Ragini Khanna is an Indian film and television actress.[2] She has also hosted various reality shows, such as India’s Best Dramebaaz (2013) [3] and Gangs of Haseepur (2014).[4] She is best known for her roles as Bharti in Bhaskar Bharti and as Suhana Kishore Bajpai-Kashyap in Sasural Genda Phool. She was a contestant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2010, Dance Ki Takkar in 2015 & Bigg Boss in 2016. She appeared in Comedy Nights with Kapil portraying many roles.



Khanna made her acting debut with the daily soap opera Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi on NDTV Imagine as "Ragini Sharma".[5] In 2009, Khanna played in Sony TV's comedy show Bhaskar Bharti.[6] Khanna also appeared as a guest in an episode of 10 Ka Dum, Khanna won an amount of 1,000,000 rupees and donated the money for charity.[7] She was also seen as a guest in Imagine TV's reality show Big Money: Chota Parda Bada Game.[8]
Pooja Gaur, Ragini Khanna, Disha Wakani, Aashka Goradia,Aishwarya Sakhuja on the sets of KBC 01

Ragini Khanna with Pooja Gaur, Disha Wakani, Aishwarya Sakhuja and Aashka Goradia on the sets of Kaun Banega Crorepati - Season 4, 2010

In 2010, Khanna appeared in Star Plus's show Sasural Genda Phool.[9][10][11] She also appeared in a special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati 4.[12] In December 2010, Khanna participated in the 4th season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.[13][14] and was eliminated at 9th position on 14 February 2011.[15] In 2011, Khanna participated in a celebrity singing reality show Star Ya Rockstar on Zee TV.[16] Khanna's next project was the 5th season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as host.[17] She also did a cameo role in Life OK's show Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki.[18] In January 2013, Khanna was seen in Life OK's cookery show Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki.[19] She appeared in many shows like Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani and Shubh Rishta.

In April 2015, Khanna participated in Dance Ki Takkar 3 as a contestant and survived in the show for 14 weeks. In September 2016, Khanna participated in Colors popular reality TV show Bigg Boss in the tenth season but got evicted in Day 63.[20][21]

Khanna made her comeback on television with Karan Chaggar's Ek Anjani Si Ladki playing the main lead as Sakshi opposite Pearl V Puri which started on 14 May 2017 on Star Plus.[22] She quit the show in August 2017 and got replaced by Aditi Sharma.


In 2011, Khanna made her Bollywood debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's comedy film Teen They Bhai.[23][24] In 2013, Khanna worked in Punjabi film Bhaji in Problem.[25] the film earned a good box office collection.[26] Khanna is scheduled to feature opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Pushpendra Mishra’s upcoming comedy film Ghoomketu, which is slated to release later in 2014.[27]

Personal life

Khanna's parents are Praveen Khanna and Kamini Khanna. She is the 2nd child of her parents. Her elder brother, Amit Khanna is also an actor and has worked in serials like Yeh Dil Chahe More.[28] Her mother, Kaamini Khanna is a writer, music director, singer, anchor and founder of 'Beauty with Astrology'.[29] She is the granddaughter of classical singer Nirmala Devi and popular 1940s actor Arun Ahuja. She is also the niece of Bollywood actor Govinda and the cousin of Krushna Abhishek (actor, stand-up comedian), Aarti Singh (TV actress) and Soumya Seth (TV actress).

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Khanna at AIAC Golden Achievers Awards, 2012

In the media

Khanna is known for her frank and assertive nature, and has been outspoken on issues including the commercialization of festivals such as Navratri.[30] During a shoot of Star Ya Rockstar, the actress reacted defensively when fellow contestants expressed their preference for the performance of another contestant, Chhavi Mittal.[31] In an interview after her elimination from the show, Khanna said, "I always motivated Chhavi whenever she was nervous before her performance. I think I have a certain aura which prompts people to like me. I am always nice to people who are nice to me. I don't throw tantrums for any rhyme or reason."[32] During Life OK's culinary show Welcome, Khanna and her co-contestant Nigaar Khan were seen arguing during the show.[33][34] Khanna vented her anger against the channel through her twitter account, where she claimed that in an episode of the show, Khanna's mother's name was mispronounced in a demeaning fashion.[35][36]

Other works and appearances

Sanaya Irani Ra.One Music Launch

Khanna at the music launch of Ra.One (2011) along with Shahrukh Khan and Pooja Gaur, Giaa Manek and Sanaya Irani

In 2010, Khanna hosted Diwali Dilo Ki, a Diwali celebration event by Star Plus.[37] In 2011 Khanna hosted the music launch of Ra.One, a Bollywood science-fiction starring Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor.[38] Khanna then hosted another installment of Diwali celebration events by Star Plus for the year 2011. The event was titled Diwali Rishton Ki Mithas and Khanna hosted various segments of that event.[39]

TV commercials and endorsements

Khanna is the brand ambassador of 'Beauty with Astrology' science organization founded by her mother, Kamini Khanna. They have also launched an early morning spiritual and wellness radio show titled 'Seher' on 92.7 BIG FM with Khanna as the brand ambassador.[40] In 2010, Khanna was roped in as judge in Frito-Lay India's consumer campaign titled "Kurkure Spend Time with Family".[41]

