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Sonali Bendre

Sonali Bendre

Indian actress and model
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Indian actress and model
A.K.A. Sonali Behl
Countries India
Occupations Model Film actor Presenter
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1975 (Mumbai)
Spouse: Goldie Behl
Education Kendriya Vidyalaya
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Sonali Bendre (born 1 January 1975) is an Indian film actress, model, television personality and author. Primarily known for her work in Hindi films, she has also appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Kannada language films. One of the most popular,successful and beautiful actresses of Indian cinema, Bendre is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Filmfare Award.

Bendre as a teenager did a few modelling assignments and appeared in several television commercials. At the age of nineteen, made her acting debut with a leading role in the 1994 film Aag. Subsequently, Bendre starred in a number of box office hits, including Diljale (1996), the action thrillers Bhai and Qahar (both 1997), Major Saab (1998), Sarfarosh (1999), Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) — and received critical recognition for her roles in the 1998 drama Zakhm and the 2001 crime comedy Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega. Post a brief appearance in Kal Ho Naa Ho , Bendre took a leave from full-time acting in 2003, and made her comeback with the 2013 gangster thriller Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara.

In addition to acting in films, Bendre is a stage performer. In 2001, Bendre ventured into television and has 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. She presented the show Mission Sapne and played the leading role in the serial Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh. She has also authored the book The Modern Gurukul – My Experiments with Parenting. She has been running her digital book club since 2017, through her book club, Bendre organizes masterclasses, in-conversations on reading trends and arranged giveaways to popularize reading and bring Indian authors to interact with the urban millennial generation. Bendre has been married to director Goldie Behl since 2002, with whom she has a son.

Personal life and education

Bendre was born in Mumbai in a Maharashtrian family She studied at Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram, Bangalore and Holy Cross Convent High School, Thane. Thereafter she went to Welham Girls School, Dehradun. She married film director Goldie Behl on 12 November 2002. On 11 August 2005, her son, Ranveer, was born at the Breach Candy Hospital.

Due to her family background she is a non-vegetarian. She has a brother who lives in Mumbai. Her father was a government servant who was diagnosed with Asthma.

On 4 July 2018 she revealed on Twitter that she has been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment in New York city hospital. Her co-stars and members from the film industry like Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra have poured their well-wishes for her speedy recovery.

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. The book "highlights the need for a return to our roots to raise a healthy, curious and, most importantly, compassionate child".

Ram Kadam, a BJP politician posted a false tweet about Bendre's death in September 2018. The message (translated from Marathi) was :"Sonali Bendre, the actress who ruled Hindi and Marathi cinema and was dear to all, is no more". Kadam was criticized for spreading this false rumor. .


Bendre started 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 was noticed. She won the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year and Star Screen Awards' Most Promising Newcomer.

Though she initially struggled to be a successful actress, she was eventually given critical acclaim for her performances in Diljale in 1996, followed by Bhai (1997), Sarfarosh, Zakhm, Duplicate, Kadhalar Dhinam (Tamil film), Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999), Tera Mera Saath Rahen (2001) and Anahat (2003) among others. She is also known for being one of the few actresses who acted opposite all four Khans (Shahrukh, Aamir, Salman and Saif). She has also starred opposite Bollywood actors such as Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Ajay Devgn. She also starred opposite Telugu matinee idol Chiranjeevi in films such as Indra and Shankar Dada M.B.B.S.

In addition to her acting, she was also recognized as a graceful dancer through films such as Gaddar, Sapoot, Bombay, Lajja and Major Saab. In 2003, she made a special appearance as Shahrukh Khan's doctor, Dr. Priya, in Kal Ho Naa Ho (produced by Karan Johar), which also starred Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta. Bendre also starred in the theatre in a play called Aap Ki Soniya .

She welcomed Michael Jackson on his arrival in India in a traditional Maharashtrian nauvari sari(Marathi: नऊवारी साडी), and she performed Aarti for Jackson on November 1, 1996.

Television career

Sonali Bendre at LFW Summer/Resort fashion show, 2012

Bendre hosted a dance show on television named Kya Masti Kya Dhoom....!. She also hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards with Saif Ali Khan and Farida Jalal on 26 February 2005. She was a judge on Mr & Mrs Television, Indian Idol 4 and India's Got Talent. In 2012, she appeared as a judge on the reality dance series Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz, on Life OK, along with choreographer Terence Lewis.

She also appeared as a judge on India's Best Dramebaaz on Zee TV. She was the narrator on the TV Show Mission Sapne, aired on Colors in 2014. Bendre played the lead role, Shoba Sachdev, in Star Life OK's television serial Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh. The serial started airing in October 2014.

Bollywood comeback

In June 2012, Bendre was rumoured to quit judging India's Got Talent 4. She was said to be likely replaced by Ritesh Deshmukh. However, she opted out of the show in order to give her dates for her comeback movieOnce Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!; for some period, the channel hasn't spoken to Bendre. 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. 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."

Bendre took a sabbatical from movies after 2004. After giving birth to her son she started acting in television. She refused to star in many movies, saying she wanted to focus on her family, especially her son. However, after she was offered Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobaara!, she said yes because of her friendship with Ekta and Shobha Kapoor, and the fact she had previously worked with both Luthria (Chori Chori) and Kumar (in Tarazu, Sapoot, Angaaray, Keemat).


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
Bombay Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Humma Humma"
1996 Rakshak Dr. Pooja Malhotra Hindi
English Babu Desi Mem Bijuriya Hindi
Diljale Radhika Hindi
Apne Dam Par Herself Hindi Special appearance in the song "Aara Hile Chapara Hile"
Sapoot Kajal Hindi
1997 Bhai Meenu Hindi
Tarazu Pooja Hindi
Qahar Neelam Hindi
1998 Keemat - They Are Back Mansi Hindi
Duplicate Lily Hindi
Humse Badhkar Kaun Anu Hindi
Major Saab Nisha Hindi
Angaaray Roma Hindi
Zakhm Soniya Hindi
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Roja Tamil
Kannodu Kanbathellam Kalyani Tamil
Hum Saath Saath Hain Preeti Hindi
Dahek Sabina Bahkshi/Neelima Bahkshi Hindi
Sarfarosh Seema Hindi
2000 Chal Mere Bhai Piya Hindi Cameo appearance
Dil Hi Dil Mein Roja Hindi Official dubbed and partial re-shot version of Kadhalar Dhinam
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Khushi Hindi Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress
Dhai Akshar Prem Ke Nisha Hindi Cameo appearance
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Saawni Hindi
Preethse Kiran Kannada Kannada debut Remake of Hindi Movie Darr
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

TV shows

Year Serial Role Channel
2001 Kya Masti Kya Dhoom Host TV 18
2008 Mr & Mrs Television Judge Sony Entertainment Television
2008-2009 Indian Idol Judge Sony Entertainment Television
2009-2012 India's Got Talent Judge Colors
2012 Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz Judge Life OK
2014 Mission Sapne Narrator Colors
2014–2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Shobha Sachdev Life OK
2013–present India's Best Dramebaaz Judge Zee Tv

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
1995 Aag Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year Won
1995 Aag Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Planet - Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2000 Sarfarosh International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated
2001 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2002 Murari Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nominated
2004 Anahat Star 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 Indian Telly Award for Best Judge Panel Won
2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Indian Telly Awards Indian Telly Award for Best Onscreen Couple Nominated
2017 India's Best Dramebaaz Zee Rishtey Award Zee Rishtey Award for Best Judge Won
2018 Herself Women Achiever’s Awards 2018 Pride of Maharashtra Award Won
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