Rajani Pandit Age, Husband, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Thane, Maharashtra
Marital Status: Unmarried
Age: 60 Years

Rajani Pandit

Known as• First Lady Detective of India [1]The Times of India
• Lady James Bond of India [2]The Times of India
ProfessionPrivate Investigator
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
FieldPrivate Detective
AgencyRajani Pandit Private Detective [3]Rajani Pandit
SpecialisationPersonal, corporate, and employment investigations [4]Rajani Pandit
AwardsRajani Pandit has received more than 57 awards; [5]Rajani Pandit these awards include Doordarshan's Hirkani award, an award provided to those women who have done excellent work in their respective field.
Personal Life
Date of BirthYear, 1962
Age (as of 2022) 60 Years
BirthplacePalghar, Thane, Maharashtra [6]The Times of India
HometownThane, Maharashtra [7]The Times of India
College/UniversityD.G. Ruparel College of Arts, Science and Commerce in Matunga, Mumbai [8]The Times of India
Educational QualificationGraduated in Marathi Literature at D.G. Ruparel College of Arts, Science and Commerce [9]The Times of India
ControversyArrested for the Call Data Record Scam: Reportedly, Rajani Pandit was arrested in the call data record scam by Thane police on 2 February 2018. [10]Hindustan Times According to sources, Rajani was released from the Thane Central Jail on 14 March 2018 after 40 days in police custody. [11]Hindustan Times According to the reports, Rajani Pandit was holding call record details and might be using it for extortion; [12]The Indian Express however, other investigators, who were in the custody of police for the same, claimed that Rajani was their supporter. [13]The Indian Express In an interview, Rajani Pandit mentioned obtaining call records as part of any private investigator's job and said,
"Is it wrong to access something that is readily available, especially when one doesn’t know about its legality? A private detective is supposed to help people. For that, proof is needed. So many times, we procure proof by invading people’s privacy. It is a tightrope we walk." [14]The Indian Express
Rajani Pandit being picked up by the officials from her house in Dadar, Maharashtra, under the CDR scam
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried [15]Mumbai Mirror
ParentsFather- Shantaram Pandit (Sub-inspector in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
Mother- Pramila
SiblingsBrother- Vinod and Dilip
Sister- Shobha Vaidya
Other relativeAditya Vaidya (Marathi actor)

Rajani Pandit

Some Lesser Known Facts About Rajani Pandit

  • Rajani Pandit is an Indian private detective who is called the first female private investigator in India. She has solved more than 75000 cases related to personal, corporate, and employment investigations. [16]Rajani Pandit
  • In an interview, Rajani Pandit revealed that her first stint as a detective was when she was pursuing her graduation in 1983. [17]The Times of India According to her, she noticed something unusual in the behaviour of one of her classmates. Rajani resolved to get to the depth of it and found her classmate to be engaged in sexual activities. In an interview, she talked about this and said,

    It all happened during those days when I was busy with my studies in college. One day, I found one of my classmates acting in a suspicious manner. She was going with a group of eight or nine boys. I chased her and when she went in a hostel with the boys, I came to know that she was trapped in the business of prostitution. I informed her parents, who initially did not accept it, but later thanked me for informing them. It was they who suggested that I become a detective.” [18]The Times of India

  • According to Rajani, she worked part-time in an organisation as an office clerk after completing her graduation. [19]Humans of Bombay – Facebook
  • In 2019, while speaking at a TEDx event in Paldi, Ahemdabad, Rajani talked about her initial days as a detective and said that she decided to become a professional detective after solving many cases of her colleagues, friends, and classmates as an amateur detective. [20]TEDx Talks – YouTube

    Rajani Pandit sharing her career experience at TEDx Talk in Paldi, Ahemdabad

    Rajani Pandit sharing her career experience at TEDx Talk in Paldi, Ahmedabad

  • According to Rajani, she helped a reporter who came seeking her help to investigate a man to whom his sister was married. The reporter had an anonymous letter that read that the said man was already married; however, Rajani kept an eye on that man and tried to be friends with him, and she later found that he had a wife and family in Jargaon in Uttar Pradesh, India. Rajani added that she visited the family and got to know that the man had left his family and first wife because he had no good relations with them. According to Rajani, this case gave her publicity, and soon, she started getting recognised as the first female private detective in India. [21]TEDx Talks – YouTube
  • Rajani Pandit was first interviewed with ‘Hum Bhi Kisi Se Kam Nahi.’ [22]TEDx Talks – YouTube
  • As stated by Rajani, the ‘double murder case’ that she solved in 1980 was very challenging and complicated. According to Rajani, she had to find the prime accused of a double murder of a husband and a son for which she lived in the house of the murderer for almost six months as a housemaid. [23]BQ Prime – YouTube According to Rajani, she was almost exposed as the woman heard the sound of the tape recorder that Rajani was using; the tape recorder would make a sound once the recording is done. [24]BQ Prime – YouTube
  • In 1991, Rajani established an agency named the ‘Rajani Pandit Detective Services,’ providing a private eye for every possible case across India. According to sources, the agency was being operated from Parekh Mahal in Shivaji Park, Mumbai, and later, it was shifted to Mahendra Mansion in Shivaji Park, Mumbai. [25]Mumbai Mirror
  • In an interview, Rajani talked about how her agency rose to prominence and said that after getting interviewed by Doordarshan, Rajani and her agency got a nationwide identity following which her agency attracted various clients including politicians, Bollywood celebrities, etc. She said,

    In the beginning, I used to place advertisements in newspapers to get business. People from Delhi Doordarshan interviewed me after seeing one such advertisement. It gave me a nationwide exposure. I worked for all. Politicians, businessmen and Bollywood stars were regulars. My work ethic of not exploiting them with the information I possessed helped me in getting more clients.” [26]The Indian Express

  • Rajani has high-profile politicians, businessmen, and Bollywood actors as her clients. [27]Ishq 104.8 FM – YouTube
  • While talking about the methods adopted to solve various cases in an interview, Rajani revealed that she had played numerous roles such as that of a mentally retarded person, blind woman, beggar, street vendor, housemaid, and many more. [28]Ishq 104.8 FM – YouTube
  • Rajani Pandit has authored two Marathi books titled ‘Mayajal’ and ‘Cheharya Adche Chehare’ (Faces Behind Faces, co-authored by Shilpa Sarpotdar). [29]Rajani Pandit The books reflect the professional life of Rajani Pandit.

    Rajani's 'Cheharya Adche Chehare'

    Rajani Pandit’s ‘Cheharya Adche Chehare’

  • Based on the life of Rajani as a private investigator, a documentary titled ‘Lady James Bond,’ directed by Dinkar Rao, was released in 2019.
  • According to sources, a Tamil language film titled ‘Kuttrapayrichi’ (2020), starring Trisha Krishnan, Super Subbarayan, and Priyamani, represented one of the solved cases of Rajani Pandit. [30]The Indian Express

    Poster of 'Kuttrapayrichi' (2020)

    Poster of ‘Kuttrapayrichi’ (2020)

  • According to Rajani, she believes that Taapsee Pannu, Madhuri Dixit, and Deepika Padukone can portray her in her biopic. [31]Ishq 104.8 FM – YouTube