Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann Khurrana at the Mumbai Police Mission Mrityunjay function
Ayushmann at Mumbai Police Mission Mrityunjay Function, October 2013
Born Ayushmann Khurrana
(1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 30)
Chandigarh, India
Occupation Television Anchor, Actor, Singer, Video Jockey,
Previously Radio Jockey, Reality Show Contestant
Years active 2002–2007 (theatre)
2007–2008 (radio)
2008 – present (Television Presenter)
2012 – present (Actor)
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Tahira Kashyap
Children 2
Parents P. Khurrana, Mrs. Poonam Khurrana
Relatives Aparshakti Khurrana (brother)

Ayushmann Khurrana (born 14 September 1984) is an Indian television anchor, film actor and singer. In 2012, Khurrana made his film debut in Shoojit Sircar's romantic comedy Vicky Donor, which touched on the topic of sperm donation in India. Upon release, the film was a critical and commercial success, and Khurrana received positive reviews for his performance.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Ayushmann Khurrana is a native of Chandigarh, and studied at St. John’s High School and DAV College in Chandigarh. He majored in English literature and has done Masters in Mass Communication from School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, in Chandigarh. He has been active in theatre for five years. He was also the founder member of DAV College’s "Aaghaaz" and "Manchtantra", which are active theatre groups in Chandigarh. He has conceptualised and enacted in street plays and won prizes in national fests like Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay), Oasis (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) and St. Bedes Simla. He also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug.

Career[edit]

2004–11: Television and early career[edit]

Ayushmann Khurrana started his career when he turned out to be the winner in Roadies 2.[3] After finishing studies, his first job was a radio jockey at BIG FM, Delhi. He hosted the show Big Chai – Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann and also won the Young Achievers Award in 2007 for it.[4] After radio, Khurrana moved on to become a Video Jockey on MTV with Pepsi MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan, an informative show for the youth.

He also worked in many other MTV shows as well like MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India and Jaadoo Ek Baar.[5] He then turned as television host with a multiple-talent based reality show India's Got Talent on Colors TV which he co-anchored with Nikhil Chinapa[6] and Stripped which gave latest updates on the Indian TV industry with comic tinge, again on MTV. At the end of the year he was also the anchor of a singing reality show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla on STAR Plus.[7]

Apart from hosting the second seasons of MTV Rock On, and India's Got Talent on Colors. Khurrana was also a part of the anchoring team of Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League Season 3 on SET Max with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar and Angad Bedi.[8][9] Instead of hosting the 3rd season of India's Got Talent, Khurrana took up the offer of anchoring the dance-based reality show Just Dance on STAR Plus[citation needed] judged by Hrithik Roshan, Vaibhavi Merchant and Farah Khan.

2012–present: Film debut and breakthrough[edit]

In 2012, he made his Bollywood debut with Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor[10] opposite Yami Gautam. The film marked actor John Abraham's debut as a producer.[11] Vicky Arora who marries a Bengali girl without telling her about his past as a sperm donor. Despite its small budget, the movie became a major commercial success and received critical acclaim.[1][2][12] For the film, he also sang a song Pani Da Rang composed by him and Rochak Kohli. Both the movie and song were well received. Khurrana received critical acclaim for his performance. Taran Adarsh notes "Ayushmann is a complete natural, has all the trappings of a fine actor and delivers a super confident performance."[13] Gaurav Malani adds that Khurrana "is so natural that it never seems he's acting but rather gliding through the role. He is a pro at both the comedy and emotional scenes."[14] Khurrana went on to receive many accolades for his performance, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. In spite of his successful Bollywood debut, Khurrana did not quit television completely, and was seen anchoring the IIFA Awards 2012, People's Choice Awards India 2012 and the Screen Awards 2013. Riffing off the plot of Vicky Donor, Khurrana later appeared in a PETA ad campaign, encouraging pet owners to have their dogs and cats sterilized.[15]

Khurrana was next seen in Rohan Sippy's Nautanki Saala[16] co-starring Pooja Salvi, Kunal Roy Kapoor,[17] and Evelyn Sharma.[18] The film opened to positive reviews from critics, with Taran Adarsh stating that the film was "uncontaminated, witty and amusing".[19] Khurrana has sung two songs in this movie namely Saddi Gali and Tu Hi Tu, one of which he has composed himself again in collaboration with Rochak Kohli. Nautanki Saala was released on 12 April 2013.[20] The film proved to be a moderate success at the box office, earning approx. INR210 million (US$3.4 million) at the domestic box office.[21]

Khurrana's first film of 2014 was Yash Raj Films's Bewakoofiyaan, directed by Nupur Asthana, in which he starred alongside Sonam Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor. The film release on 14 March 2014 to mixed reaction.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31] His performance was well received by critics. The Hindustan Times' Anupama Chopra praised Khuranna's performance, saying, "The strongest performance here is Ayushmann’s. His anger and frustration at losing the good life are palpable."[32]

He is currently filming for the biopic on the life of Shivkar Bapuji Talpade titled Hawaizaada (earlier titled Bambai Fairytale) [33][34] and is also set to reunite with his Vicky Donor team, in Hamara Bajaj, in which he will play the role of a struggling actor.[35][36] Khurrana will also be seen in next Sharat Katariya's directorial Dum Laga Ke Haisha under production of Yash Raj Films banner.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Khurrana originally belongs to Chandigarh and his family is still based there. His father Mr. P Khurrana, is a renowned astrologer and an author on the subject of astrology, while his mother Poonam is a house wife and a qualified M.A. in Hindi. His brother Aparshakti is a radio jockey at OYE 104.8 FM in Delhi.[38] The ambiance of literature at home influenced Khurrana as well and he took to writing as a hobby. He also maintains a blog where he writes in Hindi and it has been received very well by his admirers. He is married to his childhood friend Tahira.[39] He has two children, a son and a daughter. His son, Virajveer, was born in 2012 and his daughter, Varushka, was born on 21 April 2014.[40][41]

