Kunal Khemu

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Kunal Khemu
Khemu Kunal.jpg
Born Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Ethnicity Kashmiri
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Soha Ali Khan (2015-present)
Parent(s) Ravi Khemu
Jyoti Khemu
Relatives Saif Ali Khan (Brother-in-law)
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (Father-in-law)
Sharmila Tagore (Mother-in-law)
Kareena Kapoor Khan (Sister-in-law)

Kunal Khemu is an Indian film actor. 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).

Early life and family[edit]

Khemu was born to actors Ravi and Jyoti Khemu in Kashmiri Pandit family in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.[1] He attended Niranjanlal Dalmia High School in Mira Road, Mumbai and pursued higher education at Amity University.

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 Padma Shri.[2]


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.[3][4] 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 the Dhol in which he again played a lead. In 2008, his only release, Superstar, 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: 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, and Puja Gupta. It released on 10 May 2013.

Khemu is currently working on Vikram Bhatt's Bhaag Johnny. Directed by Shivam Nair, the film is a thriller, which started shooting in 2013. He has also done a special appearance in the 2014 spy-comedy Mr. Joe B. Carvalho.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kunal with his spouse Soha Ali Khan.

Khemu was in a live-in relationship with actor Soha Ali Khan, since May 2013.[6][7] The couple got engaged in July 2014.[8] They got married in a private ceremony in Mumbai on 25 January 2015 in the presence of select members of her family including mother Sharmila Tagore, brother-in-law Saif Ali Khan and his wife Kareena Kapoor.[9]


Year Film Role Notes
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
2007 Traffic Signal Silsila
Dhol Gautam "Goti" Sesodia
Superstar Kunal Mehra / Karan Saxena Double-role
2009 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge Anand Pawar
Jai Veeru Veeru
99 Sachin
2010 Golmaal 3 Laxman
2012 Blood Money Kunal Kadam
2013 Go Goa Gone Hardik
2014 Mr Joe B. Carvalho Special Appearance
2015 Bhaag Johnny Under Production


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