Shweta Tripathi is an Indian actress who predominantly works in the Hindi film industry. She came to limelight with the critics favourite, Masaan (2015) where she mesmerised everyone with her acting skills. She has also starred in TV shows like Kya Mast Hai Life (2009) and The Trip (2016). Tripathi stars alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the movie directed by Shlok Sharma, Haraamkhor (2017).
Shweta Tripathi was born on July 6, 1985, in New Delhi to an IAS officer and his wife, who was a teacher. She spent most of her childhood in New Delhi, except a couple of years in the exotic Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Shweta did her primary schooling in Delhi Public School R.K. Puram. She joined National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) for her graduation and passed out as a Design Graduate. She was part of various workshops and took a liking to acting. Apart from acting, she was also interested in photography and dance. In her third year at NIFT, she told her father that she wants to pursue acting as a profession. Her father was supportive of her decision and that inspired her to move to Mumbai to take her passion forward.
Shweta Tripathi wasn’t interested in doing a course at National School of Drama (NSD) which would take three years, after doing a degree course at NIFT of four years. She instead did a six-month workshop organised by the then Director of NSD. She moved to Mumbai as she was interning for Femina there. Tripathi joined a theatre troupe in Mumbai. That’s when she was offered a role in the Buena Vista International television series produced for Disney Channel India, Kya Mast Hai Life (2009). She played the role of Zenia Khan in Kya Mast Hai Life, a tomboyish twin sister of Zee. The show ran for two seasons and ended in 2010 with 126 episodes.
In 2016 Shweta starred in the Disney-produced TV show, The Trip. It airs on Bindass TV and apart from Shweta it stars Lisa Haydon, Malika Dua and Sapna Pabbi. The show has 13 episodes and will follow the girls on a road trip from Delhi to Thailand and focusses on their coming-of-age experiences.
Shweta made her big screen debut with Haraamkhor. She played the role of Sandhya. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s character, Shyam is in love with her. Shyam is also her teacher. The director of the movie Haraamkhor, Shlok Sharma, had earlier directed a short film named Sujata. It had Shweta play the young Sujata, while Huma Qureshi played the older character. All though the movie Haraamkhor (2017) was showcased at various film festivals across the world in 2015, the movie released much later in India due to its content.
Shweta was part of another short film named Safar (2014), which was directed by Pratyusha Gupta. Safar follows a young prostitute who wants to quit her profession which was thrust onto her and go in search of a better future. The short film won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA).
Masaan is an Indo-French co-production with Drishyam Films, Macassar Productions, Phantom Films, Sikhya Entertainment, Arte France Cinema and Pathé Productions, all producing. It is the directorial debut of Neeraj Ghaywan. Neeraj Ghaywan watched Haraamkhor and loved Shweta’s acting. He has quoted several times that his inspiration for the character of Shalu is Shweta Tripathi. It was showcased at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It won the FIPRESCI Prize in the Un Certain Regard section and a 'Promising Future' prize (Prix de l'avenir) for debut films.The movie also won Golden Frame Award for Best Feature Film at the All Lights India International Film Festival Kochi.