Khanna was also the brand ambassador of "Mix n Drink" campaign launched by Catch foods] in 2011.[42] In 2013, Khanna featured in the "My Roohafza story" activation campaign launched by Hamdard division.[32][43] Welcome.[35]



Year Film Role Language Notes
2011 Teen Thay Bhai Gurleen Kaur Hindi
2013 Bhaji in Problem Preet Cheema Punjabi
2016 Ghoomketu TBA Hindi Post-production
2017 Gurgaon Preet Singh Hindi Released[44]

Television appearances

Daily Soap Dramas
Name Role Channel Year
Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi Ragini Sharma Imagine TV 2008
Jasuben Jayantilaal Joshi Ki Joint Family[45] Guest Imagine TV 2008
Bhaskar Bharti Bharti Sony TV 2009
Kisne Pyaar Hogya Suhana Bajpai Star Plus 2010
Sasural Genda Phool Suhana Ishaan Kashyap/Suhana Bajpai Star Plus 2010-12
Baat Hamari Pakki Hai Guest Sony TV 2010
Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai Guest/Suhana Star Plus 2010
Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai Guest/Suhana Star Plus 2011
Ruk Jaana Nahin Guest Star Plus 2011
Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki Herself Life OK 2012
Badalte Rishton Ki Dastaan[46] Herself Zee TV 2013
Diya Aur Baati Hum Cameo Star Plus 2014
Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani Shraddha Thakur Star Plus 2014
Behna...Ek Safar Ki Khushiyon Aur Pyaar Rani Malhotra Star Plus 2015
Shubh Rishta Karishma Modi &TV 2015-16
Ghar Aii Hamari Pyaare Bahu Rucha Star Plus 2016
Meri Pyaare Sasuma Cameo Colors TV 2017
Ek Anjani Si Ladki Sakshi Sinha Star Plus 2017
Reality Appearances
Name Role Channel Year
Dekh India Dekh Contestant Sony TV 2009
10 Ka Dum Season 2[7] Guest Participant Sony TV 2009
Big Money: Chota Parda Bada Game Guest Participant Imagine TV 2010
Comedy Ka Daily Soap[47] Guest Sony TV 2010
Meethi Choori No 1 Participant Imagine TV 2010
Comedy Circus Ke SuperStars Guest Performer Sony TV 2010
Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 4 Guest Participant Sony TV 2010
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 4) Contestant Sony TV 2010
Jubilee Comedy Circus Host Sony TV 2011
Ratan Ka Rishta Guest Imagine TV 2011
Comedy Circus Ka Naya Daur Guest Contestant Sony TV 2011
Star Ya Rocktar[31] Contestant Zee TV 2011
Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Herself Sony TV 2012
Movers & Shakers Masala Markey Guest SAB TV 2012
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 5) Host Colors TV 2012
Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi Ki Contestant Life OK 2013
India’s Best Dramebaaz Host Zee TV 2013
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 6)[48] Guest Contestant Colors TV 2013
Comedy Nights with Kapil Personality Development Teacher Colors TV 2014
Gangs of Haseepur Host Zee TV 2014
Dil Hai Chota Sa Choti Si Asha[49] Host Sony Pal 2014
Dance Ki Takkar (season 3) Contestant Star Plus 2015
Comedy Nights Live Mrs. Sharma and Various characters Colors TV 2016
Good Morning with Ragini Khanna Host ABP News 2016
Bigg Boss 10[50][51] Contestant Colors TV 2016
I Can Do That Season 2 Contestant Zee TV 2017
Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke Sung Contestant Colors TV 2017

Awards and nominations

File:Ragini Khanna at Big Television Awards.jpg
Year Category For The Show Result
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards
2012 Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series Sasural Genda Phool Won
(tied with Sakshi Tanwar)[56][57]
BIG Television Awards
2011 Dulara Charactater Female (Fiction) Sasural Genda Phool Nominated[58]
BIG Garma Garam Jodi (Fiction) (along with Jay Soni) Won[58]
Rangeela Character Female (Fiction) Nominated[58]
Colors Golden Petal awards
2012 Most Lokpriya Non-fiction Anchor Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 Nominated[59]
Global Indian Film and TV Honours
2012 Best Performance in a Comic Role Sasural Genda Phool Nominated[60]
Indian Television Academy Awards
2010 Best Actress - Drama (Popular) Sasural Genda PhoolNominated[61]
Best Actress - Drama (Jury) Nominated[62]
2013 Best Anchor - Music & Film Based Show India’s Best Dramebaaz Nominated[63]
Indian Telly Awards
2010 Best Actress in a Lead Role Sasural Genda PhoolWon[64]
2012 Best Actress in a Lead Role (Jury) Nominated[65]
Star Parivaar Awards
2012 Favorite Bahu Sasural Genda Phool Nominated[66]
Favorite Patni Won[66]
2015 Best Pratiyogi Dance Ki Takkar 3
Zee Gold Awards
2011 Best Actor - Female (Popular) Sasural Genda Phool Nominated[67]
Best Celebrity Jodi Nominated[67]


