Sonali Bendre Age Boyfriend Husband Family Biography

Sonali Bendre (born 1 January 1975) is an Indian actress who primarily works in Hindi and Telugu films. She did modelling assignments prior to making her acting debut with Aag (1994), which won her the Filmfare Award for New Face of the Year. Bendre is a recipient of several accolades, including two Filmfare Awards and four Screen Awards.

Bendre played the leading lady in such commercially successful films as Diljale (1996), Major Saab (1998), Sarfarosh (1999) and Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999). Her performance in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) won her the Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress. Bendre has also worked in the Tamil film Kadhalar Dhinam (1999) and the Telugu film Murari (2001). She earned a Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu nomination for the latter. Her successful Telugu films include Indra, Khadgam, Manmadhudu (all 2002) and Shankar Dada MBBS (2004). Bendre then starred in the Marathi film Anahat (2003).

This was followed by a hiatus from acting. She has since appeared as a judge on various reality shows and starred in the television series Ajeeb Daastaan Hai Ye (2014) and The Broken News (2022).

Early life

Bendre was born on 1 January 1975 in present-day Mumbai, Maharashtra in a Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu family. She has 2 sisters. Her father was a civil servant. She completed her schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bangalore and completed her graduation from Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai.

Personal life and off-screen work

Bendre first met filmmaker Goldie Behl, son of director Ramesh Behl on the sets of her film Naaraaz. Bendre married Behl on 12 November 2002 in Mumbai. They have one child, a son born in 2005.

On 4 July 2018, Bendre announced that, she has been diagnosed with a metastatic cancer and was undergoing treatment in a New York City hospital. Despite having stage 4 cancer, the actress became cancer free in 2021.

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When Michael Jackson performed at a concert in Mumbai in 1996, Bendre had the opportunity to welcome Jackson. She was dressed in a traditional Marathi sari and welcomed Jackson by applying the traditional ’tilak’ on his forehead. Bendre co-owns Pune Jaguars, a team at “The Tennis Premier League”. She has ramp walked for Made In India and Pidilite – CPAA charity. She has also been cover model for various magazines including Vogue. Bendre supports a number of causes, including children’s education and has been actively supporting cancer survivors. She says, “In whatever capacity I can, I will always be there to help and support the cause of cancer survivors.”

Sonali Bendre Age Boyfriend Husband Family Biography

Full Name Sonali Bendre Behl
Profession(s)Actress, Model, Author
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters– 168 cm

in meters– 1.68 m

in feet inches– 5’ 6”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms– 55 kg

in pounds– 121 lbs
Figure Measurements (approx.)32-28-32
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth1 January 1975
Age (as in 2024)49 Years
BirthplaceMumbai, Maharashtra, India

Zodiac sign/Sun signCapricorn
Sonali Bendre's Signature
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra, India
School(s)Kendriya Vidyalaya Malleswaram, Bengaluru

Holy Cross Convent High School, Thane

Welham Girls School, Dehradun
College/UniversityRamnarain Ruia College
Educational QualificationGraduate
DebutBollywood Film: Aag (1994)

Tamil Film: Kadhalar Dhinam (1999)

Kannada Film: Preethse (2000)

Telugu Film: Murari (2001)

Marathi Film: Anahat (2003)

TV: Kya Masti Kya Dhoom (2001, as a host)
CasteChandravanshiy Kayasth Prabhu (CKP) Mid-Day
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressAn apartment on the 5th floor, Juhu, Mumbai
HobbiesCooking, Writing, Travelling, Collecting Art Bric-a-Bracs
Awards, Honours, Achievements 1995– Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year for the film ‘Aag’ (1994), Star Screen Award Most Promising Newcomer – Female for the film ‘Aag’ (1994)

2001– Star Screen Award – Best Supporting Actress for the film ‘Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai’ (2000)

2004– Star Screen Awards – Best Actress Marathi for the film ‘Anahat’ (2003)

2011– Golden Petal Award – Most Chahiti Personality for the TV show ‘India’s Got Talent’ (2010)

2012– Indian Telly Award – Indian Telly Award for Best Judge Panel for the TV show ‘India’s Got Talent’ (2011)

2017– Zee Rishtey Award – Best Judge for the TV show ‘India’s Best Dramebaaz’ (2016)

2018– Women Achiever’s Award – Pride of Maharashtra Award

Sonali Bendre - Women Achiever's Awards 2018
Controversies• On 5 April 2018, Sonali, along with “Hum Saath Saath Hain” co-stars, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, and Neelam were acquitted by a Jodhpur Court in the 1998 blackbuck killing case, in which Salman Khan was convicted and was sentenced to 5-year, Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri, pronounced the verdict.

