Jackky Bhagnani

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Jackky Bhagnani
From flab to fab
Native name जैकी भगनानी
Born Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2009–present
Parent(s) Vashu Bhagnani

Jackky Bhagnani is an Indian actor working in Bollywood films. He is the son of Indian producer Vashu Bhagnani. He made his acting debut with Kal Kissne Dekha in 2009. He had to shed 60 kilos in two years for his role and went on to win the prestigious IIFA Debut Award for the film. He was praised for his films F.A.L.T.U., Rangrezz, and Youngistaan, and is an accomplished dancer. He will next be seen in Welcome To Karachi.

Early life[edit]

Bhagnani was born in Kolkata, West Bengal[1] in India to a Sindhi family. He studied in St.Teresa’s High School and used to accompany his father on the sets of many movies. One such movie was Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda starrer Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, where he would closely observe both the legends in action.

Post schooling, he chose to acquire a Degree in Commerce from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.[2]


Jackky was an assistant producer for Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein (2001), closely observing and learning all aspects of film making. In 2009, he signed his first film as an actor, Kal Kisne Dekha Hai. In preparation for his debut, he lost 60 kg in less than two years, working hard to achieve a lean look. His inspiration came from none other than Amitabh Bachchan himself, when he told Jackky 'Beta, aap length aur width dono mein badhte ja rahe ho. Kuch karo' (Son you are growing in length and width both. Do something about it). Salman Khan further motivated him to hit the gym. Finally, under the watchful eye of Arjun Rampal, Jackky began his gym routine. Now he says he cannot imagine not exercising, and being out of shape.

Jackky Bhagnani lost 60 kgs

In April 2011, he starred in F.A.L.T.U. The film was shot in India and Mauritius (the college of F.A.L.T.U was actually the University of Mauritius), and was based on the Indian educational system. F.A.L.T.U received positive response, and became Jackky's first successful film. The song ‘Chaar baj gaye lekin party abhi baaki hai’ became a smash hit and is popular in party circles even today. This began Jackky’s association with superhit party songs.

In 2013, with the movie Rangrezz, Jackky added another feather to his cap. His hard hitting performance was appreciated by critics as well as the masses. His dedication and perseverance were showcased when he acquired the rights to the song ‘Gangnam Style’ for the movie. The deal failed twice, but Jackky wasn’t the one to give up. He followed up with the music label for months, even making several trips to LA. Psy first wanted to see Jackky`s dancing capability before he would pass on the song. Psy didn`t want to pass on the song to incapable hands. He wanted to make sure the dancer knew what he was doing. But when Psy saw Jackky dancing in ‘Party abhi baaki hai" song from Hindi film ‘F.A.L.T.U.’, he was more than convinced and gave his nod. When Jackky received the letter of approval from the music label, he ran to his dad’s office (who is also the Producer of Rangrezz) and told him, ‘You have done so much for me, so this is something I wanted to do for you.”

Jackky Bhagnani dancing on Gangnam style in his movie Rangrezz

Youngistaan followed Rangrezz in 2014. A film about a young man who is propelled into the nation’s highest political seat, not because he wants to but because he is not given an option, a drama which vibed with the then political scenario of the country. Jackky received overwhelming praise for his sincerity and confidence, with a steady act in a tough role. The songs ‘Sangemarmar ki ye minare’ and ‘Tanki hai hum’ became chartbusters. Most importantly, the movie was India's official entry to the Oscars 2014, a feat very few Indian actors can boast of.

Jackky Bhagnani in Welcome To Karachi


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Kal Kissne Dekha Nihal Singh
2011 F.A.L.T.U Ritesh Virani
2012 Ajab Gazabb Love Rajveer Grewal
2013 Rangrezz Rishi Deshpande
2014 Youngistaan Abhimanyu Kaul
2015 Welcome to Karachi Kedar Patel Filming


  1. ^ "I am still not allowed to bring girls home: Jackky Bhagnani". The Times of India. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Newcomer Jackky Bhagnani shed 60 kilos for Bollywood debut". Hindustan Times. 2009-02-02. 

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