Devoleena Bhattacharjee (born 22 August 1985) is an Indian television actress and trained Bharatanatyam dancer.[2] She is known for playing Gopi Modi in StarPlus's long-running popular show Saath Nibhaana Saathiya. She also participated in Bigg Boss 13, Bigg Boss 14 and Bigg Boss 15.[3][4]

Devoleena Bhattacharjee
Bhattacharjee in 2018
Born (1985-08-22) 22 August 1985 (age 38)
Alma materNational Institute of Fashion Technology
Years active2010–present
Known for
Shanwaz Shaikh
(m. 2022)

Early life

Bhattacharjee was born on 22 August 1985 to an Assamese-Bengali family in Upper Assam.[5][6] She lives in Gurugram with her mother and her younger brother.[7]

She did her schooling from Godhula Brown Memorial English High School in Sivasagar, Assam and her higher studies from the National Institute of Fashion and Technology in New Delhi, India.[citation needed]


A trained Bharatnatyam dancer, Bhattacharjee initially worked as a jewellery designer in Gili India Ltd. in Mumbai and was first noticed when she auditioned for dance reality series Dance India Dance 2.[8] Her acting debut through NDTV Imagine's Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto occurred in 2011.[9]

Devoleena in 2015

In June 2012, Bhattacharjee replaced Giaa Manek as the female lead Gopi Ahem Modi in Star Plus's Saath Nibhaana Saathiya which turned out to be her breakthrough.[10] In 2014 and in 2016, she contemplated quitting the show due to the frequent time leaps,[11][12] but continued the character before completing 5 years in June 2017.[13] The same month, she underwent spinal surgery for an injury that took place on the show's set in 2013.[14] Saath Nibhaana Saathiya ended on 23 July 2017.[15]

Bhattacharjee next joined as a celebrity contestant in 13th season of the reality TV show Bigg Boss that started in the last week of September 2019.[16][17] However two months later in November 2019, she exited the show citing medical issues.[18]

In August 2020, it was announced that Bhattacharjee will reprise the role of Gopi Modi in the sequel of Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, entitled Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2 that begun airing on 19 October 2020. She was seen in the first 31 episodes with the last episode was telecasted on 23 November 2020.

She entered Bigg Boss 14 as a proxy contestant for Eijaz Khan. She also later entered Bigg Boss 15 as a wild card contestant, thus making history for appearing as contestant in 3 different seasons of Bigg Boss alongside Rakhi Sawant and Rahul Mahajan.[19]

In June 2022, just after her movie first second chance, she returned to Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2, to help Gehna resolve her family issues, and to celebrate her 10-year anniversary of being part of Saath Nibhaana Saathiya.[20] [21] In September 2023, she join the Sony SAB's Dil Diyaan Gallaan as Disha.[22]

In May 2023, a misleading news was in circulation regarding Bhattacharjee claiming that the actress was part of the cast of movie The Kerala Story and according to The Searchlight's fact check the claim turned out to be false.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
2024 Bengal 1947
2024 Kooki Navnita [24]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Dance India Dance 2 Contestant
2011–2012 Sawaare Sabke Sapne... Preeto Gurbaani "Baani" Kaur Dhillon
2012–2017 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya Gopi Modi
2018 Laal Ishq Manorama
2019 Bigg Boss 13 Contestant 15th place
2020,2022 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2 Gopi Modi
2021 Bigg Boss 14 Contestant 6th place
Ladies vs Gentlemen 2 Panelist
2021–2022 Bigg Boss 15 Contestant 8th place
2023 Dil Diyaan Gallaan Disha Dungarpal

Special appearances

Year Title Role
2012 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai Gopi Modi
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?
Teri Meri Love Stories
2013 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
2014 Comedy Classes
2015 Tere Sheher Mein
2016 Diya Aur Baati Hum
Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
Kumkum Bhagya
2019 Choti Sarrdaarni Herself
2020 Gangs of Filmistaan Gopi Modi
Taare Zameen Par
2021 Bigg Boss OTT Herself

Web series

Year Title Role
2019 Sweet Lie Sonali
2021 Lunch Stories Herself
2022 First Second Chance Vaidehi

Music videos

Year Title Language Ref.
2017 Hey Gopal Krishna Karu Aarti Teri Hindi
2019 Ramdhenu Assamese [25]

Awards and nominations

Devoleena Bhattacharjee awards and nominations
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up, and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2013 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress - Popular Saath Nibhaana Saathiya Won [citation needed]
2015 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role [26]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Television Actor - Female [citation needed]
Gold Awards Gold Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role [citation needed]
2016 Popular Bahu On Indian Television [citation needed]


