Shweta Basu Prasad
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Shweta Basu Prasad
|Residence||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Spouse(s)||Rohit Mittal (m. 2018)|
Shweta Basu Prasad (born 11 January 1991) is an Indian film actress. She started her career as a child actress in Hindi films and television series and went on to play lead roles in Bengali, Telugu and Tamil cinema. For her performance in the 2002 film Makdee, she won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist.
Shwetha Basu Prasad was born in Jamshedpur on January 11, 1991 in Jharkhand and later migrated with her family to Bombay (present-day Mumbai) when she was a child. Her father Anuj Prasad is from Bihar while her mother Sarmishta Basu Prasad is from West Bengal.
Shweta's grandfather retired as a chief operating officer in Intelligence Bureau, New Delhi. Her father Anuj is a direction and acting diploma holder from Shreeram Centre, New Delhi. They later settled in Jamshedpur, where he married Shweta's mother, musician and writer Sarmistha, after 1 year's courtship in 1990, and they had Shweta the following year.
Shweta began her career at a very tender age. She started in television but soon moved to Bollywood. Her film debut in 2002 was with a double role in Makdee for which she got the National Award for Best Child Actress. After her success on the silver screen, she got offers from television series such as Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Karishma Kaa Karishma. In 2005, her talent was again recognized by director Nagesh Kukunoor and he offered her the film Iqbal , and she became a household name with the role of “Khadija” in the film. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 5th Karachi International Film Festival for Iqbal.
Shweta took a break after Iqbal and continued her studies.  She is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Media, and after her studies, she made a documentary on Indian Classical Music featuring the legends of the music industry. Shweta spent four years between 2012 and 2016 researching and making this documentary film, which features music giants like A R Rahman, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Vishal Bhardwaj, Amit Trivedi, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, and Shubha Mudgal among many other legends. The film also has a ten-minute animation bit showing a 5000-year history of Indian music. Shweta, who is herself trained in playing the Sitar, is a classical music enthusiast and made this project from her own pocket out of passion, and this documentary film, Roots, is now available on Netflix. 
Apart from films and television, Shweta has explored behind-the-camera work, and worked as a script consultant at Phantom films.
Shweta has made her grand comeback with the Balaji Telefilms television series Chandra Nandni as leading actress Nandni, and her next Hindi film outing would be Badrinath Ki Dulhania by Dharma Productions.
Shweta was recently seen in Bollywood film The Tashkent Files directed by Vivek Agnihotri. The suspense drama thriller is based on the death of India's Second Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. Shweta plays a rookie journalist and central protagonist named Ragini Phule. Shweta has received critical praise and acclaim from the critics and audiences alike. The film was received well commercially and has been hailed as a surprise box office success of 2019, after successfully making a 50-day Box Office run.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!||Shweta||Hindi|
|2006||Darna Zaroori Hai||Ashu||Hindi|
|2008||Kotha Bangaru Lokam||Swapna||Telugu|
|Ek Nadir Galpo: Tale of a River||Anu||Bengali|
|Oru Mutham Oru Yutham||Tamil|
|2017||Badrinath Ki Dulhania||Urmila Shukla Bansal||Hindi|
|2018||Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota||Aai||Hindi||cameo|
|2019||The Tashkent Files||Raagini Phule||Hindi|
|2002||Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii||Shruti|
|2003-2004||Karishma Kaa Karishma||Sweety|
|2016||Super 2||Contestant||Eliminated on 15th week|
|2016-2017||Chandra Nandini||Maharani Nandini / Roopa (Double role)|
|2018||Gangstars||Aishwarya||Amazon TV Web Series|
- Other Works
|2014||Interior Cafe Night||No||Yes||Yes||Young Lady||Short Film|
|2016||Roots-Documentary on Indian Classical Music||Yes||Yes||No||Narrator||Documentary|
|2018||Roop Ki Rani||No||Yes||No||Short Film|
|2002||National Film Awards||Best Child Artist||Makdee||Won|
|Star Screen Awards||Best Child Actor||Won|
|IIFA Awards||Best Child Actor||Won|
|Disney Awards||Children's Choice||Won|
|2005||Star Screen Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Iqbal||Won|
|Karachi International Film Festival||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Pogo Awards||Children's Choice||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress- Critics||Won|
|IIFA Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2008||Santosham Awards||Best Debut Female||Kotha Bangaru Lokam||Won|
|Filmfare Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
Shweta Basu Prasad was held by Hyderabad police for questioning on August 31, 2014 for being involved in a high-profile prostitution racket. At first she justified her involvement by saying "I have made wrong choices in my career, and I was out of money". Later on she completely denied this statement and her involvement in the case.
- "Interview with Shweta Basu Prasad". www.idlebrain.com. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
- Shweta Prasad's name games. Hindustan Times (2007-11-26). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
- Uniyal, Parmita (29 March 2019). "Flip review: Bejoy Nambiar's web series shows you the Indian Black Mirror". India Today. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
- "Former child artiste Shweta Basu Prasad caught in alleged prostitution racket". Deccan Chronicle. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
- Jha, Subhash K. (3 November 2014). "Shweta Basu breaks silence, explains her version of events in the 'prostitution' scandal". DNA India. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
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