Sonali Bendre (born January 1, 1975) is an Indian actress and model. She has mostly starred in Bollywood films. She is best known for her commendable performance In Telugu films like Murari, Khadgam, Indra, Manmadhudu and Shankar Dada M.B.B.S..
She has also acted in various Marathi, Tamil and Kannada films. She was also one of the four judges in the fourth season of Indian Idol and India's Got Talent. She has been the brand ambassador for Pril soap, Surya bulbs and tubes, Omega watches, Dr. Morepen, Dabur, Vi-John Group etc. in Maharashtra and Kalyana Kanchi in Andhra Pradesh.
At the end of June 2012, Sonali Bendre was rumoured to quit judging India's Got Talent 4. She was said to be likely replaced by Ritesh Deshmukh. However, later, it turned out she opted out of the show in order to give her dates for her comeback vehicle, Once Upon a Time in Mubaai Again, though as of now, the channel hasn't spoken to Bendre. Later, at the beginning of July, Sonali Bendre announced she will be making her comeback by portraying a character connected to the one played by Akshay Kumar in the movie. Her part was described by the director Milan Luthria: "Sonali's character is called Mumtaz. The name spells enigma and is very crucial to the plot of the film. The character doesn't fit into the usual mould of a mother or a sister or bhabhi but has an identity of its own. That is what makes it special. And that's why Sonali agreed to be a part of the film." She took a sabbatical from movies after 2004, then after giving birth to her son she started doing television. She refused to star in many movies, saying she wants to focus on her family, especially her son. But after she was offered Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai Dobara, she said yes because of her friendship with Ekta and Shobha Kapoor and the fact she worked with both Luthria (Chori Chori) and Kumar (Tarazu, Sapoot, Angaaray, Keemat) before