Shweta Basu Prasad is an Indian actress and entrepreneur, best known for playing the dual roles of Chunni and Munni in the Hindi film Makdee (2002); He won the National Award for Best Child Actor for the film.
Shweta Basu Prasad was born on Friday, 11 January 1991 (Age 32 years; by 2023) Jamshedpur, Bihar, India (now in Jharkhand). Later Shweta shifted to Mumbai with her family. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.
From 2006 to 2010, he attended RN Poddar School, Jain Derasar Marg, Santacruz West, Mumbai. In 2014, she pursued her graduation in Mass Media, Arts and Journalism at Sikkim Manipal University – Distance Education. In 2021, he did Film Appreciation Course (Online) from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
Height (Approx.): 5′ 3″
Weight (Approx.): 55 kg
Hair Color: brown
Eye Colour: brown
Figure (approx.): 36-28-34
Shweta belongs to a Bengali family.
parents and siblings
His father Anuj Prasad is a businessman and civil engineer. His father has worked in various theater plays. His mother Sharmishtha Basu has a keen interest in Indian classical music. His brother, Rahul Prasad, is a health coach and sports nutritionist.
In 2013, Shweta started dating Indian film producer Rohit Mittal. After being in a live-in relationship for two and a half years, the couple tied the knot on 13 December 2018. They followed Bengali and Marwari wedding rituals.
However, within a year of their marriage, Shweta announced her separation from her husband through her Instagram account. On 9 December 2019, he uploaded a post on Instagram which read,
Hi Everyone, Rohit Mittal and I have mutually decided to part our ways and end our marriage. After months of contemplation, we came to this decision a few months ago as individuals, in each other’s best interests. Not every book should be read cover to cover, it does not mean that the book is bad, or one cannot read, some things are left incomplete. Thank you Rohit for the irreplaceable memories and always inspiring me. Have a wonderful life ahead, always cheering you on.”
Later Shweta and Rohit filed for divorce.
In 1998, Shweta started her career as a child artist in the Hindi TV series ‘X Zone’, in which she played the role of young Anu. This series used to air on Zee TV.
She then acted in several Hindi TV serials such as Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii (2000), Kutumb (2001), Koshish – Ek Asha (2002), and Karishma Ka Karishma (2003).
In 2015, he made his debut as a lead actor in the episodic TV series Darr Sabko Lagta Hai, which aired on &TV. In the series, she appeared in the episode “Hostel”, in which she played the role of Pangkhuri.
She gained immense popularity with her role as Nandini Maurya in the Hindi TV series ‘Chandra Nandini’ (2017), which aired on Star Plus.
In 2018, Shweta made her Telugu web series debut with the Amazon Video web series ‘Gangstars’, in which she played the role of Aishwarya.
He made his Hindi web series debut with the 2019 mini-series ‘Flip’.
She then appeared in several Hindi web series such as ‘Hostages’ (2019; Disney+ Hotstar), ‘Dr Don’ (2020; Alt Balaji), ‘High’ (2020; MX Player), ‘Re’ (2021; Netflix), and ‘ Appeared in the series. Criminal Justice: The Half-Truth (2022; Disney+Hotstar).
Shweta made her Bollywood debut as a child artist in the Hindi film Makdee (2002), in which she played the dual role of Chunni/Munni.
In 2005, she appeared in the critically acclaimed Hindi film ‘Iqbal’.
After this he did Hindi film ‘Wah! Life should be like this!’ (2005) and ‘Darna Zaroori Hai’ (2006).
In 2017, she made her Bollywood debut with the Hindi film Badrinath Ki Dulhania, in which she played the role of Urmila Shukla Bansal.
She has appeared in various Hindi films like ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’ (2018), ‘The Tashkent Files’ (2019), ‘Shukranu’ (2020), ‘Serious Men’ (2020), and ‘Comedy Couple’. 2020).
She made her Bengali film debut as Anu from the 2008 film Ek Nadir Galpo.
In 2008, she made her Telugu film debut with the film Kotha Bangaru Lokam as Swapna.
Some of her other Telugu films are ‘Ride’ (2009), ‘Casco’ (2009), ‘Priyadu’ (2011) and ‘Vijeta’ (2018).
In 2011, she made her Tamil film debut with ‘Ra Ra’, in which she played the role of Gayatri.
