|Born||Himachal Pradesh, India|
Vishal Karwal is an Indian actor.
Karwal was born in Himachal Pradesh, India in a Punjabi family. His father owns a store that deals with jewelry and precious stones, and earlier used to be a chairman of a school. His mother initially worked as a school teacher. He was raised in a joint family in Bhawarna, and also in Jalandhar, Punjab. When he was 10 years old, he was admitted to a boarding school, Dalhousie Public School, in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh. He studied the Bachelor in Engineering degree course to become a computer science engineer. He is also a trained commercial pilot, having completed a pilot training course from Texas, USA in October 2008.
Karwal came into limelight after he participated in a youth entertainment adventure reality TV show, MTV Roadies Season 4, aired on MTV India in 2006. He was voted out of the show in the episode 4. In 2008, he appeared on the same TV channel for another youth reality TV show MTV Splitsvilla Season 1, where he emerged as the winner. Continuing his spree with MTV India, he hosted a show called Couplesutra. Various offers poured to him from the Indian TV industry.
He, then, became associated with the TV channel Colors and did two TV series in a row. He first worked for the TV show Bhagyavidhata that hit the small screens in May 2009. However, he quit as the show took a 15-year leap and wanted to portray him much older than his actual age. Colors next signed him up for the TV program, Rishton Se Badi...Pratha. The show went on air in November 2010. The TV series attempted to highlight social events inspired by real life incidents.
Karwal was next seen on Imagine TV's TV program, Dwarkadheesh – Bhagwaan Shree Krishn, based on the famous Indian history Mahabharata, where he played the lead role of the Hindu Lord, Krishna. The series was telecasted July 2011 ownwards. Vishal revealed, "This show really got me into acting. I loved doing the show and started enjoying acting."
In November 2012, he participated in celebrity reality TV show, Bigg Boss Season 6 on Colors, as a wild card contestant. Before entering the Bigg Boss show, he said in an interview, “Being a part of Bigg Boss is a big thing. This reality show is really unique and interesting than other reality shows." He was voted out of the show in December 2012 after spending about 40 days in the Bigg Boss house, and he said in an interview with PTI, "I was not expecting to be evicted. I wanted to stay on the show longer." Though during the show, he was shown as not actively participating in the game-related politics, fights, or tasks, rather he reserved himself to lying on the sun bed a lot of the time. Nonetheless, his interest in a co-contestant, Sana Khan, gained some curiosity from the viewers.
Karwal has emphasized that he likes to do different roles on TV, where he can do something new with each role. He said, "The element of freshness in doing different things interests me. Also, I like to experiment with what I do because otherwise doing only one serial gets monotonous." He is currently working in Rangrasiya,A Colors TV channel show doing a negative role
Karwal made his debut in the film industry with the Punjabi film, Aappan Pher Milange, which was released in May 2012 and starred alongside Gracy Singh in this movie. At a promotional event of the film, he said, "After doing television, I wanted to stretch my horizon. Punjabi films is an excellent medium of doing so. The way its reach is growing, it should be giving competition to Bollywood very soon,” The film, however, failed to do any good business at the box office.
About his future plans, he told Deccan Chronicle in November 2012, "I have a couple of Punjabi films lined up and a few serial projects as well." Calling this venture as his dream project, he acknowledged, "I cannot depend on acting forever, there has to be something else to bank upon."
In an interview with The Times of India, he said, "If not an actor, I would have been a pilot. I still miss flying," and further added, "Hopefully, I will get to convert my American flying license to the Indian license soon so that I will fly once again." Vishal is also a fitness freak. At the TV show Bigg Boss, he said, "I'm interested in fitness very much. I work out and run 3 miles everyday."Vishal maintains that stardom is very temporary and that he leads a simple life. He acknowledged, "Till you are young and are bagging good roles, everyone wants to be associated with you. Once you are out of work, nobody really cares." He has a brother named Aditya Karwal and an older sister.
- 2012 Aappan Pher Milange as Raj
- 2014 Shaadi Vaadi and All That
- 2009–2011 Bhagyavidhata as Vinay Sinha
- 2010–2011 Rishton Se Badi Pratha as Abhay Markantay Suryavansh
- 2011-2012 Dwarkadheesh - Bhagwaan Shree Krishn as Krishna
- 2014 Rangrasiya as Shantanu
- 2014-2015 Jamai Raja as Rajveer
- Reality television
- 2007 MTV Roadies 4 as a contestant
- 2008 MTV Splitsvilla 1 as a contestant
- 2012 Bigg Boss 6 as a contestant
- 2013 Nautanki - The Comedy Theatre in a guest appearance
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