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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.

Sonali Bendre Behl
Bendre at IIJW ramp walk in 2012
Born (1975-01-01) 1 January 1975 (age 43)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Film actress, model
Years active 1994–present
Height 167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Spouse(s) Goldie Behl (m. 2002)


Personal life and educationEdit

Bendre was born in Mumbai.[2] She studied at Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram, Bangalore 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 her son, Ranveer, at the Breach Candy Hospital.[3]


Bendre started 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 was noticed. She won the 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 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, 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, 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 welcomed Michael Jackson on his arrival in India in a traditional Maharashtrian nauvari sari, and she performed aarti for Jackson on November 1, 1996.[9]

Television careerEdit

Sonali Bendre at LFW Summer/Resort fashion show, 2012

Bendre 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 appeared as a judge on the reality dance series Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz, on Life OK, along with choreographer Terence Lewis.[10][11]

She also appeared as a judge on India's Best Dramebaaz on Zee TV. She was the narrator on the TV Show Mission Sapne, aired on Colors in 2014.[12] Bendre played the lead role, Shoba Sachdev, in Star Life OK's television serial Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh. The serial started airing in October 2014.[13]

Bollywood comebackEdit

In June 2012, Bendre was rumoured to quit judging India's Got Talent 4. She was said to be likely replaced by Ritesh Deshmukh.[14] However, 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] In July, Bendre announced[16][17] that she would 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]

Bendre took a sabbatical from movies after 2004. After giving birth to her son she started acting in television. She refused to star in many movies, saying she wanted to focus on her family, especially her son. However, after she was offered Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobaara!, she said yes because of her friendship with Ekta and Shobha Kapoor, and the fact she had previously worked with both Luthria (Chori Chori) and Kumar (in Tarazu, Sapoot, Angaaray, Keemat).[18][19]


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

TV showsEdit

Year Serial Role Channel
2014–2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Shobha Sachdev Life OK
2013–present India's Best Dramebaaz Judge Zee Tv

Awards and nominationsEdit

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 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Planet - Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated[20]
2000 Sarfarosh International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated
2001 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Star Screen Awards Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress Won
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2002 Murari Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu Nominated
2004 Anahat Star Screen Awards Best Actress Marathi Won
2011 India's Got Talent Golden Petal Awards Most Chahiti Personality Won
2012 India's Got Talent Indian Telly Awards Indian Telly Award for Best Judge Panel Won
2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Indian Telly Awards Indian Telly Award for Best Onscreen Couple Nominated
2017 India's Best Dramebaaz Zee Rishtey Award Zee Rishtey Award for Best Judge Won
2018 Herself Women Achiever’s Awards 2018 Pride of Maharashtra Award 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. 
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  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. 
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  10. ^ "No crying and weeping please............. Just Enjoy!". Hindustan Times. 27 October 2012. Archived from the original on 2 November 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. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c "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. Archived from the original on 12 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "People's Choice Awards". Planet-Bollywood. Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 

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