Ragini Khanna

Ragini Khanna is an Indian film and television actress.[2] She has also hosted various reality shows, such as India's Best Dramebaaz (2013) [3] and Gangs of Haseepur (2014).[4] She is best known for her roles as Bharti in Bhaskar Bharti and as Suhana Kishore Bajpai-Kashyap in Sasural Genda Phool. She was a contestant on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa in its fourth season in 2010. She appeared in Comedy Nights with Kapil portraying many roles.

Ragini Khanna
Khanna at the launch of 'Mirabella Bar & Kitchen'
Years active2008–present
RelativesSee Govinda family[1]

Early life

Khanna's parents are Praveen Khanna and Kamini Khanna. She is the 2nd child of her parents. Her elder brother, Amit Khanna is also an actor and has worked in serials like Yeh Dil Chahe More.[5] Her mother, Kaamini Khanna is a writer, music director, singer, anchor and founder of 'Beauty with Astrology'.[6] She is the granddaughter of classical singer Nirmala Devi and popular 1940s actor Arun Ahuja. She is also the niece of Bollywood actor Govinda and the cousin of Krushna Abhishek (actor, stand-up comedian), Aarti Singh (TV actress) and Soumya Seth (TV actress). In October 2015, Khanna's father died.



Khanna made her acting debut with the daily soap opera Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi on NDTV Imagine as "Ragini Sharma".[7] In 2009, Khanna played in Sony TV's comedy show Bhaskar Bharti.[8] Khanna also appeared as a guest in an episode of 10 Ka Dum, Khanna won an amount of 1,000,000 rupees and donated the money for charity.[9] She was also seen as a guest in Imagine TV's reality show Big Money: Chota Parda Bada Game.[10]

In March 2010, Khanna appeared in Star Plus's show Sasural Genda Phool.[11][12][13] She played the lead role as Suhana Kashyap, an arrogant person but very good at heart who gets married to a guy of a middle class joint family. The show went off air on 21 April 2012. Her portrayal as Suhana won her some awards including BIG Star Most Entertaining Television Actor - Female. She also appeared in a special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati 4.[14]

In December 2010, Khanna participated in the 4th season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.[15][16] and was eliminated at 9th position on 14 February 2011.[17] In 2011, Khanna participated in a celebrity singing reality show Star Ya Rockstar on Zee TV.[18] Khanna's next project was the 5th season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as host.[19] She also did a cameo role in Life OK's show Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan Ki.[20] In January 2013, Khanna was seen in Life OK's cookery show Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi ki.[21] She appeared in Comedy Nights with Kapil and Comedy Nights Live. In 2016, Khanna hosted a show on ABP News called Good Morning with Ragini Khanna.


In 2011, Khanna made her Bollywood debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's comedy film Teen They Bhai.[22][23] In 2013, Khanna worked in Punjabi film Bhaji in Problem.[24] the film earned a good box office collection.[25] Khanna is scheduled to feature opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Pushpendra Mishra’s upcoming comedy film Ghoomketu, which is slated to release later in 2018.[26]

In the media

Khanna is known for her frank and assertive nature, and has been outspoken on issues including the commercialisation of festivals such as Navratri.[27] During a shoot of Star Ya Rockstar, the actress reacted defensively when fellow contestants expressed their preference for the performance of another contestant, Chhavi Mittal.[28] In an interview after her elimination from the show, Khanna said, "I always motivated Chhavi whenever she was nervous before her performance. I think I have a certain aura which prompts people to like me. I am always nice to people who are nice to me. I don't throw tantrums for any rhyme or reason."[29] During Life OK's culinary show Welcome, Khanna and her co-contestant Nigaar Khan were seen arguing during the show.[30][31] Khanna vented her anger against the channel through her Twitter account, where she claimed that in an episode of the show, Khanna's mother's name was mispronounced in a demeaning fashion.[32][33]

Other works and appearances

In 2010, Khanna hosted Diwali Dilo Ki, a Diwali celebration event by Star Plus.[34] In 2011 Khanna hosted the music launch of Ra.One, a Bollywood science-fiction starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor.[35] Khanna then hosted another instalment of Diwali celebration events by Star Plus for the year 2011. The event was titled Diwali Rishton Ki Mithas and Khanna hosted various segments of that event.[36] She also appeared in the promotional video of Ruk Jana Nahi (another Star Plus serial) along with fellow Star Plus actresses Deepika Singh, Nia Sharma & Pooja Gaur.[37]

