Sukirti Kandpal

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Sukirti Kandpal
Sukirti Kandpal at the success party of Box Cricket League.jpg
Sukirti Kandpal at the success party of Box Cricket League
Born (1987-11-20) 20 November 1987 (age 32)[1]
NationalityIndian
Other namesSuku[2]
OccupationModel, actress
Years active2007–present
TitleMiss India Worldwide India 2011 and Miss Bollywood Diva

Sukirti Kandpal (born 20 November 1987)[3] is an Indian television actress. She is known for her work in television shows.[4] In 2014, Kandpal was a celebrity participant in the reality series Bigg Boss 8.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Kandpal was born in Nainital, Uttarakhand to B.D. Kandpal (former President of the Uttarakhand Bar Association[6] and Deputy Advocate General of Uttarakhand High Court[7]) and Manju Kandpal. She has two siblings, an elder sister Bhavna Kandpal[8] and a younger brother Manjul Kandpal. Sukirti originally wanted to pursue law, as her father was a public prosecutor.

Kandpal attended St. Mary's Convent High School, Nainital[9] and Sophia College for Women,[10] Mumbai.

Career[edit]

2007–2009 and Dill Mill Gayye[edit]

In 2007, Kandpal started her television career at the age of 19[11] with Jersey No. 10 on Sab TV,[12] which was an Indian adaptation of the popular American show One Tree Hill. A creative director with Cinevistaas Limited spotted her at a coffee shop and asked her to meet him later for an audition; she was selected.[13]

In 2008, she replaced Shilpa Anand as Dr. Riddhima Gupta on the show Dill Mill Gayye[14] which became a turning point in her career.[15] She worked in the show for ten months and later quit the show in 2009.

In 2009, she appeared in the official music video of the song "Teri Yaad Mein" by Kailash Kher, from the album Chaandan Mein.[16]

2010–2011 and Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani[edit]

In 2010, she appeared as Siddheshwari Singh in Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo.[17]

Later in 2010, she played a double role in Balaji Telefilms' supernatural romance Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani opposite Vivian Dsena. The show was inspired by The Vampire Diaries[18] and Twilight Saga,[19] and gave her fame and recognition.[20]

2012–2017 and Desi Explorers web series[edit]

After playing the lead in three shows, she took a break,[21] and made a comeback in 2012 with the role of Jazz in Rab Se Sona Ishq.[22] She went on to play four different persons with same face (clones) in Life OK's Hum Ne Li Hai...Shapath's special episode "Mystery Of Clones". She later returned in a role of a runaway criminal for another episode.[23]

She co-hosted a special episode based on the harassment on girls in the crime based television series Gumrah: End of Innocence on Channel V and later also made an appearance on the same show as a college girl Tanvi, in an episode based on the consequences of an open relationship.[24]

In 2013, she was seen as the lead in Kaisa Ye Ishq Hai..ajab sa risk hai on Life OK.[25] She portrayed a Singaporean returned NRI Simran Khanna (Sukirti Kandpal) settling down in a patriarchal Haryanvi family for the love of her life, Rajveer (Gaurav Bajaj).[26] The show returned with a second season.[27]

She played a Non resident Indian (NRI) character in Rab Se Sona Ishq and she again portrayed an NRI character in Kaisa Ye Ishq Hai..ajab sa risk hai. Parts of Rab Se Sona Ishq were shot in London[28] and Kaisa Ye Ishq Hai..ajab sa risk hai in Singapore, Macau and Thailand.[29][30]

Besides doing many fiction shows, she has also been part of many reality shows such as Meethi Chhoori No. 1, Nach Le With Saroj Khan, Killerr Karaoke Atkah toh Latkah etc. In 2014, she appeared as a contestant in Bigg Boss 8.

In 2015, she played a journalist, Debjani Thakur, in &TV's Dilli Wali Thakur Gurls,[31] which was one of the most popular shows that year.[32] The show was inspired by Anuja Chauhan's novel Those Pricey Thakur Gurls, and was shot in key locations in Delhi.[33]

In 2016, she hosted the travel-centered web series Desi Explorers. She also appeared in the episode "Grahan" of &TV's horror fiction show Darr Sabko Lagta Hai and as the haryanvi girl Rajjo on Zee TV's Tashan-E-Ishq.[34]

In 2017, she made a comeback to fiction in season 2 of Zee TV's Kaala Teeka as Naina Yug Choudhary. After this, she took a conscious decision to go on a break. She stated during an interview that she had been working continuously since the age of 19 and needed some time off with the family.

