Kiara Advani

Indian actress (born 1991)

Kiara Advani

Advani in 2018
Born
Alia Advani

(1991-07-31) 31 July 1991 (age 31)

Bombay, Maharashtra, India (present-day Mumbai)
Alma mater Jai Hind College
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present
Relatives Ashok Kumar (step-great-grandfather)
Saeed Jaffrey (great-uncle)
Sakina Jaffrey (aunt)

Alia Advani (born 31 July 1991), known professionally as Kiara Advani (), is an Indian actress who works in Hindi and Telugu language films After making her acting debut in the comedy film Fugly (2014), she played MS Dhoni’s wife in the sports biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) She gained praise for playing a sexually unsatisfied wife in the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories (2018) and played the leading lady in the political thriller Bharat Ane Nenu (2018)

Advani received wider attention for starring in the romantic drama Kabir Singh and the comedy Good Newwz, two of the highest-grossing Hindi films of 2019 She won the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress for the latter This success continued with her roles in the 2021 film Shershaah, for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, and the 2022 films Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Jugjugg Jeeyo

Early life

Advani was born to Jagdeep Advani, a Sindhi Hindu businessman and Genevieve Jaffrey, a teacher whose father was a Muslim from Lucknow and whose mother was a Christian of Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry She is related to several celebrities through her maternal family Actors Ashok Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey are her step-great-grandfather and great-uncle, respectively

Advani attended the Cathedral and John Connon School, and later attended Jai Hind College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications

Born as Alia Advani, she changed her first name to Kiara prior to the release of her first film, Fugly, in 2014 Her choice of the name was inspired from Priyanka Chopra’s character Kiara in the film Anjaana Anjaani (2010) She has stated that it was Salman Khan’s suggestion to change her name, as Alia Bhatt was already an established actress

Career

Early work (2014–2019)

Advani promoting MS Dhoni:The Untold Story in 2016

Advani began her acting career with the Hindi ensemble comedy film Fugly (2014) Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote, “Kiara Advani catches you completely unaware” and has the “combination of looks and talent” Mehul S Thakkar of Deccan Chronicle found her “very striking” and said that she “shows a lot of promise” Fugly underperformed at the box office Two years later, Advani appeared in the sports drama MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), a biopic of cricketer MS Dhoni who served as the former captain of Indian cricket team She had a supporting role opposite Sushant Singh Rajput (who essayed Dhoni), as the real-life character of his wife, hotel manager Sakshi Rawat M S Dhoni: The Untold Story was a major commercial success with global revenues of over 216 crore (US$27 million)

Advani then starred in Abbas–Mustan’s action thriller Machine (2017) It failed at the box office She next collaborated with filmmaker Karan Johar, for their first of many films, in the Netflix anthological film Lust Stories (2018), where she starred opposite Vicky Kaushal as his sexually dissatisfied wife Writing for NDTV, Raja Sen found her to be “positively lovely” in it She also featured with Shahid Kapoor in the music video “Urvashi”, sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh

Advani expanded to Telugu cinema in 2018, appearing with Mahesh Babu in the action film Bharat Ane Nenu from Koratala Siva, about a student who unexpectedly becomes the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Janani K of India Today opined that she “shines in her brief role” but added that her character was “more of an eye-candy who doesn’t add any purpose to the story” The film grossed 225 crore (US$28 million) worldwide, making it one of Telugu cinema’s highest grossers She, however, failed to replicate this success with her second Telugu film, Vinaya Vidheya Rama, co-starring Ram Charan In a scathing review for The Hindu, Sangeetha Devi Dundoo wrote, “It isn’t Kiara Advani’s fault that she looks lost in the melee” In the same year, she had a guest appearance in Abhishek Varman’s ensemble period film Kalank, produced by Johar

Rise to prominence (2019–present)

Advani at an event for Shershaah in 2021

Advani received wider attention later in 2019 for Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s romantic drama Kabir Singh, starring Shahid Kapoor The film had a worldwide gross of over 378 crore (US$47 million) becoming her highest-grossing release, but critics panned it due to its depiction of misogyny and toxic masculinity Rajeev Masand bemoaned that her passive character “offers the actress little to work with” She then starred in the comedy Good Newwz alongside Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, about two couples tryst with in vitro fertilization Namrata Joshi opined, “Dosanjh and Advani are all about the amplification of the boisterous, kitschy Punjabi stereotype but they play it with an infectious cheer” Both Kabir Singh and Good Newwz grossed over ₹200 crores each domestically, ranking among the year’s highest-grossing films She won the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Good Newwz

