Sonali Bendre

Sonali Bendre (born 1 January 1975) is an Indian actress primarily known for her work in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films. She did modelling assignments prior to making her acting debut with Aag (1994), which won her the Filmfare Award for New Face of the Year.[1]

Sonali Bendre
Sonali Bendre graces closing ceremony of IFFI 2017 in Goa (06) (cropped).jpg
Bendre in 2017
Born (1975-01-01) 1 January 1975 (age 47)
Alma materRamnarain Ruia College
Years active1994–present
(m. 2002)

Bendre attained recognition with roles in Diljale (1996), Major Saab (1998), Zakhm (1998), Sarfarosh (1999), Kadhalar Dhinam (1999), Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999) and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000). Further success came with the Kannada film Preethse (2000) and the Telugu dramas Murari (2001), Indra (2002), Khadgam (2002), Manmadhudu (2002) and Shankar Dada MBBS (2004). She also appeared on television as a judge for various reality shows, including Indian Idol (2008) and India's Got Talent (2009-2012). She also played the lead in Life OK's soap opera Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh (2015). She is married to director Goldie Behl since 2002; the couple have a son.

Early lifeEdit

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]

Personal lifeEdit

Bendre 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 film 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]

Breakthrough , success and establishment (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.[citation needed] 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.[21] In the same year, she made her debut in Kannada with the movie Preethse, a remake of Darr.[22]

In 2002, Bendre starred in three successful Telugu films: Indra,[23] Khadgam[24] and Manmadhudu.[25]

In 2003, Bendre made her Marathi debut with Anahat, for which she got nominated for Star Screen Awards Best Actress in Marathi.[11]

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]

Bollywood comeback (2013-present)Edit

In 2012, Bendre opted out of India's Got Talent in order to facilitate her comeback movie Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!.[26][27][28] 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."[27]

Television career (2001-present)Edit

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.[29] 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.[30]

Sonali made her television acting debut with the Star Life OK's television series Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh. She played Shobha Sachdev.[citation needed] She will next be seen in DID Li'ls Masters Season 5 in 2022.[31]

In the mediaEdit

Bendre has been considered a style icon.[32] In 2012, she was the brand ambassador of Oriflame India.[4][33] She has authored a book, The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments with Parenting.[34] She has run the Sonali Book Club since 2017.[35]



Year Title Role Language(s) Notes Ref.
1994 Aag Parul Hindi Won—Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut [36]
Naaraaz Sonali Hindi [38]
1995 The Don Anita Malik Hindi
Gaddaar Priya Hindi
Takkar Mohini Hindi [citation needed]
Bombay Herself Tamil Special appearance in the song "Humma Humma" [21]
1996 Rakshak Dr. Pooja Malhotra Hindi [citation needed]
English Babu Desi Mem Bijuriya Hindi [39]
Diljale Radhika Hindi [40]
Apne Dam Par Herself Hindi Special appearance in the song "Aara Hile Chapara Hile"
Sapoot Kajal Hindi [citation needed]
1997 Bhai Meenu Hindi
Tarazu Pooja Hindi
Qahar Neelam Hindi
1998 Keemat - They Are Back Mansi Hindi
Duplicate Lily Hindi [40]
Humse Badhkar Kaun Anu Hindi
Major Saab Nisha Hindi [35]
Angaaray Roma Hindi
Zakhm Soniya Hindi [15]
1999 Sarfarosh Seema Hindi [41]
Kadhalar Dhinam Roja Tamil [42][43]
Kannodu Kanbathellam Kalyani Tamil [44]
Hum Saath Saath Hain Dr. Preeti Shukla Hindi [45]
Dahek Sabina/Neelima Hindi [46]
2000 Chal Mere Bhai Piya Hindi Cameo [citation needed]
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Khushi Hindi [47]
Dhai Akshar Prem Ke Nisha Hindi Cameo [citation needed]
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Saawni Hindi [48]
Preethse Kiran Kannada [49]
2001 Murari Vasundhara Telugu [50]
Love You Hamesha Shivani Hindi
Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Sapna Chopra Hindi [51]
Lajja Herself Hindi Special appearance in the song "Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai"
Tera Mera Saath Rahen Madhuri Hindi [52]
2002 Indra Pallavi Telugu [53]
Khadgam Swathi Telugu [54]
Manmadhudu Harika Telugu
2003 Anahat Queen Sheelavathi Marathi [55]
Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaatha Disha Hindi
Palnati Brahmanayudu Siva Nageswari Telugu
Chori Chori Pooja Hindi
Kal Ho Naa Ho Priya Hindi Cameo
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
2022 Love You Hamesha Hindi


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
2022 DID Li'ls Masters Judge Season 5
2022 The Broken News[56] Amina Qureshi Web series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film Award Category Result Reference
1995 Screen Awards Discovery of the Year Won [57]
Aag Most Promising Newcomer – Female Won
Filmfare Awards Lux New Face of the Year Won
Naaraaz Sensational Debut Won [12]
1998 Zakhm Planet Bollywood People's Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [58]
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Nominated [59]
Sarfarosh International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated
2001 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Bollywood Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [60]
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2004 Anahat Best Actress – Marathi Won
2011 India's Got Talent Golden Petal Awards Most Chahiti Personality Won
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Judge Panel Won
2015 Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye Best Onscreen Couple Nominated
2017 India's Best Dramebaaz Zee Rishtey Awards Best Judge Won
2018 Women Achiever's Awards Pride of Maharashtra Won [61]
2019 Woman of Substance I Am Woman awards Won [62]


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