Rashami Desai Measurements Height Weight Bra Size Age Biography

Shivani Desai (born 13 February 1986), professionally known as Rashami Desai, is an Indian television actress. Desai is the recipient of several accolades including two Indian Television Academy Awards and Gold Awards. She has established herself as one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses on television.

After starting her acting career in Indian films, Desai made her Hindi television debut with Ravan (2006) and then had a dual role in Pari Hoon Main (2008). She earned massive popularity with her notable work as Tapasya Thakur in Colors TV’s long-running soap opera Uttaran (2009-2014), winning various accolades. Desai also took part in the reality shows Zara Nachke Dikha 2 (2010), Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 (2012), Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6 (2015) and Nach Baliye 7 (2015) and had a cameo in the 2012 film Dabangg 2. She ventured into stand-up comedy with reality shows like Comedy Circus Mahasangram (2010), Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala (2011), Kahaani Comedy Circus Ki (2012) and Comedy Nights Live (2016).

Desai later returned to fiction television with the love triangle Dil Se Dil Tak (2017-2018) portraying the role of Shorvori, after which she participated in Bigg Boss 13 (2019–2020) and Bigg Boss 15 (2021–2022). In this period, she also played brief roles in Naagin 4 and Naagin 6, and made her OTT debut with the short film Tamas and web debut with Tandoor.

Early life

Rashami Desai was born Shivani Desai on 13 February 1986 in Nagaon town of Assam. She is a Gujarati by origin. She has a brother, Gaurav Desai. Desai was born and brought in Mumbai and did her schooling and undergraduate there Rashami pursued a diploma degree in Tours and Travels from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.

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Personal life

She married her co-star from Uttaran, Nandish Sandhu, on 12 February 2011 in Ghaziabad. In 2014, they separated, and in 2015, the couple filed for divorce after almost four years of marriage.

In 2018, Desai met Arhaan Khan, they both participated in Bigg Boss 13 in 2019, where Arhaan proposed to Desai, and Desai accepted the proposal. Later, it was revealed by Salman Khan that Arhaan was married before and had a kid which he had kept secret from Desai. In 2020, after coming out from the Bigg Boss house, Desai broke up with Arhaan.

Rashami Desai Measurements Height Weight Bra Size Age Biography

Real NameDivya Desai
Profession(s)Actress, Model, Dancer
Famous Role‘Tapasya Raghuvendra Pratap Rathore’ in “Uttaran”
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters– 160 cm
in meters– 1.60 m
in feet inches– 5’ 3”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutAssamese Film: Kanyadaan (2002) Cameo
Bolywood Film: Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke (2004) as Sheetal

Bhojpuri Film: Balma Bada Nadaan (2004)
Gujarat Film: Superstar (2017) as Anjali Kapadia

TV: Raavan (2006) as Mandodari
Awards, Honours, Achievements• Indian Television Academy Award for Best Actress in Negative Role Popular for the TV serial “Uttaran” (2010)
• Indian Telly Award for Most Popular Negative Actor Female for the TV serial “Uttaran” (2010)

• Boroplus Gold Award for Best Actress in Negative Role for the TV serial “Uttaran” (2010)
• BIG Star Entertainment Award for Best Television Actor Female for the TV serial “Uttaran” (2010)
• Boroplus Gold Award for Best Actress in Negative Role for the TV serial “Uttaran” (2011)
• Apsara Award for Best Negative Actress for the TV serial “Uttaran” (2011)
• BIG Television Award for BIG Namkeen Character Female Fiction for the TV serial “Uttaran” (2011)
• Colors Golden Petal Award for Best Onscreen Jodi with Siddharth Shukla for the TV serial “Dil Se Dil Tak” (2017)
Personal Life
Date of Birth13 February 1986 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2023)37 Years
BirthplaceNagaon, Assam, India
Zodiac signAquarius
HometownGujarat, India
SchoolJB Khot Primary School, Borivali East, Mumbai
College/UniversityNarsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics
Educational QualificationDiploma
HobbiesDancing, Driving, Travelling, Swimming, Watching News Channels
TattooOn The Right Ankle: A Lotus Flower
Controversies• Rashami attracted controversy for her disturbed relationship with her then-husband, Nandish Sandhu. She alleged that Nandish had disrespected her and abused her for 3 years.
• Desai blamed the website, India Forums, for portraying a negative image of her in the public. In an interview, she said, “You know there’s a website called India Forums. They’ve been handling Nandish’s PR and I don’t have a problem but they’ve been giving one-sided stories from Nandish’s end. I’ve never felt the need to explain myself or my relationship to anyone – but there are all sorts of rumours that pinpoint me and claim that Nandish is completely innocent.”
• In Nach Baliye 7, Rashami revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage. However, during an interview, her ex-husband revealed that Rashami had never conceived. He said, “We were clear about planning a baby after we were professionally settled. Our career was our focus. So where is the question of a miscarriage? I never wanted to embarrass her on national television by questioning her on that.”
• Rashami revealed in Nach Baliye 7 that she had undergone cosmetic surgery. However, later, Nandish Sandhu cleared that she got confused between cosmetic treatment and surgery.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/Boyfriends• Nandish Sandhu
• Laksh Lalwani (Rumoured)
• Siddharth Shukla (Rumoured)
• Arhaan Khan (Rumoured)
Marriage Date12 February 2012
Husband/SpouseNandish Sandhu (m. 2012- div. 2015)
ParentsFather– Ajay Desai
Mother– Rasila Desai (Teacher)
SiblingsBrother– Gaurav Desai
Sister– None
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodPizza
Favourite BeverageCoffee
Favourite ActorsSalman Khan, Hrithik Roshan
Favourite ActressesMadhuri Dixit, Alia Bhatt
Favourite FilmsMother India (1957), Andaz Apna Apna 1994), Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999)
Favourite ColourWhite
Favourite PoliticianNarendra Modi
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs. 55,000/episode for the role of Tapasya in Uttaran (2014)

