Tejasswi Prakash Wayangankar (born 10 June 1993)[1] is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi television and Marathi films. She is best known for her role of Ragini in Colors TV's drama series Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur, and the triple role of Pratha, Prathna and Pragati in Colors TV's supernatural drama series Naagin 6.

Tejasswi Prakash
Prakash in 2023
Tejasswi Prakash Wayangankar

(1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 30)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Alma materRajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Mumbai (B.E)
Years active2012–present

In 2020, Prakash participated in Colors TV's stunt-based show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10.[2] In 2021, she won its controversial reality show Bigg Boss 15.[3][4] She made her Marathi film debut with Mann Kasturi Re, which earned her a nomination at the Filmfare Marathi Awards for Best Female Debut.[5]

Early life and education edit

Prakash was born on 10 June 1993[6][7][8] in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and was raised in a Marathi family.[9][10] She is an engineer by education. She graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Mumbai University.[11]

Career edit

Early work (2012–2018) edit

Prakash began her acting career in 2012, with Life OK's thriller 2612 playing Rashmi Bhargava. In 2013, she was seen playing Dhara Vaishnav in Colors TV's soap opera Sanskaar - Dharohar Apnon Ki opposite Jay Soni.

From 2015 to 2016, she portrayed the leading role of Ragini Maheshwari in Colors TV's popular drama romance Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur, which earned her nominations for Indian Telly Awards and Golden Petal Awards.

In 2017, she was seen portraying Diya Singh in Sony TV's mystery drama Pehredaar Piya Ki. After Pehredaar Piya Ki ended, Prakash was re-cast as Diya Singh in Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya.[12][13]

In 2018, she portrayed Uruvi in Star Plus's mythological drama Karn Sangini opposite Aashim Gulati.[14]

Success and recent work (2019–present) edit

Prakash at Lokmat Most Stylish Awards 2022

In 2019, Prakash was seen portraying Mishti Khanna in the second season of Voot's romantic drama Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka alongside Kunal Jaisingh and Aneri Vajani.[15]

In 2020, she made her reality TV debut through participation in Colors TV's popular stunt-based show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10. Despite being one of the strongest contenders, she had to quit the show midway through after suffering a severe eye injury which ended her journey at 6th place.[16]

In 2021, she participated in Colors TV's reality show Bigg Boss 15 where she survived for 17 weeks inside the house and emerged as the winner of the show.[17]

Soon after Bigg Boss 15 ended, in February 2022, she was signed for Ekta Kapoor's popular supernatural franchise Naagin 6 as the protagonist Pratha Gujral, a shape-shifting serpent.[18] As a part of the leap tracks of the same season, she played a double role of a mother-daughter, Pratha Gujral and Prathna Gujral. Naagin 6 turned out to be the longest running season of the popular franchise.

In November 2022, Prakash made her Marathi debut alongside Abhinay Berde in the romantic drama Mann Kasturi Re directed by Sanket Mane, which gave her a nomination for the Best Actress Debut at the Filmfare Marathi Awards 2022.[19]

Personal life edit

Prakash is dating actor and host Karan Kundrra. They participated in the reality show Bigg Boss 15 and started dating after that.[20][21]

In media edit

Prakash was included by Femina in its Beautiful Indians 2022 list, "Celebs for Good", for her contributions to the welfare of stray animals and challenged individuals.[22]

She was included by HT City in its 30 Under 30 list of 2022 for the Television category.[23] She was awarded the Digital Sensation of the Year at Filmfare Middle East 2022 held in Dubai.[24]

Prakash secured the 8th position in the UK list of the Top 50 Asian Celebrities in the World by Eastern Eye for her work in Indian television in 2022.[25][26]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Year Title Role Language Ref.
2022 Mann Kasturi Re Shruti Sarnaik Marathi [27]
2023 School College Ani Life Indu [28]

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012–2013 2612 Rashmi Bhargava [29]
2013–2014 Sanskaar – Dharohar Apnon Ki Dhara
2015–2016 Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur Ragini Gadodia [30]
2017 Pehredaar Piya Ki Diya Singh [31]
2017–2018 Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya [32]
2018–2019 Karn Sangini Uruvi [33]
2020 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Contestant 6th place [34]
2021 Zee Comedy Show Comedian [35]
2021–2022 Bigg Boss 15 Contestant Winner [36]
2022–2023 Naagin 6 Pratha Gujral [37]
Prathna Gujral Ahlawat
Pragati Iyer

Special appearances edit

Year Title Role Ref.
2014 Beintehaa Dhara [38]
2015 Comedy Nights with Kapil Ragini [39]
2015–2016 Sasural Simar Ka
2016 Krishnadasi
Balika Vadhu
Ishq Ka Rang Safed
Thapki Pyar Ki
Comedy Nights Live
Comedy Nights Bachao
Box Cricket League 2 Herself
2018 Swisswale Dulhania Le Jayenge 2 Simran
2019 Ace of Space 2 Herself
Kitchen Champion 5
Shaadi Ho Toh Aisi Jiya
2020 Bigg Boss 13 Herself
2021 Chala Hawa Yeu Dya
2022 Spy Bahu - Rang Barse 2022 Pratha
Khatra Khatra Khatra Herself
Dance Deewane Juniors 1
Lock Upp [40]
Saavi Ki Savaari - Ganesh Utsav Pratha
Fu Bai Fu Herself
2023 Chala Hawa Yeu Dya
Entertainment Ki Raat Housefull
Bekaboo Prathna

Web series edit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Mishti Khanna Season 2 [41]
2020-2021 Ladies vs Gentlemen Panelist Season 1 [42]

Music videos edit

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2020 Intezaar Ikka, Themxxnlight
Sunn Zara JalRaj [43]
Ae Mere Dil Abhay Jodhpurkar [44]
Kalakaar Kulwinder Billa [45]
2021 Fakira Amit Mishra [46]
Mera Pehla Pyaar Javed Ali, Nikhita Gandhi [47]
2022 Duaa Hai Vineet Singh
Kyun Na Aaye Pranav Vatsa
Rula Deti Hai Yasser Desai [48]
Baarish Aayi Hai Stebin Ben, Shreya Ghoshal [49]
2023 Door Hova Gey Jassie Gill [50]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2015 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Negative Role Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur Nominated [51]
2022 Lokmat Stylish Awards Most Stylish Emerging Icon Won [52]
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress Popular Naagin 6 Nominated [53]
2023 Filmfare Marathi Awards Best Actress Debut Mann Kasturi Re Nominated [54]
Bollywood Hungama Style Icons Most Stylish TV Actor (Female) Won [55]
Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Stunningly Stylish Actress TV Won [56]
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress Female Naagin 6 Nominated [57]
Favorite Actress in Mythology Role Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards India Favorite TV Actress Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress Popular Nominated [58]

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