Kiara Advani (born Alia Advani; 31 July 1992) is an Indian film actress, who appears in Hindi films. She made her debut in Grazing Goat Pictures’ 2014 comedy drama film, Fugly opposite newcomer Mohit Marwah, Vijender Singh, Arfi Lamba and Jimmy Shergill. The film, which released on 13 June 2014, is directed by Kabir Sadanand and produced by Ashvini Yardi and Alka Bhatia.
Advani was born as ‘Alia Advani’ to Jagdeep Advani, a businessman, and his wife Genevieve Jaffrey. She has a younger brother, Mishaal (born September 1995). Kiara’s father is a Sindhi Hindu, while her mother, raised a Catholic, is the daughter of Hameed Jaffrey, a Muslim, by his first wife Valerie Salway, a woman of Scottish, Irish, Portuguese and Spanish ancestry.
Advani was born with certain connections to the Hindi film industry: her maternal grandfather, Hameed Jaffrey, was the brother of the character actor Saeed Jaffrey. Hameed Jaffrey’s second wife (Advani’s step-grandmother), who he married after being divorced from Valerie Salway, was Bharati Patel, eldest daughter of the veteran actor Ashok Kumar.
This is Advani ‘s only connection with Ashok Kumar and the Ganguly family, and she is not his grand-daughter, as is often rumoured. Nor is she related by blood to the actress Anuradha Patel, who is Bharati Patel’s daughter by an earlier marriage. Advani is distantly related to the actress Juhi Chawla also.
Advani said that her father, only after watching the 2009 film 3 Idiots, allowed his kids to pursue a career in whatever they were passionate about. Before pursuing a career in film, Advani did two short courses in acting at Anupam Kher’s school of acting and Roshan Taneja’s institute as well.
Advani made her acting debut in Kabir Sadanand’s comedy drama film, Fugly, opposite newcomer Mohit Marwah, Vijender Singh, Arfi Lamba and Jimmy Shergill. The film, described by the director as a “social thriller film with a message”, released on 13 June 2014, to mainly mixed reviews.
For her performance however, Advani received generally positive reviews, with Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama saying she “catches you completely unaware” and has the “combination of looks and talent”.
Mehul S Thakkar of Deccan Chronicle noted her performance as being “very striking” and said she “shows a lot of promise”, along with praising her versatility and range as an actor. Despite this, Suprateek Chatterjee of First Post criticized Advani, calling her “especially bad” and “still very self-conscious in front of the camera”.