Rakhi Sawant

Rakhi Sawant (born Neeru Bheda on 25 November[1] 1978[3][4]) is an Indian dancer, model, Hindi film and television actress and television talk show host, who has appeared in many Hindi and a few Kannada, Marathi, Odia, Telugu and Tamil films. She was a contestant on the first season of the controversial Indian reality television series Bigg Boss 1 in 2006.[5]

Rakhi Sawant
Rakhi during a press conference, 2018
Neeru Bheda

(1978-11-25) 25 November 1978[1]
OccupationActress, television presenter, dancer, politician, model
Years active1997–present
Political partyRPI(A)

Sawant launched her own political party, headed by Jai Shah, called the Rashtriya Aam Party, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.[6] However, after the election, she joined Republican Party of India (A).[7]

Early life

Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda to Jaya Bheda. Jaya married Anand,[8][9] a police constable at Worli Police Station, and gave the children from her first marriage her second husband's name.


She made her film debut in Agnichakr 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.[10] 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).[11]

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 in Abhishek Avasthi and emerged as the first runner up.[12] 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.[13][14][15]

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 who commit suicide after Rakhi used insulting language.[16] 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[17] and entry dance performance in 2015 with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Malaysia.[18]

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.[19]


On 26 March 2014, she announced her plans to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-West as an Independent Candidate.[20] On 28 March, she founded the Rashtriya Aam Party (RAP).[21][22] The party has no symbol assigned by the election commission. However, Sawant said that she's expecting it to be a "green chilli", which she feels resembles her personality.[23] The party's office bearers and fundraisers are local businessmen from Oshiwara.[23]

She received only 15 votes from the Mumbai North-West Constituency and lost her deposit.[24]

Sawant resigned from the Rashtriya Aam Party and joined the RPI (Athavale) party in June 2014 and expressed her desire to work for dalits.[25][26] Rakhi serves as party's state vice-president and president of the woman wing.[27]


On 4 April 2017, she was arrested by Punjab police about her remarks on Rishi Valmiki.[28][29]

Social Channels

Rakhi is very popular on her Instagram profile and she always comes with her videos which create controversies. On most of the occasion, She post video in which people either get good message or she post any funny videos. Recently on her Instagram Profile she has shared her viral video in which she revealed that she has found her new love but that' not her husband[30] but it's "Poker".

Personal life


In November 2018, Sawant announced that she is getting married on 31 December 2018 to reality television personality and internet-celebrity Deepak Kalal through her Instagram account.[31] In December Rakhi Sawant told the media that she has cancelled her marriage with Deepak Kalal, who is engaged to another girl now.[32]

She confirmed the news in an interview with The Times of India, stating ''Yes, I am getting married to Deepak on December 31 and the wedding will happen in the US.''[33][34] The couple later hosted a press conference to share further details about their wedding.[35]

In mid-2019, Sawant married an NRI man named Ritesh.[36]


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.[37][38]


Year Film Role Language
1997 Agnichakra Hindi
1999 Dil Ka Sauda Rambha Hindi
1999 Chudail No. 1 Hindi
2000 Kurukshetra Geeta Hindi
2000 Joru Ka Ghulam Chandni Hindi
2000 Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain Hindi
2001 Ehsaas: The Feeling Hindi
2001 6 Teens Nandini Telugu
2002 Badmaash No. 1 Hindi
2002 Gautam Govinda Hindi
2002 Na Tum Jaano Na Hum Disco Shanti Hindi
2003 Dum Hindi
2003 Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne Sheena Hindi
2003 Om Celina Hindi
2003 Bad Boys Hindi
2003 2 October Hindi
2003 Patth Hindi
2004 Gambeeram Tamil
2004 Paisa Vasool Dilkhush Hindi
2004 Masti: Sanam Teri Kasam Ms. Saxena Hindi
2004 Main Hoon Na Mini Hindi
2004 Saatchya Aat Gharat Marathi
2005 Mumbai Xpress Hindi
2005 Khamoshh... Khauff Ki Raat Kashmira Hindi
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala Pooja Bedi Hindi
2007 Journey Bombay to Goa: Laughter Unlimited Deepa Kutti Hindi
2007 Buddha Mar Gaya Kim / Vishkanya Hindi
2008 Gumnaam – The Mystery Ria's friend Hindi
2008 Dhoom Dadakka Rambha Hindi
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa! Shanno Amritsari Hindi
2010 Mungilal Rocks Hindi
2015 Mumbai Can Dance Saala Hindi
2016 Ek Kahani Julie Ki Julie Hindi
TBA Upeksha Hindi

