Rasika Dugal is an Indian actress, who predominantly works in the television industry. Yes, we are talking about your favorite, Zeenat in “
Dariba Diaries” which airs on Epic Channel. Rasika was born on 17th January 1985, in Jamshedpur, and completed her schooling there. She went on to complete her Honors in Mathematics from Lady Shree Ram College, Delhi University. Later she did her Masters in Social Communications in Media, from the prestigious Sophia College, Mumbai. It was in Mumbai that she wanted to try her luck in acting. When she started getting offers, she also did a course in acting from FTII. It was a postgraduate diploma course.
Rasika got her first break in 2008, in a movie called “
Tahaan.” The movie, as much as being a debut for Rasika, was a film that has a soft corner in heart, as the story line was a very emotional one. The storyline is set in the backdrop of the life of a small boy and his donkey. The movie was shot amidst the beautiful sceneries of Jammu and Kashmir. In 2007, she had also appeared in a small character role in the film “
Anwar.” In 2008, she was seen in Isha Deol and Shiny Ahuja starrer “
Hijack” that was based on the real-life story of the hijack of IC 814. Rasika played the character of Neha. In 2008 itself she was again seen in the movie “Tahaan” where she played the character of Nadira. Since then, she has been getting offers to work in many Bollywood films, a couple of Indian-German drama movies, and some soap operas.
Rasika came to fame with her role as Chaya, in the movie “Kshay.” Kshay is a psychological drama, directed and written by
Karan Gour. The movie had its special screening at Chicago International Film Festival, in 2011. It won several awards, one being the Jury Award at Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles. Another movie, for which Rasika’s performance was much appreciated, was “
Qissa” which was directed and written by
Anup Singh. The film is an Indo-German film, written in Punjabi. It is a story of a family torn during the 1947 partition. Rasika played the role of “
Neeli.” The movie was specially screened at the World Cinema Section in the Toronto Film Festival, 2013 edition. Indian theaters screened the film in February 2015. The critics had appreciated the movie, as well as Rasika’s character and portrayal too. She currently is working in Dariba Diaries, as Zeenat.