Alaya F

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Alaya Furniturewalla
Alaya Furniturewalla snapped in Juhu-1.jpg
Alaya in 2020
BornAalia Furniturewala
(1997-11-28) 28 November 1997 (age 23)
Years active2020–present
Parent(s)Pooja Bedi
Farhan Ebrahim Furniturewalla
RelativesKabir Bedi (maternal grandfather)
Protima Bedi (maternal grandmother)

Aalia Furniturewalla[1] (born 28 November 1997), known by her stage name Alaya F, is an Indian actress who works in Hindi films.[2] She is the daughter of actress Pooja Bedi, as well as maternal granddaughter of veteran actor Kabir Bedi and late dancer Protima Bedi.[3] She made her film debut in 2020 through a leading role in the moderately successful comedy Jawaani Jaaneman, which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.[4]

Early life[edit]

Alaya F was born on 28 November 1997 to actress Pooja Bedi and businessman Farhan Ebrahim Furniturewalla.[5] She has one younger brother, Omar Furniturewala, and one half-sibling Zaan Furniturewala. She is the granddaughter of actor Kabir Bedi and former model and classical dancer Protima Bedi.[6] She studied at Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai. Before making her film debut, she earned a diploma in acting at the New York Film Academy and later changed her name to Alaya F.[7] She is presently training to be a contemporary and kathak dancer.[8]


She made her Hindi film debut with Nitin Kakkar's Jawaani Jaaneman (2020), a family comedy-drama, in which she played a 21-year-old girl claiming a 40-year-old person who has a hatred for marriages (played by Saif Ali Khan) to be her father. The film was produced under the banner Pooja Entertainment and received positive reviews from critics; Alaya received praise for her debut.[9]


Year Film Role Ref Notes
2020 Jawaani Jaaneman Tia Singh [10][11] Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Category Award Result Ref.
2020 Jawaani Jaaneman ‘Fresh Face Female’ Vogue Beauty Awards Won [12]
2021 Best Debut (Female) Filmfare Won [13]
Most Powerful Performance Bollywood Life Awards Won [14]


  1. ^ "Alaya Furniturewalla's First Look from Jawaani Jaaneman Revealed". 4 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Alaia Furniturewala | All you need to know about the 'Jawaani Jaaneman' star". Republic World. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Alaya F Opens Up On Her Parents, Pooja Bedi And Farhan Furniturewala's Divorce When She Was 5". BollywoodShaadis. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Saif Ali Khan begins shooting for Aalia Furniturewala's debut film Jawani Janeman". India Today. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  5. ^ Jun 1, Anubha Sawhney | TNN |; 2003; Ist, 00:28. "Pooja Bedi: The siege within | undefined News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 December 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "What Kabir Bedi Said About Granddaughter Alaya Working With 'Seasoned Actors' In Jawaani Jaaneman". Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  7. ^ "The breakout star of 'Jawaani Jaaneman': Why Aalia became Alaya F". 28 February 2020.
  8. ^ "NYFA Acting for Film Alum Alaia F Featured in Vogue India". New York Film Academy Blog. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Pooja Bedi's daughter Alaya to make her debut with Jawani Janeman". India Today. Ist. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Saif Ali Khan says 'we are lucky to have found' Pooja Bedi's daughter Alaya Furniturewala for Jawani Jaaneman". Hindustan Times. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Alaya F does a happy dance as she wins best debut award, Pooja Bedi says 'proud of you my baby girl'". Hindustan Times. 28 March 2021. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Vogue Beauty Awards 2020: Best of Bollywood". 30 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Alaya F does a happy dance as she wins best debut award, Pooja Bedi says 'proud of you my baby girl'". 28 March 2021.
  14. ^ " Awards 2021: Ranveer Singh, Sidharth Shukla, Shehnaaz Gill, Alaya F win big – view complete list of winners". 26 March 2021.

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