Kitu Gidwani

Kaushalya 'Kitu' Gidwani (born 22 October 1967) is an Indian actress and model. She has starred in several movies and serials on Indian television.

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Kaushalya Gidwani

(1967-10-22) 22 October 1967 (age 53)
Occupationactress, model

Kitu played the role of Svetlana in Swabhimaan which brought recognition for her. Then she signed Shaktimaan and played the role of "Geeta Vishwas", a news channel reporter who stand for the truth. She left the show after a few episodes and later became popular after a TV series, Air Hostess aired on Doordarshan in 1996, and received critical acclaim for her roles in Dance of the Wind (1997), Deepa Mehta's Earth (1998), Govind Nihalani's Rukhmavati Ki Haveli (1991), Kamal Haasan's Abhay and Deham (2001).[1]

Personal life and backgroundEdit

Gidwani was born in Mumbai. Her Sindhi parents migrated from Pakistan after the partition. They lived in a refugee camp in Worli.[2] She has a brother.

She studied in Fort Convent School, Mumbai. Her post graduation days saw her interest in French and she started acting in French plays. Soon she was acting in English plays directed by Janak Toprani. She acted in some television serials and subsequently acted in a French film Black (1987),[3] playing a Brazilian girl in it.[4]

Acting careerEdit

Gidwani made her television debut in 1984 on the TV soap Trishna, and during the 1980s and '90s, gave some memorable performances in TV serials like Swabhimaan, Air Hostess and Junoon.[5] She caught a lot of attention after her kissing scene in bed with actor Tom Alter in Junoon. In 1997, she was doing four serials at one time, besides Swabhimaan and Junoon, she was also acting in Saahil, Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum.[6] She recently appeared in multi-starrer Hindi serials Kaashish and Kulvadhu.

In 1997, she played the role of a Hindustani classical singer, Pallavi, who struggles to get her voice back after losing her mentor/mother, in Dance of the Wind. The role won her Best Actress Award at Three Continents Festival, Nantes.[7] In Pankaj Butalia's Shadows in the Dark she played Lajma, a middle-aged woman living in present-day Pakistan.[4] In the 2010s she played small roles in Fashion, Dhobi Ghat and Student of the Year.[5]

In 2001, in conjunction with Wills Lifestyle, an apparel chain owned by ITC Limited, she promoted Wills Sport Lifestyle brand of clothing.[8] In 2006, she also acted in a play, Your Place or Mine by Darshan Jariwala.[9]

She also did a play, Sock ’em With Honey, where she played a traditional Parsi woman from Pakistan, whose daughter falls in love with a Jew, prompting her first trip abroad.[10]


In 1998, Kitu won the Best Actress Award at the Three Continents Festival, Nantes, France. The award recognized her outstanding achievement for the role of Pallavi in Dance of the Wind (directed by Rajan Khosa).


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Ghost Stories Dhruv's mother
2018 Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai Sameer's step paternal Grandmother TV Series
2017 Ok Jaanu Tara's Mother
2016 Traffic Rehan's mother
2015 Wedding Pullav
2013 Ek Bura Aadmi Rukmi Devi
2012 Student of the Year Manini Banerjee
2011 Dhobi Ghat Vatsala
2011 Monica Pamela Garewal
2010 Hello Zindagi Dr. Sadhana
2009 Phir Kabhi Divya Singh
2008 Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na Sheela Pariyar (Meghna's Mother)
2008 Fashion Anisha Roy
2007 Strangers
2006-07 Kulvaddhu Antra Singh Rathod TV series
2006 Dil Diya Hai Michelle
2005 Kasshish Ratna TV series
2001 Happily Ever After Mme Gibson French film
2004 Kesar Pam Mallya TV series
2002 Nazarana Ishita's mother TV movie
2001 Deham Jaya
2001 Abhay Jayanti
2001 Aalavandhan Jayanthi Tamil film
1998 Earth Bunty Sethna
1998 Shaktimaan Geeta Vishwas (Till 8th Episode) TV Series
1997 Karvaan (Shadows in the Dark) Lajma
1997 Dance of the Wind Pallavi Sehgal Three Continents Festival
1995-96 Saahil Prerna TV series
1995-97 Swabhimaan Svetlana Banerjee TV series
1994 Junoon[11] Mini Agrawal TV series
1994 Tehkikaat Kavita Deshpande Appeared as the killer in Episode 1
1991 Rukmavati Ki Haveli Kittu Gidwani
1991 The Khajuraho Short film
1987 Khoj Kitu Gidwani , Dilip Dhawan TV series
1987 Black[12] French film
1986 Air Hostess TV series
1985 Janam TV movie
1985 Wisdom Tree Short film
1985 Trishna Roohi TV series
1984 Holi


  1. ^ For Kitu Gidwani, it's mind over body! Archived 1 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine Ronjita Kulkarni,, Movies, 3 May 2002.
  2. ^ Singh, Sanghita (1 April 2002). "It's back to the basics for Kitu Gidwani". The Times Of India. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Famous Sindhis - Kidu Gidwani". Archived from the original on 6 March 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2006.
  4. ^ a b " US edition: You can do whatever you believe of yourself: Kitu Gidwani". Archived from the original on 9 July 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b Bhattacharya, Budhaditya (24 July 2013). "She has seen it all..." The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  6. ^ Bh, Namita; June 16, are; June 16, 1997 ISSUE DATE; May 2, 1997UPDATED; Ist, 2013 11:19. "TV actors never had it so good: recognition, astronomical rates and roles for the asking". India Today. Archived from the original on 12 October 2020. Retrieved 19 November 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "I'm happy, I'm free". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 23 October 2011. Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Read(il)y made lifestyle". The Hindu. 8 July 2001. Archived from the original on 10 January 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2006.
  9. ^ Play on man-woman relationship Archived 17 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine The Tribune, 7 July 2006.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 September 2003. Retrieved 21 December 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Black - Acting Credits Archived 3 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine New York Times.

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