Born on May 30, 1985, in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, Kirti Kulhari started her career with TV commercials. She was the face of several ad campaigns. "I started with a bang with so many brands on the platter. I got to share the small screen space with the likes of Saif Ali Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Kajol," said Kirti in an old interview with mid-day. (All pictures/Kirti Kulhari's official Instagram account)
In 2010, Kirti Kulhari made her Bollywood debut with Khichdi: The Movie, where she played JD Majethia's on-screen girlfriend Parminder. But it was Bejoy Nambiar's Shaitan (2011) where Kirti Kulhari got noticed for her performance.
However, did you know as a kid, Kirti dreamt of becoming an air hostess? Later, Kirti also thought of joining the Navy as a career option, since her family has a defence background. Wait! It did not end there. Kirti's dad wanted her to be a badminton player as she was really good at it. However, it was in college that she got noticed and did a couple of ad campaigns. Acting happened later, finally!
"When I started out, I was pretty sure that I wanted to be part of feature films someday. So I had to start somewhere. As a result, I decided to go for theatre. It helped me build my art and expressions. It was a huge learning experience being on the stage, performing and assessing the crowd's reaction. I later acknowledged that cinema and theatre are both a lot of fun," said Kirti Kulhari in an interview with mid-day.
After Khichdi and Shaitaan, Kirti featured in films such as Rise of the Zombie, Sooper Se Ooper and Jal, which flopped at the Box Office. But in 2016, Kirti Kulhari gained eyeballs for her powerful role in the critically acclaimed Pink.
Well, Kirti proved subtly that one can definitely make it big in the showbiz, without a godfather too, if the talent is all you have!
"From day one, I have been hearing that it's better to have a godfather in the industry. You need to have somebody or else you won't reach the top. But if you ask me, I am just moving along and trying to break the so-called godfather complex," said Kirti in an interview with mid-day.
Recently, Kirti Kulhari took to her Instagram account to share a picture of her with her husband - yes, she is married - Saahil Sehgal. While many were unaware of the fact, Kirti put speculations to rest by this picture and wrote alongside - "They all want to know who u r... Saahil. Ladies and gentlemen presenting my one and only, my dearest husband ... Saahil Sehgal [sic]"
Coming back to Kirti Kulhari's profession journey, after Pink, Kirti starred in films such as Indu Sarkar (2017), Blackmail (2018), San' 75 Pachattar (2019), Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019) and the latest one being Mission Mangal, which hit theatres on August 15, 2019.
Mission Mangal stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan Taapsee Pannu Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen and Sharman Joshi. Glad to team up with four women artistes, Kulhari says Mission Mangal is a step in the right direction. "The film shows how regular women were the heroes behind one of the most successful space projects of our country. Films primarily have been male-centric, but things are changing now."
Kirti Kulhari essays the role of Neha Siddiqui, a scientist who believes that 'science has no Religion.' The actress will next be seen in Bollywood remake of The Girl On The Train which also stars Parineeti Chopra and in Netflix web series Bard Of Blood which is produced by Shah Rukh Khan and stars Emraan Hashmi.
Kirti has definitely come a long way! Here's wishing all the very best to the actress for her future endeavours.
As Kirti Kulhari is all geared up for her next big release - Mission Mangal, we take a look at some lesser-known facts and candid pictures of the actress!
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