|Occupation||Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Theatre Artist, Corporate Leader, HR Developer.|
Akarsh KhuranaAdhaar Khurana
Akash Khurana is an Indian actor, screenwriter, theatre artist and entrepreneur. He has a diverse and rich experience of nearly four decades in Theatre, Film, Television, Academics, and Corporate Affairs.
He is a mechanical engineer from NIT Rourkela with an MBA from XLRI, M Phil and Ph D from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. He started his management career as an executive with Tata Motors and later moved on to become the CEO and MD of Nimbus Communications.
He made his first screen appearance in Shyam Benegal's Kalyug and went on to act in nearly 60 films such as Ardh Satya, Saaransh, Naam, Beta, Saudagar, Sarfarosh, Company and Barfii. He won the Nandi Award of Andhra Pradesh for playing the lead in the Telugu film Dr. Ambedkar.
He has also written over 20 screen plays, including Aashiqui and Baazigar, the latter fetching him the Filmfare Award.
He was Editor of the theatre journal OVATION, and was recently the Artistic Advisor to the NCPA Repertory Theatre. He was also part of the think tank that helped Jennifer Kapoor launch the Prithvi Theatre Festival.
He has been a core member of Arpana, Motley, and Akvarious Productions, three of India’s foremost theatre companies. He is making his debut as director with Karwaan, starring Irrfan Khan , Mithila Palkar and South Indian star Dulquar Salman, which is his debut in Bollywood.
Early life and background
Khurana did his schooling from St. Francis de Sales school in Nagpur. He graduated from NIT Rourkela as a mechanical engineer. He then obtained Post Graduate in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Later he obtained M. Phil and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, where he has been a visiting faculty member since 1995.
Dr. Khurana is a mechanical engineer from NIT, Rourkela, and an MBA in Marketing from XLRI. He worked in TELCO (now Tata Motors) for eight years, and then he moved on to become a management consultant in the hospitality industry. He also took up a parallel career in media and entertainment. He co-founded Nimbus Communications, the leading sports, media and broadcasting conglomerate, and held various positions in the company like HR Advisor, Chief Creative Officer, CEO and MD, and Chairman.
He has been acting, writing, and directing for the stage and screen for nearly four decades. In the early eighties, he founded and edited Ovation, Bombay's only English language theatre journal at the time. In the theatre, he has worked extensively with Satyadev Dubey, Sunil Shanbag, and Naseeruddin Shah. His work includes directing and acting in plays by Pinter, Mamet, Mrozek, Kundera, Tendulkar, Shakespeare, Shaw, and Beckett. His recent projects include Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie and Brian Friel's Faith Healer. Vijay Tendulkar's A Friend's Story, directed by him, won 4 nominations and 1 award at the recent Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, and is slated to be performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London later this year.
He made his first screen appearance in Shyam Benegal's Kalyug and went on to play character roles in nearly 60 films such as Ardh Satya, Saaransh, Naam, Beta, Saudagar, Sarfarosh, Company and Barfii. He won the Nandi Award of Andhra Pradesh for playing the lead in the Telugu film Dr. Ambedkar. He has also written over 20 screenplays, including Aashiqui and Baazigar, the latter fetching him the Filmfare Award. He is presently directing a feature film about a journey down the Ganges.
During the nineties, he took a part-time sabbatical to complete his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in New Technology and Human Resource Management from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Dr. Khurana is the Founder and CEO of SYZYGY, a Leadership Development enterprise that is a recent initiative. He has been a student mentor and guest faculty at several B-schools, teaching subjects like Creativity and Innovation, Organizational Behaviour, Business Environment, Conflict Management and Communication. He has also conducted Workshops on Acting, Screenwriting, and Film making.
On the advisory boards of several institutes, he has been a spokesperson for the media and entertainment industry on national forums like FICCI and CII, and was a Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Bombay North Island.
He is also a musician and plays the drums and the piano.
