Rasika Dugal is an Indian actress.[1][2] She is known for her roles in several Indian movies and television shows.[3][4] She made her screen debut with a small role, in the film Anwar (2007)[5] and went on to star in many critically acclaimed films namely No Smoking (2007), Aurangzeb (2013), Qissa (2015), Train Station (2015), Tu Hai Mera Sunday (2017) and Hamid (2018).[6][7] In 2018, she was seen in the biographical movie Manto based on the life of writer Saadat Hassan Manto, where she essayed the role of Safia, Manto's wife,[8] for which she garnered her first Screen Award nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress. She appeared in movies like Lootcase and Darbaan, her performances in both of which were praised.[9][10][11][12]

Rasika Dugal
Dugal in 2016
Jamshedpur, Bihar (present-day Jharkhand), India
Years active2007–present
Known forMirzapur(2018-present)
(m. 2010)

Rasika's breakthrough came in the year 2018 with her role in the Amazon Prime Video original series Mirzapur,[13] for which she earned a nomination in Indian Television Academy Awards in the category of Best Actress in a web series. Since then, she has received critical appraisal for multiple web series, including Made in Heaven (2019), Delhi Crime (2019), Out of Love (2019-2021), A Suitable Boy (2020), and OK Computer (2021).[14][15]

In addition to films, Dugal is also active in the television industry. She has appeared in many television serials, such as Powder (2010), Kismat (2010), Upanishad Ganga (2012), and P.O.W.- Bandi Yuddh Ke (2016).[16][17] She co-wrote a short film with her husband (Mukul Chadda) titled Banana Bread.[18] She also did a comic podcast named Uncovidable (2020), which was created by Vekeana Dhillon. It is available on the Audible platform.[19]

Early life and education edit

Rasika Dugal was born in Circuit House Area, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand to Jessie Dugal and Raveen Dugal.[20] She attained a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 2004 from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi.[21] Subsequently, Dugal attended Sophia Polytechnic for a postgraduate diploma in Social Communications Media and FTII for a postgraduate diploma in acting.[22]

Career edit

Early roles, career struggles (2007-2014) edit

Rasika has been appearing in Hindi cinema since 2007. She first appeared in the film Anwar (2007) in a small role.[23][24] Then she appeared in various films but in a minor role namely No Smoking (2007), Hijack (2008), Tahaan (2008), Agyaat (2009), Kshay (2011) and Aurangzeb (2013).[25][26][27] Along with films, she appeared in television shows like Powder (2010), Rishta.com (2010), Kismat (2010), and Upanishad Ganga (2012).[28][29][30] None of her roles failed to leave an impact.

Critical acclaim (2015-2017) edit

In 2015, she starred in the critically acclaimed film Qissa in the role of Neeli. The film received praise from the critics as well as the audience. The critic's consensus was "A masterpiece that lovers of parallel cinema would thoroughly enjoy. This unconventional and heart-breaking folk tale captures human emotions unlike any other recent Indian film."[31] She also did a Malayalam language film Kammatti Paadam (2016), starring Dulquer Salmaan in the lead.[32] She also played a recurring role in the Barun Sobti starrer Tu Hai Mera Sunday (2016).[33]

She also appeared in television series like Dariba Dairies (2015) in the role of Zeenat Bano and P.O.W.- Bandi Yuddh Ke (2016) in the role of Shobha Thakur.[34] She turned host on the show Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik.[35] She also appeared in The Viral Fever web shows like Permanent Roommates (2016), Humorously Yours (2016-2019), and TVF Couples (2017).[36][37]

Recognition and commercial success (2018-present) edit

In 2018, she made a small appearance in the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories in Zoya Akhtar's segment.[38] Then she appeared in Nandita Das's biographical movie Manto (2018). The movie was about the life of playwright Saadat Hasan Manto, Rasika played the role of his wife Safia. Her performance was praised by the critics, for which she received her first nomination at the Screen Awards in the category of Best Supporting Actress. After Manto, she appeared in the critically acclaimed film Hamid (2018) co-starring Vikas Kumar and Talha Arshad Reshi, directed by Aijaz Khan. The film won many accolades including National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Urdu at the 66th National Film Awards and Rasika Dugal won the Best Actor Award for her role in the film Hamid at Rajasthan International Film Festival.[39][40]

Rasika at the special screening of Mirzapur in 2018

She then starred in the Amazon Prime Video original series Mirzapur. She portrayed the role of Beena Tripathi.[41] For her role in Mirzapur, she was nominated in the Indian Television Academy Awards in the category of Best Actress - Web Series. She also appeared in an episode of Zoya Akhtar's web series Made in Heaven, she portrayed the role of Nutan Yadav, the daughter of an ambitious politician willing to sacrifice his daughter's dreams for his political career. The show was released on Amazon Prime on 8 March 2019.[42]

