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Karishma Tanna
Kaishma House-of-Mirabella.jpg
Born (1983-12-21) 21 December 1983 (age 33)[1]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Actress, model, host
Years active 2001–present
Partner(s) Upen Patel[2]

Karishma Tanna (/kərɪʃmɑː təˈnɑ; born 21 December 1983)[1][3][4] is an Indian film actress, model and anchor who predominantly works in Hindi films and shows. She is well known for her role in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Naagarjuna – Ek Yodha and also for participating in reality shows like Bigg Boss (2014) and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2016).

After her Bollywood debut Grand Masti (2013), she is awaiting for the release of her next film Tina & Lolo (2016), which also features Sunny Leone.,[5] as well as Sanjay Dutt's love interest in biopic film Dutt (2017), opposite Ranbir Kapoor.[6]

Personal life

Tanna was born and brought up in a Gujarati family.[3] She lives with her mother and is very close to her as her father died in October 2012.[7] Tanna started dating actor Upen Patel in 2014 when they met inside the Bigg Boss house and later was engaged to him.[8][9] In 2016, they both split up.[10]


Television (2000–present)

Tanna appeared in Balaji Telefilms' soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi[11] (July 2000 - November 2008), where she played the character Indu.[12][13] She appeared in Balaji Telefilms' drama production, Kahi To Milenge (November 2002 - 2003).[14]

Tanna worked as the female lead for the TV series Koi Dil Mein Hai (December 2003 - February 2005) as Krutika.[15] Tanna signed up with project while still working for Kyunki Saas bhi kabhi bahu thi, as her role in Kyunki was not that of a major character. Moreover, Kkoi Dil Mein Hai was a weekly show.[15] Tanna worked for the TV program Ek Ladki Anjaani Si (November 2005 – September 2007) playing the negative character Ayesha.[16] Tanna was also part of Rajshri Productions show Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam (April 2006 – September 2006).[17][18]

Karishma Tanna at UTVSTARS' 'Walk Of The Stars' after party

BR Films signed her up for their drama TV series, Viraasat (June 2006 – July 2007).[17] She played the role of Natasha, a secretary.[19]

In September 2006, Tanna made her theater debut with the Hinglish farce/romantic comedy Perfect Wedding, directed by Vandana Sajnani. The work was adapted from Robin Howdon's British play of the same name.[17][20]

Tanna participated in stage-based comedy TV series Comedy Circus that started in June 2007.[21] She later came back in Comedy Circus Mahasangram in February 2010.[22]

Tanna hosted a magic-based reality TV show, India's Magic Star, that went on air in July 2010.[23][24] She has also acted in the children's television program, Baal Veer (October 2012 – 2013), playing the role of Rani Pari.[25]

Tanna was a celebrity contestant in the popular controversial Colors show, Bigg Boss 8, which started airing in September 2014. She spent full 4 months inside the house and became a finalist and the first runner up.[26][27][28][29][30] In 2015, Tanna participated in seventh season of dance couple reality show Nach Baliye along with Upen Patel.

Karishma participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2016.[31][32] Tanna is currently playing the role of a naagin in Life OK's show Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha.[33] Karishma also made a small cameo appearance in the popular comedy show Comedy Nights Bachao along with Helly Shah for one episode.[34]

Debut in films (2005–present)

Tanna made her Bollywood debut with the December 2005 film Dosti: Friends Forever, playing the role of Nandini Thapar. Tanna's second film was a Kannada language movie, I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona, which was released in June 2011. Tanna played the lead actress role of Chethana.[35]

In September 2013, Grand Masti, a Bollywood sex comedy and a sequel to April 2004 film, Masti was released.[36] Tanna has signed for Tina and Lolo. Tanna's character had been earlier offered to Minissha Lamba, but Lamba opted out as the script required her kissing Sunny Leone.[37]

Tanna has acted in several television advertisements, including for Stayfree, Lifebuoy and Nirma.[38]


Daily soaps

Year Show title Channel Character Notes
2001-2006 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Star Plus Indira Anand Gandhi (Indu)
2002-2003 Kahi To Milenge Sahara One Tanisha
2003 Manshaa Zee TV Rhea
2003-2004 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Star Plus Tina
2003-2004 Koi Dil Mein Hai Sony TV Krutika
2004 Shararat Star Plus Natasha Cameo
2004 Kkusum Sony TV Muskaan
2005-2006 Paalkhi Zee TV Palak
2005-2006 Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Sony TV Ayesha
2006-2007 Viraasat Star One Natasha
2006 Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam Star Plus Jitisha
2010 Jaane Pehchaane Se... Ye Ajnabbi Star One Avni
2011 Adaalat Sony TV Ms Jaffrey Episodic role
2012-2013 Baal Veer SAB TV Rani Pari
2014 Jeanie Aur Juju SAB TV Soniya Cameo
2016-2017 Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha Life OK Maskini (Naagin) Main Antagonist

Special appearances

Show Name Channel Notes
Kumkum Bhagya Zee TV Dance Performance
Yeh Vaada Raha Zee TV Dance Performance

Reality shows

Year Show name Channel Notes
2007 Comedy Circus 1 Sony TV Contestant
2008 Zara Nachke Dikha Star One Contestant
2008 Kaante Ki Takkar Sony TV Host
2010 Meethi Choori No 1 Imagine TV Contestant
2011 Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout Imagine TV Contestant
2011 Comedy Circus Maha-Sangram Sony TV Contestant
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil Colors Guest
2014-2015 Bigg Boss 8 Colors Contestant (Champion)
2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Colors Contestant (1st runner-up)
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Star Plus Contestant along with Upen Patel
2015-2016 MTV Love School MTV India Host along with Upen Patel
2016 Comedy Nights Bachao Colors Guest
2016 Fear Factor: Khatron Ki Khiladi 7 Colors Guest in Semi Finale
2016 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Colors Contestant - Eliminated on 3 December 2016
2016, 2017 Bigg Boss 10 Colors Guest - performer


Year Film Name Character Notes
2005 Dosti: Friends Forever Nandini Thapar Hindi debut
2011 I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona Chetana Kannada debut
2013 Grand Masti Unatti
2014 Golu Aur Pappu Shalini
TBA Tina and Lolo Lolo Filming
2017 Dutt Sanjay Dutt's love interest Filming


Year Award Show Category Results
2003 Star Parivaar Awards Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Favourite Behen Nominated
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in comic role
2007 Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Best Actress in negative role
2008 Star Guild Awards Best Actress in negative role
2015 Television Style Awards Bigg Boss 8 Stylish female in a reality show Won
2016 Zee Gold Awards MTV Love School Best Anchor Nominated
N/A Most Fit Actress Won[39]


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