Item numbers

2000En SakhiyeTamil
2001Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar KeHindiBam Bhole Bam Bhole
2003AanchHindiHai Re Umariya 16 baras Ki
2004Saatchya Aat GharatMarathiHil Pori Hila
2004Paisa VasoolHindiMaine Saiyan Ki Demand
2005Ek Khiladi Ek HaseenaHindiAnkhiya Na Maar Mere Yaar Mundiya
2005The Powerful ManHindiChikna Badan
2006Hot MoneyHindiDaulat Hai Karishma
2006Malamaal WeeklyHindiKismat Se Chalti Hai
2007GeleyaKannadaNanna Stylu Berene
2008Krazzy 4HindiDekhta Hai Tu Kya
20081920HindiJab Das Jaaye Bichua
2008 (unreleased)Mudrank – The StampHindiMohabbat Kya Hoti Hain
2009MuthiraiTamilNight Is Still Young
2009DronaTeluguSayya Re Sayya Re
2010Horn 'Ok' PleassssHindiNathani Utaro[39][40]
2010Marega SalaaHindiSehra Sehra Tujhpe Dil
2011GahraeeHindiMeri Jawani AK47
2011LootHindiJawani Ki Bank Loot Le
2012RakhtbeejHindiLatto Ghuma Re Chora[41][42]
2012Om ShantiBengaliChonnara Dil Thame Dekhle Rakhi[43]
2012Valentine's NightHindiGaye Re Gaye Saand Paani Mein
2017God FatherOdiaChuti Kholila Sampu Basiba
2019Sabse Bada ChampionBhojpuriLaga Navratri Tel[44]
2019Article 370[45]

Music videos

Year Song Album Language Notes
2003Jhoomka Gira Re Remix Sweet Honey MixD.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3Hindi
2005"Pardesiya Yeh Sach Hai Piya Remix"D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3Hindi
2006"Kajra Nite Remix"Kajra Nite RemixHindi
2007"Haadsa"Universal MusicHindi
2008"Tu Dissda"Club MixHindi
2009"Bhoot"Ishq BectorHindi
2010"Jhagde"Ishq BectorHindi
2019"Chappan Churi"Hindi[46]


2006 Bigg Boss 1 Sony TV Contestant
2007 Comedy Ka Badsshah — Hasega India Judge alongside Raju Srivastav
Nach Baliye 3 Star Plus Participant with Abhishek Avasthi (Runner-up)
2008 Yeh Hai Jalwa 9X Contestant (Winner with her team 'Chiller party')
The Rakhi Sawant Showz Zoom TV Host
Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka Zee TV Judge
Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1 9X Contestant
2009 Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano Star Plus Contestant
Rakhi Ka Swayamwar Imagine TV Leading Lady
Pati, Patni Aur Woh Participant with Elesh Parujanwala
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha 2 Star Plus Contestant (Winner with her team 'Masakali Girls')
Rakhi Ka Insaaf Imagine TV Host
2011 Maa Exchange Sony TV Participant along with Jaya Sawant
Jubilee Comedy Circus Winner
Bigg Toss India TV Contestant
Ghazab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyan Imagine TV Host
2013 Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki Life OK Weekly contestant
Comedy Circus Ke Mahabali Sony TV Contestant[47]
2014 Box Cricket League - Season 1 Contestant[48]
2018 Box Cricket League - Season 3 MTV Contestant[49][50]
Juzzbaatt - Namkeen Se Sangeen Tak Zee TV Guest (along with Arshi Khan)[51]
2019 Manmohini Chakua Chudail
Box Cricket League - Season 4 MTV India Host

Other television appearances


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