Rakhi Sawant, who is birth name is Neeru Bheda, was born on November 25, 1978. Rakhi went to Mumba's famos Mithibai College, though she didn't complete her studies. At a very early age, Rakhi Sawant started working to support her family. (All photos/Rakhi Sawant's official Instagram account)
In picture: This is how Rakhi Sawant wished her fans good night in one of her Instagram posts. Talk about giving nightmares!
In 1997, Rakhi Sawant made her acting debut with Agnichakr. She had even changed her name to Ruhi Sawant for the movie.
In picture: Rakhi Sawant dons a neon hair-do for a Holi party and makes heads turn
Rakhi Sawant then appeared in small roles in films such as - Kurukshetra, Joru Ka Ghulam, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, Dum, Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne, Paisa Vasool, Main Hoon Na, Buddha Mar Gaya, Dil Bole Hadippa! and Ek Kahani Julie Ki.
In picture: Rakhi Sawant's 'patriotic' dress with photos of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi plastered all over it grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons. Rakhi wore a black outfit with Narendra Modi's pictures (strategically placed) over her dress for a pre-Independence Day event organised for Indians in the US. She posted snaps of her wearing the 'Modi'fied dress on Instagram and the pics went viral. While internet had a field day creating memes over it, an FIR was filed against the actress
Rakhi Sawant prominently rose to fame with item song 'Jhoomka Gira Re Remix' (Sweet Honey Mix) and Pardesiya Yeh Sach Hai Piya Remix.
In picture: We wonder what Rakhi Sawant is up to in this picture!
In 2006, Rakhi Sawant created a lot of buzz when singer Mika Singh forcibly tried kissing the actress on his birthday. Soon after, Rakhi established her image as 'Controversy's favourite child.'
In picture: This selfie of Rakhi Sawant pouting is hilarious, don't you think?
In the same year, Rakhi Sawant entered Bigg Boss - Season 1 and every since there was no looking back for the actress who gained popularity for her outspoken nature.
In picture: Rakhi Sawant tried a wig on and asked her followers if they liked her new look. What's your reaction?
Though she didn't emerge as the reality show's winner, Rakhi Sawant grabbed enough eyeballs for her tiffs and funny acts on the show.
In picture: That's Rakhi Sawant lying down in the middle of a desert in Dubai
In 2007, Rakhi Sawant participated with her (then) boyfriend Abhishek Avasthi in Nach Baliye - Season 3. The couple emerged as the runner-up of the season.
In picture: Rakhi Sawant tries on jewellery at a store in Dubai
In 2008, Rakhi Sawant hosted her talk show - 'The Rakhi Sawant Showz', on Zoom TV, that saw Bollywood's leading actors gracing the hot seat!
In picture: Rakhi Sawant gets her bling mode on while trying jewellery in Dubai
After breaking up with her Abhishek Avasthi, Rakhi Sawant appeared on reality show Rakhi Ka Swayamwar. The show was about choosing a perfect life partner for Rakhi with the help of viewers. 16 grooms, who came from cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bulandshahr, Hrishikesh, Jaipur, Kanpur and Srinagar and even from places as far as Toronto, made every attempt to woo the lady in their unique styles.
In picture: Rakhi Sawant's jewellery obsession continues
NRI businessman Elesh Parunjwala got engaged to Rakhi Sawant after the show. Although a wedding was expected at the show's finale, Rakhi and Elesh only got engaged. "I was all set to marry Elesh on Sunday. But it was Elesh who said he wanted more time to get to know me. I'm very confident of him. But if he needs more time to get to know me, how can I force myself on him? I'm ready to wait as long as he wants," said Rakhi.
In picture: Rakhi Sawant's selfie-stick obsession!
However, Rakhi Sawant and Elesh Parunjwala soon broke up. She said that she was worried about him accepting her sexy image, his financial independence and, above all, she doesn't want him to be just known as "Rakhi Sawant's husband".
In picture: Rakhi Sawant caught in an awkward moment while shooting for a song on the sets of a film
"Will Elesh be able to support me financially? I don't want him to be known as Rakhi Sawant's husband. I need time. I agree Elesh is educated and he comes from a wealthy family. But all of it belongs to his father. He has nothing of his own in Mumbai, not even a home. He needs time to settle down," said Rakhi in 2009.
