Name: Karishma Kotak
Birthdate: 26th of May, 1982
Biography: Karishma Kotak is a well-known British Indian actress, model and television presenter. She was born on the 26th of May in the year 1982 in the North West part of London, England. When she was of 9 years of age, she was supposedly very naughty, for which her parents had sent her to a boarding school. Soon enough, she graduated with a Bachelor in Arts in Advertising and Marketing degree. During her childhood days she had wanted to become a teacher and she had even enrolled herself in a teaching course. Karishma’s father was from Gujarat and she lives with her mother and a 23 year old brother called Sunny Kotak. She is well versed with English, Hindi and Gujarati languages. Karishma Kotak had been into a relationship with Niketan Madhok, the Indian model whom she had met in the year 2005 at Mumbai. However they broke up after two months.
At a young age of sixteen, Karishma started her modelling journey and she worked for magazines such as Just Seventeen and various other projects in London. She used to do various projects and fashion shows in and around United Kingdom and Europe. When she was twenty years old, she visited India and there she realised that India’s fashion and film industry could offer her with loads of opportunities. She worked with brands such as FCUK and Tony & Guy. In the year 2004, Karishma had walked the ramp at the London Fashion Week. She had also been a presenter for ‘The Karishma Show’, which was a UK television show dealing with lifestyle, entertainment and movies.
In the year 2005 Karishma shifted to the City of Dreams, Mumbai. Soon enough she was selected to be a part of the 2006 Kingfisher Calendar, published by United Breweries Group. This was shot by Atul Kasbekar in Australia. This entire project brought her into the limelight in the Indian fashion scenario and after this she started receiving various offers for television advertisements and promotional campaigns. She worked for brands such as Sobha Wedding Galaxy, CMR Grand, Achakottil Jewels, Elmore, Kalyan Silks, Alapatt Jewels, Rang Sarees, Sagar Sarees, Saffola, Tanishq, Diesel, Titan Xylus, Wella Hair Color, Pond’s and Dove. She was the brand ambassador of Dove and thus she was featured on billboards and hoardings in the major cities in India. In the month of April in 2012, Karishma appeared in two commercials with Abhishek Bachchan, for Idea Cellular. Next she was signed up by VVF Limited for a television commercial of their product, Jo, a soap bar. A few months later she even did a television commercial with Salman Khan for Relaxo, the footwear brand. She had appeared on the cover page of some well-known magazines such as Vogue, Snoop, Elle, Hello!, OK!, Maxim, Asian Woman and FHM. In 2008, she appeared on the cover page of Time n Style Beauty magazine with the title ‘Eye, Me & Myself- Let your eyes speal’ in its March-April issue. She has also been touted as ‘IPL’s hottest presenter’ in the April 2013 issue of FHM (India) where she had appeared on the cover page.
Karishma Kotak had also hosted numerous programmes and events, such as the Indian Premiere League (2013) auction in the month of February, 2013 at ITC Grand Chola, situated in Chennai. A live broadcast of this auction was done by Sony SIX. In the month of January, 2013 Karishma Kotak had unveiled the curtain raiser event for Vizag Fashion Week at Park Hotel in Visakhapatnam. This was a Kingfisher Ultra undertaking and she was selected to be this event’s brand ambassador. She had modelled for famous brands such as Ralph Lauren and FCUK and she had been a ramp model for M. A. C. Cosmetics, Provogue, Titas Xylus Launch Indian Fashion Street- Fashion Tour. In March, 2013 she walked the ramp as a showstopper showcasing the collection of Manali Jagtap. This fashion show was held at Shockk Lounge, situated in Bandra, Mumbai.
Karishma Kotak has even starred in a few music videos, the notable among them being ‘Me Against Myself’ (2004) by Jay Sean, the British singer and songwriter. Next up in 2006 she appeared in the music video for the song ‘Madbhari’ by Sapna Mukherjee and Sonu Nigam. The following year Karishma appeared in ‘Belly Dancing’, an English Hindi music video by DJ Apache Indian.
She had to overcome several hurdles before she actually could get into a film. It was very much difficult for her to get accustomed to the ways of the new city and also to the languages spoken over there, and moreover since she did not have any kind of a filmy background, it was even more difficult for her to get a place in the film industry. She made her debut with Prabhu Deva’s Telugu film, ‘Shankar Dada Zindabaad’ starring Rajiv Teja, Allu Arjun, Pawan Kalyan, Sadha, Sayaji Shinde, Chiranjeevi, Dilip Prabhavalkar and Srikanth. ‘Shankar Dada Zindabaad’ was a remake of Bollywood’s ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and it did a good job at the Box Office. In the month of December, 2008 Karishma appeared in another Telugu flick, ‘Dhyeyam’. This film was a flop at the box office.
Her very first film in Bollywood was a film by UTV Motion Pictures called ‘Season Greetings’ directed by Vicky Chopra and starring Vatsal Seth, Jaaved Jaaferi, Aashish Chaudhary, Sohail Khan, Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Arora and Tabu. She had initially signed up for this film in 2008, but the shooting got delayed and the film was finally released in the month of January, 2010 and it failed to create much of an impact at the Box Office. She continued experimenting various types of role and then in March 2010 she did a guest appearance in ‘In Ghost House Inn’, a Malayalam film by Lal, starring Nedumudi Venu, Radhika, Ashokan, Siddiqui, Jagadish and Mukesh. This film, despite receiving mixed reviews, it did fairly well at the theatres. In the month of April in 2010 Karishma’s another Telugu flick, ‘Glamour’ was released, but this also was declared to be a flop. She would also be doing a guest appearance in ‘Jo Bhi Karva Lo’, produced by Bhola Malviya and starring Soha Ali Khan and Arshad Warsi, Paresh Rawal, Jaaved Jaaferi and Geeta Basra.
Apart from ‘The Karishma Store’ she had also been a presenter for ‘Spa Diaries’ a famous Indian television show which was targeted to international audiences. In 2010, during November, Karishma had taken part in ‘Naacho Rey’, a Telugu dance reality show broadcasted on Zee Telugu. The following year she had taken part in the sixth edition of Bigg Boss, the famous television reality show. However due to her father’s sudden death she had to make an emergency exit from the Bigg Boss house after spending four weeks over there. On the 42nd day, she re-entered the house and she was finally evicted in the month of December, 2012. She also used to be a presenter of the television show, ‘Extraaa Innings’ which was a post-match analysis of the 2013 Indian Premiere League. This show was broadcasted on Set Max and Karishma’s co-hosts included Gaurav Kapoor, Samir Kochhar and Rochelle Maria Rao.