Kiara Advani
Kiara Advani

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Alia Advani (born 31 July 1992), known professionally as Kiara Advani ([kɪˈjaːraː əɽˈʋaːɳi]), is an Indian actress who appears predominantly in Hindi films. After making her film debut with the 2014 poorly received comedy Fugly, Advani had her first commercial success with a brief role in the 2016 sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. Her career advanced with starring roles in the Telugu political drama Bharat Ane Nenu (2018) as well as the Hindi romantic drama Kabir Singh and the comedy Good Newwz (both 2019).

Early life and background

Advani was born to Jagdeep Advani, a Sindhi Hindu businessman and Genevieve Jaffrey, a teacher whose father was a Muslim from Lucknow and a mother who was Christian of Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry; and had a Bengali godmother. Born as Alia Advani, she changed her first name to Kiara prior to the release of her first film, Fugly, in 2014. She has stated that it was Salman Khan's suggestion to change her name from Alia to Kiara, as Alia Bhatt was her contemporary. In an interview to Filmfare in 2019, she stated that the name was inspired from Priyanka Chopra's character Kiara in the film Anjaana Anjaani. The elder of two siblings, Advani has a younger brother, Mishaal. She is also related to several celebrities via her maternal family. Actors Ashok Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey are her step-great-grandfather and great-uncle, respectively, whereas model Shaheen Jaffrey is her aunt.

Career

Advani made her acting debut with Kabir Sadanand's comedy-drama Fugly in 2014. She featured alongside an ensemble cast including Mohit Marwah, Arfi Lamba, Vijender Singh, and Jimmy Sheirgill. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said: "Kiara Advani catches you completely unaware" and has the "combination of looks and talent", whereas Mehul S Thakkar of Deccan Chronicle noted her performance as being "very striking" and said she "shows a lot of promise". The film emerged as a commercial disappointment.Advani's next film role was in the Neeraj Pandey-directed biographical sports drama M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story in 2016, about the life of MS Dhoni, an Indian cricketer who was the former captain of the Indian cricket team. Starring Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni, Advani and Disha Patani played his love interests. Rachit Gupta of Filmfare bemoaned that both leading ladies had only "marginal roles". With gross earnings of over ₹2.16 billion (US$30 million) in worldwide ticket sales, the film emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of that year. The following year, Advani appeared opposite newcomer Mustafa Burmawalla in Machine, an action romantic thriller from the director duo Abbas–Mustan. Advani began 2018 by appearing in the anthology film Lust Stories, a Netflix production consisting of four segments dealing with female sexuality. She featured in Karan Johar's segment, playing a newly married wife whose husband, played by Vicky Kaushal, fails to recognise her sexual dissatisfaction. Writing for NDTV, Raja Sen found her to be "positively lovely" in it. She next made her debut in Telugu cinema with Koratala Siva's political drama Bharat Ane Nenu, which is about a student, played by Mahesh Babu, 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 had worldwide earnings of ₹2.25 billion (US$32 million), making it one of Telugu cinema's highest grossers. Also that year, Advani appeared in a music video titled "Urvashi", sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh, opposite Shahid Kapoor.Boyapati Srinu's Telugu action drama Vinaya Vidheya Rama was Advani's first release of 2019. 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." Advani returned to Hindi cinema with a special appearance in Abhishek Varman's period drama Kalank. Her next appearance was in Sandeep Vanga's romantic drama Kabir Singh alongside Shahid Kapoor. An adaptation of Vanga's 2017 Telugu movie Arjun Reddy, it is about the titular character, played by Kapoor, who goes on a self-destructive path and becomes an alcoholic surgeon after his lover, played by Advani, marries someone else. Critics responded negatively to the film's depiction of misogyny and toxic masculinity. Her final role that year was in Raj Mehta's comedy film Good Newwz, about two couples' tryst with in vitro fertilization. Reviewing the film for Mint, Udita Jhunjunwala found her to be "endearing as the god-fearing expectant mother-to-be". Both Kabir Singh and Good Newwz rank among the highest-grossing Hindi films of the year.In 2020, Advani starred in Guilty, a Netflix thriller film about sexual assault. Ektaa Malik of The Indian Express considered the film to be a "lost opportunity" and added that Advani's character had been "reduced to the 'tortured-artistic-creative' types" while Rohan Naahar of Hindustan Times wrote, "Kiara delivers an absolutely electric performance as the unreliable Nanki, a fiery college student with a fondness for Faiz."Advani will next star opposite Akshay Kumar in Laxmmi Bomb, a remake of Tamil film Muni 2: Kanchana, after which she will play the title role in the coming-of-age film Indoo Ki Jawani, co-starring Aditya Seal. She will also star opposite Kartik Aaryan and Sidharth Malhotra, respectively, in a standalone sequel to the 2007 film Bhool Bhulaiyaa and in a biopic of army officer Vikram Batra entitled Shershaah.

