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]

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 a ugly fight with Dimple Jhangiani 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. Later in December 2015, Tanna participated in the popular dance reality show Dance Ki Takkar in its fourth season.[37][38] She got eliminated in the 7th week.[39][40][41] In the same month of December, Karishma hosted the reality show MTV Love School with Upen Patel.[42][43]

In March 2016, Karishma made a guest appearance in the popular stunt reality show Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi in its seventh season.[44] 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.[45] She again made a small cameo appearance in Comedy Nights Bachao along with Helly Shah for one episode.[46]

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.[47][48] In October 2016, Tanna was hosting the fifth season of Dance Ki Takkar along side Varun Kumar.[49] Tanna was playing the role of a naagin in Life OK's show Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha[50] and as from December 2016, she has entered the popular show Chand Toh Aii Hai Roshni...Ek Baar Phir playing the role of Parul.[51] In January 2017, Tanna was judging BIG Magic's reality show Big Memsaab along with Sambhavna Seth, Pritam Singh in 2017. 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.

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.[52]

In September 2013, Grand Masti, a Bollywood sex comedy and a sequel to April 2004 film, Masti was released.[53] 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.[54]

Tanna has acted in several television advertisements, including for Stayfree, Lifebuoy and Nirma.[55]


Daily Soap Dramas
Name Role Channel Role
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Indira ViraniStar Plus 2001-2006
Kahi To Milenge TanishaSahara One 2002-2003
Manshaa RheaZee TV 2003
Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand TinaStar Plus 2003-2004
Koi Dil Mein Hai KrutikaSony TV 2003-2004
Shararat NatashaStar Plus 2004
Kkusum MuskaanSony TV 2004
Paalkhi PalakZee TV 2005-2006
Ek Ladki Anjaani Si AyeshaSony TV 2005-2006
Viraasat NatashaStar One 2006-2007
Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam JitishaStar Plus 2006
Kisne Pyaar Hogya Aarti Star Plus 2008-2010
Rehna Hai Woh Kabhi Nahi Aii Kritika Star Plus 2009
Jaane Pehchaane Se... Ye Ajnabbi Avni Star One 2010
Adaalat Ms JaffreySony TV 2011
Baal Veer Rani Pari SAB TV 2012
Lakshmi Paridhi Star Plus 2013
Jeanie Aur Juju Soniya SAB TV 2014
Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani Nisha Star Plus 2014
Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu Kanika Varun Singh Star Plus 2015-2017
Naagarjuna – Ek Yoddha Maskini (Naagin) Life OK 2016-2017
Chand Toh Aii Hai Roshni...Ek Baar Phir Parul Khanna Life OK 2016
Teri Galliyan Season 2 Avantika Star Plus 2017
Reality Appearances
Name Role Channel Year
Comedy Circus 1 Contestant Sony TV 2007
Nach Baliye 3 Guest Contestant Star Plus 2007
Kaho Na Yaar Hai Contestant Star Plus 2008
Zara Nachke Dikha Contestant Star One 2008
Kaante Ki Takkar Host Sony TV 2008
Meethi Choori No 1 ContestantImagine TV 2010
Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout Contestant Imagine TV 2010
Comedy Circus Maha-Sangram Contestant Sony TV 2011
Dance Ki Takkar 1 Guest Star Plus 2014
Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest Colors TV 2014
Bigg Boss 8 Contestant (Champion) Colors TV 2014
Bigg Boss Halla Bol Contestant (1st runner-up) Colors TV 2015
Nach Baliye 7 Contestant along with Upen Patel Star Plus 2015
Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi[56] Guest Star Plus 2015
MTV Love School Host along with Upen Patel MTV India 2015
Dance Ki Takkar 4 Contestant Life OK 2015
Box Cricket League - Season 2[57] Player in Punjabi Shers Colors TV 2016
Comedy Nights Bachao GuestColors TV 2016
Fear Factor: Khatron Ki Khiladi 7[58] Guest in Semi Finale Colors TV 2016
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Contestant Colors TV 2016
Dance Ki Takkar 5 Host Star Plus 2016
Bigg Boss 10 Guest - panellist/performer Colors TV 2017
BIG Memsaab[59] Judge BIG Magic 2017
Dance Ki Takkar 6 Guest Contestant Star Plus 2017
Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke Sung Contestant Colors TV 2017
Stupid Cupid Host The Commic Wallah 2017
Special Appearances
Name Role Channel Year
Apna Pyaar Kya Hai Dance Performance Star Plus 2012
Kumkum Bhagya Dance Performance Zee TV 2015
Yeh Vaada Raha Dance Performance Zee TV 2016
Behna...Ek Safar Ki Khushiyon Aur Pyaar Dance Performance Star Plus 2016


Denotes films that are in production
Year Film Role Notes
2005 Dosti: Friends Forever Nandini Thapar Hindi debut
2011 I Am Sorry Mathe Banni Preethsona Chetana Kannada debut
2013 Grand Masti Unatti
2014 Golu Aur Pappu Shalini
TBA Tina and Lolo Lolo Filming
2017 Dutt Sanjay Dutt's love interest 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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External links

Bigg Boss 8
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Nach Baliye 7
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