Born on October 29, 1990, Kriti Kharbanda was born in Delhi into a Punjabi family. Kriti has two siblings - younger sister Ishita Kharbanda and a younger brother Jaiwardhan Kharbanda. In the early 90s, Kriti's family moved to Bangalore, India. (All photos/Kriti Kharbanda's official Instagram account)
Very few know that Kriti Kharbanda may have started her career as a model before stepping into the film industry, but she holds a diploma in jewellery designing.
In picture: Kriti Kharbanda with her brother Jaiwardhan and captioned this image: Happiest birthday @jaiwardhankharbanda !! I don't remember the first time I held you in my arms, but I do remember the first time u held me in yours, and then never let go :) I love you thank u for making my world a better place! Muah!
Kriti Kharbanda, in 2009, made her debut with Boni and subsequently went on to become one of the top actresses in Kannada film industry, before featuring in Tamil movies.
In 2016, Kriti Kharbanda made her Bollywood debut. She was seen romancing actor Emraan Hashmi and another newbie Gaurav Arora in the fourth instalment of Raaz, titled Raaz: Reboot.
After making her Bollywood debut in Raaz Reboot, Kriti then worked with Kartik Aaryan in Guest Iin London (2017) and followed it up with Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana (2017) alongside Rajkummar Rao.
Kriti Kharbanda feels her craft has matured over the years and she no more considers acting as just a "hobby." "Earlier, I wasn't as serious about acting as I am now, so the fear of failure wasn't there. Now, I am far more serious, I think I have matured and have realised this is my career, not a hobby anymore. I am dependent on it," Kriti told PTI.
In photo: Kriti Kharbanda shared this picture on Instagram and wrote alongside, "Never mess with a girl who hangs upside down for fun!"
Kriti Kharbanda is aware that since she is not from a film family, there will be struggles to bag the perfect role. She still has to audition or do look test for a role because she feels filmmakers are still not sure if she will be able to do it.
"I know people think I am an outsider but it is a big achievement to do three films in a short time. It is difficult, for sure, but you need to prove yourself as an actor in Bollywood," said Kriti Kharbanda.
With a career spanning nearly a decade, Kriti Kharbanda says she has realised that one of the most important things for an actor is to handle failures.
"Even if you sulk after a failure, you have to put on that exterior that you are fine. You could be going through a series of nonsense in your personal life or failure in your professional life, but you have to put on that exterior. Fortunately for me, it has come to a point where I am not faking it," said Kriti Kharbanda.
Picture: A still from Kriti Kharbanda's Tamil debut Bruce Lee (2017).
As an actress, who has been working in the film industry for a decade, her Telugu debut Boni released in 2009, her confidence has often wavered after not getting the right project. She used to have panic and anxiety attacks.
Picture: Kriti Kharbanda with her Raaz: Reboot co-stars Emraan Hashmi and Gaurav Arora.
Kriti Kharbanda dealt with a lot roughly three years ago. "It was a difficult time. I was frustrated. I had issues in both personal and professional life. I regretted my decision of coming to Mumbai. I thought may be I am not meant for this industry. But it made me stronger. Giving up wasn't an option for me. If it was an option, may be, I would've given up. Thank God, I didn't," she said.
Picture: Kriti Kharbanda shared this picture from the sets of Guest iin London and captioned: Being goofy! #guestiinlondon #inbetweenshots #shootlife #pareshrawal #tanveazmi @kartikaaryan @sonaakshiraaj
Kriti Kharbanda shared screen space with Rajkummar Rao in Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana. She was very happy about having worked with the National Award-winning actor. "I think I have learnt how to be a good co-actor because he is really the one. I heard people saying how in a Rajkummar Rao film, people only watch him in the frame and he could overshadow others. But I must say, he is such a good co-actor who always lets you act your best, because acting also has a lot depending on reacting," said Kriti.
Picture: A friend to lean on! He may have fractured his ankle, but nothing seems to stop Rajkummar Rao from playing the fool with fellow actor Kriti Kharbanda outside a production office in Andheri, Mumbai. (Picture courtesy/Sameer Markande)
On the personal front, Kriti Kharbanda has been linked romantically with her Veerey Ki Wedding and Pagalpanti co-star Pulkit Samrat numerous times. While neither of them had ever admitted to being in a relationship with each other, recently, Kriti took the plunge and confessed. "In all honesty, I wanted my parents to know first that I'm dating someone and when you start seeing someone, I think there's a time for everything when you're comfortable talking about it. Sometimes it can take five years; sometimes it can take five months. In our case, it was five months, but I'm in a very happy place and I have no qualms admitting that I am dating Pulkit Samrat," she said in an interview with ETimes.
Picture: Kriti shared this picture and captioned it: Who does it better!!! Chanduuuuu.. tell tell! @pulkitsamrat #pagalpanti #chaandjaan #poledancing #goals.
Here's what Pulkit replied: Tu best hai rey!!!! (with emoticons of hearts and kisses) #chaandjaan #poledancing #pagalpanti
Coming back to her professional front, Kriti Kharbanda was last seen in the multi-starrer Housefull 4. She was paired with Riteish Deshmukh in the comic-caper, that also starred Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol and Pooja Hegde.
Picture: Kriti Kharbanda shared this picture and captioned: I've had the best time shooting with this mad bunch! And today we recorded our last interview. A bitter sweet moment just before the excitement of watching our movie for the first time, together!
Kriti Kharbanda's latest release Pagalpanti, that has an ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana D'Cruz, Saurabh Shukla, Arshad Warsi, Urvashi Rautela and Pulkit Samrat, has hit theatres today - November 22, 2019. Like all of Anees Bazmee's comedies of the past, the film promises to bring back the trademark quota of slapstick.
Here's wishing all the very best to Kriti!
As Kriti Kharbanda gears up for her next big Bollywood film - Pagalpanti - a multi-starrer comedy featuring John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Saurabh Shukla, Ileana D'Cruz, Pulkit Samrat and Urvashi Rautela, we take a look at the actress' journey in the showbiz so far, along with some candid photos.
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