Drashti Dhami

Drashti Dhami (born 10 January 1985)[1] is an Indian model, actress, and dancer[3] who works in the Hindi television industry. Dhami is recognised for her roles in the shows Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani, Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil and Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka.[2]

Drashti Dhami
Drashti Dhami in 2019.jpg
Dhami in 2019
Born (1985-01-10) 10 January 1985 (age 36)[1]
NationalityIndian
EducationDegree in sociology
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • dancer
Years active2003 – present
Known forMadhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon
Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi[2]
Spouse(s)
Neeraj Khemka
(m. 2015)
RelativesSuhasi Dhami (sister-in-law)

In 2013, Dhami participated in Colors TV's Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 along with choreographer Salman Yusuff Khan and became the winner.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Dhami was born on 10 January 1985 into a Gujarati family[5] in Mumbai, where she studied. She attended Mary Immaculate Girl's High School and also went to Mumbai's Mithibai College from where she has a degree in sociology.[6] Before entering into modelling, Dhami was a dance instructor[7] Dhami belongs to a conservative family. According to her interview in The Times of India, she said:

When I got [the] offer to dance in a music video ... I had to seek permission from ten different family members including my closest relatives. It was my cousin who supported me, convinced everyone and still stands by me whenever I have to take a decision on my career front. So it's not been so easy for me but my family's support is always with me."[8]

CareerEdit

2007–2011: Start of her career and debut showEdit

Dhami started her career with modelling for print and television advertisements before debuting in the entertainment industry with her appearance in the music video for "Saiyyan Dil Mein Aana Re" followed by "Humko Aaj Kal Hai", "Teri Meri Nazar Ki Dori" and a Punjabi music video "Nachle Soniyo Tu" and worked in advertisements like Colgate with Saif Ali Khan, Lion Honey, Pulimoottil Silks, Vasan Eye care, RKS Grand (Shopping Mall), Amul, VIP Bags, Chevrolet, Reliance mobile and jewellery.[6]

 
Dhami at Dill Mill Gayye's party in 2010

Dhami made her acting debut on television with Star One's Dill Mill Gayye, where she portrayed Dr. Muskaan form 2007 until 2009. In 2008, she participated in 9X's relaity show, Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket by Ekta Kapoor as a contestant. In 2010, she appeared as the female lead in Star One's Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi opposite Gurmeet Choudhary.[6] Dhami got recognition with her portrayal of the character Geet with thiss role.[9] The show had a successful run for two years until it ended in December 2011 after the closure of the channel.[10]

Dhami made an appearance on Imagine TV's reality show Big Money: Chota Parda Bada Game in 2010.[6] She later in the same year was a part of another reality show, Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan.[11]

2012–present: Madhubala and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6Edit

 
Dhami at the launch of Madhubala in 2012

In May 2012, Dhami made a brief appearance through her dance performance for the show Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha. Later, Dhami played the lead role in the Colors TV show Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon opposite to Vivian Dsena from 2012 to 2014.[12][13] In 2013, Dhami participated in Colors TV's dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6.[14] She emerged as the winner alongside choreographer Salman Yusuff Khan.[15][16] In June 2014, Dhami presented Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 however within a month she got replaced by Manish Paul.[17] In December 2014, Dhami participated in Sony TV's Box Cricket League playing for Karan Tacker's team Mumbai Wariors.

 
Dhami on the sets of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6

In 2015, Dhami played the roles of Rani Gayatri and Savitri in Zee TV's Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani opposite Siddhant Karnick.[18][19] While playing the role of Gayatri, Dhami said:

"I do feel a little under pressure since 'Madhubala' was such a success. But I am also looking forward to seeing my fans' reaction to my new show. Even my family and friends are very excited," "It found it difficult to speak in the dialect which people spoke at that time. That was challenging. Other than that, I did not have any issues with the role."[20]

She left the show in May 2016.[21][22] The show ended in 2017.[23] In the same year, joined for a web series called I Don't Watch TV along with Karan Patel, Nakuul Mehta, Karan Wahi, Disha Parmar, Sanaya Irani, Kritika Kamra and many other tv celebrities.[24]