In picture: Rakhi Sawant is all decked up for a photo shoot
Rakhi further added, "Elesh has to be financially independent. I want to marry a man who can support me. In India, wives are supposed to be looked after by husbands, not vice versa. I don't want him to come and stay in my house. I want to live in his house. I will wait for him to afford a house." And their love story ended there!
In picture: Rakhi Sawant 'shows off' a tad too much while shooting for a song. Pic/Suresh KK
Rakhi Sawant says she is happy being single for now but is ready to do another season of the reality show 'Rakhi ka Swayamwar' to find her lucky man
"I am happy being single. I feel blessed when I see Baba Ramdev, Narendra Modiji, Salman Khan and many other well known personalities being single," Rakhi Sawant said in a statement
Rakhi Sawant, who has often courted controversy with her outspoken nature, wonders what's the point of living in a democracy if one should be scared before speaking
Rakhi Sawant was recently in the news for a controversy that first broke from an accusation that she "hurt the religious sentiments" of the Valmiki community
Considering the fact that this is not the first time that she is facing problems for her controversial statements, asked if she wants to change her outspoken nature, Rakhi Sawant retorted, "Why? Why should I do that? Then what is the point of living in a democracy? Don't we have freedom of speech?"
"I think people are forcefully dragging me under bad light to ruin my career. I did not say anything wrong to hurt anyone's sentiment. Even then, I made an apology video and uploaded it online," Rakhi Sawant said
"I am as fearless as the Rani of Jhansi and I will fight against all those people who are dragging me in controversy," Rakhi Sawant said
Rakhi Sawant, during a show, had drawn a comparison between Valmiki and singer Mika Singh regarding their behavioural transformation from evil to good. This invited a backlash from the Valmiki community
Never one to shy away from calling a spade a shovel, Rakhi Sawant lately had a rather startling opinion on the ongoing #MeToo movement in the film industry. Rakhi admitted to being a victim. "When I was a struggler, yes I did face the casting couch. But it wasn't as if every producer or director I approached was guilty. As in every walk of life, there is sexual corruption in the film industry also. As far as I was concerned, this was just in the beginning. But I had talent and I didn't have to give in. I learnt to say no. And I used my talent as an artiste to make my way through life. I suggest all strugglers to have patience and not surrender to the temptation of shortcuts," she said.
Rakhi Sawant is of the opinion that there is no coercion involved when sexual favours are exchanged. "Nobody rapes anyone in this film industry. It's all consensual and voluntary. In this, I fully support Sarojji. At least she has spoken her mind and let the world know the truth. People in Bollywood don't speak out the truth about the casting couch although it is happening right here in front of their eyes. They feel they are making their way up why should they bother with what's happening around them? I really admire Sarojji for letting the world know the reality that they have to face every day. Sarojji has seen what goes here. I totally agree with her."
The shocker from Rakhi Sawant is the revelation on how rampant sexual favours are in the film industry. "Young girls are willing to make any compromise to get going in their career. Aaj kal to ladkiyan kehti hain, Kuch bhi kar lo, mujhe kaam de do'. Iss mein producer ki kya ghalti hai? (Girls, these days, are ready to do anything to get work. Why to blame producers for this?) Sarojji (choreographer Saroj Khan) is not wrong. A lot of girls come in the film industry to become heroines but become something else... you understand what I am saying? Call it destiny or what you will."
Rakhi Sawant's advice to young aspirants: "Have faith in your talent. Have patience. Don't give in to shortcuts. I've seen so many girls throw themselves at producers. This is not good. I don't want to take any names. Lekin aisa hota hai (But this happens). It shouldn't be so. Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra are superstars because of their hard work and not for any other reason. The ones who take the shortcut end up on a different track altogether. Don't do this to yourself. And don't blame producers for taking what you have to offer."
Rakhi wants to stress that it's not just girls who are casualties of sexual compromise, but boys too are equally prone to compromise in the entertainment and fashion industry. "I keep telling the strugglers not to give in. Lekin kya karenge, Mumbai hai hi itni expensive city (But what to do, Mumbai, as a city, is very expensive). I don't want to denigrate Bollywood. But because Sarojji has raised her voice I am supporting her."
In picture: Rakhi Sawant had launched her own political party, the Rashtriya Aam Party, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. However, after the election, she joined Republican Party of India (A). Pic/Yogen Shah
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