Mouni Roy

Mouni Roy (born 28 September 1985) is an Indian actress, singer, Kathak dancer, and former model who primarily works in Hindi films and television.[4] She debuted into television in 2007 with the role of Krishna Tulsi in Ekta Kapoor's longest running soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus and subsequently became part of several other shows, but got her breakthrough with the famous mythological show Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev on Life OK in 2011 that saw her play Sati.[5] She also essayed Meera in Life OK's Junoon – Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq and contested in Zara Nachke Dikha (2008), Pati Patni Aur Woh (2009), Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 (2014), Box Cricket League 2 (2016) and Lip Sing Battle (2017).[3]

Mouni Roy
Mouni Roy graces the Star Screen Awards 2018 (10) (cropped).jpg
Roy at the Star Screen Awards ceremony in 2018
Born (1985-09-28) 28 September 1985 (age 35)[1][2]
Alma materMiranda House, University of Delhi
Jamia Millia Islamia
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active2006–present

Roy's career took a major turning point, when she established herself as one of the most popular and highest paid television actresses with her portrayal of Shivanya, a shape shifting serpent in Kapoor's highly successful and hyped supernatural thriller Naagin 1 (2015–16) on Colors TV.[6] In the show's sequel Naagin 2 (2016–17), she reprised the role of Shivanya in cameo and played a new lead role of Shivanya's daughter Shivangi, another shape shifting serpent.[7] The popularity of Naagin resulted in beginning of Bollywood offers for her, and she made her Hindi film debut finally with a lead part in the Akshay Kumar starrer sports drama Gold (2018), a commercial success directed by Reema Kagti that also garnered her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut nomination.[8] This was followed by some unsuccessful films; in 2019, she ventured into singing with the remake single "Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein".[9] Roy will be next seen in Brahmāstra, a superhero-trilogy where she will essay the main antagonist.[10]

Life and careerEdit

Early life and television debut (2006–2010)Edit

Roy in 2010

Mouni Roy was born on 28 September 1985 in Cooch Behar, West Bengal to a Bengali family.[3][11] Her grandfather, Shekhar Chandra Roy was a well-known Jatra theatre artist. Her mother Mukti was a theatre artist, and her father Anil Roy was an office superintendent of the Cooch Behar Zilla Parishad.[12] She did her schooling till class 12th from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Baburhat, Cooch Behar and then went to Delhi.[12] She took up mass communication at Jamia Milia Islamia at her parents' insistence, but left the course midway and went to Mumbai to try her luck in the Bollywood film industry.[12][13] She finished her part 1 exams and did not return to Delhi after that.[13][12] She appeared as a background dancer in the song Nahi Hona in Run (2004).

Roy started her career in 2006 with the Ekta Kapoor drama Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, playing the role of Krishna Tulsi opposite Pulkit Samrat.[14] She then participated and won the first season of Zara Nachke Dikha along with Karishma Tanna and Jennifer Winget. Roy then appeared as Shivani in the series Kasturi. In 2008, she participated in Pati Patni Aur Woh along with Gaurav Chopra. In 2010, she played Roop in Do Saheliyaan.

Breakthrough, success and stardom in television (2011–2017)Edit

Roy at an event in 2015

In 2011, Roy starred in the Punjabi movie Hero Hitler in Love. She attained fame after playing the role of Sati in Life OK's mythological series Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev from 2011 to 2014.[15] During that time she played the lead as Meera opposite Aditya Redij in Life OK's Junoon – Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq in 2013.[16] In 2014, Mouni participated in the dance reality show on Colors Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in its seventh season along with Punit Pathak.

