Alia Advani (born 31 July 1992), known professionally as Kiara Advani, is an Indian actress who predominantly works in Hindi films. She has also acted in two Telugu films. After making her debut in Fugly (2014), she played the real-life character of Sakshi Rawat, a hotel manager and cricketer M. S. Dhoni’s wife, in Neeraj Pandey’s critically and commercially successful sports biopic M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016).
|Advani at the Lakme Fashion Week in 2018|
|Born||Alia Advani |
31 July 1992 (age 28)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
|Relatives||Ashok Kumar (step-great-grandfather) |
Saeed Jaffrey (great-uncle)
Kiara Advani Early life and background
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; and had a Bengali godmother. Born as Alia Advani, she changed her first name to Kiara prior to the release of her first film, Fugly, in 2014. She has stated that it was Salman Khan’s suggestion to change her name from Alia to Kiara, as Alia Bhatt was her contemporary.
Kiara Advani Career
Hindi and Telugu career beginnings (2014–2018)
Advani debuted into Bollywood with Kabir Sadanand’s 2014 comedy Fugly, that also had an ensemble cast of Mohit Marwah, Arfi Lamba, Vijender Singh, and Jimmy Sheirgill. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said: “Kiara Advani catches you completely unaware” and has the “combination of looks and talent”.
Boyapati Srinu’s Telugu action drama Vinaya Vidheya Rama was Advani’s first release of 2019. 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.” Advani returned to Hindi cinema with a special appearance in Abhishek Varman’s period drama Kalank. Her next appearance was in Sandeep Vanga’s romantic drama Kabir Singh alongside Shahid Kapoor. An adaptation of Vanga’s 2017 Telugu movie Arjun Reddy, it is about the titular character, played by Kapoor, who goes on a self-destructive path and becomes an alcoholic surgeon after his lover, played by Advani, marries someone else.
Dharma Productions’s next production, the 2021 action war film Shershaah, based on the life of army officer Vikram Batra (played by Sidharth Malhotra) and featuring Advani as his fianceé, is fully completed. She has also committed to essay the female lead opposite Kartik Aaryan in Anees Bazmee’s standalone sequel of the 2007 iconic supernatural comedy Bhool Bhulaiyaa.
|2016||M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story||Sakshi Rawat|
|2018||Bharat Ane Nenu||Vasumathi||Telugu film|
|Lust Stories||Megha||Karan Johar’s segment|
|2019||Vinaya Vidheya Rama||Seetha||Telugu film|
|Kabir Singh||Preeti Sikka|
|Good Newwz||Monika Batra|
|2020||Guilty||Nanki Dutta||Netflix film|
|Angrezi Medium||Herself||Special appearance in song “Kudi Nu Nachne De”|
|Masaba Masaba||Herself||Web series; cameo appearance|
|Indoo Ki Jawani||Indira Gupta|
|Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2||TBA||Filming|
|Jug Jugg Jeeyo||TBA||Filming|
|2018||“Urvashi Remix”||Yo Yo Honey Singh|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Fugly||Screen Awards||Most Promising Newcomer||Nominated|
|Big Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor (film) Debut – Female||Nominated|
|2019||Bharat Ane Nenu||Zee Cine Awards Telugu||Best Find of the year – Female||Won|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Female Debut (Telugu)||Nominated|
|N/A||Asiavision Awards||Emerging Star of the Year||Won|
|2020||Kabir Singh||Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress (Viewer’s Choice)||Nominated|
|Good Newwz||International Indian Film Academy Awards||Performance in a Supporting Role (Female)||Pending|
|Guilty||Filmfare OTT Awards||Best Actor, Original Web Film (Female)||Nominated |