Shweta Basu Prasad

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Shweta Basu Prasad
Shweta Basu Prasad portrait.jpg
Born (1991-01-11) 11 January 1991 (age 31)
Jamshedpur, Bihar, India (Now in Jharkhand)
Years active2002 – present
Rohit Mittal
m. 2018; div. 2019)

Shweta Basu Prasad (born 11 January 1991) is an Indian film actress. She has established a career in the Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi films and has won the National Film Awards, also has been nominated for Filmfare Awards South.

Personal life[edit]

Shweta Basu Prasad was born in Jamshedpur on January 11, 1991 in Bihar (Now in Jharkhand) and later migrated with her family to Mumbai when she was still 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]


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.

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 was Badrinath Ki Dulhania by Dharma Productions.[8]

Shweta played a rookie journalist and central protagonist in The Tashkent Files, 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.[9] The film was received well commercially and has been hailed as a surprise box office success of 2019,[10] after successfully making a 50-day Box Office run.



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

Television and web series[edit]

Year Work Role Network Notes
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
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 Main role
2021 Ray Maggie Netflix episode: "Forget Me Not"


Year Film Award Category Result Ref
2003 Makdee 50th National Film Awards Best Child Artist Won [11]
2006 Iqbal Zee Cine Awards Zee Critics Best Actress Won
2006 Screen Award Best Supporting Actress Won
2006 51st Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [12]
2007 5th Karachi International Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Award Won
2009 Kotha Bangaru Lokam 56th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Telugu Nominated [13]
2009 Santosham Film Awards Best Actress Nominated


  1. "Shweta Basu Prasad talks about divorce with Rohit Mittal: 'We've filed for a legal separation, are perfectly cordial'". Hindustan Times.
  2. "Shweta Basu Prasad columns". 19 November 2017.
  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".
  5. "Shweta Basu Prasad Announces Separation from Husband Rohit Mittal in Less Than a Year of Marriage". News18. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. "Here's Why Shweta Basu Prasad Took a Break from Acting Despite the Success of Makdee, Iqbal". News18. 19 April 2019.
  7. "Makdee star Shweta Basu Prasad makes a documentary about classical music". Hindustan Times. 9 February 2017.
  8. "Shweta Basu Prasad calls prostitution controversy nazar ka kaala tikka of her life - Times of India". The Times of India.
  9. Hungama, Bollywood. "The Tashkent Files Review 1.5/5 | The Tashkent Files Movie Review | The Tashkent Files 2019 Public Review | Film Review".
  10. 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".
  11. "50th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 July 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  12. "Filmfare Awards Winners 2006: Complete list of winners of Filmfare Awards 2006". Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  13. "56th Idea Filmfare Awards 2008 South: The winners". The Times of India. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2021.

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