Mouni Roy

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Mouni Roy
Mouni Roy attends Manish Malhotra’s show The Walk of Mijwan (03) (cropped).jpg
Roy at an event in 2018
Born (1985-09-28) 28 September 1985 (age 37)[1][2]
Alma materMiranda House, University of Delhi
Jamia Millia Islamia
  • Actress
  • model
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active2006–present

Mouni Roy (born 28 September 1985) is an Indian actress, singer, Kathak dancer and former model, primarily known for her work in Indian television and Hindi-language films.

She was first seen as a background dancer in the song "Nahi Hona" from Run (2004). She made her television debut in 2006 playing a supporting role in the drama soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. This was followed by more supporting characters in Do Saheliyaan and Kasturi. She rose to fame with her portrayal of Godess Sati and Shivanya Ritik Singh/Shivangi Pratap Singh in Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev and Naagin respectively. In 2014, Roy was a finalist on the reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

In 2018, she entered films with Reema Kagti's sports film Gold opposite Akshay Kumar, being nominated for the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award, and made her singing debut with the remake single "Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein". In 2019, Roy appeared in two films, Romeo Akbar Walter and Made in China. Her performance in ZEE5 original film London Confidential (2020) garnered her positive reviews. Roy will be next seen in Brahmāstra, which is a superhero-trilogy where she will essay the main antagonist.[4]

Life and career[edit | edit source]

Early life and television debut (2006–2010)[edit | edit source]

Roy photographed in 2010

Mouni Roy was born on 28 September 1985 in Cooch Behar, West Bengal to a Bengali family.[3][5] Her grandfather, Shekhar Chandra Roy was a well-known Jatra theatre artist. Her mother Mukti was a theatre artist, and her father Anil Roy was an office superintendent of the Cooch Behar Zilla Parishad.[6] She did her schooling till class 12th from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Baburhat, Cooch Behar and then went to Delhi.[6] She took up mass communication at Jamia Milia Islamia at her parents' insistence, but left the course midway and went to Mumbai to try her luck in the Bollywood film industry.[6][7] She finished her part 1 exams and did not return to Delhi after that.[7][6] She appeared as a background dancer in the song Nahi Hona in Run (2004).

Roy started her career in 2006 with the Ekta Kapoor drama Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, playing the role of Krishna Tulsi opposite Pulkit Samrat.[8] She then participated and won the first season of Zara Nachke Dikha along with Karishma Tanna and Jennifer Winget. Roy then appeared as Shivani in the series Kasturi. In 2008, she participated in Pati Patni Aur Woh along with Gaurav Chopra. In 2010, she played Roop in Do Saheliyaan.

Breakthrough, success and stardom in television (2011–2017)[edit | edit source]

Roy at an event in 2015

In 2011, Roy starred in the Punjabi movie Hero Hitler in Love. She attained fame after playing the role of Sati in Life OK's mythological series Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev from 2011 to 2014.[9] During that time she played the lead as Meera opposite Aditya Redij in Life OK's Junoon – Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq in 2013.[10] In 2014, Mouni participated in the dance reality show on Colors Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in its seventh season along with Punit Pathak.

In 2015, Roy returned to television with Ekta Kapoor's supernatural series Naagin playing the role of Shivanya opposite Arjun Bijlani and Adaa Khan. Roy described her character: "I have a simple look on the show, very little make-up, not so much eye-shadow, I’m enjoying it. I play Shivanya, who is a simple, innocent character, a dreamer lost in her own thoughts. She is sincere, curious, naive and clumsy and she keeps getting into trouble."[11] The series topped the TRP charts, making her a household name not only in India, but in other countries as well. She became one of the players of Bijlani's team Mumbai Tigers in Box Cricket League. She hosted the dance show So You Think You Can Dance along with Rithvik Dhanjani on &TV. She played a double role in Season 2 of Naagin, with Karanvir Bohra playing the male lead. Her chemistry with Bijlani in season 1 and with Bohra in season 2 was highly appreciated by audience and established her as a leading actress in Indian Television Industry.[12][13] In 2016, Roy voiced the role of Sita in the animated film Mahayodha Rama. In the same year she appeared in the song "Nachna Aunda Ni" in Tum Bin 2.[14]

