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Gauri Khan (born Gauri Chibber; 8 October 1970), is an Indian film producer and designer who has designed spaces for high-profile individuals such as Mukesh Ambani, Roberto Cavalli and Ralph Lauren,[1] as well as Bollywood celebrities such as Karan Johar,[1] Jacqueline Fernandez[2] and Sidharth Malhotra.[3] She is the co-founder and co-chairperson of the film production company Red Chillies Entertainment and its subsidiaries. In 2018, Khan was named as one of Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women"[4]

Gauri Khan
Gauri Khan at Hindustan Times India Most Stylish Awards 2019.jpg
Gauri Khan at Hindustan Times India Most Stylish Awards in 2019
Born
Gauri Chibber

(1970-10-08) 8 October 1970 (age 48)
ResidenceMumbai, Maharashtra, India
NationalityIndian
Alma materLady Shri Ram College, University Of Delhi
OccupationFilm producer, interior designer, costume designer, fashion designer
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Shah Rukh Khan (m. 1991)
ChildrenAryan Khan, Suhana Khan, Abram Khan

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Early lifeEdit

Khan was born Gauri Chibber in Delhi to Punjabi Hindu Brahmin parents Savita and Colonel Ramesh Chandra Chibber.[5] She was raised in the suburb of Panchsheel Park, Delhi.[6] She completed her schooling at Loreto Convent School, she completed twelfth from Modern School, Delhi; and graduated from Lady Shri Ram College with B.A (Hons.). She also completed a six-month course in fashion design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology[1] and learnt tailoring due to her father's garment business.[7]

CareerEdit

In 2002, Gauri Khan and her husband Shah Rukh Khan established the film production and distribution company Red Chillies Entertainment. It was transformed from the now defunct Dreamz Unlimited which the couple first established in 1999. She serves as co-chairperson and the main producer of all the films produced under the banner. The first film she produced was Farah Khan's directorial debut Main Hoon Na. The film performed well at the box office, becoming the second highest-grossing film of the year. She also made a guest appearance in two of the film she has produced Om Shanti Om (2007) and Happy New Year (2014).[8]

She is managed by Bottomline Media, and close confidante and friend Tanaaz Bhatia from NYC. () Aftershock.[9] Khan also designed a fashion collection titled ‘Cocktails and Dreams’ for Satya Paul in 2016.[10]

Khan first expressed interest in interior design as a hobby while renovating her Bandra bungalow, Mannat. The bungalow is a tourist spot and a heritage building deemed important to the townscape and hence exempt from demolition. However, in 2010, she professionally ventured into interior designing in partnership with interior designer and close friend Sussanne Khan to design exclusive interior projects together.[11] The same year, they collaborated on their first commercial project together in Vadodara.[11] In 2011, Khan partnered with Roshan again to launch and introduce The Charcoal Project foundation in Mumbai.[12]

 
Gauri Khan with her husband Shah Rukh Khan in 2012

Khan launched her first concept store called The Design Cell located in Worli, Mumbai in early 2014. The store showcases furniture designed by Khan herself as well as various other Indian designers.[13] In 2016, Khan was invited to show her designs at the prestigious Maison et Objet show in Paris.[14]

In August 2017, Khan launched her design studio, Gauri Khan Designs that spans over 8,700 square ft at Juhu, Mumbai.[15] Khan has collaborated with various international artists including Roberto Cavalli and Ralph Lauren for home accessories.[16] In a 2017 interview with Vogue India, Khan spoke about her project, she said ”It’s been an exciting experience, seeing it all come together. I’ve been influenced by my travels across India and the globe. I take a keen interest in the architecture of places when I travel.”[17] For her work in the field of interior design, Khan was awarded with the Excellence in Design Award at the Hello! Hall of Fame Awards in 2018.[18]

In 2017, Khan curated a collection of designer lights for TISVA, a premium home decorative lighting brand from Usha International Limited which introduced smart-control magnetic systems—launched for the first time in India.[19]

In the mediaEdit

 
Gauri with her daughter Suhana Khan in an event in 2017.

