Elena Kazan

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Elena Kazan
BornElena Kazan
Moscow, Russia
ResidenceBerlin, Germany,
Mumbai, India
Years active2010 – Present

Elena Kazan is German-Russian actress who appears in German as well as Indian films such as Agent Vinod, John Day, Prague etc. The German-Philippine, English film 'Ruined Heart' in which Kazan plays the leading female role was released in March 2015. She has featured as a houseguest in the Bigg Boss house.[1][2][3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Kazan was born as Elena Kazan in Moscow, Russia, to German parents.[5] Her mother is a nurse and her father was a primary school teacher. She spent her childhood in Ukraine before moving to Berlin with her family. At the age of 16, she moved to the US for higher studies. Kazan later went to India to work with a volunteer organization in Kolkata and while there taught the German language at Max Mueller Bhavan. She traveled widely in India for the first three years.

Kazan at the promotions of film 'John Day'

Kazan worked in Kolkata with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce as an interpreter. She also worked as a Unit Hand in an Australian short film shot in Kolkata, during which time she got the opportunity to work in a Bengali film.[4][6] Kazan started her acting career with the 2010 Bengali film 'Clerk' opposite Prosenjit Chatterjee. The next year in 2011, Kazan acted in the drama film Gandhi to Hitler.[6] In 2012, Kazan had a cameo role in the film Agent Vinod. But her first big role came in the 2013 film John Day in which she plays the role of Tabassum Habibi, a chronic alcoholic with a dark and complex past.[7] In the same year 2013, Kazan played the role of a Czech gypsy girl in Prague, who comes to India in search of her identity. Her next film was AASMA in which she plays the role of a Kashmiri girl.[4] Her career went international in 2014, when she co-starred in the German-Philippine, English film 'Ruined Heart'.

Bigg Boss 10[edit]

Kazan entered the Colors popular show Bigg Boss 10 as a wild card entrant.[8][9] She entered along with Jason Shah, Sahil Anand and Priyanka Jagga.[10] She got evicted a week after staying inside the house.[11]


Year Title Role Notes Base
2010 Clerk Bengali Bengali
2011 Gandhi to Hitler Hindi Bollywood
2011 Rangmilanti Lisa Bengali Bengali
2011 Egaro Bengali Bengali
2012 Agent Vinod Tatiana Renko Hindi Bollywood
2013 John Day Tabassum Habibi Hindi Bollywood
2013 Prague Czech gypsi girl Hindi Bollywood
2013 AASMA Kashmiri girl Hindi Bollywood
2014 Taan NGO worker's wife Bengali Bengali
2015 Ruined Heart Lover English Hollywood
2015 Uvaa English teacher Hindi Bollywood
2017 The Final Exit (film) herself Hindi Bollywood


Year Show Role Note
2016 Bigg Boss 10 Herself Entered as Wild Card


  1. ^ "Elena Kazan- I think People tend to build up actors into unreachable stars". The Moviean.
  2. ^ "International import Elena Kazan's a desi girl at heart". Mid Day. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Elena Kazan works with Saif again". www.mid-day.com. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  4. ^ a b c "Elena Kazan Ready for Bollywood with 'John Day' Debut". India West. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Elena Kazan, Randeep Hooda share a crackling chemistry in 'John Day'". CNN-IBN. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Could have done better in Bengali films: Elena Kazan". NY Daily News. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  7. ^ "German actor Elena Kazan all set to sizzle in Bollywood". India Today. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Bigg Boss 10 wildcard entries: Former Roadies contestant Sahil Anand, Agent Vinod actor Elena Kazan and model Jason Shah". Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  9. ^ "I got training for Bigg Boss 10 while working in Indian films: Wild card entrant Elena Kazan". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  10. ^ "5 things you should know about BB 10's wild card entry Elena Kazan". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Bigg Boss 10: Elena Kazan eliminated from the show". Retrieved 7 December 2016.

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