|Real Name:||Bhagyashree Patwardhan|
|Birthplace:||Sangli, Maharashtra, India|
Bhagyashree had her breakthrough starring as Suman in the film Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), for which she received critical acclaim, and it has since become her signature work; for her performance, she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. In the 1990s, she took on roles less frequently in films, only starring in Tyagi (1992) and Rana (1998), to focus on her marriage with Himalaya Dasani.
Bhagyashree’s career had a resurgence starting in the 2000s, when she appeared in various independent films such as Shotru Dhongsho (2002) and Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle (2006), before taking on roles in films such as Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006), Red Alert: The War Within (2010) and Seetharama Kalyana (2019).
Aside from her film roles, Bhagyashree also directed the television series Studio One (2005) and had a starring role in Laut Aao Trisha (2014–2015), for which she was nominated for an Indian Television Academy Award. She is also a social worker.
23 February 1969
Sangli, Maharashtra, India
Himalaya Dasani (m. 1990)
|Children||2, including Abhimanyu Dassani|
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Bhagyashree is from the Marathi royal family of Sangli in Maharashtra. Her father, Vijay Singhrao Madhavrao Patwardhan, is the titular Raja of Sangli. She is the eldest of three daughters, the other two being Madhuvanti and Purnima.
She started her acting career with the 1987 television serial Kachchi Dhoop, which was based on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. She was approached to act in the serial by Amol Palekar, a renowned actor-director who offered her the role as the original actress had abandoned the project abruptly.
She made her film debut in the 1989 commercially successful Hindi film Maine Pyar Kiya, starring alongside Salman Khan where she played Suman. This remains her most successful and best-known film to date, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. After marriage to Himalaya Dassani in 1990, she acted in three films: Peepat’s Qaid Main Hai Bulbul, K.C. Bokadia’s Tyagi, and Mahendra Shah’s Paayal, all opposite her husband in 1992. She also acted with Avinash Wadhawan in Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi in 1993. This was her last Hindi film in the 1990s and she went on to appear in a few Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu films. She made her Telugu debut in the film Yuvaratna Rana (1998). She also appeared in episodes of the television series CID and Kabhie Kabhie.
She returned to Hindi films in the mid-2000s appearing in Maa Santoshi Maa (2003), Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006), and Red Alert: The War Within (2010). After a gap of several years, she made her comeback to television with the TV serial Laut Aao Trisha aired on Life OK from 2014 to 2015. In 2019, she appeared in the Kannada film Seetharama Kalyana. She is set to return to Telugu films with the Telugu remake of the 2014 Hindi film 2 States.
In 2021, she will be making a comeback to Hindi films with the upcoming releases Thalaivi and Radhe Shyam. She will be seen playing Prabhas‘ mother in Radhe Shyam.
In February 2022, she entered as a contestant in StarPlus‘s Smart Jodi with her husband, Himalaya Dasani.
Personal life (Bhagyashree Biography)
Bhagyashree married Himalaya Dasani in 1990. They have two children, a son, and a daughter. Her son, Abhimanyu Dasani, won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance in the 2019 film Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota. Her daughter, Avantika Dassani, debuted with the web series Mithya.
In March 2015, Bhagyashree became the brand ambassador of the Bhagyashree Scheme, launched by the Government of Maharashtra. Bhagyashree Scheme caters to girl children from below-poverty-line families.
|1989||Maine Pyar Kiya||Suman||Hindi||Debut Film, Won 35th Filmfare Best Female Debut|
|1992||Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul||Pooja Choudhry||Hindi|
|Tyagi||Aarti Shakti Dayal||Hindi|
|1993||Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi||Roopa||Hindi|
|Sautan Ki Sautan||Hindi|
|1998||Yuvaratna Rana||Dr. Kasthuri||Telugu|
|Maa Santoshi Maa||Hindi|
|2006||Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle||Bhojpuri|
|Humko Deewana Kar Gaye||Simran Kohli||Hindi||Special appearance|
|Gandugali Kumara Rama||Hindi|
|2007||Janam Janam Ke Saath||Jyoti||Bhojpuri|
|2009||Zhak Marli Bayko Keli||Marathi|
|Red Alert: The War Within||Uma||Hindi|
|2022||Radhe Shyam||Girija Rani||Telugu||Bilingual film|
Television (Bhagyashree Biography)
|1996–1997||Aandhi Jazbaaton Ki||Lead role|
|2000||Smriti||Sandhya Raj Dhanrajgir||Lead role|
|Ujala||Anuradha Chopra||Lead role|
|2002–2003||Kaagaz Ki Kashti||Aarti||Lead role|
|2003||Kabhie Kabhie||Sanobar Kabir||Episodic role|
|2009||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3||Contestant|
|2014–2015||Laut Aao Trisha||Amrita Swaika|
|2022||Smart Jodi||Contestant||With husband Himalaya Dasani|
|2022||DID Super Moms||Judge|
Awards and nominations
|1990||Maine Pyar Kiya||35th Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Won|
|2014||Laut Aao Trisha||Indian Television Academy Awards||Performer of The Year – Female||Nominated|