Manizeh Karimi (Persian: ماندانا کریمی‎; born 19 May 1988), known professionally as Mandana Karimi is an Iranian actress and model based in India.[2][3] After working on several successful modelling projects around the world,[4] she appeared as a lead in the Bollywood film, Bhaag Johnny. She participated in the popular reality TV show, Bigg Boss 9 and became the 2nd runner up in 2015.[2]

Mandana Karimi
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Karimi at Grass Rivers To Ocean restaurant launch in June 2018
Manizeh Karimi

(1988-05-19) May 19, 1988 (age 31)[1]
OccupationActress, model
Years active2010–present
Known forBigg Boss 9,
Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Spouse(s)Gaurav Gupta (m. 2017)
Parent(s)Reza Karimi (father),
Saba Karimi (mother)

Early lifeEdit

Karimi was born on 19 May 1988 in Tehran, Iran, into a Muslim family of mixed ethnicity. Her father, Reza Karimi, is an Iranian Shia Muslim and her mother, Saba Karimi, is an Indian Sunni Muslim.[2][5] She was raised in Tehran.[2] She said in an interview, "I was born in a conservative Muslim family and while growing up, I was very shy and quiet. I studied art. I used to spend most of my time in my room playing around with papers, cameras and colours."[4] About her Indian connection she commented, "I had come to India many times, visiting my family or for holidays. Also, when I started modelling, I got offers from India but was never interested."[4]

Personal lifeEdit

In an interview, Karimi said, "The first film that I watched was Sholay when I was 8 or 9 years old. My father was one of the few people in Iran who possessed a tape of the film, though the government didn't allow to keep video cassettes." She further commented, "Mainly, I've grown up watching Iranian films, especially by directors like Majid Majidi and my favourite actress is Golshifteh Farahani."[5]

Karimi speaks Persian, English and Hindi.[5]

In July 2016, Karimi got engaged to her boyfriend, Gaurav Gupta, an Indian businessman from Mumbai. The couple married in court in early March the following year, which was followed by a lavish Hindu wedding in March 2017.[6][7][8]

In July 2017, Karimi filed a domestic violence case against her husband and his family,[9] which she later withdrew in hopes of saving her marriage.[citation needed]


Karimi started her career as an air hostess, and later quit that job to pursue a career in modelling.[10] In 2010, after working on various international modelling projects, she came to Mumbai for three months on a modelling contract.[4] About her experience in India she said, "I had a different experience, staying without my family. I absolutely loved it! Work was great, but at that time, I had other contracts around the world. Then, in 2013, I decided to move to Mumbai and try acting."[4]

Karimi has done TV commercials with Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor.[5][11]

In February 2015, she made a guest appearance in the film Roy.[2] Later that year, in September, her movie Bhaag Johnny was released.[2] She also appeared in the October 2015 film, Main Aur Charles, where she played the role of Charles Sobraj's assistant. Karimi's next film, Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3, a sex comedy, was released on 22 January 2016.[5][12]

Karimi was a contestant in reality TV show, Bigg Boss 9, where a group of celebrities from various walks of life live together in a large house. One of the contestants get eliminated every week, based on public votes. The show went on air in October 2015 on Colors. She was one of the third finalists of the season.[13][14][15][16]

In 2018, she joined Star Plus's Ishqbaaaz as Nancy.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Roy Anita Special Appearance
Bhaag Johnny Rachel D'costa
Main Aur Charles Liz
2016 Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 Shalu Voiced by
Priya Raina
Xuanzang Rajyashri


Year Name Role Channel Notes Ref
2015–16 Bigg Boss 9 Contestant Colors TV 2nd Runner Up
2016 Comedy Nights Live Guest In the first episode
Bigg Boss 10 Along with Gautam Gulati
2018 Ishqbaaz Nancy Malhotra Star Plus Negative role


  1. ^ "Bigg Boss 9 Contestant No 10: Mandana Karimi, Iranian model who entered Bollywood with 'Roy'". India TV. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "'Bigg Boss 9': Iranian model Mandana Karimi married to work in India?". Emirates 24/7. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  3. ^ Coutinho, Natasha (9 July 2015). "Meet Ekta's 'discovery'". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Coutinho, Natasha (9 July 2015). "Meet Ekta's 'discovery'". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015. I was born in Tehran in a conservative Muslim family...
  5. ^ a b c d e "Bhaag Johnny Actress Mandana Karimi Full EXCLUSIVE Interview". YouTube. on YouTube. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Inside Mandana Karimi's Wedding To Gaurav Gupta
  8. ^ Ex-Bigg Boss contestant Mandana Karimi gets engaged to boyfriend Gaurav - Times of India. Retrieved on 2017-01-23.
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  10. ^ "Digangana, Keith Sequeira, Mandana Karimi, Prince: Some interesting facts about Bigg Boss 9 contestants". ABP Live. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  11. ^ 7 Facts We Bet You Didn't Know About Mandana Karimi. (2015-10-15). Retrieved on 2017-01-23.
  12. ^ "'Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3' released in January 22,2016". The Indian Express [P] Ltd. PTI. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Mandana Karimi in Bigg Boss 9 Double Trouble". The Times of India.
  14. ^ "Bigg Boss 9 Contestant No 10: Mandana Karimi, Iranian model who entered Bollywood with 'Roy'". Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  15. ^ "10 shocking revelations made by Mandana Karimi about Prince Narula, Nora Fatehi and others from Bigg Boss 9!". Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Bigg Boss 9: Mandana Karimi has 4 things to say about winner Prince Narula, Kishwar Merchant and her journey". Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  17. ^ "MANDANA KARIMI'S FICTION DEBUT ON TV WITH ISHQBAAAZ". Mumbai Mirror. 28 August 2018.

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