Bollywood debut and break from television (2018–present)[edit | edit source]

Roy at the special screening of Gold (2018)

In 2018, Roy made her Bollywood debut alongside Akshay Kumar in Gold directed by Reema Kagti.[15] Her performance was praised. Hindustan Times wrote, "Mouni Roy as Akshay's wife Monobina is just the right mixture of crotchety and charming. With her grasp of Bengali, she brings that extra something to the film's milieu."[16] Suparna Sharma of Asian Age reviewed her performance and sensuality: "Her Monobina is created out of Punjabi men and women's fetishised fantasy of married Bengali women – snappy and scolding, but also sexy and sultry."[17] With global earnings of 1.5 billion, it emerged as a commercial success and became first Indian film to have a theatrical release in South Arabia.[18]

Roy followed the success of Gold with an item number named "Gali Gali" in December 2018; it featured in the Hindi version of K.G.F: Chapter 1. The song, a recreation of a track from Tridev (1989), became extremely popular, and she was praised for her dance. Since then, it has garnered more than 300 million views on YouTube.

In May 2019, she made a cameo appearance in the final few episodes of Naagin 3 as Mahanaagrani Shivangi.

Roy's first release in 2019 was Romeo Akbar Walter, which also starred John Abraham and Jackie Shroff. Her performance as a R&AW spy drew mixed reviews. A Bollywood Hungama review stated, "Mouni Roy has an interesting part to essay. Though she does well, her character gets a raw deal."[19] Sabilal Chatterjee criticised the length of her role: "Mouni Roy, cast as the hero's colleague and beloved, pops up now and then in an eminently forgettable role."[20] Romeo Akbar Walter underperformed at the box office. Her next film, Made in China was released on the occasion of Diwali. Roy took Gujarati lessons for the film in which she enacted a disturbed housewife.[21] In a review in India Today, her performance was characterized as "a surprise package. Though given a small role, Mouni comes with much power, owning every bit of the screen time she gets in the film."[22] Made in China faced fierce competition from Housefull 4 and Saand Ki Aankh, but made profits at the box office.[23]

In 2020, she appeared as a pregnant R&AW spy named Uma Kulkarni in her first OTT feature film London Confidential.[4] Though critics were not impressed by the film, but praised Roy.[24] Rediff wrote, "Mouni Roy shows conviction in playing her part and is in a different avatar from her earlier performances in Gold and Made in China."[25]

Roy also has an upcoming major project in 2020, the Indian superhero trilogy Brahmāstra, directed by Ayan Mukherjee and produced by Karan Johar. She will play the main antagonist in the film.[26][27]

Television[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Refs
2006–2008 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Krishna Tulsi Eklavya Virani [8]
2008 Kaho Na Yaar Hai Contestant [28]
Kasturi Shivani Sabbarwal [29]
Zara Nachke Dikha Contestant [30]
2009 Pati Patni Aur Woh Contestant [31]
2010 Do Saheliyaan Roop [32]
Sshhh... Phir Koi Hai- Trittya Koena
2011–2012, 2014 Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev Sati [33]
2012–2013 Junoon – Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq Meera [34]
2014 Nach Baliye 6 Guest contestant [35]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 Contestant [36]
Bigg Boss 8 Guest [37]
2015 Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi Guest [38]
Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur Guest
Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest [39]
Bigg Boss 9 Guest [40]
2015–2016 Naagin 1 Shivanya Ritik Singh [41]
2016–2017 Naagin 2 Shivangi Rocky Pratap Singh / Shivanya Ritik Singh [42]
2016 Box Cricket League 2 Contestant [43]
Tashan-e-Ishq Herself [44]
Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani Herself [44]
Comedy Nights Live Herself [45]
Comedy Nights Bachao Herself [45]
So You Think You Can Dance Host [46]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Herself [47]
Bigg Boss 10 Guest [48]
2017 Bigg Boss 11 Guest [49]
Lip Sing Battle Contestant [50]
India's Next Top Model 3 Guest [51]
Entertainment Ki Raat Guest [52]
2018; 2019 Naagin 3 Mahanaagrani Shivangi Shivangi Rocky Pratap Singh / Shivanya Ritik Singh [53]
2018 Krishna Chali London Sundari
Dance Deewane Guest [54]
2019 Nach Baliye 9 Guest
2019 Bigg Boss 13 Guest

