Shibani Dandekar

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Shibani Dandekar
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Dandekar in June 2018
Shibani Dandekar

(1980-08-27) 27 August 1980 (age 42)
  • VJ
  • model
  • singer
  • anchor
Years active2009–present
Partner(s)Farhan Akhtar (2018—present)

Shibani Dandekar (born 27 August 1980) is an Indian singer, actress, anchor and model.[1] She began her career working as a television anchor in American television. Following her return to India, she began hosting several shows in Hindi television and events, besides working as a model and a singer as well. She was one of the co-hosts of the 2019 ICC cricket World Cup[2].

Biography[edit | edit source]

Shibani Dandekar was born as the second daughter into a Maharashtrian family.[3] She has two siblings, Anusha Dandekar, an actress-singer working in Bollywood, and Apeksha Dandekar.[4] Shibani along with her sisters formed a music band named D-Major.[5][6] Shibani grew up in Australia and Africa for the majority of her childhood.[7] In 2001, she moved to New York City and began working in American television.[8] She hosted three nationally syndicated television shows, Namaste America, V Desi and the Asian Variety Show.[9] In this role, she introduced Bollywood's biggest stars to American audiences and also hosted An Evening With Shah Rukh Khan in Atlantic City. She has been a contestant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa,[10] the India-based Dancing With the Stars on the BBC network and hosted in India on Colors TV.[11]

She returned to India and continued her work as a television host, while venturing into modelling as well. Apart from music and modeling, Shibani's love for anchoring shows saw her as host for major events such as the Maxim Hot 100, Nike, Rolls Royce, Puma, Mercedes, Toyota, Horlicks, HSBC, Spice Mobile, JBL, MTV Coke Studio, Nivea and the Sony Launch of the tribute to Michael Jackson ‘This is It’. Shibani has anchored popular shows including the lifestyle shows After Hours on Zee Cafe, Men 2.0 on AXN,[12] ZoOm's Let's Design,[13] India's Sexiest Bachelor on Big CBS Prime,[14] as well as its extension India's Glam Diva on Big CBS Love.[15][16] Shibani also anchored the Indian produced Grammy Nominees Special on VH1 as a lead-up to the 53rd Grammy Awards.[17] Since 2011, she has been co-hosting the show Extraa Innings – T20 on Sony Max Television during the Indian Premier League matches;[18] she won a nomination at the 11th Indian Television Academy Awards in the category Best Anchor Game/Quiz Show.[19] She is hosting the Mission cover shot for National Geography channel. She did a dance number Hi Poli Saajuk for 2014's Marathi movie Timepass, followed by 36 Nakhrewali in Sangharsh.[20] She played the role 'Zoya' in the movie Roy which was released on 13 February 2015.[21]

Dandekar has been in a relationship with Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar since 2018.[22]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Films / Dramas that are not yet released Denotes films / dramas that are not yet released
Year Title Role Language Notes
2014 Timepass Cast in a song Marathi
Sangharsh Chameli (Cast in a song)
2015 Roy Zoya Hindi
Shaandaar Sonia
2016 Sultan TV Anchor
2017 Naam Shabana Special appearance in a song
Noor Zara Patel
2018 Bhavesh Joshi Item girl in song "Chavanprash"
2020 Films / Dramas that are not yet releasedFirrkie
Films / Dramas that are not yet releasedThat is Mahalakshmi Vijaya lakshmi Telugu Remake of Queen
Films / Dramas that are not yet releasedZam Zam Vijayalakshmi Malayalam

Television[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Shibani Dandekar". The Times of India. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  2. "Shibani Dandekar hosts Farhan Akhtar in pre World Cup party at Buckingham Palace". Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  3. "Cricket buff anchor". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  4. "CCL Anchor". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  5. "Anushka and Shibani's band". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  6. "IPL Eye Candy". India Today. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  7. DNA India. "Shibani Dandekar Interview". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  8. DNA India. "American Born Glam Desi". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  9. "IPL's Host". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  10. Bollywood Life. "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5: Shibani Dandekar evicted!". Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  11. Shibani Dandekar Profile
  12. "Now TV to bring spotlight back to men". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  13. "Sisters, Anchors, Cricket Buffs". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  14. DNA India. "Shibani Dandekar Interview". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  15. "India's Glam Diva". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  16. "Freida Pinto, Sonakshi Sinha ..." The Times of India. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  17. Radio and Music. "VH1 Grammy nominees special". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  18. Rediff. "IPL Season 4". Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  19. Indian Television Academy. "Event Details". Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  20. "Shibani Dandekar: I am happy to have stepped into Marathi space!". Bollywoodlife. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  21. Roy
  22. "Farhan Akhtar confirms he's dating Shibani Dandekar for a year, hints wedding may be on the cards". Hindustan Times. 6 March 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2020.

External links[edit | edit source]

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