She made her debut opposite Bobby Deol in Barsaat (1995). The film did well at the box office, and she received the Filmfare Best Debut Award for her performance. After an eye surgery for a slight crosseye condition, Khanna went on to do many films which got her good reviews and recognition from the audience. She has acted with some of the best stars in the industry, including Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, and Govinda. Karan Johar admitted in an interview Twinkle was in his mind for the role of Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,but she refused it and Rani was signed.

Her notable film roles include the girl next door in Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai with Salman Khan (1998), the undercover spy along with Shahrukh Khan in Baadshah (1999) and the village belle in Mela (2000). She paired Venkatesh in the year 1999 in a Telugu movie Seenu.

She left the industry after her marriage to Akshay Kumar, citing that she did not enjoy the acting profession anymore. She has moved on. Her last film was Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega (2001), which was received averagely at the box office.

In 2002, Khanna opened her own interior design store in Crawford Market, Mumbai called The White Window, in partnership with her long time friend Gurlein Manchanda. Since then, the store has received a prestigious Elle Decor International Design Award (from Indian edition of Elle Decor magazine). Twinkle has opened up another branch of the flagship store elsewhere in Mumbai and plans to expand throughout India.

Twinkle Khanna recently did the interiors for Rani Mukerji's new house.

Personal life

Twinkle Khanna is the daughter of Dimple Kapadia and Rajesh Khanna. She is the sister of Rinke Khanna. Her aunt is Simple Kapadia. Twinkle Khanna was born into a Punjabi and Gujarati family. Twinkle married Bollywood Actor Akshay Kumar in 2001 and they have a son, Aarav Bhatia. She has retired from the film industry after her marriage and ventured into interior designing since then.


Year Film Role Other notes

1995 Barsaat Tina Oberoi Won, Filmfare Best Debut Award

1996 Jaan Kajal

1996 Dil Tera Diwana Komal

1997 Uff! Yeh Mohabbat Sonia Verma

1997 Iitihaas Naina

1997 Zulmi Komal

1997 International Khilaadi Payal

1998 Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai Komal Sinha

1999 Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan Jasmine Arora

1999 Baadshah Seema Malhotra/Tina

1999 Seenu Only Telegu movie for Twinkle Khanna

2000 Mela Roopa

2000 Chal Mere Bhai Puja Special appearance

2000 Joru Ka Ghulam Durga

2001 Jodi No.1 Tina

2001 Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega Anjali Murthy