Acting debut in films

Desai began her acting career with regional films where she appeared in an Assamese-language film titled Kanyadaan in 2002. Desai made her Bollywood debut with Birendra Nath Tiwari-directed 2004 romantic mystery Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Raveena Tandon. She essayed the role of Sheetal, a college student whose elder sister (played by Tandon) is murdered.

In 2005, Desai appeared in the Hindi film Shabnam Mausi, where she played the role of Naina alongside Ashutosh Rana and Vijay Raaz. She later earned fame in the Bhojpuri film industry where she played many roles in the films like Balma Bada Nadaan and Gabbar Singh. In 2005, Desai starred in the film Kab Hoi Gauna Hammar, that went on to win the National Award for Best Feature Film in Bhojpuri.

Television debut and breakthrough

Desai made her television debut in 2006 with the mythological drama series Ravan on Zee TV, where she played the role of Queen Mandodari. Desai was cast opposite Jay Soni in the series. In 2007, Desai appeared in the English film titled Sambar Salsa.

In 2008, Desai got her first big break in daily soaps that fetched her the limelight with her portrayal of the dual role of Nikki Shrivastav and Pari Rai Choudhary in Star One’s Pari Hoon Main. Directed and produced by Ravi Chopra, the series also featured Mohit Malik and Karan Veer Mehra in pivotal roles. The show followed the story of two look-alikes; Pari (an actress) and Nikki (a simple girl) who bump into each other, exchange their identities, and begin living each other’s lives. Desai then appeared as Priya in Star One’s horror thriller anthology series Ssshhhh…Phir Koi Hai alongside Manish Paul.

Professional Expansion

In 2021, Desai made her web debut alongside Tanuj Virwani in Nivedita Basu-directed crime drama web series titled Tandoor. Loosely based on the infamous Tandoor case in Delhi, Desai essayed the role of Palak Sahni, an aspiring politician who is murdered by her own husband (played by Virwani). In May 2021, it was announced that Desai will collaborate with singer Rahul Vaidya for a music cover. In September 2021, Desai appeared in Altamash Faridi’s music video titled Subhan Allah. Later in the year, Desai collaborated with Rahul Vaidya again for a music video titled Zindagi Khafa Khafa. In November 2021, Desai entered Bigg Boss 15 as a wilcard contestant and became the fifth runner-up.

In March 2022, Desai featured in three music videos titled Qatilana, Biraj Mein Jhoom and Tere Pind. She then entered Naagin 6 for a cameo to portray the dual role shape-shifting serpents, reprising the role of Shalaka from season 4 with positive shades, and a new character Shanglira. In April 2022, Desai collaborated with Neha Bhasin for a music video titled Parwah.

Desai is scheduled to appear in the second season of Anil V Kumar’s hit anthology series Ratri Ke Yatri, that intends to throw an empathetic light on women from red light areas. Her segment also features Mohit Abrol and Abigail Pande in crucial roles. The show will be premiered on Hungama Play and MX Player.

