Shweta Basu Prasad

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Shweta Basu Prasad
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Prasad at the launch of ‘KUBE’ in Mumbai in 2017
Born Shweta Basu Prasad
(1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 27)
Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002–present
Parent(s) Anuj Prasad ,Sarmishta Basu Prasad

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.

Early life[edit]

Shwetha Basu Prasad was born in Jamshedpur on January 11, 1991 in Bihar (now in Jharkhand) and later migrated with her family to 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, a musician and writer Sarmistha after 1 year's courtship in 1990 and they had Shweta the following year.

She studied commerce in the R. N. Podar High School, Santacruz, Mumbai. She added her mother's maiden name Basu to her screen name.[2]


Shweta started her career at very tender age. She started her career with television and then soon moved to Bollywood. She made her film debut in 2002, with the dual role in Makdee for which she got National Award as a Best Child actress. After the success on 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 offered her a film, Iqbal. Her stardom got triggered with the role of “Khadija” in the film. She won 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. After her studies, she made a documentary on Indian Classical Music featuring the legends of the music industry. Shweta made her debut in Tamil cinema in 2008, with the film Kotha Bangaru Lokam. She did 8 movies in Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali so far.

Apart from films and television, Shweta had 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. She is also coming back in Hindi film industry with the film, Badrinath Ki Dulhania by Dharma Productions.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes
2002 Makdee Chunni/Munni Hindi
2005 Iqbal Khadija Hindi Sister of Iqbal
Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! Shweta Hindi
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Ashu Hindi
2008 Kotha Bangaru Lokam Swapna Telgu Lead Role
Ek Nadir Galpo: Tale of a River Anu Bengali Lead Role
2009 Kasko Krishnaveni Telgu
Ride Rani Telgu
2010 Kalavar King Shruthi Telgu Lead Role
2011 Raa Raa Gayathri Telgu Lead Role
2012 Nuvvekkadunte Nenakkadunta Haritha Telgu Lead Role
Oru Mutham Oru Yutham Tamil Lead Role
Mai Tamil Lead Role
2013 Chandhamama Mary Tamil Lead Role
2014 Siva Kesav Dancer Telgu Cameo Role
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Urmila Shukla Bansal Hindi Supporting Role
Mixture Potlam Swarna Sundari Telugu Lead Role

Television series
Year Title Role Channel Notes
2002 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii Shruti Star Plus
2003-2004 Karishma Kaa Karishma Sweety Star Plus
2016-2017 Chandra Nandini Nandini Star Plus



2002 National Film Award for Best Child Artist for Makdee

2005 Best Supporting Actress Award at the 5th Karachi International Film Festival for Iqbal

Year Award Category For The Show Result
2017 Star Parivaar Awards Best Pati Chandra Nandini Won[citation needed]


In 2014, she was caught for being involved in a high profile prostitution racket red-handedly, after the Hyderabad Police raided at a hotel in Banjara Hills. She was sent to rehabilitation centre for 6 months. The Nampally sessions court gave her clean chit.According to Shweta's lawyer, there was no evidence found to support allegations against her and so the court ordered be freed without any charges.


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Shweta Basu Prasad". Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  2. ^ Shweta Prasad's name games. Hindustan Times (2007-11-26). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.