Chandra Nandini fame Shweta Basu Prasad in Bollywood movie Badrinath Ki Dulhania

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National Award winner and a recognized child actor Shweta Basu Prasad is all set for her Bollywood comeback with Badrinath ki Dulhania.

Shweta will be seen playing Urmila, hero’s sister-in-law in Shashank Khaitan’s romantic drama featuring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in lead roles.

Shweta is currently seen as the lead actress in Star Plus popular show Chandra Nandini. She is seen as princess Nandini and is paired opposite Rajat Tokas who essays the role of Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.

After look test, the ‘Chandra-Nandini’ actress was immediately roped in for the flick. “It’s very different from how the audience last saw me — as a kid in Makdee and Iqbal. It’s a grown up part in the otherwise glam film, as close as possible to the real me because Urmila is earthy and humble,” told Shweta in an interview to a leading daily.

Lead actor Varun Dhawan was taken aback to learn that his onscreen Bhabhi is only 25 when they were shooting in Jhansi. “He laughed and remembered watching Makdee when he was in school. I had to explain to him that I was in school as well at the time,”shared Shweta.

Shweta has come a long way from her 2014 controversy. The ‘Makdee’ child actress was arrested by Hyderabad police following a raid. A district court gave her a clean chit in the case and shut the file in December 5 that year. Shweta slammed the media for corroding her image.

Also, Shweta has directed and produced a documentary films title Roots. The documentary questions the visibility of India’s traditional Hindustani classical music among the Indian youth.

Speaking on shooting a docu on this subject, Shweta said, “I grew up in a background of music and other heritage arts. Not many know that I am a trained sitar player and I have great interest in Indian classical music. But the youth today are not into classical music. The aim of my documentary is to urge the youth to uphold the Hindustani and Carnatic music tradition in our country, since it’s our culture.”

Shweta took over four years to research, ideate, create a team, do interviews, edit and finish her documentary. For the same, she interviewed several bigwigs, such as AR Rahman, Vishal Bhardwaj, Gulzar, Pt Shivkumar Sharma, Pt Jasraj, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt Birju Maharaj, Imtiaz Ali, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Dr L Subramaniam and many others.

“I consider this project a blessing and a great journey, but it was challenging. At the start, I was doing everything myself and even funded the project from whatever savings I had from a few regional language movies from South India that I had done. Also, it’s not about a particular person, event or a subject but a 5,000 year old tradition and its status today,” she says.

The bold actress is not someone who gives up, her ultimate dream is to produce great content. “I will be co-producing something small soon. There’s a plan,” she signs off.

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