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Karishma Tanna (born 21 December 1983)[1][3][4] is an Indian film actress, model and anchor who predominantly works in Hindi films and shows. She is well known for her role in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Naagarjuna – Ek Yodha. She was a contestant and first runner-up in the reality show Bigg Boss in 2014. She also appeared in other reality shows like Zara Nachke Dikha (2008), Nach Baliye (2015) and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2016).

Karishma Tanna
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Tanna in 2012
Born (1983-12-21) 21 December 1983 (age 35)[1]
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Upen Patel (2014-2016)[2]

After her Bollywood debut Grand Masti, she appeared in Tina & Lolo,[5] as well as in Sanjay Dutt's biopic film Sanju, opposite Ranbir Kapoor.[6] She was featured in Ekta Kapoor's Naagin 3 recently. Currently, she is playing the role of Vaidehi in Qayamat Ki Raat opposite Vivek Dahiya.


Personal lifeEdit

Tanna was born and brought up in a Gujarati family.[3] She lives with her mother, and is very close to her, as her father died in October 2012[7]

Tanna started dating actor Upen Patel in 2014 when they met inside the Bigg Boss house and later was engaged to him.[8][9] In 2016, they split up.[10]


Television (2000–present)Edit

Tanna appeared in Balaji Telefilms' soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi[11] (July 2000 - November 2008), where she played the character Indu.[12][13] She appeared in Balaji Telefilms' drama production, Kahi To Milenge (November 2002 - 2003).[14]

Tanna worked as the female lead for the TV series Koi Dil Mein Hai (December 2003 - February 2005) as Krutika.[15] Tanna signed up with project while still working for Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, as her role in Kyunki was not that of a major character. Moreover, Kkoi Dil Mein Hai was a weekly show.[15] Tanna worked for the TV program Ek Ladki Anjaani Si (November 2005 – September 2007) playing the negative character Ayesha.[16] Tanna was also part of Rajshri Productions show Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam (April 2006 – September 2006).[17][18]

BR Films signed her up for their drama TV series, Viraasat (June 2006 – July 2007).[17] She played the role of Natasha, a secretary.[19] In 2008, Karishma participated in the dance show Zara Nachke Dikha.

In September 2006, Tanna made her theater debut with the Hinglish farce/romantic comedy Perfect Wedding, directed by Vandana Sajnani. The work was adapted from Robin Howdon's British play of the same name.[17][20] Tanna participated in stage-based comedy TV series Comedy Circus, that started in June 2007.[21] She later came back in Comedy Circus Mahasangram in February 2010.[22]

Tanna at UTVSTARS Walk Of The Stars in 2012

Tanna hosted a magic-based reality TV show, India's Magic Star, that went on air in July 2010.[23][24] She has also acted in the children's television program, Baal Veer (October 2012 – 2013), playing the role of Rani Pari.[25]

Tanna was a celebrity contestant in the popular controversial Colors show, Bigg Boss 8, which started airing in September 2014. She spent full 4 months inside the house and became a finalist and the first runner-up.[26][27][28][29][30] In 2015, Tanna participated in seventh season of dance couple reality show Nach Baliye along with Upen Patel.[31] In November 2015, Karishma appeared as a celebrity guest in Star Plus's talk show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi, which was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.

In March 2016, Karishma made a guest appearance in the popular stunt reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in its seventh season.[32] Tanna appeared as a celebrity guest in the popular comedy show Comedy Nights Bachao, which aired on Colors TV one with Upen in February and later in the same year in August 2016 for promoting Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.[33] She again made a small cameo appearance in Comedy Nights Bachao along with Helly Shah for one episode.[34] Karishma participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2016.[35][36] Tanna played the role of a naagin in Life OK's show Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha.[37] In January 2017, Tanna was judging BIG Magic's reality show Big Memsaab along with Sambhavna Seth and Pritam Singh in 2017.

