Neha Dhupia

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Neha Dhupia
Neha Dhupia, Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort 2020 (5) (cropped).jpg
Born (1980-08-27) 27 August 1980 (age 41)[1]
Years active2000–present
Height5 ft 6.25 in (168 cm)
m. 2018)
Beauty pageant titleholder
Femina Miss India 2002
Miss Universe 2002
(Top-10 finalist)

Neha Dhupia (born 27 August 1980) is an Indian actress and model who works in Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, Malayalam and Japanese films. She has won the Femina Miss India 2002 pageant and was among the top 10 finalists in Miss Universe in the same year. She has also been one of the leaders of MTV Roadies since Season 14.

Early life[edit]

Dhupia was born in Cochin (present-day Kochi), India to a Sikh family.[3][2] Her father, Commander Pradip Singh Dhupia, served in the Indian Navy and mother, Manpinder, (Babli Dhupia) is a homemaker. She went to Naval Public School, Cochin then transferred to Navy Children School, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.She graduated from Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi, affiliated to the University of Delhi, with honours in History.[4]


Dhupia made her acting debut in a play in New Delhi called Graffiti. Thereafter she appeared in a music video for Indipop band Euphoria and modeled for advertisement campaigns. She then appeared in the TV serial Rajdhani. In 2002, she participated in the Femina Miss India pageant, where she was crowned as Miss Universe India 2002. She was subsequently sent to the Miss Universe 2002 pageant in Puerto Rico where she placed in the top 10.[5] After placing in the pageant, Dhupia intended to pursue a career in the Indian Foreign Service, but turned to acting instead.[6]

Film career[edit]

Her Bollywood debut was with the 2003 film Qayamat: City Under Threat, which had an average performance at the box office. She rose to fame with her role Julie[7] and then appeared in Sheesha (2005) in a dual role of twin sisters but it did not do well at the box office. She then starred in films such as Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005) and Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), which did well at the box office, and featured in a segment of the anthology film Dus Kahaniyaan (2007).

In the following years, Dhupia appeared in supporting roles in multiple films including Chup Chup Ke (2006), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007), Mithya (2008), Maharathi (2008), Singh Is Kinng (2008)[8] and Dasvidaniya (2008). In 2011, she played Eva Braun in the film Dear Friend Hitler about Mahatma Gandhi.


Dhupia has modeled on the runway for designers such as Rohit Bal and D'damas.[9] In 2016, Dhupia conceptualized and hosted a Bollywood podcast called #NoFilterNeha on the Indian music app Saavn, in which she interviews Bollywood celebrities. The show received positive reviews, with over 2.3 million listeners. Dhupia debuted season four in November 2019 and plans to expand the podcast into a web series.[10]

Dhupia and Angad Bedi in 2019

Personal life and off-screen work[edit]

Dhupia has run in the Mumbai Marathon to support the Concern India Foundation and helped to raise over 5 lakhs.[11] She also helped to raise money for victims of the 2011 Sikkim earthquake.[12] She performed at the GR8 Women's Award 2012.[13]

She also participated in the Hiru Golden Film Awards 2014 in Sri Lanka as a special guest along with Bollywood actors such as Sunil Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Anil Kapoor, and actress Bipasha Basu.[14]

She started dating actor Angad Bedi and the couple decided to get married in a private ceremony at a Gurudwara on 10 May 2018.[15] On 18 November 2018, she gave birth to a girl.[16] Neha Dhupia has been fat-shamed for her post-pregnancy weight gains by certain sections of the media.[17]



Year Film Role Notes
1994 Minnaram Child artist
2000 Ninja Odoru! Ninja Densetsu Meena Japanese film
2003 Ninne Istapaddanu Telugu film
Qayamat: City Under Threat Sapna Bollywood debut- Nominated- Filmfare Awards Best Debut Actress
Miss India: The Mystery
Villain Aisha Telugu film
Remake of Tamil film Villain
2004 Julie Julie
Rakht: What If You Can See the Future Rhea Trehan Special appearance
2005 Siskiyaan Ayesha Sheikh
Sheesha Sia/Ria Malhotra Double role
Kyaa Kool Hai Hum Dr. Rekha
Garam Masala Maggi
2006 Fight Club – Members Only Komal Special appearance
Teesri Aankh: The Hidden Camera Sapna
Chup Chup Ke Meenakshi Credited as Bandya
Utthaan Kiran Talreja
2007 Delhii Heights Suhana
Ek Chalis Ki Last Local Madhu
Shootout at Lokhandwala Rohini
Heyy Babyy Special appearance in song
Dus Kahaniyaan (Anthology film) story Strangers in the Night
2008 Rama Rama Kya Hai Drama Shanti
Mithya Sonam
Kabhi Pyar Na Karna Pakistani film in Urdu
De Taali Sara Special appearance
Singh Is Kinng Julie
Dasvidaniya Neha Bhanot
Maharathi Mallika
2009 Paying Guests Aarti Gupta
Bollywood Hero Lalima Lakhani Indian-American miniseries
De Dana Dan Anu Chopra
Raat Gayi Baat Gayi? Sophia Nominated, Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress
2010 Action Replayy Mona
Phas Gaye Re Obama Munni (Gangster)
2011 Parama Veera Chakra Razia Sultana Telugu film
Dear Friend Hitler Eva Braun Amrapali Media Vision film
Pappu Can't Dance Saala Mahak
2012 Maximum Supriya
I M 24 Sheela
Kismet Love Paisa Dilli Cameo
Rush Lisa Kapoor
2013 Rangeelay Simmy Punjabi film -Nominated- PTC Best Actress
2014 Double Di Trouble Herself Special appearance in song "Lak Tunu Tunu"
Ungli Teestha
Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami Jayaprabha
2016 Santa Banta Pvt Ltd Kareena Roy
Moh Maya Money Divya
2017 Hindi Medium Mrs. Aarti Suri
Tumhari Sulu Maria
Qarib Qarib Singlle Cameo
2018 Lust Stories Rekha Karan Johar's segment
Helicopter Eela Lisa Marine
2020 Devi Unnamed Short film
2021 A Thursdaydagger
TBA Sanak


