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Alia Advani (born 31 July 1992), known professionally as Kiara Advani, is an Indian actress who appears predominantly in Hindi films.

Kiara Advani
Kiara Advani walks for Shyamal-Bhumika at India Couture Week 2018 Day 4 (03) (cropped).jpg
Advani in 2018
Alia Advani[1]

(1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 27)[2]
Years active2014–present
RelativesSaeed Jaffrey (great-uncle)[2]

After making her film debut with the 2014 poorly received comedy Fugly, Advani had her first commercial success with a brief role in the 2016 sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, followed by a starring role in the 2018 Netflix anthology film Lust Stories. She subsequently played the love interest of the male protagonists in the Telugu political drama Bharat Ane Nenu (2018), one of the highest-grossing Telugu films, and the romantic drama Kabir Singh (2019), one of the highest-grossing Indian films.

Early life and backgroundEdit

Kiara Advani was born to Jagdeep Advani, a Sindhi Hindu businessman and Genevieve Jaffrey, a teacher of Sindhi, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry.[3][4][5][6] Born as Alia Advani, Advani changed her first name to Kiara prior to the release of her first film, Fugly.[1] In an interview to Filmfare in 2019, Kiara Advani said that the name "Kiara" was inspired from the movie Anjana Anjani where Priyanka Chopra's character is called Kiara.[7][8] The elder of two children, Advani has a younger brother, Mishaal. She is also related to several celebrities via her maternal family. Actors Ashok Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey are her step-great-grandfather and great-uncle, respectively, whereas model Shaheen Jaffrey and actress Juhi Chawla are her aunts.[2]


Early work (2014—2017)Edit

Advani at an event for M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story in 2016

Advani made her acting debut with Kabir Sadanand's comedy-drama Fugly (2014), in which she featured alongside an ensemble cast including Mohit Marwah, Arfi Lamba, Vijender Singh, and Jimmy Sheirgill. Her performance met with positive comments; Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said: "Kiara Advani catches you completely unaware" and has the "combination of looks and talent".,[9] whereas Mehul S Thakkar of Deccan Chronicle noted her performance as being "very striking" and said she "shows a lot of promise," along with praising her versatility and range as an actor.[10] However, the film received mixed reviews, and despite the hype, it emerged as a commercial disappointment grossing 148 million (US$2.1 million) on a budget of 180 million (US$2.6 million).

Advani's next film role was in the Neeraj Pandey-directed biographical sports drama M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), about the life of MS Dhoni, an Indian cricketer who was the former captain of the Indian cricket team. Cast opposite Sushant Singh Rajput (who essayed Dhoni's character in the film), Advani played the real-life character of Sakshi Rawat (a hotel manager who and Dhoni fall in love and later get married). Her performance and chemistry with Rajput was well appreciated by critics and the film was highly anticipated. With gross earnings of over 2.16 billion (US$31 million) in worldwide ticket sales, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story proved to be a major economic success, and was one of the highest-grossing Indian films of that year.

The following year, Advani appeared opposite newcomer Mustafa Burmawalla in Machine (2017), an action romantic thriller from the director duo Abbas–Mustan, narrating about two racing enthusiasts, Sarah & Ransh (played by Advani and Burmawalla respectively), who fall in love and get married after the death of Sarah's friend. Machine met with mixed to negative reactions, and Advani's performance was also largely criticised. Due to these reactions, Machine failed to recoup its 300 million (US$4.3 million) investment.

Breakthrough (2018—present)Edit

Advani and her co-star Shahid Kapoor at an event for Kabir Singh in 2019. The film ranks as her highest-grossing Bollywood release.

2018 was a critically and commercially successful period in Advani's career, as she was cast in two successful films, the first of which was the anthology film Lust Stories, a Netflix film consisting of four segments dealing with woman sexuality. She featured in Karan Johar's segment, playing Megha, a newly married wife whose husband (played by Vicky Kaushal) fails to recognize her sexual dissatisfaction. The film was a financial success, and Advani's role earned her positive reviews from critics. Later that year, she made her debut in Telugu cinema with Koratala Siva's political thriller Bharat Ane Nenu, about the story of a student (played by Mahesh Babu) who unexpectedly becomes the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. The film had worldwide earnings of 2.25 billion (US$33 million), becoming one of Telugu cinema's highest grossers, but Advani's portrayal of Vasumati, the love interest of Babu's character, met with mixed reviews.[11] Her chemistry with him was also well received by critics.[12][13] Also that year, Advani appeared in a music album titled Urvashi, sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh, opposite Shahid Kapoor.

