Alia Advani, known professionally as Kiara Advani, is an Indian actress who appears predominantly in Hindi films. After making her film debut with 2014 poorly received comedy Fugly, Advani had her first commercial success with a brief role in the 2016 sports biopic M.S.
Kiara Advani was born to Jagdeep Advani, a Sindhi Hindu businessman and Genevieve Jaffrey, a teacher whose father was a Muslim from Lucknow and mother was a Christian of Scottish, Irish, Portuguese, and Spanish ancestry; and had a Bengali godmother.
Born as Alia Advani, Advani changed her first name to Kiara prior to the release of her first film, Fugly.
Kiara was quoted as saying that it was Salman Khan’s suggestion to change her name from Alia to Kiara, as Alia (Bhatt) was already up and coming at the time.
In an interview to Filmfare in 2019, Kiara Advani said that the name “Kiara” was inspired from Priyanka Chopra’s character of Kiara in the film Anjaana Anjaani.
The elder of two children, Advani has a younger brother, Mishaal. She is also related to several celebrities via her maternal family. Actors Ashok Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey are her step-great-grandfather and great-uncle, respectively, whereas model Shaheen Jaffrey is her aunt.