Nikita Thukral in 2010
|Born||Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
|Other names||Nikitha, Nikhita, Nikki|
|Occupation||Film actress, model|
|Years active||2002 – present|
|Television||Bigg Boss Kannada - Reality Show|
Thukral was born into a Punjabi family and was raised in Mumbai. She completed her M.A in Economics from Kishinchand Chellaram College. She was spotted by producer D. Ramanaidu while dining at a hotel in Juhu. He offered her a role in his upcoming film Hai (2002).
After appearing in Hai, Thukral starred opposite Fahad Fazil (Fazil's son, who was then known as Shanu) in his film debut Kaiyethum Doorath. The Malayalam film was not a box office success, but she was able to find additional roles in Tamil and Telugu films like Kurumbu and Sambaram. In 2005, she entered Kannada cinema with S S Niwas's Maharaja. Thukral then returned to star in a Tamil film and featured in Venkat Prabhu's multistarrer Saroja as Kalyani, the muse of a gangster portrayed by Sampath Raj, and won critical acclaim for her performance. Her appearance in the song "Kodana Kodi" was appreciated as the song became popular, while her role in the film also led to her winning the ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award. The success led her to sign on to appear in a big film production, Gautham Menon's Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikaalam in a role alongside Trisha Krishnan, but the film was shelved after two schedules.
After 2008, she shifted her priority from Telugu to Kannada cinema, going on to co-star with leading actors Upendra, Puneet Rajkumar, V. Ravichandran and Darshan. After Prince, she signed on to be part of several films including Cottonpet, Priyasakha opposite Ramesh Aravind and a Telugu film named Apartment, but none of them saw a theatrical release. Her next releases were the Tamil thriller film Muran that saw her playing Indhu, alongside actors Cheran and Prasanna, and the historical film, Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna. Her only 2013 release was the Tamil masala film Alex Pandian. In 2014 she was seen in three Kannada films, although two of them, Namaste Madam and Namo Bhootatma, featured in her cameo roles only. Her future films include the crime drama Ring Road Shubha, reportedly the first Kannada film to be made by an all-women crew, the horror flick Avunu 2 in Telugu as well as the anthological drama Traffic that would mark her Hindi debut.
In addition to acting, Thukral has also done modelling work for designer Roopa Vohra. She also participated in the first season of the reality show Bigg Boss Kannada, the Kannada version of Bigg Boss. She completed 99 days in the Bigg Boss Home and was the second runner-up of the show.
Nikita Thukral was reportedly banned from Kannada films for three years starting from 10 September 2011 by the Kannada Film Producers' Association (KFPA) for an alleged illicit relationship with actor Darshan. The ban was implemented after Darshan's wife accused that he had assaulted her and in her complaint, she suggested that Thukral had been responsible for his violence. Consequently, Nikita denied the claims calling it "ridiculous" and asked for proof, announcing a voluntary break from Kannada films for trying to slur her image. Since the announcement of her ban, fellow film personalities have rallied in support of Thukral, who had been in hospital at the time due to low blood pressure and stress. Subsequently, the ban was revoked after five days of extensive against the KFPA's original decision.
|2002||Kaiyethum Doorath||Sushama Babunath||Malayalam|
|2005||Bhargava Charitham Moonam Khandam||Anupama||Malayalam|
|2008||Nee Tata Naa Birla||Kannada|
|2008||Saroja||Kalyani||Tamil||ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award|
|2008||Chintakayala Ravi||Telugu||Special appearance|
|2009||Daddy Cool||Malayalam||Special appearance|
|2010||Naariya Seere Kadda||Radha||Kannada|
|2012||MLA Mani: Patham Classum Gusthiyum||Malayalam|
|2012||Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna||Mallamma||Kannada|
|2014||Namaste Madam||Kannada||Guest appearance|
|2014||Software Ganda||Priya S Rao||Kannada|
|2014||Namo Bhootatma||Kannada||Guest appearance|
|2015||Ring Road Shubha||Kannada||Post-production|
|2015||Paayum Puli||Tamil||Special appearance|
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