Riya Deepsi is an Indian actor and model who is well-known for playing the role of ‘Gandhari’ in the television show Mahabharat (2013). Afterwards, she appeared in various other television series, like Razia Sultan (2015), Begusarai (2016), Porus (2017), etc. In 2018, she made her Bollywood debut with the movie Bhaagte Raho.
Riya Deepsi was born on Sunday, 19 May 1996 (age 24 Years; as of 2020), and she is currently living in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Riya Deepsi spent her childhood in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. In 2008, she moved to Mumbai as her father got transferred there. She pursued Bachelor of Arts in film-making from Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA) in Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5’ 5”
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
Riya Deepsi’s mother’s name is Rekha Singh Maurya. Her brother’s name is Rishabh Deep.
Relationships, Husband & Children
Not much is known about her relationships.
Although, Riya made her television debut with series ‘Mata ki Chowki’ in which she made a brief cameo appearance, she got her big break when she played the role of ‘Gandhari’ in the historical television series Mahabharat (2013). In the Indian epic Mahabharat, ‘Gandhari’ is a prominent character who was the mother of one hundred sons.
Being one of the protagonists of the show Mahabharat (2013) led to her immense popularity. Thereafter, in 2015, she starred in another historical television series ‘Bharat Ka Veer Putra– Maharana Pratap’ in which she played the role of Salima Sultan Begum who was the fourth wife of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Later, in the same year, she appeared in the period drama serial ‘Razia Sultan’ as Fatima.
In 2016, she appeared in the show ‘Begusarai’ as Soni Thakur. Later, she took part in the second and fourth season of BCL (Box Cricket League), an Indian sports reality television show where celebrities compete with each other in an indoor cricket game format. In season 2, she was the player of Chennai Swaggers Box Cricket League Team, and in season 4, she was a member of Goa Killers Box League Team. In 2017, she was one of the protagonists in the show ‘Porus’ in which she portrayed the role of ‘Barsine’ who was a captive of Alexander the Great.
In 2018, Riya Deepsi made her film debut with the movie Bhaagte Raho.
In 2019, she made her digital debut with the web series ‘Be Safe’ in which she played the role of Nidhi. Thereafter, in 2020 she appeared in another web series ‘It Happened in Calcutta.’
- Before entering the television industry, Riya was a theatre artist. She was a part of the ‘Nadira Babbber’s theatre group’ for a period of four years. Her experience in theatre helped her to play the role of ‘Gandhari’ in the television show Mahabharat (2013). Riya had to put on a blindfold to play the character of ‘Gandhari’ which restricted her display of expressions. In an interview, she said,
My family and friends think my eyes are the most beautiful feature on my face so covering that was indeed a challenge to me. I had to control every expression through my body language, mostly with my hands. But since I am from a theatre background and have been associated with Nadira Babbber’s group for almost 4 years, I could pull off the act.’
- Riya Deepsi was just 17 years old when she made her debut with the television series Mahabharat (2013). As ‘Gandhari’ she had to play the role of a mother of one hundred sons. Despite being underage for the character of ‘Gandhari,’ not only did she managed to pull it off, but she was also immensely appreciated by the viewers of the show. In an interview, she said,
I was like, I was just seventeen and the actors playing my sons were around ten to twelve years elder to me.’
- Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal are Riya’s favourite Bollywood actors.