• In 2001, she was arrested by the Mumbai police after a complaint was filed against her for her “offensive” photo for the cover of Showtime magazine in 1998, that “hurt the religious sentiments of the people.”
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsRaj Thackeray (Politician, Rumour)

Raj Thackeray

Goldie Behl (Filmmaker)
Marriage Date12 November 2002
Marriage PlaceMumbai
Husband/SpouseGoldie Behl (m. 2002-present)

Sonali Bendre with her husband Goldie Behl
ChildrenSon– Ranveer Behl (born in 2005)

Sonali Bendre with her son Ranveer

Daughter– None
ParentsFather– Jit Bendre (Worked in CPWD)

Mother– Roopsi Bendre

Sonali Bendre with her parents
SiblingsBrother– None

Sisters– Rupa Ranadive (Elder)

Sonali Bendre with her sister Rupa Ranadive

Gandhali Paranjape (Younger)

Sonali Bendre's sister Gandhali Paranjape
Favourite Things
Favourite Food(s)Besan ka Ladoo, Steamed Modak, Caramelized Sesame Smoked Almonds, Roti wrap with Tandoori Mayonnaise, Prawn Curry, Keema Pav, Sushi, Khichdi, French Cuisines
Favourite ActressesMadhuri Dixit, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor
Favourite Film(s)Bollywood– Diljale, Aashiqui 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Paan Singh Tomar

Hollywood– Austin Powers, As Good as It Gets
Favourite Book(s)Draupadi by Pratibha Ray, Paradise by Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Favourite Author(s)Isabel Allende, Devdutt Pattanaik, Anand Neelakantan, Ravi Subramanian, Toni Morrison, Patrick Rothfuss, Isaac Asimov, Elif Shafak
Favourite ColourBlue
Favourite Beauty Brand(s)Oriflame, Giordani Gold
Favourite DestinationEurope
Style Quotient
Car CollectionAudi A6, BMW
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)₹4 lakh/day
Net Worth Not Known


Modelling and film debut (1994-1995)
Bendre was a model before entering the Star Dust Talent Search. She made her film debut with Aag (1994) at the age of 19. For this, she won the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year and Screen Award for Best Female Debut. The same year, she also appeared in Naaraaz, for which she was awarded Filmfare’s Sensational Debut Award. Bendre had three releases in 1995 with The Don, Gaddaar and Takkar. Bendre later received recognition with the song “Humma Humma” from the film, Bombay.

Breakthrough and establishment (1996–2000)
The year 1996 marked a turning point in her career, where she had five releases. She starred in opposite Sunil Shetty in three films – Rakshak, Apne Dam Par and Sapoot. Later, she played a village girl in English Babu Desi Mem opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Lastly, she appeared in Diljale opposite Ajay Devgn, which proved to be her breakthrough performance. It was a box-office hit. Avinash Ramchandani of Planet Bollywood said, “Sonali Bendre is dashingly beautiful”. In 1997, Bendre starred in Bhai opposite Sunil Shetty, Tarazu opposite Akshay Kumar and Qahar opposite Sunny Deol.

1998 was another successful year for Bendre. She first appeared in Keemat – They Are Back opposite Saif Ali Khan, in Humse Badhkar Kaun and Angaaray opposite Nagarjuna. She then appeared opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Duplicate, which was an average success. She received Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female nomination for the film. Her next two films opposite Ajay Devgn were major box office success, Major Saab, where India Today called her “insipid” and Zakhm, where Anish Khanna noted that she made “an impact”.

In 1999, Bendre appeared opposite Aamir Khan in Sarfarosh. Filmfare noted, “Sonali does justice to her first real role, the only one worth talking about, that is.” She received IIFA Best Actress Award nomination. Bendre next portrayed Dr. Preeti in Hum Saath-Saath Hain opposite Salman Khan, which became the highest-grossing film of the year. While Anupama Chopra from India Today quoted, “The women mostly doll up, dance and cook”, Alok Kumar opined, “Sonali don’t really do much, but looks good doing whatever she does”. She then appeared in Dahek opposite Akshaye Khanna. The same year, she made her Tamil film debut with Kadhalar Dhinam opposite Kunal, a box office success. Then, she had another Tamil release with Kannodu Kanbathellam opposite Arjun Sarja.

