Kiara Advani Biography – an Indian Actress has a Cute Smile

Alia Advani, known professionally as Kiara Advani, is an Indian actress who works in Hindi and Telugu language films. After making her acting debut in the comedy film Fugly, she played MS Dhoni's wife in the sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.

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Real Name: Alia Advani
Profession: Indian actress
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Spouse: Sidharth Malhotra
Age: 31

Alia Advani (born 31 July 1991), known professionally as Kiara Advani, is an Indian actress who works in Hindi and Telugu language films. After making her acting debut in the comedy film Fugly (2014), she played MS Dhoni’s wife in the sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). She gained praise for playing a sexually unsatisfied wife in the Netflix anthology film Lust Stories (2018) and played the leading lady in the political thriller Bharat Ane Nenu (2018).

Advani received wider attention for starring in the romantic drama Kabir Singh and the comedy-drama Good Newwz, two of the highest-grossing Hindi films of 2019. She won the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress for the latter. This success continued with her roles in the 2021 film Shershaah, for which she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, and the 2022 films Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2Jugjugg Jeeyo, and Govinda Naam Mera.

Kiara Advani Biography
Kiara Advani Biography
Kiara Advani Biography
Alia Advani

31 July 1991 (age 31)

Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Alma mater Jai Hind College
Spouse Sidharth Malhotra (m. 2023)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present
Relatives Ashok Kumar (step-great-grandfather)
Saeed Jaffrey (great-uncle)
Sakina Jaffrey (aunt)

Early life and family (Kiara Advani Biography)

Advani was born to Jagdeep Advani, a Sindhi Hindu businessman, and Genevieve Jaffrey, a teacher whose father was a Muslim from Lucknow and whose mother was a Christian of Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry. Her brother, Mishaal, is a musician. She is related to several celebrities through her maternal family. Actors Ashok Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey are her step-great-grandfather and great-uncle, respectively.

Advani attended the Cathedral and John Connon School and later attended Jai Hind College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications.

Born as Alia Advani, she changed her first name to Kiara prior to the release of her first film, Fugly, in 2014. Her choice of name was inspired by Priyanka Chopra‘s character Kiara in the film Anjaana Anjaani (2010). She stated that it was Salman Khan‘s suggestion to change her name, as Alia Bhatt was already an established actress.

Career (Kiara Advani Biography)

Early work (2014–2019)

Advani began her acting career with the Hindi ensemble comedy film Fugly (2014). Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote, “Kiara Advani catches you completely unaware” and has the “combination of looks and talent”. Mehul S Thakkar of Deccan Chronicle found her “very striking” and said that she “shows a lot of promise.” Fugly underperformed at the box office. Two years later, Advani appeared in the sports drama M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), a biopic of cricketer MS Dhoni who served as the former captain of the Indian cricket team. She had a supporting role opposite Sushant Singh Rajput (who essayed Dhoni), as the real-life character of his wife, hotel manager Sakshi Rawat. M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story was a major commercial success with global revenues of over ₹216 crores (US$27 million).

Kiara Advani Biography
Kiara Advani Biography

Advani then starred in Abbas–Mustan‘s action thriller Machine (2017). It failed at the box office. She next collaborated with filmmaker Karan Johar, for their first of many films, in the Netflix anthological film Lust Stories (2018), where she starred opposite Vicky Kaushal as his sexually dissatisfied wife. Writing for NDTV, Raja Sen found her to be “positively lovely” in it. She also featured with Shahid Kapoor in the music video “Urvashi”, sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh.

Advani expanded to Telugu cinema in 2018, appearing with Mahesh Babu in the action film Bharat Ane Nenu from Koratala Siva, about a student who unexpectedly becomes the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Janani K of India Today opined that she “shines in her brief role” but added that her character was “more of an eye candy who doesn’t add any purpose to the story”. The film grossed ₹225 crores (US$28 million) worldwide, making it one of Telugu cinema’s highest grosser. She, however, failed to replicate this success with her second Telugu film, Vinaya Vidheya Rama, co-starring Ram Charan. In a scathing review for The Hindu, Sangeetha Devi Dundoo wrote, “It isn’t Kiara Advani’s fault that she looks lost in the melee.” In the same year, she had a guest appearance in Abhishek Varman’s ensemble period film Kalank, produced by Johar.

Rise to prominence (2019–present)

Advani received wider attention later in 2019 for Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s romantic drama Kabir Singh, starring Shahid Kapoor. The film had a worldwide gross of over ₹378 crore (US$47 million) becoming her highest-grossing release, but critics panned it due to its depiction of misogyny and toxic masculinity. Rajeev Masand bemoaned that her passive character “offers the actress little to work with”. She then starred in the comedy Good Newwz alongside Akshay KumarKareena Kapoor Khan, and Diljit Dosanjh, about two couples’ tryst with in vitro fertilization. Namrata Joshi opined, “Dosanjh and Advani are all about the amplification of the boisterous, kitschy Punjabi stereotype but they play it with an infectious cheer.” Both Kabir Singh and Good Newwz grossed over ₹200 crores each domestically, ranking among the year’s highest-grossing films. She won the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Good Newwz.

