Antara Biswas

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Antara Biswas
Monalisa at 'Dhappa' web series launch (2).jpg
Monalisa in 2022
Born
Antara Biswas

(1982-11-21) 21 November 1982 (age 40)
Other namesMonalisa
OccupationActress
Years active1997–present
Spouse
(m. 2017)

Antara Biswas (born 21 November 1982), better known by her stage name Monalisa, is an Indian actress. She has done mostly Bhojpuri language films, and has also appeared in Hindi, Bengali, Odia, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu language films. She was a contestant of Indian show Bigg Boss 10 in 2016 and is known for portraying Mohana Rathod in Nazar.[1] In 2020 to 2021, she had played the main antagonist, Iravati Verma in Namak Issk Ka on Colors TV.

Biography and early life[edit]

Antara Biswas was born to a Bengali Hindu family on 21 November 1982.[2][3] She adopted the stage name of Monalisa at the behest of her uncle.[2] She studied at Julien Day School in Elgin Road, South Kolkata, and graduated from Ashutosh College of the University of Calcutta, earning a BA degree in Sanskrit before starting out a few years ago as a small-time TV actress and model in Odia video albums.[4]

Career[edit]

She acted in several low budget films before making her debut in Bollywood with Blackmail, starring Ajay Devgn and Suniel Shetty.[4] She then acted in South Indian films before coming to notice through her role in Tauba Tauba opposite Amin Gazi. She acted in a Kannada film titled Jackpot.[5]

Monalisa in 2010

In 2010, The Hindu reported that Monalisa (along with Rinku Ghosh) was the most sought after actress in the Bhojpuri film industry.[6]

In February 2022, she participated in Star Plus' Smart Jodi with her husband, Vikrant Singh Rajpoot.[7] In December 2022, she portraying Rama in Dangal TV's sitcom Favvara Chowk: Indore Ki Shaan.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She married Bhojpuri actor Vikrant Singh Rajpoot in the Bigg Boss house on 17 January 2017.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Language source
1997 Jayate Aarti Hindi
1998 Hamam fi Amsterdam Odia
1999 Jai Sriram Rima Das Odia
2001 Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence Herself in Item Song Hindi
2002 Wrong Number Odia
2003 Top Somrat Bengali
2004 Adhikar Bengali
Tauba Tauba Rubina Hindi
Ab Bas! Special Appearance Hindi
2005 Ek Hi Bhool Tanvi Hindi
Jalwa: Fun in Love Manisha Tripathi/Tanya 'Chinky' Hindi
2005 Bunty Aur Babli Dancer Hindi
Blackmail Item Girl Hindi
Bobby: Love and Lust Bobby D'Costa Hindi
2006 Jackpot Laila Kannada
Half Fry Hyderabadi Hindi
2007 Love Guru Hindi
Kaafila Niharika Hindi
Jagadam Item girl with Ram pothineni Telugu
2008 Encounter Dayanayak Kannada
Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Manish Sarif's wife Hindi
Vathiyar Tamil
Nagaram Telugu
Silambattam Tamil
2009 Boni Telugu
2010 To the London Calling Sonia/Urvashi Hindi
Ek Chatur Naar Hindi
Royal Utsav Hindi
Hamilton Palace Hindi
Khoobsurat – The Beauty Hindi
Meri Life Mein Uski Wife Dipal Hindi
2011 Khubsurat Naukrani Hindi
Bablu Telugu
Kadhalukku Maranamillai Tamil
2012 En Peyar Kumarasamy Tamil
2018 Badla Hindustani Ka Item song Hindi

Bhojpuri films[edit]

