Nikita Thukral
Nikita Thukral at SRM University Milan 2010.jpg
Thukral at SRM University Milan, 2010
EducationMaster of Arts (Economics)
Alma materKishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai
  • Actor
  • Model
Years active2002–present
TelevisionBigg Boss Kannada – Reality Show
Gagandeep Singh Mago
(m. 2017)

Nikita Thukral is an Indian actress and model, who has acted in Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil films.

Early life

Thukral was born into a Punjabi Hindu family and was raised in Mumbai. She completed her M.A in Economics from Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai.[1][2] She was spotted by producer D. Ramanaidu while dining at a hotel in Juhu. He offered her a role in his upcoming film Hai (2002).


Thukral was the part of Aati Rahengi Baharein crew, which was a popular television drama series that aired on Zee TV channel on 9 September 2002. She then shifted to the South film industry by debuting in the Telugu film Hai. After appearing in Hai, Thukral starred opposite Fahad Fazil in his film debut Kaiyethum Doorath. The Malayalam film was not a box office success, but she was able to find additional roles in Tamil and Telugu films like Kurumbu and Sambaram.[3] In 2005, she entered Kannada cinema with Kichcha Sudeepa's Maharaja. Thukral then returned to star in a Tamil film and featured in Venkat Prabhu's multistarrer Saroja as Kalyani, the concubine of a gangster portrayed by Sampath Raj, and won critical acclaim for her performance. Her appearance in the song "Kodana Kodi" was appreciated as the song became popular, while her role in the film also led to her winning the ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award.[2] The success led her to sign on to appear in a big film production, Gautham Vasudev Menon's Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikaalam in a role alongside Trisha Krishnan, but the film was shelved after two schedules.[4]

After 2008, she shifted her priority from Telugu to Kannada cinema, going on to co-star with leading actors Upendra, Puneeth Rajkumar, V. Ravichandran and Darshan. After Prince, she signed on to be part of several films including Cottonpet and Priyasakha, opposite Ramesh Aravind and a Telugu film named Apartment,[5] but none of them saw a theatrical release. Her next releases were the Tamil thriller film Muran, that saw her playing Indhu, alongside actors Cheran and Prasanna and the historical film, Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna. Her only 2013 release was the Tamil masala film Alex Pandian. In 2014, she was seen in three Kannada films, although two of them, Namaste Madam and Namo Bhootatma, featured in her cameo roles only.[6][7] Her future films include the crime drama Ring Road Shubha, reportedly the first Kannada film to be made by an all-women crew, the horror flick Avunu 2 in Telugu as well as the anthological drama Traffic that would mark her Hindi debut.[8]

In addition to acting, Thukral has also done modelling work for designer Roopa Vohra.[9] She also participated in the first season of the reality show Bigg Boss Kannada, the Kannada version of Bigg Boss. She completed 99 days in the Bigg Boss Home and was the second runner-up of the show.[10][11]



Year Film Role Language Notes
2002 Hai Priya Telugu
Kaiyethum Doorath Sushama Babunath Malayalam
2003 Kurumbu Aparna Tamil
Kalyana Ramudu Kalyani Telugu
Sambaram Geeta Telugu
2004 Chatrapathi Indhu Tamil
Kushi Kushiga Sandhya Telugu
2005 Bus Conductor Noorjahan Malayalam
Vetrivel Sakthivel Manju Tamil
Maharaja Sitara Kannada
2006 Bhargava Charitham Moonam Khandam Anupama Malayalam
Nee Navve Chalu Sukanya Telugu
Evandoi Srivaru Swapna
Aganthakudu Bhanumathi
2007 Maharajsri Neelima
Don Nandini Special appearance
Anasuya Pooja
2008 Bhadradri Anu
Nee Tata Naa Birla Kannada
Saroja Kalyani Tamil ITFA Best Supporting Actress Award[12][13]
Vamshi Sharadha Kannada
Chintakayala Ravi Pooja (Poo) Telugu Special appearance
2009 Rajakumari Bubbly Kannada
Dubai Babu Vasundhara
Yodha Asha
Daddy Cool Malayalam Special appearance
2010 Naariya Seere Kadda Radha Kannada
2011 Gun Vandana
Prince Anjali
Muran Indhu Tamil
Hanebareha Kannada Delayed
2012 MLA Mani: Patham Classum Gusthiyum Malayalam
Snehitaru Dancer Kannada Special appearance
Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna Mallamma
2013 Alex Pandian Gayathri Tamil
2014 Namaste Madam Kannada Guest appearance
Software Ganda Priya S Rao
Namo Bhootatma Herself Cameo appearance
2015 Avunu 2 Telugu
Kanal Reenu Kuruvila Malayalam
Ring Road Khan's wife Kannada
Paayum Puli Folk dancer Tamil Special appearance in Soodana Moogini Song
Ranna Herself Kannada Cameo
2016 Terror Vijay's wife Telugu
Thale Bachkolli Powder Hakkolli Kannada
Traffic Rehan's girl friend Hindi
Mukunda Murari Sukanya Kannada
2017 Bongu Tamil Special appearance in song
2018 Rajasimha Kannada


Year TV Serial Role Notes
2002-2003 Aati Rahengi Baharein Dr. Amar Sanghani's Sister
2007 Kumkum - Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan Siya Sharman Wadhwa
2020 Yamaleela Aa Taruvatha Ali's wife[14]


  1. ^ "Full of beans". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2 April 2011. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b "A Chat with Saroja Star Nikita". February 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Star kids shine in Malayalam cinema". Hindustan Times. Indo-Asian News Service. 27 August 2011. Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  4. ^ "Nikita is on a roll". October 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Jenny is jealous: Nikitha Thukral – The Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. ^ What's Nikita Thukral doing in Namaste Madam? – The Times of India. The Times of India (9 April 2014). Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  7. ^ Nikita acts in Namoo Bhoothaathma – The Times of India. The Times of India. (21 August 2014). Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  8. ^ What is Nikita Thukral's role in Ring Road Shubha? – The Times of India. The Times of India (15 October 2013). Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Jewellery for that royal touch..." DNA. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  10. ^ Nikita's bitter Bigg Boss tale. The New Indian Express (4 July 2013). Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  11. ^ Nikita shoots for Software Ganda in Bangalore – The Times of India. The Times of India (18 January 2014). Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Punjabi lass who created waves in southern films - Times of India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
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  14. ^ Desk, Klapboard (22 September 2020). "Yamaleela returns on the small screen | klapboardpost". Retrieved 28 June 2021.