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Gauhar Khan
Gauhar Khan at the Mod'Art Fashion Show (7).jpg
Khan at the Mod'Art Fashion Show.
Gauahar Zafar Khan

(1983-08-23) 23 August 1983 (age 37)[1][2]
  • Actress
  • model[3]
Years active2003–present
RelativesNigaar Khan[3] (sister)

Gauahar Khan (also known as Gauhar Khan, born 23 August 1983) is an Indian model[4][3][5][2] and actress.[6][3] After pursuing modeling, she made her acting debut with Yash Raj Films' Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009). Khan also starred in films such as the action thriller Game (2011), the revenge drama Ishaqzaade (2012), the suspense thriller Fever (2016), the romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) and the Indian period drama Begum Jaan (2017).[7][8][9]

She has featured in songs including "Naa Pere Kanchan Mala" (Shankar Dada M.B.B.S., 2004), "Nasha Nasha" (Aan: Men at Work, 2004), "Parda Parda" (Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, 2010), "Jhalla Walla" and "Chokra Jawaan" (Ishaqzaade, 2012). In 2013, she participated and became the winner of Bigg Boss 7,[10] a reality show on Colors TV. She has a starring role in the Bollywood musical, Zangoora.[11]

Early life and modelling career

Gauhar Khan was born on August 23, 1983 in a Muslim family in Pune, Maharashtra.[1] She completed her schooling from Mount Carmel Convent School, Pune. Khan is one of five siblings in her family. She is the youngest of five siblings and the sister of actress Nigaar Khan.[12]


Gauhar Khan promotes Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3, 2016

Khan has modeled for Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar, Payal Jain and Neeta Lulla. She has also acted in numerous television ads such as Ford Ikon, Bajaj Auto, Opel Car and Tanishq jewellery. In 2002, at the age of 18, she participated in Femina Miss India contest where she came fourth and won the Miss Talented title.[13] Later that year, she represented India in the Miss International contest.[13] Khan appeared in a small role in movie Miss India: The Mystery as a model participant.[14] She also appeared in a couple of music videos of which "Hawa Mein Udati Jaaye" by Bombay Vikings became hugely popular. She has anchored the film gossip show Page 3 on Zoom Television.[15] In 2009, she participated in the celebrity dance show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 3) where she became the first runner up of the show.[16]

She made her acting debut in the 2009 Yash Raj Films production Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year. Anupama Chopra said, "Gauhar was fashionable, ambitious and smart receptionist, she was sharply etched and memorable as Koena in the film".[17] Namrata Joshi from Outlook India stated that "Leading the pack is Gauhar Khan as the feisty office secretary. Gauhar is the colorful character in the film who played too nice."[18]

Khan next appeared as outspoken and rebellious Samara Shroff in the action thriller Game (2011). NDTV said that "Gauhar as the loyal secretary Samara is nicely outfitted."[19]

Khan played Chand Bibi in the 2012 romantic drama Ishaqzaade, in which she also did two item numbers "Jhalla Walla" and "Chokra Jawaan". Shomini Sen of Zee News stated that, "Gauhar as a kind-hearted prostitute Chand sizzles in two songs. It is pity that she is used so less in the film."[20] Mrigank Dhaniwala from Koimoi stated, "Gauhar, who plays courtesan Chand, does very well."[21] Taran Adarsh said, "Gauhar is lovely in a special role. Also, she dances very well in the two tracks."[22]

In 2013, Khan became a celebrity contestant in Colors TV's popular show Bigg Boss, Indian version of the reality TV show Big Brother.[23] She survived for full 15 weeks and was emerged as the winner in December 2013 defeating actress Tanishaa Mukerji.[24] On Day 43, Gauhar took an exit after her boyfriend Kushal Tandon was asked to leave after he hit VJ Andy. A day later she returned to the house.[25][26]

In May 2014, Khan participated in Colors TV's stunt show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in its Fifth Season along with Kushal Tandon.[27][28][29]

In September 2014, Khan hosted Star Plus's singing reality show India's Raw Star. On 30 November 2014, Khan was slapped during the shooting of a singing reality show called India's Raw Star by a member of the audience who admonished her for wearing a short dress.[30] Police arrested 24-year-old Akil Malik for attacking the actress at show's studio in Mumbai. They quoted the man as telling Khan that "being a Muslim woman, she should not have worn such a short dress".[30] He was later produced in court on 1 December 2014.[31]

In June 2019, Khan appeared in the Indian version of The Office, an adaptation of the hit BBC series of the same name. The show released on streaming service Hotstar on June 28, 2019.[32] Gauhar plays the character of Riya Pahwa, who is the boss of the lead character Jagadeep Chadda.[33]

