Monica Dogra

Monica Dogra is an American[1] musician and actress[2][3] of Indian origin. She has acted in six feature films, as well as released five studio albums with the band Shaa’ir and func. She is a member on the judging panel of India's first English music talent show, The Stage.[4] She hosted four seasons of the music-Docu series “The Dewarists” that was nominated for a Cannes Lion. She also worked on the VICELAND Emmy nominated series “WOMAN” produced by Gloria Steinem.

Monica Dogra
Dogra at the HT Style Awards in 2018
Born (1982-10-25) 25 October 1982
ResidenceMumbai, India
EducationNew York University (B.A., Musical Theatre),
New York
OccupationMusician, actress
Years active2006–present

Early life

Monica Dogra is the daughter of Dogra immigrants from Jammu.[2] Her maternal uncle is Dogri folk music singer Prakash Sharma.[5][6] She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Oakleigh Elementary School, Montessori and Dulaney High School. She attended NYU, graduating with a bachelor's degree in musical theatre.


In 2005, she formed[7][8] the electronic rock group "Shaa'ir+Func", along with guitarist Randolph Correia.[9] In 2007, they released their first album New Day: The Love Album, followed by Light Tribe in 2008 and Mantis in 2010. She also sang a song "Dooriyan Bhi Hai Zaroori" with Vishal Dadlani in the film Break Ke Baad[2] and the theme song in English (with Shahid Mallya) for the film Inkaar.

She made her acting debut with a guest appearance in Rock On!!.[10] In 2008, she was approached by Kiran Rao for the lead role in Rao's directorial debut film Dhobi Ghat - a role Dogra initially turned down, but eventually accepted.[11] In December 2011, she served as a judge for Rolling Stone's Never Hide Sounds musical talent contest.[12] She is the host of The Dewarists, a musical collaborative show on STAR World India.[13] In 2013, she performed with award-winning violinist Scott Tixier, for a series of shows sponsored by Dos Equis around the US.

In March 2014, she was featured on the cover page of FHM Magazine.[14] In March 2013 and in May 2015 she was featured on the cover and had a pictorial in Maxim India Magazine.[15]

She is now one of the judges for the show The Stage alongside Vishal Dadlani.


YearTitleRole Other notes
2008Rock On!!Shaairsinger
2011Dhobi GhatShai
2013David [16]Noor
2015The Spectacular Jihad of Taz RahimSabrina Jiwan
2016Teraa SurroorElle Jordan, Tara Wadia's lawyer
RelapseShort film

Music video appearances

YearTitleArtist Ref.
2016Lay You DownDJ Nanok[17]


2006New Day: The Love Album Shaair and Func
2008Light Tribe
"Dooriyan"For Bollywood movie Break Ke Baad composed by Vishal-Shekhar
2014Re:cover Shaair and Func
2016 Spit


Year Show Role Channel Result
2017 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 Contestant Colors TV Finalist (4th Place)


  1. Addiego, Walter (January 21, 2011). "'Mumbai Diaries' review: a long way from Bollywood". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  2. "Monica Dogra: Bollywood is changing". Times of India. IANS. January 22, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  3. Puente, Maria (January 20, 2011). "Could 'Mumbai Diaries' represent a Bollywood reboot?". USA Today. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  4. Suhasini, Lalitha (October 13, 2015). "The Stage review: Starry judges, awesome talent, but why does it sound like a karaoke show?". First Post. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
  5. Sharma, Ashutosh (December 30, 2010). "City girl to act in Amir Khan movie". Jammu & Kasmir Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  6. Sharma, Ashutosh (December 31, 2011). "Need to 'preserve' Dogri folk music". Jammu & Kashmir Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  7. Datta, Pulkit (October 20, 2010). "NRI Profile: Monica Dogra". NRI. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  8. BBC. "BBC - Asian Network - Friction". Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  9. "Bio". Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  10. "Pop music is a scary little monster: Monica Dogra". Hindustan Times. November 23, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  11. "When Monica Dogra said no to Aamir Khan". Hindustan Times. IANS. January 19, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  12. Singh, Nirmika (December 4, 2011). "Bands from across country battle it out". Hindustan Times. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  13. Sen, Jhinuk (December 13, 2011). "The Dewarists: Passion and 'things worth doing'". CNN-IBN. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  14. "Monica Dogra becomes Covergirl of FHM Magazine's March 2014 Issue". IANS. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  15. "Monica Dogra Sensuous Bikini Body Shoot 2015". Bollywood Bogus on YouTube. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  16. Pai, Megha (April 19, 2012). "'I have a lot on my plate'". Khaleej Times. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  17. "Monica Dogra And Anushka Manchanda Play Same Sex Lovers In This New Music Video". HuffPost. India. December 5, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
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