Mandana Karimi

Mandana Karimi
Born Name: Manizeh Karimi
Date of Birthday: May 19, 1988
Place of Birth: Tehran, Iran
Nationality: Iranian
Occupation: Actress, model
Height: 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Spouse(s): Gaurav Gupta ​ ​(m. 2017)​
Parents: Saba Karimi, Reza Karimi
Known for: Bigg Boss 9, Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3

Mandana Karimi (born Manizeh Karimi; on 19 May 1988) is an Iranian actress and model based in India. After working on several successful modelling projects around the world, she appeared as a lead in the Bollywood film, Bhaag Johnny. She participated in the popular reality TV show, Bigg Boss 9 and became the 2nd runner up in 2015.

Early life
Karimi was born on 19 May 1988 in Tehran, Iran, into a Muslim family. Her father is an Indian-Iranian and her mother is a Persian Iranian. She was raised in Tehran. She said in an interview, "I was born in a conservative Muslim family and while growing up, I was very shy and quiet. I studied art. I used to spend most of my time in my room playing around with papers, cameras and colours." About her Indian connection she commented, "I had come to India many times, visiting my family or for holidays. Also, when I started modelling, I got offers from India but was never interested."

Karimi started her career as an air hostess, and later quit that job to pursue a career in modelling. In 2010, after working on various international modelling projects, she came to Mumbai for three months on a modelling contract. About her experience in India she said, "I had a different experience, staying without my family. I absolutely loved it! Work was great, but at that time, I had other contracts around the world. Then, in 2013, I decided to move to Mumbai and try acting."

Karimi has done TV commercials with Shahrukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor.

In February 2015, she made a guest appearance in the film Roy. Later that year, in September, her movie Bhaag Johnny was released. She also appeared in the October 2015 film, Main Aur Charles, where she played the role of Charles Sobraj's assistant. Karimi's next film, Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3, a sex comedy, was released on 22 January 2016.

Karimi was a contestant in the reality TV show, Bigg Boss 9, where a group of celebrities from various walks of life live together in a large house. One of the contestants get eliminated every week, based on public votes. The show went on air in October 2015 on Colors. She was one of the three finalists of the season, and ended up as a runner up.

In 2018, she joined Star Plus's Ishqbaaaz as Nancy.

Mandana is currently one of the contestants in Indian TV reality show called Lock-Upp

Personal life
In an interview, Karimi said, "The first film that I watched was Sholay when I was 8 or 9 years old. My father was one of the few people in Iran who possessed a tape of the film, though the Government didn't allow to keep video cassettes." She further commented, "Mainly, I've grown up watching Iranian films, especially by directors like Majid Majidi and my favourite actress is Golshifteh Farahani."

Karimi speaks Persian, English and Hindi.

In July 2016, Karimi got engaged to her boyfriend, Gaurav Gupta, an Indian businessman from Mumbai. The couple married in court in early March the following year, which was followed by a lavish Hindu wedding in March 2017. She converted from Islam to Hinduism on the choice of her mother-in-law and changed her name from Manizeh to Mandana.

In July 2017, Karimi filed a domestic violence case against her husband and his family, which she later withdrew in hopes of saving her marriage.

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