Off-screen work and media image

Desai is a trained classical dancer. Writing for The Indian Express, journalist Sana Farzeen stated: “Not someone to play the perfect heroine, Rashami has experimented with her roles and played strong characters.” Apart from acting, Desai supports various causes. Desai walked the ramp at Caring with Style fashion show to raise money for cancer patients in 2015 and 2018 for designers Shaina NC and Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla respectively. In 2015, she walked the ramp of a fashion show to support Smile Foundation, a non-governmental organisation working towards underprivileged children’s education and health. Desai also walked the ramp for Terry Fox Foundation and Maheka Mirpuri. Desai was part of the Swachh Survekshan 2017, an initiative for an environmentally cleaner India (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan).

Desai walked the ramp for designers Rohit Verma and Anu Mehra at Bombay Times Fashion Week in 2020 and 2021.

In 2013, 2014 and 2018, she was among the highest-paid television actresses of India. As per reports, Desai was also the highest paid contestant in Bigg Boss 13 and Bigg Boss 15. In 2020, Desai became the first Indian Television actor to collaborate with Google for cameos. Desai was ranked 22nd in BizAsia’s list of top 30 TV Personalities in 2020.]

Desai endorsed Wheel alongside Salman Khan in 2010. In 2021, Desai became the brand ambassador of JioMart. Desai also endorses Hangyo.



2004Yeh Lamhe Judaai KeSheetal
Balma Bada Nadaan
Hum Balbrahma Chaari Tu Kanya Kumari
2005Gazab Bhail Rama
Kab Hoi Gauna HammarGauriNational Award for Best Feature Film in Bhojpuri
Nadiya Ke Teer
Shabnam MausiNainaHindi
2006Bambai 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
2007Dulha Babu
Sambar SalsaEnglish
2008Bandan Toote Na
Pyar Jab Kehu Se Hoi Jala
Shahar Wali Jaan Mareli
2009Hum Hai Gawaar
2010Sohagan Bana Da Sajana Hamaar
Umariya Kaili Tohre Naam
2012Dabangg 2Bride
2017SuperstarAnjali Kapadia
Six XShweta BhardwajHindi

Web series

2021TandoorPalak Sahni/Palak Sharma
2022Ratri Ke YatriRuby


2008Pari Hoon MainPari Rai Choudhary/Nikki Shrivastav
Ssshhhh…Phir Koi HaiPriya
2009Meet Mila De RabbaDr. Meher Datta
2009–2014UttaranTapasya Thakur
2010Comedy Circus 3 Ka TadkaContestant
Meethi Choori No 1Panelist
Zara Nachke Dikha 2ContestantWinner
Comedy Circus Ke SuperStarsHost
2012Haunted NightsShivani
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5Contestant1st runner-up
2013Nautanki: The Comedy TheatreNatkhat Sali
Savdhaan IndiaMata
2015Nach Baliye 7Contestant
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 69th place
Ishq Ka Rang SafedTulsi
Romansa Cinta UttaranTapasya
2016Adhuri Kahani HamariPreeti
Box Cricket League 2Contestant
Mazaak Mazaak Mein
2017–2018Dil Se Dil TakShorvori Bhattacharya
2017Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke SungContestant
2019Chalo Saaf KareinPalak
2019–2020Bigg Boss 13Contestant
2020Naagin 4Nayantara/Shalaka
Ladies vs GentlemenPanelist
2021–2022Bigg Boss 15Contestant
2022Naagin 6Shanglira/Shalaka

Special appearances

2011Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4Herself
Dance India Dance 3
Ratan Ka Rishta
2012Bigg Boss 5
Movers & Shakers
2013Bigg Boss 6
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6
2014Nach Baliye 6
2015Jamai Raja
Farah Ki Daawat
2016Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani
2017Bigg Boss 10
Ek Shringaar-SwabhimanShorvari
Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki
Bigg Boss 11Herself
Entertainment Ki Raat
2018Tu AashiquiShorvori
Belan Wali Bahu
MTV Ace of Space 1Herself
Naagin 3
2019Khatra Khatra Khatra
Kitchen Champion 5
2020Mujhse Shaadi Karoge
Naagin 5Shalaka
2021Bigg Boss 14Herself
2021Bigg Boss OTT
2022The Khatra Khatra Show

Music videos

2015Teri Ek HassiJubin Nautiyal
2016Sajna VeMonali Thakur and Dilip Soni
2020Ab Kya Jaan Legi MeriPalash Muchhal and Amit Mishra
2021Kinna SonaRahul Vaidya
Subhan AllahAltamash Faridi
Zindagi Khafa KhafaRahul Vaidya
2022QatilanaAjay Keswani and Aakansha Sharma
Biraj Mein JhoomAnuradha Palakurthi Juju
Tere PindGurlez Akhtar and Fateh Shergill
ParwahNeha Bhasin
KhayalatFaisla Khan

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