Gauahar Khan

Gauahar Khan (born 23 August 1983) is an Indian model[5][6][2] and actress.[7] She started her career as a model and participated in the Femina Miss India contest in 2002.

Gauahar Khan
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Khan in 2018
Gauahar Khan

(1983-08-23) 23 August 1983 (age 38)[1][2]
  • Actress
  • model[3]
Years active2003–present
Zaid Darbar
(m. 2020)

After appearing in dance songs, Khan made her acting debut with Yash Raj Films's Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009). Khan later starred in films such as the action thriller Game (2011), the revenge drama Ishaqzaade (2012), the suspense thriller Fever (2016), the romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) and the Indian period drama Begum Jaan (2017).[8][9][10]

In 2013, she participated in Bigg Boss 7 and emerged as the winner.[11]

Early life

Nigaar Khan with sister Gauahar Khan in 2011

Khan was born on 23 August 1983 in a Muslim family in Pune, Maharashtra to Zafar and Razia Khan.[1] She completed her schooling from Mount Carmel Convent School, Pune. Khan is one of five siblings in her family. She is the youngest of five siblings and the sister of actress Nigaar Khan.[12]


Khan started her career as a model. In 2002, at the age of 18, she participated in Femina Miss India contest where she came fourth and won the Miss Talented title.[13] Later that year, she represented India in the Miss International contest.[13] Khan appeared in a small role in movie Miss India: The Mystery as a model participant.[14]

She appeared in a couple of music videos with one, "Hawa Mein Udati Jaaye" by Bombay Vikings became hugely popular.[15] She anchored the film gossip show Page 3 on Zoom Television.[16] In 2004, Khan made her entry in Bollywood with two films, Aan: Men at Work and Shankar Dada M.B.B.S., an Telugu film in item songs.

In February 2009, she participated in Sony TV's celebrity dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 where she became the first runner up of the show.[17] She made her acting debut in the 2009 Yash Raj Films production Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. Anupama Chopra said, "Gauahar was fashionable, ambitious and smart receptionist, she was sharply etched and memorable as Koena in the film".[18] In 2010, Khan appeared in Ekta Kapoor's Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai in an item number, "Parda".[19]

Khan next appeared as outspoken and rebellious Samara Shroff in the action thriller Game (2011). NDTV said that "Gauhar as the loyal secretary Samara is nicely outfitted."[20] Later in the year, along with her sister Nigaar Khan, Gauahar appeared in the reality show, The Khan Sisters.[21] Khan played Chand Bibi in the 2012 romantic drama Ishaqzaade, in which she also appeared in two item numbers "Jhalla Walla" and "Chokra Jawaan". Shomini Sen of Zee News stated that, "Gauahar as a kind-hearted prostitute Chand sizzles in two songs. It is pity that she is used so less in the film.".[22] Taran Adarsh said, "Gauahar is lovely in a special role. Also, she dances very well in the two tracks."[23]

In 2013, Khan became a celebrity contestant in the seventh seeason of Colors TV's reality show Bigg Boss, Indian version of the reality TV show Big Brother.[24] Khan took an exit after her boyfriend Kushal Tandon was asked to leave after he hit VJ Andy. A day later she returned to the house.[25][26] She emerged as the winner in December 2013 defeating actress Tanishaa Mukerji.[27]

In May 2014, Khan participated in Colors TV's stunt show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in its Fifth Season along with Kushal Tandon.[28][29][30]

She later was a mentor for a reality show, Ticket To Bollywood. In September 2014, Khan hosted Star Plus's singing reality show India's Raw Star. On 30 November 2014, Khan was slapped during the shooting of a singing reality show called India's Raw Star by a member of the audience who admonished her for wearing a short dress.[31] Police arrested 24-year-old Akil Malik for attacking the actress at show's studio in Mumbai. They quoted the man as telling Khan that "being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress".[31] He was later produced in court on 1 December 2014.[32]

