Monica Dogra

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Monica Dogra
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Monica Dogra in 2012
Born Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Ethnicity Dogra
Occupation Film actor, Singer
Years active 2006–present

Monica Dogra is an American[1] singer and actress[2][3] of Indian origin. She is one half of the Mumbai-based electro rock duo Shaa'ir and Func. She made her acting debut in the Bollywood film Dhobi Ghat.

Early life[edit]

Monica Dogra is the daughter of Dogra immigrants.[2] Her maternal uncle is Dogri folk music singer Prakash Sharma.[4][5] She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Oakleigh Elementary School, Montessori, Dulaney High School, and NYU. She attended NYU from 2000–2004, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Music. She has stated in an interview that her source of inspiration for music was noted vocalist, Sreetama Ghosh.


In 2005, she formed[6]<[unreliable source?] the electro-rock group "Shaa'ir+Func", along with guitarist Randolph Correia.[7] In 2007, they released their first album New Day: The Love Album, followed by Light Tribe in 2008 and Mantis in 2010. She also sang a song "Dooriyan Bhi Hai Zaroori" with Vishal Dadlani in the film Break Ke Baad[2] and a song Inkaar (Theme) for English version with Shahid Mallya in the film Inkaar (2013 film).

She has made a guest appearance in Rock On!!. In 2008, she was approached by Kiran Rao for the lead role in Rao's directorial debut film Dhobi Ghat - a role Dogra initially turned down, but eventually accepted.[8] In December 2011, she served as a judge for Rolling Stone's Never Hide Sounds musical talent contest.[9] She is the host of The Dewarists, a musical collaborative show on STAR World India.[10] In 2013, she has performed with award winning violinist Scott Tixier, for a series of shows sponsored by Dos Equis around the US.

In March 2014, she was featured on the Cover page of FHM Magazine.[11]


Year Title Role Other notes
2008 Rock On!! Shaair Guest appearance
2011 Dhobi Ghat Shai Debut film as actor
2012 David [12] Noor
2012 Fireflies Announced[12]
2015 The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim TBA Post-Production


  1. ^ Addiego, Walter (January 21, 2011). "'Mumbai Diaries' review: a long way from Bollywood". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Monica Dogra: Bollywood is changing". Times of India. IANS. January 22, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Puente, Maria (January 20, 2011). "Could 'Mumbai Diaries' represent a Bollywood reboot?". USA Today. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ Sharma, Ashutosh (December 30, 2010). "City girl to act in Amir Khan movie". Jammu & Kasmir Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ Sharma, Ashutosh (December 31, 2011). "Need to ‘preserve’ Dogri folk music". Jammu & Kashmir Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ Datta, Pulkit (October 20, 2010). "NRI Profile: Monica Dogra". NRI. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bio". Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "When Monica Dogra said no to Aamir Khan". Hindustan Times. IANS. January 19, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ Singh, Nirmika (December 4, 2011). "Bands from across country battle it out". Hindustan Times. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ Sen, Jhinuk (December 13, 2011). "The Dewarists: Passion and 'things worth doing'". CNN-IBN. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Monica Dogra becomes Covergirl of FHM Magazine’s March 2014 Issue". IANS. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Pai, Megha (April 19, 2012). "‘I have a lot on my plate’". Khaleej Times. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 

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