Aftab Shivdasani

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Aftab Shivdasani
Aftab shivdasani.jpg
Shivdasani at the 2012 Global Indian Film & Television
Born 1978 (age 38–39)[1]
Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film actor, producer
Years active 1987–1990,
Spouse(s) Nin Dusanj (m. 2014)
Parent(s) Putli Shivdasani
Prem Shivdasani

Aftab Shivadasani (Sindhi: آفتاب شوداساڻي‎; Hindi: आफ़ताब शिवदासाणी) is an Indian film actor, producer and model known for his works in Bollywood. He started his acting career as a child artist with the film Mr. India.[2] In 1999, he starred in Ram Gopal Varma's Mast, for which he received the Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut. In 2000, he appeared in Vikram Bhatt's Kasoor alongside Lisa Ray, for which he received Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role.[citation needed].

Personal life[edit]

Shivdasani was born in Mumbai to Prem and Putli Shivdasani.[3] His father is a Hindu Sindhi while his mother is a Parsi.[4] He has an elder sister named Afsana Shivdasani.[3] He studied at St. Xavier's High School, (Fort) located at Lokamanya Tilak Marg in Mumbai. He then graduated from H. R.College of Commerce in Mumbai.[3] In 2012, he was engaged to Nin Dusanj, a London-based Punjabi who works in Hong Kong.[2] On 11 June 2014, he married Dusanj at a private ceremony attended only by both their families.[5]


1987–1994: Child roles[edit]

Shivdasani was selected as the Farex baby (Baby food brand) at age 14 months and from that point on he appeared in many TV commercials. He made his Bollywood debut as a child actor in Mr. India (1987), then appearing in films such as Awwal Number, Shahenshah, ChaalBaaz and Insaniyat. He also played the child role for Inspector Vijaykumar Srivastav in the 1988 film 'Shahenshah', who would later be played by Amitabh Bachchan for the remainder of the film.

1999–2008: Switch to adult roles and breakthrough[edit]

 Aftab Shivdasani smilesf for the camera
Shivdasani at the IIFA Rocks fashion show in 2012

Shivdasani continued appearing in commercials till the age of 19 when he was offered a lead role in director Ram Gopal Varma's Mast opposite Urmila Matondkar while still studying at H.R. College. Shivdasani made his debut as an adult opposite Matondkar in Mast. The film became an instant hit. In 2000, Shivdasani won the Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut and the Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Male for his performance in Mast. He earned critical acclaim for his performance. Mohammad Ali Ikram of Planet Bollywood praised his performance and wrote: "Newcomer Aftab Shivdasani comes across as a bit young and aimless when the movie opens, but as you watch the proceedings, you'll learn that this bit of casting makes perfect sense considering Kittu's immaturity and innocence."[6]

In 2001, Shivdasani made his comeback to acting with his second film, Vikram Bhatt’s Kasoor opposite the debutant Lisa Ray. Shivdasani played a negative role and shot to instant fame with his portrayal of Shekhar Saxena, a well-known journalist, who murders his wife. His performance in the film earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Best Villain Award and a Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama noticed the improvement in his acting and praised his performance. "Aftab, as the suave publishing magnate, catches you unaware with a performance that is first-rate. His characterisation is dissimilar from the one he played in his debut-making venture Mast. His work should catapult him to the league of genteel artists."[7] His next release of that year saw him paired with Ram Gopal Varma again after Mast in Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, in which Shivdasani starred in a supporting role opposite Saif Ali Khan, Fardeen Khan, Twinkle Khanna and Sonali Bendre. Shivdasani's performance was applauded by Taran Adarsh and considered to be better than the other two heroes. Taran Adarsh wrote "Aftab plays to the gallery and gives a good account of himself. Aftab has an edge over the other two heroes because his character is mass appealing. His scenes with Johny Lever are simply superb."[8] However, the film failed at the box office. His last release of the year was Rajiv Rai's Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat, in which Shivdasani played Taj Bharadwaj, one of the three lead roles with the debutant Arjun Rampal and Suniel Shetty opposite Kirti Reddy. Shivdasani was praised by Taran Adarsh. "Aftab Shivdasani has an edge thanks to his lovable characterization. He is natural."[9] Pankaj Shukla of SmasHits wrote "Aftab is impressive as usual and is fast maturing as an actor."[10]

In 2002, Shivdasani's first two films Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe opposite debutant Esha Deol and Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai opposite Ameesha Patel were failures at the box office. His third release of that year was Rajkumar Kohli's multi-starrer supernatural horror Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani that was his third consecutive flop. His fourth film of 2002 was the multi-starrer action comedy Awara Paagal Deewana, that proved to be a successful movie and became the seventh highest grosser movie of that year. It was his only hit movie of 2002. His final release of that year was Pyaasa.

After an unsuccessful year of 2002, Shivdasani had some success in 2003 with the multi-starrer Darna Mana Hai, which was a critical success. His role of Purab, a young college student who has the ability to stop and move people, was critically praised. His next release was Priyadarshan's comedy film Hungama opposite Akshaye Khanna and the debutant Rimi Sen, which was his second success of that year. His third and final release of that year was Footpath opposite Bipasha Basu, Rahul Dev and debutant Emraan Hashmi, which failed to do well at the box office.