Year Series Role TV Channel Notes
2000 Rajdhani Star Plus
2001 Woh Koun Thi Archna StarPlus Episode 14
2011 Comedy Circus Host/presenter Sony Entertainment Television 1 episode
2013 Nautanki: The Comedy Theatre Herself Colors TV Team Owner[19]
2014 CEO's Got Talent[20] Judge CNBC TV18 1 Season
2016–present MTV Roadies Herself MTV India Gang Leader
2017 Chhote Miyan Dhakkad Judge Colors TV [21]
2018 BFFs with Vogue Host Colors Infinity [22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result
2004 Qayamat: City Under Threat Filmfare Award Best Female Debut Nominated
Screen Awards Best Female Debut Won
Star Guild Awards Best Female Debut Nominated
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated
2005 Julie Nominated
2007 Chup Chup Ke Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2009 Singh Is Kinng Nominated
2010 Raat Gayi Baat Gayi? Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2011 Phas Gaye Re Obama Jeeyo Bollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Stardust Awards Best Actress Nominated
2013 Rangeelay PTC Awards Best Actress Nominated
2018 Tumhari Sulu Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
Zee Cine Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
N/A Sony Pictures India Awards Breaking Societal Stereotypes Won[23]


In March 2020, she was abused on social media after a clip from the reality show MTV Roadies went viral. In the clip, Dhupia berated a male contestant who claimed to have slapped his girlfriend for cheating on him. Dhupia was targetted with abusive comments claiming that she was "hypocritical" since her reaction to a female contestant who said she had slapped four men was not as strong. Her critics accused her of misrepresenting what feminism and gender equality stand for.[24][25] In a later statement, Dhupia claimed that her reaction had been misrepresented and taken out of context, but that she stood by her opinion that physical abuse can not be tolerated no matter what the purported cause is.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. "Birthday Special: Neha Dhupia's Sleeping life". Rediff. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Touchdown #kochi #kerela". Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  3. "Neha Dhupia - It's all about the Bollywood". Archived from the original on 10 December 2004. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  4. "Shah Rukh Khan collects his degree after 28 years: 10 Bollywood stars who graduated from DU". India Today. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016.
  5. Daigle, Katy (30 May 2002). "Five Miss Universe Finalists Picked". Associated Press.
  6. "Air rare for Bollywood star". New Zealand Herald. 14 October 2016.
  7. "Actress Neha Dhupia says handsome men aren't her type, but try cooking". The Canadian Press. 24 August 2006.
  8. Canning, Simon (6 September 2007). "The lure of a vast Indian audience". The Australian. p. 38.
  9. Reddy, Sujata (23 January 2009). "Such a ramp age". Hindustan Times.
  10. Siingh, Simran (5 November 2019). "Neha Dhupia on fourth season of her JioSaavn podcast: I'm glad most of my guests enjoy being 'unfiltered'". First Post.
  11. "B-town celeb quotient high at Mumbai Marathon". Times of India. IANS. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  12. Sen, Zinia (2 October 2011). "B'wood going all out to raise money". Times of India. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  13. "The ITA Awards » GR8! Women Achiever Awards". 15 February 2012. Archived from the original on 18 March 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  14. "Hiru Golden Film Awards". Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  15. "Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi are wife and husband now. See pics from wedding". Hindustan Times. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  16. "Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi blessed with a baby girl - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  17. "New mom Neha Dhupia gets fat-shamed for her post-pregnancy weight". The Times of India. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  18. "Yami Gautam and Neha Dhupia start shooting for A Thursday". India Today. 12 March 2021. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  19. "New show Nautanki : The Comedy Theatre launches!". The Times of India. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  21. "Sohail Khan to join Neha Dhupia as judge of Colors' Chhote Miyan". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  22. "Neha Dhupia's BFFs With Vogue, now in an all-inclusive avatar".
  24. Deol, Taran (16 March 2020). "Even Neha Dhupia doesn't get feminism. MTV Roadies proves it". ThePrint. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  25. "Neha Dhupia Accused Of 'Fake Feminism' After Rebuking Roadies Contestant Who Slapped Girlfriend". Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  26. "HNeha Dhupia, Trolled For Rebuking Roadies Contestant Who Slapped Girlfriend, Stands By What She Said: "Abuse Not Acceptable"".

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Preceded by
Celina Jaitley
Miss India Universe
Succeeded by
Nikita Anand

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