Karishma Tanna

Karishma Tanna (born 21 December, 1983)[1][3][4] is an Indian film, television actress, model and anchor who predominantly works in Hindi films and shows. She made her debut with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in 2001. She is well known for her roles in Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha and Qayamat Ki Raat.

Karishma Tanna
Karishma Tanna at Ekta Kapoor's Diwali Party 2019 (cropped).jpg
Tanna at Ekta Kapoor's Diwali Party 2019
Born (1983-12-21) 21 December 1983 (age 37)[1]
  • Actress
  • model
  • television presenter
  • host
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Upen Patel (2014–16)[2]

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). In 2020, she participated and emerged as the winner of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10.[5][6][7]

Tanna made her film debut as Nandini Thapar in Bollywood industry with Suneel Darshan's Dosti: Friends Forever (2006). In 2013, she was seen in Indra Kumar's successful comedy Grand Masti.[8] In June 2018, she featured in Rajkumar Hirani's biopic of Sanjay Dutt titled Sanju.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Tanna was born and brought up in a Gujarati family.[3] She lives with her mother, and is very close to her; her father died on October 2012[10]

Tanna started dating actor Upen Patel in 2014 when they met inside the Bigg Boss house and later was engaged to him.[11][12] In 2016, they ended their relationship.[13]


Television (2000–present)Edit

Tanna at the Naagin 3 launch.

Tanna appeared in Balaji Telefilms' soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi[14] (July 2000 - November 2008), where she played the character Indu.[15][16] She appeared in Balaji Telefilms' drama production, Kahi To Milenge (November 2002 - 2003).[17]

Tanna worked as the female lead for the TV series Koi Dil Mein Hai (December 2003 - February 2005) as Krutika.[18] 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, Koi Dil Mein Hai was a weekly show.[18] Tanna worked for the TV program Ek Ladki Anjaani Si (November 2005 – September 2007) playing the negative character Ayesha.[19] Tanna was also part of Rajshri Productions show Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam (April 2006 – September 2006).[20][21]

BR Films signed her up for their drama TV series, Viraasat (June 2006 – July 2007).[20] She played Natasha, a secretary.[22] 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.[20][23] Tanna participated in stage-based comedy TV series Comedy Circus, that started in June 2007.[24] She later came back in Comedy Circus Mahasangram in February 2010.[25]

Tanna hosted a magic-based reality TV show, India's Magic Star, that went on air in July 2010.[26][27] She has also acted in the children's television program, Baal Veer (October 2012 – 2013), playing Rani Pari.[28]

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.[29][30][31][32][33] In 2015, Tanna participated in seventh season of dance couple reality show Nach Baliye along with Upen Patel.[34] 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.[35] 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.[36] She again made a small cameo appearance in Comedy Nights Bachao along with Helly Shah for one episode.[37] Karishma participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2016.[38][39] Tanna played a naagin in Life OK's show Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha.[40] In January 2017, Tanna was judging BIG Magic's reality show Big Memsaab along with Sambhavna Seth and Pritam Singh in 2017. In 2020, she participated in Colors TV's stunt reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 and emerged as the winner.

Debut in films (2005–present)Edit

Tanna made her Bollywood debut with the December 2005 film Dosti: Friends Forever, playing 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.[41]

In September 2013, Grand Masti, a Bollywood sex comedy and a sequel to April 2004 film, Masti was released.[42] 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.[43]

Tanna has acted in several television advertisements, including for Stayfree, Lifebuoy and Nirma.[44]


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
2015 Tina and Lolo Lolo Shelved
2014 Golu Aur Pappu Shalini
2018 Sanju Pinky
2020 Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari Basanti special appearance


Year Name Role
2001–2006 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Indira Virani
2002–2003 Kahi To Milenge Tanisha
2003 Manshaa Rhea
2003–2004 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Tina
Kkoi Dil Mein Hai Krutika
2004 Shararat Natasha
Kkusum Muskaan
2005 Raat Hone Ko Hai Arti
2005–2006 Paalkhi Palak
Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Ayesha
2006–2007 Viraasat Natasha
2006 Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam Jitisha
Fear Factor India Contestant
2007 Comedy Circus
Nach Baliye 3 Guest Contestant
2008 Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket Contestant
Kaho Na Yaar Hai
Zara Nachke Dikha
Kaante Ki Takkar Host
2009 Comedy Champions
2010 India's Magic Star
Jaane Pehchaane Se... Ye Ajnabbi Avni
Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo Kiran
Meethi Choori No 1 Contestant
2011 Adaalat Ms Jaffrey
Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout Contestant
Comedy Circus Maha-Sangram
2012-2013 Baal Veer Rani Pari
2013 F.I.R Various Characters
2014 Jeanie Aur Juju Soniya
2014–2015 Bigg Boss 8 Contestant
2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Contestant (1st runner-up)
Nach Baliye 7 Contestant (2nd runner-up) along with Upen Patel
2015–2016 MTV Love School 1 Host along with Upen Patel
2016 Box Cricket League[45] Player in Kolkata Baabu Moshayes
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7[46] Guest in Semi-finale
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Contestant
Bigg Boss 10 Guest
2016–2017 Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha Maskeeni (Naagin)
2017 BIG Memsaab[47] Judge
Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke Sung[48] Contestant
Bigg Boss 11 Guest
2018 ; 2019 Naagin 3[49] Naagrani Ruhi (shape-shifting Serpent) ; Huzoor (demoness)
2018–2019 Qayamat Ki Raat[50] Gauri/ Raajlakshmi/ Vaidehi
2018 Kanpur Wale Khuranas Herself (as Gauri)
2019 Kitchen Champion[51] Contestant
Khatra Khatra Khatra
Bigg Boss 13 Guest
2020 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Contestant / Winner[52]


Year Name Role Platform
2018 Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat Zoya Hussain ALT Balaji

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Show Category Results
2003 Indian Telly Awards Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Best Actress in a Comic Role Nominated
2008 Star Guild Awards Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Best Actress in a Negative Role
2016 Zee Gold Awards MTV Love School Best Anchor
N/A Most Fit Actor (Female) Won[53]
2018 N/A Won

See alsoEdit


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