Vaishnavi Dhanraj (born 25 August 1988) is an Indian television and film actress. She was the protagonist in PK Lele A Salesman, an adult Hindi film in the sex comedy genre, in which she played the role of a rich girl called Mary Marlo. She has also acted as Nirbhaya in Satyagraha on Aaj Tak, Inspector Tasha in Sony Entertainment Television's C.I.D., Jahnvi in Na Aana Is Des Laado, Maya Thakur in Begusarai and Mahi Arora in Colors TV's Bepannaah.
25 August 1988
|Spouse(s)||Nitin Sahrawat (m. 2012 - 2016)|
Vaishnavi was born in Nagpur and did her schooling from Blind Relief Association's Mundle High School. After she graduated from Shivaji Science College, her family shifted to Kalyan in 2008. Vaishnavi's parents encouraged her artistic inclination and escorted her to her initial auditions. She was known as Vaishnavi Bhoyar during her student years.
Vaishnavi started her acting career in 2008 with a cameo in Kasautii Zindagii Kay. Taking note of her work in this show, the production house offered her the parallel lead in Karam Apnaa Apnaa in the same year. After acting in these two shows with the name Vaishnavi Bhoyar, she replaced her surname with her father's first name, Dhanraj, due to numerological reasons. In 2009, Vaishnavi joined C.I.D. (episode no. 570) as a gun-toting detective named Inspector Tasha. For this show, Vaishnavi refused stunt doubles and performed all her stunts herself. CID launched her stardom and she became widely popular as Tasha. She was last seen in CID in episode no. 678
Her feisty performance in CID was instrumental in her winning the main protagonist's role in Na Aana Is Des Laado when the show took a time leap of 18 years in December 2010. Vaishnavi played the character of Jhanvi, a feminist who fights for women's empowerment in rural India. In early 2012, Vaishnavi contemplated leaving Na Aana Is Des Laado and rejoining CID as she was dissatisfied with her role but the issue was settled amicably and she continued being a part of Laado until it ended in July 2012. Na Aana Is Des Laado was based on the issue of female foeticide.
After a brief hiatus following her marriage, Vaishnavi returned to television with Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi on Sony T.V in May 2013. She played the character of Meera Mathur, an immaculate and tranquil businesswoman, which was quite different from her previous roles. The show ended in August 2013, following which Vaishnavi was offered the main antagonist's role in Colors TV's Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon. Her dramatic entry scene in the show featured a stunt sequence in which Vaishnavi walked over a tightrope strung over a busy Mumbai street. She played Riya Jaiswal/Devika, a self-obsessed, struggling Bollywood actress. Shortly after her entry, the show took a time leap of a few years, as a result of which Vaishnavi decided to quit the show in January 2014. In 2015, she gained popularity From Playing Maya Mithlesh Thakur In Begusarai (TV series).
Within a week of her exiting Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Vaishnavi signed up for Star Plus's epic Mahabharat, her first television show in the mythological genre. Initially apprehensive about playing the mythical character of Hidimbaa, she took up the challenge and pulled off a critically acclaimed performance. This character required Vaishnavi to play a double role of an ugly demoness and a stunning enchantress. She later said in an interview that the heavy makeup required for the demoness look took over seven hours to apply, and that the weighty costumes made this shooting schedule one of her most unusual assignments ever. Her stardom and popularity were furthered through this role.
In March 2014, Vaishnavi was approached by Indian news channel Aaj Tak to portray Nirbhaya in the channel's new social awareness series Satyagraha 2014. Aaj Tak's managing editor Supriya Prasad said that their motive was to create a pioneering show on television, and to trigger social change by bringing back Mahatma Gandhi's values of non-violence and the pursuit of truth. Directed by Sunil Manchanda, this series appealed to the nation's conscience. Vaishnavi later said that this role was the most challenging and humbling experience of her career.
On 23 December 2012, Vaishnavi married Indian actor and model Nitin Sahrawat after a year of courtship. The two first met on the set of Nitin's show Kitni Mohabbat Hai Season 2. The ceremony was conducted in Shantikunj, Haridwar according to Vedic rituals. The wedding reception in Mumbai was attended by Vaishnavi's friends and co actors from her shows including Meghna Malik, Kritika Kamra, Dayanand Shetty, Hrishikesh Pandey and Simran Kaur. For their honeymoon the couple backpacked across Western Ghats and stayed in a rustic hut on the Konkan coast for 12 days. The wedding was included in the list of biggest celebrity weddings of the year by the media.
In March 2014 NDTV launched a new channel, NDTV Prime. Nitin and Vaishnavi were the guests for the launch episode of NDTV Prime's The Getaway, in which the two were given a Hyundai Elantra which they then drove down to Kamshet. The theme of this episode being adventure, the couple then paraglided off the challenging Shelar's Site. This episode was shot at their Lokhandwala Complex home and also featured their pet Labrador Retriever Thor.
Sahrawat and Dhanraj filed for legal separation in July 2015 and were divorced in January 2016, opting for a mutual and amicable divorce in Bandra family court. Emotional disconnect was cited as the reason for the parting. In December 2016, a Bollywood gossip website alleged that marital abuse was a reason for the divorce.
|2018||PK Lele A Salesman||Mary Marlo|
|2008||Kasautii Zindagii Kay|
|Karam Apnaa Apnaa||Aastha Vivan Kapoor|
|2009-2010||C.I.D.||Inspector Tasha Kumar|
|2010-12||Na Aana Is Des Laado||Jhanvi|
|2011||Kitchen Champion 4||Contestant|
|2013||Hum Ne Li Hai- Shapath||Nayantara/Sakuna|
|Parvarrish–Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi||Mrs. Mathur|
|Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon||Riya|
|2016||Beti Ka Farz||Avantika|
|Sasural Simar Ka||Kamya|
|Yeh Vaada Raha||Icchha|
|2021||Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha||Namrata|
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