Kunal Khemu on the sets of Indian Idol 4
May 25, 1983 |
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
|Years active||1987 – present|
|Partner(s)||Soha Ali Khan|
Kunal Khemu (25 May 1983) is an Indian film actor who appears in Bollywood films. He made his acting debut as a child artist in the 90s and made his comeback as an adult in 2005 with Kalyug. He is best known for his pivotal roles in the films Traffic Signal (2007), Golmaal 3 (2010) and Go Goa Gone (2013).
Khemu was born to actors Ravi and Jyoti Khemu in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. He attended Niranjanlal Dalmia High School in Mira Road, Mumbai and pursued higher education at .Amity University. He is in a committed relationship with Soha Ali Khan, sister of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, and both of them live together. His grandfather, Moti Lal Kemmu (original spellings of last name), is a well-known Kashmiri playwright and a recipient of several awards by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Rashtra Bhasa Prachar Samiti, Sahitya Akademi award in 1982 for his contribution to Kashmiri literature as a playwright, and Padamshree.
He made his debut as a child actor appearing in the Doordarshan TV series Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (1987), directed by Ved Rahi. He made his film debut with Mahesh Bhatt's movie Sir (1993), starring Naseeruddin Shah and Pooja Bhatt. He went on to star as a child artist in many movies such as Raja Hindustani, Zakhm, Bhai and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke.
As an adult, he made his comeback as the male lead in the 2005 film, Kalyug, which was directed by Mohit Suri. Kalyug was based on the pornography industry. In 2007, his first release was Madhur Bhandarkar's Traffic Signal, where he played a street-smart money lender who lends money to poor families, but always gets it back with interest.
His second release of the year 2007, was Dhol in which he again played a lead role. In 2008, his only release, Superstar in which he featured in a double-role. In 2009, he starred in Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge and Jai Veeru. In 2009, he appeared in the comic-thriller 99 opposite Soha Ali Khan. In 2010, he appeared in Golmaal 3 in which he played a supporting role as Laxman.
His comeback venture in 2012, was Mukesh Bhatt's Blood Money, in which he played the lead role as Kunal Kadam, an honest and hard worker who is unknowingly taken into the underworld by his senior boss. His latest release is Go Goa Gone, which is India's first zombie comedy film, opposite Saif Ali Khan, Vir Das, Anand Tiwari & Puja Gupta. The film released on 10 May 2013.
|1993||Sir||Kunal||As a child artist|
|1993||Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke||Sunny||As a child artist|
|1996||Raja Hindustani||Rajnikant||As a child artist|
|1997||Bhai||Krishna||As a child artist|
|judwaa||Young salman||As a child artist|
|1998||Zakhm||Young Ajay||As a child artist|
|Dushman||Bheem||As a child artist|
|2005||Kalyug||Kunal Dharr||Debut film as Adult|
|Dhol||Gautam "Goti" Sesodia|
|Superstar||Kunal Mehra / Karan Saxena||Double-role|
|2009||Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge||Anand Pawar|
|2012||Blood Money||Kunal Kadam|
|2013||Go Goa Gone||Hardhik|
|2014||Bhaag Johnny||Under Production|
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