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Vaishnavi Dhanraj

Vaishnavi Dhanraj
Vaishnavi Dhanraj at her engagement
Born Vaishnavi Bhoyar
25 August 1988 (1988-08-25) (age 26)
Nagpur, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2008–present
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Nitin Sahrawat (2012–present)

Vaishnavi Dhanraj Sahrawat (born 25 August 1988) is an Indian television actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Nirbhaya in Satyagraha on Aaj Tak,[1] and for playing the role of Sub-Inspector Tasha in Sony T.V's popular and long-running show CID.[2] Both these enactments won rave reviews from critics and the latter in particular, launched her stardom.

In 2011 Vaishnavi wrote several blogs for The Times of India as part of the publication's series of celebrity blogs.[3] Vaishnavi married actor Nitin Sahrawat in 2012 and having acquired her husband's name, is now known as Vaishnavi Sahrawat.[4]

Early life

Vaishnavi was born in Nagpur and did her schooling from Blind Relief Association's Mundle High School.[5] After she graduated from Shivaji Science College, her family shifted to Kalyan in 2008. Vaishnavi's parents encouraged her artistic inclination and escorted her to her initial auditions.[6] She was known as Vaishnavi Bhoyar during her student years.


Vaishnavi started her acting career in 2008 with a cameo in Balaji Telefilms's Kasautii Zindagii Kay.[7] Taking note of her work in this show, the production house offered her the parallel lead in Karam Apnaa Apnaa in the same year. After acting in these two shows with the name Vaishnavi Bhoyar, she replaced her surname with her father's first name- Dhanraj due to numerological reasons. In 2009 Vaishnavi joined CID as a gun toting detective named Sub-Inspector Tasha. For this show Vaishnavi refused stunt doubles and performed all her stunts herself. CID launched her stardom and she became widely popular throughout as Tasha.

Her feisty performance in CID was instrumental in her bagging the main protagonist's role in Na Aana Iss Desh Laado when the show took a time leap of 18 years in December 2010.[8] Vaishnavi played the character of Jhanvi, a feminist who fights for women empowerment in rural India.[9][10][11] In early 2012 Vaishnavi contemplated leaving Na Aana Iss Desh Laado and rejoining CID as she was dissatisfied with her role but the issue was settled amicably and she continued being a part of Laado till it ended in July 2012.[12][13] Na Aana Iss Desh Laado was based on the issue of Female foeticide in India.

After a brief hiatus following her marriage, Vaishnavi returned to television with Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi on Sony T.V in May 2013.[14] In this show she played the character of Meera Mathur,an immaculate and tranquil businesswoman, which was quite different from the ones that she had played in her previous shows.[15] This show ended in August 2013 following which Vaishnavi was offered the main antagonist's role in Colors TV's Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon. Her dramatic entry scene in the show featured a stunt sequence in which Vaishnavi walked over a tightrope strung over a busy Mumbai street.[16] In this show she enacted the role of Riya Jaiswal/Devika, a self obsessed, struggling Bollywood actress.[17][18] Shortly after her entry in this show, it took a time leap of a few years as a result of which Vaishnavi decided to quit the show in January 2014.[19][20]

Within a week of her exiting Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon, Vaishnavi signed up for Star Plus's epic Mahabharat, her first television show in the mythological genre.[21] Initially apprehensive about playing the mythical character of Hidimbaa, she took up the challenge and pulled off a critically acclaimed performance. This character required Vaishnavi to play a double role of an ugly demoness and a stunning enchantress. She later said in an interview that the heavy makeup required for the demoness look took over 7 hours to apply, and that the weighty costumes required for this part made this shooting schedule one of her most unique assignments ever.[22][23] Her stardom and popularity furthered through this role.

In March 2014 Vaishnavi was approached by Indian news channel Aaj Tak to portray Nirbhaya in the channel's new social awareness series Satyagraha 2014. At the launch of this series, Aaj Tak's managing editor Supriya Prasad said that their motive is to create a pioneering show on television, and to trigger social change by bringing back Mahatma Gandhi's values of non-violence and the pursuit of truth.[24][25] Directed by Sunil Manchanda, this series appealed to the nation's conscience. Vaishnavi later admitted that this role was the most challenging and humbling experience of her career.[26]

Over the years Vaishnavi has also acted in episodic shows including Kitchen Champion 4, India's Got Talent,[27][28] Crime Patrol, Hum Ne Li Hai- Shapath,[29] and Fear Files.