Bendre had five releases in 2000. She first made brief cameos in Chal Mere Bhai and Dhai Akshar Prem Ke. She then appeared in a supporting role in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai with Anil Kapoor. She won Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance Reviewer from Planet Bollywood opined, “Bendre turns in a charming performance as Khushi. She looks beautiful and, for once, shows a glimmer of talent.” Then she played the lead in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain opposite Govinda. In the same year, she made her Kannada film debut with Preethse, a remake of Darr, opposite Shiva Rajkumar and Upendra. M D Riti of said, “Bendre looked pretty but her role lacked significance.”

Bendre appeared in three films in 2001. She made her Telugu film debut with Murari opposite Mahesh Babu.A critic of Sify found her to be “charming”. It was a box office success. She next appeared in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega opposite Saif Ali Khan. Taran Adarsh stated, “Sonali Bendre doesn’t get enough scope to display histrionics.” She then appeared in the song “Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai” in Lajja. Lastly, Bendre appeared opposite Ajay Devgn in Tera Mera Saath Rahen. Priyanka Bhattacharya of noted, “Sonali Bendre looks pretty but is not given much scope to act.”

In 2002, Bendre starred in three successful Telugu films. She first appeared in Indra opposite Chiranjeevi. Reviewer from noted, “Sonali suited the role to tee and did her bit to perfection.” She next appeared in Khadgam opposite Ravi Teja. Lastly, she appeared opposite Nagarjuna in Manmadhudu. A critic from Sify stated, “Sonali is excellent and has played her role with conviction.”

Bendre had five film releases in 2003. She made her Marathi film debut with Anahat, for which she won Star Screen Award for Best Actress – Marathi. Pankaj Upadhyaya opined, “Sonali Bendre has never looked so good, so sensual.” She next appeared in Pyaar Kiya Nahin Jaatha opposite Diwakar Pundir. Later, appeared in Telugu film Palnati Brahmanayudu opposite Nandamuri Balakrishna.’s reviewer found Bendre to be “good as the villain”. Bendre took on supporting parts in her two last released films of the year – Chori Chori opposite Ajay Devgn, Sukanya Verma noted, “Bendre is required to look both beautiful and jealous and does it admirably.” and in Kal Ho Naa Ho alongside Shah Rukh Khan.

In 2004, Bendre starred in Shankar Dada M.B.B.S., a remake of Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, opposite Chiranjeevi. It was commercially successful. A reviewer of stated, “Sonali Bendre is totally cool. She is the perfect choice for this role and has acted with ease.”. She then made a special appearance in Aga Bai Arrecha!’s song “Cham Cham Karta Hai”. In 2007, Bendre starred in a theatre play called Aap Ki Soniya. Post this, Bendre took a break from acting in films and shifted to television.

Bendre made her television debut hosting the dance show Kya Masti Kya Dhoom….!. She went onto become a talent judge for Mr & Mrs Television, the reality shows Indian Idol 4, India’s Got Talent, Hindustan Ke Hunarbaaz and India’s Best Dramebaaz. She has hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards with Saif Ali Khan and Farida Jalal on 26 February 2005.

Intermittent work (2012–present)
Bendre turned narrator for the show Mission Sapne on Colors TV in 2014. Bendre made her film comeback with Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! in 2013, where she appeared opposite Akshay Kumar. Her part was described by director Milan Luthria as, “Sonali’s character is called Mumtaz. The character doesn’t fit into the usual mould of a mother or a sister or bhabhi but has an identity of its own. That is what makes it special. And that’s why Sonali agreed to be a part of the film.” Anupama Chopra from Hindustan Times opined, “Sonali Bendre shines in the few scenes she has.”

From 2014 to 2015, Bendre played a housewife Shobha Sachdev opposite Apurva Agnihotri and Harsh Chhaya, in her television acting debut, in the Life OK’s series Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh.

In 2022, her delayed 1997 film Love You Hamesha, opposite Akshaye Khanna, was released on YouTube. She also turned judge for DID Li’ls Masters Season 5 in 2022, marking her television comeback after 4 years. In her final work of the year, Bendre made her streaming debut with The Broken News, portraying a news channel head. Namrata Thakker noted, “Sonali stands out, delivering a nuanced performance. She aces the emotional scenes.” While Saibal Chatterjee added, “Bendre, brings remarkable maturity and balance to bear upon her interpretation of her role.”


In 1998, Bendre was charged with poaching two blackbucks on the outskirts of Kankani village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan during the filming of Hum Saath Saath Hain along with co-stars Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Neelam Kothari. A lower court charged her with the others under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and the IPC. She had filed a revision petition before a sessions court which discharged her of Section 51 (causing harm to wildlife) of Wildlife Act and both of 147 (punishment for rioting) and 149 (unlawful assembly of persons) of the Indian Penal Code. The Rajasthan State Government then filed a revision petition before the Rajasthan High Court at Jodhpur which again added Section 149 against her, which had been dropped earlier. In December 2012, the Jodhpur court summoned her along with all the accused for commencement of the trial with the revised charges on 4 February 2013. Although Bendre was acquitted in the blackbuck poaching case on 5 April 2018, the Rajasthan High Court issued her with a notice, challenging her acquittal on 11 March 2019.

