Sonali Bendre

Sonali Bendre
सोनाली बेन्द्रे
Born January 1, 1975 (1975-01-01) (age 35)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, model, television presenter
Years active 1994 - 2004
Spouse(s) Goldie Behl (2002 - present)

Sonali Bendre (Marathi: सोनाली बेन्द्रे, born 1 January 1975) is an Indian actress and model. She has starred in Bollywood films mostly but has acted in a few Marathi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films. She was also one of the four judges of fourth season of Indian Idol and India's Got Talent.

Personal life and education

Sonali was born in Mumbai in a Marathi Brahmin family. Sonali studied in Bangalore and Mumbai in Kendriya Vidyalaya Antop Hill, Sion and Holy Cross High School Thane. She married film actor/director Goldie Behl, on 12 November 2002.[1] On 9 August 2005 she gave birth to a son, Ranveer, at Breach Candy Hospital.[2]


Bendre started out 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. Though she initially struggled to be a successful actress, she was eventually given critical acclaim for her performances in films like Bhai (1997),Murari (Telugu film) Sarfarosh, Zakhm, Duplicate, Kadhalar Dhinam (Tamil film), Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999), Tera Mera Saath Rahey and Anaahat (2003) among many others. She is also known for being one of the few actresses who acted opposite all top four Khans (Aamir, Shahrukh, Salman and Saif). She has also starred opposite some of the other biggest names in bollywood such as Akshay Kumar Suniel Shetty, Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor.

Next to her well-received performances, she was also recognized as a graceful dancer through films like Gaddar(1995),Sapoot, Bombay, Lajja and Major Saab to name a few. She is frequently listed as one of the top most beautiful Bollywood actress. Bendre is set to star in the theatre in a play called, Aap Ki Soniya.[3]

A screen shot from the movie Major Saab

She also hosted a dance show on television named "Kya Masti Kya Dhoom....!" and now she is going to be one of the judges of Indian Idol in Sony Entertainment television. In 2003, she made a special appearance as Shahrukh Khan's doctor in Kal Ho Naa Ho (produced by Karan Johar), which also starred Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta.[4] She also hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards with Saif Ali Khan and Farida Jalal on 26 February 2005. She was a judge on Indian Idol 4 and India's Got Talent.


In 1995, she won the Filmfare Lux New Face Award. In 2001 she also won the Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai where she co-starred with Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai. She was the only cast member who was nominated and won the award. She was appreciated for her comic performances in films like Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega.

  • 1993 Studied in Government Law College and got the first advertisement for Lakme. It was put at Church gate station
  • 1994, Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer - Female
  • 1995, Filmfare Lux New Face Award, Aag
  • 2001, Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai
  • 2004, Star Screen Award, Best Actress-Marathi, Anaahat"


Year Film Role Other notes
1994 Aag Parul
1994 Naaraaz

1995 The Don Anita Malik
1995 Gaddaar Priya
1995 Takkar Mohini
1995 Bombay
Tamil film
Item number
1996 Rakshak Dr. Pooja Malhotra
1996 English Babu Desi Mem Bijuriya
1996 Diljale Radhika
1996 Apne Dam Par
Special appearance
1996 Sapoot Kajal
1997 Bhai Meenu
1997 Tarazu Pooja
1997 Qahar Neelam
1998 Keemat: They Are Back Mansi
1998 Duplicate Lily
1998 Humse Badhkar Kaun Anu
1998 Major Saab Nisha
1998 Angaaray Roma
1998 Zakhm Soniya
1999 Love You Hamesha Shivani Released in 2001
1999 Kadhalar Dhinam Roja Tamil film
Remade into Hindi as Dil Hi Dil Mein
1999 Kannodu Kanbathellam Kalyani Tamil film
1999 Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United Preeti
1999 Dahek: A Burning Passion Sabina Bahkshi/Neelima Bahkshi
1999 Sarfarosh Seema
2000 Dil Hi Dil Mein Roja
2000 Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai Khushi
2000 Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke Nisha Special appearance
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Saawni
2000 Preethse Kiran Kannada film
2001 Murari Vasundhara Telugu film, Dubbed into Tamil as well.
2001 Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega Sapna Chopra
2001 Lajja Dancer Item number in the song 'Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai'
2001 Tera Mera Saath Rahen Madhuri
2002 Indra Pallavi Telugu film
2002 Khadgam Swathi Telugu film
2002 Manmadhudu Harika Telugu film
2003 Anaahat Queen Sheelavati Marathi film
2003 Palanati Brahmanaidu Siva Nageswari Telugu film
2003 Chori Chori Pooja
2003 Kal Ho Naa Ho Priya Guest role
2004 Shankardada MBBS Dr. Sunita Telugu film
2004 Aga Bai Arrecha
Marathi film Item number

Television career

  • Kya Masti Kya Dhoom (Show Host)
  • Mr. & Ms. TV (Judge)
  • Indian Idol 4 (Judge)
  • India's Got Talent (Judge) on Colors TV

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