Early work (2014—2017)

Advani made her acting debut with Kabir Sadanand's comedy-drama Fugly (2014), in which she featured alongside an ensemble cast including Mohit Marwah, Arfi Lamba, Vijender Singh, and Jimmy Sheirgill. Her performance met with positive comments; Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama said: "Kiara Advani catches you completely unaware" and has the "combination of looks and talent"., whereas Mehul S Thakkar of Deccan Chronicle noted her performance as being "very striking" and said she "shows a lot of promise," along with praising her versatility and range as an actor. However, the film received mixed reviews, and despite the hype, it emerged as a commercial disappointment grossing ₹148 million (US$2.1 million) on a budget of ₹180 million (US$2.6 million). Advani's next film role was in the Neeraj Pandey-directed biographical sports drama M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), about the life of MS Dhoni, an Indian cricketer who was the former captain of the Indian cricket team. Cast opposite Sushant Singh Rajput (who essayed Dhoni's character in the film), Advani played the real-life character of Sakshi Rawat (a hotel manager who and Dhoni fall in love and later get married). Her performance and chemistry with Rajput was well appreciated by critics and the film was highly anticipated. With gross earnings of over ₹2.16 billion (US$31 million) in worldwide ticket sales, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story proved to be a major economic success, and was one of the highest-grossing Indian films of that year. The following year, Advani appeared opposite newcomer Mustafa Burmawalla in Machine (2017), an action romantic thriller from the director duo Abbas–Mustan, narrating about two racing enthusiasts, Sarah & Ransh (played by Advani and Burmawalla respectively), who fall in love and get married after the death of Sarah's friend. Machine met with mixed to negative reactions, and Advani's performance was also largely criticised. Due to these reactions, Machine failed to recoup its ₹300 million (US$4.3 million) investment.

Breakthrough (2018—present)

2018 was a critically and commercially successful period in Advani's career, as she was cast in two successful films, the first of which was the anthology film Lust Stories, a Netflix film consisting of four segments dealing with woman sexuality. She featured in Karan Johar's segment, playing Megha, a newly married wife whose husband (played by Vicky Kaushal) fails to recognise her sexual dissatisfaction. The film was a financial success, and Advani's role earned her positive reviews from critics. Later that year, she made her debut in Telugu cinema with Koratala Siva's political thriller Bharat Ane Nenu, about the story of a student (played by Mahesh Babu) who unexpectedly becomes the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. The film had worldwide earnings of ₹2.25 billion (US$33 million), becoming one of Telugu cinema's highest grossers, but Advani's portrayal of Vasumati, the love interest of Babu's character, met with positive reviews. Her chemistry with him was also well received by critics. Also that year, Advani appeared in a music album titled Urvashi, sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh, opposite Shahid Kapoor. Boyapati Srinu's Telugu action drama Vinaya Vidheya Rama was Advani's first release of 2019. She played the role of Ram Charan's fiancée. The film met with a negative response and flopped at the box office both Indian and abroad. Advani then returned to Bollywood by appearing as Lajjo, a courtesan, in a song "First Class" of Abhishek Varman's period drama Kalank, which also fared poorly at the box office. Her next appearance was in Sandeep Vanga's romantic drama Kabir Singh alongside Shahid Kapoor. An adaptation of Vanga's 2017 Telugu movie Arjun Reddy, it was about the titular medical student (played by Kapoor) who goes on a self-destructive path and becomes an alcoholic surgeon after his lover (played by Advani) marries someone else. Despite receiving mixed reviews for glamorising misogyny and toxic masculinity, Kabir Singh emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of the year and Advani's highest-grossing Bollywood release, earning over ₹3.55 billion (US$51 million) worldwide to become one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. In April 2018, Advani wrapped up her final release of 2019, Raj Mehta's comedy Good Newwz, alongside Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh, which is slated for a Christmas 2019 release. She will star opposite Kumar for the second time in Laxmmi Bomb (set to be released on Eid-ul-Fitr 2020), a remake of Muni 2: Kanchana, after which she will play the title role in the coming-of-age comedy-drama Indoo Ki Jawani opposite Aditya Seal, which is directed by Abir Sengupta and will release in June 2020. In addition, Advani will be seen opposite Kartik Aaryan in a sequel to the 2007 film Bhool Bhulaiyaa, entitled Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, and Sidharth Malhotra in Shershaah, a biopic on army officer Vikram Batra.
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