Personal life

On 23 December 2012, Vaishnavi got married to Indian actor and model Nitin Sahrawat after a year of courtship. The two had first met on the set of Nitin's show Kitani Mohabbat Hai Season 2.[30] The ceremony was conducted in Shantikunj, Haridwar according to Vedic rituals.[31] The wedding reception in Mumbai was attended by Vaishnavi's friends and co actors from her shows including Meghna Malik, Kritika Kamra, Dayanand Shetty, Hrishikesh Pandey and Simran Kaur.[32] For their honeymoon the couple backpacked across Western Ghats and stayed in a rustic hut on the Konkan coast for 12 days.[33] The wedding was included in the list of biggest celebrity weddings of the year by the media.[34]

In March 2014 NDTV launched a new channel NDTV Prime.[35] Nitin and Vaishnavi were the guests for the launch episode of NDTV Prime's The Getaway in which the two were given a Hyundai Elantra which they then drove down to Kamshet. The theme of this episode being adventure, the couple then paraglided off the challenging Shelar's Site. This episode was shot at their Lokhandwala Complex home and also featured their pet Labrador Retriever Thor.[36]


Serial Role Year Channel
Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2008 STAR Plus
Karam Apnaa Apnaa Aastha Vivan Kapoor 2008 STAR Plus
CID Sub-Inspector Tasha June 2009– December 2010 Sony T.V
Na Aana Is Des Laado Jhanvi (Protagonist) December 2010 – July 2012 Colors
Kitchen Champion 4 Contestant (1st Runner up) 2011 Colors
India's Got Talent Dance Cameo 2011 Colors
Crime Patrol Nisha (Episodic appearance) December 2012 Sony T.V
Hum Ne Li Hai- Shapath Nayantara/Sakuna (Episodic appearance) 11 May 2013 Life OK
Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi Mrs.Mathur 28 May 2013 Sony T.V
Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon Riya 10 December 2013 Colors
Mahabharat Demoness Hidimbaa 10 Jan 2014 – 16 Jan 2014 Star Plus
Satyagraha 2014 Nirbhaya March 2014 Aaj Tak
The Getaway Herself March 2014 NDTV Profit

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Show Role Result
2011 Colors Golden Petal Awards Most Jaanbaaz Personality Na Aana Is Des Laado Jhanvi Nominated


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  2. ^ "Vaishnavi Tasha to die in CID". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Here I am". 23 July 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ TOI Team (18 January 2013). "Celebs attend actor-model Nitin Sahrawat's wedding reception". Times of India. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  5. ^ New surname has brought me luck: Vaishnavi The Times of India, 21 December 2010
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  13. ^ "Vaishanvi Dhanraj to quit Laado; get back to CID?". 20 February 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Vaishanavi Dhanraj & Prashant Ranyal to enter Parvarrish". indiatimes/. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Vaishnavi Dhanraj makes a comeback on TV with Sony TV's Parvarrish". 1 June 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Tellychakkar Team (3 December 2013). "Vaishnavi Dhanraj enters RK's life as the new girl in Madhubala-Ek Ishq Ek Junoon". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "VAISHNAVI DHANRAJ ENTERS RK'S LIFE AS THE NEW GIRL IN MADHUBALA-EK ISHQ EK JUNOON". Television world/. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Madhubala: Who is the new girl in RK's life". 4 December 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  19. ^ Indo-Asian News Service (23 January 2014). "TV show Madhubala to take leap". NDTV/. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Vaishnavi Sahrawat aka Ria's christmas plans". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  21. ^ Vijaya Tiwari (15 January 2014). "Not Pavitra Punia but Vaishnavi Dhanraj to enter Mahabharat". Indiatimes/. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Vaishnavi Dhanraj to play Bheem's wife in Mahabharat". punjabijunktion/. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
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  25. ^ TelevisionPost Team (21 February 2014). "Aaj Tak launches series on Mahatma Gandhi". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  26. ^ Vijitha Rajan (8 March 2014). "Vaishnavi Dhanraj To Recreate Delhi Gang Rape Victim Nirbhaya in Aaj Tak Special Series Satyagrah.". Tellytadka. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  27. ^ tellybuzz. "Dharamji shakes a leg with Vaishnavi Dhanraj on India's Got Talent 3 Grand Finale". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  28. ^ tellybuzz. "Dharamji with Rashmi Desai, Dipika Samson and Vaishnavi Dhanraj on India's Got Talent 3 Grand Finale". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  29. ^ abdul rehman (1 May 2013). "Vaishnavi Dhanraj to play a super villain in Shapath". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  30. ^ Tellychakkar Team (1 November 2012). "Vaishnavi Dhanraj dating actor/model Nitin Sahrawat". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  31. ^ "Vaishnavi Dhanraj getting married on 23 December". Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  32. ^ TNN (18 January 2013). "Celebs attend actor-model Nitin Sahrawat's wedding reception". Indiatimes. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  33. ^ Tellychakkar Team (27 April 2013). "'"Vaishnavi Dhanraj is 'enjoying the phase in her life post marriage. Tellychakkar. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  34. ^ TNN (13 March 2013). "10 Biggest TV Celebrity Weddings This Year". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  35. ^ NDTV. "SRK, Priyanka at the launch of NDTV Prime – India's first 2-in-1 channel". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  36. ^ NDTV (21 March 2014). "The perfect weekend getaway near Mumbai". Retrieved 10 April 2014. 

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