Shivdasani at the 2012 Global Indian Film & Television
Aftab Shivadasani (Sindhi: آفتاب شوداساڻي, Hindi: आफ़ताब शिवदसानी) 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. 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..
Shivdasani was born in Mumbai to Prem and Putli Shivdasani. His father is a Hindu Sindhi while his mother is a Parsi. He has an elder sister named Afsana Shivdasani. 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. In 2012, he was engaged to Nin Dusanj, a London-based Punjabi who works in Hong Kong. On June 11, 2014, he married Dusanj at a private ceremony attended only by both their families.
1987–1994: Child roles
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.
1999–2008: Switch to adult roles and breakthrough
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."
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." 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." 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 characterisation. He is natural." Pankaj Shukla of SmasHits wrote "Aftab is impressive as usual and is fast maturing as an actor."
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. In 2009, Shivdasani appeared in Acid Factory. Shivdasani's last release was 2012 super-hit 1920: The Evil Returns in which he played the lead role opposite Twinkle Bajpai His last "Grand Masti", a sequel to the 2003 blockbuster Masti is also a block bluster like the original.
2009–present: Aao Wish Karein and recent projects
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. In 2011, Shivdasani played the lead role in the comedy film Bin Bulaye Baraati opposite Priyanka Kothari.
- 2000: Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut for Mast
- 2002: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Kasoor
|1990||Awwal Number||Young Sunny|
|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|
|2003||Darna Mana Hai||Purab|
|2004||Suno Sasurjee||Raj K. Saxena|
|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||Red: The Dark Side||Neil Oberoi|
|2007||Life Mein Kabhie Kabhiee||Manish 'Manu' Gupta|
|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||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||1920 - Evil Returns||Jaidev Verma|
|2013||Grand Masti||Prem Chawla|
- Aao Wish Karein and santosh mohanty (2009)
- Aftab Shivdasani to get married - Bollywood Movie News
- "Aftab Shivdasani". Koimoi. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
- "Aftab Shivdasani ties the knot".
- Mohammad Ali Ikram. "Mast Review". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- Taran Adarsh. "Kasoor Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- Taran Adarsh. "Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- Taran Adarsh. "Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- Pankaj Shukla. "Three Boys, One Girl, And Some Heart Surgery". SmasHits.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11.