Rakhi Sawant (Hindi: राखी सावंत) (born on 25 November 1978) is an Indian dancer, Hindi film and television actress, model and television talk show host. She was born as Neeru Bheda to Jaya Bheda, who married Sawant, a police constable at Worli Police Station, and gave her children her second husband’s name Sawant. Sawant attended Goklibai High School in the Vile Parle suburb of Mumbai and later studied at Mithibai College. She is the sister of film director Rakesh Sawant and former actress Usha Sawant.
In 2003, she auditioned for an item number in the Bollywood movie, Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne. She auditioned about four times before being finally selected for her breakthrough item number, “Mohabbat Hai Mirchi”, composed by Himesh Reshammiya. Since then, she has appeared in some Hindi films and few Kannada, Marathi, Telugu and Tamil films in roles commonly attributed to item girls. She has also featured in many videos of many music albums.
In June 2006, Mika Singh, a prominent Punjabi musician forcibly tried to kiss her at his birthday party, which converted into a major media controversy.