Rani Chatterjee

Sabiha Shaikh (born 3 November 1979), better known as Rani Chatterjee, is an Indian film actress who predominantly works in Bhojpuri-language films.[2] She is known for her roles in films like Sasura Bada Paisawala, Sita, Devra Bada Satawela and Rani No. 786.[3][4]

Rani Chatterjee
Rani Chatterjee snapped at Bharat Icon Awards 2020.jpg
Chatterji in 2020
Sabiha Shaikh[1]

(1979-11-03) 3 November 1979 (age 41)
  • Actress
  • television presenter
  • dancer
Years active2003 (2003)–present
Known forPopularity in Bhojpuri cinema
Notable work
TitleBest Actress 2013, 5th Bhojpuri Film Awards

Early lifeEdit

Chatterjee was born as Sabiha Shaikh in a Muslim family on 3 November 1979.[1][5][6] She was born and brought up in Mumbai.[7][6] Chatterjee did her schooling from Tungareshwar Academy High school, Vasai.[6] Rani, who is originally Sabiha Shaikh on her documents, shares an interesting reason behind it. Talking to a section of media recently Rani said, "In 2004 I was shooting for a Bhojpuri film titled Sasura Bada Paisawala and one day we were shooting a sequence in a temple where I have to bang my head on the floor. And while the shoot was on a few media people had come to interview me also there was a lot of crowd was also watching the shoot. So my director thought revealing my original name might create a scene as I am a Muslim. So when someone people asked my name he said Rani and when they asked about my surname so he couldn't think of anything and said Chatterjee as Rani Mukerji was very famous at that point of time. And she also became famous with this name".[8]

Rani also adds, "My family was definitely angry on me for keeping that name as my identity but she convinced them as she really found that name lucky. Manoj Tiwari was opposite me in the film and it became a huge hit on box office. In fact, made many records. Due to which I was offered a lot of work and I became the highest-paid actress in Bhojpuri industry".[8]


Chatterjee made her film debut in the 2003 Bhojpuri family drama Sasura Bada Paisawala featuring Manoj Tiwari.[9] The film released in 2004 and was a success and won several awards. She followed it up with major hits like Bandhan Tute Na (2005), Damaad Ji (2006) and Munna Pandey Berozgar (2007). She earned a lot of critical acclaim for her titular role in Munnibai Nautanki Wali (2009). She won her first Best Actress Award for Devra Bada Satawela (2010).

The 6th Bhojpuri Awards 2013 declared Chatterjee as the Best Actress of the year for her performance in Nagin.[10] Rani has acted in a Punjabi film Aasra.[11][12] In 2020, Rani acted in MX player web series Mastram.[13] She later acted in Kooku App webseries Rani Ka Raja.

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Film Language
2004 Sasura Bada Paisawala Bhojpuri
2005 Bandhan Tute Na Bhojpuri
2006 Damaad Ji Bhojpuri
2007 Sita Bhojpuri
2009 Tohar Naikhe Kavno Jod Tu Bejod Badu Ho Bhojpuri
2010 Devra Bada Satawela Bhojpuri
2011 Diljale Bhojpuri
Chaila Babu Bhojpuri
Phool Banal Angar Bhojpuri
2012 Ganga Yamuna Saraswati Bhojpuri
Dhadkela Tohre Name Karejwa Bhojpuri
2013 Nagin Bhojpuri
Rani No. 786 Bhojpuri
2014 Inspector Chandni Bhojpuri
Bitiya Sada Suhaghan Rah Bhojpuri
Rani Chali Sasural Bhojpuri
Rowdy Rani Bhojpuri
Sherni Bhojpuri
Prem Deewani Bhojpuri
Chandni Bhojpuri
Ek Laila Teen Chaila Bhojpuri
Dariya Dil Bhojpuri
Bhagjogani Bhojpuri
2015 Dil Deewan Maane Na Bhojpuri
Chhotki Dulhin Bhojpuri
Dil Aur Deewar Bhojpuri
Maai Ke Karz Bhojpuri
Dulaara Bhojpuri
Jaanam Bhojpuri
Paayal Bhojpuri
Durga Bhojpuri
Rani Banal Jwala Bhojpuri
2016 Karz Bhojpuri
Shiv Rakshak Bhojpuri
Waqalat Bhojpuri
Gharwali Baharwali Bhojpuri
Main Rani Himmat Wali Bhojpuri
Jodi No 1 Bhojpuri
Parshasan Bhojpuri
Real Indian Mother Bhojpuri
Devra Ishaqbaaz Bhojpuri
Love aur Rajniti 2 Bhojpuri
2017 Rangbaaj Bhojpuri
Icchadhaari Bhojpuri
Unreleased Sakhi Ke Biyah Bhojpuri
2020 Mastram MX Player web series
Chotki Thakurain Bhojpuri[14]


Year Name Role Channel Notes Ref
2020 Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Contestant Colors TV 10th Place


  1. ^ a b "Rani Chatterjee | सबिहा से कैसे बनीं रानी चटर्जी, मंदिर में नाम बदलने की कहानी". Hindustan (in Hindi). 7 June 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2021. See video from 0:25
  2. ^ "Bhojpuri queen Rani Chatterjee chills on a beach in black swimsuit, shares throwback pic from her Maldives vacation | Hindi Movie News - Bollywood - Times of India". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Filmography of Rani". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Sakhi Ke Biyah: Rani Chatterjee sizzles in new song Koyla Khani Jarat Jawani - Watch". zeenews.india.com. Mumbai. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  5. ^ "'Depressed' Bhojpuri actress Rani Chatterjee threatens suicide; seeks help from Mumbai Police". Free Press Journal. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Shaiwala, Alifiya (20 January 2020). "'Khatron Ke Khiladi' season 10: All you need to know about new contestant Rani Chatterjee". Republic World. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Biography". Times of India. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  8. ^ a b "मंदिर की उस घटना ने सबीहा शेख को बना दिया रानी चटर्जी, भड़क गए थे एक्ट्रेस के घरवाले". Jansatta (in Hindi). 5 June 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Sakhi Ke Biyah: Rani Chatterjee sizzles in new song Koyla Khani Jarat Jawani - Watch". zeenews.india.com. Mumbai. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Rani Chatterjee is actress of the year". Times of India. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  11. ^ "भोजपुरी ऐक्ट्रेस रानी चटर्जी की पहली पंजाबी फिल्म 'आसरा' का ट्रेलर रिलीज".
  12. ^ "Rani Chatterjee's Punjabi film Aasra to release on November 22".
  13. ^ "Rani Chatterjee looks drop-dead gorgeous in her latest post".
  14. ^ Sabat, Surabhi (3 November 2020). "Rani Chatterjee shares second poster of her Bhojpuri film 'Shriman Shrimati'". Republic World. Retrieved 14 November 2020.

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