Rakhi Sawant

Rakhi Sawant (born Neeru Bheda on 25 November[1] 1978[3][4]) is an Indian dancer, model, actress and television talk show host, who has appeared in many Hindi and a few Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Telugu and Tamil films and was a contestant on the first season of the controversial Indian reality television series Bigg Boss 1 (2006) and as a challenger and finalist in Bigg Boss 14 (2020).[5]

Rakhi Sawant
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Sawant in 2019
Neeru Bheda

(1978-11-25) 25 November 1978 (age 42)[1]
Years active1997 – present
Political partyRepublican Party of India (A)
(m. 2019)

Sawant launched her own political party, headed by Jai Shah, called the Rashtriya Aam Party, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.[6] However, after the election, she joined Republican Party of India (A).[7]

Life and careerEdit

Early life (1978–1996)Edit

Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda to Jaya Bheda. Jaya married Anand,[8][9] a police constable at Worli Police Station, and gave the children from her first marriage her second husband's name.

Career beginnings (1997–2005)Edit

She made her film debut in the 1997 film Agnichakra under the name Ruhi Sawant. She went on to other small roles and dance numbers in Bollywood films Joru Ka Ghulam, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain, and Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke.[10]

Rakhi Sawant performing at Nach Baliye 3 in Madhuri Dixit's famous getup.

In 2003, she auditioned for an item number in the Bollywood film Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne. She auditioned about four times before being selected for her breakthrough item number, "Mohabbat Hai Mirchi", composed by Himesh Reshammiya. Sawant acted in small roles in films including Masti and Main Hoon Na.

In 2005, she appeared in the music video "Pardesiya", from the album D.J. Hot Remix - Vol 3.

Television debut and success (2006–present)Edit

In June 2006, Mika Singh attempted to kiss her at his birthday party, which caused a media controversy.[11] A few months later, she appeared in the first season of the reality show Bigg Boss. She got evicted in week 4 but later made a re- entry. She was among the top four finalists but got evicted days before the grand finale (24 January 2007, Day 84).[12]

In 2007, Rakhi made her singing debut in the album Super Girl launched by Venus Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd. She later participated in the dance reality show Nach Baliye with Abhishek Avasthi and emerged as the first runner up.[13] In 2008, Sawant appeared in the film Krazzy 4 for the item song 'Dekhta Hai Tu Kya'. In 2009, Sawant launched the reality show Rakhi Ka Swayamwar in which she planned to select her future husband by the ancient ritual of Swayamvar. On 2 August 2009 she chose her life partner, a contestant from Toronto, Canada, Elesh Parujanwala. However, several months later, Sawant announced that the couple had separated due to irreconcilable differences.[14] After separation she said on interview that she got engaged to Elesh Parujanwala for money.[15][16][17]

In 2010, Rakhi hosted a talk show Rakhi Ka Insaaf which aired on Imagine TV. The show saw a controversy after the death of a participant after Rakhi had called him impotent.[18] In 2011, she participated in Sony TV's Maa Exchange along with mother Jaya Sawant.

Often appearing in reality shows as a host, judge or participant, Sawant is a regular stage performer. In 2012, she did a comedy act with Shahrukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor at the 57th Filmfare Awards[19] and entry dance performance in 2015 with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Malaysia.[20]

In 2013, she participated in Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki along with Anchal Sabharwal, Sangram Singh, Chetan Hansraj & Madhura Naik. The show aired on Life OK. She later was a contestant on Box Cricket League.

Sawant later played the leading role in thriller film Ek Kahani Julie Ki, and was seen in a cameo appearance in comedy fiction television series Bhaag Bakool Bhaag.[21]

From 2020 to 2021, Sawant appeared as a challenger in Bigg Boss 14. She emerged as a finalist but decided to walk out, opting for the cash prize of 14 lakhs.[22]

Political careerEdit

On 26 March 2014, she announced her plans to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-West as an Independent Candidate.[23] On 28 March, she founded the Rashtriya Aam Party (RAP).[24][25] The party has no symbol assigned by the election commission. However, Sawant said that she's expecting[when?] it to be a "green chilli", which she feels resembles her personality.[26] The party's office bearers and fundraisers are local businessmen from Oshiwara.[26]

She received only 15 votes from the Mumbai North-West Constituency and lost her deposit.[27]

Sawant resigned from the Rashtriya Aam Party and joined the RPI (Athavale) party in June 2014 and expressed her desire to work for dalits.[28][29] Rakhi serves as party's state vice-president and president of the woman wing.[30]

Personal lifeEdit


In November 2018, Sawant announced that she will marry reality television personality and internet-celebrity Deepak Kalal on 31 December 2018.[31] In December, Rakhi Sawant told the media that she has cancelled her marriage with Deepak Kalal, who is engaged to another girl now.[32]

In mid-2019, Sawant married an NRI man named Ritesh.[33]


In November 2018, during The Great Khali's Continental Wrestling Entertainment promotion, American female wrestler Rebel got involved in a dance battle against Sawant, during which Rebel grabbed her in inverse position, circulated her, and threw her on her back. It injured Sawant's back and she fell unconscious, and was later carried to a nearby hospital.[34][35]


On 4 April 2017, she was arrested by Punjab police about her remarks on Rishi Valmiki.[36][37]


