Twinkle Khanna (born Twinkle Jatin Khanna on 29 December, 1974 in Mumbai) is an Indian author, newspaper columnist, film producer, former film actress and interior designer. At the end of 2016, her first book Mrs Funnybones which was released in 2015 was still at No. 1 on the non-fiction list as per HT-Nielsen Bookscan, simultaneously her second book, The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad was standing at No. 2 in the fiction category. Salaam Noni Appa, a story from the same book has been adapted into a play directed by Lillette Dubey.
Her most recent book, Pyjamas Are Forgiving (Juggernaut Books, 2018) was released in September 2018 and debuted at No. 1 on the HT Nielsen Bestseller List.After leaving the acting profession in the same year, she ventured into interior designing and is the co-owner of The White Window, a chain of interior designing stores which operates in Mumbai.
She is the co-founder of the production company Grazing Goat Pictures, and has co-produced six features including the Marathi language drama 72 Miles. She also produced, Pad Man, a critically acclaimed film based on the life of Muruganatham Arunachalam, this time with a strong focus on dispelling taboos around menstruation, a topic that has never been explored in cinema before.
Khanna has been actively advocating the cause of menstrual hygiene. She joined hands with Save the Children to promote the right to menstrual hygiene among children and slum communities. She was invited to speak at the prestigious Oxford Union to discuss about period poverty and menstrual hygiene. She was also invited to be a part of an eminent panel at the United Nations, New York and also appeared on BBC world Impact show to talk about menstrual hygiene and sanitation globally.
Khanna is the Indian brand ambassador for LOréal.