Mumbai: Monnieka Chowdhury, a rising star in the world of entertainment, was born on May 27, 1995, in Patna, Bihar, and later moved to Delhi. In a candid and exclusive interview with Xpert Times, this talented actress shares her remarkable journey from a small-town girl with big dreams to a promising artist in the Indian film industry. Early Beginnings and Passion for Acting Monnieka's foray into the world of acting began at a young age, fueled by her genuine passion for the performing arts. She fondly recalls her school days as the time when her love for the stage and the camera first blossomed. However, her path to stardom truly took shape after she completed her 12th-grade board exams. Recalling those pivotal moments, Monnieka states, "After my 12th board exams, I was eager to start my journey in the world of acting. I began actively seeking opportunities, which eventually led me to a newspaper article announcing a casting call for a print shoot. Without hesitation, I submitted my photos and, to my delight, I received the call that marked the commencement of my journey in the entertainment industry." Awards and Achievements Monnieka remains remarkably modest about her achievements, despite receiving notable recognition for her work. She humbly shares, "While I believe I still have much to achieve and aspire for in my career, I am deeply grateful for the accolades and appreciation I've received thus far. One of the highlights of my career was receiving the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Best Actress for my remarkable performance in the short film 'Juhi or Jamaal.' I've also been fortunate to receive several other awards for my work in 'Juhi or Jamaal' and another film titled 'Ek Battey Do.'" Current Projects and Future Endeavors Monnieka is currently deeply involved in various exciting projects. Among them is a highly anticipated web series, details of which she must keep under wraps for the time being. She assures her fans, "I am working on several projects at the moment, and while I can't disclose the specifics just yet, I promise to share more in due course." Beyond her acting career, Monnieka keeps herself engaged with an array of hobbies and interests. "I'm a curious soul who always seeks to learn new things and explore different hobbies. One of my personal favorites is reading. I find immense joy in delving into our history and spirituality, gathering knowledge and insights along the way," she says. A Heart for Charity Work Monnieka's compassion extends beyond her thriving career, and she is deeply committed to animal welfare. "I am a fervent dog lover, and my family and I have been involved in helping stray dogs for as long as I can remember. We feed approximately 50 local dogs on a daily basis. In the future, I aspire to establish a shelter for strays, providing them with the essentials and care they so dearly need," she passionately shares. Overcoming Challenges When asked about the challenges she has faced in her career, Monnieka opens up about her initial struggles with self-confidence. "Every day in this industry presents a new challenge, but my most significant obstacle was my own self-doubt. I had always known what I wanted to do, but I struggled with self-confidence. That internal battle was my biggest challenge. However, a turning point arrived unexpectedly when my mother suggested, 'Let's try Monnieka in acting.' That moment marked the beginning of my journey in an industry that demanded confidence and self-assuredness." Inspiring Fans with Her Humility Monnieka's fans are captivated by her genuine nature and infectious smile. She states, "My fans frequently express their admiration for my smile and often comment on my down-to-earth and grounded demeanor. Their love and support mean the world to me." Future Goals and Plans Looking ahead, Monnieka shares some of her future plans, saying, "One of my top priorities is to establish a shelter for strays, a cause I hold close to my heart. Additionally, I aspire to spread happiness and positivity among the people around me. As for the rest, I place my trust in the universe." Personal Life and Fan Interactions Regarding interesting facets of her personal life, Monnieka is yet to reveal any details. However, she maintains an active and engaging relationship with her fans. "I interact with my fans and followers by responding to their direct messages and sharing their posts in which they've tagged me," she notes. Monnieka Chowdhury's journey is not only about her burgeoning career but also about her commitment to making a positive impact, both within and outside the realm of entertainment. Her story is a testament to resilience, humility, and an unwavering passion for the arts. As she continues her ascent in the world of entertainment, the impact she will make in her future endeavors remains a promising prospect.