Sonali Bendre

Sonali Bendre

Bendre at IIJW ramp walk in 2012
Born (1975-01-01) 1 January 1975
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actress, model
Years active 1994–2004, 2009–present
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Goldie Behl (m. 2002)

Sonali Bendre (born 1 January 1975[1]) is an Indian film actress and model who predominantly worked in Hindi films. She has also appeared in Telugu, Tamil, Marathi and Kannada films.She is considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her time and a Top Heroine of 90s.

Personal life and education

Sonali was born in Mumbai into a Marathi speaking family.[2] 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 married film director Goldie Behl on 12 November 2002. On 11 August 2005, she gave birth to a son, Ranveer, at the Breach Candy Hospital.[3]


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 got noticed. And she got two awards for 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 top four Khans (Salman, Aamir, Shahrukh 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..[4][5][6]

In addition to her acting performances, 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 named Dr. Priya in Kal Ho Naa Ho (produced by Karan Johar), which also starred Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta.[7] Bendre also starred in the theatre in a play called, Aap Ki Soniya.[8] She had also welcomed Michael Jackson on his arrival In India in traditional Maharashtrian nauvari sari and she performed aarti for Jackson on November 1, 1996.[9]

Television career

Sonali Bendre

She also hosted a dance show on television named Kya Masti Kya Dhoom....! and was one of the judges of Indian Idol on Sony Entertainment television. 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 also appeared as a judge on reality dance series, Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz, on Life OK, along with choreographer Terence Lewis.[10][11]

She also appeared as a judge in India's Best Dramebaaz on Zee TV. She is next appearing as narrator in the TV Show Mission Sapne to be aired on Colors in March–April 2014.[12] 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.[13]

Bollywood comeback

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.[14] However, later, it turned out she opted out of the show in order to give her dates for her comeback vehicle, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!, for some period, the channel hasn't spoken to Bendre.[15][16] Later, at the beginning of July, Sonali Bendre announced[16][17] 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."[16] 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.[18][19]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1994 Aag Parul HindiHindi debut
Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year
1994 Naaraaz Sonali Hindi
1995 The Don Anita Malik Hindi
1995 Gaddaar Priya Hindi
1995 Takkar Mohini Hindi
1995 Bombay - Tamil Special appearance in the song "Humma Humma"
1996 Rakshak Dr. Pooja Malhotra Hindi
1996 English Babu Desi Mem Bijuriya Hindi
1996 Diljale Radhika Hindi
1996 Apne Dam Par - Hindi Special appearance in the song "Aara Hile Chapara Hile"
1996 Sapoot Kajal Hindi
1997 Bhai Meenu Hindi
1997 Tarazu Pooja Hindi
1997 Qahar Neelam Hindi
1998 Keemat - They Are Back Mansi Hindi
1998 Duplicate Lily Hindi
1998 Humse Badhkar Kaun Anu Hindi
1998 Major Saab Nisha Hindi
1998 Angaaray Roma Hindi
1998 Zakhm Soniya Hindi
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Roja Tamil
1999 Kannodu Kanbathellam Kalyani Tamil
1999 Hum Saath Saath Hain Preeti Hindi
1999 Dahek Sabina Bahkshi/Neelima Bahkshi Hindi
1999 Sarfarosh Seema Hindi
2000 Chal Mere Bhai Piya Hindi cameo appearance
2000 Dil Hi Dil Mein Roja Hindi
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Khushi Hindi Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress
2000 Dhai Akshar Prem Ke Nisha Hindi cameo appearance
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Saawni Hindi
2000 Preethse Kiran Kannada Kannada debut
2001 Murari Vasundhara Telugu Telugu debut
2001 Love You Hamesha Shivani Hindi
2001 Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Sapna Chopra Hindi
2001 Lajja - HindiSpecial appearance in the song "Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai"
2001 Tera Mera Saath Rahen Madhuri Hindi
2002 Indra Pallavi Telugu
2002 Khadgam Swathi Telugu
2002 Manmadhudu Harika Telugu
2003 Anahat Queen Sheelavathi Marathi
2003 Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaatha Disha Hindi
2003 Palnati Brahmanayudu Siva Nageswari Telugu
2003 Chori Chori Pooja Hindi
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Priya Hindi cameo appearance
2004 Shankar Dada MBBS Dr. Sunita/ Chitti Telugu
2004 Aga Bai Arrecha! - 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
2014 –2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai YeShobha SachdevLife OK
2013 – present India's Best Dramebaaz JudgeZee Tv

Awards and nominations

List of Acting 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 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 Awards Best Actress Marathi Won
2011 India's Got Talent Golden Petal Awards Most Chahiti Personality Won


  1. "Sonali Bendre Birthday Bash". Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-10.
  2. Interview with Sonali Bendre
  3. "Sonali Bendre delivers a baby boy". 12 August 2015. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  7. Kal Ho Naa Ho
  8. "". Sonali Bendre's to star in the theatre. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2007.
  10. "No crying and weeping please............. Just Enjoy!". Hindustan Times. 27 October 2012.
  11. "Busker Boys hopeful for 'Hindustan Ke Hunarbaz'". The Times of India. 28 October 2012.
  12. "Sonali Bendre to be Narrator in TV Reality Show Mission Sapne". IANS. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  13. "Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh on Life OK: Sonali Bendre's Dubut in Fiction Space". TellyMirror.
  14. "Ritesh Deshmukh to judge India's Got Talent?". 20 June 2012.
  15. "I might never do another film role". 3 July 2012.
  16. 1 2 3 "Sonali Bendre returns to films". 2 July 2012.
  17. "Sonali set to make a comeback". 3 July 2012.
  18. "Sonali Bendre makes a comeback in films". 3 July 2012.
  19. "I feel like I'm coming home: Sonali Bendre". 3 July 2012.

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