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Rakhi Sawant

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Rakhi Sawant is a controversial actress in Bollywood. She is popular as an item girl.

Biography

Rakhi Sawant was born to a Marathi Hindu family in Mumbai. Her father is an ACP with the Mumbai Police. She has a brother, Rakesh and a sister, Jaya. Rakhi studied in Goklibai School, Vile Parle and later studied Arts at Mithibai College.

Family

Sawant was still in school when director Suneel Darshan offered her an Item Number opposite Govinda in Joru ka Gulam. Three years later, she auditioned four times before winning her breakthrough Item number Mohabbat hai Mirchi in Chura Liya Hai Tumne in 2003. During this period she fell out with her father who despised the film industry. ACP Sawant, a conservative man, felt that acting was not a respectable profession. Her mother, Usha Sawant, had no such qualms however, having herself received offers to act in Gujarati cinema. After her first role, she gave up acting at her husband's insistence, but harboured hopes that her children would make it big in the industry.

After Sawant insisted on continuing her career, her father left home in protest, and now lives alone in a Government apartment. He visits his wife, who lives with Sawant, only on festivals. Sawant is now effectively the head of the household. Her sister Jaya also acted in two films but quit after her marriage. Rakesh is a director awaiting the release of his controversial debut Hot Money, which stars his sister. Rakesh lives with his wife in an apartment purchased by his sister, who is also funding his career.

Controversy

Sawant has attracted a great deal of attention by appearing on stage and screen in very skimpy outfits. While this has increased her popularity, it has caused her to face flak from many quarters. In May 2006, she was booked for obscenity by the Kolhapur Police, after a stage show in the city. She was let off with a warning. A month later, she was again in the news when she filed a molestation case against pop singer Mika, younger brother of Daler Mehndi, who forcibly kissed her at his birthday party, where she was a guest.

Filmography

Apart from her appearance on the silver screen, Sawant has also appeared in a number of music videos, most notably for the remix number Pardesiya.

2006 Gumnaam - The Unknown On Hold
2006 Gahraee Post-Production
2006 Hot Money Special Appearance
2006 Malamaal Weekly Special Appearance
2006 Khaffa Post-Production
2006 Koii To Apna Hota
2006 Hello…Kaun Hai? Post-Production
2006 24x7 Bombay Saloon Unisex Under Production
2005 Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena Special Appearance -Song
2005 Khamosh - Khauff Ki Raat Kashmira
2005 Mumbai Xpress Special Appearance
2004 Main Hoon Na Mini
2004 Masti Ms.Saxena
2004 Paisa Vasool
2003 Aanch Guest Appearance
2003 Patth
2003 2nd
2003 Bad Boys
2003 Om Celina
2003 Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne Sheena
2003 Dum
2002 Gautam Govinda
2002 Badmash No.1
2001 Ehsaas - A Feeling
2000 Kurukshetra Geeta As Rakhee Sawant
2000 Joru Ka Ghulam Chandni
1999 Dil Kya Kare
1999 Dil Ka Sauda


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