  1. ^ "Devoleena Bhattacharjee confirms wedding to Shanwaz Shaikh, shares first pictures as newlyweds". Hindustan Times. 14 December 2022. Archived from the original on 15 December 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Gopi bahu from Saathiya is not just a character for me, I've lived the part: Devoleena Bhattacharjee". The Times of India. 18 July 2017. Archived from the original on 23 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Bigg Boss 13 contestant Devoleena Bhattacharjee: Know all about TV's popular bahu". The Times of India. 30 September 2019. Archived from the original on 30 September 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Bigg Boss 15: Devoleena Bhattacharjee reveals her mother suffered from mental illness; says 'she once felt I would leave her in mental asylum on the pretext of taking abroad'". The Times of India. 8 January 2022. Archived from the original on 9 January 2022. Retrieved 9 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Devoleena Bhattacharjee Birthday". 22 August 2020. Archived from the original on 22 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Happy Birthday Devoleena Bhattacharjee: TV's Gopi Bahu is excited to celebrate the day with Ganpati". The Indian Express. 22 August 2017. Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017. And today, as she turns 32...
  7. ^ এ বার করোনার হানা 'গোপী বহু' দেবলীনার বাড়িতেও [This time Corona's attack is also at the house of 'Gopi Bahu' Debelina]. আনন্দবাজার পত্রিকা [Anandabazar Patrika] (in Bengali). 8 May 2020. Archived from the original on 5 August 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Watch: When Saath Nibhana Saathiya's Gopi Bahu auditioned for Dance India Dance". The Times of India. 22 September 2016. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Hot or not? Gopi Bahu's hair makeover gets mixed reviews". 23 December 2015. Archived from the original on 26 January 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Gopi bahu replaced overnight!". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 31 May 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Will Rucha & Devoleena continue Saathiya post leap?". The Times of India. 13 January 2014. Archived from the original on 14 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  12. ^ "'Saathiya..' to lose Gopi bahu again?". The Times of India. 23 May 2016. Archived from the original on 16 September 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Devoleena Bhattacharjee completes 5 years with Saath Nibhana Saathiya". The Times of India. 6 June 2017. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  14. ^ "'Saath Nibhaana Saathiya' actress undergoes SURGERY!". 4 April 2017. Archived from the original on 16 September 2018. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  15. ^ "CONFIRMED! 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya' is going OFF AIR, to wrap up on July 23". News Nation. 10 July 2017. Archived from the original on 13 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Bigg Boss 13: Saath Nibhaana Saathiya actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee aka Gopi to participate in show". 28 May 2019. Archived from the original on 29 June 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Bigg Boss 13 LEAKED Promos: 'Saathiya' Actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee & 'Balika Vadhu' Fame Siddharth Shukla Confirmed Entries!". 20 September 2019. Archived from the original on 27 September 2019. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Bigg Boss 13's Devoleena Bhattacharjee on her injury and comeback: It was destined, but I will bounce back". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Saath Nibhana Saathiya 2' teaser: Gopi Bahu aka Devoleena Bhattacharjee returns with 'rasode mein'". DNA India. 1 September 2020. Archived from the original on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  20. ^ "First Second Chance Teaser: Renuka Shahane & Devoleena Bhattacharjee's film talks about life chances". Bollywood MDB. Archived from the original on 16 December 2022. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  21. ^ "Devoleena Bhattacharjee Announces Her Return To 'Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2'". ABP Live. Archived from the original on 11 June 2022. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  22. ^ "Devoleena Bhattacharjee joins the cast of Dil Diyaan Gallaan as the show takes a 10-year leap". The Times of India. 9 September 2023. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  23. ^ Agarwal, Neha (19 May 2023). "Fact Check: क्या एक्ट्रेस देवोलीना भट्टाचार्य 'द केरला स्टोरी' की नायिका हैं? सोशल मीडिया पर हुआ भ्रामक दावा वायरल". The Searchlight. Archived from the original on 19 May 2023. Retrieved 19 May 2023.
  24. ^ "Devoleena Bhattacharjee To Make Her Film Debut With Bengal 1947: An Untold Love Story". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 12 March 2024.
  25. ^ "Saath Nibhana Saathiya Season 2 to launch in October". 28 August 2020. Archived from the original on 28 August 2020. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  26. ^ "Indian Telly Awards 2015 Winners: Complete list of winners". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 27 June 2021. Retrieved 11 December 2020.