Kiara Advani poses for Travel+Leisure Photos
Alia Advani, better known as Kiara Advani, (born 31 July 1992) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi and Telugu films.
After making her film debut with the 2014 poorly received comedy Fugly, Advani achieved commercial success with the 2016 sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, followed by the role of a newly married teacher in the 2018 Netflix film Lust Stories. Subsequently, she played the love interest of the male protaganists in the Telugu political drama Bharat Ane Nenu (2018), one of the highest-grossing Telugu films, and the Hindi romance Kabir Singh (2019), one of the highest-grossing Indian films.
Kiara Advani was born to Jagdeep Advani, a Sindhi Hindu businessman and Genevieve Jaffrey, a teacher of Sindhi, Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry.Born as Alia Advani, Advani changed her first name to Kiara prior to the release of her first film, Fugly. In an interview to Filmfare in 2019, Kiara Advani said that the name “Kiara” was inspired from the movie Anjana Anjani where Priyanka Chopra’s character is called Kiara. The elder of two children, 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 and actress Juhi Chawla are her aunts. She is childhood friend of Isha Ambani, daughter of Mukesh Ambani.
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.