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Bhagyashree in 2015
Born Shrimant Rajkumari Bhagyashree Raje Patwardhan
(1969-02-23) 23 February 1969 (age 49)
Sangli, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Himalaya Dasani[1]
Children 2[1]

Bhagyashree (born 23 February 1969) is an Indian actress. She is best known for her debut lead role in the film Maine Pyar Kiya, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She has appeared in Hindi and a few Kannada, Marathi, Telugu and some Bhojpuri films.

Early life[edit]

Bhagyashree in 2012

Bhagyashree hails from the Patwardhan[2] royal Marathi family of Sangli in Maharashtra.[3] Her father, Vijay Singhrao Madhavrao Patwardhan, is the current Raja of Sangli.[4] She is the eldest of three daughters, the other two being Madhuvanti and Purnima.[5] She is married to Himalaya Dasani.


She started her acting career with Kachchi Dhoop – a television serial by Amol Palekar. It was based on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Her rendezvous with acting happened by chance, when next-door neighbor Amol Palekar, a renowned actor-director, requested her to step in and act in his serial Kacchi Dhoop, as the actress who had been signed on had abandoned the serial abruptly. The serial did well and later on she had roles in Honi Anhoni and Kisse Miya Biwi Ke.

She made her film debut in the 1989 blockbuster film Maine Pyaar Kiya with Salman Khan. This remains her most successful and best known film to date.[6] After marriage, 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 (1993). This was her last Hindi film in the 1990s and she went on to appear in a few Tamil and Telugu films. She made her Telugu debut in the film Yuvaratna Rana (1998). She also continued playing leading and episodic roles on television.

She returned to Hindi films in 2001 with Hello Girls. She also acted in the Bhojpuri film Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle (2005). She later appeared in the Hindi films Janani (2006), Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006) and Red Alert: The War Within (2010). After a gap of several years, she made a comeback to television with Aandhi Jasbaton Ki, where she played a politician. She was also seen in Didi Ka Dulha, a comedy serial on national broadcaster Doordarshan and a telefilm where she plays a blind person. She made her debut in Marathi films with the romantic comedy Zhak Marli Baiko Keli in June 2009. In 2014, she made her comeback to entertainment with the TV serial Laut Aao Trisha aired on Life OK.[7]

Other work[edit]

  • Bhagyashree is the promoter of the media company Shrishti Entertainment with her husband.
  • In March 2015, Bhagyashree became brand ambassador of the Bhagyashree Scheme, launched by the Government of Maharashtra.[8] Bhagyashree Scheme caters to girl child from below poverty line families.[9]


Year Show Role Notes
1987 Kachchi Dhoop Alka Television debut[10]
1987 Honi Anhoni
1987 Kisse Miya Biwi Ke
1999 Didi Ka Dulha Apna Bana Lu
1996 Samjhota Jism Ka
1996 Saraab
1997 Garmi Jazbaton Ki Politician
1999 Jaan Radha
2000 Ashleel Sambandh
2001 CID Nupur Episodic role
2002 Kaagaz Ki Kasti Aarti
2002 Jubilee Plus Anchor (herself)
2002 Smriti Sandhya Dhanrajgir
2002 Tanha Dil Tanha Jism
2003 Kabhie Kabhie Sanobar Kabir Episodic role
2009 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 Contestant Reality dance show
2014–2015 Laut Aao Trisha Amrita Swaika [11][12]
2016 Koshish Se Kamyabi Tak Guest Talk show


Year Film Role Notes
1989 Maine Pyar Kiya Suman Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1992 Qaid Mein Hai Bulbul Pooja Choudhry
1992 Tyagi Aarti Shakti Dayal
1992 Paayal Paayal
1993 Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi Roopa
1996 Mappillai Manasu Poopola Vasanthi Tamil film
1997 Ammavra Ganda Kannada film
1997 Sautan Ki Sautan
1997 Omkaram Shashi Telugu film
1998 Rana Dr. Kasthuri Telugu film
1999 Satru Dhwansa
2002 Shotru Dhongsho Borsha/Urmi Bangladeshi film
2003 Avunaa!
2003 Maa Santoshi Maa
2005 Hawas Bhojpuri film
2005 Uthaile Ghoonghta Chand Dekhle Bhojpuri film
2005 Ego Chumma Deda Sasurji Bhojpuri film
2006 Humko Deewana Kar Gaye Simran Kohli Special appearance
2006 Tharki Aurat Akanksha
2006 Gandugali Kumara Rama Kannada film
2007 Janam Janam Ke Jismani Saath Jyoti Bhojpuri film
2007 Mumbai Aamchich Marathi film
2009 Zhak Marli Bayko Keli Marathi film
2010 Sati Behula Bangladeshi film
2010 Red Alert: The War Within Uma
2013 Deva Bhojpuri film
2019 Kesari Sohni Filming



  1. ^ a b IANS (13 July 2014). "I never went away from my fans: Bhagyashree". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  2. ^ "'Patwardhan Royal Family'". Royal Ark.
  3. ^ "Beyond the coyness..." The Hindu. Chennai, India. 19 March 2011.
  4. ^ "' I like to know all the details of my role beforehand' : Bhagyashree". Indian Television Dot Com. 22 August 2002.
  5. ^ "Bhagyashree: I have no regrets". Rediff. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  6. ^ "I'm happy to be known as 'Maine Pyar Kiya' girl: Bhagyashree". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Bhagyashree Patwardhan back to screens with Laut Aao Trisha". IANS. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Maharashtra Government launches Bhagyashree Scheme for girl child, to be linked with Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Scheme".
  9. ^ PTI. "'Bhagyashree' scheme for girls in Maharashtra". The Hindu Business Line.
  10. ^ "Coming of age: Bhagyashree made her debut with Kachchi Dhoop". March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  11. ^ Hegde, Rajul (17 July 2014). "Bhagyashree: Salman is looking incredibly good now". Rediff. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  12. ^ "Bhagyashree Returns to Small Screen with Life OK's New Show". 25 March 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014.

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