In November 2016, Dhami, joined Star Plus's Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil, by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms opposite Arjun Bijlani.[25][26] The show went off air in June 2017.[27] In December 2016, Dhami appeared in a short film The Change.[28] During an interview, Dhami said that she will not going to do kissing and bold scenes on screen, when asked the reason she told that this is her personal choice as she is not comfortable with it.[29][7] Much of her work in television serials has been in romance-themed shows.[30]

From June to October 2018, she played Nandini, a victim of domestic violence who falls in love with the husband of her best friend in Colors TV's Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka, along with Shakti Arora and Abhinav Shukla. A critic from India Today praised her, saying that she is equally good as the television actress Sriti Jha who also portrayed a victim of domestic violence.[31][32] In Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka and Geet Huye Sab Se Parai, Dhami portrayed two times on screen wife of Abhinav Shukla.[33] She left the show in November 2018.[34]

She was massively trolled on social media for her intimate scenes with Shakti Arora in Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka.

Other appearancesEdit

In 2011, Dhami (along with her Geet co-actor, Gurmeet Choudhary) made a guest dance performance on Rubina Dilaik & Avinash Sachdev's Chhoti Bahu - Sawar Ke Rang Rachi for a special Holi episode. Later in July 2011, she made an dance performance on Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo and later in December 2011, Dhami then made an appearance on Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani and danced along with Gurmeet Chowdary on the last episode which aired Abhay & Pia's wedding. In July 2012, Dhami made a guest appearance on Colors TV's Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha to promote her show Madhubala.

In March 2013, she made an guest appearance on Nach Baliye 5 to support her brother Jaisheel Dhami & her sister in law Suhasi Dhami who were contestants on the show.[35] In June 2014, Dhami was seen on Colors TV's Mission Sapne and later made another appearance in Comedy Nights with Kapil. In September 2015, she was seen as a guest contestant on the eighth season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa to support Sanaya Irani.

Other workEdit

Dhami was the brand ambassador for Canvironment Week 2011 and 2013 to support the cause of 'Save Our Planet'.[6] In 2016, she was part of the Swachh Survekshan 2017 Initiative for an environmentally cleaner India (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan).[36]

Dhami was also the captain for Team 'D' Celebrity Championship 2016, where six teams comprising 78 television personalities competed to help kids in need of education and food. She won, and received an award from 'I HELP A KID.COM' Celebrity Championship.[37]

In 2017, Dhami became the brand ambassador of Bajaj Brahmi Amla Ayurvedic Hair oil.[38]

Films and advertisementsEdit

Year Advert Notes Refs
2017 Godrej Soap (commercial video) Dhami done a bath soap advertisement with Ragini Khanna and Ekta Kaul. [39]

Personal lifeEdit

On 21 February 2015, Dhami married businessman Neeraj Khemka in a traditional Hindu ceremony.[40][41] Suhasi Dhami, also an actress, is married to her elder brother Jaisheel Dhami.[42][43] Dhami said that her in-laws are very supportive when it comes to her work.[44]

In the mediaEdit

 
Dhami at an event in 2015

Bombay Times called her 'Numero Uno' actress on television.[8] Dhami is also known for her style and fashion sense.[45][46] Dhami is among the highest earning television actresses in India.[47][48] In 2011, she was voted the most desirable woman on television in polls conducted by TellyChakkar.com.[49] She is the brand ambassador of MATRIX India's hair colour brand, SoColor.[50][6]

Dhami was included in second place on "Television's Top 10 Actresses" list by Rediff.[51] Dhami also included in the top nine list of Indian television most stylish on-screen actress by Rediff.[52] The UK-based newspaper Eastern Eye placed her in their "50 Sexiest Asian Women" list. In 2012,[53] Eastern Eye placed her at twelfth position. Thereafter she remained in the top three spots for three consecutive years, listed at the third spot in 2013,[54] the second spot in 2014,[55] the third spot in 2015,[56] the fourth spot in 2016,[57] sixth spot in 2017,[58] and twelfth spot in 2018.[59] Dhami included in list of FHM India 100 Sexiest women of 2014 at 10th place.[60] In 2016, Dhami was nominated in "Sexiest Woman" list by FHM India.[61]

