Karishma Kotak

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Karishma Kotak
Karishma Kotak at the green carpet of IIFA Awards 2013.jpg
Kotak in 2013
Born1981/1982 (age 37–38)[1]
OccupationModel, Actress, TV presenter
Years active1998–present
Known forKingfisher Calendar, Bigg Boss 6, IPL 6
WebsiteOfficial website

Karishma Kotak is a TV presenter, model and an actor[1][2][3][4] in North West London, England.[5][6][7] She did a part of her schooling from a boarding school. She later pursued a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Marketing.[2] Initially, she wanted to become a teacher and had enrolled for a course in teaching.[5]

Early life[edit]

Karishma Kotak is a Gujarati.[5][8] Her father is from Gujarat and her mother is from East Africa.[9] Her immediate family lives in London and consists of her mother and a younger brother named Sunny Kotak.[10] She did a part of her schooling from a boarding school. She later pursued a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Marketing.[2] Initially, she wanted to become a teacher and had enrolled for a course in teaching.[5]


Modelling and advertisements - UK[edit]

Karishma began her modelling career at the age of 16 and worked for magazines like Just Seventeen and other projects in England.[11][failed verification] When she was around 20, she visited India[7] and realized the huge potential that the Indian fashion & film industry had to offer. In the meantime, she continued doing projects and fashion shows in the UK & Europe, including regional campaigns. She did catalog work for brands like Toni & Guy[7] and FCUK. In 2004, she walked the ramp for the London Fashion Week.[citation needed] She was also a presenter for a UK TV show, The Show, that dealt with entertainment, movies & lifestyle.[12]

Modelling and advertisements - India[edit]

In September 2005, Karishma moved to Mumbai, India.[13][failed verification] Within 2 months of her relocation, she got selected to work with a calendar published by the United Breweries Group, the 2006 Kingfisher Calendar, which was shot in Australia by Atul Kasbekar. She said in an interview, “Doing the Kingfisher calendar is a dream for any model. All the hours in the gym and eating healthy are paying off.” This project shot her into limelight in the Indian fashion scene. She accepted several offers to do TV commercials. A celebrity management company, Matrix India Entertainment commented, “As she has an excellent complexion, she’ll be in skin and beauty product ads.”[14]

She did TV advertisements & promotional campaigns for brands like Dove, Pond's, Wella Hair Color, Titan Xylus, Diesel, Tanishq, Saffola, Sagar Sarees, Rang Sarees, Alapatt Jewels, Kalyan Silks, Elmore, Achakottil Jewels, CMR Grand, and Sobha Wedding Galaxy[7][12] As a brand ambassador for Dove, she was featured on huge billboards & hoardings in major cities across India.[15]

In April 2012, her two TV commercials for Idea Cellular with Abhishek Bachchan started airing on TV.[16][17] Karishma was next hired by VVF Limited for the television advertisement of their bathing soap bar, Jo. The ad was released to small screens in May 2012.[18] In July 2012, her TV commercial with Salman Khan for Relaxo Footwear was released.[19]

She has also appeared in several magazines, including as the cover girl, like Vogue, FHM, Asian Woman, Maxim, OK!, Hello!, Elle, Femina (India) Stuff (magazine) Hair Magazine, Beauty & Style, Khush Wedding, Wedding Affair, and Snoop[20] The March–April 2008 issue of Time n Style Beauty magazine featured Karishma on its cover page, with the title "Eye, Me & Myself - Let your eyes speak".[21] She appeared as the cover girl on FHM (India) in the April 2013 issue that captioned "IPL's hottest presenter - Karishma Kotak."

Karishma has done modelling for brands like FCUK and Ralph Lauren.[22] She walked the ramp for the Lakme Fashion Week 2006.[2] She has been a ramp model for Asiana Bridal Show, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Provogue, Titan Xylus launch 2006[23][24] India Fashion Street - Fashion Tour 2012[25] and Kochi International Fashion Week Season 2.

