Uorfi Javed (born 15 October 1997; formerly Urfi Javed), is an Indian television actress and social media personality. Known for her unique fashion sense and social media presence, Javed began her career with roles in soap operas and rose to fame in 2021 after appearing on Voot's reality show Bigg Boss OTT 1.[1]

Urfi Javed
Javed in 2021
Urfi Javed

(1997-10-15) 15 October 1997 (age 26)
Alma materAmity University, Noida
  • Actress
  • internet personality
Years active2016–present

Early and personal life

Javed was born in a Muslim family in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh on 15 October 1997.[2] She did her schooling from City Montessori School, Lucknow. She graduated from Amity University, Lucknow in mass communication.[3] She was born to Ifru Javed and Zakiya Sultana, and has three sisters, Urusa, Asfi, and Dolly Javed, and a brother named Sameer Aslam.[4] She had a difficult childhood, as her father verbally and physically mistreated her mother and siblings.[5] Javed began dating her Meri Durga co-actor Paras Kalnawat in 2017. The couple broke up in 2018.[6]

Though raised in a conservative Muslim family, Javed has stated that "I don't believe in Islam and I don't follow any religion". In 2021, Javed stated that she would not marry a Muslim man, and said she was in the process of reading the Bhagavad Gita.[2] Amid a debate over changing the name of her hometown of Lucknow in 2023, Javed tweeted "I want to stay in a democratic rashtra! Neither Hindu rashtra nor Muslim rashtra."[7]

In 2022, she announced her change of name to Uorfi on social media, and suggested that she be referred to by her new name. Although pronounced the same, the change in spelling was done on advice of a numerologist.[8][9][10]


Javed in 2021

In 2016, Javed appeared in Sony TV's Bade Bhaiyya Ki Dulhania as Avni Pant.[11] From 2016 to 2017, she played Chhaya in Star Plus's Chandra Nandini. Then, she portrayed Aarti in Star Plus's Meri Durga.

In 2018, she played Kamini Joshi in SAB TV's Saat Phero Ki Hera Pherie, Bella Kapoor in Colors TV's Bepannaah, Piyali in Star Bharat's Jiji Maa and Nandini in &TV's Daayan.[12][13]

In 2020, she joined Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai as Shivani Bhatia.[14] She later played Tanisha Chakraborty in Kasautii Zindagii Kay.[15]

In 2021, she participated in Voot's reality show Bigg Boss OTT where she finished at 13th place.[16] According to Vice, Javed "shot to fame in India" following her appearances on Bigg Boss OTT, where she achieved popular recognition for her unique fashion sense.[17]

In 2022, she was seen in a music video with Indo-Canadian singer Kunwarr.[18] In December 2022, she participated in MTV India's reality show MTV Splitsvilla X4 as a guest contestant and mischief maker.[19]

In 2023, it was reported by various media outlets that Urfi was detained in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for filming while wearing provocative clothing in a public area, which is against the law in the UAE.[20] However, Javed clarified that the police had come on the set because of a logistics issue, not for reasons related to her choice of attire. The shoot resumed the next day.[21]

Public image

Javed in 2022

Javed gained public recognition for her fashion sense during her time as a contestant on Bigg Boss OTT, where she wore a dress made out of a garbage bag. Javed has made and wore a number of pieces described as 'bizarre dresses' by Lifestyle Asia, including dresses made out of watches, yellow flowers, chains, and pins.[22]

In December 2022, Javed received the distinction of becoming one of the most searched Asians on Google, ahead of Bollywood celebrities including Janhvi Kapoor and Disha Patani.[23] As of January 2023, Javed has over four million Instagram followers.[17]

In a tweet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician Chitra Wagh accused Javed of "indulging in nudity publicly on the streets of Mumbai". Following Wagh's complaint, the Mumbai Police called Javed in for inquiry at a police station in Amboli.[24] Javed filed a complaint against Wagh, alleging that politician was engaging in "threatening and criminal intimidation to harm the actor in the public domain."[25]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 Bade Bhaiyya Ki Dulhania Avni Pant
2016–2017 Chandra Nandini Princess Chhaya
2017 Meri Durga Aarti Singhania
Bepannaah Bella Kapoor
2018 Saat Phero Ki Hera Pherie Kamini Joshi
Jiji Maa Shravani Purohit/Piyali Sehgal
2018–2019 Daayan Nandini
2020 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Advocate Shivani Bhatia
Kasautii Zindagii Kay Tanisha Chakraborty
Aye Mere Humsafar Payal Sharma [26]
2021 Bigg Boss OTT (Season 1) Contestant 13th place
2021 Puncch Beat Meera Season 2 [27]
2022 MTV Splitsvilla (season 14) Guest Contestant/Mischief Maker


