Rakhi Sawant

Rakhi Sawant
Born Name: Neeru Bheda
Date of Birthday: 25 November 1978
Place of Birth: Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Height: 1.65 m
Occupation: Actress, Television presenter, Dancer, Politician, Model
Political party: Republican Party of India (A)
Spouse(s): Ritesh (m. 2019 - Divorced)
Partner(s): Adil Khan Durrani (2022 - )
Siblings: Rakesh Sawant, Usha Sawant
Parents: Jaya Bheda, Anand Sawant

Rakhi Sawant (born Neeru Bheda; 25 November 1978) is an Indian dancer, model, actress and television talk show host, who has appeared in many Hindi and a few Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Telugu and Tamil films and was a contestant on the first season of the Indian reality television series Bigg Boss 1 (2006) and as a challenger and finalist in Bigg Boss 14 (2020). Sawant has established herself as a sex symbol in Bollywood.

Sawant launched her own political party, headed by Jai Shah, called the Rashtriya Aam Party, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. However, after the election, she joined Republican Party of India (A).

Early life
Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda to Maya Bheda. Maya married Anand Sawant, a police constable at Worli Police Station, and gave the children surname of their step father.

Career
Career beginnings (1997–2005)
She made her film debut in the 1997 film Agnichakra under the name Ruhi Sawant. She went on to other small roles and dance numbers in Bollywood films Joru Ka Ghulam, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain, and Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke.

In 2003, she auditioned for an item number in the Bollywood film Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne. She auditioned about four times before being selected for her breakthrough item number, "Mohabbat Hai Mirchi", composed by Himesh Reshammiya. Sawant acted in small roles in films including Masti and Main Hoon Na.

In 2005, she appeared in the music video "Pardesiya", from the album D.J. Hot Remix - Vol 3.

Television debut and success (2006–present)
In June 2006, Mika Singh attempted to kiss her at his birthday party, which caused a media controversy. A few months later, she appeared in the first season of the reality show Bigg Boss. She got evicted in week 4 but later made a re- entry. She was among the top four finalists but got evicted days before the grand finale (24 January 2007, Day 84). In 2007, Rakhi made her singing debut in the album Super Girl launched by Venus Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd. She later participated in the dance reality show Nach Baliye with Abhishek Avasthi and emerged as the first runner up. In 2008, Sawant appeared in the film Krazzy 4 for the item song 'Dekhta Hai Tu Kya'. In 2009, Sawant launched the reality show Rakhi Ka Swayamwar in which she planned to select her future husband by the ancient ritual of Swayamvar. On 2 August 2009 she chose her life partner, a contestant from Toronto, Canada, Elesh Parujanwala. However, several months later, Sawant announced that the couple had separated due to irreconcilable differences. After separation she said on interview that she got engaged to Elesh Parujanwala for money.

In 2010, Rakhi hosted a talk show Rakhi Ka Insaaf which aired on Imagine TV. The show saw a controversy after the death of a participant after Rakhi had called him impotent. In 2011, she participated in Sony TV's Maa Exchange along with mother Jaya Sawant.

Often appearing in reality shows as a host, judge or participant, Sawant is a regular stage performer. In 2012, she did a comedy act with Shahrukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor at the 57th Filmfare Awards and entry dance performance in 2015 with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Malaysia.

In 2013, she participated in Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan Nawazi Ki along with Anchal Sabharwal, Sangram Singh, Chetan Hansraj & Madhura Naik. The show aired on Life OK. She later was a contestant on Box Cricket League.

Sawant later played the leading role in thriller film Ek Kahani Julie Ki, and was seen in a cameo appearance in comedy fiction television series Bhaag Bakool Bhaag.

From 2020 to 2021, Sawant appeared as a challenger in Bigg Boss 14. She emerged as a finalist but decided to walk out, opting for the cash prize of 14 lakhs.

Political venture (2014–present)
On 26 March 2014, she announced her plans to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-West as an Independent Candidate. On 28 March, she founded the Rashtriya Aam Party (RAP). The party has no symbol assigned by the election commission. However, Sawant said that she's expecting[when?] it to be a "green chilli", which she feels resembles her personality. The party's office bearers and fundraisers are local businessmen from Oshiwara.