Karishma has also hosted a few events,[5] the notable among those is her hosting the 2013 Indian Premier League auction in February 2013 at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, which was broadcast live by Sony SIX. Indian cricket commentator and journalist, Harsha Bhogle also collaborated for the event sharing expertise on player and team strategies.[26]

She walked the ramp showcasing Manali Jagtap's collection as a show stopper in March 2013 at a fashion show held at the Shockk Lounge in Bandra, Mumbai.[27]

Music videos[edit]

Karishma acted in a few music videos, the prominent of which is a 2004 music video called Me Against Myself by British singer-songwriter Jay Sean.[28][29] Her next appearance in a music video was for Sonu Nigam and Sapna Mukherjee's track Madbhari,[30] which was released in 2006.[31] In 2007, she appeared in an English-Hindi music video titled Belly Dancing by reggae DJ Apache Indian.[29][32] She was also seen in the song 'Oscer' from her movie Kaptaan which also featured singer Badshah and Gippy Grewal[33]

Entry into films[edit]

In 2016, Kotak made her Punjabi film debut in Kaptaan.[34] Karishma Kotak was also seen in the movie Freaky Ali paired opposite actor, producer Arbaaz Khan[35]


After getting some initial TV exposure in London doing The Karisma Show,[12][better source needed] Karishma worked as a presenter for India-related TV show known as Spa Diaries, targeted to high-end international audiences. She said, “I was so fortunate that I got to travel the whole of India and it was absolutely amazing. It was complete luxury and I was so blessed to get that job.”[7] Continuing in the TV industry, she next worked with a travel show called It’s In.[12] In November 2010, Karishma took part in a Telugu dance reality show called Naacho Rrey on Zee Telugu.[36]

In October 2012, she participated in an Indian reality TV show, Bigg Boss Season 6 as a contestant on the TV Channel Colors.[2] However, she had to make an emergency exit from the Bigg Boss house after spending nearly four weeks due to her father's demise.[37] After leaving the show, she said in an interview with Rediff.com that she accepted the offer to do the show as her father, who had been unwell & was taken care of by Karishma, didn't want her to feel sad and wanted her to get noticed for a better career. After about 15 days of her exit, Karishma re-entered the show on day 42.[1] She told Network 18, "I am feeling quite okay now. This is because of my dad's blessing that Colors has given me another chance to join the show."[38][39] She was voted out of the show in December 2012.[40] Reacting about her eviction, she commented in an interview, "I would have definitely liked to stay till the end, but I can't complain. Being able to survive in the house (Bigg Boss show) for 80 odd days isn't a mean feat."[41] She also said, "I'll remember this experience all my life. It's been very interesting and emotional at the same time."[5] Karishma made a special appearance on the show later as a presenter on the day before the finale of the show in January 2013.[42] Talking about the recognition she received at the show, Karsishma told The Times of India, "Work has increased and yes, life has changed in terms of opportunities that are coming my way. It has been one of the toughest emotional journeys for me but it has definitely helped my career."[43]

Karishma presented televised show called Extraaa Innings T20, a post match analysis of Indian Premier League 2013 - season 6 in April–May 2013. The show was telecast by SET Max and also featured Rochelle Maria Rao, Samir Kochhar and Gaurav Kapoor as her co-hosts.[44][45] Karishma said in an interview, "Cricket is very close to every Indian's heart, so is IPL. I am definitely excited to travel all over the country, hosting the IPL and watching the matches live."[46]

Personal life[edit]

She said in a web-interview, "I come from a big family. I've seven masis (maternal aunts), two mamas (maternal uncles) and lots of cousins. I've a lot of love around me. I don't like to argue much, and I'm a spiritual and strong person. I also like to read a lot."[5] She is fond of travelling and watching movies.[47] Karishma likes to stay fit by good diet, doing one hour spinning classes 5 days a week, and eating healthy.[5]



Year Title Role Language Notes
2007 Shankar Dada Zindabad Jahnavi Telugu
2010 In Ghost House Inn Dorothy Fernandez Malayalam Guest Role
2014 Mr Joe B. Carvalho Neena Hindi
2015 Luckhnowi Ishq Sunaina Hindi Releasing in April 2015[needs update]
2015 Love Affair Hindi Releasing in 2015[needs update]
2016 Kaptaan Sam Punjabi
2016 Freaky Ali Aditi Hindi [48]
TBA Firrkie TBA Hindi
2019 Bedhab Anya Hindi


Year Title Role Language
The Karisma Show Presenter English
Spa Diaries Presenter English
It's In Presenter English
2010 Naacho Rrey Contestant Telugu
2012 Bigg Boss Season 6 Contestant Hindi
2016 Mazaak Mazaak Mein Presenter Hindi
2013 International Indian Film Academy Awards[49] Presenter Hindi
2015 Darr Sabko Lagta Hai Archana in episode thirteen Hindi


Year Tournament Role Channel
2013 Indian Premier League Presenter Sony SIX
2020 2020 Bangabandhu Cup Presenter RTV
2016 Karnataka Premier League Presenter Sony SIX
2017 Asian Premier League Presenter Sony SIX


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