Karishma Tanna (born 21 December 1982)[1][4][5] is an Indian film actress, model and anchor who predominantly works in Hindi films and shows. She is well known for her role in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu. She was a contestant in the popular controversial reality show Bigg Boss in 2014. She also appeared in more reality shows like Zara Nachke Dikha (2008), Nach Baliye, Dance Ki Takkar (2015) and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2016).

After her Bollywood debut Grand Masti (2013), she is awaiting for the release of her next film Tina & Lolo (2016), which also features Sunny Leone.[6], as well as Sanjay Dutt's love interest in biopic film Dutt (2017), opposite Ranbir Kapoor.[7] She was featured in Ekta Kapoor's Naagin 3 recently. Currently, she is playing the role of Gauri Thakur in Qayamat Ki Raat opposite Vivek Dahiya.

Personal life

Karishma, Upen at SPA 15

With her ex boyfriend Upen Patel at Star Parivaar Awards 2015

Tanna was born and brought up in a Gujarati family.[4] She lives with her mother and is very close to her as her father passed away in October 2012.[8] Tanna started dating actor Upen Patel in 2014 when they met inside the Bigg Boss house and later was engaged to him.[9][10] In 2016, they both split up.[11]


Television (2000–present)

Tanna appeared in Balaji Telefilms' soap opera Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi[12] (July 2000 - November 2008), where she played the character Indu.[13][14] She appeared in Balaji Telefilms' drama production, Kahi To Milenge (November 2002 - 2003).[15]

Tanna worked as the female lead for the TV series Koi Dil Mein Hai (December 2003 - February 2005) as Krutika.[16] Tanna signed up with project while still working for Kyunki Saas bhi kabhi bahu thi, as her role in Kyunki was not that of a major character. Moreover, Kkoi Dil Mein Hai was a weekly show.[16] Tanna worked for the TV program Ek Ladki Anjaani Si (November 2005 – September 2007) playing the negative character Ayesha.[17] Tanna was also part of Rajshri Productions show Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam (April 2006 – September 2006).[18][19]

Karishma tanna utv walk of stars

Karishma Tanna at UTVSTARS' 'Walk Of The Stars' after party

BR Films signed her up for their drama TV series, Viraasat (June 2006 – July 2007).[18] She played the role of Natasha, a secretary.[20] Tanna entered the popular Star Plus running show Kisne Pyaar Hogya playing the role of Aarti from 2008-2010.

In September 2006, Tanna made her theatre debut with the Hinglish farce/romantic comedy Perfect Wedding, directed by Vandana Sajnani. The work was adapted from Robin Howdon's British play of the same name.[18][21] Tanna participated in stage-based comedy TV series Comedy Circus that started in June 2007.[22] She later came back in Comedy Circus Mahasangram in February 2010.[23]

In 2007, Tanna appeared as a guest contestant in Nach Baliye 3 in the finale for Talaash-E-Baliye.[24] Later, Karishma was seen in dance show Zara Nachke Dikha on Star One where she was in the girls group called 'Meethi Churi Ladkiya' and became the winner along with Mouni Roy, Jennifer Winget, Narayani Shastri.[25] In the same year she participated in Kaho Na Yaar Hai along with Aditya Narayan.

Tanna hosted a magic-based reality TV show, India's Magic Star, that went on air in July 2010.[26][27] She has also acted in the children's television program, Baal Veer (October 2012 – 2013), playing the role of Rani Pari.[28]

Tanna was a celebrity contestant in the popular controversial Colors show, Bigg Boss 8, which started airing in September 2014. She spent full 4 months inside the house and became a finalist and the first runner up.[29][30][31][32][33] Karishma entered the Star Plus popular show Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu in February 2015 and was playing the role of Kanika.[34] She left the show in August 2017 due to other work commitments and got replaced by Mrunal Thakur.[35] In 2015, Tanna participated in seventh season of dance couple reality show Nach Baliye along with Upen Patel.[36] In November 2015, Karishma appeared as a celebrity guest in Star Plus talk show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi which was hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.[37] Later in December 2015, Tanna participated in the popular dance reality show Dance Ki Takkar in its fourth season.[38][39] She got eliminated in the 7th week.[40][41][42] In the same month of December, Karishma hosted the reality show MTV Love School with Upen Patel.[43][44]