Year Film Role Language
1997 Agnichakra Hindi
1999 Dil Ka Sauda Rambha Hindi
1999 Chudail No. 1 Hindi
2000 Kurukshetra Geeta Hindi
2000 Joru Ka Ghulam Chandni Hindi
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Hindi
2001 Ehsaas: The Feeling Hindi
2001 6 Teens Nandini Telugu
2002 Badmaash No. 1 Hindi
2002 Gautam Govinda Hindi
2002 Na Tum Jaano Na Hum Disco Shanti Hindi
2003 Dum Hindi
2003 Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne Sheena Hindi
2003 Om Celina Hindi
2003 Bad Boys Hindi
2003 2 October Hindi
2003 Patth Hindi
2004 Gambeeram Tamil
2004 Paisa Vasool Dilkhush Hindi
2004 Masti: Sanam Teri Kasam Ms. Saxena Hindi
2004 Main Hoon Na Mini Hindi
2004 Saatchya Aat Gharat Marathi
2005 Mumbai Xpress Hindi
2005 Khamoshh... Khauff Ki Raat Kashmira Hindi
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Pooja Bedi Hindi
2007 Journey Bombay to Goa: Laughter Unlimited Deepa Kutti Hindi
2007 Buddha Mar Gaya Kim / Vishkanya Hindi
2008 Gumnaam – The Mystery Ria's friend Hindi
2008 Dhoom Dadakka Rambha Hindi
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa! Shanno Amritsari Hindi
2010 Mungilal Rocks Hindi
2015 Mumbai Can Dance Saala Hindi
2016 Ek Kahani Julie Ki Julie Hindi
2019 Upeksha Hindi

Dance numbersEdit

Year Film Language Song Notes
2000 En Sakhiye Tamil
2001 Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke Hindi Bam Bhole Bam Bhole
2003 Aanch Hindi Hai Re Umariya 16 baras Ki
2004 Saatchya Aat Gharat Marathi Hil Pori Hila
2004 Paisa Vasool Hindi Maine Saiyan Ki Demand
2005 Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena Hindi Ankhiya Na Maar Mere Yaar Mundiya
2005 The Powerful Man Hindi Chikna Badan
2006 Hot Money Hindi Daulat Hai Karishma
2006 Malamaal Weekly Hindi Kismat Se Chalti Hai
2007 Geleya Kannada Nanna Stylu Berene
2008 Krazzy 4 Hindi Dekhta Hai Tu Kya
2008 1920 Hindi Jab Das Jaaye Bichua
2008 (unreleased) Mudrank – The Stamp Hindi Mohabbat Kya Hoti Hain
2009 Muthirai Tamil Night Is Still Young
2009 Drona Telugu Sayya Re Sayya Re
2010 Horn 'Ok' Pleassss Hindi Nathani Utaro [38][39]
2010 Marega Salaa Hindi Sehra Sehra Tujhpe Dil
2011 Gahraee Hindi Meri Jawani AK47
2011 Loot Hindi Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le
2012 Rakhtbeej Hindi Latto Ghuma Re Chora [40][41]
2012 Om Shanti Bengali Chonnara Dil Thame Dekhle Rakhi [42]
2012 Valentine's Night Hindi Gaye Re Gaye Saand Paani Mein
2014 Katta Tanal Dupatta Par Bhojpuri Peela Jawaniya Ke Juice
2017 God Father Odia Chuti Kholila Sampu Basiba
2019 Sabse Bada Champion Bhojpuri Laga Navratan Tel [43]
2020 Article 370 [44]

Music videosEdit

Year Song Album Language Notes
2003 Jhoomka Gira Re Remix Sweet Honey Mix D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3 Hindi
2005 "Pardesiya Yeh Sach Hai Piya Remix" D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3 Hindi
2006 "Kajra Nite Remix" Kajra Nite Remix Hindi
2007 "Haadsa" Universal Music Hindi
2008 "Tu Dissda" Club Mix Hindi
2009 "Bhoot" Ishq Bector Hindi
2010 "Jhagde" Ishq Bector Hindi
2019 "Chappan Churi" Hindi [45]


Year Title Notes
2006−2007 Bigg Boss 1 3rd Runner Up
2007 Comedy Ka Badsshah — Hasega India Judge alongside Raju Srivastav
Nach Baliye 3 Participant with Abhishek Avasthi (Runner-up)
2008 Yeh Hai Jalwa Contestant (Winner with her team 'Chiller party')
The Rakhi Sawant Showz Host
Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka Judge
Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1 Contestant
2009 Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano Contestant
Rakhi Ka Swayamwar Leading Lady
Pati, Patni Aur Woh Participant with Elesh Parujanwala
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha 2 Contestant (Winner with her team 'Masakali Girls')
Rakhi ka Insaaf Host
2011 Maa Exchange Participant along with Jaya Sawant
Jubilee Comedy Circus Winner
Bigg Toss Contestant
Ghazab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyan Host
2013 Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki Weekly contestant
Comedy Circus Ke Mahabali Contestant[46]
2014 Box Cricket League - Season 1 Contestant[47]
2018 Box Cricket League - Season 3 Contestant[48][49]
Juzzbaatt - Namkeen Se Sangeen Tak Guest (along with Arshi Khan)[50]
2019 Manmohini Chakua Chudail
Khatra Khatra Khatra Guest
Box Cricket League - Season 4 Host
2020−2021 Bigg Boss 14 4th runner-up (Walked)[51]

Other television appearancesEdit


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