Shalmalee Desai is an Indian actress and television writer. She is the ex-wife of the popular television actor Avinash Sachdev. She is known for playing the role of Sojal Agnihotri in the television series ‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Ek Baar Phir’ (2013), which aired on StarPlus.
Shalmalee Desai was born on Friday, 17 March 1989 (age 34 years; as of 2023) in Pune, Maharashtra. She did her schooling at St. Gregorios High School, Mumbai. She later attended the Ramnivas Ruia Junior College. She pursued BA with a major in Psychology at Ramnarain Ruia College in Mumbai in 2009. She later pursued MBA in Marketing at the Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai. In 2020, she received another master’s degree in Digital Marketing from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Dublin, Ireland. LinkedIn – Shalmalee Desai She has also done a course in screenwriting from Whistling Woods International Institute, Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Brown
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about his parents and siblings.
She got married to the TV actor Avinash Sachdev on 12 June 2015. Avinash and Shalmalee first met on the set of the TV show ‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Ek Baar Phir’ (2013) and started dating each other after a while. They got divorced in 2017.
Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited
Shalmalee Desai started her career in June 2011 as a Marketing Management Trainee at Zee Networks. After completing her six months of training, she left the firm in November 2011. She rejoined the firm in September 2021 as an assistant brand manager and worked there for almost a year.
In March 2021, she started working as a client partner in a digital agency named ‘DViO Digital’ in Mumbai. She worked there for almost seven months and left the firm in September 2021.
Vama Events Pvt. Ltd
In November 2017, she joined the event services company ‘Vama Events Pvt. Ltd.’ as an account manager. After working there for one and a half years, she resigned from the company in April 2019. However, she rejoined the company in June 2023 as a project manager.
Shalmalee Desai made her television debut with the reality show ‘Lux The Chosen One’ (2012), which aired on UTV Stars. In the show, she participated as a contestant and also became the winner.
In 2013, she hosted the show ‘Just Khans,’ on UTV Stars. In the same year, she debuted as an actor in the TV show ‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? Ek Baar Phir,’ which aired on StarPlus. She played the role of Sojal Agnihotri in the show.
In 2014, she played the role of Mrs Bhagat Dave in the Indian crime television series ‘Encounter,’ on Sony TV. In the same year, she made a cameo appearance in the Tv series ‘Ek Haseena Thi,’ On StarPlus. She made an episodic appearance in the mini-television series ‘Gulmohar Grand’ (2015). In 2017, she appeared in the short film ‘August 16th.’
In 2016, Shalmalee started working as a screenwriter with Shoonya Square Productions. She wrote the screenplay for the TV show ‘Thapki Pyar Ki’ (2016), on Colors TV. In 2017, she wrote the screenplay for the TV show ‘Ek Aastha Aisi Bhee,’ which aired on StarPlus.
- She is a trained Kathak dancer and took formal training for 15 years for learning it.
- She is also a golf player.
- She is often spotted consuming alcohol on various occasions.