Born - October 29, 1990 in New Delhi, India
Occupation - Actress, Model
Nationality - Indian
Years active - 2009 - present
Height - 5' 3" (1.61 m)
Kriti Kharbanda (born 29 October 1990) is an Indian film actress. Best known for her work in the Kannada and the Telugu film industries, she has received accolades inclusing a SIIMA Award and two nominations for the Filmfare Award South.
Kriti Kharbanda was born in Delhi to Ashwani Kharbanda and Rajni Kharbanda. She has a younger sister Ishita Kharbanda and a younger brother Jaiwardhan Kharbanda, who is the co-founder of Paper Plane Productions. She moved to Bengaluru in the early 1990s with her family. After completing her high school in Baldwin Girls High School, she attended Bishop Cotton girl’s school, ISC, before graduating from Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College. She holds a diploma in jewel designing.
According to her, she was very active in cultural activities during school and college. As a child, she was also featured in a number of advertisements and she continued modelling while in school/college, stating that she "always loved doing TV commercials". Her prominent modelling campaigns during her college days were for Bhima Jewellers, Spar, and Fair and Lovely. Her photo on the Spar billboard caught the attention of NRI director Raj Pippala who was looking for a heroine for his film, and that paved the way for her acting career. She said that she had initially no plans of becoming an actress and that it was only because of her mother's encouragement that she considered it seriously.
After being seen on the Spar billboard, Kriti was selected as the female lead for the Telugu film "Boni" opposite Sumanth. The movie received negative reviews but fetched Kriti a positive response. she landed a prominent role in the Pawan Kalyan film "Teen Maar".
Her next release, however, was her debut Kannada film, "Chiru". Her performance was mostly well received. The film was a hit at the box office in 2010, and Kriti stated that it got her recognition and 'a fair amount of admiration in the industry', resulting in her being offered numerous projects in Kannada. However, she took a long time to sign her second Kannada film, until October 2011, when she signed up for four films in a single month.
In 2011, she was also seen in a guest role in the successful Telugu romantic comedy "Ala Modalaindi", before "Teen Maar" released. She appeared in "retro scenes" in "Teen Maar" in which she had to 'replicate heroines from the 70s' and revealed that she also chose the costumes and jewellery she wore in the film. The film turned out to be an average grosser. The following year, she acted in "Mr. Nookayya" alongside Manoj Manchu in Telugu, and in "Prem Adda", a remake of the Tamil film "Subramaniapuram", in Kannada.
She had four releases in 2013, two each in Telugu and Kannada. Both her Telugu films, Bhaskar's "Ongole Githa", that saw her playing a 'typical town girl', and Kalyan Ram's "Om 3D", the first 3D action film in Telugu cinema, were box office failures.
Her career in Kannada however saw an upswing with the romantic comedy "Googly". Her portrayal of a medical student was lauded by critics. The film emerged as one of the highest-grossing Kannada films in 2013. Kriti's rise in popularity resulted in her being voted Bengaluru Times Most Desirable Woman of 2013.
Following the success of "Googly", she became an even more sought-after actress in Kannada cinema. She stated that she received a lot of offers after "Googly" including two Bollywood projects that she had to refuse since she was too busy shooting for her previously signed films. Her 2014 Kannada releases, "Super Ranga" starring Upendra, "Belli", in which she was paired with Shiva Rajkumar, and "Thirupati Express", a remake of the Telugu film "Venkatadri Express", all fetched a generally positive response. Her performance in "Super Ranga" won her the Critics' Best Actress Award at the 4th South Indian International Movie Awards as well as her first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actress. Kriti's most recent Kannada film "Minchagi Nee Baralu" released in December 2015 to positive reviews. She received special praise, with the Times of India saying that she's the 'biggest plus point of the film'.
Her upcoming Kannada releases are "Sanju Weds Geetha-2", which will see her playing a blind character, "Dalapathy" starring Nenapirali Prem and "Paapu" where she plays the central role. She's also played the female lead in "Masti Gudi" opposite Duniya Vijay directed by Nagashekar.
In 2015, Kriti was seen in a pivotal role in the Telugu film "Bruce Lee - The Fighter" directed by Srinu Vaitla, and starring Ram Charan.
In 2017, Kriti's Tamil debut venture is opposite composer-turned-actor G. V. Prakash Kumar and is coincidentally also titled "Bruce Lee".
Kriti made her debut in Hindi cinema as well. She played the female lead in "Raaz Reboot" directed by Vikram Bhatt and co starring Emraan Hashmi. The majority of this film was shot in Romania. In 2017, Kharbanda starred in two films: the comedy drama "Guest Iin London" and the romantic comedy "Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana".
|2011||Ala Modalaindi||Simran||Telugu||Cameo appearance|
|2013||Googly||Swati||Kannada|| Nominated- SIIMA Award for Best
Actress - Kannada
|2014||Super Ranga||Swathi||Kannada|| SIIMA Award for Best Actress
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best
Actress - Kannada
|2015||Minchagi Nee Baralu||Priyanka||Kannada|
|2015||Bruce Lee - The Fighter||Kavya||Telugu||
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best
Nominated- SIIMA Award for Best
|2016||Raaz: Reboot||Shaina||Hindi||Hindi debut|
|2017||Bruce Lee|| Saroja
|2017||Guest Iin London||Anaya||Hindi|
|2017||Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana||Aarti||Hindi|
|2018||Veerey Ki Wedding||Geet||Hindi|
|2018||Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se||TBA||Hindi||Post-production|
|2019||Sanju Mathu Geetha 2||Geetha||Kannada||Announced|
|2019||Fuddu Kehni Hai||TBA||Hindi||Filming|