Devoleena Bhattacharjee is an Indian television actress and a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. She gained popularity with the role of Gopi Modi in Star Plus's drama Saath Nibhaana Saathiya.[3] She is one of the highest paid actors on Indian television.[4] She was a contestant on Dance Ki Takkar in 2016.

Early life and Personal life

Devoleena was born on 22 August 1990 in Sivasagar, Assam, India into an Assamese family.[1][2] She lost her father during her childhood. She lives in Mumbai with her mother and her younger brother.[5] She completed her schooling from GBME School, Sivasagar, Assam and did her graduation in Commerce (Accountancy Honours).[citation needed]

Devoleena has learned classical music (Bhatkhande) till visharad part 1 in Assam at very early stage. She has also learned Bharatnatyam from Kalakshetra, Chennai. She has won a lot of dance competitions. And was in the Top 100 in Dance India Dance (season 2).


Bhattacharjee was first noticed when she auditioned for the dance reality series Dance India Dance 2.[5] Her acting debut was in NDTV Imagine's Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto as Bani.[6]

In 2012, Bhattacharjee was cast overnight as the female lead Gopi Modi in Star Plus's drama Saath Nibhaana Saathiya after Giaa Manek, who previously played the role, was ousted from the series.[7] In 2014 and again in 2016, she contemplated on quitting the show due to the frequent time leaps.[8][9] Nevertheless, she continued to be a part of the show and in 2017, Devoleena completed five successful years of playing the protagonist.[10] The show ended on 23 July 2017 after doing well for seven years.[11][12] In June 2017, she had undergone a backbone surgery for an injury that took place on the sets of the show in 2013.[13][14]

She participated in Dance Ki Takkar 4 as a contestant but later she had to quit the show in 4th week as there was a clash with Saath Nibhaana Saathiya where she plays the lead role of Gopi.[15][16] She later participated in Box Cricket League in March 2016.

There were speculations about her participating in the upcoming Colors TV reality show Bigg Boss Season 11.[17] However, she has denied these rumours,[18] saying,

“No, I am not doing it. I don't know where these rumours have come from. I will be on a break after Saathiya as I need rest.”[3]

In October 2017, Devoleena entered Zee TV's Lovely Ki Pyaar and played the role of Gehna.


In January 2015, Devoleena got into a cat fight with actress Loveleen Kaur Sasan who plays the role of Paridhi in Saath Nibhaana Saathiya. She was said to be insecure with Loveleen's entrance in the show who had replaced her good friend Rucha Hasabnis, whose character Rashi had died.[19]

In January 2016, Devoleena informed the media that the sets of Saath Nibhaana Saathiya were haunted. She stated that the supernatural activities occurring on the sets had a negative influence on the cast and crew.[20] In the same month, Devoleena landed in another controversy with Vishal Singh, an actor from the same show who plays the role of Jigar. The actors had an infamous showdown over her misbehaviour with senior actress Vandana Vithlani, who plays the role of Urmila in the show.[21] However, they settled their differences after a few months.[22]

In October 2016, Devoleena accused actress Utkarsha Naik, who played the role of Pramila in the same show of kidnapping her dog 'Jugnu' from the sets. She could not find her pet anywhere and for that reason she filed a complaint against her to PETA.[23] She said,

“Yes, I am filing a complaint against Utkarsha, I think she is the one who is behind missing of Jugnu. Utkarsha was the one who took Jugnu in her car. And she was very obsessive about him. I am confident that it's Utkarsha who has done this thing. I am going to file a complaint against her in PETA.”[24]



Year Title Role Channel Notes
2011–2012 Sawaare Sabke Sapne Preeto Gurbaani Dhilon aka Baani NDTV Imagine Supporting Role
2012–2017 Saath Nibhaana Saathiya Gopi Ahem Modi/ Krishna Raheja/ Jaggi Modi Star Plus Lead Role
2017 Lovely Ki Pyaar Gehna Sharma Zee TV Negative Role


Year Show Channel Notes
2010 Dance India Dance Zee TV Contestant
2014 Dance Ki Takkar 1 Star Plus Guest Contestant
2015 Killerr Karaoke Atka Toh Latkah &TV Contestant
2015 Dance Ki Takkar 4 Life OK Contestant
2016 Box Cricket League - Season 2 Colors TV Contestant
2017 Dance Ki Takkar 6 Star Plus Guest Contestant

