An angelic face, Rapunzel-like mane, bright smile and exceptional talent, Shweta Tiwari is definitely an actor that no one can forget. She is not just an actor who has a long list of work on her Wikipedia profile but she is a woman of substance and strength. Time and again, Shweta has excelled in all roles that life offered her and has always kept her head held high. Shweta, who at a young age, got married to Raja Chaudhary and had to face the brunt later in life. While the actor toiled hard on her sets (Kasautii Zindagi Kay) trying to win bread for the couple and their baby Palak, the man used to reportedly beat and torture her. Not someone to bow down to injustice, Shweta stood for herself and finally divorced Raja. She single-handedly decided to bring up her daughter promising to be her father too. Going through so much at such a young age might leave many distressed but Shweta, a figure of positivity, jumped back to life. Post the low in her personal life, Shweta has managed to register great milestones in her career. Be it winning Bigg Boss 3 to playing a negative role in Begusarai, Shweta has proved that she is a true rockstar.
And as the actor turns 37 today, here we salute the woman, and hope she continues to inspire many with her strength, belief and positive attitude.
Prerna – the queen of hearts
From playing a minuscule role in Kaahin Kissii Roz in 2011, Shweta became a household name by portraying the lead character of Prerna in Kasautii Zindagi Kay. Her chemistry with Anurag Basu (Cezanne Khan) was sizzling, so much that people hoped that they would end up together in real life also. While the show lasted for a long time, Shweta also tried her hand at reality shows. In 2006, she participated in Nach Baliye with (ex) husband Raja Chaudhary and in 2013, she managed to win hearts with her performance in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She also has shows like Parvarrish, Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao, Baal Veer and Begusarai to her credit.
Fighting her past demons
While scaling newer heights in her career, Shweta was also facing a troublesome time trying to deal with an abusive husband. A victim of domestic violence, Shweta fought hard, not just for herself but also for her daughter Palak. The actor, who reportedly was beaten by her husband for years, finally mustered enough courage and filed for a divorce. In 2007, Shweta was finally free and the court also gave her full custody of their daughter. Though Shweta had been the sole bread earner of the family for a long time, she officially became a single mother to her beautiful child. And we must add that she has brought up Palak in the most graceful way.
Bigg Boss winner
While some might have accused Shweta of doing the show to make money, others suggested she did it to revive her career. But if anyone has followed Bigg Boss, they will realize that Shweta played no strategies, no games; never bitched about contestants and always spread happiness around. She enjoyed being the ‘mother’ in the house, feeding everyone with delicious food, comforting ones who were in a difficult mood. Only when Dolly Bindra tried to stir up some buried wounds, did Shweta flare up in the show (for the first time). Her positive attitude and strong personality managed to get her the trophy of the season.
Finding life again
After going through such a difficult marriage, Shweta was left cynical about love and relationship. But like a breath of fresh air entered Abhinav Kohli in her life, who magically turned things around. The two were friends for a while having worked on a project together. The way he took control and eased out responsibilities in Shweta’s life, the lady found it hard not to fall in love again. Abhinav is also a perfect father to Palak and showers her with love and affection, that the little girl had missed in her growing years. In July 2013, the couple tied the knot after dating for almost three years.
While Palak continues to grow up beautifully, Shweta delivered her second child Reyansh on November 27 last year. Even though Shweta was on a career high, she decided to raise her next child and has been a completely hands-on mother. Her Instagram account is not just about her but also her children as she regularly posts their pictures.
Happy Birthday, Shweta Tiwari!!