Shweta Tripathi, a well known Indian Actress who started her journey as Zenia Khan in the Disney Channel’s original series Kya Mast Hai Life has now created a nationwide buzz with her bold avatar as Golu Gupta in Mirzapur: Amazon Prime’s web series. With the idea of her wants and what she desires to show the world, through her acting, Shweta Tripathi has joined the league of actresses showing reality to the concealed Indian cultures that often hide women’s sentiments, feelings and demands under the rug.
Now she walks the fame with the list of actresses like Kiara Advani, Swara Bhaskar and others, revealing through her acting, the true nature of passion and fulfillment.
Let’s go through her journey, Disney’s Zenia Khan turned Mirzapur’s Golu Gupta, from the beginning and learn more about her success and spirit making her who she is.
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Shweta Tripathi was born on 6th July 1985, in New Delhi.
Her father is an IAS officer and mother is a retired teacher.
Most of her childhood, Shweta resided in New Delhi and for a brief period in Andaman and Nicobar, before she relocated to Mumbai.
She did her primary education from DPS, RK Puram and further graduated in Fashion Communication from NIFT, New Delhi.
Early Life, Childhood and After graduation
In an interview, Shweta, mentions of her childhood vacation days in Lucknow and how she enjoyed all those days. Being in the capital city of India, every summer and winter for her was the getaway to Lucknow.
Shweta had always wanted to be in front of the camera since her childhood days of acting on stage, was always encouraged by her parents. She once for an interview had said, ” I guess films had to happen because nothing makes me happier than acting”.
Shweta started as a photo editor for the women’s magazine Femina. She also worked for Pixion Trailer house and a Post Production house in Mumbai. Shweta ran a theatre group called: Allmytea Productions.
After graduation, she moved to Mumbai, in pursuit of her happiness, with a job of photo editor for the Femina magazine. She says, ” if you want something dearly, you eventually work your way towards it.”
She started her acting career with Disney’s TV series, “Kya Mast Hai Life”, by portraying the character of Zenia Khan. It was an Indian teen drama, that premiered in Disney India Channel, thus bringing her first step into the world of acting in front of a camera.
She also worked for Pixion Trailer house and a Post Production house in Mumbai. Shweta ran a theatre group called: Allmy tea Productions.
Before any major work in Bollywood, Shweta started appearing in a lot of TV commercials such as Tata Sky, Mc Donalds and Vodafone.
She started her movie career in films in the year 2011 with Trishna, which was directed by Michael Winterbottom. It was a British-Swedish-Indian drama film based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
Within the same year, Shweta worked in another short film Sujata, where she played the role of young Sujata.
Her way into the limelight came through the movie Masaan, where she played the role of Shaalu Gupta. Critics appreciated Shweta’s acting, and the film garnered her with praises that seemingly doesn’t stop till date.
Her portrayal and acting were highly appreciated making her win the Zee Cine Award for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She was also nominated for the FOI Online Awards (India) for Best Debut In Acting- Female.
Similarly, her role in Haraamkhor also received admiration in no time.
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Apart from that Shweta had also worked in other short films like Love Shots and Beautiful World.
Shweta’s excellence in the web series is evident as any of her films. She was seen in The Trip with Lisa Haydon, Mallika Dua and Sapna Pabbi, a story about four girls who set on to the road trip to find their calling.
Mirzapur: The Breakthrough
Shweta recently appeared in Mirzapur where she amazed the audience with her bold new avatar. Mirzapur is an Indian Crime thriller and an Amazon Prime’s web series where Shweta is seen as a headstrong mysterious woman who is not scared to voice her opinion and explore her desires.
Portraying Golu Gupta on the screen, Shweta’s character created a hype where she is seen masturbating in the library in her introductory scene.
Besides Shweta, we can see Rasika Dugal, Ali Faizal, Divyendu Sharma, Vikrant Massey showing their amazing on-screen presence and wit throughout the series.
While we see the men shooting, fighting and abusing, a rarely different plot is played by the girls of Mirzapur who are bold and brazen and not just a damsel-in-distress.
Talking about her journey, shooting of Mirzapur and the much controversial masturbation scene with IndiaToday, Shweta expressed,
“There was nothing awkward about shooting that scene. Woman have as much right as men when it comes to voicing their opinion and expressing sexual desires. It was as normal as drinking coffee.”
Shweta was nominated in Zee Cine Awards, 2015 for the Best Actress in Supporting Role for Masaan. Within the same year, Shweta won FOI online award for the Best Debut in Acting: Female.
In 2017, Shweta was acknowledged with FOI online Awards- Special Jury Mention in Acting for Haraamkhor.
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Now this is super, duper special as this is the first award I got, for the first film I shot for, at the first film festival I went to. Tied for the #BestActress with #KalkiKoechlin which made it even more ✨ Thank you @shloksharma @indianfilmfestival for the many ‘first’s. #Haraamkhor
Shweta is all set to amaze us with more varied roles this year. She has already completed the shoot of Tamil film Mehandi Circus and already started working on a new film Cargo.
The actor who is always seen making unpredictable career choices said,
“ I play a role of Mehandi, who is born and brought up in a circus family. As an actor, I don’t want to restrict myself to any particular language. It’s important to push your limits and keep learning. Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood: the label doesn’t matter, what matters are the kinds of roles and characters I do. We are storytellers, and an actor is a medium through which a story is told, which makes the story the main hero.”
Shweta in her personal life made the world go gaga over her romantic wedding with the love of her life and a longtime partner: Chaitnya Sharma.
The duo tied knots last year in Goa and we cannot take off our eyes from these lovelies. Shweta and Chaitnya looked stunning in the wedding designed by Devika Narain and the blissful ceremony was attended by close friends and family. The couple also shared their wedding pictures on the internet to keep their fans informed.
Social Media and Fan-Base
Shweta Tripathi Sharma is also a true social media star. With her Instagram following of more than 1.2 million+ and over 74,000+ on Twitter, we get to see some amazing eye candies, cute selfies and her random moment with her girls. Her social media is as fun and versatile as Shweta herself.
Shweta Tripathi is not afraid to experiment with her roles and this makes her a true superstar. Whether it be a Girl-next-Door or a Fiesty role as Golu Gupta, Shweta has always paved the path for herself and did her best. We are eagerly waiting for her to unveil the next avatar in 2019 and we are quite sure, the wait will be all the worth.
We are so proud to have stories and narratives in cinema that break the shackles of the stereotypical society and actors like Shweta Tripathi are an inspiration to many young girls that dream to live their lives on their own terms without being judged.
With more women like her coming up to take the central part in the mainstream cinema, we can surely see the empowerment taking the front seat.
We wait to see her fruitful career evolving and so does her marriage while we take inspirations from her choices in acting, life and the path of success she is on.
A hard-working woman, Shweta Tripathi empowers the present generation with her story while creating a figurine of idol for many youngsters that long to follow her path.