Esha Gupta

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Esha Gupta
Esha Gupta walks the ramp for Amit Aggarwal at Lakme Fashion Week 2017.jpg
Gupta on Lakme Fashion Week 2017
Born (1985-11-28) 28 November 1985 (age 34)[1][2]
OccupationActress, Model
Years active2007–present
TitleFemina Miss India International 2007
Beauty pageant titleholder
Femina Miss India 2007
Miss International 2007

Esha Gupta (/ˈʃə ˈɡʊptə/)(born 28 November 1985)[1][2] is an Indian film actress, Model and the winner of the Miss India International title of 2007. She has established a career in Bollywood films.[5]

Gupta entered the Femina Miss India contest in 2007, where she placed third and won the Miss India International title, and later represented India at Miss International pageant. She soon received offers for film roles, and made her acting debut in the 2012 commercially successful crime thriller Jannat 2, that fetched her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Gupta received praise for her portrayal in the political drama Chakravyuh (2012) but her performance in the comedy film Humshakals (2014) met with negative reviews. Her highest-grossing releases came with the horror thriller Raaz 3D (2013), the crime drama Rustom (2016), Baadshaho (2017), and the comedy Total Dhamaal (2019).

Early life[edit]

Gupta was born in New Delhi. Her father is a retired Air Force Officer and her mother is a homemaker.[6] She has a sister named Neha. She spent most of her childhood in Dehradun, Hyderabad and Delhi. [7] She has completed Mass Communication from School of Communication, Manipal University, Manipal[8] prior to auditioning for Femina Miss India, and got a law scholarship at Newcastle University,[8] but she pursued a career in Bollywood instead.[9]


Gupta participated in Femina Miss India in 2007, where she won Miss Photogenic[10] and came 3rd to go on to compete in Miss India International.[11] She featured in the Kingfisher Calendar in 2010.[12]

Esha Gupta promoting Jannat 2

Gupta made her Bollywood debut with Mahesh Bhatt's Jannat 2 opposite Emraan Hashmi in the lead role. [13] For her debut performance, Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said, "Debutante Esha Gupta enchants you with her captivating charm. She appears a tad unrefined at places, nonetheless she handles her part assertively."[14] Martin D'Souza of Glam Sham wrote, "As for the debutante, Esha Gupta, I guess she may have to enroll herself into an acting school."[15] Gaurav Malani stated, "Esha Gupta, who looks a mix between Lara Dutta and Isha Koppikar, is merely there for the glam quotient."[16] Asha Mahadevan of Bollywoodlife said, "Even Esha Gupta manages to cry somewhat convincingly but then there is hardly anything for her to do. Her role is limited to looking sexy and she does it well."[17] The film was a success at the box office, earning 430 million (US$6.0 million) domestically and thus brought in more recognition for Gupta. Later, Gupta signed Vikram Bhatt's Raaz 3D alongside her Jannat 2 co-star, Emraan Hashmi and Bipasha Basu, Gupta received mixed reviews from critics for her acting prowess, film critic Taran Adarsh commented, "Esha Gupta appears awkward and self-conscious in the initial portions, but holds a few sequences graciously in the subsequent hour. I'd like to single out a scene when she has delusions of cockroaches attacking her. Her act in that particular scene is super".[18] Film critic Komal Nahta noted, "Esha Gupta is stiff as Sanjana but does much better towards the end (when she almost goes berserk)".[19][20] India Today wrote, "Both Bipasha and Esha get liberal scope to show off booty. A Bhatt film where the heroines don't get to flaunt it is unimaginable, after all, Bipasha looks hot in her starring role but Esha reveals a few raw edges".[21] 'Raaz 3' performed well at box office within first three days of its release with collections in the vicinity of 360 million.[22]

In 2014, Esha was seen in Sajid Khan's Comic Caper Humshakals alongside Saif Ali Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Tamannaah. Box Office India declared it a "disaster".[23] She was ranked at 8th position for Times '50 most desirable Women of 2013.

In 2017, she played the main antagonist in action film Commando 2, which was a moderate box-office success.[24] In 2019, she played a supporting character in comedy film Total Dhamaal. The film grossed ₹200 crore (US$28 million) worldwide in twelve days of release, and was one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2019.[25] She is currently managed by TOABH Entertainment.

Gupta with Arjun Rampal (left) and Prakash Jha (right) at a promotional event of Chakravyuh.


Productions that have not yet been released Denotes productions that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes Ref.
2012 Jannat 2 Dr. Jhanvi Singh Tomar Hindi Debut film [26]
Raaz 3D Sanjana Krishna Hindi [27]
Chakravyuh Rhea Menon Hindi [28]
2013 Gori Tere Pyaar Mein Nisha Hindi Special appearance in song "Dhat Teri Ki" [29]
2014 Humshakals Dr. Shivani Gupta Hindi [30]
2015 Baby Herself Hindi Special appearance in the song "Beparwah" [31]
Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon Herself Hindi Music video [32]
2016 Rustom Priti Makhija Hindi [33]
Tutak Tutak Tutiya Herself Hindi Special appearance in the song "Rail Gaddi" [34]
2017 Commando 2 Maria/Vicky Chaddha Hindi Main Antagonist [35]
Baadshaho Sanjana Hindi [36]
Veedevadu Shruti Telugu [37]
Yaar Ivan Tamil [37]
2018 Paltan Hindi Guest Appearance
2019 Vinaya Vidheya Rama Eesha Telugu Special Appearance in the Song "Ek Baar Ek Baar"
The Devil's Daughter Lubni (Devil's daughter) Persian
Total Dhamaal Prachi Hindi
One Day: Justice Delivered Crime branch officer Laxmi Rathi Hindi
Desi Magicdagger TBA Hindi Post production
Hera Pheri 3dagger TBA Hindi Filming; Delayed [38]


