Karishma Tanna Biography – an Indian Actress, Model and Anchor

Karishma Tanna Bangera is an Indian actress, model and anchor who predominantly works in Hindi films and television shows. She made her television debut with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in 2001. She is well known for her roles in Naagin 3 and Qayamat Ki Raat.

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Real Name: Karishma Tanna Bangera
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Spouse: Varun Bangera
Age: 39

Karishma Tanna Bangera (born 21 December 1983) is an Indian actress, model, and anchor who predominantly works in Hindi films and television shows. She made her television debut with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in 2001. She is well known for her roles in Naagin 3 and Qayamat Ki Raat. She was a contestant on the reality show Bigg Boss 8 in 2014, where she emerged as the 1st runner-up. In 2020, she participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 and emerged as the winner.

She also appeared in other reality shows like Zara Nachke Dikha 1 (2008), Nach Baliye 7 (2015), and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 (2016). Tanna made her film debut as Nandini Thapar with Suneel Darshan’s Dosti: Friends Forever (2006). In 2013, she was seen in Indra Kumar’s successful comedy Grand Masti. In 2018, she featured in Rajkumar Hirani‘s biopic of Sanjay Dutt titled Sanju. The same year, she entered the digital world with ALT Balaji‘s web series Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat as Zoya Hussain.

Karishma Tanna Biography
Karishma Tanna Biography
Karishma Tanna Biography
Born 21 December 1983 (age 39)

Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
  • Actress
  • Model
  • Host
Years active 2001–present
Varun Bangera (m. 2022)

Early life (Karishma Tanna Biography)

Tanna was born on born 21 December 1983 and was brought up in a Gujarati family. She lives with her mother, and is very close to her; her father died in October 2012.


2000–2006: Acting debut and Dosti: Friends Forever

Tanna first appeared in Balaji Telefilms‘ soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi where she played the role of Indu. She then appeared in the show Kahi To Milenge.

Tanna played the female lead in the TV series Kkoi Dil Mein Hai Krutika. She later appeared in Ek Ladki Anjaani Si playing the negative role of Ayesha. Tanna made her Bollywood debut with the 2005 film Dosti: Friends Forever, playing Nandini Thapar.

Tanna has also acted in several television advertisements, including Stayfree, Lifebuoy, and Nirma. She was also a part of Rajshri Productions‘ Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam. In September 2006, Tanna made her theater debut with the Hinglish romantic comedy Perfect Wedding, directed by Vandana Sajnani. The work was adapted from Robin Howdon’s British play of the same name.

2007–2013: Television hosting and Grand Masti

Tanna participated in the stage-based comedy TV series Comedy Circus, which started in June 2007. She later came back to Comedy Circus Mahasangram in February 2010. In 2008, she participated in Zara Nachke Dikha and won the show along with her team. She later participated in Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket and Kaho Na Yaar Hai.

She presented reality shows like Kaante Ki Takkar and Comedy Champions. Tanna hosted a magic-based reality TV show, India’s Magic Star in July 2010. In August 2010, she participated in Imagine TV’s Meethi Choori No 1. She also played the role of Avni in Star One‘s Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi.

In 2011, she participated in Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout. The same year, she played Ms. Jaffery in Sony TV‘s Adaalat. In 2012, she acted in the children’s television program Baal Veer, playing the role of Rani Pari.

In September 2013, Grand Masti, a Bollywood sex comedy and a sequel to April 2004 film, Masti was released in which Tanna starred as Unatti.

2014–present: Bigg Boss 8, Naagin 3, and further success

Tanna was a contestant on the popular controversial reality show, Bigg Boss 8. She spent 4 months inside the house and became the 1st runner-up. In 2015, Tanna participated in the dance reality show Nach Baliye 7 along with Upen Patel and emerged as the 2nd runner-up.

In March 2016, Karishma made a guest appearance in the popular stunt reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7. She also appeared as a guest in the popular comedy show Comedy Nights Bachao, which aired on Colors TV. Karishma participated in the popular dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 in 2016. Tanna also played the role of Maskeeni in Life OK‘s show Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha. In January 2017, Tanna judged BIG Magic’s reality show Big Memsaab along with Sambhavna Seth and Pritam Singh.

