Kushal Tandon As Virat with Cancer Patients Aid Association
March 28, 1945 |
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
Kushal Tandon (born 28 March 1985) is an Indian model turned actor. He is popular for his role of Virat Singh Vadhera in Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai on Star Plus. He was the first runner-up of Grasim Mr. India contest held in 2005.
Kushal Tondon started modeling at an early age and in 2003 at only aged 18–19 he became the first runner up in Grasim Mr. India contest in 2005. He has worked on many ads with big brands such as Sony Ericsson, Skoda, Activia, Airtel, Dairy Milk, Eva Deodorant, Reid & Taylor, Kawasaki, Bajaj etc.
He went to the United States to study in the New York Film Academy in 2010. After his return, he started his acting career with Star Plus's daily show Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. Kushal Tandon participated in Nach Baliye 5 along with Elena Boeva. He was rated #6 in the Eastern Eye UK magazine's 50 Sexiest Asian Man 2012.
Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai (2011-2013)
Upon return from USA after his acting course, he was offered the role of Virat Singh Vadhera in the show Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. The high point of the show was when Kushal took a bold step of shaving off his hair for his character Virat who does the act in the show to show his support for a bald young Cancer patient. His initiative to shed his lustrous mane for the cause of spreading awareness was applauded by all the TV industry and his supporters including Hrithik Roshan's sister Sunaina Roshan.  
“When I was told that chopping my hair will help support people who are suffering from cancer, I readily agreed. One has to support their loved ones and that’s what Virat is doing for Maanvi.”
The hairloss track was the high point of the show to date and took the show to the highest TRP that the show has ever seen.
Bigg Boss 7 (2013)
Kushal Tandon is currently participating in the seventh season of the Colors reality television show, Bigg Boss. Through his participation in the show, Kushal has created quite an image for himself which has come with excessive publicity. He went out of show for defending women's honor and showing aggression when a contestant VJ Andy passed vulgar comments against the girls in the house. Gauhar Khan walked out of the show with him.  His unceremonious ouster caused an uproar amongst the audience who slammed the eviction and alleged the show to be partial in favor of Tanisha Mukherjee, who wasn't evicted for physical violence. Viewers were highly anticipating Kushal's return to the show and signed petition based campaigns.
Due to public demand, Kushal Tandon was back in the Bigg Boss house 20 days later on Day 66 as a contestant which never happened in the history of Bigg Boss.
He was in news due to his closeness towards his co-contestant Gauhar Khan. She even walked out of the show with Kushal when he confronted VJ Andy due to his personal comments on Gauhar. On Day 75 both confirmed that they love each other.
Kushal was born on 28 March 1985 in Lucknow to Sandhya Tandon and Billu Tandon. His father owns a transport and oil business and is president of the Transport union in UP. His grandfather is Lalji Tandon. He has two older sisters Tina Bhushan and Bhavana Tandon Kapoor. He did his schooling from Scindia School and then joined the college at Hans Raj College in Delhi. 
In 2010, during his studies in USA, he met Elena Boeva a model from Bulgaria who was his classmate at NYFA, and the two hit it off right away and had a long-distance relationship for 2 years.
|Year||Name of Show||Character|
|2011-13||Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai||Virat Singh Vadhera|
|2012-13||Nach Baliye 5||as Himself (Participant along with partner Elena Boeva)|
|2013||Bigg Boss 7||as Himself|
Awards & Nominations
|2012||Indian Telly Awards||Fresh New Face(Male)||Kushal Tandon||Won|
|Zee Gold Awards||Gold Debut(Male)||Kushal Tandon||Won|
|Saas Bahu Saazish Awards||Rising Star Award||Kushal Tandon||Won|
|Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actor-Drama(Popular)||Kushal Tandon||Nominated|
|Star Parivaar Awards||Favourite Jodi||Kushal Tandon & Nia Sharma||Nominated|
- Ano Patel (17 February 2012). "I don’t like being judged by people - Kushal Tandon". Times of India. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
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- "Salman Khan called unfair by fans for supporting Tanisha on Bigg Boss 7". Hindustan Times. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
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