Subsequently, she played the main role in Hotstar original series Out of Love (2019-2021), She played the role of Dr. Meera Kapoor. The show was renewed for a second season which was released on 21 May 2021.[43] She portrayed the role of a young IPS officer named Neeti Singh in the TV series Delhi Crime released on Netflix on 21 March 2019 which won the International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series.[44] She also starred in supporting roles in web series such as A Suitable Boy (2020) and OK Computer (2021).[citation needed] In 2020, her two films were released namely Lootcase and Darbaan.[45] In both of the films, her performance was praised by the critics. She also did a podcast titled Uncovidable (2020) which was released on Audible. It was created by Vekeana Dhillon.

Rasika was roped in for an international comedy audio series The Empire written by Anuvab Pal.[46] She will be next seen in Srijit Mukherji's Sherdil which also stars Neeraj Kabi and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles.[citation needed]

Personal life edit

In 2010, Rasika Dugal married fellow actor Mukul Chadda after dating for 3 years.[47][48] She enjoys reading Urdu poetry, learning music, and listening to podcasts.[49][50] She currently resides in Mumbai.[51]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Anwar Deepti [52]
No Smoking
2008 Hijack Neha
Tahaan Nadira [citation needed]
2009 Agyaat Sameera
2010 Thanks Maa [citation needed]
2011 Kshay Chhaya [53]
2013 Aurangzeb Trishla Phogat "Chhoti"
2014 Bombay Talkies Amrita Mathur
2015 Qissa Neeli [54]
Train Station Wife (India) [55][56]
2016 Kammatti Paadam Juhi Malayalam Film
Shor Se Shuruaat Lina
2017 Tu Hai Mera Sunday Tasneem [57][58][59]
2018 Once Again Sapna
Lust Stories Maid
Hamid Ishrat [60][61]
Manto Safia [62][63][non-primary source needed]
2019 #Gadhvi Laxmi
Hamidabai Ki Kothi Shabbo ZEE5 film [64][65]
2020 Lootcase Lata Hotstar film [66]
Darbaan Bhuri ZEE5 film [67][68]

Television edit

Year Show Role Notes Ref(s)
2010 Powder Rati [69]
Rishta.com [70]
Kismat Lubna
2012 Upanishad Ganga Various roles [71]
2015 Dariba Diaries Zeenat Bano [72][73]
2016 Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik Host Reality show [74]
P.O.W.- Bandi Yuddh Ke Shobha Thakur [75][76]

Web series edit

Year Show Role Platform Notes Ref(s)
2016 Permanent Roommates Cameo The Viral Fever Season 2; Episode 4 [77]
2016–2019 Humorously Yours Mrs. Kavya Goyal 9 episodes
2017 TVF Couples Kavya Episode: Saheb, Biwi aur Billi
2018–present Mirzapur Beena Tripathi Amazon Prime Video 19 episodes [citation needed]
2019 Made in Heaven Nutan Yadav 2 episodes
2019 – present Delhi Crime Neeti Singh Netflix 7 episodes
2019–2021 Out of Love Dr. Meera Kapoor Disney+ Hotstar 11 episodes [78][79]
2020 A Suitable Boy Savita Mehra Kapoor BBC One & Netflix [80]
2021 OK Computer Satoshi Disney+ Hotstar 2 episodes [81][82]
2022 Spike Rudra ZEE5 08 Episodes
2023 Adhura Supriya Amazon Prime Video 08 Episodes

Podcast edit

Denotes podcasts that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Platform Notes Ref(s)
2020 Uncovidable Vekeana Dhillon Audible 21 episodes [83]
TBA The Empire TBA TBA

Short films edit

Denotes short films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Ref(s)
2009 Narmeen Noor [84]
2010 Na Jeeva Maharaaj
2015 Agli Baar Faiza
2016 Chutney Rasika [85][86]
2017 Life Support
The School Bag Ammi [87]
2020 Banana Bread Shruti [88]
2022 The Miniaturist of Junagadh Nurhayat [89][90]

Awards and nominations edit

Rasika Dugal at the 2019 Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards
Year Award Show Award Title Result Ref(s)
2019 Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Manto Nominated [91]
Rajasthan International Film Festival Best Actress Hamid Won [citation needed]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress- Web Series Mirzapur Nominated [92]
iReel Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [93]
2021 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Actress Lootcase Nominated [94]
Best Actress- Web Series Mirzapur Nominated
2023 2023 Filmfare OTT Awards Best Supporting Actress (Drama Series) Delhi Crime (season 2) Nominated [95]

See also edit

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