Kishwar Merchant, also known as Kishwar Rai, is an Indian actress and model. Starting her career in 1997, she has done considerable work in the Indian television industry, appearing in several drama series. However, she is best known for appearing as Nonie in the teen drama ‘Hip Hip Hurray’. She is also recognized for playing the roles of Dimpy Karan Kapoor and Rubina in the drama series ‘Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar’ and ‘Hatim’ respectively. Merchant is also known for appearing as a contestant in the 9th season of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss’. Talking about her social media status, the Indian actress cum model is immensely popular on Instagram. With about 1 million fans on the social networking site, she is one of the most talked-about television actresses in India. Merchant is also active on Twitter and keeps on updating her profile from time to time. Currently, the actress is married to actor Suyyash Rai.
Kishwar Merchant started her acting career with the 1997 TV drama series ‘Shaktimaan’. She then appeared as Nonie on Zee TV’s teen drama ‘Hip Hip Hurray’. After this, she starred in the programs ‘Babul Ki Duwayen Leti Jaa’, ‘Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand’, ‘Kutumb’ and ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’. In 2002, the actress appeared as Dr. Aditi on Sony TV’s ‘Dhadkan’. The same year, she began playing the role of Malini on the drama ‘Piya Ka Ghar’.
From 2003 to 2009, Merchant did several shows including ‘Kayaamat’,’ Hatim’, ‘Khichdi’, ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’, ‘Reth’, ‘Rihaee’, ‘Shiqwa’, ‘Instant Khichdi’, ‘Kkavyanjali’, ‘Kaajjal’, ‘Meri Awaz Ko Mil Gayi Roshni’, ‘Miley Jab Hum Tum’ and ‘Namak Haraam’, to name a few. Then in 2010, she was seen on Star One’s ‘Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani’. A year later, she appeared in the movie ‘Bheja Fry 2’. Soon after this, the Indian actress starred in the dramas ‘Chhoti Bahu’, ‘Arjun’, ‘Amrit Mantha’ and ‘Best Friends Forever’.
In 2013, she played Rama in the series ‘Hongey Judaa Na Hum’. The same year, she started playing Zelna in Life OK’s adventure-fiction drama ‘Hatim’. Merchant then got featured in many shows in 2014, such as ‘Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon’, ‘Ek Hasina Thi’, ‘Akbar Birbal’, ‘Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan’ and ‘Itna Karo Na Mujhe Pyaar’. She then appeared as a contestant in the reality show ‘Bigg Boss 9’. After getting evicted from the reality show, the actress did ‘Box Cricket League 2’ in 2016. The same year, she appeared in the web series ‘Desi Explorers’. Merchant also starred in ‘Brahmarakshas - Jaag Utha Shaitaan’ that year. After this, she acted in Star Plus’ ‘Dhhai Kilo Prem’ in 2017. She also began playing Neeta Malhotra on the drama ‘Savitri Devi College & Hospital’ the same year.
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Kishwar Merchant was born on 3 February 1981 in Mumbai,India, to Rizwana and Siraj Merchant. In 2010, she began dating actor Suyyash Rai. The couple got married on 16 December 2016.