Kruttika Desai is an Indian film, theatre and television actress. In the 90s, she gained initial fame in the serial Buniyaad and later for her role of Vishkanya in popular fantasy series Chandrakanta, and later in the next 2 decades, she went on to earn huge recognization for portraying a wide range of characters in television soap operas like Kismet, Dewaar, Noorjahan, Junoon, Lipstick, Tumhari Disha. She also hosted many shows like Mansi, Superhit Muqabla, and Superhit Hangama. She is the first television actress to go bald for a show, Uttaran. She is widely known for her role in Pandya Store.[1]

Kruttika Desai
Years active1985–present
Notable work
SpouseImtiaz Khan
ChildrenAyesha Khan
Parent(s)Giresh Desai, Virbala Desai
RelativesAmjad Khan (brother-in-law)

Acting career edit

Kruttika started her career with theatre, Modelling (Surf, White line, Reliance) and moved onto television in its earliest stages with Airhostess, Ek Kahani, and Ramesh Sippy spotted her and cast her as Mangala in Buniyad. Later she was involved in "Akansha",[2] a theatre workshop for street children and directed their musical extravaganzas. She has also acted in some Gujarati plays and monologues. She has done over 40 serials and later in her career went on to shave her head for the serial Uttaran, making her the first woman to go bald in the history of Indian Television.[3] Kruttika played many popular roles in Indian soap operas, most notably Noorjehan, A mouthful of sky, (only English serial made in India), Kussum, Chandrakanta, Betal, Black, Junoon, Ram Milaayi Jodi, Uttaran. She also did India’s first count down show, Superhit Muqabala where she covered the Micheal Jackson show in Bangkok, and many chat shows like Mansi and game shows like Surf Dhamaka. In 2015, she played the pivotal role of Shanti Devi in the Star Plus serial Mere Angne Mein which became one of the most successful and long-running shows. The show ended in August 2017 after a successful run of 2 years.[4] She has done some international films like Turn left for this world, Au bout du Monde and Bengali films and a few Hindi films like Section 375, Blurr, Kiya, Sarpanch Lajoji.

Personal life edit

Kruttika’s was married to Imtiaz Khan who was a talented and avant-garde film and serial director and actor having done many movies and series. Imtiaz died on 15 March 2020.[5] The couple have an adopted daughter named Ayesha Khan who is a model.[5] Their nephews Seemaab Khan and Shadaab Khan are actors in the industry. Kruttika is a pure vegetarian.[6]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Year Title Role Note
1987 Insaaf
1996 Dastak
2001 Dattak
2004 Turn Left Rachel Talkar Israeli film
2019 Section 375 Justice Indrani
2022 Blurr

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1986-1987 Buniyaad Mangla
1986 Air Hostess
1993-1994 Dekh Bhai Dekh
1993-1994 Superhit Muqabla
1994-1996 Chandrakanta Sabhya/Ramya/Amba/Vishkanya/Jwala
1995 Zameen Aasmaan
A Mouthful of Sky Anita
1996-1997 Kismet
1997-1998 Betaal Pachisi Naina Jogan
2000-2001 Noorjahan Maharani Maan Bai
2004-2006 Tumhari Disha Gargi Sehgal
2007-2008 Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki Kamya Abhay Parashar
2007-2008 Annu Ki Ho Gayee Waah Bhai Waah
2007–2009 Chandramukhi Durgeshwari
2008 Ssshhhh...Phir Koi Hai Mansi Veerpratap Singh Episode 76/77
Madhavi Episode 94/95
2009 Black Rubi Gujral
2010 Do Saheliyaan Anadi's mother
2010-2012 Ram Milaayi Jodi Bharti Gandhi
2011 Kaala Saaya Rubi Gujral
2013-2015 Uttaran Ekadashi Chatterjee
2015-2017 Mere Angne Mein Shanti Devi
2017 Paramavatar Shri Krishna Chandalni
2017-2019 Jiji Maa Haryali Rawat
2018 Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Preeto's mother
2018 Silsila Badalte Rishton Ka Parvati Cameo
2019 Laal Ishq Kesar Dadi Episode 114
2021–present Pandya Store Suman Pandya
2022 Ravivaar With Star Parivaar Episode 6/7/9/11/16

Web series edit

Year Title Role
2020 Bebaakee Rashida Abdullah

References edit

  1. ^ "Pooja Banerjee to Meghna Naidu: 5 times Vishkanyas gave Naagins a run for their money".
  2. ^ "Different dreams". The Financial Express. 27 November 2005. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Kruttika Desai goes bald for a role". The Times of India. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Mere Angne Mein To Go Off Air After Two Year Run! | SpotboyE". Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Krutika Desai's husband Imtiaz Khan passes away at 77". The Times of India. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  6. ^ "Actress Krutika Desai thinks she and her husband are one of the most oddly matched couples". The Times of India. 11 September 2010. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 27 January 2024. Among other differences, she says her muslim husband being a "kattar" non-vegetarian and she being a pure vegetarian, is certainly an odd match.

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