Devika Bhise

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Devika Bhise
Devika Bhise at the San Francisco Film Fest.jpg
Devika Bhise at SFFF 2016
Manhattan, New York, US
Alma materJohns Hopkins University

Devika Bhise is an American actress, best known for her performance in The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.[1]

Early life[edit]

Devika Bhise at a Q&A at TIFF in 2015

Bhise was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, and is of Indian descent.[2] She attended The Brearley School, an all-girl private school in Manhattan, and Johns Hopkins University, where she won the Hodson Trust Scholarship and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow under the mentorship of John Astin.[3] While at Johns Hopkins University, she acted in Ira Hauptman's play, The Partition, based on the life of Ramanujan, which contributed to her being cast in the film years later.[4]


Devika Bhise at the global premiere of The Man Who Knew Infinity at Roy Thompson Hall at TIFF

Bhise was cast in her first film, The Accidental Husband, directed by Griffin Dunne, in tenth grade.[5] While in high school, she also directed a documentary film Hijras: The Third Gender, which won the award for Best Social Documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival in 2009.[6] After graduating from Johns Hopkins, Bhise was cast in Partial Comfort's Off-Broadway production of And Miles To Go, a play written by Chad Beckim, directed by Hal Brooks.[7] She played small parts in television series such as Elementary and One Bad Choice until she was cast in The Man Who Knew Infinity with Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons. She will be seen next as the lead role in The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, the upcoming biopic on Indian queen Rani Lakshmibai, acting opposite Derek Jacobi and Rupert Everett.[8] Bhise also co-wrote the script.

Social activism[edit]

Devika Bhise at the Indo-American Film Festival in 2016

Bhise is part of New York's New Abolitionists, a group of New Yorkers "united by our commitment to ending human trafficking, in New York State and globally",[9] alongside Christie Brinkley, Michael Bloomberg, Tina Fey, Seth Meyers, Lee Daniels, Preet Bharara, Diane von Furstenberg, Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, and others.

Personal life[edit]

Bhise currently resides in New York City with her Teacup Yorkshire Terrier, Cleopatra.[10]



Year Film Role Notes
2008 The Accidental Husband Chandini
2013 Queensbee Ganesha Girl Short film
2015 The Man Who Knew Infinity Janaki
2017 Impossible Monsters Jo
2017 Mosaic Clarice
2018 The Rest of Us Reina
2018 The Warrior Queen of Jhansi Rani Lakshmibai


Year Title Role Notes
2015 One Bad Choice Stephanie Episode: "Michelle Gopaul"
2015 Elementary Minerva 2 episodes: "Hemlock" and "The Past is Parent"


  1. ^ Simon, Samantha (April 30, 2016). "Why Devika Bhise of The Man Who Knew Infinity Is an Actress You'll Want to Know". InStyle. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Elizalde, Molly (May 5, 2016). "Introducing: Devika Bhise". Sweet. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Lunday, Amy (August 30, 2012). "Ancient Sanskrit theater group to perform at JHU". Johns Hopkins University. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Q&A: Devika Bhise". DuJour. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ Brown, Emma (April 28, 2016). "Discovery: Devika Bhise". Interview Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Devika Urvashi Bhise's 'Hijras – The Third Gender' Wins Best Social Documentary". Peg's List. August 24, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Rampell, Catherine (October 21, 2013). "Sounds Like a Haven for Troubled Students. It's Not". The New York Times. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Clarke, Stewart; Clarke, Stewart (6 November 2017). "Rupert Everett, Derek Jacobi Join Swati Bhise's 'Swords and Scepters'".
  9. ^ "New York's New Abolitionists". Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  10. ^ Zemler, Emily (February 23, 2016). "Meet Devika Bhise". Paper Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2016.