In 2016, Tanna was seen in the second season of Box Cricket League.[45] In March 2016, Karishma made a guest appearance in the popular stunt reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in its seventh season.[46] Tanna appeared as a celebrity guest in the popular comedy show Comedy Nights Bachao which aired on Colors TV one with Upen in February and later in the same year in August 2016 for promoting Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.[47] She again made a small cameo appearance in Comedy Nights Bachao along with Helly Shah for one episode.[48]

Karishma Tanna on the sets of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 9

Tanna on the sets of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2016

Karishma participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2016.[49][50] In October 2016, Tanna was hosting the fifth season of Dance Ki Takkar along side Varun Kumar.[51] Tanna was playing the role of a naagin in Life OK's show Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha[52] and as from December 2016, she has entered the popular show Chand Toh Aii Hai Roshni...Ek Baar Phir playing the role of Parul.[53] In January 2017, Tanna was judging BIG Magic's reality show Big Memsaab along with Sambhavna Seth, Pritam Singh in 2017.[54] Later she played Avantika in Star Plus show Teri Galliyan. She made an appearance in sixth season of Dance Ki Takkar for Teen Ka Tadka special week opposite Varun Singh. Later in December 2017, Karishma made an appearance as a guest in Colors TV's Bigg Boss 11 along with Karan Patel & Season 10's Rohan Mehra. She entered the house after 4 years (where she was seen in 8th season in 2014). She was seen talking to the contestants. In an interview, she said - "Vikas Gupta or Hina Khan should win the show because they’ve been targeted the most and have stood strong every time. They have not played the sympathy card like Shilpa Shinde. Even I used to cook in the house 24/7, but I never made a big deal out of it. I have even cooked food for the people I disliked in the house. I used to like Shilpa a lot but this behaviour has put me off! Now I feel Vikas (Gupta) should win as he is a smart player and has amazing strategies."[55]

Tanna appeared in Ekta Kapoor's Naagin in its third season, which started in June 2018.[56] On 9 April 2018, Ekta revealed on her Instagram that Tanna is the first naagin.[57] She is currently playing Gauri in Star Plus popular show Qayamat Ki Raat.

Debut in films (2005–present)

Tanna made her Bollywood debut with the December 2005 film Dosti: Friends Forever, playing the role of Nandini Thapar. Tanna's second film was a Kannada language movie, I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona, which was released in June 2011. Tanna played the lead actress role of Chethana.[58]

In September 2013, Grand Masti, a Bollywood sex comedy and a sequel to April 2004 film, Masti was released.[59] Tanna has signed for Tina and Lolo. Tanna's character had been earlier offered to Minissha Lamba, but Lamba opted out as the script required her kissing Sunny Leone.[60]

Tanna has acted in several television advertisements, including for Stayfree, Lifebuoy and Nirma.[61]