Khan is known for keeping a low profile and being media shy, though she is often cited as one of the most stylish women in Bollywood.[20] She appeared on the cover of page of the popular Indian lifestyle magazine, Vogue India in January 2008. The photos were taken by the well-known British lifestyle photographer Chris Craymer. The magazine called her the "First Lady of Bollywood".[21] She appeared again on the cover page of Vogue India along with Sussanne Khan in April 2012. She also walked the ramp alongside her husband for filmmaker turned fashion designer Karan Johar at the HDIL India Couture Week 2009.[22]

In 2008, she appeared in a television and print commercial for the home furnishings brand, D'decor along with her husband. The couple play themselves in the commercial.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

 
Shahrukh Khan with his wife Gauri Khan at Karan Johar's 40th birthday bash at Taj Lands End

Gauri first met Shah Rukh Khan in 1984 in Delhi, before the start of his successful career in Bollywood.[24] The couple married on 25 October 1991 in traditional Hindu wedding ceremony, after a six-year courtship.[25]

They have a son Aryan (born 1997) and a daughter Suhana (born 2000). In 2013 they became parents of a third child, a son, named AbRam, who was born through a surrogate mother.[26] According to Shahrukh Khan, while he believes in the religion of Islam, he respects his wife's religion greatly. Their children follow both religions; at home the Qur'an is situated next to the Hindu deities.[27]

FilmographyEdit

As a producerEdit

Year Film Notes
2004 Main Hoon Na Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Film
2005 Paheli
2007 Om Shanti Om Also cameo appearance in the end credits
Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Film
2009 Billu
2010 My Name Is Khan co-produced with Dharma Productions
Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Film
2011 Always Kabhi Kabhi
Ra.One
2012 Student of the Year co-produced with Dharma Productions
2013 Chennai Express co-produced with UTV Motion Pictures
Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Film
2014 Happy New Year Also cameo appearance in the end credits
2015 Dilwale co-produced with Rohit Shetty Productions
2016 Dear Zindagi co-produced with Dharma Productions and Hope Productions
2017 Raees co-produced with Excel Entertainment
Jab Harry Met Sejal co-produced with Window Seat Films
Ittefaq co-produced with Dharma Productions and B.R. Studios
2018 Zero co-produced with Colour Yellow Productions
2019 Badla co-produced with Azure Entertainment

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "I don't want to make my business mass: Gauri Khan". www.fortuneindia.com. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Gauri Khan revamps Jacqueline Fernandez's apartment, shares pics on Instagram". Hindstan Times. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Gauri Khan designs Sidharth Malhotra's new home, Shah Rukh says they stole his hammock". Hindstan Times. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Shah Rukh Khan calls wife Gauri their family's 'fortunate, most powerful' as she features on power list". Hindustan Times. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Gauri Khan Biography". Movies Dosthana. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  6. ^ https://m.telegraphindia.com/7-days/a-big-fat-wedding/cid/507744
  7. ^ "Gauri Khan". PlanetSRK – ShahRukh Khan discussion forums & community. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Gauri Khan Biography".
  9. ^ "Gauri Khan turns model". Sify.com. 17 January 2005.
  10. ^ "Cocktails and dreams: Satya Paul, Gauri Khan launch their new collection". Cocktails and dreams: Satya Paul, Gauri Khan launch their new collection.
  11. ^ a b "Gauri Khan turns designer". Times of India (indiatimes.com). 10 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Sussanne Khan, Gauri Shinde feted as women achievers". The Indian Express. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  13. ^ "A synonym for talent". DNAINDIA.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  14. ^ "My Design is a Reflection of My Creativity: Gauri Khan". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  15. ^ Crossley, FashionNetwork.com, Isabelle. "Gauri Khan launches design store in Mumbai". FashionNetwork.com. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Everything you need to know about Gauri Khan's new design store". vogue.in. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Gauri Khan's decor advice is a must-read for anyone redoing their home". Inhome.rediff.com. 18 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Gauri Khan receives Excellence in Design Award". Times Of India. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Gauri Khan lights up the house with TISVA's new collection". Architectural Design | Interior Design | Home Decoration Magazine | AD India. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Gauri Khan's Complete Style Evolution". Vogue India. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  21. ^ "Gauri Khan is Vogue's cover girl". Rediff.com movies. Inhome.rediff.com. 18 December 2007.
  22. ^ "SRK, Gauri walk the ramp for KJo". Movies.ndtv.com. Archived from the original on 19 October 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  23. ^ Rubina A Khan (2011-10-13) [ Gauri Khan strikes a pose as husband SRK looks on]. firstpost.com
  24. ^ "Famous inter-religious marriages". MSN. 30 January 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  25. ^ "B'day Special: Shah Rukh Khan (p. 16)". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  26. ^ Sharma, Sarika (3 July 2013). "Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri blessed with a baby boy". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  27. ^ Zubair Ahmed (23 September 2005). "Who's the real Shah Rukh Khan?". BBC News. Archived from the original on 26 January 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2008.

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