Rakshanda Khan is an Indian model, television actress, anchor and dubbing artist. She is known for playing the role of Mallika in the Sony Television show Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2018).
Rakshanda Khan was born on Friday, 27 September 1974 (age 48 years; as of 2022) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her zodiac sign is Libra. She did her schooling at The Alexandra Girls’ English Institution, Mumbai. Later, she pursued a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College-Autonomous, Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Light Brown
Eye Colour: Grey
According to some media sources, Rakshanda belongs to a foreign origin Turko Mongolian Khan Iranian Family.
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information available about Rakshanda’s parents. Rakshanda has five siblings: two sisters, Sahar Kayani and Asfia Yazdani Khan, and three brothers, one of which is Intekhab Alam Khan.
Rakshanda Khan with her mother
Husband & Children
On 15 March 2014, Rakshanda Khan got married to her longtime boyfriend Sachin Tyagi, who is an Indian actor and singer. Sachin was divorced before his marriage and has two daughters named Pari and Saadhvi from his first marriage. The couple met on the sets of a dance reality show Kabhi Kabhi Pyaar Kabhi Kabhi Yaar in 2008.
Rakshanda Khan with her husband
In an interview, Rakshanda Khan talked about her marriage and said,
The story is quite simple. There was a handsome boy and a pretty girl. Both of them met, and their parents said- “Ye Shaadi Nahi ho skati”. And then the two got married anyways and happily lived ever after.”
The couple has a daughter named Enaya Tyagi, born in December 2014. In an interview, she talked about her daughter and said,
Motherhood has been the most difficult role. I am actually very happy being on the set as there are 50 people around to pamper me. As a mother, everything has to be done by me, after a while it gets overwhelming as your child has so many demands and you want to fulfil them. The most difficult part is the decision making, as you are responsible for someone else’s life. As a parent it weighs me down, and coming on sets becomes a stress buster. At one time is was — yaar kal chutti nahi hai, and now I am overjoyed when I have to shoot.”
Rakshanda Khan with her daughter
Rakshanda Khan with her daughter, husband, and her step-daughters
Before marrying Sachin Tyagi, Rakshanda Khan was in a relationship with Bollywood filmmaker and producer Sajid Khan. They dated each other for more than ten years.
Rakshanda Khan follows Islam.
In 2000, she made her television debut with the Zee TV episodic series Thriller at 10. In 2003, she played the role of Devyani in the television show Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat. The same year, she appeared in Sony Television’s popular show Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin.
Rakshanda as Mallika in Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin
In an interview, Rakshanda talked about her television show and said,
I would say could be Mallika in Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin. Mallika had a very difficult job. Jassi was such a lovable character that if you wanted audience to not hate Mallika to the core, you had to make her real, you had to get people to believe that this girl has everything which people see on the outside – beauty, money and success – but she doesn’t have man she loves. You had to get people to see her as a character who is also in pain not just a spoilt brat.”
Some of her other Hindi television shows include Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2004), Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2005), Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2000), Kasam Se (2006), Bade Achhe Lagte Hain (2013), Naagin 3 (2018), and Tere Bina Jiya Jaye Na (2021).
Rakshanda in the television show Naagin 3 (2018)
In an interview, Rakshanda talked about her role in the television show Tere Bina Jiya Jaye Na and said,
I am very kicked about Tere Bina Jiya Jaye Na as it is starkly different from any show that I’ve been a part of till date. In fact, we’ve seen shows having a fairy tale ending, but our show starts with a fairy tale love story and what follows afterwards makes up the rest of the narrative. It has interesting twists and turns, and I am actually excited about playing such a royal character for the very first time. I hope everyone will enjoy seeing me in this imperial avatar. My character of Jaya Maa is very polished with a royal demeanor and someone who upholds the traditions of the royal family while having a brilliant business-oriented mind too. She has a lot of layers to her too, so it will be challenging yet fun, and I hope everyone keeps showering their love on me and our show.”
Rakshanda Khan (middle) in the television show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2004)
Along with acting, Rakshanda Khan has given her voice to well-known English films such as Iron Man (2008), Iron Man-2 (2010), The Mummy (1999), Total Recall (2012), and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015). In 2021, Rakshanda Khan dubbed her voice for the character Emily Blunt in the Disney film Jungle Cruise.
As an anchor, Rakshanda Khan made her debut with singing reality show The Music Show: The Real Countdown on EL television. Subsequently, she appeared as an anchor in various reality shows like Indian Idol 2 (2005), Jodee Kamaal Ki (2006), and Kabhi Kabhii Pyaar Kabhi Kabhii Yaar (2008).
Rakshanda Khan hosting a show
- In 2005, Rakshanda Khan won the Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role for the television show Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2003).
- In 2005, she won Star Parivaar Award for Favourite Saut for the Hindi television show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2000).
- Rakshanda Khan and Sajid Khan were in a long-term relationship; however, they later broke it off. Despite their ended relationship, Sajid Khan’s sister Farah Khan continues to share a friendly bond with Rakshanda. Also, Farah Khan hosted a baby shower for Rakshanda Khan at her Lokhandwala’s residence. In an interview, Farah Khan talked about this and said,
It was held at my place as my mom and I have always been fond of Rakshanda. All her friends were invited by Shilpa.”
Rakshanda Khan along with Farah Khan (left) in Rakshanda’s baby shower event
- In an interview, Rakshanda shared her food habit and said she had turned vegetarian many years ago. She further explained,
When I was growing up, I used to see everyone in my family enjoy eating non-vegetarian food a lot and so I got tired of watching it being prepared and eating it. Now, I enjoy eating vegetarian food and feel that my body also responds better to vegetarian food.”
- Rakshanda said in an interview that when she was in her 20s, some photographers suggested her to get a nose surgery. She said,
My nose has bothered me for years from the time I started modelling. I had a fall when I was two and that disturbed the balance of my nose. When I was in my 20s, some photographers had told me, ‘ Ek kaam Karo nose ki surgery karva lo bada achha career hoga’. I considered it very strongly, but I realised that it would be too much of a trouble to go through. Kaun surgery karvaayega, do hafte plastic laga kar naak par baithega. It was easier for me to start liking my nose! Eventually, I came to a point where I made peace with it.”
- In a fashion event, Katrina Kaif walked the runway alongside Rakshananda Khan as a debutante model.
- In an interview, Rakshanda revealed that she wanted to become a journalist.
- In 2019, Rakshanda Khan appeared in ALTBalaji and ZEE5 series Ragini MMS returns in which she played the role of Bharti Verma.
- Rakshanda Khan co-owns an event management company titled Celebrity Locker. This event company organizes high-profile events.