Sangeeta Bijlani, born 9 July 1960 is an Indian former Bollywood actress and Miss India winner of 1980. She started her career from modelling at the age of 16. SHe went on to do many commercials including ads for Nirma and Pond’s soap. It was here that she received her popular name “Bijli” from her modelling days.In 1980, she went on to represent India at the Miss Universe pageant in Seoul, South Korea where she won Best National Costume award designed by her mother Poonam Jijlani. She was also crowned Miss India Universe. Her career in Bollywood started when Sangeeta was spotted by director Rajiv Rai while on the ramp in a fashion show who then convinced her to join the film industry. Then she made her Bollywood debut in 1987 with the film Qatil, opposite Aditya Pancholiand. She subsequently went on to do blockbusters like Tridev, Hathyar, Jurm, Yodha, Yugandhar, Izzat as well as Lakshman Rekha. She also did a bilingual film in Hindi and Kannada opposite popular south star Vishnu Vardhan. She was then nominated by the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress form Jurm alongside Vinod Khanna. Throughout her Bollywood career, she has worked with renowned directors like Mahesh Bhatt, Mukul Anand, J.P.Dutta, Rahul Rawail, and N. Chandra. In 1986, she started dating actor Salman Khan while they both were still modelling and their relationship lasted 10 years and which significantly helped boost her popularity in Bollywood.
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