Akash Khurana

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Akash Khurana
Occupation Actor, Screenwriter, Director, Theatre Artist, Corporate Leader, HR Developer.
Spouse(s) Meera Khurana

Akarsh Khurana

Adhaar Khurana

Akash Khurana is an Indian actor, screenwriter, theatre artist and entrepreneur.[1] 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[edit]

Khurana did his schooling from St. Francis de Sales school in Nagpur.[2] 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.[3]


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.



Year Film Role
1981 Kalyug Sandeep Raj
1983 Ardh Satya Khanna - Mill Owner
1984 Party Agashe
1984 Saaransh Chief Minister Shashikant
1985 Trikal Renato
1986 Naam Aftab Ahmed
1987 Jalwa Inspector Hosi Wadia
1987 Kaash Doctor Anil - Ritesh's friend
1988 Falak (The Sky) Jamuna Das
1988 Kabzaa Arun Date
1988 Tamas (film) Dr. Kapoor
1989 Jurrat Police Commissioner
1989 Daddy (TV movie)
1990 Jurm Ritesh Nandy
1991 Vishkanya Trilokchand (Sonal's dad)
1991 Saudagar Police Commander
1992 Maarg Abhay
1992 Beta Prem
1992 Raat Mr. Sharma
1992 Antam
1992 Drohi Chief Minister
1993 Phool Rajeshwar Dayal
1993 Gunaah Mahender Singh
1993 Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja D'souza
1995 Milan Raja's brother
1995 Prem SP Verma
1995 Bombay
1996 Jaan
1996 Diljale Shyam's Father
1999 Sarfarosh Ajay's Father
2000 Badal Satyaprakash, Chief Minister
2001 One 2 Ka 4 Commissioner of Police
2002 Filhaal... Mr. Sheth
2002 Company Vilas Pandit
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
2009 Kurbaan Ahuja
2011 Always Kabhi Kabhi Principal Elton Phillips
2012 Barfi! Barfi's Father
2013 David
2013 Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara! DK (Film Director)
2014 Real FM Saloni's Father
2014 UnIndian Ashok



  • Life on The Line
  • Kaanchi (2014)
  • Swara
  • 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
  • Kartoos
  • 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)
  • Dhun
  • Gunah
  • Milan
  • Saathi (dialogue / screenplay / story) (1991)
  • Do Pal
  • Aashiqui (dialogue / screenplay / story) (1990)
  • Swayam



  • Satyajit Ray Presents
  • Sara Jahan Hamara
  • Guftagoo
  • Tamas
  • C. Rajagopalachari Stories
  • Faisla
  • Dhadkan
  • Asha
  • Rishtey
  • Untitled
  • Raahein
  • Kuch Ret Kuch Pani
  • Aakrosh
  • Ladies Special'
  • 24 Season 2


  • Front Page on Doordarshan
  • Kuch Ret Kuch Pani on Channel 9 Gold


  • Gulmohur (West)
  • Kismat
  • America...Amerika
  • Kabhie Kabhie
  • Viruddh
  • Dil Hai Hindustani
  • Kuch Ret Kuch Pani



Play Playwright Director


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


  • Chowkidar
  • Mat Yaad Dila
  • Yaatnaghar
  • 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


  1. ^ "Akash Khurana". Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Akash Khurana: The Eclectic Entrepreneur". 6 January 2014. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Akash Chandra Khurana (profile)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 8 January 2014.