|1983||Ardh Satya||Khanna - Mill Owner|
|1984||Saaransh||Chief Minister Shashikant|
|1987||Jalwa||Inspector Hosi Wadia|
|1987||Kaash||Doctor Anil - Ritesh's friend|
|1988||Falak (The Sky)||Jamuna Das|
|1988||Tamas (film)||Dr. Kapoor|
|1989||Daddy (TV movie)|
|1991||Vishkanya||Trilokchand (Sonal's dad)|
|1993||Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja||D'souza|
|2000||Badal||Satyaprakash, Chief Minister|
|2001||One 2 Ka 4||Commissioner of Police|
|2002||Encounter: The Killing||Sudhakar Rao|
|2002||Zindagi Khoobsoorat Hai|
|2003||Koi... Mil Gaya||Catholic School Principal|
|2006||Taxi No. 9 2 11: Nau Do Gyarah||Shyam Mittal|
|2006||Banaras||Dr. Gopal Bhattacharya|
|2006||Krrish||Catholic School Principal|
|2006||Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota: What If...?|
|2006||Sarhad Paar||Bade Miyan|
|2008||Black & White||Wazir Shah - Rajya Sabha Member|
|2009||Ladies Special (TV series)||Vipul Joshi|
|2011||Always Kabhi Kabhi||Principal Elton Phillips|
|2013||Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!||DK (Film Director)|
|2014||Real FM||Saloni's Father|
- Life on The Line
- Kaanchi (2014)
- Aakrosh (story & screenplay) (2010)
- Black & White (screenplay) (2008)
- Sarhad Paar (screenplay) (2006)
- Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (screenplay) (2001)
- Daag: The Fire (screenplay / as Aakash Khurana) (1999)
- Agar Tum Na Aate
- Silsila Hai Pyar Ka (screenplay) (1999)
- Angaaray (written by / as Aakash Khurana) (1998)
- Duplicate (written by) (1998)
- Yeh Aashiqui Meri
- Betaabi (screenplay / story) (1997)
- Itihaas (screenplay) (1997)
- Chaahat (written by) (1996)
- Sanam O Sanam
- Baazigar (written by) (1993)
- Drohi (dialogue) (1992)
- Saathi (dialogue / screenplay / story) (1991)
- Do Pal
- Aashiqui (dialogue / screenplay / story) (1990)
- Satyajit Ray Presents
- Sara Jahan Hamara
- C. Rajagopalachari Stories
- Kuch Ret Kuch Pani
- Ladies Special'
- 24 Season 2
- Front Page on Doordarshan
- Kuch Ret Kuch Pani on Channel 9 Gold
- Gulmohur (West)
- Kabhie Kabhie
- Dil Hai Hindustani
- Kuch Ret Kuch Pani
|The Miser||Molière||K. Janardhan|
|Equus||Peter Schaffer||K. Janardhan|
|Adhe Adhure||Mohan Rakesh||K. Janardhan|
|The Memorandum||Vaclav Havel||Anmol Vellani|
|The Unknown General||Rene de Obaldia||Sunil Shanbag|
|Abe Bewaqoof||Slavomir Mrozek||Satyadev Dubey|
|Aur Tota Bola||C’shekhar Kambhar||Satyadev Dubey|
|Aah||Vijay Tendulkar||Satyadev Dubey|
|Ajnabi||Albert Camus||Satyadev Dubey|
|Ooljulool||A. Rangachari||Satyadev Dubey|
|Don Juan in Hell||Bernard Shaw||Satyadev Dubey|
|Chowkidar||Harold Pinter||Sunil Shanbag/Akash Khurana|
|Circus||Slavomir Mrozek||Sunil Shanbag|
|Mat Yaad Dila||Vijay Tendulkar||Akash Khurana|
|Arms and the Man||Bernard Shaw||Naseeruddin Shah|
|Julius Caesar||Shakespeare||Naseeruddin Shah|
|The Caine Mutiny Court Martial||Herman Wouk||Naseeruddin Shah|
|Waiting for Godot||Samuel Beckett||Benjamin Gilani|
|Ramu aur Maalik||Milan Kundera||Sunil Shanbag|
|A Life in the Theatre||David Mamet||Zubin Driver|
|Women in Waiting, Men on the Line||Various Poets||Akash and Akarsh Khurana|
|A Special Bond||Ruskin Bond||Akarsh Khurana|
|Antigone||Jean Anouilh||Satyadev Dubey|
|Blackbird||David Harrower||Akarsh Khurana|
|Super 8||Various||Akarsh Khurana|
|Our Town||Thornton Wilder||Akash Khurana|
|Stories in a Song||Vikram Phukan||Sunil Shanbag|
|Tuesdays with Morrie||Mitch Albom||Meera Khurana|
|Faith Healer||Brian Friel||Akarsh Khurana|
|The Swan Song||Anton Chekov||Akash Khurana|
- Mat Yaad Dila
- The Stronger
- Once Upon a Fleeting Bird
- Once There Was A Way
- Women In Waiting, Men On The Line
- All about my Mother
- Second Hand Emotions
- Our Town
- The Hound of the Baskervilles
- A Friend's Story