  • Bhole Shankar (2008)
  • Khatailal Mithailal (2008)
  • Kaha Jaiba Raja Najariya Ladaike (2008)
  • Tu Babua Hamaar (2008)
  • Shrimaan Driver Babu (2007)
  • Ho Gaini Deewana Tohra Pyar Me (2009)
  • Kahan Jaiba Raja Nazariya Ladai Ke (2009)
  • Hum Bahubali (2009)
  • Dulha Albela (2009)
  • Ranbhoomi (2009)
  • Pratigya (2009) - Itemsong "Lehariya Luta Ae Raja"
  • Hum Hai Khalnayak (2009)
  • Sindur Daan (2009)
  • Jade Mein Balma Pyara Lage (2009)
  • Sahar Wali Jaan Mareli (2009)
  • Ek Aur Kurukshetra (2010)
  • Tu Jaan Hau Hamaar (2010)
  • Dharmatma (2010)
  • Nathuniya Pe Goli Maare (2010)
  • Bhojpuriya Don (2010)
  • Rangbaz Daroga – Aanchal (2010)
  • Nainihal (2010)
  • Saat Saheliya (2010)
  • Devra Bada Satawela (2010)
  • Devra Bhail Deewana (2014)
  • Mrityunjay (2010) (Special Appearance)
  • Loafer (2010)
  • Kanoon Hamra Mutthi Mein (2010)
  • Daraar (2010)
  • Mora Balma Chail Chabila (2011)
  • Apne Begaane (2011)
  • Aakhri Rasta (2011)
  • Barood (2011)
  • The Great Hero Hiralal (2011)
  • Gundairaj (2011)
  • Ladaai La Ankhiyan Ae Lounde Raja (2011)
  • Kartavya (2011)
  • Hamaar Devdas (2011)
  • Bhaiya Hamar Dayavan (2012)
  • Mehraru Bina Ratiya Kaise Kati (2012)
  • "Raja Babu" (2012)
  • Dakait (2012)[10]
  • Khuddar (2012) – Sunita[10]
  • Naagin (2012)
  • Khoon Pasina (2012)
  • Mehraru Bina Ratiya Kasie Kati (2012)
  • Elan E Jung (2012)
  • Dabangg Mora Balma (2013)[11]
  • Mafia (2013)[12]
  • Rang De Pyar Ke Rang Mein(2013)
  • Jaan Lebu Ka Ho (2013)
  • Banaraswali (2013)
  • Pratibandh (2013)
  • Desh Pardesh (2013)
  • Kasam Wardi Ke (2013)
  • Biwi No. 1 (2013)
  • Lagal Sanheiya Ke Dor (2013)
  • Saala Main To Sahib Ban Gaya (2013)
  • Ziddi Aashiq (2013)
  • Saawariyan Tose Laagi Kaisi Lagan (2013)
  • Mati Preet Jagawale (2013)
  • Zanzeer (2013)
  • Ishq Ka Manjan Ghise Hai Piya (2013)
  • Gumrah (2013)
  • Ijjat (2013)
  • Chhamia Bhelwali (2013)
  • Jeevan Yudhh (2013)
  • Khoon Bhari Maang (2013)
  • Saiyan Bhailan Pardesiyaa (2013)
  • Jodi No. 1 (2013)
  • Ghulam (2013)
  • Mita Deb Raavanraaj (2013)
  • Budhwa Tamtamwala (2013)
  • Lagal Ba Pyar Ke Bukhar (2013)
  • Tulsi Bin Suna Anganwa (2013)
  • Ganga Putra (2013)
  • Chedi Ganga Kinarewala (2013)
  • Natawar Lal (2013)
  • Ek Nihattha (2013)
  • Pocket Gangsters (2015)
  • Rakth Bhumi (2015)
  • Prem Leela (2015)
  • Saiyan Toofani (2015)
  • Suhag (2015)
  • Rakhtbhoomi (2015)
  • Sarkar Raj (2017)
  • Jai Shree Ram (2017)
  • Dulhan Chahi Pakistan Se 2 (2018)

Web-series[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2018 Dupur Thakurpo: 2 Jhuma Boudi

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2012 Bigg Boss 6 Guest To support Dinesh
2016 Comedy Nights Bachao Celebrity Guest Along with Rani Chatterjee
2016–2017 Bigg Boss 10 Contestant Evicted Day 97
2017 Nach Baliye 8 With Vikrant Singh Rajpoot
Comedy Dangal With Neha Pendse and Surbhi Jyoti
2018–2020 Nazar Mohana Rathod
2019 Divya Drishti Mohana Cameo appearance
Kitchen Champion Contestant With Vikrant Singh Rajpoot
2020 Nazar 2 Madhulika Chaudhary
Bigg Boss 14 Celebrity Guest With Surbhi Jyoti and Sudha Chandran
2020–2021 Namak Issk Ka Iravati Verma
2021 Ankahee Dastaan - Nazar Mohana Rathod
2022 Smart Jodi Contestant With Vikrant Singh Rajpoot
Good Night India Herself Special appearance
2022–2023 Favvara Chowk: Indore Ki Shaan Rama

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Verma, Sukanya (17 October 201). "Bigg Boss 10: Wild theme, wacky participants!". Rediff. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Born to a Bengali Hindu family, Antara adopted the stage name of Mona Lisa at the behest of her uncle". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  3. ^ "Bigg Boss 10 November 21, episode 36 update: Manu's surprise for his 'good friend' Mona Lisa on her birthday". The Times of India. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Dare girl from Gariahat". The Telegraph Calcutta. 14 December 2005. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Understanding love". The Hindu. 16 July 2006. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Bhojpuri cinema edges its way to success". The Hindu. IANS. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  7. ^ "EXCLUSIVE! Monalisa and Vikrant Singh Rajpoot to participate in Star Plus' upcoming show Smart Jodi?". Tellychakkar. 28 January 2022. Retrieved 23 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Monalisa: Every comedy show needs an element of tadka and my character in Favvara Chowk is just that". TOI. 2 December 2022. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Bigg Boss 10: Monalisa and Vikrant Singh Rajpoot are married! View exclusive wedding and mehndi pictures & video!". india.com. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Khuddar and Dacait releasing today". The Times of India. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Monalisa in Ab Dabangg Mora Balma". The Times of India. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Monalisa to romance Rajkumar Shrivastava in Mafia". The Times of India. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2016.

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