Kirti Kulhari

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Kirti Kulhari
Kirti Kulhari launches Sonia Gandhi's in 2014 (01)
Kulhari in 2014
Born (1985-05-30) 30 May 1985 (age 37)[1][2]
Years active2009–present
Saahil Sehgal
(m. 2016; separated 2021)

Kirti Kulhari (born 30 May 1985) is an Indian actor and model who predominantly works in Hindi-language films. She made her acting debut with the Bollywood film Khichdi: The Movie in 2010 immediately followed by Shaitan in June, 2011.[3] She then appeared in commercially successful and critically acclaimed films like Jal (2013), Pink (2016), Indu Sarkar (2017), Blackmail (2018), Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019), Mission Mangal (2019) and Shaadisthan (2021).

In the last three to four years Kirti Kulhari has emerged as one of the leading names on OTT platforms with back to back successes - Four More Shots Please! on Amazon Prime Video, Criminal Justice and Human on Disney+Hotstar.

Personal life[edit]

Kulhari was born and brought up in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra. Her family hails from Jhunjhunu district in Rajasthan.[4] Her father was a Commander in the Indian Navy.[5] Kulhari married actor Saahil Sehgal in 2016.[6] She announced separation from him on 1 April 2021.[7]

Acting career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kulhari started her career with theatre and TV commercials. She did a one-month acting workshop with a Hindi theatre group called Yatri Theatre, under the direction and guidance of Om Katare. After that, She worked on three plays - Chinta Chhod Chintamani with Yatri Theatre, Shehenshah of Azeemo with AK Various productions and a Hindi adaptation of Sakharam Binder with Yatri Theatre. Kulhari was the face of many television commercials – Lotus Mutual Funds, Travel Guru, Videocon Air Conditioners, Parachute Gorgeous Hamesha Campaign, ICICI Bank, Kaya Skin Clinic, Taj Mahal Tea, Everyuth Face Wash, Whirlpool Refrigerators , Spice Mobile, Virgin Mobiles , Close-up, JK White Cement and Tic Tac mouth freshener.[5] For two years, Kulhari was the face of beauty brand Nivea Visage Sparkling Glow's face. Kulhari was also a part of music videos – "Hik Vich Jaan" in Desi Rockstar 2 album by Gippy Grewal.

Breakthrough (2010–2015)[edit]

Kulhari started her film acting career in Bollywood with Khichdi: The Movie,[8] which released in October 2010. Kulhari was noticed as an actress for her second film, Shaitan,[9] which released in June 2011.

Mainstream success (2016–present)[edit]

In 2016, she was seen in Pink with Tapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bacchan in which her performance was praised.[10][11] The film was both commercially and critically successful. In 2017, she appeared in the title role of Indu in Madhur Bhandarkar's political thriller film Indu Sarkar. In 2018, she starred in Blackmail with Irrfan Khan.

In 2019, she appeared in the role of an Indian Air Force officer Seerat Kaur in the commercially and critically successful military action film Uri: The Surgical Strike. The same year, she also appeared in the web television series Four More Shots Please! on Amazon Prime Video and Bard of Blood on Netflix. She acted in Mission Mangal, a film based on India's Mars Orbiter Mission, which was released on 15 August 2019.

In August 2020, Kulhari joined the cast of The Girl On The Train directed by Ribhu Dasgupta.[12] It also features Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Avinash Tiwary, Sammy Jonas Heaney.[13]

In January 2022, Kulhari turned producer by launching production house Kintsukuroi Films and will star in its first project, a dark comedy thriller film Nayeka written and directed by Ajaykiran Nair.[14] Kirti started shooting for the film on 2 January.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Khichdi: The Movie Parminder
2011 Shaitaan Tanya Sharma
2013 Sooper Se Ooper Gulabo (Gul)
Rise of the Zombie Vinny
2014 Jal Kesar
2016 Cute Kameena Avantika
Pink Falak Ali
2017 Indu Sarkar Indu Sarkar
2018 Blackmail Reena Kaushal
2019 Mission Mangal Neha Siddiqui
Uri: The Surgical Strike Flight lieutenant Seerat Kaur
2021 The Girl on the Train Dalbir Kaur Bagga
Shaadisthan Sasha

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role
2019-present Four More Shots Please! Anjana Menon
2019 Bard of Blood Jannat
2020 Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors Anuradha Chandra
2022 Human Dr. Saira Sabharwal

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2017 Filmfare Awards Pink Best Supporting Actress Nominated [15]
2019 Maya Best Actress in a Short Film Won [16]
2022 The Girl on the Train Best Supporting Actress Nominated [17]
2020 Filmfare OTT Awards Four More Shots Please! Best Actress in a Drama Series Nominated [18]
2021 Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors Nominated [19]
2019 Indian Television Academy Awards Four More Shots Please! Best Actress - Web Series Nominated
2022 Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors Best Actress - Drama (OTT) Won
2017 Jagran Film Festival Pink Special Jury Award Won[a]
2012 Screen Awards Shaitan Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
2017 Pink Best Actress (Critics) Nominated
2018 Indu Sarkar Nominated
2012 Zee Cine Awards Shaitan Best Female Debut Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tied with Taapsee Pannu and Andrea Tariang for the same film.


  1. ^ "Kirti Kulhari's on a self love trip this birthday". Hindustan Times. 29 May 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Kirti Kulhari to don khaki in her next". The New Indian Express. 3 January 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022. The 36-year-old actor wrote
  3. ^ Awaasthi, Kavita (2 August 2012). "Eyes are the most important". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Coming Soon: Aapno Zombie". DNA. 12 July 2012. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  5. ^ a b Bora, Sugandha (1 April 2021). "Kirti Kulhari: 10 Things To Know About The Versatile Actor". SheThePeople. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Kirti Kulhari Says Marriage To Saahil Sehgal Has Affected Her Career in 'the Best Possible Way'". News18. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  7. ^ Raghuvanshi, Aakanksha (1 April 2021). "Actress Kirti Kulhari Announces Separation From Husband Saahil Sehgal: "Not On Paper But In Life"". NDTV. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
  8. ^ Barua, Richa (5 October 2010). "Khichdi was fun: Kirti Kulhari". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013.
  9. ^ Nayak, Elina Priyadarshini (9 June 2011). "Shaitan is not my first film: Kirti Kulhari". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Overwhelmed with the recognition for Pink: Kirti Kulhari". The Hindu. 21 September 2016. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  11. ^ "People are talking about every character in Pink: Kirti Kulhari". The New Indian Express. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Kirti Kulhari to play British cop in Parineeti Chopra-starrer The Girl On The Train Hindi remake". India Today. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  13. ^ "'The Girl On The Train': Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kirti Kulhari, Avinash Tiwary's character posters out". DNA India. 30 January 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Kirti Kulhari turns producer with 'Nayeka', launches her banner Kintsukuroi Films". Press Trust of India. 10 January 2022.
  15. ^ "62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017 Nominations". Filmfare. 10 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Filmfare Awards 2019: List Of Winners". NDTV. 23 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Nominations for the 67th Filmfare Awards 2022". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  18. ^ "Nominees for the Flyx Filmfare OTT Awards". Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  19. ^ "My Glamm Filmfare OTT Awards 2021 - Nominations". FilmFare. 2 December 2021. Retrieved 10 December 2021.

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