Special appearances

Year TV Show Language TV Channel Month
2016 Diya Aur Baati Hum Hindi Star Plus January 2016 (performed for special episode)[25]
2016 Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu October 2016[26]
2017 Rishta — Ek Vishwaas March 2017[27]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Show Result
2013 Star Parivaar Awards Favourite Jodi Saath Nibhaana Saathiya Nominated
Favourite Bhabhi
Favourite Hottest Jodi
Favourite International Jodi
Favourite Behen
Favourite Maa
ITA Awards Desh Ki Dhadkan - Best Actress - Popular Won[citation needed]
Best Actress - Drama Nominated
2014 Star Parivaar Awards Favourite Bahu Won[citation needed]
Favourite Maa Nominated
2015 Favourite Bahu Won[citation needed]
Favourite Patni
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Television Actor - Female
2016 Dadasaheb Phalke Award Best Television Actress Won[citation needed]
Star Parivaar Awards Favourite Maa Nominated
Favourite Patni
Favourite Bahu
Sahib Chaggar Awards Best Appreciation Award Dance Ki Takkar 4 Won
Zee Gold Awards Popular Bahu On Indian Television Saath Nibhaana Saathiya Won[28]
2017 Star Parivaar Awards Favourite Bahu Won[29]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Happy Birthday, Gopi bahu: Here's how Devoleena Bhattacharjee is celebrating her birthday (22 August 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 EXCLUSIVE sneak peek: Gopi Bahu aka Devoleena Bhattacharjee's birthday bash (2015-08-22).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Gopi bahu from Saathiya is not just a character for me, I've lived the part: Devoleena Bhattacharjee (18 July 2017).
  4. Here's how much your favourite TV celebrities earn per episode! (22 March 2017).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Watch: When Saath Nibhana Saathiya's Gopi Bahu auditioned for Dance India Dance (22 September 2016).
  6. Hot or not? Gopi Bahu's hair makeover gets mixed reviews (23 December 2015).
  7. Gopi bahu replaced overnight! (8 June 2012). “Giaa Manek, better known as Gopi bahu from the serial Saath Nibhana Saathiya, has been replaced overnight thanks to her decision to participate in the upcoming dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on a rival channel […] Now there's a new Gopi bahu on TV—Devoleena Bhattacharjee.”
  8. Will Rucha & Devoleena continue Saathiya post leap? (12 March 2014).
  9. 'Saathiya..' to lose Gopi bahu again? (2016-05-23).
  10. Devoleena Bhattacharjee completes 5 years with Saath Nibhana Saathiya (6 June 2017).
  11. Devoleena Bhattacharjee: There were people who hated the regressive drama, but it ran successfully for seven years (8 July 2017).
  12. Saath Nibhaana Saathiya comes to an end; here's how the team celebrated the last day at shoot (19 July 2017).
  13. 'Saath Nibhaana Saathiya' actress undergoes SURGERY! (4 July 2017).
  14. Devoleena Bhattacharjee recovering from backbone surgery (4 July 2017).
  15. Dance Ki Takkar contestant no 4. Gopi Bahu aka Devoleena profile. Retrieved on 5 January 2016.
  16. Dance K Takkar 4: Devoleena Bhattacharjee aka Gopi Bahu gets eliminated!. Retrieved on 12 January 2016.
  17. BIGG BOSS 11: ‘Saath Nibhana Saathiya’ lead Devoleena Bhattacharjee to be in the show. Retrieved on 4 July 2017.
  18. Bigg Boss 11: 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya' actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee opens up on entering Salman Khan's show (30 July 2017).
  19. Saath Nibhaana Saathiya: Rift between female leads (2 January 2015).
  20. Saath Nibhaana Saathiya set haunted? Devoleena confirms crew members experiencing paranormal activity (6 January 2016).
  21. Devoleena and Vishal Singh hurl abuses at each other (21 January 2016).
  22. Devoleena and Vishal patch up (2 March 2016).
  23. OMG! Devoleena Bhattacharjee accuses co-star Utkarsha Naik of stealing her pet dog! (1 October 2016).
  24. What! Saath Nibhana Saathiya’s Devoleena Bhattacharjee Files A Complaint Against Utkarsha Naik! (4 October 2016).
  25. Diya Aur Baati Hum actress Deepika aka Sandhya and Saath Nibhaana Saathiya's Devoleena aka Gopi to dance together [PHOTO] (6 January 2016).
  26. Saath Nibhaana Saathiya and Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu to have a maha episode! (1 October 2016).
  27. Saath Nibhaana Saathiya's Devoleena aka Gopi to dance in Rishta Ek Vishwaas? (1 March 2017).
  28. Nagarathna (June 10, 2016). Gold Awards 2016: Divyanka Tripathi, Hina Khan, Karan Singh Grover & Others Bag Awards (PICS). Filmi Beat.
  29. Star Parivaar Awards 2017 complete winners list: Karan Patel-Divyanka Tripathi, Varun Singh-Suhasi Dhami, Nakkul Mehta-Surbhi Chandna, Rashi Singh-Karan Jhangiani walk away with trophies; Arjun Luthra-Toral Rasputra's Rishta - Ek Vishwaas win BIG. Retrieved on 14 May 2017.

Awards for Devoleena Bhattacharjee
Star Parivaar Award for Favourite Bahu
Star Parivaar Award for Favourite Patni
Sahib Chaggar Award for Best Appreciation Sadasya
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  • Devoleena Bhattacharjee & Nia Sharma (2016)
  • Kratika Sengar (2017)
Indian Television Academy Awards
Jury Awards
Popular Awards
Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role
Dance Ki Takkar 4
1st runners—up
2nd runners—up