Bendre - born 1 January 1975 is an Indian actress and model. She has
starred in Bollywood films mostly but has acted in a few Marathi,
Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films.
Sonali studied in Bangalore and Mumbai in Kendriya Vidyalaya and Holy
Cross High School Thane respectively.
Sonali Bendre started out as a model before being selected for the "Star
Dust Talent Search". Her first role was in Aag (1994) opposite Govinda.
Though she initially struggled to be a successful actress, she was
eventually given critical acclaim for her performances in films like
Bhai (1997), Sarfarosh (1999), Zakhm, Duplicate, Hum Saath-Saath Hain:
We Stand United (1999), Dil Hi Dil Mein (2000), Tera Mera Saath Rahey
and Anaahat (2003) among many others. she is also known for being one of
the few actresses who acted opposite all top 4 khans (aamir, shahrukh,
saif and salman.) she has also starred opposite some of the other
biggest names in bollywood such as Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Ajay
Devgan, Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor.
In 1995 she won the Filmfare Lux New Face Award. In 2001 she also won
the Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for her performance in
Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai where she co-starred with Anil Kapoor and
Aishwarya Rai. She was the only cast member who was nominated and won
the award. She was appreciated for her comic performances in films like
Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega
Next to her well-received performances, she was also recognized as a
graceful dancer through films like Bombay, Lajja and Major Saab to name
a few. She is frequently listed as one of the top most beautiful
On November 12, 2002 she married film producer/director Goldie Behl.
In 2003, she made a special appearance as Shah Rukh Khan's doctor in Kal
Ho Naa Ho (produced by Karan Johar), which also starred Saif Ali Khan
and Preity Zinta.
She also hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards with Saif Ali Khan and Farida
Jalal on February 26, 2005. On August 9, 2005 she gave birth to a son,
Ranvir, at Breach Candy Hospital.
Bendre is set to star in the theatre in a play called, Aap Ki Soniya.