Renowned actress Bhagyashree, who is best known for her first and only successful Hindi film ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ (1989) opposite superstar Salman Khan, is actually related to royalty. The beautiful and exquisitely dignified lady belongs to the Patwardhan royal Marathi family of Sangli in the state of Maharashtra. Her father, Vijay Singhrao Madhavrao Patwardhan, is the present King of Sangli.
Bhagyashree began her acting career with a television show called ‘Kachchi Dhoop’. The show, directed by veteran actor and filmmaker, Amol Palekar, did well on Doordarshan. The success of the show led the actress to do more shows like ‘Honi Anhoni’ and ‘Kisse Miya Biwi Ke’. Her great features and excellent acting skills caught the attention of some filmmakers and soon Bhagyashree was roped in for ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’. The film turned out to be one of the highest grossing films of the decade. It is still considered one of the most romantic films of all time. After the success of the film, people thought that the actress would have a long inning in films. However, Bhagyashree surprised one and all when she married Sindhi Businessman Himalaya Dassani decided to star opposite her husband only.
Her decision of doing films with her husband only did not work in her favor as, after marriage, she did three films: ‘Qaid Main Hai Bulbul’, ‘Tyagi’ and ‘Payal’ with her husband Himalaya in 1992. Unfortunately, all three films tanked at the box office. In 1993, she also did ‘Ghar Aaya Mera Pardesi’, which was her last Hindi movie in the 1990s and she quit films for the rest of the decade. She made a comeback to Hindi films with ‘Hello Girls’ in 2001 and later appeared in ‘Janani’ (2006), ‘Humko Deewana Kar Gaye’ (2006) and ‘Red Alert: The War Within’ (2008). Now, she is seen in television shows more than films.