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Kiara Advani
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Advani in 2018
Born
Alia Advani

31 July 1992 (1992-07-31) (age 28)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2014–present
Relatives Ashok Kumar (step-great-grandfather)
Saeed Jaffrey (great-uncle)

Alia Advani (born 31 July 1992) is an Indian actress. She is professionally known as Kiara Advani ([kɪˈjaːraː əɽˈʋaːɳi]). She mainly appears in Hindi movies. She made her acting debut in the 2014 comedy movie Fugly. The film was a flop at the box-office. Advani got her first successful role in the 2016 sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. She was in a brief role in the movie. Her career progressed with a role in the Telugu political drama Bharat Ane Nenu (2018). In 2019, Advani starred in the Hindi romantic drama Kabir Singh and the comedy Good Newwz.

Early life and background

Advani was born on 31 July 1992 in Bombay, Maharashtra. Her father Jagdeep Advani is a Sindhi Hindu businessman. Her mother Genevieve Jaffrey is a teacher. Her maternal father was a Muslim from Lucknow. Her maternal grandmother was a Christian of Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry. She was born as Alia Advani. She changed her first name to Kiara before the release of her first movie Fugly in 2014. She has said that Salman Khan suggested her to change the name from Alia to Kiara. She changed her name because Alia Bhatt had the same name. In an interview to Filmfare in 2019, she said that the name was inspired from Priyanka Chopra's character Kiara in the movie Anjaana Anjaani. She is the eldest of two siblings. Advani has a younger brother, Mishaal. She is also related to many celebrities through her maternal family. Actors Ashok Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey are her step-great-grandfather and great-uncle respectively. Model Shaheen Jaffrey is her aunt.

Career

Advani made her acting debut with the 2014 comedy-drama Fugly. It was directed by Kabir Sadanand. She acted alongside an ensemble. The cast includes Mohit Marwah, Arfi Lamba, Vijender Singh, and Jimmy Sheirgill. The movie was a flop at the box office.

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