Kiara Advani

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Kiara Advani
Kiara Advani walks for Shyamal-Bhumika at India Couture Week 2018 Day 4 (03) (cropped).jpg
Advani at the 2018 India Couture Week
BornAlia Advani[1]
(1992-07-31) 31 July 1992 (age 26)[2]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active2014–present
RelativesAshok Kumar (step-great-grandfather)
Saeed Jaffrey (great-uncle)
Juhi Chawla (aunt)[2]

Kiara Alia Advani[3] (born Alia Advani on 31 July 1992) is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Hindi and Telugu films. After making her acting debut in the 2014 comedy film Fugly, Advani went on to star in several commercial and critically successful films, such as the sports film M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories (2018), and the Telugu political drama Bharat Ane Nenu (2018).

Early life and background[edit]

Kiara Advani was born to Jagdeep Advani, a Sindhi[4] businessman and Genevieve Jaffrey, a teacher of Punjabi, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry.[5][6][7] Born as Alia Advani, Advani changed her first name to Kiara prior to the release of her first film, Fugly.[8] The elder of two children, Advani has a younger brother, Mishaal. She is also related to several celebrities via her maternal family. Actors Ashok Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey are her step-great-grandfather and great-uncle, respectively, whereas model Shaheen Jaffrey and actress Juhi Chawla are her aunts.[2]


Advani made her acting debut in Kabir Sadanand's comedy drama film, Fugly (2014), opposite newcomer Mohit Marwah, Vijender Singh, Arfi Lamba and Jimmy Shergill. The film opened to mixed reviews. For her performance however, Advani received generally positive reviews, with Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama saying she "catches you completely unaware" and has the "combination of looks and talent".[9] Mehul S Thakkar of Deccan Chronicle noted her performance as being "very striking" and said she "shows a lot of promise," along with praising her versatility and range as an actor.[10]

After playing the leading lady in Abbas-Mustan's action film Machine, Advani starred in the Telugu film Bharat Ane Nenu, opposite Mahesh Babu.[11] She later appeared as a shy bride in the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories.[12] Her masturbation scene in the film, using a vibrator, was praised for its frank portrayal of women's sexuality.[13]

Advani will next star opposite Ram Charan in an Vinaya Vidheya Rama, a Telugu film.[14] She has committed to feature alongside Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, and Diljit Dosanjh in the romantic comedy Good News, and had featured in a music video Urvashi alongside Shahid Kapoor.[15][16] She will also play the lead female role opposite Shahid Kapoor in Kabir Singh, a Hindi-language remake of the Telugu film Arjun Reddy.[17]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2014 Fugly Devi
2016 M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Sakshi Singh Dhoni
2017 Machine Sarah Thapar
2018 Lust Stories Megha Karan Johar's segment; Netflix film
Bharat Ane Nenu Vasumathi Telugu film
2019 Vinaya Vidheya Raama TBA Telugu film, post-production
Kalank dagger TBA Special appearance in song
Kabir Singh dagger Preeti Filming [18][19]

Music video[edit]

Title Year Performer(s) Co-Star Ref(s)
"Urvashi" 2018 Yo Yo Honey Singh Shahid Kapoor [20]


  1. ^ "Salman Khan renamed Fugly actress as Kiara Advani". India Today. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Gupta, Priya (5 May 2014). "My father saw '3 Idiots' and decided to let me do what I wanted to: Kiara Advani". Times of India. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Kiara Advani's unseen side
  5. ^ Agrawal, Stuti (26 May 2014). "Having a film background can only get you to meet the right people: Kiara Advani". Times of India. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Yeh Fugly Fugly kya hai? | The Lucknow Observer". Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  7. ^ "Gene Junction: Kiara Alia Advani". Verve Magazine. Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  8. ^ "Salman Khan renamed Fugly actress as Kiara Advani". India Today. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  9. ^ Taran Adarsh (13 June 2014). "Movie Review: 'Fugly' (2014)". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  10. ^ Mehul S Thakkar (13 June 2014). "Movie Review 'Fugly': Raises disturbing and thought provoking questions". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Kiara Advani stars work on 'Bharat Ane Nenu'"
  12. ^ "Lust Stories: Men? Who needs them when in Bollywood".
  13. ^ "How Veere Di Wedding and Lust Stories spearhead the sexual revolution of Bollywood's women".
  14. ^ "Ram Charan-Boyapati Srinu's upcoming film is slated for a Pongal release". The Times of India. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Here's some 'Good News' for Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan fans". Mumbai Mirror. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  16. ^ Lohana, Avinash (7 August 2018). "Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani recreate Prabhudheva's song Urvashi". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Kiara Advani will star opposite Shahid Kapoor in 'Arjun Reddy' remake - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  18. ^ "Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani's Arjun Reddy remake goes on floors". The Indian Express. 21 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Shahid Kapoor's Hindi remake of Arjun Reddy titled Kabir Singh". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  20. ^ "Watch: The teaser of Yo Yo Honey Singh's music video 'Urvashi' starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani out". The Times of India. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.

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