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2023 Playground Guest [28]


  1. ^ "Urfi Javed does the unusual; collaborates with the same team who did Ranveer Singh's nude look". The Times of India. 23 February 2022. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  2. ^ a b Grace Cyril (23 December 2021). "I don't believe in Islam, I am reading the Bhagavad Gita, says Urfi Javed". India Today. Retrieved 12 April 2022.
  3. ^ Cyril, Grace (29 November 2021). "Who is Urfi Javed and why is everyone talking about her?". India Today.
  4. ^ "Meet Urfi Javed's family consisting of her three glamorous sisters, beautiful mother, and cute brother". DNA India. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  5. ^ "Urfi Javed RECALLS how abusive father forced her to attempt SUICIDE". TimesNow. 24 February 2023. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  6. ^ Kumar, Aakash (26 April 2018). "'Meri Durga' actors Paras Kalnawat and Urfi javed no more together!". news.abplive.com. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  7. ^ Khan, Simran (10 February 2023). "'I do not follow Islam...' Urfi Javed reminds internet after reacting to politician's demand to rename Lucknow". TimesNow. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  8. ^ "Actress Urfi Javed Changes her Instagram Bio Name to Uorfi". news18.com. 7 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Urfi Javed changes her name to Uorfi". The Times of India. 10 June 2022.
  10. ^ Grace Cyril (11 June 2022). "Urfi Javed reveals why she changed her name to Uorfi". indiatoday.in.
  11. ^ "Urfi Javed sets hearts racing with these bold pictures". The Times of India.
  12. ^ "This actress is all set to enter Jennifer Winget and Harshad Chopda's Bepannaah". India Today.
  13. ^ "Charu Asopa replaces Urfi Javed in 'Jiji Maa'". The Times of India.
  14. ^ "Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai: Urfi Javed to enter as Trisha's lawyer". ABP Live. 23 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Urfi Javed to enter Kasautii Zindagii Kay post leap". ABP Live. 3 March 2020.
  16. ^ Keshri, Shweta (15 August 2021). "Urfi Javed is the first evicted contestant of Bigg Boss OTT". India Today. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  17. ^ a b Khan, Arman (19 January 2023). "She's One of Asia's Most Googled Celebs and India's Moral Brigade Can't Get Enough of Her". Vice. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  18. ^ "Urfi Javed quashes all the rumours of her relationship with the Indo-Canadian singer Kunwarr; the singer too called the speculations 'baseless'". The Times of India. 19 February 2023. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  19. ^ "Urfi Javed to participate in MTV Splitsvilla X4". The Tribune. 7 November 2022. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  20. ^ "Urfi Javed detained in Dubai for reportedly filming herself in revealing attire publically [sic]". The Economic Times. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  21. ^ "Uorfi Javed clarifies she was not detained in Dubai: 'Police came but it had nothing to do with my clothes'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  22. ^ Swaroop, Ananya (31 January 2023). "The bold, bizarre case of Uorfi Javed and her sartorial choices". Lifestyle Asia India. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  23. ^ "Urfi Javed becomes the most searched Asian celebrity in the world; beats Sara Ali Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Disha Patani". The Times of India. 15 December 2022. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  24. ^ "Mumbai Police call Urfi Javed for inquiry in connection with complaint by BJP leader Chitra Wagh". The Economic Times. 14 January 2023. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  25. ^ "Urfi Javed asks BJP leader Chitra Wagh to learn about Bhartiya Sanskriti first, says 'they were sex and females...'". DNA India. 15 January 2023. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  26. ^ Wadhwa, Akash. "Urfi Javed surprises her co-actors with some healthy food". The Times of India.
  27. ^ Sana Farzeen (29 June 2021). "Puncch Beat 2 first impression: The curse of second season takes down Siddharth Sharma-Priyank Sharma show". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  28. ^ Qureshi, Tahir. "Uorfi Javed Visits Sets Of Playground Season 2". www.india.com. Retrieved 22 May 2023.

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