She received only 15 votes from the Mumbai North-West Constituency and lost her deposit.

Sawant resigned from the Rashtriya Aam Party and joined the RPI (Athavale) party in June 2014 and expressed her desire to work for dalits. Rakhi serves as party's state vice-president and president of the woman wing.

Personal life
Marriage
In November 2018, Sawant announced that she will marry reality television personality and internet-celebrity Deepak Kalal on 31 December 2018. In December, Rakhi Sawant told the media that she has cancelled her marriage with Deepak Kalal, who is engaged to another girl now.

In mid-2019, Sawant married an NRI man named Ritesh.

Family & Struggle

Recently, Rakhi Sawant opened up about from being judged by everyone around to being sidelined by her own family, in fact she wasn't called for her dad's funeral. Also, she has spoken that after her plastic surgery how people have judged her.

Injury
In November 2018, during The Great Khali's Continental Wrestling Entertainment promotion, American female wrestler Rebel got involved in a dance battle against Sawant, during which Rebel grabbed her in inverse position, circulated her, and threw her on her back. It injured Sawant's back and she fell unconscious, and was later carried to a nearby hospital.

Controversy
On 4 April 2017, she was arrested by Punjab police about her remarks on Rishi Valmiki.

Filmography

Year Film
1997 Agnichakra
1999 Dil Ka Sauda
Chudail No. 1
2000 Kurukshetra
Joru Ka Ghulam
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain
2001 Ehsaas: The Feeling
6 Teens
2002 Badmaash No. 1
Gautam Govinda
Na Tum Jaano Na Hum
2003 Dum
Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne
Om
Bad Boys
2 October
Patth
2004 Gambeeram
Paisa Vasool
Masti: Sanam Teri Kasam
Main Hoon Na
Saatchya Aat Gharat
2005 Mumbai Xpress
Khamoshh... Khauff Ki Raat
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala
Journey Bombay to Goa: Laughter Unlimited
Buddha Mar Gaya
2008 Gumnaam – The Mystery
Dhoom Dadakka
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa!
2010 Mungilal Rocks
2011 Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
2015 Mumbai Can Dance Saala
2016 Ek Kahani Julie Ki
2019 Upeksha

Dance numbers

Year Film Language Song
2000 En Sakhiye Tamil
2001 Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke Hindi "Bam Bhole Bam Bhole"
2003 Aanch Hindi "Hai Re Umariya 16 baras Ki"
2004 Saatchya Aat Gharat Marathi "Hil Pori Hila"
Paisa Vasool Hindi "Maine Saiyan Ki Demand"
2005 Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena Hindi "Ankhiya Na Maar Mere Yaar Mundiya"
The Powerful Man Hindi "Chikna Badan"
2006 Hot Money Hindi "Daulat Hai Karishma"
Malamaal Weekly Hindi "Kismat Se Chalti Hai"
2007 Geleya Kannada "Nanna Stylu Berene"
2008 Krazzy 4 Hindi "Dekhta Hai Tu Kya"
1920 Hindi "Jab Das Jaaye Bichua"
Mudrank – The Stamp Hindi "Mohabbat Kya Hoti Hain"
2009 Muthirai Tamil "Night Is Still Young"
Drona Telugu "Sayya Re Sayya Re"
2010 Horn 'Ok' Pleassss Hindi "Nathani Utaro"
Marega Salaa Hindi "Sehra Sehra Tujhpe Dil"
2011 Gahraee Hindi "Meri Jawani AK47"
Loot Hindi "Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le"
2012 Rakhtbeej Hindi "Latto Ghuma Re Chora"
Om Shanti Bengali "Chonnara Dil Thame Dekhle Rakhi"
Valentine's Night Hindi "Gaye Re Gaye Saand Paani Mein"
2014 Katta Tanal Dupatta Par Bhojpuri "Peela Jawaniya Ke Juice"
2017 God Father Odia "Chuti Kholila Sampu Basiba"
2019 Sabse Bada Champion Bhojpuri "Laga Navratan Tel"
2020 Article 370 Hindi

