Shweta Basu Prasad (born 11 January 1991) is an Indian actress.[1][2] She is known for her works in television, Hindi cinema, Telugu cinema and Tamil cinema. She won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for her role in Makdee (2002). After Iqbal (2005), she transitioned to adult roles and found success with Kotha Bangaru Lokam (2008), The Tashkent Files (2019), and OTT platform films and web series such as Serious Men (2020), Criminal Justice (Season 3, 2022), India Lockdown (2022), and Jubilee (2023).

Shweta Basu Prasad
At a restaurant launch in Mumbai, 2017
Born (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 33)
Jamshedpur, Bihar, (present-day Jharkhand), India
Occupation(s)Actress, film maker
Years active2002 – present
Rohit Mittal
(m. 2018; div. 2019)
Awardssection on awards

Shweta has also worked in Telugu, Tamil and Bengali language films. She made a documentary on Indian classical music, and has produced and written for short films. She made her directoral debut with the short film Retake in 2023.

Education and early career


Shweta Prasad was born in Jamshedpur, in Bihar (now in Jharkhand). She migrated to Mumbai with her family while still a child.[3] Basu is her mother's maiden name and Prasad is her father's surname.[4] In her earlier films she was credited as Shweta Prasad; later, she added her mother's maiden name to her screen name.[5]

Shweta studied commerce at the R. N. Podar High School, Santacruz, Mumbai, and completed her graduation in mass media and journalism. She has written columns for The Indian Express.[6]

President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Best Child Artist Award for the year 2002 to Shweta Prasad (right) for her role in Makdee at the 50th National Film Awards

Shweta made her film debut in 2002 with a double role in Makdee for which she got the National Award for Best Child Actress. She then got offers from television series Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Karishma Kaa Karishma. In 2005, director Nagesh Kukunoor offered her the film Iqbal, and she became a household name with the role of “Khadija” in the film. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 5th Karachi International Film Festival for Iqbal.[7][1]

She took a break after Iqbal and continued her studies.[8] She is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Media, and after her studies, she made a documentary Roots, on Indian classical music featuring the legends of the music industry. Shweta spent four years between 2012 and 2016 researching and making this documentary film, which features personalities like Shubha Mudgal, A R Rahman, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Jasraj, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Vishal Bhardwaj, Amit Trivedi and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The film also has a ten-minute animation bit showing a 5000-year history of Indian music. Shweta, who is herself trained in playing the Sitar, is a classical music enthusiast and made this project from her own pocket out of passion.[9] During the time, she worked as a script consultant at Phantom Films for an year.[10][11]

Television and later film career


Shweta made her debut in Telugu cinema in 2008, with the film Kotha Bangaru Lokam.[12] She has also done movies in Tamil and Bengali.[2][1]

She played the leading role of Nandini, wife of Chandragupta Maurya, in the television series Chandra Nandni (2016-2017). She said that this marked her comeback to television.[13]

Her next Hindi film outing was Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) by Dharma Productions.[14]

Shweta played a rookie journalist and central protagonist in The Tashkent Files (2019), a suspense drama thriller based on the death of India's second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. She received critical praise and acclaim from critics and audiences alike.[15] The film was received well commercially and was hailed as a surprise box office success of 2019,[16] after successfully making a 50-day Box Office run.

Shweta has worked on OTT films and series, Serious Men,[17] Comedy Couple,[18] and High[19] in 2020, Ray (2021),[20] Jamun (2021),[21] Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach (season 3, 2022),[22] and Jubilee (2023).[23]

Shweta has acted in short films Interior Café: Night, which she also produced,[24] Visa, Chubhan, and The Lovers. She made her directorial debut with the short film Retake, that she wrote as well. The film has Anupam Kher in the lead, and made its American premiere in the short films category at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) in May 2023.[25][26]




Year Film Role Language Notes
2002 Makdee Chunni / Munni Hindi Dual role; Child actress
2005 Iqbal Khadija Hindi lead actress
Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! Shweta
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Ashu Hindi
2008 Ek Nadir Galpo Anu Bengali Bengali Debut
Kotha Bangaru Lokam Swapna Telugu Telugu Debut
2009 Ride Rani Telugu
Kasko RJ Krishnaveni
2010 Kalavar King Shruti Telugu
2011 Raa Raa Gayathri Tamil Tamil Debut
Priyudu Telugu
Genius Item song "Dibiri Dibiri"
2012 Mai Tamil [27]
2013 Chandhamama Mary Tamil
2014 Interior Café: Night Young girl Hindi Short film[28]
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Urmila Shukla Bansal Hindi
Visa Tejaswini Hindi /English Short film[29]
2018 Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Aai (mother) Hindi
Vijetha Telugu
Megalopolis Svetlana Hindi
2019 The Tashkent Files Raagini Phule Hindi
Chubhan Meghna Short film
2020 Shukranu Reema Hindi ZEE5 film
The Lovers Nitya Short film[30]
Serious Men Anuja Dhavre Hindi Netflix film[17]
Comedy Couple Zoya Batra ZEE5 film[18]
2021 Jamun Chetna Hindi Eros Now release[21]
2022 India Lockdown Mehrunissa Hindi ZEE5 film

Television and web series

Year Work Role Network Notes
1998 X Zone Young Anu Zee TV Episode 94
2000-2008 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii Young Shruti Aggarwal Star Plus 2 episode
2001- 2003 Kutumb Vanshita Sony TV 250 episode
2002 Koshish - Ek Aashaa Kajal's Daughter, 2002) Zee TV 1 episode
2003-2004 Karishma Kaa Karishma Sweety Star Plus 65 episode
2003 The Magic Make-Up Box Maya Zee TV 33 episode
2015 2016 Darr Sabko Lagta Hai Pangkhuri &TV 1 episode
2016- 2017 Chandra Nandini Nandini Maurya Star Plus Main role
2018 Gangstars Aishwarya Amazon Video Telugu series
2019 Flip Mini series
2019- 2020 Hostages Shikha Pandey Disney+ Hotstar Main role, season 2
2020 Dr Donn ALTBalaji
2020–present High Dr. Shweta MX Player [19]
2021 Ray Maggie Netflix[20] episode: "Forget Me Not"
2022 Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach Lekha Disney+Hotstar [22]
2023 Jubilee Ratna Das Amazon Prime Video [23]

Personal life


In September 2014, Shweta was arrested from a hotel in Hyderabad after a police raid. She was detained by the police on charges of prostitution, and sent to a rescue home,[31] where she was held for two months.[32][33] In December 2014, the Metropolitan Sessions Court, Nampally, Hyderabad, withdrew all charges against her. After her release, she issued an open letter to the media clarifying as false and misleading, a statement attributed to her by a journalist at the time of the arrest.[31] In the letter, she said during the time of the arrest, she was attending the Santosham Film Awards event and staying at the hotel arranged by the organizers.[34]

She married filmmaker Rohit Mittal on 13 December 2018.[35] She announced their separation on Instagram on 10 December 2019.[36][37]


Year Film Award Category Result Ref
2003 Makdee 50th National Film Awards Best Child Artist Won [38]
2006 Iqbal Zee Cine Awards Best Actress (Critics) Won [39]
Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won [citation needed]
51st Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [40]
2007 5th Karachi International Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Won [7]
2009 Kotha Bangaru Lokam 56th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Nominated [41]
2009 Santosham Film Awards Best Actress Nominated [citation needed]


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