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Film yet to release Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Run Herself Special appearance in song "Nahi Hona Nahi Hona"
2011 Hero Hitler in Love Sahiban Punjabi film
2016 Mahayodha Rama Sita (voice) Animated film
Tum Bin II Herself Special appearance in song "Nachna Aaonda Nahin"
2018 Gold Monobina Das Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
K.G.F: Chapter 1 Lucy Special appearance in song "Gali Gali" (Hindi version only)
2019 Romeo Akbar Walter Shraddha Sharma / Parull Played a spy; based on story of Ravindra Kaushik
Made in China Rukmini Mehta
2020 London Confidential Uma Kulkarni ZEE5 release
2020 BrahmastraFilm yet to release TBA Filming

Music videos[edit | edit source]

Year Title Notes
2020 Holi Mein Rangeele Along with Varun Sharma
Sunny Singh[55]
2020 Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein Along with Nakash Aziz, remake of the song (with the same name) from Ajanabee

Awards and nominations[edit | edit source]

Year Work Award Category Result Reference
2016 Naagin Indian Television Academy Awards ITA Award for Best Actress Popular Won [56]
2016 Naagin Gold Awards Gold Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role (popular) Won
2016 Naagin Golden Petal Awards Best TV personality of the year Won
2017 Naagin 2 Golden Petal Awards Best Actor (female) Won
2017 Naagin 2 Gold Awards Gold Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role (critics) Won
2017 Naagin 2 Gold Awards Gold Award for Face of the Year (female) Won
2018 Gold Filmfare Award Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut Nominated
2018 Gold Lux Golden Rose Awards Emerging New Beauty of the Year Nominated [57]
2018 Gold Star Screen Awards Best Ethnic Style (female) Won

