Monica Dogra

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Monica Dogra
Born October 25, 1982 (age 34)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Residence Mumbai, India
Citizenship American
Education New York University (B.A., Musical Theatre),
New York
Occupation Musician, Actor
Years active 2006–present

Monica Dogra is an American[1] musician and actress[2][3] of Indian origin. She is one half of the Mumbai-based electronic rock duo Shaa'ir and Func and also performs solo under her moniker, Shaa'ir. She made her acting debut in the Bollywood film Dhobi Ghat (2011). She is a member on the judging panel of India's first English music talent show, The Stage.

Early life[edit]

Monica Dogra is the daughter of Dogra Pothwari immigrants from Jammu.[2] Her maternal uncle is Dogri folk music singer Prakash Sharma.[4][5] She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Oakleigh Elementary School, Montessori and Dulaney High School. She attended NYU from 2000-04, graduating with a bachelor's degree in musical theatre.


In 2005, she formed[6][7] the electronic rock group "Shaa'ir+Func", along with guitarist Randolph Correia.[8] 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 the theme song in English (with Shahid Mallya) for the film Inkaar.

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.[9] In December 2011, she served as a judge for Rolling Stone's Never Hide Sounds musical talent contest.[10] She is the host of The Dewarists, a musical collaborative show on STAR World India.[11] In 2013, she 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.[12] In March 2013 and in May 2015 she was featured on the cover and had a pictorial in Maxim India Magazine.[13]

She is now one of the judges for the show The Stage alongside Vishal Dadlani.


Year Title Role Other notes
2008 Rock On!! Shaair Guest appearance
2011 Dhobi Ghat Shai Acting debut
2012 David [14] Noor
2012 Fireflies Michelle
2015 Teraa Surroor Elle Jordan
2015 The Spectacular Jihad of Taz Rahim Sabrina Jiwan
2016 Relapse Short film


Year Title Band/Solo
2006 New Day: The Love Album Shaair and Func
2008 Light Tribe Shaair and Func
2010 Mantis Shaair and Func
2014 Re:cover Shaair and Func
2014 Align Shaair and Func
2016 Spit Shaair


  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. ^ BBC. "BBC - Asian Network - Friction". Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  8. ^ "Bio". Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "When Monica Dogra said no to Aamir Khan". Hindustan Times. IANS. January 19, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ Singh, Nirmika (December 4, 2011). "Bands from across country battle it out". Hindustan Times. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ Sen, Jhinuk (December 13, 2011). "The Dewarists: Passion and 'things worth doing'". CNN-IBN. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Monica Dogra becomes Covergirl of FHM Magazine’s March 2014 Issue". IANS. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Monica Dogra Sensuous Bikini Body Shoot 2015". Bollywood Bogus on YouTube. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  14. ^ Pai, Megha (April 19, 2012). "‘I have a lot on my plate’". Khaleej Times. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 

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