Shweta Basu Prasad

Shweta Basu Prasad (born 11 January 1991) is an Indian film actress. She started her career as a child actress in Hindi films and television series and then went on to play lead and side roles in Bengali, Telugu, and Tamil cinema.[1] For her performance in the 2002 film Makdee, she won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist.

Shweta Basu Prasad
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Born (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 29)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActress
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)
Rohit Mittal
(m. 2018; div. 2019)

Personal lifeEdit

Shweta Basu Prasad was born in Jamshedpur on January 11, 1991 in Jharkhand and later migrated with her family to Bombay (present-day Mumbai) when she was a child.

Shweta studied commerce in the R. N. Podar High School, Santacruz, Mumbai and completed her graduation in mass media and journalism. She wrote columns for The Indian Express.[2]

She added her mother's maiden name Basu to her screen name,[3] and she married filmmaker Rohit Mittal on 13 December 2018.[4] She announced their separation on Instagram on 10 December 2019.[5]

CareerEdit

 
The President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Best Child Artist Award for the year 2002 to Shweta Prasad for her role in "Makdee" (along with, P. S. Keerthana for Kannathil Muthamittal ) at the 50th National Film Awards

Shweta began her career at a very tender age. She started in television but soon moved to Bollywood. Her film debut in 2002 was with a double role in Makdee for which she got the National Award for Best Child Actress. After her success on the silver screen, she got offers from television series such as Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii and Karishma Kaa Karishma. In 2005, her talent was again recognized by director Nagesh Kukunoor and he 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.

Shweta took a break after Iqbal and continued her studies.[6] She is a graduate in Journalism and Mass Media, and after her studies, she made a documentary 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 music giants like Shubha Mudgal, A R Rahman, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Vishal Bhardwaj, Amit Trivedi and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan among many other legends. 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, and this documentary film, Roots, is now available on Netflix.[7]

Shweta made her debut in Telugu cinema in 2008, with the film Kotha Bangaru Lokam. She has made eight movies in Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali so far.

Apart from films and television, Shweta has explored behind-the-camera work, and worked as a script consultant at Phantom films.

Shweta has made her grand comeback with the Balaji Telefilms television series Chandra Nandni as leading actress Nandni, and her next Hindi film outing would be Badrinath Ki Dulhania by Dharma Productions.

Shweta was recently seen in Bollywood film The Tashkent Files directed by Vivek Agnihotri. The suspense drama thriller is based on the death of India's Second Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. Shweta plays a rookie journalist and central protagonist named Ragini Phule. Shweta has received critical praise and acclaim from the critics and audiences alike.[8] The film was received well commercially and has been hailed as a surprise box office success of 2019,[9] after successfully making a 50-day Box Office run.

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Films
Year Title Role Language Notes
2002 Makdee Chunni/Munni Hindi
2005 Iqbal Khadija Hindi
Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! Shweta Hindi
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Ashu Hindi
2008 Kotha Bangaru Lokam Swapna Telugu
Ek Nadir Galpo: Tale of a River Anu Bengali
2009 Kasko Krishnaveni Telugu
Ride Rani Telugu
2010 Kalavar King Shruthi Telugu
2011 Raa Raa Gayathri Tamil
Priyudu Shweta Telugu Cameo
2012 Nuvvekkadunte Nenakkadunta Haritha Telugu
Mai Tamil
2013 Chandhamama Mary Tamil
2015 Intelligent Idiots Item number Telugu
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Urmila Shukla Bansal Hindi
2018 Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Aai Hindi cameo
2019 The Tashkent Files Raagini Phule Hindi
2020 Shukranu Reema Hindi on Zee5[10]
2020 Serious Men Anuja Dhavre Hindi Netflix
2020 Comedy Couple Zoya Batra Hindi Zee5
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii Shruti
2003-2004 Karishma Kaa Karishma Sweety
2016 Super 2 Contestant Eliminated on 15th week
2016-2017 Chandra Nandini Maharani Nandini / Roopa (Double role)
2018 Gangstars Aishwarya Amazon TV Web Series
2019 Flip Aunt Web Series[11]
2020 Hostages Shikha Pandey Hotstar
2020 High Dr. Shweta MX Player
Other Works
Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Producer Actor Role
2014 Interior Cafe Night No Yes Yes Young Lady Short Film
2016 Roots-Documentary on Indian Classical Music Yes Yes No Narrator Documentary
2017 Visa No No Yes Tejaswi Short Film
2018 Roop Ki Rani No Yes No Short Film
2019 Chubhan No No Yes Meghna Short Film

AwardsEdit

Film
Year Award Category Film Result
2002 National Film Awards Best Child Artist Makdee Won
Star Screen Awards Best Child Actor Won
IIFA Awards Best Child Actor Won
Disney Awards Children's Choice Won
2005 Star Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Iqbal Won
Karachi International Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Won
Pogo Awards Children's Choice Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress- Critics Won
IIFA Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2008 Santosham Awards Best Debut Female Kotha Bangaru Lokam Won
Filmfare Award Best Actress Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Court allows Shweta Basu Prasad, actress held in prostitution racket, to leave rescue home - Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Shweta Basu Prasad columns".
  3. ^ Shweta Prasad's name games. Hindustan Times (2007-11-26). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  4. ^ "Trending Pics From Actress Shweta Basu Prasad's Wedding". NDTV.com.
  5. ^ "Shweta Basu Prasad Announces Separation from Husband Rohit Mittal in Less Than a Year of Marriage". News18. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Here's Why Shweta Basu Prasad Took a Break from Acting Despite the Success of Makdee, Iqbal". News18.
  7. ^ "Makdee star Shweta Basu Prasad makes documentary about classical music". Hindustan Times. 9 February 2017.
  8. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "The Tashkent Files Review 1.5/5 | The Tashkent Files Movie Review | The Tashkent Files 2019 Public Review | Film Review".
  9. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (25 April 2019). "The Tashkent Files Box Office Collections – The Tashkent Files continues with good momentum, should find screens in third week too :Bollywood Box Office - Bollywood Hungama".
  10. ^ Shukranu on Zee5
  11. ^ Uniyal, Parmita (29 March 2019). "Flip review: Bejoy Nambiar's web series shows you the Indian Black Mirror". India Today. Retrieved 12 April 2019.

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