Kavita Kaushik (born 15 February 1981) is an Indian actress. She made her television debut with Ekta Kapoor's Kutumb. Kaushik is best known for her portrayal of Chandramukhi Chautala on SAB TV sitcom F.I.R., a role which established her career in the Indian television industry, and made her a household name. Kaushik had participated in the dance reality show Nach Baliye, and was one the participants in the eighth installation of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Kavita played the lead role on Sab TV's Dr. Bhanumati On Duty.
Kaushik at the 20th Lions Gold Awards
|Born||15 February 1981|
|Occupation||Actress, television host, model|
Ronnit Biswas (m. 2017)
Kaushik had started modeling, hosting events and anchoring during her college days. In 2001 she appeared in auditions in the New Delhi for Kutumb and moved to Mumbai. After her work in the soap opera, Kutumb, Kaushik was seen in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, portraying the role of Manya Doshi. She then portrayed the character of Naina, in the afternoon daily Kumkum. In another popular TV series, Remix, she played Pallavi. She also appeared in a brief role in the serial Tumhari Disha, and C.I.D. as Sub Inspector Anushka.
Breakthrough and success (2006–15)
In her initial days in the industry, Kaushik was offered mostly glamorous and negative roles owing to her tall frame and appealing personality. She started her stint as Chandramukhi Chautala in F.I.R. in 2006 which proved to be a watershed role in her career and it marked a break from the negative roles that she was being offered at that time. The sitcom proved to be a commercial and critical success, completing 1000 episodes. The role of a gusty female cop who speaks in a Haryanavi accent made Kaushik a renowned face of Indian television and won several accolades for her. The character of Chandramukhi Chautala is rated as one of the most famous comic characters of Indian television.
Despite the sitcom's success, Kaushik left the show in January 2013 to star in another SAB TV sitcom Tota Weds Maina opposite Gaurav Gera. The story focused on Tota (Gera) and Maina (Kaushik), and the situations that ensued when they mistakenly get married to one another. However, the show continually saw a dip in the TRPs and went off air in the April of the same year. During her time off FIR, the show took a 20-year leap with actor Chitrashi Rawat playing the role of Jawalamukhi Chautala, Chandramukhi's daughter. Kaushik made a comeback in FIR donning her previous role of Chandramukhi Chautala in July 2013 while Rawat was asked to quit the show.
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and later projects (2015-present)
Post after FIR, Kavita was seen participating in the popular celebrity dance show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in 2015. She was eliminated in 2nd week. She later hosted a show Fakebook with Kavita. She made news after storming out of the Jhalak stage during its grand finale in October 2015 after Comedy Nights Bachao insulted her and turned her mike off. Kavita said:
“Yes it’s true, I am totally against shows like the roast where national personalities are insulted with cheap comments, people do it but I don’t have any such majboori nor am I comfortable projecting myself in a shallow manner to create content or money. I had signed Jhalak and not “Bachaao”, without my permission or a brief some random people threw a volley of insults at me and when I tried to retaliate they cut power off my Mike.”
Debut in Bollywood films
In addition to her various television roles, Kaushik has played minor roles in films like Phillum City and Mumbai Cutting. She has even performed to an item song, Shakila Bano, in Apoorva Lakhia's Zanjeer (2013).
Kaushik starred in a Bollywood film titled Lollipop Since 1947. The film, which was directed by Anirudh Chautala, is a political satire set in a lower middle-class household where Kaushik plays wife to actor Deepak Dobriyal. The release date of the film is yet to be declared. Kaushik made a debut in the Punjabi film industry with the film Vekh Baraatan Challiyan.
Kaushik was in a relationship with fellow television actor Karan Grover and they participated in celebrity couples dance reality show Nach Baliye 3. The couple parted their ways in 2008. She married her best friend Ronnit Biswas in 2017.
|2004||Ek Hasina Thi||Karan's girlfriend||Hindi|
|2017||Vekh Baraatan Challiyan||Sarla Dangi||Punjabi|
|2018||Vadhayiyaan Ji Vadhayiyaan||Gagan||Punjabi|
|Film title||Original Voice(s)||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Year Release||Dub Year Release||Notes|
|2001–03||Kutumb||Monica Malhotra||Sony TV|
|2004||Raat Hone Ko Hai||Kavita||Sahara Manoranjan|
|Tumhari Disha||Porineeta||Zee TV|
|Dil Kya Chahtha Hai||Nari Merchant||Star One|
|2004–05||Ye Meri Life Hai||Annie||Sony TV|
|2005–06||C.I.D.||Sub Inspector Anushka|
|2006–15||F.I.R.||Chandramukhi Chautala||SAB TV|
|2007||Ghar Ek Sapna||Vanshika||Sahara One|
|2008||Nach Baliye 3||Herself||Star Plus|
|2009||Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan||Naina|
|Arre Deewano Mujhe Pehchano||Herself (Host)|
|2010||Comedy Circus Ka Jadoo||Herself||Sony TV|
|2013||Tota Weds Maina||Maina||SAB TV|
|2015||Comedy Nights with Kapil||Herself (promote Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa)||Colors TV|
|Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8||Participant|
|2015–16||Fakebook with Kavita||Kavita||BIG Magic|
|2016||Dr. Bhanumati On Duty||Dr. Bhanumati||SAB TV|
|2018–present||Savdhaan India||Host||Star Bharat|
|2019||Kitchen Champion||Contestant||Colors TV|
Following awards were received by her for her work in the TV show F.I.R. :
|2010||3rd Boroplus Gold Awards||Best Comic Actress(Jury)||Inspector Chandramukhi Chautala||F.I.R.||Won|
|10th Indian Telly Awards||Best Actress in a Comic Role(Jury)|
|Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actress -Comedy|
|2011||4th Boroplus Gold Awards||Best Comic Actress(Jury)|
|Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actress -Comedy|
|2012||The Global Indian Film and TV Honours||Best Actor in a Comic Role|
|11th Indian Telly Awards||Most Popular Actress in a Comic Role|
|Sab Ke Anokhe Awards||Sab Se Anokhi Boli|
|5th Boroplus Gold Awards||Best Comic Actress(Popular)|
|2013||Sab Ke Anokhe Awards||Sabse Anokhi Supercop|
- FIR actor Kavita Kaushik gets married in the lap of Kedarnath mountains. See pics. Indian Express (28 January 2017). Retrieved on 14 January 2018.
- "Got the guts!". The Hindu. 21 August 2009.
- "Chandramukhi's Case Files". The Indian Express. 21 September 2013.
- "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 8: Meet 12 Final Contestants; All You Need To Know About The Show [In Pics]". Focus News. 11 July 2015.
- "Kavita Kaushik to play an army doctor in her new show". The Times of India. 19 April 2016.
- "Kavita Kaushik birthday: Bikini photos of the F.I.R. actress will leave you agape and asking for more!". Times Now. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
- FPJ Web Desk (15 February 2017). "In pictures: Kavita Kaushik celebrates her first birthday post marriage!". The Free Press Journal. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
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Born and brought up in Delhi, Kaushik...
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