Boyapati Srinu's Telugu action drama Vinaya Vidheya Rama was Advani's first release of 2019. She played the role of Ram Charan's fiancée. The film met with a negative response and flopped at the box office both Indian and abroad.[14] Advani then returned to Bollywood by appearing as Lajjo, a courtesan, in a song "First Class" of Abhishek Varman's period drama Kalank, which also fared poorly at the box office. 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 was about the titular medical student (played by Kapoor) who goes on a self-destructive path and becomes an alcoholic surgeon after his lover (played by Advani) marries someone else. Despite receiving mixed reviews for glamorizing misogyny and toxic masculinity, Kabir Singh emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year and Advani's highest-grossing Bollywood release, earning over 3.55 billion (US$51 million) worldwide to become one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.

As of June 2019, Advani has four upcoming projects. She will star in Raj Mehta's directorial debut Good News[15]—a comedy about surrogacy co-starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Diljit Dosanjh—and team with Akshay Kumar again in Raghava Lawrence's horror comedy Laxmmi Bomb—a remake of the 2011 Tamil film Muni 2: Kanchana. She will also play the real-life character of Dimple Cheema opposite Sidharth Malhotra in Vishnuvardhan's Shershaah—a biopic based on Vikram Batra—and star as the titular protagonist in Bengali filmmaker Abir Sengupta's directorial debut—the coming-of-age dramedy Indu ki Jawani.



  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2014 Fugly Devi
2016 M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Sakshi Singh Rawat
2017 Machine Sarah Thapar
2018 Lust Stories Megha Karan Johar's segment; Netflix film
Bharat Ane Nenu Vasumathi Telugu film
2019 Vinaya Vidheya Rama Seetha
Kalank Lajjo
Kabir Singh Preeti Sikka
Good News   Monika D’Souza Post-production[16]
2020 Laxmmi Bomb   Geetha Varma Filming[17]
Shershaah   Dimple Cheema Filming[18]
Indoo Ki Jawani   Indoo Filming[17]

Music videoEdit

Title Year Performer(s) Co-Star Ref(s)
Urvashi 2018 Yo Yo Honey Singh Shahid Kapoor [19]


Year Award Category Film Reference
2019 Zee Cine Awards Telugu Best Find Of The Year Bharat Ane Nenu [20]
Asiavision Awards Emerging Star Of The Year N/A [21]


  1. ^ a b "Salman Khan renamed Fugly actress as Kiara Advani". India Today. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Gupta, Priya (5 May 2014). "My father saw '3 Idiots' and decided to let me do what I wanted to: Kiara Advani". Times of India. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Kiara Advani's Unknown Facts Photos". 27 September 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  4. ^ Agrawal, Stuti (26 May 2014). "Having a film background can only get you to meet the right people: Kiara Advani". Times of India. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Yeh Fugly Fugly kya hai? | The Lucknow Observer". Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Gene Junction: Kiara Alia Advani". Verve Magazine. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Kiara Advani says her name is inspired by Priyanka Chopra's character in Anjana Anjani". Hindustan Times. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  8. ^ Deshmukh, Ashwini (23 July 2019). "Kiara Advani on rejection, love and upcoming films". Filmfare. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  9. ^ Taran Adarsh (13 June 2014). "Movie Review: 'Fugly' (2014)". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  10. ^ Mehul S Thakkar (13 June 2014). "Movie Review 'Fugly': Raises disturbing and thought provoking questions". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Kiara Advani stars work on 'Bharat Ane Nenu'"
  12. ^ "Lust Stories: Men? Who needs them when in Bollywood".
  13. ^ "How Veere Di Wedding and Lust Stories spearhead the sexual revolution of Bollywood's women". 19 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Ram Charan-Boyapati Srinu's upcoming film is slated for a Pongal release". The Times of India. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Here's so!e 'Good News' for Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan fans". Mumbai Mirror. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Dharma Productions on Twitter". Twitter. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Akshay Kumar and Raghava Lawrence begin shooting of Kanchana Hindi remake Lakshmi". India Today. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani... #Shershaah goes on floors, filming begins... Directed by Vishnu Varadhan". Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Watch: The teaser of Yo Yo Honey Singh's music video 'Urvashi' starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani out". The Times of India. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Kiara Advani bags 'Best Find of Year Award'". Gulf News.
  21. ^ "Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurrana and Kiara Advani win at the Asiavision Movie Awards 2018 in Dubai". Times Now.

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