In April 2018, she appeared in ALT Balaji’s Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat as Zoya Hussain. In May 2018, Tanna played the cameo role of Ruhi in Colors TV’s popular supernatural series Naagin 3. In June 2018, Tanna acted in Rajkumar Hirani’s film Sanju and played the lead in Ekta Kapoor‘s Qayamat Ki Raat as Gauri.

In February 2019, Tanna appeared on Kitchen Champion 5 along with Karan Tacker. Later in May 2019, she appeared on Khatra Khatra Khatra. In 2020, she participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 and emerged as the winner. In November 2020, she appeared in Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari in the song “Basanti”. In 2021, Tanna appeared in the web series Bullets as Lolo.

Personal life

Tanna started dating actor Upen Patel in 2014 when they met inside the Bigg Boss 8 house and later was engaged to him. In 2016, they ended their relationship.

Karishma Tanna with Her Husband
Karishma Tanna with Her Husband

Tanna started dating a Mumbai-based real estate businessman Varun Bangera in 2021. In the same year, they got engaged in an intimate ceremony. She married Varun Bangera on 5 February 2022.

Filmography (Karishma Tanna Biography)


Year Title Role
2005 Dosti: Friends Forever Nandini Thapar
2011 I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona (Kannada) Chetana
2013 Grand Masti Unatti
2014 Gollu Aur Pappu Shalini
2018 Sanju Pinky
2020 Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari Basanti
2021 Lahore Confidential Yukti


Year Title Role
2001–2006 Kyunki Saas BhiKabhi Bahu Thi Indira Gandhi / Indira Virani
2002–2003 Kahi To Milenge Tanisha
2003 Manshaa Rhea
2003–2004 Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand Tina
Kkoi Dil Mein Hai Krutika
2004 Kkusum Muskaan
2005 Raat Hone Ko Hai Arti
2005–2006 Paalkhi Palak
Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Ayesha
2006–2007 Viraasat Natasha
2006 Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam Jitisha
Fear Factor India Contestant
2007 Comedy Circus
Aahat Laseeka
2010 Jaane Pehchaane Se… Ye Ajnabbi Avni
Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo Kiran
Meethi Choori No 1 Contestant
2011 Adaalat Ms Jaffrey
2012-2013 Baal Veer Rani Pari
2014 Jeanie Aur Juju Soniya
2014–2015 Bigg Boss 8 Contestant (1st runner-up)
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Contestant (2nd runner-up)
2016 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Contestant (7th place)
2016–2017 Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha Maskeeni
2017 Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke Sung Contestant
2018; 2019 Naagin 3 Ruhi/Huzoor
2018–2019 Qayamat Ki Raat Gauri/ Raajlakshmi/ Vaidehi
2019 Kitchen Champion 5 Contestant
2020 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Contestant (Winner)

Special appearances

Year Title Role
2004 Shararat Natasha
2007 Nach Baliye 3 Guest
2008 Kaante Ki Takkar Host
Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket Contestant
2009 Kaho Na Yaar Hai
Zara Nachke Dikha
Comedy Champions Host
2010 India’s Magic Star
2011 Comedy Circus Maha-Sangram Guest
Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout
2013 F.I.R Various Characters
2015-2016 MTV Love School 1 Host
2016 Box Cricket League 2 Contestant
Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7 Guest
Bigg Boss 10
2017 BIG Memsaab Judge
Bigg Boss 11 Guest
2018 Kanpur Wale Khuranas
2019 Khatra Khatra Khatra
Bigg Boss 13
Karishma Tanna Biography
Karishma Tanna Biography

Web series

Year Name Role Platform
2018–2019 Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat Zoya Hussain ALT Balaji
2021 Bullets Lolo MX Player
2022 Guilty Minds Mala Kumari Amazon Prime Video
2022 Hush Hush Geeta Tehlan Amazon Prime Video

Music videos

Year Title Singer
2002 Paisa Agosh
2021 Qatra Stebin Ben

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Show Results
2003 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Comic Role Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Nominated
2008 Star Guild Awards Best Actress in a Negative Role Ek Ladki Anjaani Si
2016 Zee Gold Awards Best Anchor MTV Love School
Most Fit Actor (Female) N/A Won
2018 N/A Won

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