In 2015, Roy returned to television with Ekta Kapoor's supernatural series Naagin, playing the role of Shivanya opposite Arjun Bijlani and Adaa Khan. Roy described her character: "I have a simple look on the show, very little make-up, not so much eye-shadow, I’m enjoying it. I play Shivanya, who is a simple, innocent character, a dreamer lost in her own thoughts. She is sincere, curious, naive, and clumsy, and she keeps getting into trouble."[17] The series topped the TRP charts, making her a household name not only in India but in other countries as well. She became one of the players of Bijlani's team Mumbai Tigers in Box Cricket League. She hosted the dance show So You Think You Can Dance along with Rithvik Dhanjani on &TV. She played a double role in Season 2 of Naagin, with Karanvir Bohra playing the male lead. Her chemistry with Bijlani in season 1 and with Bohra in season 2 was highly appreciated by audience and established her as a leading actress in Indian Television Industry.[18][19] In 2016, Roy voiced the role of Sita in the animated film Mahayodha Rama. In the same year, she appeared in the song "Nachna Aunda Ni" in Tum Bin 2.[20]

Bollywood debut and break from television (2018–present)Edit

Roy promoting Gold in 2018

In 2018, Roy made her Bollywood debut alongside Akshay Kumar in Gold directed by Reema Kagti.[21] Her performance was praised. Hindustan Times wrote, "Mouni Roy as Akshay's wife Monobina is just the right mixture of crotchety and charming. With her grasp of Bengali, she brings that extra something to the film's milieu."[22] Suparna Sharma of Asian Age reviewed her performance and sensuality: "Her Monobina is created out of Punjabi men and women's fetishised fantasy of married Bengali women – snappy and scolding, but also sexy and sultry."[23] With global earnings of 1.5 billion, Gold emerged as a commercial success and became first Indian film to have a theatrical release in South Arabia.[24]

Roy followed the success of Gold with an item number named "Gali Gali" in December 2018; it featured in the Hindi version of K.G.F: Chapter 1.[25] The song, a recreation of a track from Tridev (1989), became extremely popular, and she was praised for her dance.[25] Since then, it has garnered over 3.5 billion views on YouTube.[26]

In May 2019, she made a cameo appearance in the final few episodes of Naagin 3 as Mahanaagrani Shivangi.[27]

Roy's first film release in 2019 was Romeo Akbar Walter, which also starred John Abraham and Jackie Shroff. Her performance as a R&AW spy drew mixed reviews. A Bollywood Hungama review stated, "Mouni Roy has an interesting part to essay. Though she does well, her character gets a raw deal."[28] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV criticised the length of her role: "Mouni Roy, cast as the hero's colleague and beloved, pops up now and then in an eminently forgettable role."[29] Romeo Akbar Walter underperformed at the box office.[30] Her next film, Made in China was released on the occasion of Diwali. Roy took Gujarati lessons for the film in which she enacted a disturbed housewife.[31] In a review by Vibha Maru of India Today, her performance was described as "a surprise package. Though given a small role, Mouni comes with much power, owning every bit of the screen time she gets in the film."[32] Made in China faced competition from Housefull 4 and Saand Ki Aankh, but proved a commercial success.[33]

Roy photographed at a dance class in December 2020

In 2020, she appeared as a pregnant R&AW spy named Uma Kulkarni in her first OTT feature film London Confidential.[10] Though critics were not impressed by the film, but praised Roy.[34] Rediff wrote, "Mouni Roy shows conviction in playing her part and is in a different avatar from her earlier performances in Gold and Made in China.".[35]

She was slated to play the female lead in Nawazuddin Siddiqui starer Bole Chudiyan, but she quit after clashes with the makers of the film.[36]

Roy also has an upcoming major project in 2020, the Indian superhero trilogy Brahmāstra, directed by Ayan Mukherjee and produced by Karan Johar. She will play the main antagonist in the film.[37][38]

Personal lifeEdit

Early in her career she entered into a relationship with actor Gaurav Chopra, the two also appeared on a reality show Pati Patni Aur Woh. However, soon both of them got separated.[39]

In January 2021, it was reported that Roy is soon set to marry her Dubai-based banker boyfriend Suraj Nambiar,[40][41][42] but she denied such reports saying that she is "sick of rumors and speculations."[43]


