Rashami Desai

Rashami Desai is an Indian television actress known for portraying Tapasya in Uttaran and Shorvori in Dil Se Dil Tak. She has participated in reality shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi and Nach Baliye.[3] In 2019, she participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 13.[4]

Rashami Desai
Desai in 2018
Divya Desai[1]

13 February[2]
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2004–present
Known forUttaran
Dil Se Dil Tak
Nandish Sandhu
(m. 2012; div. 2015)

As of 2018, she is among the highest-paid television actresses of India.[5]


Desai, who started her career at an early age, got her first break in Ravan on Zee TV followed by Meet Mila De Rabba on Sony TV and started acting in the show Uttaran on Colors from 2008. In March 2012 she opted out of Uttaran as she didn't believe she could portray an older role after the leap.[6] On 7 November 2012, she returned to Uttaran in positive shades.[7]

Desai has worked in other serials including Pari Hoon Main. She has also done episodes for Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai. She has featured in reality shows such as Comedy Circus, Maha Sangram, Zara Nachke Dikha, Crime Patrol, Big Money, Kitchen Champion Season 2, Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala and Jhalak Dikhhla Ja.

Desai has took part in several dance and reality TV shows including Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 which aired on Colors TV.[8] On the show she spoke about her miscarriage and other contestant felt that it was all done for sympathy.[9][10] She also appeared on the Shekhar Suman hosted show Movers and Shakers.[11]

In 2015, Desai participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi but was eliminated. Later she was brought back on the show as a wild card. She then participated in Nach Baliye 7 with her spouse Nandish Sandhu and they became finalists. Desai has also appeared on Ishq Ka Rang Safed and Adhuri Kahaani Hamari. In 2017, she played Shorvori Bhanushali in the drama series Dil Se Dil Tak.

In 2019, Desai participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 13 where she is the highest paid contestant.[12][13]

Personal life

Desai is a Gujarati.[14] She has a brother Gaurav Desai.[15] She married her co-star from Uttaran, Nandish Sandhu, on 12 February 2012, in Dholpur.[16] In 2014 they separated, and in 2015, the couple filed for divorce after almost four years of marriage.[17]


2002 Kanyadaan Herself Cameo Assamese
2004 Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke Sheetal Hindi
Balma Bada Nadaan N/A Bhojpuri
Hum Balbrahma Chaari Tu Kanya Kumari
2005 Gazab Bhail Rama
Kab Hoi Gauna Hammar
Nadiya Ke Teer
2006 Bambai Ki Laila Chapra Ka Chaila
Gabbar Singh
Kable Aayee Bahaar
Kangna Khanke Piya Ke Angna
Pappu Ke Pyar Ho Gail
Sathi Sanghati
Tohse Pyar Ba
2007 Dulha Babu
2008 Bandan Toote Na
Pyar Jab Kehu Se Hoi Jala
Shahar Wali Jaan Mareli
2009 Hum Hai Gawaar
2010 Sohagan Bana Da Sajana Hamaar
Umariya Kaili Tohre Naam
2012 Dabangg 2 Bride Cameo appearance in the song "Dagabaaz Re" Hindi
2017 Superstar Anjali Kapadia Gujarati
2017 Six X Shweta Bhardwaj Unreleased Hindi


2006–2008 Raavan Mandodari Zee TV
2008 Pari Hoon Main Nikki/Pari Star One
Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai Mona
2009–2014 Uttaran Tapasya Rathore Colors TV
2010 Meethi Choori No 1 Contestant Imagine TV
2011 Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala Participant Star Plus
2012 Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Sony TV
Haunted Nights Shivani Sahara One
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Contestant Colors TV
2013 Comedy Nights with Kapil Various Characters
2014 Savdhaan India Mata Life OK
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Contestant [First Runner Up] Star Plus
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6 Contestant Colors TV
Ishq Ka Rang Safed Tulsi
2016 Adhuri Kahaani Hamari Preeti &TV
Comedy Nights Live Participant Colors TV
2017–2018 Dil Se Dil Tak Shorvori Bhanushali
2019-present Bigg Boss 13 Contestant

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Show Result
2009 Indian Telly Awards Best Actor In Negative Role (Female) Uttaran Nominated
2010 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress In Negative Role (Popular) Won
Indian Telly Awards Most Popular Actor Negative (Female) Won
Gold Awards Best Actress in Negative Role Won
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Best Television Actor (Female) Won
2011 Gold Awards Best Actress In Negative Role Won
Best Actress in Negative Role Won
Apsara Awards Best Actress Negative Won
BIG Television Awards BIG Namkeen Character Female (Fiction) Won
BIG Khatarnak Character Female (Fiction) Nominated
2012 Apsara Awards Best Actress Nominated

See also


  1. TNN (29 January 2008). "Divya is now Rashmi". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  2. "Mrunal Jain wishes sister Rashami Desai a happy birthday!". The Times of India. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. PTI (7 March 2016). "Rashmi Desai: TV is for masses, has more reach than films". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  4. "Bigg Boss 13: Uttaran actress Rashami Desai to enter Salman Khan's reality show's house". 29 September 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  5. "Highest paid TV stars in India". www.msn.com. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  6. Nandish and Rashmi did not want to be a part of the leap, says producer Rupali Guha. Tellychakkar.com (21 March 2012). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  7. 'Uttaran' changed my life: Rashami Desai – Entertainment. Mid-day.com. 7 November 2012. Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  8. Rashami Desai Sandhu is scared of 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' choreographer. Mid Day. 1 September 2012. Retrieved on 7 July 2016.
  9. Nach Baliye 7: Rashami Desai admits she underwent cosmetic surgery : Top Stories, News – India Today. Indiatoday.intoday.in (16 June 2015). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  10. Nach Baliye 7: Rashami Desai opens up on her miscarriage. Tellychakkar.com (4 May 2015). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  11. Rashami Desai sizzles on Movers & Shakers – The Times of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (23 May 2012). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
  12. "Bigg Boss 13 contestant Rashami Desai: Here's all you need to know about the actress - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  13. "Bigg Boss 13: Rashami Desai is the highest paid contestant this season?". India Today. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  14. Jain, Kiran (22 October 2014). "Ssharad Malhotra, Rashami Desai reveals their special shopping plan for Dhanteras". Daily Bhaskar.
  15. Tiwari, Vijaya (14 December 2019). "Exclusive - Bigg Boss 13 contestant Rashami Desai's brother Gaurav: Arhaan Khan is nobody to revive my sister's career, she's already settled - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  16. It feels good to be married: Nandish Sandhu. The Times of India. 2 March 2012. Retrieved on 8 July 2016.
  17. "TV actors Rashami Desai, Nandish Sandhu file for divorce". Hindustantimes.com. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
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