|Famous Role(s)||• Chunni/Munni in the Hindi film 'Makdee' (2002)
• Khadija in the Hindi film 'Iqbal' (2005)
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 161 cm
in meters- 1.61 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 3”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 121 lbs
|Figure Measurements (approx.)||36-28-34|
|Debut||TV (child actor): X Zone (1998) as Anu, aired on Zee TV
Film (child actor, Hindi): Makdee (2002) as Chunni/Munni
Film (child actor, Bengali): Ek Nadir Galpo (2008) as Anu
Film (Tamil): Raa Raa (2011) as Gayathri
TV (lead actor): Darr Sabko Lagta Hai (2015; in the episode 'Hostel') as Pangkhuri, aired on And TV
Film (young actor, Hindi): Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) as Urmila Shukla Bansal
Web Series (Telugu): Gangstars (2018) as Aishwarya
Mini Web Series (Hindi): Flip (2019) as antagonist
|Awards & Honours||• 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 the Hindi film Iqbal
|Date of Birth||11 January 1991 (Friday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||32 Years|
|Birthplace||Jamshedpur, Bihar, India (now in Jharkhand)|
|Hometown||Jamshedpur, Bihar, India (now in Jharkhand)|
|School||R. N. Podar School, Jain Derasar Marg, Santacruz West, Mumbai (2006-2010)|
|College/University||• Sikkim Manipal University- Distance Education, Gangtok, Sikkim
• Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Graduation in Mass Media, Arts, and Journalism at Sikkim Manipal University- Distance Education (2014) Facebook - Shweta Basu Prasad
• Film Appreciation Course (online) at Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
|Ethnicity||Bengali Hindustan Times|
|Food Habit||Vegetarian (turned) The Health Site|
|Tattoo||A tattoo inked on her right wrist
|Controversy||Arrested in Sex Racket Case
In 2014, she was caught in a raid by the Hyderabad Police for being involved in a high profile prostitution racket at a hotel in Banjara Hills in Hyderabad. Reportedly, she said that because of bankruptcy, she was forced to do so. The media sources shared that Shweta said,
"I was out of money and had to support my family and other good causes, and after finding all other doors closed, I was encouraged by some people to turn to prostitution to earn money. But I am not the one many other actresses, who also find themselves helpless and with no other choice, turn to prostitution for financial security.”
After hearing her statement, the Indian celebrities like Deepika Padukone and Shweta Tiwari supported her. The Times of India On 5 December 2014, she was relieved from all accusations and was sent to a rehab centre 'Prajwal.' She even denied giving any bankruptcy statement. She said,
"The problem with our society is, as long as I was given sympathy and everyone went ‘awwww’, ‘poor girl’, ‘so sad’ and so on, everybody was supporting me. But, as soon as people understand that they got carried away by a false statement and a girl of 23 can be strong and can stand on her own feet without any sympathies, the society feels that she is lying?? What’s my fault if the news were the way they were? I cannot force anyone to like or respect me. These happen naturally. What happened was beyond my control.”
Later, when she asked about the businessman who was present with her in the hotel room. NDTV She said,
"Who are these business men in my life? I am just as curious as all of you! So, here is the riddle: Why were the business men names who were caught ‘along with me’ not revealed? Clue: Were there any business men with me in that room at the time of detainment in the first place? Think Think. PROVE IT!”
She further said that she was in the hotel to attend an award show, and the arrangements of her stay were made by the organisers of the show. Later, in an interview, she shared that she moved on from that incident. She said,
"Anyway, enough said, enough heard. I have completely gone past the whole incident and I overlook everyone who picked up false statement(s) and encouraged mis-leading stories without verifying it’s authenticity. I overlook, because this episode does not deserve any more attention!”
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Rohit Mittal (Indian filmmaker)|
|Marriage Date||13 December 2018
|Husband/Spouse||Rohit Mittal (ex-husband)
|Parents||Father- Anuj Prasad (businessman and civil engineer)
Mother- Sarmistha Basu
|Siblings||Brother- Rahul Prasad (health coach and sports nutritionist)
|Fashion Brand(s)||Forever One, Marks & Spencer|
|Holiday Destination||Himachal Pradesh|
|Cuisine(s)||Bengali, Italian, Chinese, Japanese|
|Ice Cream Flavour(s)||Strawberry, Belgium Chocolate|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Shweta Basu Prasad
- Shweta Basu Prasad is an Indian actor and entrepreneur. She received the National Film Award for her role as Chunni/Munni in the Hindi film ‘Makdee’ (2002).
