other Bollywood actors charged with hunting blackbucks in 1998 at Kankani village near Jodhpur.


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. Ram Kadam, a politician, received criticism for posting a false tweet about Bendre's death in September 2018.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 07 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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