Kitu Gidwani

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Kitu Gidwani
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Kitu Gidwani at Casino Royale Race
Born Kaushalya Gidwani
(1967-10-22) 22 October 1967 (age 50)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation actress, model

Kitu Gidwani (born 22 October 1967) is an Indian actress and model. She has starred in some movies as well as serials in Indian television. She became popular after a TV series, Air Hostess aired on Doordarshan in 1986, and received critical acclaim for her roles in Dance of the Wind (1997), Deepa Mehta's Earth (1998), Govind Nihalani's Rukhmavati Ki Haveli (1991), Kamal Haasan's Abhay and Deham (2001).[1]

Personal life and background[edit]

Gidwani was born in Mumbai. Her Sindhi parents migrated from Pakistan after the partition. They lived in a refugee camp in Worli.[2] She has a brother.

She studied in Fort Convent School, Mumbai. Her post graduation days saw her interested in French and she started acting in French plays. Soon she was acting in English plays directed by Janak Toprani. She acted in some television serials and subsequently acted in a French film Black (1987),[3] playing a Brazilian girl in it.[4]

She has never been married and has vowed never to settle down at the risk of her pursuit of what she calls "duende," a search for harmony with the many magical aspects of living and nature.[5]

Acting career[edit]

Gidwani made her television debut in 1984 on the TV soap Trishna, and during the 1980s and '90s, gave some memorable performances in TV serials like Swabhimaan, Air Hostess and Junoon.[6] She caught a lot of attention after her kissing scene in bed with actor Raj Zutshi in Junoon. In 1997, she was doing four serials at one time, besides Swabhimaan and Junoon, she was also acting in Saahil, Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum.[7] She recently appeared in multi-starrer Hindi serials Kaashish and Kulvadhu.

In 1997, she played the role of a Hindustani classical singer, Pallavi, who struggles to get her voice back after losing her mentor/mother, in Dance of the Wind. The role won her Best Actress Award at Three Continents Festival, Nantes.[8] In Pankaj Butalia's Shadows in the Dark she played Lajma, a middle-aged woman living in present-day Pakistan.[9] In the 2010s she played small roles in Fashion, Dhobi Ghat and Student of the Year.[10]

In 2001, in conjunction with by Wills Lifestyle, an apparel chain owned by ITC Limited, to promote Wills Sport Lifestyle brand of clothing.[11] In 2006, she also acted in a play, Your Place or Mine by Darshan Jariwala.[12]

She also did a play, Sock ’em With Honey, where she played a traditional Parsi woman from Pakistan, whose daughter falls in love with a Jew, prompting her first trip abroad.[13]


In 1998, Kitu won the Best Actress Award at the Three Continents Festival, Nantes, France. The award recognized her outstanding achievement for the role of Pallavi in Dance of the Wind (directed by Rajan Khosa).

Filmography and TV Shows[edit]

Title Year Role Notes
2018 Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai Sameer's step paternal Grandmother TV Series
2017 Ok Jaanu Tara's Mother
2016 Traffic Rehan's mother
2015 Wedding Pullav
2013 Ek Bura Aadmi Rukmi Devi
2012 Student of the Year Manini Banerjee
2011 Dhobi Ghat Vatsala
2011 Monica Pamela Garewal
2010 Hello Zindagi Dr. Sadhana
2009 Phir Kabhi Divya Singh
2008 Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na Sheela (Meghna's Mother)
2008 Fashion Anisha Roy
2007 Strangers
2006-07 Kulvaddhu Antra Singh Rathod TV series
2006 Dil Diya Hai Michelle
2005 Kasshish Ratna TV series
2001 Happily Ever After Mme Gibson French film
2004 Kesar Pam Mallya TV series
2002 Nazarana Ishita's mother TV movie
2001 Deham Jaya
2001 Abhay Jayanti
2001 Aalavandhan Jayanthi Tamil film
1998 Earth Bunty Sethna
1998 Shaktimaan Geeta Vishwas (Till 16th Episode) TV Series
1997 Karvaan (Shadows in the Dark) Lajma [14]
1997 Dance of the Wind Pallavi Sehgal Three Continents Festival
1995-96 Saahil Prerna TV series
1995-97 Swabhimaan Svetlana Banerjee TV series
1994 Junoon[15] Mini Mathur TV series
1994 Tehkikaat Kavita Appeared as the killer in Episode 1
1991 Rukmavati Ki Haveli Kittu Gidwani
1991 The Khajuraho Short film
1987 Black[16] French film
1986 Air Hostess TV series
1985 Janam TV movie
1985 Wisdom Tree Short film
1984 Holi
1984 Trishna Roohi TV series


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