Lovleen Misra is an Indian actress, writer, and storyteller. She is famous for playing the role of “Chhutki” in the Hindi TV serial ‘Hum Log’ (1984) which was aired on Doordarshan.
Lovleen Misra was born in 1975 (age 47 years; as of 2022). She did her schooling at the Convent of Jesus & Mary, New Delhi. She then pursued graduation in history from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi.
Height (approx.): 5′ 2″
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Brown
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about her parents. She has a sister named Kiran Misra.
Husband & Children
On 22 April 2003, she got married to the Indian sound designer Manoj. The couple has a son named Avi Misra.
In 1984, she debuted as an actor in the Doordarshan TV serial ‘Hum Log’ in which she played the role of Chutki. She gained immense popularity with the serial and went to act in many Hindi TV serials.
She has worked in the radio plays for BBC such as ‘A Suitable Boy’ and ‘Mrichkatikam.’ Misra has featured in various videos of the YouTube channels like Girliyapa, Arré, and FilterCopy.
She is a renowned theatre artist and has performed in popular theatre plays are ‘Ismat Apa Ke Naam,’ ‘Nanhi Ki Nani,’ and ‘Theatre Live!.”
In an interview, while talking about the theatre play ‘Nanhi Ki Nani,’ she said,
Yes, it’s my first performance in the UAE and I have butterflies. Well, that happens to me before every performance. We staged the play two years ago in Lahore and it was extremely well received. It was gratifying to perform somewhere where they understand the language. It was a treat to perform.
I’m playing the character of Nanhi ki nani, a derelict who lives on the periphery of society. She survives on whatever the mohalla [community] people give her and all she owns is her pillow — actually a pillow case in which she carries her belongings. No one cares for her. No one knows her name. Yet she has this akkad [attitude] about her. She’s pathetic yet funny. It’s amazing to perform such characters written by writers such as Ismat Chugtai and Saadat Hassan Manto.”
She has worked with various Indian directors like Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, and Govind Nihalini. Some of the Hindi films in which she acted are ‘Godmother’ (1999), ‘City of Joy’ (1992), and ‘Yuva’ (2004). In 2022, she appeared in the Hindi film ‘Badhaai Do’ starring Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar.
She has been conducting various acting workshops with the Mumbai based theatre group ‘Junoon Theatre.’ Apart from acting, she has been working as a storyteller in various schools.
- In an interview, she was asked whether she love acting in TV serials or theatre plays. She replied,
The sheer quantity [on TV] kills quality. It seems more a marketing strategy than art. It’s all about the TRP [television ratings point] which I cannot understand. How come it’s not the criteria in the outside world? In metro India, more and more people are now watching Pakistani serials because not only they carry a better story and performances, they don’t stretch needlessly. Yet, it must be said there are some good stories that relate to the girl child and other social issues, though the percentage is small. So I prefer theatre and mostly work with children, writing stories, conducting storytelling sessions and theatre workshops with Junoon Theatre.”
I’ve worked with good filmmakers, even though it’s not been a large working experience. The reason those roles were offered to me was because they wanted an actress not just a face. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Anurag Kashyap, Govind Nihalini and Mani Ratnam. Working with them, you are given a clear picture of what’s expected of you and you are there because you are worthy of the role.”
- Loveleen conceived her first child in her late 30s. During an interview, she talked about it. She said,
The fact that I had a baby at age 38 had more to do with my marrying late than for furthering my career. I was always clear that I wanted a child. The doctors warned us about the risks of a late pregnancy and we had prepared ourselves for any eventuality. Those nine months were filled with fear and trepidation. We agonised over every decision — professional and personal — to make sure everything was absolutely right.”
- She received Indian Television Academy Award in 2018.