Year Show Channel Role Episode
2012 NAT GEO Super Cars National Geographic Host[39]
C.I.D Sony TV Herself Episode: "Bhootiya Haveli"
2018 High Fever — Dance Ka Naya Tevar Judge[40] &TV


Year Song Singer Refs
2019 Get Dirty Ishika Bakshi, Gourov Das Gupta [41]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Film Result
2012 ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Female) Raaz 3 Nominated[42]
2013 Filmfare Awards Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut Jannat 2 Nominated
MaTa Sanam Awards Best Female Debut Jannat 2 Won
Stardust Award Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Jannat 2 / Raaz 3 Nominated
Stardust Award Stardust Award for Best Actress Chakravyuh Nominated
Zee Cine Award Best Female Debut Jannat 2 Nominated
2014 Star Screen Award Best Actress (Popular Choice) Humshakals Nominated
2016 Lux Golden Rose Award Best Supporting Actress Rustom Nominated

BIG Zee Entertainment Awards

Most Entertaining Actor in a Thriller Film – Female Rustom Nominated[43]

Other honours[edit]

  • 2013: FHM World's Sexiest 100 Women:#55
  • 2013: Times of India's Hotlist 2012 Most Promising Female Newcomer: No. 5
  • 2013: Times of India's Most Desirable Women of 2012 No. 13 out of 50.
  • 2014: Times of India's Most Desirable Woman of 2013 No. 8 out of 50.
  • 2015: Times of India's Most Desirable Women of 2014 No. 15 out of 50.


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  2. ^ a b "Esha Gupta's birthday wish: To do a 'masala 'film". Daily News and Analysis. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  3. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H (31 March 2015). "Esha Gupta to Compete with Anushka Shetty in 'Size Zero'". International Business Times. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Birthday special: Things you may not know about Esha Gupta". Mid Day. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Planet glamour Act II". 13 August 2012. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Celeb Fitness Mantras: Esha Gupta". iDiva. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Esha and Neha Gupta at the launch of Omega's 'Ladymatic' watch at Taj Palace, Delhi on November 23, 2011". Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Acting over education - Lesser known facts about Esha Gupta". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
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  11. ^ "Esha Gupta - Femina Miss India 2007 Contestants -". Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  12. ^ ninjas. "Sexy Kingfisher Calendar Girls | | Page 4". Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  13. ^ "/ Emraan is USP of Jannat 2: Esha Gupta". 25 April 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Jannat 2 (2012) | Hindi Movie Critic Review By Taran Adarsh". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  15. ^ "Jannat 2 movie review". 4 May 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  16. ^ Gaurav Malani (4 May 2012). "Jannat 2: Movie Review – Times Of India". Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  17. ^ "JANNAT 2 movie review: A gritty and unabashed potboiler". Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  18. ^ "Raaz 3 (2012) | Hindi Movie Critic Review By Taran Adarsh". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  19. ^ "Raaz 3 Movie Review | Emraan Hashmi, Bipasha Basu, Esha Gupta". 27 October 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  20. ^ "Critics report: Raaz 3 gets mixed reviews". Hindustan Times. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  21. ^ "Movie review: Raaz 3 : Reviews, News – India Today". 7 September 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  22. ^ "'Raaz 3′ has Fantastic Weekend, on a Record Breaking Spree at the Box Office". Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  23. ^ Lalwani, Vickey (3 June 2013). "Sajid Khan replaces Jacqueline with Esha". Times of India. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  24. ^ Tuteja, Joginder (10 March 2017). "Box Office - Commando 2 aims for a lifetime of over 30 crore". Koimoi.
  25. ^ "'Total Dhamaal' box office collection Day 12: The Ajay Devgn starrer comedy flick holds well on its second Tuesday - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
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  27. ^ "Raaz 3 Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  28. ^ "Chakravyuh Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  29. ^ "Gori Tere Pyaar Mein! Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  30. ^ "Humshakals Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  31. ^ "Baby Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  32. ^ PTI. "Emraan Hashmi-Esha Gupta team up for 'Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon'". Sify. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  33. ^ "Esha Gupta and Ileana D'Cruz in Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom". Bollywood Hungama. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  34. ^ Pasupulate, Karthik (11 May 2015). "Esha Gupta to debut in Tollywood in Sachiin Joshi's next". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  35. ^ IANS (17 May 2016). "Doing 'Commando 2', not playing negative: Esha Gupta". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  36. ^ "Ileana D'Cruz, Esha Gupta roped in for Milan Luthria's Baadshaho". Bollywood Hungama. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  37. ^ a b "Esha Gupta to undergo workshop for Telugu debut". 20 May 2015.
  38. ^ PTI (2 December 2015). "Esha Gupta hopes to learn comedy from Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  39. ^ Esha Gupta to host Supercars on National Geographic Channel, 4 September 2012
  40. ^ Esha Gupta turns judge for dance reality show, 15 May 2018
  41. ^ "Esha Gupta to Get Dirty". The Trimbune. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  42. ^ Bollywood Business Awards 2012. ETC Bollywood Business. 7 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014. Event occurs at 28:01
  43. ^ "Big ZEE Entertainment Awards: Nominations list". 22 July 2017.

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