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Desai in 2018
13 February 1986
Dil Se Dil Tak
Bigg Boss 13
Naagin: Bhagya Ka Zehreela Khel
(m. 2012; div. 2015)
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. In 2019, she participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 13 emerging as the 3rd runner-up. As of 2020, she portays Shalaka in the Balaji Telefilms series, Naagin: Bhagya Ka Zehreela Khel.
In 2018, she was among the highest-paid television actresses of India.
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. On 7 November 2012, she returned to Uttaran in positive shades.
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.
Desai has taken part in several Dance and reality TV shows including Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 which aired on Colors TV. On the show, she spoke about her miscarriage and other contestant felt that it was all done for sympathy. She also appeared on the Shekhar Suman hosted show Movers and Shakers. 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 finished as a 3rd runner up and was the highest paid contestant.
Desai is a Gujarati. She has a brother, Gaurav Desai. She married her co-star from Uttaran, Nandish Sandhu, on 12 February 2012, in Dholpur. In 2014 they separated, and in 2015, the couple filed for divorce after almost four years of marriage.
|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|
|Kable Aayee Bahaar|
|Kangna Khanke Piya Ke Angna|
|Pappu Ke Pyar Ho Gail|
|Tohse Pyar Ba|
|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||Six X||Shweta Bhardwaj||Unreleased||Hindi|
|2008||Pari Hoon Main||Nikki/Pari|
|Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai||Mona|
|2010||Meethi Choori No 1||Participant|
|2011||Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala|
|2012||Kahani Comedy Circus Ki|
|Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5||1st Runner-up|
|2013||Comedy Nights with Kapil||Participant|
|2015||Nach Baliye 7||1st Runner-up|
|Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6||eliminated on 5 April 2015|
|Ishq Ka Rang Safed||Tulsi|
|2016||Adhuri Kahaani Hamari||Preeti|
|Comedy Nights Live||Participant|
|2017–2018||Dil Se Dil Tak||Shorvori Bhattacharya|
|2019–2020||Bigg Boss 13||3rd Runner-up|
|2020||Mujhse Shaadi Karoge||Herself/ Guest|
|2020–present||Naagin: Bhagya Ka Zehreela Khel||Nayantara (pseudonym Shalakha)|
Awards and nominations
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|2009||Indian Telly Awards||Best Actor In Negative Role (Female)||Uttaran||Nominated|
|2010||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actress (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|
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- "Mrunal Jain wishes sister Rashami Desai a happy birthday!". The Times of India. 13 February 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
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- "Bigg Boss 13: Uttaran actress Rashami Desai to enter Salman Khan's reality show's house". 29 September 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
- "Highest paid TV stars in India". www.msn.com. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- 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.
- 'Uttaran' changed my life: Rashami Desai – Entertainment. Mid-day.com. 7 November 2012. Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
- Rashami Desai Sandhu is scared of 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' choreographer. Mid Day. 1 September 2012. Retrieved on 7 July 2016.
- 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.
- Nach Baliye 7: Rashami Desai opens up on her miscarriage. Tellychakkar.com (4 May 2015). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
- Rashami Desai sizzles on Movers & Shakers – The Times of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (23 May 2012). Retrieved on 26 August 2015.
- "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.
- "Bigg Boss 13: Rashami Desai is the highest paid contestant this season?". India Today. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
- "Bigg Boss 13: 'Hina Ko Mai Yaad...' - Rashami Desai Reacts To NOT Winning The Show". news.abplive.com. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
- "Bigg Boss 13's Rashami Desai to come on the sets of Mujhse Shaadi Karoge?". Telly Chakkar. 18 February 2020.
- "Naagin 4: Here's the first look of Rashami Desai from the supernatural saga". Times of India. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
- Jain, Kiran (22 October 2014). "Ssharad Malhotra, Rashami Desai reveals their special shopping plan for Dhanteras". Daily Bhaskar.
- 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.
- It feels good to be married: Nandish Sandhu. The Times of India. 2 March 2012. Retrieved on 8 July 2016.
- "TV actors Rashami Desai, Nandish Sandhu file for divorce". Hindustantimes.com. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
- "The Chosen Ones" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 November 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
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