Debut in films (2005–present)Edit

Tanna made her Bollywood debut with the December 2005 film Dosti: Friends Forever, playing the role of Nandini Thapar. Tanna's second film was a Kannada language movie, I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona, which was released in June 2011. Tanna played the lead actress role of Chethana.[38]

In September 2013, Grand Masti, a Bollywood sex comedy and a sequel to April 2004 film, Masti was released.[39] Tanna has signed for Tina and Lolo. Tanna's character had been earlier offered to Minissha Lamba, but Lamba opted out as the script required her kissing Sunny Leone.[40]

Tanna has acted in several television advertisements, including for Stayfree, Lifebuoy and Nirma.[41]


Daily Soap Appearances
Name Role Channel Role
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Indira Virani Star Plus 2001-2006
Kahi To Milenge Tanisha Sahara One 2002-2003
Manshaa Rhea Zee TV 2003
Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Tina Star Plus 2003-2004
Kkoi Dil Mein Hai Krutika Sony TV 2003-2004
Shararat Natasha Star Plus 2004
Kkusum Muskaan Sony TV 2004
Paalkhi Palak Zee TV 2005-2006
Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Ayesha Sony TV 2005-2006
Viraasat Natasha Star One 2006-2007
Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam Jitisha Star Plus 2006
Jaane Pehchaane Se... Ye Ajnabbi Avni Star One 2010
Adaalat Ms Jaffrey Sony TV 2011
Baal Veer Rani Pari SAB TV 2012
Jeanie Aur Juju Soniya SAB TV 2014
Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha Maskeeni (Naagin) Life OK 2016-2017
Naagin 3[42] Naagrani Roohi (Naagin) Colors TV 2018
Qayamath Ki Raat[43] Gauri/ Raajlakshmi/ Vaidehi Star Plus 2018–present
Reality Appearances
Name Role Channel Year
Comedy Circus 1 Contestant Sony TV 2007
Nach Baliye 3 Guest Contestant Star Plus 2007
Kaho Na Yaar Hai Contestant Star Plus 2008
Zara Nachke Dikha Contestant Star One 2008
Kaante Ki Takkar Host Sony TV 2008
Meethi Choori No 1 Contestant Imagine TV 2010
Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout Contestant Imagine TV 2010
Comedy Circus Maha-Sangram Contestant Sony TV 2011
Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest Colors TV 2014
Bigg Boss 8 Contestant (1st runner-up) Colors TV 2014-2015
Bigg Boss Halla Bol Contestant (1st runner-up) Colors TV 2014-2015
Nach Baliye 7 Contestant along with Upen Patel Star Plus 2015
Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi[44] Guest Star Plus 2015
MTV Love School - Season 1 Host along with Upen Patel MTV India 2015
Box Cricket League - Season 2[45] Player in Punjabi Shers Colors TV 2016
Comedy Nights Bachao Guest Colors TV 2016
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7[46] Guest in Semi Finale Colors TV 2016
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Contestant Colors TV 2016
Bigg Boss 10 Guest - panellist/performer Colors TV 2017
BIG Memsaab[47] Judge BIG Magic 2017
Bigg Boss 11 Guest Colors TV 2017
Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke Sung[48] Contestant Colors TV 2017
Special Appearances
Name Role Channel Year
Kumkum Bhagya Dance Performance Zee TV 2015
Yeh Vaada Raha Dance Performance Zee TV 2016


Year Film Character Notes
2005 Dosti: Friends Forever Nandini Thapar Debut
2011 I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona Chetana Kannada Film
2013 Grand Masti Unatti
2014 Golu Aur Pappu Shalini
2018 Sanju Pinky
TBA Tina and Lolo Lolo Delayed

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Show Category Results
2003 Star Parivaar Awards Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Favourite Behen Nominated
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress In A Comic Role
2007 Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Best Actress In A Negative Role
2008 Star Guild Awards
2015 Television Style Awards Bigg Boss 8 Stylish Female In A Reality Show Won
2016 Zee Gold Awards MTV Love School Best Anchor Nominated
N/A Most Fit Actor (Female) Won[49]
2018 Zee Gold Awards N/A Won


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