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Born/Date of Birth: 13 November 1989
Place of Birth: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Other names: Harika
Education: Scottish Church College
Payal Ghosh (born 13 November 1989) is an Indian actress who has recently made her debut into Bollywood.
She studied at St. Paul's Mission School Kolkata and graduated in Political Science Honours from the Scottish Church College, Kolkata. Presently, she is residing and working in Mumbai.
When she was 17 years old, she had accompanied a friend to an audition for Sharpe's Peril and landed a role in the BBC Telefilm. In the period drama based on English soldier Richard Sharpe, Payal had played a village girl, the daughter of a revolutionary freedom fighter from Bengal. Payal also starred in a Canadian film in which she played a school girl in love with her neighbour's servant. Since her parents disapproved of her decision to join films, during her college holidays, she ran away from her home in Calcutta and came to Mumbai. She joined Namit Kishore's acting academy, where she met Chandra Sekhar Yeleti who offered her the lead role in his Prayanam, opposite Manchu Manoj. Later, she was seen in the Telugu films Mr. Rascal and Oosaravelli and the Kannada film Varshadhare.
She completed her first Tamil film Therodum Veedhiyile, directed by Saro Sriram, in which played a traditional girl, who lives in Erode. She was selected as the female lead by Vivek Agnihotri for his Bollywood film Freedom and filmed for it in 2012. She signed another Hindi comedy film, Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi opposite Vir Das, directed by Sanjay Chhel. which released worldwide on 15 September 2017.
In April 2020, she stated that she was out of work, financially broke, and was leading a life she had never imagined.
In September 2020, Ghosh accused Anurag Kashyap of sexually harassing her in 2014 and filed a case. Kashyap dismissed the allegations as baseless, calling it an attempt to silence him from criticizing the government. Kashyap denied all allegations in the FIR during an interrogation with the Mumbai police.
In October actor Richa Chadha filed defamation suit in Bombay High Court against Payal Ghosh seeking ₹1.1 Crore damages for attempting to drag Chadha's name into the Ghosh's allegation against Kashyap. After Payal Ghosh gave an un-conditional apology to Richa Chadha for her defamatory remarks, Bombay HC recorded the settlement of the case.