  1. "I never wanted to be an actor: Ragini". 
  2. "There's nothing real about reality shows: Ragini Khanna". 
  3. "Zee TV's India’s Best Dramebaaz mobile app crosses '1 million downloads' mark". 
  4. "Vote for Gangs of Hasseepur". 
  5. "Ragini Khanna on a high!". 
  6. Bhaskar Bharti: Gender-bender.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Salman & 4 beautiful women!". 
  8. "Here's what Ratan 'Laali' Rajput and Ragini Khanna were up to on 'Big Money'". 
  9. Ragini Khanna: Talent meets luck.
  10. "I was offered every new show on TV: Ragini Khanna". 
  11. "Why Ragini Khanna is blank, shocked, disappointed". 
  12. Diwali dhamaka with Big B and the stars. The Times of India. Retrieved on 7 September 2013.
  13. "Ragini goes blind". 
  15. "Ragini out of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa". 
  16. "Ragini Khanna on singing debut". 
  17. "Grand finale of 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5' on Sunday". Samay Live. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  18. "Ragini Khanna in Main Lakshmi..". 
  19. "'I never told people I am Govinda's niece'". 
  20. Bigg Boss 10: Ragini Khanna evicted!. The Indian Express (24 October 2016).
  21. I am not made for Bigg Boss says evicted Ragini Khanna. The Indian Express (23 Ocotber 2016).
  22. BREAKING: Ragini Khanna and Pearl V Puri to make comeback with Karan Chaggar's 'Ek Anjani Si Ladki'. Retrieved on 27 April 2017.
  23. "Teen Thay Bhai". 
  24. "Teen Thay Bhai: Movie Review". 
  25. "Akshay Kumar to launch Ragini Khanna". 
  26. "Box Office: 'Bhaji in Problem' Collections". 
  27. "Ragini Khanna teams with Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Ghoomkethu". 
  28. "how Ragini Khanna is related to Amit Khanna?". 
  29. Beauty with astrology Official.
  30. "Ragini Khanna speaks on commercialization of festivals". 
  31. 31.0 31.1 "Ragini smells conspiracy on 'Star Ya Rockstar'!". 
  32. 32.0 32.1 "I don't throw tantrums: Ragini Khanna". 
  33. "Nigaar Khan and Ragini Khanna at loggerheads on Life OK’s Welcome!". 
  34. "Catfights continue between Ragini Khanna and Nigaar Khan". 
  35. 35.0 35.1 "Ragini Khanna irked with Life OK and their show ‘Welcome’". 
  36. "Ragini Khanna vents against Life OK on Twitter". 
  37. 37.0 37.1 Special episodes on telly for festive joy.
  38. 38.0 38.1 "Ra.One music launch in Mumbai". 
  39. 39.0 39.1 "Diwali Rishton Ki Mithas". 
  40. BIG FM announces Spiritual and Wellness show Seher with Beauty with Astrology Founder Kamini Khanna "92.7 BIG FM announces Spiritual and Wellness show 'Seher' with Kamini Khanna". BIG FM announces Spiritual and Wellness show Seher with Beauty with Astrology Founder Kamini Khanna. 
  41. "Frito Lay's new Kurkure campaign encourages spending time with family". 
  42. "Catch Foods launches Mix 'n' Drink, a range of summer drinks with Ragini Khanna". 
  43. "Reminiscing lovely Roohafza moments". 
  44. "Television actress Ragini Khanna’s next is Gurgaon". The Indian Express. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  45. "NDTV Imagine presents the grandest Holi celebration". 
  46. "Ragini Khanna happy to shoot TV serial after a year". 
  47. "Krishna meets his cousin Ragini". 
  48. "The Tribune Lifestyle - Big Show". 
  49. "Now a unique game show only for women". 
  50. Govinda's niece Ragini Khanna in Bigg Boss 10. The Indian Express (26 September 2016).
  51. I chose Bigg Boss this year because of my fans: Ragini Khanna. The Indian Express (26 September 2016).
  52. Cineyug Worldwide manages the Star Parivaar Awards 2010.
  53. "ITA celebrates a decade". 
  54. "Cineyug salutes Bollywood comic legends at 'Double Dhamaal Nite’". 
  55. "The Indian Television Academy Awards". 
  56. "7th Apsara awards nominees". 
  57. "7th Apsara awards Winners". 
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 "BIG Television awards 2011 nominations". 
  60. "2012 Jury Awards Nominees TV Awards Category". 
  61. "The 10th Indian Television Academy Awards 2010 Popular Top -4". 
  62. "The 10th Indian Television Academy Awards - Top -4 (Jury)". 
  64. "10th Indian telly awards 2011 Winners". 
  65. "11th Indian telly awards 2012 Winners". 
  66. 66.0 66.1 "Star Parivaar Awards 2012 Nominees". 
  67. 67.0 67.1 "List of Top finalist for Gold Awards 2011". 

External links

Awards for Ragini Khanna
Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role
Bigg Boss 10
Dance Ki Takkar 3
1st runners—up
2nd runners—up
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4
1st runners—up

Sushant Singh Rajput

2nd runners—up

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