In 2020, Advani starred in Johar’s production Guilty, a Netflix film about sexual assault. Ektaa Malik of The Indian Express believed that she had been “reduced to the ‘tortured-artistic-creative’ types” She then played the wife of Akshay Kumar’s character in Raghava Lawrence’s horror comedy Laxmii, in which Kumar character gets possessed by a transgender ghost. Laxmii was released digitally on Disney+ Hotstar owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and met with negative reviews. Even so, it attained a strong viewership on the platform. In her final release of 2020, Advani starred in the unremarkable romantic comedy Indoo Ki Jawani (2020).

Advani next featured in the war film Shershaah (2021), based on the life of army officer Vikram Batra (played by Sidharth Malhotra), in which she played Batra’s girlfriend. The film was released digitally on Amazon Prime Video, on which it became the most-streamed Indian film. Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost opined that Advani “sparkles” in her brief role. She received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

The following year, she appeared with Kartik Aaryan and Tabu in the comedy horror film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Shalini Langer of The Indian Express wrote that she “has little to do except pop up now and then”. The film emerged as one of her most commercially successful, with worldwide earnings of over ₹2.6 billion (US$33 million). Advani starred alongside an ensemble cast in Jugjugg Jeeyo, a comedy-drama about divorce, in which Varun Dhawan and her played an unhappily married couple. Writing for Hindustan Times, Monika Rawal Kukreja commended her “restrained performance” in it. It earned ₹1.35 billion (US$17 million) worldwide. She then starred in the comic thriller Govinda Naam Mera, with Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar, which was released digitally on Disney+ Hotstar. Sukanya Verma of opined that “Kiara Advani’s energy is capable of the far more heavy lifting than it gets credit for.”

Advani will next appear in an untitled Telugu film directed by S. Shankar, co-starring Ram Charan. She will also reunite with Kartik Aaryan in the romantic drama Satyaprem Ki Katha.

In the media

In 2019, Advani took part in the campaign as a brand ambassador for Giordano handbags. In 2020, Advani collaborated with Myntra. In 2022, she took part with Mango in India in a campaign with endorsing the brand’s Spring-Summer-22 collection.

Advani ranked 30th in GQ Indias listing of the 30 most influential young Indians. She is frequently featured in The Times of India listing of the “Most Desirable Woman”; she ranked sixth in 2019 and fourth in 2020.

Kiara Advani with Sidharth Malhotra
Kiara Advani with Sidharth Malhotra

Filmography (Kiara Advani Biography)


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
  • All films are in Hindi unless otherwise noted.
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Fugly Devi
2016 M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Sakshi Rawat
2017 Machine Sarah Thapar
2018 Bharat Ane Nenu Vasumathi Telugu film
Lust Stories Megha Upadhyay
2019 Vinaya Vidheya Rama Seetha Telugu film
Kalank Lajjo Special appearance
Kabir Singh Preeti Sikka
Good Newwz Monika Batra
2020 Guilty Nanki Dutta
Laxmii Rashmi Rajput
Indoo Ki Jawani Indoo Gupta
2021 Shershaah Dimple Cheema
2022 Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Reet Thakur
Jugjugg Jeeyo Nainaa Sharma
Govinda Naam Mera Suku Shetty
2023 RC15Film has yet to be released TBA Telugu film; filming
Satyaprem Ki Katha Films that have not yet been released Katha Filming

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Masaba Masaba Herself Cameo appearance

Music videos

Year Title Singer(s)
2018 “Urvashi” Yo Yo Honey Singh
2020 “Kudi Nu Nachne De” Vishal Dadlani, Sachin–Jigar
“Muskurayega India” Vishal Mishra


Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Screen Awards Best Female Debut Fugly Nominated
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Debut Actress Nominated
2019 Zee Cine Awards – Telugu Best Find of the Year – Female Bharat Ane Nenu Won
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut – Telugu Nominated
Asiavision Awards Emerging Star of the Year Won
2020 Zee Cine Awards Best Actor – Female Kabir Singh Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Good Newwz Won
Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actress in a Web Original Film Guilty Nominated
2022 International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Shershaah Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor (Female) Won
Hello! Hall of Fame Award Best Actress-Critics Choice Won
Lokmat Stylish Awards Maharashtrian of the Year Won
Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Super Stylish Actor (Female) Won

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