TV commercials and endorsements

Khanna is the brand ambassador of 'Beauty with Astrology' science organisation founded by her mother, Kamini Khanna. They have also launched an early morning spiritual and wellness radio show titled 'Seher' on 92.7 BIG FM with Khanna as the brand ambassador.[38] In 2010, Khanna was roped in as judge in Frito-Lay India's consumer campaign titled "Kurkure Spend Time with Family".[39]

Khanna was also the brand ambassador of "Mix n Drink" campaign launched by Catch foods] in 2011.[40] In 2013, Khanna featured in the "My Roohafza story" activation campaign launched by Hamdard division.[29][41][32]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2011 Teen Thay Bhai Gurleen Kaur Hindi
2013 Bhaji in Problem Preet Cheema Punjabi
TBA Ghoomketu TBA Hindi Post-production
2017 Gurgaon Preet Hindi Released[42]
2019 Posham Pa Shikha Deshpande Hindi Released[43] on Zee5


Year NameRoleChannelRef
2008Radhaa Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar DikhayengiRagini SharmaImagine TV
Jasuben Jayantilaal Joshi Ki Joint FamilyGuest [44]
2009Bhaskar BhartiBhartiSony TV
Dekh India DekhContestant
10 Ka Dum Season 2[9]Guest Participant
2010–12Sasural Genda PhoolSuhana Ishaan Kashyap/Suhana BajpaiStar Plus
2010Big Money: Chota Parda Bada GameGuest ParticipantImagine TV
Comedy Ka Daily SoapGuestSony TV [45]
Meethi Choori No 1ParticipantImagine TV
Baat Hamari Pakki HaiGuestSony TV
Sapna Babul Ka...BidaaiGuest/SuhanaStar Plus
Comedy Circus Ke SuperStarsGuest PerformerSony TV
Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 4Guest Participant
2010–11Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4Contestant
2011Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna HaiGuest/SuhanaStar Plus
Ruk Jaana NahinGuest
Jubilee Comedy CircusHostSony TV
Ratan Ka RishtaGuestImagine TV
Comedy Circus Ka Naya DaurGuest ContestantSony TV
Star Ya RocktarContestantZee TV [28]
2012Kahani Comedy Circus KiHerselfSony TV
Movers & Shakers Masala MarkeyGuestSAB TV
Main Lakshmi Tere Aangan KiHerselfLife OK
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 5HostColors TV
2013Welcome - Baazi Mehmaan-Nawaazi KiContestantLife OK
India’s Best DramebaazHostZee TV
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6Guest ContestantColors TV [46]
Badalte Rishton Ki DastaanHerselfZee TV [47]
2014Diya Aur Baati HumCameoStar Plus
Comedy Nights with KapilPersonality Development TeacherColors TV
Gangs of HaseepurHostZee TV
Dil Hai Chota Sa Choti Si AshaHostSony Pal [48]
2016Comedy Nights LiveMrs. Sharma and Various charactersColors TV
Good Morning with Ragini KhannaHostABP News
2017Rasoi Ki Jung Mummyon Ke SungContestantColors TV [49]
2018Entertainment Ki Raat
2019Kitchan Champion 5

Awards and nominations

YearCategoryFor The ShowResult
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards
2012Apsara Award for Best Actress in a Drama SeriesSasural Genda PhoolWon
(tied with Sakshi Tanwar)[50][51]
BIG Television Awards
2011Dulara Charactater Female (Fiction)Sasural Genda PhoolNominated[52]
BIG Garma Garam Jodi (Fiction) (along with Jay Soni) Won[53]
Rangeela Character Female (Fiction)Nominated[53]
Colors Golden Petal awards
2012Most Lokpriya Non-fiction AnchorJhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5Nominated[54]
Global Indian Film and TV Honours
2012Best Performance in a Comic RoleSasural Genda PhoolNominated[55]
Indian Television Academy Awards
2010Best Actress - Drama (Popular)Sasural Genda PhoolNominated[56]
Best Actress - Drama (Jury)Nominated[57]
2013Best Anchor - Music & Film Based ShowIndia’s Best DramebaazNominated[58]
Indian Telly Awards
2010Best Actress in a Lead RoleSasural Genda PhoolWon[59]
2012Best Actress in a Lead Role (Jury)Nominated[60]
Zee Gold Awards
2011Best Actor - Female (Popular)Sasural Genda PhoolNominated[61]
Best Celebrity JodiNominated[61]


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