Personal life

Khan was engaged to director Sajid Khan in 2003, but the relationship didn't last long.[34] Khan was then in a relationship with actor and fellow contestant of Bigg Boss, Kushal Tandon in 2013,[5] but later they split.[35] Sources conflict about her birth year, listing the year as 1983[36] or 1980.[3] As of November 2020, she is engaged to actor Zaid Darbar.[37]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 Aan: Men at Work Special appearance in song "Nasha"
Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. Special appearance in song "Naa Pera Kanchan Mala" Telugu film
2009 Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year Koena Sheikh
2010 Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Special appearance in song "Parda"
2011 Game Samara Shroff/Natasha Malhotra
2012 Ishaqzaade Chand Bibi
2015 Oh Yaara Ainvayi Ainvayi Lut Gaya Gunjan Kaur [38][39]
2016 Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 Special appearance in song "Jawaani Le Doobi" [40]
Fever Kavya Chaoudhary/ Pooja Warrier
Fuddu Special appearance in song "Intoxicating killer curvers" [41]
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Laxmi Shankar Cameo
Begum Jaan Rubina
Tera Intezaar N/A Cameo appearance
2018 Nine Hours in Mumbai Gulabi [42][43]


Year Show Role Notes
2002 Bitches & Beauty Queens: The Making of Miss India Herself British Television Documentary film
2009 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 3 Contestant First runner up
2011 The Khan Sisters Herself
2013 Bigg Boss 7 Contestant Winner
2014 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 Semi-Finalist
India's Raw Star Host
Bigg Boss 8 Herself Guest appearance
2015 I Can Do That Contestant
2016 Naagin 1 Herself Guest appearance
Bigg Boss 10
2019 Gathbandhan
The Office Riya Pahwa
Bigg Boss 13 Herself Guest Appearance
2020 Bigg Boss 14 Senior For the first two weeks


See also


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  5. ^ a b "Kushal wishes Gauahar on her birthday with roses".
  6. ^ "Gauahar 29th birthday in 2011".
  7. ^ "Gauahar Khan sizzles in bikini, shares lip-lock with Rajeev for 'Fever'".
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  9. ^ "I may not be an A-list actor, but I am successful: Gauahar Khan".
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  11. ^ "Kingdom of Dreams formally opens to public". The Times of India. 18 September 2010.
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  14. ^ "Gauhar Khan". 14 January 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
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  16. ^ "Bhaichung Bhutia wins 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa'". ibnlive. 31 May 2009.
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  18. ^ Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year | Namrata Joshi. (2009-12-28). Retrieved on 2013-12-13.
  19. ^ Review: Game | NDTV (2011-04-01). Retrieved on 2013-12-13.
  20. ^ Review 'Ishaqzaade': Almore haramzaade shine steadily!. Retrieved on 2013-12-13.
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  22. ^ "Ishaqzaade". BollywoodHungama. 11 May 2012.
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  27. ^ Meet the contestants of Fear Factor-Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 – The Times of India
  28. ^ 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' 5 Photos: Gauhar And Kushal's Stunt With African Cockroaches!
  29. ^ Khatron Ke Khiladi 5: Gauhar And Salman's Stunt With Scorpions On Their Face!
  30. ^ a b "India's Raw Star: Finale highlights 3/8". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
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  32. ^ "Hotstar Reveals Release Date for Indian Remake of The Office". NDTV Gadgets 360. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  33. ^ "Relationship Dynamics in The Office Form an Interesting Backdrop for Humour, Say Gauahar Khan & Mukul Chadda". News18. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
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  35. ^ "Gauahar Kushal".
  36. ^ "Final list of 'Bigg Boss' 7 contestants". DNA. 16 September 2013.
  37. ^ "Gauahar Khan gets engaged to Ismail Darbar's son Zaid". The Indian Express. 6 November 2020.
  38. ^ "Gauahar Khan is all set to play a Punjabi kudi".
  39. ^ "Gauahar Khan on Punjabi films debut: I work for the excitement, not the money".
  40. ^ "Gauahar in 'Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3'".
  41. ^ "Gauahar Khan clarifies she is not a part of Fuddu".
  42. ^ "Nine Hours In Mumbai Movie: Showtimes, Review, Trailer, Posters, News & Videos | eTimes". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  43. ^ Rahhi, Raaj (12 October 2018), Nine Hours in Mumbai, Gauhar Khan, Sanjay Mishra, Adil Hussain, retrieved 3 January 2018
  44. ^ a b "Nominations for 16th Star Screen Awards". OneIndiaEntertainment. 31 December 2009.
  45. ^ "Nominations for Max Stardust Awards 2010". BollywoodHungama. 16 January 2010.
  46. ^ "Star GuildNominations". StarGuildAwards. 13 February 2013.[permanent dead link]

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