Mouni Roy has been in the industry for 10 years and we have to say she is one of the most talented stars of Telly world. Even though she came to Mumbai from a small town of West Bengal, she is now one of the most popular actress of Indian Television. And while you might claim to the actress’ biggest fan, there is a lot that you might not know about the actress. We bet you never noticed that she was an extra in an Abhishek Bachchan film, neither do we think you know about her Pakistani connection.
So on her 32nd birthday, we decided to reveal to you 10 think you probably did not know about her…
# She has a royal connection
Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur is regarded as one of India’s prettiest and elegant ladies and Mouni share a special connection with her. Both Mouni and Maharani Gayatri Devi hail from Cooch Behar. Known as the Royal city or the heritage on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, this is where Maharani Gayatri Devi was born. And Mouni was also born in Cooch Behar’s Gandhi colony. Her grandfather, Shekhar Chandra Roy was a well-known Jatra theater artist. While her mother Mukti is a theatre artist, her father Anil Roy is an office superintendent of the Cooch Behar Zilla Parishad.
# She has not completed her graduation
After Class 12, Mouni went to Delhi for her graduation from Miranda house in English literature. Mouni inherited her dance genes from her grandfather, though her parents wanted her to be a journalist. She did her schooling till class 12th from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Babuhat Cooch Behar and then went to Delhi. She took up mass communication at Jamia Milia Islamia because her parents insisted, but left the course midway and came to Mumbai to try her luck in films. She just finished her part 1 exams and did not return to Delhi post that.
# She has already made her Bollywood debut
You might have missed it but yes, Mouni Roy did a small role opposite Abhishek Bachchan in 2004 in the film, Run. When she came to Mumbai, while giving auditions she had a small role in Abhishek Bachchan – Bhumika Chawla starrer Run in 2004. She was seen in the opening song sequence of the film with Junior AB for a few seconds.
# Ekta Kapoor saw her as Smriti Irani
After Mouni came to Mumbai, she got her first break in 2006 after a long struggle. But when she was chosen to play Krishna Tulsi in popular show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, it was dream come true for her. The show had a leap and Mouni played Krishna Tulsi. Ekta wanted an actress to be like Smriti Irani to take the legacy forward. Mouni’s raw appeal made Ekta cast her as Krishna Tulsi. Popular film actor Pulkit Samrat also made his debut with Mouni in the show, though they could never get along as friends in real life. Mouni quit the show in 2008.
# Her bad breakup with ex-boyfriend Gaurav Chopra
Mouni Roy went public with relationship with actor Gaurav Chopra in 2008. They both made public appearances together and did a reality show Pati Patni Aur Woh too. The show was about couples who have to learn the art of parenting. Gaurav and Mouni’s affair lasted for almost two years till they broke up. Both of them never shared the story of their breakup but sources say personal problems cropped up between them and it was related to Gaurav’s ex-girlfriend Narayani Shastri.
# Mouni has a twin brother
Mouni Roy has a brother Mukhar Roy, who lives in Siliguri (West Bengal) and is studying in college. He looks exactly like Mouni Roy, so much so that if Mouni has to play a boy, she will look like Mukhar. Mouni is very attached to her brother and wants him to study his passion which is music. After studying, Mukhar wants to be a musician and he also loves football.
# Mouni had to play a side kick in Do Saheliyaan
Like many TV actors Mouni also had a lull in her career and did a show where she had nothing much to do. The show was called Do Saheliyaan on Zee TV in 2010. Mouni played the role of a bua of the two leads – Ankita and Sulagna and was there only for few episodes. After Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, she did many reality shows but never a full-fledged role in a TV show. After Do Saheliyaaan, she got an offer to play the role of Sati in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev which worked wonders for her career.
# Unsuccessful singing career
Like many actors, Mouni too, was trained in singing and dancing. Everyone has seen her dancing skills but the Naagin actress is also a good singer. She did a singing realty show – I along with Divyanka Tripathi. The show had Karan Johar as a judge and she never got great response to her singing skills. She often posts videos of her singing on her Instagram.
# The only TV actress to perform at IIFA 2016
At the last year’s IIFA Awards in Madrid, Mouni Roy was the only TV actress to have performed with the Bollywood stars. Most of the TV stars turn hosts at the red carpet or host the award show, but Mouni was the special guest who went and performed with the Bollywood stars in Spain.
# She played a Pakistani in a Punjabi film
Well, our beloved Naagin has also played a Pakistani in a Punjabi film. She was called Sahiban in the film which revolves around the same plot as Harshvardhan kapoor and Saiyami Kher’s Mirzya. The film was called Hero Hitler in Love (2011). Although Mouni is Bengali and is yet to make her proper full fledged Bollywood debut, she made her big screen debut as a heroine in this Punjabi film. The film tanked and did nothing for Mouni’s film career and she went back to do Television.