KIARA ADVANI

Alia Advani, is an Indian actress who predominantly works in Hindi films. After making her Bollywood debut in Fugly (2014), she played the real-life character of Sakshi Rawat, a hotel manager and cricketer M. S. Dhoni’s wife, in Neeraj Pandey’s critically and commercially successful sports biopic M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016).

She got critical acclaim for her performance in The Netflix Anthology film Lust Stories (2018), it marked as a turning point in her career. She gained further success with starring roles in films like, the Telugu political thriller Bharat Ane Nenu (2018), the Hindi romance Kabir Singh (2019) and the Hindi comedy Good Newwz (2019).

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.

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