Shweta Basu Prasad is an Indian film actress. She started her career as a child actress in Hindi films and television series and went on to play lead roles in Bengali, Telugu and Tamil cinema. For her performance in the 2002 film Makdee, she won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist. She is known for her role in Chandra Nandni and participated in Dance Ki Takkar in 2016.

Early life

Prasad was born in Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand) and later migrated with her family to Mumbai when she was a child.[1] Her father Anuj is from Bihar while her mother Sarmishta is from West Bengal.[1] She studied commerce in the R. N. Podar High School, Santacruz, Mumbai. She added her mother's maiden name Basu to her screen name.[2]


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In 2002, Prasad started her acting career as a child actress at the age of 11.[1] She enacted dual roles as Chunni and Munni in the film Makdee, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and got the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the same.[3] As a child artist, she also acted in the Star Plus series Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii as Shruti, daughter of Parvati and Om, and in soap operas like Karishma Kaa Karishma.

In 2005, she starred in the film Iqbal, which propelled her to mini stardom and got subsequent film offers. Her performance as Khadija in the film, fetched her several accolades including the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 5th Karachi International Film Festival.[4]

After 2 back to back successful films, Shweta took a study break. Her parents being strict about Shweta's education, refused movie offers from filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar and Rajkumar Santoshi and several television shows.

In 2008, she debuted in Telugu cinema and played her first starring role in the film Kotha Bangaru Lokam, co-starring Varun Sandesh. The film became a large commercial success.[1] She was seen in Kasko, Kalavar King and Nuvvekaddunte Nenakkadunta.

Shweta wanting to explore more behind the camera, allowed acting to take a back seat and refused several Telugu and Tamil.

Shweta is a graduate in mass media and journalism. After attaining her degree, she made a documentary on Indian classical Music called Roots,[5] featuring the stalwarts of classical music industry like Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, A. R. Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shubha Mudgal, Amjad Ali Khan, Gulzar, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Dr. Kiran Seth, Pt. Nayan Ghosh, etc.

Shweta also co-produced and acted in a 12 minute short film called Interior cafe night by Adhiraj Bose. The short film starred herself along with her Iqbal co-star Naseeruddin Shah, Shernaz Patel and Naveen Kasturia[6] The short film was lauded by industry big wigs like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Aamir Khan, Varun Dhawan, Maneesh Sharma, Shakun Batra, Sujoy Ghosh, etc.

Basu Prasad made a grand come back to acting with Balaji Telefilms high budget historical drama TV show Chandra Nandni, playing lead - Nandni - after quitting her job at Phantom Films, where she worked as a script consultant for a year and a half. Shweta was a contestant on the dance reality show Dance Ki Takkar in its 5th season in 2016.[7][8]

Shweta is also making a come back in Hindi films with Dharma Productions' Badrinath Ki Dulhania with Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. The film will be her first Hindi film after Iqbal (2005).[9]

Shweta has been dating filmmaker Rohit Mittal since December 2014.[10]


  • Shweta Basu Prasad learnt how to play Hindustani classical instrument SITAR
  • Shweta enjoys cooking, traveling and reading
  • Shweta Basu Prasad reads, on an average 20 books a year
  • Shweta can speak, read and write in four languages - English, Hindi, Bengali and Marathi. Basu Prasad can speak broken Telugu as well.



Year Title Role Language Notes
2002 Makdee Chunni/Munni Hindi National Film Award for Best Child Artist

Star Screen Award for Best Child Artist[11]

2005 Iqbal Khadija Hindi Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress[12]

Zee Cine Award – Critics' Choice Best Actress
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated, IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress[13]

2005 Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi Shweta Hindi
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai Ashu Hindi
2008 Kotha Bangaru Lokam Swapna Vishwanath Telugu Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
2009 Ek Nadir Galpo: Tale of a River Anjana Bengali
2009 Ride Rani Telugu
2009 Kasko[14] Krishnaveni Telugu
2010 Kalavar King Shruthi Telugu
2011 Raa Raa Bharathi Tamil
2013 Chandhamama Mary Tamil
2016 Mixture Potlam Telugu
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Hindi


Title Role Language
Kutumb Vanshita Hindi
Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii Shruti Hindi
Karishma Kaa Karishma Sweety Hindi
The Magic Make-Up Box Ashu Hindi
Darr Sabko Lagta Hai (episode two) Anjali Hindi
Darr Sabko Lagta Hai (episode thirty four) Hindi
Chandra Nandni (2016-present)[15] Nandini Hindi
Dance Ki Takkar 5 (2016) Herself Hindi

Projects produced by Shweta Basu Prasad

Production Project Year Notes
Cinemaniac Films Interior Cafe Night 2016 Released online by Large short films
Cinemaniac Films Roots 2016 Directed by Shweta Basu Prasad


In August 2014, Shweta was detained by Hyderabad police in an alleged connection with a high-profile prostitution racket.[16] She has allegedly admitted to her involvement and attributed it to economic hardship.[17]

The actress received a lot of support from the film-making industry. Bollywood film-maker Hansal Mehta declared that he will offer her a role in one of his films.[18] Actress Deepika Padukone came out strongly in support of Shweta. [19] Her co-star in the popular TV serial, Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, Sakshi Tanwar wrote an open letter to her extending her support to Shweta. [20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Interview with Shweta Basu Prasad. Retrieved on 2008-10-30.
  2. Shweta Prasad's name games. Hindustan Times (2007-11-26). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  3. PIB Press Releases. (2003-07-26). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  4. 5th KaraFilm Festival – Karachi International Film Festival 2005. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  5. "Spinning a web of melody". 
  6. LargeShortFilms (2016-07-18), INTERIOR CAFÉ NIGHT by Adhiraj Bose,, retrieved 2016-09-30 
  7. Dance Ki Takkar 5: Chandra Nandini actress Shweta confirmed. Retrieved on 3 October 2016.
  8. Dance Ki Takkar 5: Kishwer Merchant and Shweta Basu Prasad eliminated in double eviction. Retrieved on 17 December 2016.
  9. Adblocker | The Indian Express.
  10. Anurag Kashyap Plays Cupid for Shweta Basu Prasad and Rohit Mittal!.
  11. Uk.startvved on 2012-06-21.
  12. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  13. IIFA 2006 in Dubai. (2006-06-02). Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  14. Kasko.
  15. Shrivastava, Vipra (26 February 2016). "Shweta Basu Prasad returns to small screen with Chandragupta Maurya". India Today. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  16. Actress caught in prostitution racket case.
  17. Iqbal famed actress Swetha Basu: Circumstances led to prostitution.
  18. Director Hansal Mehta may offer Shweta Prasad role in his film.
  19. Deepika Padukone speaks up for Shweta Basu Prasad.
  20. Sakshi Tanwar's open letter.

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Dance Ki Takkar 5
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