Neha Marda (born 23 September 1985) is an Indian television actress.[1] She is well known for her roles in Balika Vadhu, Doli Armaano Ki and Kyun Rishton Mein Katti Batti.[2][3] In 2015, she participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

Neha Marda
Neha Marda in 2014.jpg
Marda in 2014
Born (1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 (age 36)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
OccupationTelevision actress, Dancer
Years active2005–Present
Known for
Ayushman Agarwal
(m. 2012)

Life and careerEdit

1991–2008: Early life and acting debutEdit

Marda was born on 23 September 1985 and brought up in a Marwari family in a district town near Kolkata.[4] Neha is a native of Rajasthan.

Marda was first recognized when she participated in Sony TV's Boogie Woogie as a contestant and became the winner in 2004. She was a part of the show when she was 11, 17 and 19 and judged for an episode when she was 21.[5] In 2005, she made her acting debut in Sahara One's Saath Rahega Always.[6] After the show went off air she played Shruti in Ghar Ek Sapnaa.

In 2006, she appeared in Zee TV's Mamta as Simran.[7] In 2007, she acted in Ssshhhh...Koi Hai in an episodic appearance followed by acting in Ekta Kapoor's Kahe Naa Kahe as Manvi.

2008–2015: Breakthrough with Balika Vadhu and Doli Armaanon KiEdit

In 2008, she played the main lead as Priyamvada in Zee TV's Ek Thi Rajkumari opposite Ali Merchant.[8] Marda's breakthrough came when she landed the role of Gehna in Colors TV's longest running show, Balika Vadhu which she played from 2008 until 2011.[9] In 2009, she played the lead in Jo Ishq Ki Marzi Woh Rab Ki Marzi opposite Neil Bhatt.[10] From 2009 until 2010, Marda played the negative role of Pratima in Star Plus's Shraddha.

In 2010, participated in Imagine TV's Meethi Choori No 1.[11] In January 2011, she appeared as a guest contestant in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 where she was paired with contestant Meiyang Chang. In 2011, she participated in Kitchen Champion 4[12] and Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan.[13] Marda later acted in shows like Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai (2012) and Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev (2013).[14]

Marda was cast in Zee TV's Doli Armaano Ki, playing the lead role as Urmi opposite Mohit Malik.[15] In 2015, Marda quit the show getting replaced by Manasi Salvi.[16][17] The show ended on 25 September 2015.

2015–present: Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and further projectsEdit

In September 2015, after leaving Doli Armaano Ki, Marda participated in Colors TV's dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in it's eighth season.[18] She entered as a wild card entrant along with Anita Hassanandani and Roopal Tyagi.[19] She, along with her choreographer Rajit Dev had got eliminated after two weeks.[20][21] In 2016, she participated in Box Cricket League 2 where she joined Karan Wahi's team, 'Delhi Draggons'.[22] In 2017, she appeared as a guest contestant in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 for the teen ka tadka special week and performed along with Hina Khan.

In 2018, she joined Zee TV's Piya Albela playing Bella. Later she appeared in an episodic role of Genda in &TV's Laal Ishq opposite Sartaj Gill. In 2019, she participated in Khatra Khatra Khatra. Since 2020, Marda has been playing the lead role as Shubhra in Zee TV's Kyun Rishton Mein Katti Batti opposite Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi.[23][24] Neha Quit Kyun Rishton Mein Katti Batti on 13th October 2021 due to her Personal Issues.The makers decided to take a leap in a show where Neha was Supposed to play the role of Her Character Shubra's daughter in the show but when she decided to quit the makers decided to pull off the plug of the show in December 2021. [25]

Other workEdit

On 1 July 2018, she founded an academy in Patna known as the Royal Opera House Academy(ROHA)[26] that provides training in dance, drama and singing to performing arts enthusiasts.[27][28][29]

Neha Marda is popularly known as 'Gehna' for her role in the Balika Vadhu series. In an interview, Neha said, "she watched the CDs of Bandit Queen to get into the skin of her character Gehna in Balika Vadhu."[30]