Career chronology[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Vicky Donor Vicky Arora Also sung and co-composed the song Pani Da Rang' from the movie's soundtrack and got the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer and Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut' awards.
2013 Nautanki Saala Ram Parmar aka RP Also sung the songs Saadi Galli Aaja and Tu Hi Tu from the movie's soundtrack
2014 Bewakoofiyaan Mohit Chaddha Also sung the song Khamkhaan from the movie's soundtrack
Hawaizaada Shivkar Bapuji Talpade Filming
Dum Laga Ke Haisha Prem Filming
2015 1911 Abhilash Ghosh[42] Pre-production
2015 Hamara Bajaj

Television shows[edit]

Year Show Role Channel Notes
2004 MTV Roadies (Season 2) winner MTV Winner of 'MTV Roadies Season 2'
2007 Kayamath Saket Shergil Star Plus
2008 MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan Video Jockey MTV India Co-hosted the show with MTV VJs Bani J and Vineet Modi
MTV Fully Faltoo Movie-Cheque De India Fakir Khan MTV Spoof of Shahrukh Khan starrer movie Chak De! India
MTV Fully Faltoo Movie-Jadoo Ekbar Prince Jalebi MTV Spoof of the movie Jodhaa Akbar
MTV Roadies Hell Down Under Anchor MTV Anchor for the auditions only
Ek Thi Rajkumari Zee Next Antagonist
2008–09 Fantastic 5 Video Jockey MTV
2009 India's Got Talent (Season 1) Anchor Colors TV Co-hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa
Rock on with MTV ( Season 1) Anchor MTV Anchor for the auditions only
MTV Roadies (Season 7) Anchor MTV Anchor for the auditions only
Stripped Anchor MTV
Amul Music Ka Maha Muqqabla Anchor Star Plus
2010 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Himself Sab TV Guest appearance (to promote IPL 3)
Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League (Season 3) Presenter SET Max Co-hosted the show with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar and Angad Bedi
India's Got Talent (Season 2) Anchor Colors TV Co-hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa
Rock on with MTV (Season 2) Anchor MTV Co-hosted the show with Lisa Haydon
2010 – Present Super Star Buzz Anchor Star Plus
2011 MTV Grind Anchor MTV
MTV Roadies (Season 8) Anchor MTV
Just Dance Anchor Star Plus Winner

Events hosted[edit]

Year Function Channel
2009 Apasara Awards Colors TV
Pearls Wave Awards Sony Entertainment Television
I am She
2010 STAR Parivaar Awards Star Plus
Sahara India Sports Awards Star Plus
Big Star Entertainment Awards Star Plus
2011 STAR Parivaar Awards Star Plus
Ra.One Press Conference YouTube
2012 Femina Miss India Sony Entertainment Television
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Plus
People's Choice Awards India Colors TV
2013 Screen Awards Colors TV
Mirchi Music Awards Colors TV

Discography[edit]

Year Song Album Notes
2012 Pani Da Rang Vicky Donor Co-composed with Rochak Kohli
2013 Saddi Gali Nautanki Saala! Co-composed with Rochak Kohli
Tu Hi Tu Nautanki Saala!
O Heeriye N.A Solo track; co-composed with Rochak Kohli
2014 Khaamakhaan Bewakoofiyaan Duet with Neeti Mohan
Dil-e-Naadan Hawaizaada Rendition of Mirza Ghalib's version [43]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title of Work Award Category Result
2007 Bharat Nirman Awards Young Achievers Won[4]
2011 Just Dance Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor of Music/Film Based show (Jury) Won[44]
2012 Cosmopolitan Fun and Fearless Awards Best TV Anchor Won[45]
Star Parivaar Awards Favorite Mezbaan Won[46]
Vicky Donor 5th Boroplus Gold Awards Rising Film Stars From TV Won[47]
Bhaskar Bollywood Awards Most Dramatic Newcomer (Male) Won[48]
GQ India Men of the Year Emerging Talent of the Year Won[49]
Global Indian Music Awards Hottest Song (for "Pani Da Rang") Won[50]
Best Music Debut (as singer) Nominated[51]
Best Music Debut (as music composer/lyricist, along with Rochak Kohli) Nominated[51]
People's Choice Awards India Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female) Nominated[52]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Male Won[53]
2013 Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Won[54]
Best Male Playback Singer Won[54]
ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Male) Won[55]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male Won[56]
Best Male Playback Singer Nominated[57]
Zee Cine Awards Best Male Debut Won[58]
Best Playback Singer – Male Nominated[58]
Stardust Awards Best Actor Won[59]
New Musical Sensation (Male) Won[59]
Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Nominated[60]
Renault Star Guild Awards Best Male Debut Won[61]
Best Male Playback Singer Won[61]
Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[62]
Best Lyrics Nominated[62]
Times of India Film Awards Best Debut – Male Won[63]
Best Playback Singer – Male Nominated[64]
IIFA Awards Star Debut of the Year – Male Won[65]
Best Actor Nominated[66]
Best Lyricist Nominated[66]
Best Male Playback Nominated[66]

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