Sonali Bendre

Sonali Bendre Behl (born 1 January 1975) is an Indian actress and model who has primarily worked in Hindi films, alongside Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Marathi language films. She has won several awards, including a Filmfare Award.[1]

Sonali Bendre
Bendre at India's Got Talent
Born (1975-01-01) 1 January 1975 (age 46)
Alma materRamnarain Ruia College
Years active1994–present
(m. 2002)

Bendre as a teenager did a few modelling assignments and appeared in several television commercials, before making her acting debut in 1994 with Aag, and had her first commercial success with the action romance Diljale (1996). She rose to prominence with starring roles in Major Saab (1998), Zakhm (1998), Sarfarosh (1999), Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999), Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) and a guest appearance in Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003). Further success came with the Tamil films Kadhalar Dhinam (1999) and Kannodu Kanbathellam (1999), the Kannada film Preethse (2000), Telugu romances Murari (2001), Indra (2002), Khadgam (2002) and Manmadhudu (2002), and the Marathi film Anahat (2003).

Bendre married director Goldie Behl in 2002; the couple have a son. Post a break from full-time acting in 2004, she commenced work on television, which includes featuring as a talent judge on various reality shows, including Indian Idol 4 and India's Got Talent. Bendre also played the leading role in Star Life OK's television series Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh in 2014.

Early life and familyEdit

Bendre and her husband Goldie Behl at Karan Johar's 40th birthday bash at Taj Lands

Bendre was born on 1 January 1975 in present-day Mumbai in a Maharashtrian family.[2] She has 2 sisters. Her father was a civil servant.[3] She studied at Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai.[4] She studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore.[5] She married filmmaker Goldie Behl in 2002 and has a son named Ranveer.[6]


On 4 July 2018 she revealed on Twitter that she has been diagnosed with a metastatic cancer and was undergoing treatment in a New York City hospital.[7][8]


Modelling and movie debut (1994-1995)Edit

Bendre was a model before entering the Star Dust Talent Search. She was then cast in a movie called Ram, produced by Sohail Khan.[9] However, this movie was never made. Her first major role was in Aag (1994) at the age of 19.[8] For this, she won the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year and Star Screen Awards for Most Promising Newcomer.[10][11] In 1994, she also appeared in Naaraaz, for which she was awarded Filmfare's Sensational Debut award.[12] In 1995, she appeared in Bombay in the song Humma Humma.[10][13]

Established actress (1996-2003)Edit

In 1996, she starred in Rakshak, English Babu Desi Mem, Diljale,[10] Apne Dam Par and Sapoot. In the same year, she welcomed Michael Jackson on his arrival in India in a traditional Marathi sari and applied tilak on his forehead.[14] In 1997 and 1998, Bendre starred in Bhai, Tarazu, Qahar, Keemat, Humse Badhkar Kaun, Major Saab, Angaaray and Zakhm.[15] She was seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Duplicate.[11] In 1999, Bendre starred in two Tamil films: Kadhalar Dhinam and Kannodu Kanbathellam.[16][17] Bendre also starred in Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United, Dahek and Sarfarosh as well.[18][19][20]

In 2000, Bendre made a brief cameo in Chal Mere Bhai and Dhai Akshar Prem Ke.[21] She later appeared in Hamaara Dil Aapke Paas Hai. Bendre won a Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress[11] and got nominated for Planet - Bollywood People's Choice Awards (Best Supporting Actress) and Best Supporting Actress. Then, Bendre starred in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain.[22] In the same year, she made her debut in Kannada with the movie Preethse, a remake of Darr.[23]

In 2001, she made her Telugu debut in Murari with Mahesh Babu. For this film, she was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Best Actress in Telugu. Then, she was seen in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega.[citation needed] She featured in a song, Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai, in Lajja. Bendre later acted in Tera Mera Saath Rahen.[citation needed]

In 2002, Bendre starred in 3 Telugu films: Indra, Khadgam and Manmadhudu.[citation needed] In 2003, Bendre made her Marathi debut with Anahat, for which she got nominated for Star Screen Awards Best Actress in Marathi.[11] Consecutively, Bendre starred in Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaatha (Hindi), Palnati Brahmanayudu (Telugu) and Chori Chori (Hindi). She made a special appearance in Kal Ho Naa Ho.[citation needed]

