A model-turned-actress, Sonali Bendre faced a lot of rejection and probably had the most number of flops as a newcomer. She began her acting career with Mahesh Bhatt's film titled 'Naraaz' with Atul Agnihotri and Mithun Chakraborty. Though the film did not do too well, her contemporary good looks caught the eye of the industry, and she bagged a number of movies including English Babu Desi Mem with Shahrukh Khan, Sapoot and Angaaray with Nagarjuna, before she really hit it big with movies like Bhai with Sunil Shetty, Diljale & Major Saab with Ajay Devgan, and Duplicate with Shahrukh Khan. Then came a couple of other memorable performances with Zakhm, Sarfarosh and Rajshree Productions Hum Saath Saath Hai.
Though the actress had to struggle for success initially, she later worked with almost all the renowned actors of the industry. She has acted opposite all the four Khans namely, Aamir, Shahrukh, Saif and Salman. Apart from this, she has starred opposite some of the biggest names in Bollywood such as Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor. Her performances were acclaimed in films like ?Bhai? (1997), ?Sarfarosh? (1999), ?Zakhm?, ?Duplicate?, ?Hum Saath-Saath Hain?: We Stand United (1999), ?Dil Hi Dil Mein? (2000), ?Tera Mera Saath Rahey? and ?Anaahat? (2003).
In 2001, she won the Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for ?Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai?. Moreover, she was the only cast member of the film, who was nominated and finally won the award. Her comic performance in the film ?Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega? was also appreciated. She is also known to be a great dancer, showing her mettle in films like Bombay, Lajja and Major Saab. She is even stated to be one of the top most beautiful Bollywood actresses. In the year 2002, Sonali Bendre tied the knot with producer and director Goldie Behl and gave birth to son Ranvir on August 9, 200 at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai.