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Twinkle Khanna (also known as Tina Jatin Khanna; born on 29 December 1974) is an Indian interior designer, newspaper columnist, film producer, author, and former film actress. Her first book Mrs Funnybones sold over one hundred thousand copies, making her India's highest-selling female writer of 2015.[4] She repeated the success with her second book, the legend of Lakshmi Prasad , which also went on to sell over a 100,000 copies by august 2017.[5] She won the Crossword Book Award 2016 for Mrs Funnybones.[3] She won India Today Woman Writer of the year 2017,[6] for Her second book, The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad, published by Juggernaut Books, which has been at No. 2 on Amazon since its release,[7] and has received rave reviews: "Twinkle Khanna's first collection of short fiction features sensitive, humorous and eminently readable stories" , says The Hindustan Times.[8] "The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, a collection of superbly crafted short stories by Twinkle Khanna, is as delightful as its author. Witty, elegantly crafted, with odd protagonists who don't understand the meaning of defeat, it is a triumph of the human spirit." (Daily O).[9] "Sprinkled with fine wit and represent great cultural commentary." (The Hindu).

Twinkle Khanna
Photograph of Twinkle Khanna.jpg
Khanna in 2010
Born Tina Jatin Khanna
(1974-12-29) 29 December 1974 (age 42)[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Other names Tina
Occupation Actress, interior designer, film producer, columnist, author
Years active 1995–2001
Spouse(s) Akshay Kumar (m. 2001)
Children son — Aarav
daughter — Nitara
Parent(s) Rajesh Khanna (father)
Dimple Kapadia (mother)
Relatives Rinke Khanna (sister)
Simple Kapadia (aunt)

Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut

India Today Woman writer of the Year 2017

Outlook Award 2016- Inspiring Woman Of the Year[2]

Crossword Book Award 2016[3]

She won the Outlook Award in 2016 for the most inspiring woman of the year.[10] She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her role in the romance film Barsaat (1995). She played the lead character in the Telugu film Seenu (1999). She is the daughter of established actors Dimple Kapadia and Rajesh Khanna. Her last film appearance in a lead role was in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (2001). Khanna has acted opposite actors such as Bobby Deol, Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Daggubati Venkatesh, Govinda and Akshay Kumar.

After leaving the acting profession in the same year, she ventured into interior designing and is the co-owner of The White Window, a chain of interior designing stores which operates in Mumbai. She does not have a professional degree and learned the skills by working with an architect for two years. She is the co-founder of the production company Grazing Goat Pictures, and has co-produced six features including the Marathi language drama 72 Miles. She made a special appearance in Tees Maar Khan.

Twinkle Khanna was named as the Indian brand ambassador at the L'Oréal Professionnel Indian Hairdressing Awards in 2017.[11]



Acting careerEdit

Khanna made her screen debut opposite Bobby Deol in Rajkumar Santoshi's romance Barsaat (1995). She was cast by Dharmendra and before the film's release Khanna signed for two more projects.[12] It performed well at the box office and became the sixth-highest-grossing film of the year,[13] and she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her performance.[14] The following year she played lead roles in Raj Kanwar's action film Jaan and Lawrence D'Souza's romance Dil Tera Diwana opposite Ajay Devgan and Saif Ali Khan respectively. K.N. Vijiyan of the New Straits Times wrote that "Khanna does not look like a typical Hindi actress".[15] While reviewing Dil Tera Diwana, Vijiyan wrote about Khanna: "Unlike her previous movies, she looks really good in all her scenes and she can act well."[16] In 1997, two films featuring her; Uff! Yeh Mohabbat and Itihaas were released. Both of these films were poor box office performers.[17][18] Her only release in 1998 was Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai, which featured her as Salman Khan's love interest.[19]

Khanna acted opposite Akshay Kumar in two action films: International Khiladi and Zulmi (both 1999). In the former she played a news reporter who falls in love with a criminal whom she interviews. Both performed poorly at the box office.[20] She was paired with Daggubati Venkatesh in the Telugu film Seenu (1999). Khanna played the lead role in Baadshah (1999), featuring Shah Rukh Khan as a detective.[21] In the same year, she acted opposite Saif Ali Khan in Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan, a romantic comedy directed by Mahesh Bhatt. She was paired opposite Aamir Khan in Dharmesh Darshan's Mela (2000). Similar to The Seven Samurai in story,[22] it was an average grosser at the box office.[23] In October 1999, along with Juhi Chawla, Shah Rukh and Salman Khan, she performed at Awesome Foursome concert held as Shah Alam Outdoor Stadium, Malaysia.[24][25] Chal Mere Bhai (2000) featured her in a special appearance beside a leading role in the comedy Joru Ka Ghulam, opposite Govinda. She also acted in the David Dhawan-directed comedy Jodi No.1 (2001).[26] Her acting in the film met with poor reviews.[27] Film director Karan Johar admitted in an interview that Khanna was in his mind for the role of Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,[14] but she refused it, and thus Rani Mukerji was signed.[28] She left the industry after her marriage to Kumar in 2001, citing that she did not enjoy the acting profession anymore.[29] Her last film was Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (2001), a remake of the Telugu movie Money (1993).[30] It featured her opposite Fardeen Khan and was an average grosser at the box office.[31]

Twinkle Khanna recently launched her production house Mrs. Funnybones Movies. As per reports, her venture will produce both off-beat and mainstream movies.

Off-screen workEdit

In 1996, Khanna campaigned for her father's election in New Delhi (Lok Sabha constituency).[32] In 2000, she was part of the judges panel at Femina Miss India.[33] She made her theater debut as the female lead in Feroz Khan's All The Best in February 2001.[34] In 2002, Khanna opened her own interior design store in Crawford Market, Mumbai, called The White Window, in partnership with her longtime friend Gurlein Manchanda. Since then, the store has received the Elle Decor International Design Award.[35] She has opened up another branch of the store elsewhere in Mumbai.[36] She does not hold a professional degree and worked with an architect for two years to learn the procedures.[35] During her pregnancy, she practised maps and designs using CAD.[37] Khanna did the interiors for Rani Mukerji's,[38] Reemma Sen's[39] and Tabu's houses,[40] Kareena Kapoor Khan's Bandra flat in 2008[41] and Poonam Bajaj's design studio.[42] On the request of one of her clients, she ordered a company to make a golden toilet seat.[43]

Khanna has also endorsed for and designed Supertech's ORB project in Noida[44] and another residential project in Pune.[45] However, Khanna filed a case against Supertech for failing to pay 1.04 crore (US$160,000) as endorsement fees.[46] She also mentors International Institute of Fashion Designing's Academy of Interiors.[47] Khanna is the co-founder of Grazing Goat Pictures[48] and has co-produced the films Tees Maar Khan (2010) and Patiala House (2011). She also did a cameo appearance in the former film.[49] Khanna has also co-produced Thank You (2011), Khiladi 786 (2012), 72 Miles (2013) and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014).[50] She has also been the brand ambassador for the watch brand Movado[51] and endorsed Coca-Cola and Micromax Mobile.[52][53] In 2014, Khanna and her sister sold their father's house for 85 crore (US$13 million).[54]

Twinkle Khanna is a popular columnist at Daily News and Analysis after hours and The Times of India.[55] Penguin Random House have announced that Twinkle Khanna's book Mrs Funnybones hit the Nielsen bestseller list at number 2 in its first week of sales. Launched in Mumbai on 18 August, the book has already reached number 1 on the bestseller chart of Crossword's Kemps Corner store and has been receiving praise from readers and press.[56][57] After the success of her first literary attempt, Twinkle Khanna launched her second book in November 2016. The book is titled The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad and is a series of short stories. The book sold more than one lakh copies in sales.[58]

Personal lifeEdit

Khanna with her husband, Akshay Kumar (centre) and mother, Dimple Kapadia (right).

Twinkle Khanna is the elder daughter of Dimple Kapadia and Rajesh Khanna.[59] She was born on her father's 31st birthday in 1973. Her sister Rinke Khanna is also an actress.[60] Her aunt was Simple Kapadia.[61] She met Akshay Kumar for the first time during a photo session for Filmfare magazine.[62] They got married on 17 January 2001.[63] Together they have a son, Aarav and a daughter, Nitara.[64] Kumar often credits Khanna for his success.[65][66] In 2009, People magazine listed her as the 4th best dressed celebrity in India.[67] In February 2014, she was operated on at the Breach Candy hospital for the removal of a kidney stone.[68] She has maintained a Twitter account since November 2014.[69]


As actorEdit

Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
Barsaat 1995 Tina Oberoi [70]
Jaan 1996 Kajal [71]
Dil Tera Diwana 1996 Komal [72]
Uff! Yeh Mohabbat 1997 Sonia Verma [73]
Itihaas 1997 Naina [74]
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai 1998 Komal Sinha [75]
International Khiladi 1999 Payal [76]
Zulmi 1999 Komal Dutt [77]
Seenu 1999 Shwetha Telugu language film [78]
Baadshah 1999 Seema Malhotra [79]
Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan 1999 Jasmine Arora [80]
Mela 2000 Roopa Singh [81]
Chal Mere Bhai 2000 Puja Special appearance [82]
Joru Ka Ghulam 2000 Durga [83]
Jodi No.1 2001 Tina [84]
Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega 2001 Anjali [85]
Tees Maar Khan 2010 As herself Co-producer; Special appearance [49]

As producerEdit

Title Year Notes Ref(s)
Tees Maar Khan 2010 Co-producer; Special appearance [49]
Thank You 2011 Co-producer [50]
Patiala House 2011 Co-producer [50]
Khiladi 786 2012 Co-producer [50]
72 Miles 2013 Co-producer; Marathi language film [86]
Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty 2014 Co-producer [50]
Padman 2018 Co-producer [87]


Award Year For Result Ref(s)
Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut 1996 Barsaat Won [14]
BIG Star Entertainment Award for Most Entertaining Action Film 2014 Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Won [88]



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