Alia Advani (born July 31, 1992), popularly known as Kiara Advani, is an Indian actress who is best known for her work in Bollywood films. After making her cinematic debut with the critically panned Fugly in 2014, Advani gained her first commercial breakthrough with a minor role in the 2016 sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, followed by a prominent role in the 2018 Netflix anthology film Lust Stories.
She went on to play the female love interest in the Telegu political drama Bharat Ane Nenu (2018), which became one of the highest-grossing Telegu films, and the romantic drama Kabir Singh (2019), which became one of the highest-grossing Hindi films.
Kiara Advani is the daughter of Japdeep Advani, a Sindhi Hindu businessman, and Genevieve Jaffrey, a teacher whose father was a Muslim from Lucknow, and mother was a Christian with Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry, as well as a Bengali grandmother.
Alia Advani was her first name, but she later changed it to Kiara. Her breakthrough was preceded by the release of her first film, Fugly. According to Kiara, Salman Khan proposed changing her name from Alia to Kiara because Alia Bhatt had previously been there and was on the rise.
The name ‘Kiara’ was inspired by Priyanka Chopra’s character in the film Anjaana Anjaani, according to Advani in a 2019 interview with Filmfare. Advani’s younger brother, Mishaal, is the oldest of two siblings. She is also related to a lot of celebrities through her maternal family. Her aunt is model Shaheen Jaffrey, and her step-great-grandfather and great uncle are actors Ashok Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey, respectively.
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