In 2013, she acted in the Tamil film ‘Chandhamama’.
Shweta has also worked in some Hindi short films like ‘Int’. Cafe: Night’ (2014), ‘Prick’ (2019), and ‘The Lovers’ (2020).
On 19 November 2015, Shweta started working as a script consultant at Phantom Studios, an Indian film production and distribution company in Mumbai. He worked there till 14 April 2016. In 2017, she joined the Indian media house The Indian Express as a columnist.
From 2012 to 2016, he worked on the Hindi documentary ‘Roots’ starring several Indian personalities like Shubha Mudgal, AR Rahman, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Vishal Bhardwaj.
He worked as an assistant to Indian film director Anurag Basu in the ‘Clean Shaved’ segment of the Hindi short film ‘Madly’ (2016). She is the owner of a company named Interiors by Shweta Basu Prasad.
Arrested in prostitution racket case
In 2014, in a police raid, Shweta was arrested in a sex racket case involving a businessman from a hotel in Hyderabad, Telangana. According to media sources, Shweta apparently got involved in prostitution due to her wrong career choices and financial constraints. According to the media, during the police interrogation, Shweta said,
I had no money and had to support my family and other good work, and with all other doors closed, I was encouraged by some people to turn to prostitution to earn money. But I am not among the many other actresses who find themselves helpless and with no other option, turn to prostitution for financial security.
After listening to his statement, many Indian celebrities like Deepika Padukone and Shweta Tiwari came out in his support. However, he refused to make any such statement. He said,
The problem with our society is that while I was sympathized and everyone went ‘wow’, ‘poor girl’, ‘so sad’ and so on, everyone was supporting me. But, as soon as people realize that they were misled by a false narrative and that a 23-year-old girl can be strong and stand on her own feet without any sympathy, society thinks she is lying. Is it?? If the news is like that then what is my fault? I can’t force anyone to like or respect me. This happens naturally. What happened was beyond my control.”
During the hearing of her case at the Sessions Court in Hyderabad, her lawyer requested her to be absolved of all charges as no relevant evidence was available against her. On 5 December 2014, she was given a clean chit by a sessions court in Hyderabad, and was sent to the rescue home ‘Prajwal’. Later, when asked about the businessman/businessman who was present in the hotel room with her, Shweta replied,
Who are these business people in my life? I’m just as curious as all of you! So, here’s the riddle: why haven’t the names of the businessmen caught ‘with me’ been disclosed? Clue: Were there any mercenaries in the room with me when I was taken into custody? Think think prove it!”
The reporters also asked her what she was doing in the hotel if she was not involved in the racket. She replied that she had come to attend an award show and her stay was arranged by the organizers of the show. Later, in an interview, she said,
Anyway, enough said, enough heard. I have completely forgotten the whole incident and I ignore all those who raised false statements and encouraged misleading stories without verifying its authenticity. I ignore, because this episode doesn’t deserve attention anymore!
- 2003: 50th National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the Hindi film Makdee
- 2006: Zee Cine Award for Best Actress (Critics) for the Hindi film Iqbal
- 2006: Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Hindi film Iqbal
- 2007: 5th Karachi International Film Festival for Best Supporting Actress for Hindi film Iqbal
- fashion brand: Forever 21, Marks & Spencer
- Holiday Destination: Himachal Pradesh
- Cooking: Bengali, Italian, Chinese, Japanese
- Ice Cream Flavor(s): Strawberry, Belgian Chocolate
Facts / Trivia
- In 2007, she added her mother’s surname ‘Basu’ as her first name and changed her name from Shweta Prasad to Shweta Basu Prasad.
- After the success of the Hindi film Iqbal (2005), Shweta’s parents decided that Shweta should take a break from acting and concentrate on her studies. He even turned down offers from Indian director Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Traffic Signal (2007) and Raj Kumar Santoshi’s film Halla Bol (2008). After completing the shooting of the films he had already signed, he took a break from acting.
- He is an avid book reader and has a huge collection of books.
- In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, cycling, painting and listening to music.
- In his teens, he learned to play the sitar without any professional help.
- He has been invited as a guest speaker at TEDx Talks and Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares.
- In 2018, she turned vegetarian from a staunch non-vegetarian.
- He is often seen smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
- He has got ‘X Heart XX’ tattooed on his right wrist.
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