Rakhi Sawant is a popular Indian tv personality and an item dancer. She is one of the controversial Indian celebrities. She has appeared in the first season of Bigg Boss. She is known as Controversial Queen.
Early Life & Background
Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda on 25th November 1978 in Mumbai. Her father Anand Sawant was a police constable in Mumbai, while her mother Jaya Sawant was a housewife but now she has turned actress. Rakhi has two siblings film director Rakesh Sawant and Usha Sawant. She completed her schooling from Goklibai High School in the Vile Parle and later studied at Mithibai College.
First assignment/ First major break
In 1997, Rakhi made her debuted as Ruhi Sawant with the film ‘Agnichakr’. However, she came into limelight after the music video ‘Pardesia’ and kiss controversy with Mika Singh.
Journey in the industry
Since her childhood, Rakhi was interested in dancing and from the age of 14 she was involved in professional dance. As she belonged to a conservative family, her father was against her decision of entering the film industry.
However in 1997, Rakhi debuted in Bollywood with a name of Ruhi Sawant in the movie ‘Agnnichakr’, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Govinda and Dimple Kapadia. Later, she played a small roles in the movies like ‘Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai’, ‘Badmaash No 1’, ‘Ehsaas’, ‘Dum, ‘Bewafa Qatil’ and more. She had also played small character and dancer roles as Chandni in ‘Joru Ka Ghulam’, Geeta in ‘Kurukshetra’, Disco Shanti in ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ and Rambha as ‘Dil Ka Sauda’. She had mostly acted in low budget films.
In 2003, Rakhi got noticed in the movie ‘Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne’, the debut movie of Zayed Khan. It was her debut movie as an item dancer and she even played the small role of Sheena in the movie. Later, she played small roles in various movies. She played the role of sex-change person Ms.Saxena in the blockbuster comedy movie ‘Masti’. She also acted in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer movie ‘Main Hoon Na’ in a role of Mini. In 2007, she played the role of wanna be actress Kim in the movie ‘Buddha Mar Gaya’. In 2009, she was featured in the movie ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ as Shanno Amritsari. She has also played roles in movies like ‘Om’, ‘Paisa Vassol’, ‘Mumbai Express’, ‘Journey Bombay to Goa’, ‘Dhoom Dhadaka’ and more.
Rakhi got her big break through the music video ‘Pardesia’, where she was seen as an office secretary who loves her boss. Her sexy look and sizzling dance steps made the video popular among youths and she became popular. The song was featured in the music album ‘DJ Hot Remix Vol. 3’. After this music video, she appeared in many of other remix videos and music albums. Some of her famous music videos are ‘Kajra Nite Remix’, ‘Tu Dissda’ for Club Mix and ‘Bhoot’ for Ishq Bector. In 2007, she made her singing debut with the album ‘Super Girl’ and was featured as a super-girl in the music video ‘Yarra Na Dil Laga’.
Meanwhile Rakhi also got offers from many Bollywood films as an item dancer. Though she became popular for the song ‘Mohabat Hai Mirchi’, her first item number was opposite Govinda in the movie ‘Joru Ka Gulam’. In 2005, she performed on the dance number ‘Ankhiya Na Maar’ from Ram Gopal Varma’s movie ‘Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena’. She also performed the item number the Priyadarshani’s comedy movie ‘Malamaal Weekly’. She also shake her booty in the movie ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’. Her song ‘Dekhta Hai Tu Kya’ from the movie ‘Krazzy 4’ also became the popular hit. Later her son ‘Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le’ from the movie ‘Loot’ was also popular. She has also performed item numbers for the regional movies as well. She performed on the remix of Marathi song ‘Hil Hil Pori Hilla’ for the movie ‘Saatchya Aat Gharat’. She also moved her legs in the Kannada movie ‘Geleya’, Tamil movie ‘Muthirai’, Telugu movie ‘Drona’ and Bengali movie ‘Om Shanti’.
In spite of working in movies, she was not that established. However, what made her controversial was the kiss with Mika Singh at his birthday party in 2006. This controversy was spread media and due to it, she was the much talked celebrity to enter the ‘Bigg Boss season 1’. She made her television debut in mid-2006, by being a contestant in the reality show ‘Bigg Boss’. In the entire house, she was the controversial celebrity who in spite of being eliminated in four weeks got a wildcard entry by the audience votes. She was among the top 4 finalist of the show and was voted out in the last week before finale.
