Priya Tendulkar (19 October 1954 – 19 September 2002)[1] was an Indian actress,[2] social activist and a writer, who is most known for her eponymous role in the television series Rajani (1985).

Priya Tendulkar
Born(1954-10-19)19 October 1954
Died19 September 2002(2002-09-19) (aged 47)
Spouse(s)Karan Razdan (m. 1988; sep. 1995)

Early lifeEdit

Priya displayed an inclination towards art and culture from her childhood, as her father was the eminent popular writer and Padma bhushan awardee Vijay Tendulkar.


Her first appearance was as a doll in a stage play called Haya Vadan (1969), along with Kalpana Lajmi. Later, she shuffled between different jobs as a hotel service receptionist in a 5 star hotel, an air hostess, and a part-time model, and also she was a news reader.

Her debut film appearance was in Shyam Benegal's Ankur (1974), where she played Anant Nag's submissive wife. Thereafter, she switched her interest towards Marathi films and played stellar roles in nearly a dozen Marathi family socials, opposite actors like Ashok Saraf, Ravindra Mahajani and Mahesh Kothare. She also appears opposite to Anant Nag in the Kannada movie Minchina Ota, in an important role.

She rose to national fame with her TV series Rajani (1985), where she played a housewife who can't stand any injustice and solves public social issues. Her portrayal of Rajani made her a household name all over India. Later, she played a role in Vijay Tendulkar's [3] TV series, Swayamsiddha.

Priya led a freestyle life wherein she spoke about social issues openly without fear and always expressed her feelings without bias or prejudice.[citation needed] This side of her fiery personality reflected in her talk shows like Priya Tendulkar Talk Show and Zimmedar Kaun.

She also played an important role as actress in a Gujarati movie named Pooja Na Phool, which was a very popular movie of the time.

She has also played a role in Hum Panch TV series and she got very famous with that role.


Priya, aka "Rajni", died following a heart attack on 19 September 2002 at her Prabhadevi residence after a long battle with breast cancer.

Filmography of Priya TendulkarEdit

  1. Ankur (1974)
  2. Minchina Ota (Kannada) (1980)
  3. Gondhalt Gondhal (1981)
  4. Devta (1983)
  5. Mahadaan (1984)
  6. Thorali Jaau (1983)
  7. Mumbaicha Faujdaar (1983)
  8. Nasoor (1985)
  9. Sasti Dulhan Mahenga Dulha (1986)
  10. Raat Ke Baad (1986)
  11. Naam O Nishan (1987)
  12. Besahara (1987)
  13. Majaal (1987)
  14. Sila (1988)
  15. Kaal Chakra (1988)
  16. Insaaf Ki Jung (1988)
  17. Mohra (1994)
  18. Trimurti (1995)
  19. Gupt (1997)
  20. Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya (1997)
  21. Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya (2000)
  22. Pyar Ishq Aur Mohabbat (2001)

Television SeriesEdit

  • Rajani as Rajani.
  • Yug as Ratna. [4]
  • Aangan
  • Damini as Mrunalini Ranganekar (Social Worker).
  • Asmita as Asmita.
  • Professor Pyarelal as Sajni Pyarelal Chaturvedi.
  • Hum Paanch as Anand Mathur's first wife
  • Itihaas on DD Metro

Personal lifeEdit

She married her Rajani co-star, Karan Razdan, in 1988, but separated from him in 1995 due to adultery.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Priya Tendulkar". IndiCine. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Priya 'Rajni' Tendulkar passes away". Rediff. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  3. ^ wikipedia on Vijay Tendulkar
  4. ^

External linksEdit