In May 2015, Khan made her Punjabi debut with the film Oh Yaara Ainvayi Ainvayi Lut Gaya, opposite Jassie Gill as Gunjan Kaur.[33][34][35] In October 2015, Khan participated in Zee TV's I Can Do That and was paired along with Bani J.[36] Khan emerged as the first runner-up whilist Rithvik Dhanjani emerged as the winner.[37] In January 2016, Khan started the year with appearing in Ekta Kapoor's Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 for the item song "Jawani Le Doobi".[38][39] In August 2016, Khan played one of the main leads in Ravi Agrawal's Fever, co-starring Rajeev Khandelwal and Gemma Atkinson as Kavya.[40][41] The film released in August however failed at the box office.[42] In October 2016, Khan appeeared in the film Fuddu for an item song, sung by Jasmine Sandlas.[43]

In 2017, Khan appeared in Karan Johar's Badrinath Ki Dulhania, the sequel to Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt as Laxmi.[44][45] The film released in March.[46] In April 2017, Khan acted in the film Begum Jaan, co-starring Vidya Balan.[47] In December 2017, Khan acted in Tera Intezaar.[48] In 2018, she acted in Nine Hours in Mumbai as Gulabi.[49][50]

In June 2019, Khan appeared in the Indian version of The Office, an adaptation of the hit BBC series of the same name. The show released on streaming service Hotstar on 28 June 2019.[51] Gauhar plays the character of Riya Pahwa, who is the boss of the lead character Jagadeep Chadda.[52] Later in the same year, Khan acted in an web series, Parchayee.[53]

In 2020, she returned to Bigg Boss as a toofani senior for its fourteenth season along with Hina Khan and Sidharth Shukla for the first three weeks.[54] In 2021, Gauahar played the role of Maithili Sharan in amazon web series Tandav.[55]

Personal life

Khan was in a relationship with Kushal Tandon her Bigg Boss 7 co-contestant in 2013,[6] but later they broke up.[56]

In November 2020, she got engaged to actor and son of music director Ismail Darbar, Zaid Darbar.[57] The two were married on 25 December of the same year.[58]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aan: Men at Work Special appearance in song "Nasha"
Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. Special appearance in song "Naa Pera Kanchan Mala" Telugu film
2009 Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year Koena Sheikh
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Special appearance in song "Parda"
2011 Game Samara Shroff/Natasha Malhotra
2012 Ishaqzaade Chand Bibi
2015 Oh Yaara Ainvayi Ainvayi Lut Gaya Gunjan Kaur
2016 Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 Special appearance in song "Jawaani Le Doobi"
Fever Kavya Chaoudhary/Pooja Warrier
Fuddu Special appearance in song "Intoxicating killer Curvers" [59]
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Laxmi Shankar Cameo
Begum Jaan Rubina
Tera Intezaar Special appearance in song "Barbie"
2018 Nine Hours in Mumbai Gulabi
2021 14 Phere Zubina [60]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Bitches & Beauty Queens: The Making of Miss India Herself British Television Documentary film
2009 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 Contestant 1st runner-up
2011 The Khan Sisters Herself
2013 Bigg Boss 7 Contestant Winner
2014 Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 8th place
Ticket to Bollywood Mentor
India's Raw Star Host
2015 I Can Do That Contestant 4th place
2019 The Office Riya Pahwa
2020 Bigg Boss 14 Senior 2 weeks

Special appearances

Year Title Role
2014 Bigg Boss 8 Herself
2016 Naagin 1
Bigg Boss 10
2017 Bigg Boss 11
2018 Bigg Boss 12
Naagin 3
2019 Gathbandhan
Bigg Boss 13

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 Parchhayee Unnamed Episode 9
2021 Tandav Maithili Sharan [61]
2022 Bestseller Mayanka Kapoor

Music videos

Year Title Singer Label Ref.
2021 Wapis Ali Brothers Real Music [62]
Tohmat Shipra Goyal Speed Records [63]
Main Pyaar Mein Hoon Goldboy White Hill Beats [64]
2022 Dil Ka Gehna Yasser Desai Desi Music Factory [65]


See also


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