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Alia Advani (born 31 July 1992), known professionally as Kiara Advani ([kɪˈjaːra əɽˈʋaːɳi]), is an Indian actress who works predominantly in Hindi films. After making her debut in the comedy film Fugly (2014), she played a supporting role as 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 Telugu political thriller Bharat Ane Nenu (2018).
Advani received wider attention for starring in the romantic drama Kabir Singh and the comedy Good Newwz, two of the highest-grossing Hindi films of 2019. She has since starred in the widely streamed films Laxmii (2020) and Shershaah (2021), and in the box office hit Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (2022).
Early life and background
Kiara 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 British Christian.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 the name was inspired from Priyanka Chopra's character Kiara in the film Anjaana Anjaani (2010). She has stated that it was Salman Khan's suggestion to change her name, as Alia Bhatt was already an established actress.The elder of two siblings, Advani has a younger brother, Mishaal. She is also related to several celebrities through 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. Her mother Genevieve Advani's step-mother is Bharti Ganguly who is the daughter of Ashok Kumar. In that respect, actress Anuradha Patel, Bharti's daughter from her first marriage, is her step-aunt.
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." During the same year, she was seen as the wife of Akshay Kumar in the horror comedy Laxmii, a remake of the Tamil film Kanchana. Instead of theatres, Laxmii was directly released online owing to COVID-19 pandemic. It received mixed reviews. Abir Sengupta's directorial debut Indoo Ki Jawani (2020), one of the first Bollywood films to release in theatres post reopening and amid the 50% occupancy guideline due to the pandemic, featured Advani as a girl based in Ghaziabad, who finds love in dating apps.
Early work (2014–2019)
Advani began her acting career with the Hindi ensemble comedy film Fugly (2014). Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungamawrote, "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 M. S. Dhoni who served as the former captain of 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 crore (US$28 million).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. Her performance received mixed reactions. 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 that year, appearing with Mahesh Babu in the action film Bharat Ane Nenu (2018) from Koratala Siva, about a student who unexpectedly becomes 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". Worldwide, the film earned ₹225 crore (US$30 million), making it one of Telugu cinema's highest grossers. She, however, failed to replicate this success with her second Telugu film, Boyapati Srinu's 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 was seen in a guest appearance in Abhishek Varman's ensemble period film Kalank, produced by Johar.
Rise to prominence (2019–present)
Later in 2019, Advani received wider attention for Sandeep Reddy Vanga's romantic drama Kabir Singh, starring Shahid Kapoor. The film had a worldwide gross of over ₹378 crore (US$50 million) becoming her highest-grossing release, but critics panned it due to its depiction of misogyny and toxic masculinity. Her final role of 2019 came with her third collaboration with Johar in the comedy Good Newwz alongside Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh, that revolves around two couples tryst with in vitro fertilization. Both Kabir Singh and Good Newwz grossed over ₹200 crores each domestically, ranking among the year's highest-grossing films.In 2020, Advani gained mixed reviews for her appearance in Johar's production Guilty, a Netflix film about sexual assault. She then played the wife of Akshay Kumar's character in Raghava Lawrence's horror comedy Laxmii, in which Kumar's character gets possessed by a transgender ghost. Instead of theatres, Laxmii was directly released on Hotstar owing to COVID-19 pandemic, and met with negative reviews. Abir Sengupta's directorial debut Indoo Ki Jawani (2020), one of the first Bollywood films to release in cinemas post theatrical reopening and amid the 50% occupancy guideline due to the pandemic, featured Advani as a Ghaziabad based girl who finds love in dating apps.Advani next featured in Dharma Productions's war film Shershaah (2021), based on the life of army officer Vikram Batra (played by Sidharth Malhotra), in which she played the role of Batra's girlfriend. The film released digitally on Amazon Prime Video, on which it became the most-watched Indian film.