Twinkle Khanna

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Twinkle Khanna
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Twinkle Khanna
Born Tina Jatin Khanna
(1974-12-29) 29 December 1974 (age 40)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, Interior designer, Film producer
Years active 1995–2001
Spouse(s) Akshay Kumar (2001–present)
Children 2 (1 son, 1 daughter)
Parent(s) Rajesh Khanna (father)
Dimple Kapadia (mother)
Relatives Rinke Khanna (sister)
Simple Kapadia (aunt)

Twinkle Khanna (born Tina Jatin Khanna on 29 December 1974)[1] is an Indian interior designer, columnist, film producer and former actress who has acted in Bollywood and Telugu films. Khanna won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her role in Barsaat (1995). She is the wife of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and the daughter of established actors, Dimple Kapadia and the late Rajesh Khanna. After leaving the film industry in 2001, she ventured into interior designing and is the co-owner of The White Window store.

Career[edit]

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.[2] It performed well at the box office and became the sixth-highest grossing film of the year,[3] and she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her performance.[4] 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 '​s wrote that "Khanna does not look like a typical Hindi actress".[5] 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."[6] In 1997 two films featuring her; Uff Yeh Mohabbat and Itihaas were released. Both of these films were poor box-office performers.[7][8] Her only release in 1998 was Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai which featured her as Salman Khan's love interest.[9] After an eye surgery for a slight cross-eye condition, she went on to do many films which got her good reviews and recognition from the audience.

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.[10] She was paired with Daggubati Venkatesh in a Telugu film, Seenu (1999). Khanna played the lead role in Baadshah (1999), featuring Shah Rukh Khan as a detective.[11] In the same year she acted opposite Saif Ali Khan in Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan, a romantic comedy directed by Mahesh Bhatt and having the same story-line as The Secret of My Success (1987). She was paired opposite Aamir Khan in Dharmesh Darshan's Mela (2000). Similar to The Seven Samurai in story,[12] it was an average grosser at the box-office.[13] In October 1999, along with Juhi Chawla, Shah Rukh and Salman Khan, she performed at Awesome Foursome concert held in Shah Alam Outdoor Stadium, Malaysia.[14][15] 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).[16] Her acting in the film met with poor reviews.[17] Film director Karan Johar admitted in an interview that Khanna was in his mind for the role of Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,[4] but she refused it and thus Rani Mukerji was signed. She left the industry after her marriage to Kumar in 2001, citing that she did not enjoy the acting profession anymore.[18] Her last film was Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega (2001), remake of Telugu movie Money (1993). It featured her opposite Saif Ali Khan for the third time and was an average grosser at the box office.[19]

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 a prestigious Elle Decor International Design Award.[20] She has opened up another branch of the store elsewhere in Mumbai. She does not hold a professional degree and worked with an architect to learn the procedures.[21] During her pregnancy, she practised maps and designs using CAD.[22] Khanna did the interiors for actress Rani Mukerji's house,[23] Kareena Kapoor Khan's Bandra flat in 2008,[24] Poonam Bajaj's design studio[25] and Reemma Sen's house.[26] On the request of one of her clients, she ordered a company to make a golden toilet seat.[27] She has also endorsed for and designed Supertech's ORB project in Noida[28] and another residential project in Pune.[29] However, Khanna filed a case against Supertech for failing to pay INR1.04 crore (US$160,000) as endorsement fees.[30] She also mentors International Institute of Fashion Designing's Academy of Interiors.[31] Khanna is the co-founder of Grazing Goat Pictures[32] and has co-produced the films Tees Maar Khan (2010) and Patiala House (2011). She also did a cameo appearance in the former film.[33] Khanna has also co-produced Thank You (2011), Khiladi 786 (2012), 72 Miles (2013) and Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014).[34] In 2000, she was part of the judges panel at Femina Miss India.[35] In 1996, she campaigned for her father's election in New Delhi (Lok Sabha constituency).[36] She has also been the brand ambassador for the watch brand Movado[37] and endorsed Coca-Cola and Micromax Mobile.[38][39] In 2014, Khanna and her sister sold their father's house for INR85 crore (US$13 million).[40]

Personal life[edit]

Twinkle Khanna is the daughter of Dimple Kapadia and Rajesh Khanna.[41] Her sister Rinke Khanna is also an actress. She was born on the same day as her father on his 32nd birthday which is 29 December 1974. Her aunt is Simple Kapadia. Khanna was born to a Punjabi father and Gujarati mother. She met Kumar for the first time during a photo session for Filmfare magazine.[42] She married actor Akshay Kumar in 2001 (17 January) and together they have a son, Aarav Bhatia (born 15 September 2002),[43] and a daughter, Nitara Khanna Bhatia (born 25 September 2012), named after Rajesh Khanna. Nitara means "having deep roots".[44] In 2009, during Lakme Fashion Week, she unbuttoned Akshay Kumar's jeans. This incident created a controversy.[45] A social worker filed a complaint against the couple and the event organisers for obscenity.[46] Khanna surrendered at the Vakola police station and was released on bail.[47] In July 2013 the Bombay High Court ordered the police to prosecute Khanna and her husband.[48] Kumar credits Khanna for his success.[49][50] In 2009, People magazine listed her as the 4th best dressed celebrity in India.[51] In February 2014, she was operated at the Breach Candy hospital for the removal of a kidney stone.[52] She joined Twitter in November 2014.[53]

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
Barsaat 1995 Tina Oberoi [54]
Jaan 1996 Kajal [55]
Dil Tera Diwana 1996 Komal [56]
Uff Yeh Mohabbat 1997 Sonia Verma [57]
Itihaas 1997 Naina [58]
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai 1998 Komal Sinha [59]
International Khiladi 1999 Payal [60]
Zulmi 1999 Komal Dutt [61]
Seenu 1999 Shwetha Telugu language film
Baadshah 1999 Seema Malhotra [62]
Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan 1999 Jasmine Arora [63]
Mela 2000 Roopa Singh [64]
Chal Mere Bhai 2000 Puja Special appearance [65]
Joru Ka Ghulam 2000 Durga [66]
Jodi No.1 2001 Tina [67]
Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega 2001 Anjali [68]
Tees Maar Khan 2010 As herself Co-producer [33]
Thank You 2011 Co-producer [34]
Patiala House 2011 Co-producer [34]
Khiladi 786 2012 Co-producer [34]
72 Miles 2013 Co-producer
Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty 2014 Co-producer [34]

Awards[edit]

Award Year For Result Ref(s)
Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut 1996 Barsaat Won [4]
BIG Star Entertainment Award for Most Entertaining Action Film 2014 Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Won
Filmfare Award for Most Glamorous Real-Life Couple 2015 Nominated [69]

See also[edit]

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