2004 was the last active year of Bendre's career. She starred in Shankar Dada MBBS and made a special appearance in Aga Bai Arrecha!. In addition to her acting, she was also recognised as a dancer through films such as Gaddar, Sapoot, Bombay, Lajja and Major Saab. She took a break after this. In 2007, Bendre starred in a play called Aap Ki Soniya.[5]

Television careerEdit

In 2001, Bendre hosted the television dance show Kya Masti Kya Dhoom....! and featured as a talent judge for Mr & Mrs Television, the reality shows Indian Idol 4, India's Got Talent, Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz and India's Best Dramebaaz.[24] She also hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards with Saif Ali Khan and Farida Jalal on 26 February 2005. She narrated the TV Show Mission Sapne on Colors in 2014.[25] She played the lead role in Star Life OK's television series Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh.[26]

Bollywood comebackEdit

In 2012, Bendre opted out of India's Got Talent in order to facilitate her comeback movie Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!.[27][28][29] 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."[28]

Other pursuitsEdit

Bendre has been considered a style icon.[30] In 2012, she was the brand ambassador of Oriflame India.[4] She has authored a book, The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments with Parenting.[31] She has run the Sonali Book Club since 2017.[32]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1994 Aag Parul Won—Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut [33]
Naaraaz Sonali [35]
1995 The Don Anita Malik
Gaddaar Priya
Takkar Mohini [36]
Bombay Herself Tamil film [22]
1996 Rakshak Dr. Pooja Malhotra [36]
English Babu Desi Mem Bijuriya [37]
Diljale Radhika [38]
Apne Dam Par Herself Special appearance in the song "Aara Hile Chapara Hile"
Sapoot Kajal [36]
1997 Bhai Meenu
Tarazu Pooja
Qahar Neelam
1998 Keemat - They Are Back Mansi
Duplicate Lily [38]
Humse Badhkar Kaun Anu
Major Saab Nisha [32]
Angaaray Roma
Zakhm Soniya [15]
1999 Sarfarosh Seema [38]
Kadhalar Dhinam Roja Tamil film [16]
Kannodu Kanbathellam Kalyani Tamil film [16]
Hum Saath Saath Hain Dr. Preeti Shukla [38]
Dahek Sabina Bahkshi/Neelima Bahkshi [19]
2000 Chal Mere Bhai Piya Cameo [21]
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Khushi Won— Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress
Dhai Akshar Prem Ke Nisha Cameo [21]
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Saawni
Preethse Kiran Kannada film
2001 Murari Vasundhara Telugu film
Love You Hamesha Shivani
Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Sapna Chopra
Lajja Herself Special appearance in the song "Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai"
Tera Mera Saath Rahen Madhuri
2002 Indra Pallavi Telugu film
Khadgam Swathi Telugu film
Manmadhudu Harika Telugu film
2003 Anahat Queen Sheelavathi Marathi film
Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaatha Disha
Palnati Brahmanayudu Siva Nageswari Telugu film
Chori Chori Pooja
Kal Ho Naa Ho Priya Cameo
2004 Shankar Dada MBBS Dr. Sunita / Chitti Telugu film
Aga Bai Arrecha! Herself Marathi film; Special appearance in the song "Cham Cham Karta Hai"
2013 Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara! Mumtaz Khan Cameo


Year Serial Role Notes
2001–2002 Kya Masti Kya Dhoom Host
2008 Mr & Mrs Television Judge
2008-2009 Indian Idol Judge season 4
2009-2012 India's Got Talent Judge season 1-3
2012 Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz Judge
2014 Mission Sapne Narrator
2014–2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Shobha Sachdev
2013–2016 India's Best Dramebaaz Judge
2021 Super Dancer Guest season 4

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result Reference
1995 Screen Awards Discovery of the Year Won [39]
Aag Filmfare Awards Lux New Face of the Year Won
Aag Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Won
Naaraaz Filmfare Awards Sensational Debut Won [12]
1998 Zakhm Planet Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [40]
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Planet Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [41]
Sarfarosh International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated
2001 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Bollywood Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [42]
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2004 Anahat 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 Best Judge Panel Won
2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Indian Telly Awards Best Onscreen Couple Nominated
2017 India's Best Dramebaaz Zee Rishtey Awards Best Judge Won
2018 Women Achiever's Awards Pride of Maharashtra Won [43]
2019 Woman of Substance I Am Woman awards Won [44]


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