Shivdasani's first two releases of 2004 were Suno Sasurjee opposite Ameesha Patel, and Muskaan opposite Gracy Singh. Both films flopped at the box office. His third release of that year was Indra Kumar's comedy film Masti, in which he starred opposite Vivek Oberoi, Ritesh Deshmukh, Amrita Rao, Genelia D'Souza, Tara Sharma, Lara Dutta and Ajay Devgan. The film became a semi-hit. His last release of that year Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart opposite Anupam Kher and Shriya Saran, which failed at the box office.

In 2005, Shivdasani's films Mr Ya Miss opposite Antara Mali and Koi Aap Sa opposite Natassha flopped at the box office. All of Shivdasani's films were failures in 2006. Shivdasani found some success with multi-starrer films in 2007 and 2008.

2009–present: Aao Wish Karein and recent projects[edit]

In 2009, Shivdasani acted in Aao Wish Karein, the first film produced under his production company, Rising Sun Entertainment. He helped co-write the script and also played the lead character, Mickey. The same year, Shivdasani appeared in Acid Factory. In 2011, Shivdasani played the lead role in the comedy film Bin Bulaye Baraati opposite Priyanka Kothari. Shivdasani's next release was 2012 super-hit 1920: The Evil Returns in which he played the lead role opposite Twinkle Bajpai. His next film Grand Masti, a sequel to the 2004 blockbuster Masti was also a success like the original.


Year Nominee/work Award Result
2000 Mast Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male Won
2000 Mast Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut Won
2002 Kasoor Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role Nominated
2002 Kasoor Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Won
2002 Kasoor Screen Weekly Awards for Best Performance in a Negative Role Nominated
2005 Masti Bollywood Movie Award for Best Comedian Won


Year Film Role Notes
1987 Mr. India Orphan
1988 Shahenshah Young Vijay
1989 ChaalBaaz Raju
1990 Awwal Number Young Sunny
1990 C.I.D. Sunny
1994 Insaniyat Young Amar
1999 Mast Krishnakant Mathur (Kittu) Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut
2001 Kasoor Shekhar Nominated–Filmfare Best Villain Award
Winner-Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
2001 Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega Harilal
2001 Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat Tajinder "Taj" Bharadwaj
2002 Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe Aman Puri
2002 Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai Rahul Tiwari
2002 Awara Paagal Deewana Dr. Anmol Acharya
2002 Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani Prem Srivastav
2002 Pyaasa Suraj Thakur
2003 Darna Mana Hai Purab
2003 Hungama Nandu
2003 Footpath Arjun Singh
2004 Suno Sasurjee Raj K. Saxena
2004 Muskaan Sameer Oberoi
2004 Masti Prem Chawla
2004 Shukriya: Till Death Do Us Apart Rohan 'Ricky' Verma
2005 Koi Aap Sa Rohan
2005 Deewane Huye Paagal Raj Sinha Special appearance
2005 Mr Ya Miss Sanjay Patel
2006 Shaadi Se Pehle Rohit Chopra
2006 Ankahee Dr. Shekhar Saxena
2006 Darwaza Bandh Rakho Ajay 'Balu' Pandit
2006 Jaane Hoga Kya Siddharth Sardesai/Clone Double Role
2007 Nishabd Rishi
2007 Red: The Dark Side Neil Oberoi
2007 Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee Manish 'Manu' Gupta
2007 Speed Kabir Khan
2007 Om Shanti Om Himself Special appearance in song Deewangi Deewangi
2007 Dus Kahaniyaan Aman (segment "Lovedale")
2008 De Taali Abhishek 'Abhi' Aggarwal
2008 Money Hai Toh Honey Hai Gaurav Negi
2009 Aloo Chaat Nikhil
2009 Daddy Cool Michael
2009 Kambakkht Ishq Lucky Shergill
2009 Acid Factory J.D./Om/Sultan/Sarthak Sanghvi
2009 Aao Wish Karein Mickey V. Mehra
2011 Bin Bulaye Baraati AD
2012 Players Raj Special Appearance
2012 1920: The Evil Returns Jaidev Verma
2013 Grand Masti Prem Chawla
2016 Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 Rocky
2016 Great Grand Masti Prem Chawla


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Aftab Shivdasani celebrates birthday with Aamna Sharif". Mid Day. IANS. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Aftab Shivdasani to get married – Bollywood Movie News. (5 November 2012). Retrieved on 2016-02-14.
  3. ^ a b c "Aftab Shivdasani". Koimoi. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Aftab Shivdasani honored with Nation Honor Awards for his performance in 'Kya Yehi Pyaar Hai'.". 
  5. ^ "Aftab Shivdasani ties the knot". The Times of India. 
  6. ^ Mohammad Ali Ikram. "Mast Review". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Kasoor Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Pankaj Shukla. "Three Boys, One Girl, And Some Heart Surgery". Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 

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