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. "WATCH: Mouni Roy celebrates birthday with boyfriend Mohit Raina and Naagin co-actors". Times of India. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "A star in her own right". Telegraph India. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 IANS (13 August 2020). "Mouni Roy, Purab Kohli in spy thriller 'London Confidential'". Telangana Today. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  5. "Mouni Roy is a true Bengali beauty in Akshay Kumar starrer 'Gold', see pics of her look in the film - Times of India". The Times of India. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
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  8. 8.0 8.1 Tejashree Bhopatkar (5 September 2014). "Teacher's Day: Smriti Irani was Mouni Roy's teacher!". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  9. Naithani, Priyanka (7 March 2013). "Mohit Raina dating Mouni Roy?". Times of India. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  10. Maheshwri, Neha (8 June 2013). "Mouni Roy bereaved". Times of India. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  11. coutinho, natasha (1 November 2015). "Mouni Roy goes back to mentor Ekta Kapoor". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  12. "Naagin season 2 to be back in less than 100 days". The Times of India. 1 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  13. "Mouni Roy in a double role in Naagin 2". The Times of India. 8 September 2016. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
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  15. Hegde, Rajul (12 June 2014). "I hope Jhalak Dhikhhla Jaa increases my fanbase". Rediff. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  16. "Gold movie review: On Independence Day, Akshay Kumar wins the game, and our hearts". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  17. "Gold movie review: A brilliant slice of history". Retrieved 26 May 2020.
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  19. Hungama, Bollywood. "Romeo Akbar Walter Review 2.0/5 : John Abraham's ROMEO AKBAR WALTER fails to impress as it suffers from a flawed script as well as a weak and lengthy execution". Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  20. "Romeo Akbar Walter Movie Review: Too Much Of A Burden For John Abraham To Carry". Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  21. "Mouni Roy is taking extensive lessons in Gujarati for her role in 'Made in China' – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  22. Maru, Vibha (24 October 2019). "Made in China Movie Review: Rajkummar Rao shines in a hearty made-in-India film". India Today. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  23. "Made In China Box Office Day 3: Benefits From Recovery Of Investment Through Satellite, Digital & Music". Koimoi. 28 October 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  24. "London Confidential Review: Nothing confidential about it". Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  25. "London Confidential review". Rediff. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  26. PTI (18 March 2019). "Mouni Roy on her Brahmastra role: Was surprised to play the main villain". India Today.
  27. "Aamir Khan to star in Subhash Kapoor's Mogul, maintains that he 'fully supports #MeToo movement'". 9 September 2019.
  28. "Kaho Na Yaar Hai". 2008.
  29. "Kasturi (TV Series 2007–2010) – IMDb" – via
  30. "Girls' team wins 'Zara Nach ke Dikha' dance show". 29 September 2008.
  31. "All is not well between Mouni and Debina". 29 September 2009.
  32. "Talkiang point with Mouni Roy". 8 March 2010.
  33. "Mouni Roy returns as Sati on 'Devon Ke Dev Mahadev' after a two-year hiatus". 10 February 2014.
  34. "Cast and Producer of Life OKs Junoon – Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq talk their hearts out". Tellychakkar. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  35. "Nach Baliye 6 Dancing with the Stars; Dharmesh, Mouni, Rashmi on the Sets!". 11 January 2014.
  36. Vijaya Tiwari (24 June 2014). "Purab Kohli: Mouni Roy is someone to look out for in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  37. "Bigg Boss 8: Housemates have a delightful Diwali". 23 October 2014.
  38. "Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi: Naagin actress Mouni Roy to bring in a twist in Ranveer and Ishani's life?". 22 October 2015.
  39. "Mouni-Arjun on Comedy Nights With Kapil!". Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  40. "Bigg Boss 9 With Salman Khan: 'Naagin' Mouni Roy Performs; To Give Task To The Housemates – PICS". 13 December 2015.
  41. "Jhalak's Mouni Roy roped in for Ekta Kapoor's next fantasy drama 'Naagin'". 24 July 2015.
  42. "Mouni Roy s Double role comes to an end". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  43. "200 Actors, 10 Teams, and 1 Winner... Let The Game Begin". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  44. 44.0 44.1 "Celebration: New Year's Eve on Zee TV". 31 December 2015.
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  46. "Rithvik Dhanjani, Mouni Roy to host Indian 'So You Think You Can Dance'". The Indian Express. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  47. "Mouni Roy in Jhalak Dikhhlaa Jaa 9, will dance with Naagin co-actor Arjun Bijlani". 21 July 2016.
  48. "Bigg Boss 10, Day 63: Salman Khan Puts Mouni Roy, Rubina Dilaik in the Kathghara". 18 December 2016.
  49. "Salman Khan And Mouni Roy Announce Bigg Boss 11's Premiere Show". 9 September 2017.
  50. "Mouni Roy to battle with Raftaar on Lip Sing Battle". 19 September 2017.
  51. "Mouni Roy to be a guest judge on India's Next Top Model". 9 October 2017.
  52. "Entertainment ki Raat: 5 things you should know about Ravi Dubey's new reality show". 9 November 2017.
  53. "Naagin 3: Mouni Roy, Arjun Bijlani and Karanvir Bohra reunite for the Finale Episode". TOI. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  54. "Arjun Bijlani and Mouni Roy recreate their sparkling chemistry on Dance Deewane, watch video". 12 August 2018.
  55. "Holi Mein Rangeele". BLive Music. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  56. "ITA Awards 2016: Mouni Roy, Rubina Dilaik, Anil Kapoor win the top honours; details inside". 15 November 2016.
  57. Karki, Tripti (19 November 2018). "Lux Golden Rose Awards 2018 Pics: Aishwarya and SRK recreate Devdas moments, complete winners' list and more – Celebrities News – India TV". Archived from the original on 26 September 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.

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