After Bigg Boss, she was offered the show ‘Comedy Ka Badsshah’, where she judged the show along with Raju Srivastav. In 2007, she participated in the dance reality show ‘Nach Baliye 3’ with her then partner Abhishek Awasthi. She was finalist of the show but lost the competition to Sanjeeda Sheikh and Aamir Ali. In 2008, she won the 9X dance reality show ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’ with her team Chillar Party. Soon she was offered the show of her own name ‘The Rakhi Sawant Showz’ by Zoom TV. Later she appeared as contestants on various comedy shows like ‘Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1’, ‘Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano’ and ‘Comedy Circus’. In 2009, she became the first lady to conduct her Swayamwar on national television. She got engaged to Elesh Parujanwala on the show. Later in the same year, she participated in the Imagine TV’s reality show ‘Pati, Patni Aur Woh’ along with Elesh. In 2011, she participated in the show ‘Maa Exchange’ along with her mother Jaya Sawant. She also hosted the most controversial shows ‘Rakhi Ka Insaaf’ and ‘Ghazab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniya’ from Imagine TV. She had also appeared as a guest for various reality shows like ‘Welcome: Baazi Mehmaan Nawaazi Ki’, ‘Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai’, ‘Bigg Boss 2’, ‘Bigg Boss 4’. ‘Bigg Boss 5’, ‘Bigg Boss 6’, ‘Nach Baliye 4’, ‘Ratan Ka Rishta’, ’10 Ka Dum’, ‘Movers & Shakers’, ‘Jhalak Dikhala Jaa 5’, ‘All Most Famous’ and many more. Rakhi was the one TV celebrity who appeared on India’s number one talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’. She has also performed in many award functions including 57th Filmfare Awards.
Rakhi is controversial favorite child. She is in fact known as Indian Controversial Queen as she had created many gimmicks, which was eventually turned into negative publicity.
She first came in notice of media when she accused Mika Singh for kissing her forcefully during his birthday party in 2006. She made this incident so big and got the media’s attention. Later when she entered Bigg Boss, she had huge cat fight with her fellow contestant Kashmira Shah. Their rivalry continued even after the show. After the Bigg Boss, she started dated Abhishek Awasti. The couple gave much footage to media as Rakhi slapped Abhishek during Valentine Day and then they walked out from the show ‘Nach Baliye 3’ when they lost the competition to Aamir Ali and Sanjeeda Sheikh. Later, she talked to media about marrying Baba Ram Dev.
Rakhi didn’t stop here, she also passed the comments on actress like Katrina Kaif and Malaika Arora Khan for stepping in as a item dancers in the Bollywood films. She even had spat with her mother Jaya Sawant for media footage. During conducting the show ‘Rakhi Ka Insaaf’, one of the participant committed suicide due to his insult that took place during the show. His family members blamed Rakhi for his act of suicide.
During the show ‘Bigg Boss’, Rakhi confessed her love for her friend Abhishek Awasthi. After the show, both started dating and also participated in couple dance reality show ‘Nach Baliye 3’. Eventually both decided to break up.
In 2009, Rakhi got engaged with Elesh Parujanwala in the show ‘Rakhi Ka Swayamwar’. The couple was feature in the show ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’. After the show Rakhi left him and currently she is single.
Name of Films
|AgnichakraDil Ka SuadaKurukshetra
Joru ka Ghulam
Jis Desh Me Ganga Rehta Hai
Naa Tum Jano Na Hum
Churaliya Hai Tumne
Main Hoon Na
Saat Chya Aat Gharat
Shoot Out At Lokhandwala
Budha Mar Gaya
Dil Bole Haddipa
Dance and Singer
Item number in Movies & Songs:
‘Yeh Raaste Hai Pyaar Ke’ in 2001
‘Aanch’ in 2003
‘Saat Chya Aat Gharat’ in 2004
‘Maalamal Weekly’ in 2006
‘Gelya’ (Kannada) in 2007
‘Krazzy 4’ in 2008
‘1920’ in 2008
‘Muthirai’ (Tamil) 2009
‘Horn Ok Please’ in 2010
‘Loot’ in 2011
‘Om Shanti’ (Bengali) 2011
‘Valentines Night’ in 2012
DJ. Hot Remix VOL 3 -2005
Kajra Nights Remix-2006
Ishq Bactor’s Album in 2009 and 2010
Name of Serials
Comedy Ka Badsha
Yeh Hai Jalwa
Rakhi Sawant Showz
Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka
Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1
Are Diwano Muze Pehchano
Rakhi Ka Swayamwar
Pati Ptni Aur Woh
Zara Nach Ke Dikha
Rakhi Ka Insaaf
Gazab Desh Ki Azab Kahaniya
Welcome- Baazi Mehman Nawazi Ki
Comedy Circus Ke MahabaliParticipant
Contestant and Winner
Participant and Winner
(PS: She has also performed many Cameos in many TV Shows)
Rakhi till date has just won one award ‘The Ambedkar Award’.