Rakhi Sawant born Neeru Bheda 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 the first season of the controversial Indian reality television series Bigg Boss in 2006.
Throughout her career, she has established herself as a hot symbol.
Sawant launched her own political party, headed by Jai Shah, called the Rashtriya Aam Party, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. However, after the election, she joined Republican Party of India (A).
Rakhi was born as Neeru Bheda to Jaya Bheda. Jaya married Anand, 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. Sawant converted to Christianity as an adult.
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.
Rakhi Sawant performing at Nach Baliye 3 in Madhuri Dixit’s famous getup.
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”, from the album D.J. Hot Remix – Vol 3.
Television debut and success (2006–present)
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. After separation she said on interview that she got engaged to Elesh Parujanwala for money.
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.
Sawant later played the leading role in thriller film Ek Kahani Julie Ki, and was seen in a cameo appearance in comedy fiction television series Bhaag Bakool Bhaag.
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 Rashtriya Aam Party (RAP).
The party has no symbol assigned by the election commission. However, Sawant said that she’s expecting[when?] 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 the Rashtriya Aam Party and joined the 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 the woman wing.
In November 2018, Sawant announced that she is getting married on 31 December, 2018 to reality television personality and internet-celebrity Deepak Kalal through her Instagram account.In December Rakhi Sawant told the media that she has cancelled her marriage with Deepak Kalal, who is engaged to another girl now.
She confirmed the news in an interview with The Times of India, stating ”Yes, I am getting married to Deepak on December 31 and the wedding will happen in the US.”The couple later hosted a press conference to share further details about their wedding.
In November 2018, during The Great Khali’s Continental Wrestling Entertainment promotion, American female wrestler Rebel got involved in a dance battle against Sawant, during which Rebel grabbed her in inverse position, circulated her, and threw her on her back. It injured Sawant’s back and she fell unconscious, and was later carried to a nearby hospital.