Kishwar Merchant

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Kishwer Rai
Kishwar Merchant.jpg
Kishwer Merchant in 2015
Born Kishwer Merchant
(1981-02-03) 3 February 1981 (age 36)[1][better source needed]
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Television actress, model
Years active 1997 – present
Spouse(s) Suyyash Rai (m. 2016)present

Kishwer Rai is an Indian television actress and model. Merchant is well known for acting in the shows Ek Hasina Thi and Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar and was a participant in season nine of the reality show Bigg Boss.[2][3][4]


Merchant started her career in 1997 with the TV show Shaktimaan in which she played the role of Julia, an assistant. She then played the role of Nonie in the popular show Hip Hip Hurray from 1998 to 2000. Kishwar after appeared in many successful popular shows like Babul Ki Duwayen Leti Jaa, Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand, Kutumb, Kasautii Zindagii Kay, Kayaamat, Hatim, Khichdi.

Kishwar appeared in many Balaji shows like Kkavyanjali, Kasamh Se. In 2007, she played the negative role of Tamanna in Sanaya Irani & Arjun Bijlani's popular youth show Miley Jab Hum Tum in 2008. She is very popular for playing the role of Haseena in the popular Sukirti Kandpal and Vivian Dsena series Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani.[5] She also played a role of Sonia in the second season of the hit show - Chhoti Bahu.

In 2012, Merchant was seen in two shows Amrit Manthan and Arjun. Then after came in many shows like Hongey Judaa Na Hum and Parvarrish. She appeared in popular shows Ek Hasina Thi as Raima, Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon as Ananya, Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan as Nyonika and Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar as Dimpy sharing the screen with many popular actress' like Drashti Dhami and Sanjeeda Sheikh. In 2016, Kishwar made her comeback with Balaji's popular show Brahmarakshas playing the main antagonist as Aprajita.[6][7]

Bigg Boss 9[edit]

Rai was a participant in the reality TV show Bigg Boss 9 along with her boyfriend Suyyash Rai in 2015.[8][9][10] She was paired with Aman Yatan Verma. Merchant, who was seen as the strongest contestant, was forced to quit the Ticket to Finale task in its last leg and walked out of the house involuntarily with Rs 15 lakhs.[11]

In April 2017 Kishwar was seen in yet another Ekta Kapoor show, Dhhai Kilo Prem which airs on Star Plus. She played a cameo appearance as Shilpa.[12] Currently she is seen in Rashmi Sharma's Savitri Devi College & Hospital on Colors. Kishwar was also playing the role of Asha in &TV's popular show Gangaa which stars Aditi Sharma.[13] The show went off air on 2 June 2017.

Personal life[edit]

with her husband Suyyash at an event 2016

Merchant was born in Mumbai and was raised up by her parents Siraj Merchant and Rizwana Merchant. She has been in the television industry since 1997. In 2010, Kishwer Merchant started dating co-actor Suyyash Rai. After 6 years of dating both got married on the 16 December 2016.[14][15]


Year Show Character Channel
1997 Shaktimaan Julia (Dr. Jackal's Assistant) Doordarshan
1998–2000 Hip Hip Hurray Nonie Zee TV
2000-01 Babul Ki Duwayen Leti Jaa Malvik Zee TV
2001-02 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Sonam Star Plus
2001-03 Kutumb Swati Sony TV
2001-05 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Mitali Sharma Star Plus
2002 Dhadkan Dr. Aditi Sony TV
2002-06 Piya Ka Ghar Malini Zee TV
2003 Kayaamat Pooja Ahuja M-Net
2003-04 Hatim Rubina Star Plus
2004 Khichdi Rambha Star Plus
2004 Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Dr. Kiran Star One
2004-06 Reth Dr. Daakshi Zee TV
2005 Rihaee Tanvi Sony TV
2004–2005 Shiqwa Mehwish Doordarshan
2005 Instant Khichdi Rambha Star Plus
2005-06 Kkavyanjali Vanshita Nanda Star Plus
2006-07 Kaajjal Amisha Pratap Singh Sony TV
2006-09 Kashmakash Zindagi Ki Mandira DD National
2007-08 Meri Awaz Ko Mil Gayi Roshni Rama Chopra Star Plus
2008-09 Miley Jab Hum Tum Tamanna / Tam Mam Star One
2009 C.I.D. Pari/Roshni/Herself Sony TV
2009-10 Namak Haraam Priya Sehgal Real TV
2010-11 Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani Haseena Raichand Star One
2012 Chhoti Bahu Sonia Bhardwaj Zee TV
2012 Arjun Senior Forensic Expert Star Plus
2012–13 Amrit Manthan Mrs. Adhiraj SIngh Life OK
2012–13 Best Friends Forever? Mandira Singh Channel V
2013 Hongey Judaa Na Hum Rama Sony TV
2013 Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi Parminder (Pam) Ahuja's New Punjabi Neighbour Sony TV
2013 SuperCops vs Supervillains Super Villain Tarot Card Reader Life OK
2013–2014 Hatim Zelna Life OK
2014 Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon Ananya Kapoor Colors
2014 Ek Hasina Thi Raima Maheshwari Star Plus
2014–2015 Akbar Birbal Urvashi BIG Magic
2014–2015 Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan Nyonika Malhotra MTV India
2014–2015 Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar Dimpy Karan Kapoor Sony TV
2015–2016 Bigg Boss 9 Contestant (Evicted on Day 89 - 8 January 2016) Colors
2016 Box Cricket League 2 As Herself/Player Colors TV
2016 Box Cricket League Punjab Herself Colors TV
2016 Desi Explorers Herself Web Series
2016 Comedy Nights Bachao Guest Colors TV
2016 Brahmarakshas - Jaag Utha Shaitaan Aparajita(Main Antagonist) Zee TV
2017 BIG Memsaab Herself BIG Magic
2017 Dhhai Kilo Prem Shilpa Star Plus
2017–present Savitri Devi College & Hospital Neeta Malhotra Colors TV
2017 Gangaa Asha &TV


Year Film(s) Character Ref
2011 Bheja Fry 2 Spanta Patel


  1. ^ "Bigg Boss 9 contestants Suyyash, Yuvika, Keith wish Kishwer Merchant Happy Birthday". 
  2. ^ "Kishwar Merchant in Bigg Boss 9 Double Trouble". Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kishwar Merchant: My elimination 'unfair, forceful'". IANS. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bigg Boss 9 Contestant No 4: Kishwar Merchant, the vamp of television industry". Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Staff (Apr 18, 2015). "Kishwer S Merchantt: I can't do mythological shows, their hindi is quite tough". Times Internet. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "First look: Kishwer Merchant is set to return to Brahmarakshas". Times of India. 30 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Kishwer Merchantt grabs negative role in Ekta Kapoor's new show Brahmarakshas". India Today. 19 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kishwar Merchant in Bigg Boss 9 Double Trouble". Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kishwar Merchant: My elimination 'unfair, forceful'". IANS. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Bigg Boss 9 Contestant No 4: Kishwar Merchant, the vamp of television industry". Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "'Bigg Boss 9':Kishwar Merchant walks out of the show with Rs 15 lakh". Hindustan Times. 2016-01-09. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  12. ^ "WOW! Kishwer Merchant is COMING BACK with Star Plus serial". ABP Live. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Parvati’s look-alike to enter &TV’s Gangaa". Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Kishwer Merchant, Suyyash Rai tie the knot: All the photos from their wedding celebration". Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Surbhi, Vahbiz, Mandana, Vivian, Krystle and other Telly friends have a gala time at Kishwer-Suyyash's wedding reception!". Retrieved 16 December 2016. 

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