Navni Parihar

Navni Parihar is an Indian film and television actress.[1][2] She made her debut with the TV serial Mujrim Haazir as the main lead alongside Nutan and Utpal Dutt. In the 90s, she was one of the most sought after top lead actresses of television. Her first commercial film was Hulchul opposite Vinod Khanna, and starring Ajay Devgan and Kajol. Her career spans over three decades across various genres and formats. During her career she has worked with multiple actors such as Irffan Khan, Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Salman Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kartik Aryan, and Bhumi Pednekar. Subsequently, she has won many awards for her work.

Navni Parihar
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Animesh Parihar
ChildrenNibha Parihar
Sushmeena Parihar

Navni is best known for her work in projects such as Dastaan, Daayre, Pradhanmantri, Tanu Weds Manu, Pati Patni Aur Woh, and Motichoor Chaknachoor. She has had the opportunity to work with directors such as Gulzar, Anand L. Rai, Madhur Bhandarkar, Rajshree Production, Anees Bazmee, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Suneel Darshan, Mahesh Bhatt, and Raj Kawar.

In addition to Hindi TV and movie industry, she has also starred in a few regional films (Lagyo Kasumbi No Rang, Partu) and in a German film, Wer Liebe Verspricht (2008). Recently, her work can be seen in web series such as Little Things alongside Mithila Palkar on Netflix, and short films such as The Wallet alongside Naseeruddin Shah. Few of her upcoming projects include Salt City alongside Gauhar Khan and Piyush Mishra, Bhuj starring Ajay Devgan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, and Norah Fatehi, and Justice Delivered alongside Amol Palkar.

Early lifeEdit

Born Navni Chauhan in a traditional Rajput family to her parents - Dileep Singh and B. Rajlaxmi Singh, she grew up with her 5 sisters in Indore, M.P.

After her B.Sc she did her MSW from Indore School of Social Work with a specialisation in medical and psychiatric social work. During her college fieldwork she worked extensively with the deaf, mute, and blind children, giving them dance, drama and painting lessons. These children won many awards under her guidance. Navni says this was her most satisfying phase.

Navni started working in the film and television industry only after her marriage.

Personal lifeEdit

Navni is married to Animesh Parihar, who works in the global delivery and consultancy industry and has headed companies such as Capgemini, Oracle, and SAP and is a well known name in the IT industry. They have two daughters, Nibha Parihar and Sushmeena Parihar. Nibha did her education from Rajhans Vidyalaya, attended Sophia College, and then did her post-graduate studies from Manchester University, followed by MBA from Ross Business School. Sushmeena (born 1998) attended Oberoi International School, went to Lake Forest College, and is currently doing her post-graduation at New York University. Her younger one, Sushmeena, has expressed some interest in entering the entertainment industry and has been offered a few roles, but has largely stayed away from the camera till now.

Career and filmographyEdit

Film and short filmsEdit

Television and web seriesEdit

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Family lineageEdit

Navni was born into a traditional Rajput family which has links to the royal lineage.

Navni’s maternal grandfather is from the Jung Bahadur Rana family of Nepal, and maternal grandmother is from DebBurman family of Tripura. Navni’s maternal great grandmother was Maharaj Kumari Kumudini Devi, and great-great grandmother was Maharani Manmohini Devi. Navni’s maternal great-great grandfather, Radhamohan Thakur Deb Barma, wrote the grammar of Kokborok named "Kok-Borokma" published in 1900 AD. Legendary music director S. D. Burman was 2nd cousin of Navni’s maternal grandmother Pratibhamoyi Devi Deb Burman.

Navni’s mother-in-law was the daughter of Dheerpura princess Udaya Kumari, and father-in-law Ishwar Singh Parihar was the Director Publicity and Tourism, M.P. He was a very well known journalist, freedom fighter, and an author who wrote “Heart of India” which was converted into a dance-drama and inaugurated by then Prime Minister Pdt Jawaharlal Nehru.

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  1. ^ "Navni Parihar on her 'lucky' innings on TV". Indian Express. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Navni Parihar in Rabba Main Kya Karoon". The Times of India. 25 July 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.

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