Personal lifeEdit

On 10 February 2012, in Kolkata, she married Ayushman Agrawal, a Patna-based businessman,[31] in an arranged marriage.[32]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 Boogie Woogie Contestant [5]
2005 Saath Rahega Always Pihu [6]
Ghar Ek Sapnaa Shruti [6]
2006 Mamta Simran [7]
2007 Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai Pallavi Episode 23
Kahe Naa Kahe Manvi
2008–2012 Balika Vadhu Gehna Basant Singh/ Gehna Niranjan Singh [9]
2008 Ek Thi Rajkumari Priyamvada [8]
2009 Jo Ishq Ki Marzi Woh Rab Ki Marzi Sunaina [10]
Laughter ke Phatke Guest
2009–2010 Shraddha Pratima
2010 Meethi Choori No 1 Contestant [11]
2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Herself Guest [6]
Bigg Boss 4 Guest
Ratan Ka Rishta Guest
Kitchen Champion 4 Contestant [12]
Just Dance Co-choreographer of winner Ankan Sen
Star Ya Rockstar
Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan [13]
2012 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai Ishita
2013 Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev Vrinda [14]
2013–2015 Doli Armaano Ki Urmi Singh Rathore [16]
2014 Dance India Dance 4 Guest appearance
Kumkum Bhagya Guest appearance
Pavitra Rishta Guest appearance
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8 Contestant Wild card [19]
2016 Box Cricket League 2 Player in Delhi Dragons [22]
2017 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 Guest Contestant
2018 Piyaa Albela Bella
Laal Ishq Genda
2019 Khatra Khatra Khatra Contestant Special appearance
2020–2021 Kyun Rishton Mein Katti Batti Shubhra Chaddha [24]
2021 Kundali Bhagya Guest appearance
Meet: Badlegi Duniya Ki Reet Guest appearance

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Show Result
2014 Indian Television Academy Awards GR8! Performer of the Year – Female Doli Armaano Ki Nominated


  1. ^ Bhatia, Saloni (16 June 2012). "A new face on TV, again!". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 25 February 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  2. ^ Yadav, Kavita. "Neha's parents on a groom hunt; she wants an arranged match".
  3. ^ "'Balika Vadhu' actress Neha Marda is a beach baby, a look at her style file".
  4. ^ "Balika Vadhu fame Neha Marda has transformed into a stunning diva; her latest Instagram uploads are proof!". 6 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Neha Marda: I fasted throughout sawan for my husband". 17 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d "Neha Marda offered Bigg Boss 15, says she can be the winner. Here's why". 27 May 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Balika Vadhu fame actress Neha Marda enjoys beaches in Thailand". 4 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Neha Marda in Ek Thi Rajkumari". The Times of India. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Neha Marda quits Balika Vadhu". 21 November 2011.
  10. ^ a b "On air at last". 15 January 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Dimpy's saga will not impact our TRP: Shabbir". 3 August 2010.
  12. ^ a b "Neha Marda to learn kitchen politics". 1 June 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Dated sets,Bollywood trap haunt Nachle Ve". 8 November 2010.
  14. ^ a b "Neha Marda makes a comeback with Mahadev". 10 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Zee TV announces the launch of 'Doli Armanon Ki'". 17 November 2013. Archived from the original on 22 November 2013.
  16. ^ a b "Neha Marda refuses to play mother to Mohit, quits TV show". 17 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Doli Armaanon Ki: Story so far". 26 June 2015.
  18. ^ "Neha to join reel hubby Mohit on Jhalak". 31 August 2015.
  19. ^ a b "Jhalak Wild Card entries: Neha Marda, Roopal Tyagi and Anita Hassanandani to enter?". 28 August 2015.
  20. ^ "Neha Marda eliminated from Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa". 26 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Reloaded: Neha Marda eliminated". 24 September 2015.
  22. ^ a b "200 Actors, 10 Teams, and 1 Winner... Let The Game Begin". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  23. ^ "It's reel character, but real impact for Neha Marda".
  24. ^ a b "Neha Marda on making a comeback with new show Kyun Rishton Mein Katti Batti". The Times of India.
  25. ^ [1]
  26. ^ "TV actress launches academy in city". The Telegraph. Kolkota. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  27. ^ "Neha on Instagram: "Biggest moment of my life " ROYAL OPERA HOUSE" Academy of performing arts in PATNA Proud to announce its logo launch today . Plz check…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Neha on Instagram: "#newacademy #newstart #lookingfoward #tocuall #patna #acting #singing #activity #royaloperahouse#lovemybaby #sumita #avikagor #balikavahu…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  29. ^ "The Times of India Star Photos". The Times of India. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  30. ^ "The Times of India Star Photos". The Times of India. 9 March 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  31. ^ Maheshwri, Neha (3 August 2012). "Neha Marda is missing lights and camera". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  32. ^ Tiwari, Vijaya (15 June 2011). "Mumbai se gayi Patna...Neha Marda". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 9 May 2012.

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