In 2001, Bendre was arrested by Mumbai Police for wearing thigh-length, lemon yellow kurta with Om and Om Namah Shivay printed on it.

Reception and public image

Bendre has often been regarded as one of the most stylish actresses in Bollywood. Rahul Gangwani of Filmfare termed her “beautiful and fresher than the first rains” and said, “Even though Sonali hasn’t appeared on the big screen for a decade now, the craze for her remains unbeaten.” included her in their “Bollywood’s Most Beautiful Actresses” list and noted, “One of the most underrated actresses, Sonali has traditional beauty.” India Today termed the actress, “The poster girl of the late 90s”. News18 called her the “Golden Girl of Bollywood” and added, “Bendre, renowned for her work in Hindi films and beyond, has carved a niche for herself as a style icon.”

Bendre has said her films, Naaraaz, Zakhm and Sarfarosh, are among the best moments from Indian cinema. Actor Nandamuri Balakrishna has compared her with actress P. Bhanumathi, while praising her performance in Palnati Brahmanayudu. In a 1999 Interview with, she revealed her acting approach. She said,
“I take it as it comes. If I feel strongly about something I voice my opinion, if the director agrees fine, or let him convince me. It comes from having a relationship with the director. You talk out the scene with your directors and your co-stars.”

In addition to her acting career, Bendre is a celebrity endorser for brands and products, including Nirma soap. She has also endorsed fairness cream, clothing brand Radha, with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Oriflame India. In 2015, Bendre wrote a book named, “The Modern Gurukul: My Experiment with Parenting”, which talks about her achievements and challenges as a first-time mother. Bendre appeared on Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list of 2016, ranking 99th, with an estimated annual income of ₹65 million (US$810,000). In 2018, Bendre was among the most searched personality on Google in Pakistan.



1995The DonAnita MalikHindi
BombayHerselfTamilSpecial appearance in the song “Humma Humma
1996RakshakDr. Pooja MalhotraHindi
English Babu Desi MemBijuriyaHindi
Apne Dam ParHerselfHindiSpecial appearance in the song “Aara Hile Chapara Hile”
SapootKajal SinghaniaHindi
1998Keemat – They Are BackMansiHindi
Humse Badhkar KaunAnuHindi
Major SaabNishaHindi
ZakhmSonia MaheshwariHindi
1999SarfaroshSeema NagrathHindi
Kadhalar DhinamRojaTamil
Kannodu KanbathellamKalyaniTamil
Hum Saath Saath HainDr. Preeti ShuklaHindi
DahekSabina / Neelima BahkshiHindi
2000Chal Mere BhaiPiyaHindiCameo appearance
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas HaiKhushi MalhotraHindi
Dhai Akshar Prem KeNishaHindiCameo appearance
Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta HainSaavniHindi
Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi KaregaSapna ChopraHindi
LajjaHerselfHindiSpecial appearance in the song “Mujhe Saajan Ke Ghar Jaana Hai”
Tera Mera Saath RahenMadhuri KhannaHindi
2003AnahatQueen SheelavathiMarathi
Pyaar Kiya Nahin JaathaDishaHindi
Palnati BrahmanayuduSiva NageswariTelugu
Chori ChoriPoojaHindi
Kal Ho Naa HoDr. Priya MalhotraHindiCameo appearance
2004Shankar Dada MBBSDr. Sunita “Chitti”Telugu
Aga Bai Arrecha!HerselfMarathiSpecial appearance in the song “Cham Cham Karta Hai”
2013Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara!Mumtaz KhanHindi
2022Love You HameshaShivaniHindiDelayed release


2001–2002Kya Masti Kya DhoomHost
2008Mr & Mrs TelevisionJudge
2008-2009Indian IdolJudgeSeason 4
2009-2012India’s Got TalentJudgeSeason 1-3
2012Hindustan Ke HunarbaazJudge
2014Mission SapneNarrator
2014–2015Ajeeb Daastaan Hai YeShobha Sachdev
2013–2016India’s Best DramebaazJudgeSeason 1-2
2021Super DancerGuestSeason 4
2022DID Li’ls MastersJudgeSeason 5
2022-presentThe Broken NewsAmina QureshiWeb series

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