Kriti Kharbanda (born 29 October 1988) is an Indian film actress who began her career primarily in Kannada and Telugu cinema. She was a model before making her acting debut in the 2009 Telugu film Boni. Subsequently she went on to become one of the top actresses in Kannada. She is currently making her debut in Tamil cinema as well as in Bollywood.
Kriti Kharbanda was born in New Delhi into a Punjabi family. She moved to Bengaluru in the early 1990s with her family. After completing her high school in Baldwin Girls High School, she attended Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College before graduating from Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College.She holds a diploma in jewel designing.[
According to herself, she was very active in cultural activities during school and college. As a child, she was also featured in a number of advertisements and she continued modelling while in school/college, stating that she “always loved doing TV commercials”.Her prominent modelling campaigns during her college days were for Bhima Jewellers, Spar, and Fair and Lovely. Her photo on the Spar billboard caught the attention of NRI director Raj Pippala who was looking for a heroine for his film, and that paved the way for her acting career. She said that she had initially no plans of becoming an actress and that it was only because of her mother’s encouragement that she considered it seriously.
After being seen on the Spar billboard, Kriti was selected as the female lead for the Telugu film Boni opposite Sumanth. Boni received negative reviews but fetched Kriti a positive response. While Sify wrote, “Kriti was a good choice and she had no tense moments despite her debut. Her looks are gorgeous and she has a lot of future if she plays her cards correctly”,Rediff wrote, “Kriti Kharbanda looks fresh and pretty and manages to play the part of Pragati in a fairly convincing way. She may have to work on her expressions a bit in future, though”.Although the film was unsuccessful at the box office,she landed a prominent role in the Pawan Kalyan film Teen Maar. Her next release, however, was her debut Kannada film, Chiru. Her performance was mostly well received, with The Times of India writing that she “excels in her performance” and Indiaglitz.com stating that she “is very pretty and her expressions are good”. IANS wrote that she “looks ravishing in song sequences” and “is good at dancing”.