Nidhi Bisht is a multi-talented boss-lady who is known for her excellent acting skills, writing chops, and her role as the casting director of The Viral Fever (TVF), India’s biggest production house that makes youth-centric videos. She is the sole casting director of TVF and has built a name for herself in the Indian Film and Television industry as an actress despite her looks which, according to some casting directors, suit only the roles of secondary characters like mothers and elderly.
Nidhi Bisht was born in a middle-class urban family. She grew up watching Bollywood movies with a passion that eventually made her want to pursue acting. But her parents would never have accepted a career in professional acting and would have wanted her to have a job that would ensure her financial stability. So, Nidhi pursued a degree in Law from Jamia Millia Islamia. She took up law full-time for two years and worked in Delhi for that time with another intellectual property lawyer.
But her passion for theatre and acting made her pursue it side by side. She took up theatre along with the Indian People’s Theatre Association which greatly improved her skills and her natural talent for acting by teaching her the core of theatre. She even took up training in acting at Barry John’s Imago Academy to further enhance her skills which helped her immensely. After the release of Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Rock On!!’ in 2008, Bisht found fresh inspiration to pursue professional acting.
She entered the acting scene in Mumbai when she arrived there in 2009, flowing with confidence in her acting skills, but faced bitter disappointment in auditions everywhere owing to her round face. She was told that due to her round face she could only be selected for minor roles and the roles of aged people. Usually, casting directors in India look for girls with oval faces as that is the stereotypical ‘ideal type’ considered in the television industry.
But the rejections weren’t all for nought as she met many actors and actresses during her audition who too were rejected like her for trivial reasons despite possessing talent. Through that journey, Bisht met the talented youth who are now part of TVF such as Nidhi Singh, Akanksha Thakur, Amol Parashar, Maanvi Gagroo, etc. She said, “I met actors who were being rejected from mainstream gigs for reasons that had nothing to do with acting skills. Today, when I am casting for TVF, I read a character, and I instinctively know who would work for the role, because I’ve met a lot of them in my own struggling days.”
It is clear that Nidhi had a natural talent for becoming the casting director of TVF, as is evident from her ability to recognize raw talent which, coupled with the dexterous team at TVF, led to their popularity explosion.
Bisht’s significant additions to TVF can’t be denied. Except for discovering talented actors and actresses, Bisht has also co-written many of the popular shows on TVF such as ‘PA-Gals’, ‘Permanent Roommates’, and ‘Bisht, Please!’. In addition to that, Bisht has also helped direct some of the shows.
Her acting roles have been intermittent, with most of them being small roles, but Bisht has stolen hearts with her splendid acting and realistic portrayal of her characters in all those roles.
Body of Work
Nidhi Bisht is still young but her career portfolio spans pages and is overflowing with a list that is living proof of her skills and adroitness in her field. She has ten credits in acting with a variety of roles starting from web-series to the big screen.
She played the role of Nirmala (Bhabhisa) in TVF’s ‘Tripling’ from 2016 to 2019. Her comical role as Chewingami in TVF’s ‘Bachelors’ (2017-2018) is a role that is quite memorable. She also played the role of Ipsa in the hilarious sketch ‘Chai Sutta Chronicles’ in 2013 and the role of Ritu in TVF’s biggest hit ‘Permanent Roommates’ in 2014. She also made an appearance in TVF’s satiric comedy ‘The Making Of…’ where she played the role of a struggling artist, Jamia Roy SenGupta. Recently, Bisht has also appeared in TVF’s latest TV series ‘ImMATURE’ (2019) as Aishwarya Miss. She also starred in TVF’s ‘Qtiyapa’ series in ‘Caller Naina’ (2013) and ‘Maa Ke Haath Ki Cigarette’ (2015).
Nidhi has also starred in many of Girliyapa’s shows and sketches (the female-centric brand of TVF) like ‘Mr. and Mrs.’, ‘Pregnancy Ke Side Effects’, ‘Does Size Matter?’, ‘Girliyapa’, ‘Chak De! Indian Women Cricketers’, ‘If Iconic Bollywood Characters Were Women’, ‘Mai Teacher Banna Chahti Hun’, ‘Love is Love’, ‘When Girls Drunk Dial’, ‘Funda Curry’, ‘SIS Code’, ‘Death of A Handbag’, ‘If Your Gut Feeling Was A Person’ and many more. Bisht also starred in the short film ‘Kanika’ (2018) by Girliyapa, which is a heartbreaking story of child sexual abuse.
Bisht played the lead role of Neetu Bisht in TVF’s ‘Bisht, Please!’ (2017) that was named after her. The story is an exaggerated version of Bisht’s own experiences in Mumbai.
Nidhi’s big screen accomplishments include the role of Pinky in ‘Umrika’ (2015) and the role of Amrit in ‘Phillauri’ where she acted alongside big names like Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh.
Bisht is also appearing in an upcoming movie called ‘Googly’, where she plays the role of Roma. It’s a rom-com that is being directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and features Ayushman Khurrana as one of the leads. The movie is currently set to release by the end of 2019 on 13th September.
Bisht has three credits in writing. She helped co-write some of TVF’s greatest hits like ‘Permanent Roommates’ (2016), ‘PA-Gals’ (2017), and the show that takes after her name, ‘Bisht, Please!’ (2017). Her witty writing helped add spice to the sketches.
Bisht was also the Casting Director of TVF’s ‘Pitchers’ and the Second Unit Director/Assistant Director of Permanent Roommates.
In an interview, Bisht said that she started impersonating her brother, who was always applauded for his impersonations of Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan, in an effort to gain appreciation as well when she was a little girl. That’s how she first got into acting.
Her sense of humour took its roots from the comedy of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, both renowned comedians of sketches on Saturday Night Live (SNL). “Their self-deprecating and sarcastic humour resonated with me,” she said.
Her favourite filmmaker is Priyadarshan. Her favourite movies are ‘Dangal’ and ‘Khiladi’.
Bisht is also an entrepreneur. She had always dreamed of having her own theatre company where she could nurture aspiring actors and actresses, so she started ‘New Brain Theatre Volks’ in 2011.
Her favourite food is Idli & Dosa and her favourite destination is Manali.
Her favourite colour is blue and her favourite sport is cricket.
Nidhi Bisht is a truly inspiring modern woman who turned her shortcomings into stepping stones to success and carved up her name among the strong ladies that inspire the youth of India.
Bisht enjoys cooking, eating, and travelling and is really fond of cats as well.
Her favourite actors are Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar and her favourite actress is Katrina Kaif.
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