2019-present[edit]

In February 2019, it was announced that she will be making a comeback with & TV's Laal Ishq but she pulled out at last moment from the show. In July 2019, after a hiatus of two years she was seen in a five part special crime thriller series titled "Chausar"[35] in Savdhaan India Naya Adhyay on Star Bharat as mysterious girl Saundarya.[36] While talking about her comeback she described her character as "mysterious" and series as "a tale of vengeance".[37]

Modelling[edit]

Kandpal has appeared in advertisements and TVCs for PC Chandra Jewellers Goldlite collection,[38][39] Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna The World Sedan,[40] Dove shampoo,[41] Shahnaz Husain's Fair One Cream,[42] and Margo Neem Face wash.[43]

Other work[edit]

In 2016, she was associated with "Sarvodaya Women Empowerment" initiative by Nainital police in her home state Uttarakhand.[44][45]

In the media[edit]

She was included in Eastern Eye's list of the top 50 sexiest Asian women in 2014,[46] 2015,[47] 2016[48] and 2017.[49][50] An Indian lifestyle website for men, MensXP.com, listed her among the "35 Hottest Actresses In Indian Television"[51] and also included her among most desired actresses of Indian Television among teens from 2000s.[52] In 2016, MissMalini.com listed her among the "28 Sexiest Hindi Television Actresses".[53]

She was ranked 20th Television Personality in a 2015 poll by Sabras Radio for her show Dilli Wali Thakur Gurls.[54] She is a regular face of the annual Telly Calendar featuring popular television actresses by Marinating Films and Balaji Telefilms, and has been a part of all its six editions until 2017.[55][56][57][58][59]

She is described as a risk taker and experimental with her role choices.[60] She was given the Aadhi Aabadi Women Achievers Award in 2013 along with 18 other Indian women for her outstanding contributions in her field.[61]

Beauty pageants[edit]

Kandpal represented India (as Miss India Worldwide India) in the Miss India Worldwide contest 2011 held in Dubai, won the title Miss Bollywood Diva and was one of the Top ten contenders among the participants spanning over 30 countries.[62][63] In 2016, she was one of the judges of the Mrs. India Dubai International Beauty Pageant 2016, held in Dubai.[64] She was again part of judges panel to Mr and Miss Delhi India 2017 contest alongside Aditi Govitrikar and Shahnaz Hussain.[65]

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes Channel References
2007 Jersey No. 10 Sakshi Debut [66]
Ssshhhh... Phir Koi Hai Misha Episodic Star Plus
2008–2009 Dill Mill Gayye Dr. Riddhima Gupta Lead role Star Plus
2009–2010 Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo Siddheshwari "Siddhi" Singh Supporting role Zee TV
2010–2011 Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani Piyali "Piya" Dobriyal/ Princess Maithili Double role Star One
2012 Rab Se Sona Ishq Jasveer "Jazz" Singh Parallel lead Zee TV [67]
Hum Ne Li Hai...Shapath Monisha Mehat/ Sonia Singh/ Leena Verma/ Bindiya Dev/ Meher Kumari Multiple roles (episodic lead) Life OK [68]
Gumrah: End of Innocence Season 2 Tanvi and host Hosted with Karan Kundra
2013–2014 Kaisa Yeh Ishq Hai... Ajab Sa Risk Hai Simran "Simmi" Khanna Lead role Life OK [69]
2015 Dilli Wali Thakur Girls Debjani "Dabbu" Thakur Lead role &TV [70]
2016 Darr Sabko Lagta Hai Rashmi Episodic lead &TV
Tashan-e-Ishq Rajjo Haryani Cameo Zee TV [71]
2017 Kaala Teeka Naina Choudhary Lead Zee TV [72]
2019 Savdhaan India Saundarya Episodic Lead Star Bharat [73]

Reality appearances[edit]

Year Show Role References
2010 Meethi Choori No 1 Contestant
Comedy Circus Guest (stand up comedy with Khayali)
2011 Nachle Ve with Saroj Khan Herself (guest)
Koffee With Karan (Season 3, Episode 10) Guest [74]
2013 The Bachelorette India Mere Khayaalon ki Mallika Finale co-host and guest [75]
2014 Bigg Boss 8 Contestant/ Evicted on 14th day [76]
Box Cricket League Season 1 Player for Rowdy Bangalore [77]
2015 Killerr Karaoke Atka Toh Latkah Guest
2016 Desi Explorers Jordan Host [78]
Desi Explorers Taiwan Host [79]

Special and guest appearances[edit]

Year Show Role Source
2011 Ajab Prem Ki Kahani (Valentine Special Show) Special performance (with Vivian Dsena)
2012 Punar Vivah Special performance in Zee 20 year celebration episode (with Ashish Sharma) [80]
Zee Rishtey Awards Red Carpet Co-host (with Ankit Gera) [81]
2013 Do Dil Ek Jaan Special appearance
Junoon – Aisi Nafrat Toh Kaisa Ishq Special appearance
2014 20th Screen Awards Co-hosted a section with Sushant Singh [82]
Holi Hai Life OK Hai Guest and performance (with Gaurav S Bajaj) [83]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Singer
2009 "Teri Yaad Mein" Chaandan Mein Kailash Kher

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Notes
2013 Koi Kuch Karta Kyun Nahin Short film[84]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Zee Rishtey Awards Favourite Nayi Jodi (shared with Ashish Sharma) Rab Se Sona Ishq Nominated
2017 Indian Television Academy Awards (ITA) Best Actress-Female Kaala Teeka Nominated

See also[edit]

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