Year Title Role Refs
2006–2008 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Krishna Tulsi Eklavya Virani [14]
2008 Kaho Na Yaar Hai Contestant [44]
Kasturi Shivani Sabbarwal [45]
Zara Nachke Dikha Contestant [46]
2009 Pati Patni Aur Woh Contestant [47]
2010 Do Saheliyaan Roop [48]
Sshhh... Phir Koi Hai- Trittya Koena [49]
2011–2012, 2014 Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev Sati [50]
2012–2013 Junoon – Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq Meera [51]
2014 Nach Baliye 6 Guest contestant [52]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Contestant [53]
Bigg Boss 8 Guest [54]
2015 Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi Guest [55]
Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur Guest
Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest [56]
Bigg Boss 9 Guest [57]
2015–2016 Naagin 1 Shivanya Ritik Singh [58]
2016–2017 Naagin 2 Shivangi Rocky Pratap Singh / Shivanya Ritik Singh [59]
2016 Box Cricket League 2 Contestant [60]
Tashan-e-Ishq Herself [61]
Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani Herself [61]
Comedy Nights Live Herself [62]
Comedy Nights Bachao Herself [62]
So You Think You Can Dance Host [63]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Herself [64]
Bigg Boss 10 Guest [65]
2017 Bigg Boss 11 Guest [66]
Lip Sing Battle Contestant [67]
India's Next Top Model 3 Guest [68]
Entertainment Ki Raat Guest [69]
2018; 2019 Naagin 3 Mahanaagrani Shivangi Shivangi Rocky Pratap Singh / Shivanya Ritik Singh [70]
2018 Krishna Chali London Sundari (cameo) [71]
Dance Deewane Guest [72]
2019 Nach Baliye 9 Guest
2019 Bigg Boss 13 Guest
2021 Kuch To Hai: Naagin Ek Naye Rang Mein Mahanaagrani Shivangi and Naagin Shivanya (Episodic Role)


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Run Herself Special appearance in song "Nahi Hona Nahi Hona"
2011 Hero Hitler in Love Sahiban Punjabi film
2016 Mahayodha Rama Sita (voice) Animated film
Tum Bin II Herself Special appearance in song "Nachna Aaonda Nahin"
2018 Gold Monobina Das Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
K.G.F: Chapter 1 Lucy Special appearance in song "Gali Gali" (Hindi version only)
2019 Romeo Akbar Walter Shraddha Sharma / Parull Played a spy; based on story of Ravindra Kaushik
Made in China Rukmini Mehta
2020 London Confidential Uma Kulkarni ZEE5 release
2021 Brahmastra  Damyanti Filming

Music videosEdit

Year Title Notes Ref.
2020 Holi Mein Rangeele Along with Varun Sharma and Sunny Singh [73]
Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein Along with Nakash Aziz, remake of the song (of the same name) from Ajanabee (1974) [74]
2021 Patli Kamariya Sung by Tanishk Bagchi, Sukh-E and Parampara Tandon [75]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Work Award Category Result Reference
2016 Naagin Indian Television Academy Awards ITA Award for Best Actress Popular Won [76]
2016 Naagin Gold Awards Gold Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role (popular) Won
2016 Naagin Golden Petal Awards Best TV personality of the year Won
2016 Naagin Golden Petal Awards Best Actor (female) Nominated
2017 Naagin 2 Golden Petal Awards Best Actor (female) Won
2017 Naagin 2 Gold Awards Gold Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role (critics) Won
2017 Naagin 2 Gold Awards Gold Award for Face of the Year (female) Won
2017 Naagin 2 Big Zee Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining TV actor (female) Won
2018 Gold Filmfare Award Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut Nominated
2018 Gold Lux Golden Rose Awards Emerging New Beauty of the Year Nominated [77]
2018 Gold Star Screen Awards Best Ethnic Style (female) Won

See alsoEdit


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