In 2020, Advani starred in Johar’s production Guilty, a Netflix film about sexual assault Ektaa Malik of The Indian Express believed that she had been “reduced to the ‘tortured-artistic-creative’ types” She then played the wife of Akshay Kumar’s character in Raghava Lawrence’s horror comedy Laxmii, in which Kumar’s character gets possessed by a transgender ghost Laxmii was released digitally on Disney+ Hotstar owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, and met with negative reviews Even so, it attained a strong viewership on the platform In her final release of 2020, Advani starred in the unremarkable romantic comedy Indoo Ki Jawani (2020)

Advani next featured in the war film Shershaah (2021), based on the life of army officer Vikram Batra (played by Sidharth Malhotra), in which she played Batra’s girlfriend The film released digitally on Amazon Prime Video, on which it became the most-streamed Indian film Anna M M Vetticad of Firstpost opined that Advani “sparkles” in her brief role She received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress

The following year, she appeared with Kartik Aaryan and Tabu in the comedy horror film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Shalini Langer of The Indian Express wrote that she “has little to do except pop up now and then” The film emerged as one of her most commercially successful, with worldwide earnings of over 26 billion (US$33 million) Advani starred alongside an ensemble cast in Jugjugg Jeeyo, a comedy-drama about divorce, in which Varun Dhawan and her played an unhappily married couple Writing for Hindustan Times, Monika Rawal Kukreja commended her “restrained performance” in it It earned 135 billion (US$17 million) worldwide

Advani will next star in the comic thriller Govinda Naam Mera with Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar, and in an untitled Telugu film directed by S Shankar, co-starring Ram Charan Advani will also reunite with Kartik Aaryan in the romantic drama Satyaprem Ki Katha

In the media

In 2019, Advani took part of the campaign as brand ambassador for Giordano handbags In 2020, Advani collaborated with Myntra In 2022, she took part with Mango in India in a campaign with endorse the brand’s Spring-Summer-22 collection

Advani ranked 30th in GQ India's listing of the 30 most influential young Indians She is frequently featured in The Times of India listing of the “Most Desirable Woman”; she ranked sixth in 2019 and fourth in 2020

Filmography

Films

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Hindi unless otherwise noted
Year Title Role Notes Ref
2014 Fugly Devi
2016 MS Dhoni: The Untold Story Sakshi Rawat
2017 Machine Sarah Thapar
2018 Bharat Ane Nenu Vasumathi Telugu film
Lust Stories Megha Upadhyay
2019 Vinaya Vidheya Rama Seetha Telugu film
Kalank Lajjo Special appearance
Kabir Singh Preeti Sikka
Good Newwz Monika Batra
2020 Guilty Nanki Dutta
Laxmii Rashmi Rajput
Indoo Ki Jawani Indoo Gupta
2021 Shershaah Dimple Cheema
2022 Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Reet Thakur
Jugjugg Jeeyo Nainaa Sharma
Govinda Naam Mera Suku Completed
2023 RC15 TBA Telugu film; filming
Satyaprem Ki Katha Katha Filming

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2018 Masaba Masaba Herself Cameo appearance

Music videos

Year Title Singer(s) Ref
2018 “Urvashi” Yo Yo Honey Singh
2020 “Kudi Nu Nachne De” Vishal Dadlani, Sachin–Jigar
“Muskurayega India” Vishal Mishra

Accolades

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2015 Screen Awards Best Female Debut Fugly Nominated
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Debut Actress Nominated
2019 Zee Cine Awards – Telugu Best Find of the Year – Female Bharat Ane Nenu Won
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut – Telugu Nominated
Asiavision Awards Emerging Star of the Year Won
2020 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor – Female Kabir Singh Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Good Newwz Won
Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actress in a Web Original Film Guilty Nominated
2022 International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Shershaah Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Favourite Movie Actor (Female) Won
Hello! Hall of Fame Award Best Actress-Critics Choice Won
Lokmat Stylish Awards Maharashtrian of the Year Won
Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Super Stylish Actor (Female) Won

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