Music videos

Year Song Album Language
2003 Jhoomka Gira Re Remix Sweet Honey Mix D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3 Hindi
2005 "Pardesiya Yeh Sach Hai Piya Remix" D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3 Hindi
2006 "Kajra Nite Remix" Kajra Nite Remix Hindi
2007 "Haadsa" Universal Music Hindi
2008 "Tu Dissda" Club Mix Hindi
2009 "Bhoot" Ishq Bector Hindi
2010 "Jhagde" Ishq Bector Hindi
2019 "Chappan Churi" Hindi
2021 "Dream Mein Entry" Dance Cover Hindi

Television

Year Title Notes
2006−2007 Bigg Boss 1 3rd Runner Up
2007 Comedy Ka Badsshah — Hasega India Judge alongside Raju Srivastav
Nach Baliye 3 Participant with Abhishek Avasthi (Runner-up)
2008 Yeh Hai Jalwa Contestant (Winner with her team 'Chiller party')
The Rakhi Sawant Showz Host
Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka Judge
Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1 Contestant
2009 Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano Contestant
Rakhi Ka Swayamwar Leading Lady
Pati, Patni Aur Woh Participant with Elesh Parujanwala
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha 2 Contestant (Winner with her team 'Masakali Girls')
Rakhi ka Insaaf Host
2011 Maa Exchange Participant along with Jaya Sawant
Jubilee Comedy Circus Winner
Bigg Toss Contestant
Ghazab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyan Host
2013 Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki Weekly contestant
Comedy Circus Ke Mahabali Contestant
2014 Box Cricket League - Season 1 Contestant
2018 Box Cricket League - Season 3 Contestant
Juzzbaatt - Namkeen Se Sangeen Tak Guest (along with Arshi Khan)
2019 Manmohini Chakua Chudail
Khatra Khatra Khatra Guest
Box Cricket League - Season 4 Host
2020−2021 Bigg Boss 14 4th runner-up (Walked)
2021 Bigg Boss 15 Wild Card Entrant (Day 56)

Other television appearances

  • 2003: Carry On Shekhar (SAB TV)
  • 2006: Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (Zee TV)
  • 2007: Let's Talk... (Zoom TV)
  • 2007: Aap Ki Adalat (India TV) (later in 2008 and 2009) (Star Plus)
  • 2007: Baa Bahoo Aur Baby (Season 1) (Star Plus)
  • 2007: Koffee with Karan (Season 2) (STAR One)
  • 2008: Bigg Boss 2 (Colors)
  • 2008: 10 Ka Dum (season 1) (Sony TV)
  • 2009: Nach Baliye 4 (STAR Plus)
  • 2009: Boogie Woogie (Sony TV) (later in 2011)
  • 2009: Lux Perfect Bride (STAR Plus)
  • 2010: Bigg Boss 4 (Colors)
  • 2010: Jubilee Comedy Circus (Sony TV)
  • 2011: Comedy Circus 3 Ka Tadka (Sony TV)
  • 2011: Ratan Ka Rishta (NDTV Imagine)
  • 2011: Sheela, Shagun and Meenakshi (STAR News)
  • 2011: Shaadi 3 Crore Ki (NDTV Imagine)
  • 2012: Bigg Boss 5 (Colors)
  • 2012: All Most Famous (Zoom TV)
  • 2012: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 (Colors)
  • 2012: Bigg Boss 6 (Colors)
  • 2012: Movers & Shakers Masala Markey (SAB TV)
  • 2014: Comedy Nights with Kapil (Colors)
  • 2015: Comedy Classes (Life OK)
  • 2015: Chidiya Ghar(SAB TV)
  • 2016: Comedy Nights Bachao (Colors)
  • 2017: Bhaag Bakool Bhaag (Colors) as Twinkle Maa
  • 2019: Kanala Khada (Zee Marathi) as Guest
  • 2021: Indian Idol 12 (Sony TV) as Guest
  • 2021: Bigg Boss OTT (Colors) as Guest
  • 2021: Bigg Boss 15 (Colors) as Guest

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