Actress Sai Tamhankar's repertoire (Hunterrr, Love Sonia, Sathi Re and Kasturi) is proof that she can juggle television and the big screen with equal ease, other than the fact that the Marathi actress has a fanbase among the Hindi audience too. Born on June 25, 1986, Sai Tamhankar's hometown is Sangli, Maharashtra.
Sai Tamhankar first took to stage in Sangli. She first acted in her mother's best friend's play. Though Sai knew nothing about acting, then, she thought of giving it a try and eventually loved the process and the rehearsals
She went on to act in more plays and also won 'Best Actress' award at an inter-collegiate competition, thus, boosting her confidence in the acting field. Sai soon started getting offers from Television
'Ya Gojirvanya Gharat', 'Agni Shikha', 'Sathi Re' and 'Kasturi', were among the popular Television shows (Marathi and Hindi) in the late 2000s, where Sai was featured in
Sai Tamhankar made her Bollywood debut with Subhash Ghai's Black & White. The 2008-film, starring Anil Kapoor, Anurag Sinha, Habib Tanvir, Shefali Shah and Aditi Sharma in pivotal characters, was based on an Afghan suicide bomber sent on a mission on India's Independence Day
While her Hindi debut went unnoticed, almost, Sai Tamhankar's Marathi debut 'Sanai Choughade' gave her much-needed recognition for her performance.
Did you know that Sai Tamhankar had a small part to play in the blockbuster film Ghajini starring Aamir Khan? Sai played the late actor Jiah Khan's on-screen classmate. Sai had even confessed in the past that the only reason to play a cameo in the AR Murugadoss film was to work with Aamir Khan. She has been Khan's fan since her teen days
In 2012, Sai Tamhankar shocked one and all as attempted to get the mercury soaring by stepping out in a red bikini for the Marathi version of Anees Bazmee's comedy caper 'No Entry' called 'No Entry Pudhe Dhoka Aahey'
Everyone wondered what her two-piece act will do for her career? Well, it did wonders! Sai Tamhankar shot to fame. She admitted, 'That film made me famous overnight'
Ever since she is often labelled as hot and ravishing. "As an actress, I'm not against anything and I believe in reality. I don't have any dos and don'ts as an actress. If a character demands something, it is my job to do that. If I'm comfortable in a sari, I've to be comfortable in a bikini as well. It is my job," said Sai
Being very active in sports as a child, Sai Tamhankar is a state-level Kabaddi player. She is now the owner of the wrestling team Kolhapuri Maavle in the Zee Maharashtra Kusti Dangal, a wrestling league in Maharashtra
Not only this, but another lesser-known about Sai Tamhankar is she has an orange belt in karate. The actress had taken up martial art as her hobby
Coming back to her professional journey, Sai Tamhankar proved that she does not shy away from being bold and daring off and onscreen. In the Harshvardhan Kulkarni-directed film Hunterrr, which released in 2015, Sai played a Marathi housewife who gets attracted to a sex addict (played by Gulshan Devaiah). The humour-laced drama about the life and times of the sex addict also starred Radhika Apte and Veera Saxena in prominent roles.
In the meanwhile, she continued acting in Marathi films and is one of the A-listers in the film industry. Few of her notable works in the Marathi film industry - 'Balak Palak', 'Duniyadari', 'Pyaar Vali Love Story', 'Classmates', 'Tu Hi Re', 'YZ', 'Jaundya Na Balasaheb', 'Vazandar', 'Rakshas' and 'Girlfriend'
From dabbling in all kinds of cinema with the language being no barrier, Sai Tamhankar won accolades for her character in 2018's 'Love Sonia', which starred Mrunal Thakur and Frieda Pinto too. Sai played a pimp in the film and was a prostitute in the earlier days
Talking about her journey, juggling between TV and Films, the Marathi film industry and Hindi, Sai said, "Well, I am not that kind of a person who would strike a balance or who would plan many things. I am a person, who just goes with the flow. That's what I have been doing and that's what has been working for me. I don't really know how am I striking the balance, but yeah, I would do anything and everything interesting, out of the box that comes in my way, regardless of the language"
Sai Tamhankar will be next seen in Luka Chuppi director Laxman Uterkar's film Mimi, starring Kriti Sanon. The slice-of-life film, also featuring Pankaj Tripathi, Manoj Pahwa and Supriya Pathak, is an adaptation of the Marathi movie, 'Mala Aai Vhhaychy' (2011), and has Sanon play a surrogate mother