Daily Soap Dramas
Year Name Role Channel
2001–06 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Indira Virani Star Plus
2002–03 Kahi To Milenge Tanisha Sahara One
2003 Manshaa Rhea Zee TV
2003–04 Des Mein Nikhlla Hoga Chand Tina Star Plus
2003–04 Kkoi Dil Mein Hai Krutika Sony TV
2004 Shararat Natasha Star Plus
2004 Kkusum Muskaan Sony TV
2005–06 Paalkhi Palak Zee TV
2005–06 Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Ayesha Sony TV
2006–07 Viraasat Natasha Star One
2006 Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam Jitisha Star Plus
2007 Apna Pyaar Kya Hai Kritika Star Plus
2008–10 Kisne Pyaar Hogya Aarti Star Plus
2009 Rehna Hai Woh Kabhi Nahi Aii Kiran Star Plus
2010 Jaane Pehchaane Se... Ye Ajnabbi Avni Star One
2011 Adaalat Ms Jaffrey Sony TV
2012 Baal Veer Rani Pari SAB TV
2012 FIR Various Characters SAB TV
2013 Lakshmi Paridhi Star Plus
2014 Jeanie Aur Juju Soniya SAB TV
2014 Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani Nisha Star Plus
2015–17 Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu Kanika Varun Singh Star Plus
2016–17 Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha Maskini (Naagin) Life OK
2016–17 Chand Toh Aii Hai Roshni...Ek Baar Phir Parul Khanna Life OK
2017 Teri Galliyan Season 2 Avantika Star Plus
2018 Naagin 3 Naagin Ruhi Colors TV
2018–present Qayamat Ki Raat Gauri Singh Sooryavanshi/ Goddess Kali / Raajlakshmi Star Plus
Reality Appearances
Year Name Role Channel
2007 Comedy Circus 1 Contestant Sony TV
2007 Nach Baliye 3 Guest Star Plus
2008 Kaho Na Yaar Hai Contestant Star Plus
2008 Zara Nachke Dikha 1 Contestant Star One
2008 Kaante Ki Takkar Contestant Sony TV
2010 Meethi Choori No 1 Contestant Imagine TV
2011 Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout Contestant Imagine TV
2011 Comedy Circus Maha-Sangram Contestant Sony TV
2014 Dance Ki Takkar 1 Guest Star Plus
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest Colors TV
2014–15 Bigg Boss 8 Contestant/Champion Colors TV
2015 Bigg Boss Halla Bol Contestant/Runner Up Colors TV
2015 Nach Baliye 7 Contestant along with Upen Patel Star Plus
2015 Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi Guest Star Plus
2015–16 MTV Love School 1 Host MTV India
2015–16 Dance Ki Takkar 4 Contestant Life OK
2016 Box Cricket League - Season 2 Player in Punjabi Shers Colors TV
2016 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 7 Guest Contestant Colors TV
2016 Comedy Nights Bachao Guest Colors TV
2016 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Contestant Colors TV
2016 Bigg Boss 10 Guest Panellist Colors TV
2016–17 Dance Ki Takkar 5 Host Star Plus
2017 BIG Memsaab Judge BIG Magic
2017 Dance Ki Takkar 6 Guest Contestant Star Plus
2017 Comedy Dangal Host &TV
2017 Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke Sung Contestant Colors TV
2017 Bigg Boss 11 Guest Colors TV
2018 Stupid Cupid Host The Commic Wallah
Special Appearances
Year Name Role Channel
2012 Ek Naaye Badi Aii Dance Performance Star Plus
2015 Kumkum Bhagya Dance Performance Zee TV
2016 Yeh Vaada Raha Dance Performance Zee TV
2016 Behna...Ek Safar Ki Khushiyon Aur Pyaar Dance Performance Star Plus


Year Film Character Notes
2005Dosti: Friends ForeverNandini Thapar Hindi debut
2011I Am Sorry Mathe Banni PreethsonaChetana Kannada debut
2013Grand Masti Unatti
2014Golu Aur Pappu Shalini
2018 Sanju Madhuri Dixit Filming[62]
TBA Tina and Lolo Lolo Filming


Year Award Show Category Results
2003 Star Parivaar Awards Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Favourite Behen Nominated
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in comic role
2007 Ek Ladki Anjaani Si Best Actress in negative role
2008 Star Guild Awards Best Actress in negative role
2015 Television Style Awards Bigg Boss 8 Stylish female in a reality show Won
Zee Gold Awards Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu Best Actress in negative role Nominated
Sahib Chaggar Awards New Fresh Face (female)
Best Actress in negative role
Trending Look
2016 Best Actor in supporting role Won
Best Devrani
Stylish Sadasya - Female Nominated
Dance Ki Takkar 4 Best Pratiyogi
Life OK Parivaar Awards Dance Ki Takkar 4 Favourite Contestant
Zee Gold Awards Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu Most Fit Actress Won


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