Rakhi Sawant (born Neeru Sawant on 25 November 1978) 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 Bigg Boss. Throughout her career, she has established herself as a sex symbol.
Sawant had launched her own political party, the Rashtriya Aam Party to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda to Jaya Bheda. Jaya married Anand Sawant, a police constable at Worli Police Station, and gave the children from her first marriage her second husband’s name. She is the sister of film director Rakesh Sawant and former actress Usha Sawant.
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 movie, 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” of music album D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3.
Television debut and success
In June 2006, Mika Singh attempted to kiss her at his birthday party, which caused a media controversy. A few months later, she appeared in the first season of the reality show Bigg Boss and was among the top four finalists.
In 2007, Rakhi made her singing debut in the album Super Girl launched by Venus Records & Tapes Pvt. Ltd. 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.
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 and entry dance performance in 2015 with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Malaysia
On 26 March 2014, she announced her plans to contest 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai North-West as an Independent Candidate. On 28 March, she founded the party called Rashtriya Aam Party (RAP)., There’s no party’s 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. The party’s office bearers and fundraisers are local businessmen from Oshiwara. She received only 15 votes from the Mumbai North-West Constituency and lost her deposit.
Sawant resigned from Rashtriya Aam Party and joined RPI (Athavale) party in June 2014 and expressed her desire to work for dalits. Rakhi serves as party’s state vice-president and president of woman wing.
|1999||Dil Ka Sauda||Rambha||Hindi|
|1999||Chudail No. 1||Hindi|
|2000||Joru Ka Ghulam||Chandni||Hindi|
|2000||Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain||Hindi|
|2001||Ehsaas: The Feeling||Hindi|
|2002||Badmaash No. 1||Hindi|
|2002||Na Tum Jaano Na Hum||Disco Shanti||Hindi|
|2003||Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne||Sheena||Hindi|
|2004||Masti: Sanam Teri Kasam||Ms. Saxena||Hindi|
|2004||Main Hoon Na||Mini||Hindi|
|2004||Saatchya Aat Gharat||Marathi|
|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|
|2009||Dil Bole Hadippa!||Shanno Amritsari||Hindi|
|2015||Mumbai Can Dance Saala||Hindi|
|2016||Ek Kahani Julie Ki||Julie||Hindi|
Item numbers in movies
|2001||Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke||Hindi||Bam Bhole Bam Bhole|
|2003||Aanch||Hindi||Hai Re Umariya 16 baras Ki|
|2004||Saatchya Aat Gharat||Marathi||Hil Pori Hila|
|2005||Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena||Hindi||Ankhiya Na Maar Mere Yaar Mundiya|
|2005||The Powerful Man||Hindi||Chikna Badan|
|2006||Hot Money||Hindi||Daulat Hai Karishma|
|2006||Malamaal Weekly||Hindi||Kismat Se Chalti Hai|
|2007||Geleya||Kannada||Nanna Stylu Berene|
|2008||Krazzy 4||Hindi||Dekhta Hai Tu Kya|
|2008||1920||Hindi||Jab Das Jaaye Bichua|
|2008 (unreleased)||Mudrank – The Stamp||Hindi||Mohabbat Kya Hoti Hain|
|2009||Muthirai||Tamil||Night Is Still Young|
|2009||Drona||Telugu||Sayya Re Sayya Re|
|2010||Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss||Hindi||Pom Pom|
|2010||Marega Salaa||Hindi||Sehra Sehra Tujhpe Dil|
|2011||Gahraee||Hindi||Meri Jawani AK47|
|2011||Loot||Hindi||Jawani Ki Bank Loot Le|
|2012||Rakhtbeej||Hindi||Latto Ghuma Re Chora|
|2012||Om Shanti||Bengali||Chonnara Dil Thame Dekhle Rakhi|
|2012||Valentine’s Night||Hindi||Gaye Re Gaye Saand Paani Mein|
|2017||God Father||Odia||Chuti Kholila Sampu Basiba|
|2003||Jhoomka Gira Re Remix Sweet Honey Mix||D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3||Hindi|
|2005||“Pardesiya Yeh Sach Hai Piya Remix”||D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3||Hindi|
|2006||“Kajra Nite Remix”||Kajra Nite Remix||Hindi|
|2008||“Tu Dissda”||Club Mix||Hindi|
|2006||Bigg Boss 1||Sony TV||Contestant|
|2007||Comedy Ka Badsshah — Hasega India||Sony TV||Judge alongside Raju Srivastav|
|2007||Nach Baliye 3||Star Plus||Participant with Abhishek Avasthi (Runner-up)|
|2008||Yeh Hai Jalwa||9X||Contestant (Winner with her team ‘Chiller party’)|
|2008||The Rakhi Sawant Showz||Zoom TV||Host|
|2008||Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka||Zee TV||Judge|
|2008||Jalwa Four 2 Ka 1||9X||Contestant|
|2009||Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano||Star Plus||Contestant|
|2009||Rakhi Ka Swayamwar||Imagine TV||Leading Lady|
|2009||Pati, Patni Aur Woh||Imagine TV||Participant with Elesh Parujanwala|
|2010||Zara Nachke Dikha (Season 2)||Star Plus||Contestant (Winner with her team ‘Masakali Girls’)|
|2010||Rakhi ka Insaaf||Imagine TV||Host|
|2011||Maa Exchange||Sony TV||Participant along with Jaya Sawant|
|2011||Jubilee Comedy Circus||Sony TV||Winner|
|2011||Bigg Toss||India TV||Contestant|
|2011||Ghazab Desh Ki Ajab Kahaaniyan||Imagine TV||Host|
|2013||Welcome – Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki||Life OK||Weekly contestant|
|2013||Comedy Circus Ke Mahabali||Sony TV||Contestant|
|2014||Box Cricket League – Season 1||Sony TV||Contestant|
|2018||Box Cricket League – Season 3||MTV||Contestant|
|2018||Juzzbaatt – Namkeen Se Sangeen Tak||Zee TV||Guest (along with Arshi Khan)|