Dhami was listed eight among the "35 Hottest Actresses in Indian Television" by MensXP.com, an Indian lifestyle website for men.[62] She was ranked in 38th position in The Times of India's 2014 list of "50 Most Desirable Women".[63] According to the survey in India in 2017, Dhami was voted as desirable woman opposite to Hrithik Roshan in the list.[64]

Dhami received an offer to participate in Bigg Boss but she rejected it.[65] During her dance performance on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6, film maker Karan Johar compared Dhami to film actress Zeenat Aman.[66] Filmmaker Karan Johar complimented Dhami by saying that she is better than Kareena Kapoor when she performed in the song "Halkat Jawani" from the film Heroine on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6.[67] She is also known as Madhubala from her serial Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon and as Maaneet due to her chemistry with Gurmeet Choudhary.[68]

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Film Notes Refs
2016 The Change Short Film [28]

TelevisionEdit

Year Show Role Notes Refs
2007–2009 Dill Mill Gayye Dr. Muskaan Chaddha Debut [6]
2008 Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket Contestant [6]
2009 Miley Jab Hum Tum Guest Dance performance [6]
2010–2011 Geet – Hui Sabse Parayi Geet Handa [6]
2010 Big Money: Chota Parda Bada Game Guest Contestant [69]
Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Contestant [11]
Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai Guest (as Geet) Dance performance [69]
2011 Rang Badalti Odhani Special appearance [6]
Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani Dance performance [6]
Chhoti Bahu - Sawar Ke Rang Rachi Herself Dance Performance [6]
Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo [6]
2012–2014 Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon Madhubala Malik Kundra / Jr. Madhubala Kundra Kushwaha [70]
2012 Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha Guest (as Madhubala) [71]
Balika Vadhu [6]
2013 Sasural Simar Ka [6]
Nach Baliye 5 Guest To support her brother and his wife Suhasi Dhami [35]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 Contestant Winner [6]
2013 Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?...Ek Baar Phir Herself Guest [6]
2014 Beintehaa Guest (as Madhubala) [72]
Comedy Nights with Kapil Herself To promote Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 [6]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Host [73]
Mission Sapne Contestant [74]
2014–2015 Box Cricket League 1 Player in Mumbai Warriors [75]
2015–2016 Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani Gayatri Seth/Rani Gayatri Devi/Savitri [76]
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 Guest Contestant Teen Ka Tadka with Sanaya Irani [77]
Jamai Raja Guest (as Gayatri) [6]
2016 Yeh Hai Mohabbatein Guest (as Naina) [6]
Saath Nibhaana Saathiya [6]
2016–2017 Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil Naina Batra [78]
2017 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Guest (as Naina) Special appearance [6]
Ishqbaaz [6]
2017 Nach Baliye 8 Guest To support Mohit Sehgal & Sanaya Irani [6]
2018–2019 Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Nandini Malhotra/Nandani R . Thakur [2]
2018 Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Guest (as Nandini) [6]
Naagin 3 [79]
Dance Deewane [80]
Bigg Boss 12 Guest [80]
2019 Gathbandhan Herself [81]
Kumkum Bhagya Guest Dance Performance for Diwali episode [6]

WebEdit

Year Name Role Notes Ref
2016 I Don't Watch TV Herself Cameo [82]
2021 The Empire Khanzada Begum

Music videosEdit

Year Song Singer Notes Ref
2003 Saiyyan Dil Mein Aana Re Sneha Panth [83]
2004 Humko Aaj Kal Hai Sarnali Bhowmik [83]
2005 Teri Meri Nazar Ki Dori [83]
2008 Nachle Soniyo Tu Shael Oswal Punjabi song [83]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Show Result
2011 Gold Awards Most Celebrated Jodi

(With Gurmeet Choudhary)

Geet - Hui Sabse Parayi Won[84]
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Onscreen Couple

(With Gurmeet Choudhary)

Nominated
2013 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon Nominated
Best Jodi

(With Vivian Dsena)

Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Television Actor - Female Nominated
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Won[85]
Gold Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won[86]
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Best Onscreen Jodi

(With Vivian Dsena)

Nominated
2018 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Nominated

See alsoEdit

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