Shweta Basu Prasad

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Shweta Basu Prasad
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Born (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 28)
Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
(present-day Jharkhand, India)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
NationalityIndian
OccupationActress
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)Rohit Mittal (m. 2018)
Parent(s)Anuj Prasad
Sarmistha Basu
RelativesRahul (Brother)

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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] Her father Anuj Prasad is from Bihar while her mother Sarmishta Basu Prasad is from West Bengal.[1]

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 studied commerce in the R. N. Podar High School, Santacruz, Mumbai, and completed her graduation in mass media and journalism. She wrote columns for Indian Express [1].

She added her mother's maiden name Basu to her screen name,[2] and married film maker Rohit Mittal on 13 December 2018. [2]

Career[edit]

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. [3] 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. [4]

Shweta made her debut in Telugu cinema in 2008, with the film Kotha Bangaru Lokam. She has made eight movies in Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali so far.

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.[3] The film was received well commercially and has been hailed as a surprise box office success of 2019,[4] after successfully making a 50-day Box Office run.

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Films
Year Title Role Language Notes
2002 Makdee Chunni/Munni Hindi
2005 Iqbal Khadija Hindi
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
2009 Kasko Krishnaveni Telugu
Ride Rani Telugu
2010 Kalavar King Shruthi Telugu
2011 Raa Raa Gayathri Tamil
Priyudu Shweta Telugu Cameo
2012 Nuvvekkadunte Nenakkadunta Haritha Telugu
Oru Mutham Oru Yutham Tamil
Mai Tamil
2013 Chandhamama Mary 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
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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
2019 Flip Aunt Web Series[5]
Other Works
Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Actor Role
2014 Interior Cafe Night No Yes Yes Young Lady Short Film
2016 Roots-Documentary on Indian Classical Music Yes Yes No Narrator Documentary
2017 Visa No No Yes Tejaswi Short Film
2018 Roop Ki Rani No Yes No Short Film
2019 Chubhan No No Yes Meghna Short Film

Awards[edit]

Film
Year Award Category Film Result
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

Controversy[edit]

Shweta Basu Prasad was held by Hyderabad police for questioning on August 31, 2014 for being involved in a high-profile prostitution racket.[6] 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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Interview with Shweta Basu Prasad". www.idlebrain.com. Retrieved 30 October 2008.
  2. ^ Shweta Prasad's name games. Hindustan Times (2007-11-26). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  3. ^ https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/movie/the-tashkent-files/critic-review/
  4. ^ https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/box-office-special-features/tashkent-files-box-office-collections-tashkent-files-continues-good-momentum-find-screens-third-week/
  5. ^ Uniyal, Parmita (29 March 2019). "Flip review: Bejoy Nambiar's web series shows you the Indian Black Mirror". India Today. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Former child artiste Shweta Basu Prasad caught in alleged prostitution racket". Deccan Chronicle. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  7. ^ 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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