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Kiran Vairale

  • Primary Cinema: Hindi
  • Parents: Madhusudan Vairale, Vijayalakshmi Vairale

In a very short film career that spanned only a decade, Kiran Vairale left a lasting impression on audiences as a perky, chirpy young actress. Just as suddenly as she had appeared on the horizon, she faded out, no longer to be seen on the screen, whether big or small.


Kiran Vairale’s tryst with acting began in 1972 when she was a school student in tenth grade. She was selected for a 45 minute one act play that her school was putting up. The play was being directed by a young man, then studying law and dabbling in theatre, who noticed her potential and pushed her to take up acting more seriously, first with the IPTA and then with movies. The young man was Farooque Sheikh.


Once Kiran Vairale’s interest in theatre had been ignited, there was no looking back. In her second year of college, she joined IPTA and acted in many plays – starting with Sambhog Se Sanyas Tak. She made her debut on the silver screen in Doosara Aadmi (1977) and went on to act in blockbusters such as Saath Saath (1982), Naram Garam (1981), Arth (1982), Prem Rog (1982) and Namkeen (1982). In her brief career spanning just 21 films, she also acted in a Kannada movie Pallavi Anu Pallavi (1984). This film was Mani Ratnam’s debut film as a director and still remains the only Kannada film that Anil Kapoor has acted in.

Her petite frame and her chirpy demeanour usually led to her being typecast as a younger sister or the heroine’s friend, a role she played beautifully in the famous O Maria song in 1985’s Saagar.


Vairale married Dilip Kumar’s nephew, Syed Fahdm and relocated to New York in the early eighties. While she kept in touch with theatre in New York, her brief career in Hindi films came to an end.


Kiran Vairale reinvented herself in the States and now owns one of America’s largest immigrant-based recruitment advertising agencies.