Shahana Goswami

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Shahana Goswami
Shahana Goswami at the launch of ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’.jpg
Shahana at the launch of Tu Hai Mera Sunday
Born (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 (age 34)
New Delhi, India

Shahana Goswami (born 6 May 1986) is an Indian actress.

Early life[edit]

Shahana Goswami was born in New Delhi. She attended Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Delhi and Sophia College, Mumbai. Goswami was the house captain and sports champion in her school. She secured second position at the National Artificial Wall Climbing Competition and has represented her school in athletics, badminton, basketball and volleyball at the zonal level. She also trained in Odissi for 10 years under Guru Padmashri Kiran Segal and has travelled and performed extensively with her dance troupe.


Shahana had a single-minded focus on professional acting since childhood. She moved to Mumbai to complete her graduation and to explore the possibility of taking up acting as a career. In Mumbai, her first steps in acting were at Jaimini Pathak's theatre group Working Title. There, she started off as a production assistant and then acted in their productions of Seagull and Arabian Nights.

Through her theater circle she met talent consultant Shaanu Sharma who asked her to audition for a role in Naseeruddin Shah's directorial debut Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota. Subsequently, she stumbled upon the small role of Boman Irani's daughter in Reema Kagti's Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., when she visited the production house for some other work.[1] Meanwhile, a cinematographer who noticed her work in Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota recommended her and she auditioned for the lead role in Percept Picture Company's Ru Ba Ru, directed by Arjun Bali, with Randeep Hooda as her co-star. For Goswami, Ru Ba Ru happened while she was still in college completing her graduation. She gave her first shot for the film in Bangkok, much before she was signed on for Rock On!!.[2]

Her friends Shaanu Sharma and Simran, who were in the middle of casting for Rock On!!, at that time suggested her name to the film's director, Abhishek Kapoor. Later, she auditioned for the film and got her big break in the role of Debbie. Her performance not only secured her a prominent spot on the Bollywood map, but also fetched her many awards, the most prestigious of them being the Filmfare Best Actress (Critics) award, which no supporting actress had won until then.[3]

She then appeared in the music video for Dido's Let's Do the Things We Normally Do as a taxi driver in Mumbai. The video was shot by Siddharth Sikand.[1] In between, she also featured in a Fevicol commercial set in a village in Rajasthan.

Goswami's first international project was Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children, an adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize winning novel. The film released in 2013.

Shahana also featured in the Chivas Studio 2011-12, which was held in Delhi and Mumbai in November and December 2011.

Shahana plays the female lead in Vara: A Blessing directed by Khyentse Norbu (director of The Cup and Travellers & Magicians, which was shot in Sri Lanka. She received the Asian Award for best actress for her performance in this film.

Shahana also features in Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine starring Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda.

Shahana Goswami (Actress) with Rubayat Hossain (producer and director) - Under Construction - Festival des Cinémas d'Asie - Vesoul 2016

.In 2019 she debut in web platform through mx player webseries Thinkistaan as Roma in cameo roles in Season 1&2 while in season 3 she will be seen in full fledged role. She will be seen in The Last Hour on Amazon Prime, A Suitable Boy (Directed by Mira Nair for the BBC) and Bombay Begums on Netflix

Shahana Goswami will be next seen in her upcoming web series 'Bombay Begums', directed by Alankrita Shrivastava. Starring Pooja Bhatt, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur and Aadhya Anand.[4]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2006 Yun Hota To Kya Hota Payal Hindi
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Gina Hindi
2008 Rock On!! Debbie Mascarenhas Hindi
Ru Ba Ru Tara Hindi
2009 Firaaq Munira Hindi
Jashnn Nisha Hindi
2010 Mirch Ruchi Hindi
Break Ke Baad Nadia Hindi
Tera Kya Hoga Johnny Divya Hindi
2011 Game Tisha Khanna Hindi
Ra.One Jenny Nayar Hindi
2012 Midnight's Children Amina English
Heroine Promita Roy Hindi
2013 Vara: A Blessing Lila English
2016 Rock On II Debbie Mascarenhas Hindi
Force of Destiny Maya English
Under Construction Roya Bengali
2016 Tu Hai Mera Sunday Kavya Hindi
2018 Gali Guliyan Saira Hindi
2019 Made in Bangladesh
Shahana Goswami - Festival des Cinémas d'Asie - Vesoul 2016


Year Title Role Notes
2020 A Suitable Boy[5] Meenakshi Chatterji Mehra BBC One Series


Year Film Role Award Result
2009 Rock On!! Debbie Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress Won [6]
Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress Won [7]
Lions Gold Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
Cineblitz Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award Nominated [8]
Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award Nominated [9]
Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female Nominated [10]
2010 Firaaq Muneera Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award Nominated [11]
Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated [12]
Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female Won
Lions Gold Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
2011 Break Ke Baad Nadia Jeeyo Bollywood Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 Under Construction [13] Roya Best Actress, Festival de Cine de Islantilla - Spain Won


  1. ^ a b "Shahana Goswami interview". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Shahana Goswami interview". Screen India. 16 January 2009. Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Shahana Goswami interview". Sify. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  4. ^ Keshri, Shweta (16 July 2020). "Netflix's Bombay Begums starring Pooja Bhatt deals with desire, ethics and vulnerabilities". India Today. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  5. ^ A Suitable Boy (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDb, retrieved 28 October 2020
  6. ^ "Winners of Filmfare Awards 2009". Bollywood Trends. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Winners of Star Screen Awards 2009". The Indian. 14 January 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Nominees for IIFA Awards 2009". Desi Blitz. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Nominees for Filmfare Awards 2009". Indicine. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Nominees for Stardust Awards 2009". i69. 16 February 2009. Archived from the original on 21 April 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Nominees for Filmfare Awards 2010". Dear Cinema. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Nominees for Star Screen Awards 2010". Filmi Cafe. 30 December 2009. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
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