- When she was too young, Shweta and her family moved from Jharkhand to Mumbai. Her father has worked in many theatre plays, and her mother has been inclined towards Indian classical music for a very long time.
- Shweta started her career as a child actor and appeared in many Hindi TV serials such as ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii’ (2000), ‘Kutumb’ (2001), ‘Koshish – Ek Aashaa’ (2002), and ‘Karishma Kaa Karishma’ (2003).
- She then acted in a few Hindi films. In 2005, she appeared in the Hindi film ‘Iqbal’ after which her parents decided that Shweta would take a break from acting and focus on her studies. At that time, Shweta got an offer from the Indian director Madhur Bhandarkar for the film ‘Traffic Signal’ (2007) and from Raj Kumar Santoshi for the film ‘Halla Bol’ (2008), but her parents turned down the offer. News 18 After completing the shooting of the Hindi films like ‘Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!’ (2005) and ‘Darna Zaroori Hai’ (2006), which she had already signed, she took a break from acting.
- In 2007, Shweta adopted her mother’s surname as her maiden name and changed her name from Shweta Prasad to Shweta Basu Prasad. Hindustan Times
- In 2012, she started working on making the Hindi documentary ‘Roots.’ The documentary cast includes renowned Indian celebrities like Shubha Mudgal, AR Rahman, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, and Vishal Bhardwaj.
- She then appeared in the Tamil film ‘Chandhamama’ (2013).
- In 2013, she met the Indian filmmaker Rohit Mittal. Initially, they became friends and soon, fell in love with each other. After a live-in relationship of two and a half years, the couple got married. However, their marriage did not last long and within a year of their marriage, Shweta announced their separation through a post on her Instagram account. The post reads,
Hi everyone, Rohit Mittal and I have mutually decided to part our ways and end our marriage. After months of contemplation, we arrived at this decision a few months ago in each other’s best interest, as individuals. Not every book is supposed to be read cover to cover, that doesn’t mean the book is bad, or one can’t read, some things are best left unfinished. Thank you Rohit for the irreplaceable memories and always inspiring me. Have a great life ahead, forever your cheerleader.”
The couple then got divorced. During an interview, Shweta talked about her divorce, she said,
Yes, we have filed for a legal separation. Rohit and I are perfectly cordial and friendly. As I had mentioned in my post it was a mutual decision. He has always been very supportive of my acting career and I am his fan, he is a wonderful filmmaker and I hope we work together someday. We had 5 years of a very loving, healthy and loyal relationship, we just decided to end the marriage and remain, friends, that’s it. Of course I am not closed to the idea of falling in love again but right now my only focus is my career and my work. Love happens organically great, if it doesn’t happen then no problem. Not looking for it.”
Of course, I was sad; nobody parties when you split up with anybody, but I have an amazing family around me. Besides, I think one is his own friend or enemy in such situations; I went on to become my own friend and I am fine now.”
- On 19 November 2015, Shweta joined the Indian film production and distribution company Phantom Studios in Mumbai, as a script consultant. After working there for a year, in 2017, she started working as a column writer at The Indian Express.
- In 2016, she worked as an assistant director with the Indian director Anurag Basu in the Hindi short film ‘Madly’ for a segment ‘Clean Shaven.’
- She then started an interior company named Interiors by Shweta Basu Prasad.
- Shweta then acted in a few Telugu films such as ‘Ride’ (2009), ‘Kasko’ (2009), ‘Priyudu’ (2011), and ‘Vijetha’ (2018).
- In 2017, Shweta played the role of Nandini Maurya in the Hindi TV series ‘Chandra Nandini.’ The serial was aired on Star Plus.
- She has also appeared in Hindi short films such as ‘Int. Café: Night’ (2014), ‘Chubhan’ (2019), and ‘The Lovers’ (2020).
- Some of her Hindi films are ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’ (2018), ‘The Tashkent Files’ (2019), ‘Shukranu’ (2020), ‘Serious Men’ (2020), and ‘Comedy Couple’ (2020).
- Shweta has acted in many Hindi web series such as ‘Hostages’ (2019; Disney+ Hotstar), ‘Dr Donn’ (2020; ALTBalaji), ‘High’ (2020; MX Player), ‘Ray’ (2021; Netflix), and ‘Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach’ (2022; Disney+Hotstar).
- She enjoys reading books and has a good collection of books. She often listens to the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore.
- She loves to travel, cook, do cycling, paint, and listen to music in her leisure time.
- She has learnt to play the Sitar through YouTube tutorial videos.
- She has been invited as a guest speaker at various talk shows such as TEDx Talks and Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares.
- Shweta smokes and consumes alcohol occasionally.