Avinash Tiwary

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Avinash Tiwary
Avinash Tiwary Photo.jpg
Born (1985-08-15) 15 August 1985 (age 33)
Bihar, India
ResidenceMumbai, India
Alma materNew York Film Academy
Years active2006-present

Avinash Tiwary (born 15 August 1985) is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films. He rose to prominence in 2018 with the leading role in the romantic movie Laila Majnu by Sajid Ali and Imitiaz Ali.[1] In order to pursue acting he joined Barry John’s Acting Studio and later went to New York Film Academy. He started appearing in short films in 2005.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career beginnings (1985–2016)[edit]

Avinash Tiwary was born on 15th August 1985 in Bihar to Hindu Brahmin parents. His family relocated to Mumbai before 25 years. He completed school and engineering in Mumbai. In order to pursue acting he quit his engineering studies in the fourth semester and joined theater. He did quite a few plays along with established artists like Om Katare.[3]

He joined Barry John’s acting studio later and further went to New York Film Academy.

He started his acting career with the documentary 'Anamika: Her Glorious Past' in 2006. He has been a part of various short films produced by UTV and Anurag Kashyap where most of his work has won accolades around the world. In 2014, he worked alongside Amitabh Bachchan in the TV series Yudh, where he played the role of the villain Ajat Shatru.[4]

Avinash appeared in various television commercials for brands like Haywards 5000, Philips, Domino's Pizza, Ponds, Dish TV and Mother Dairy Dailycious along with Radhika Apte.

Avinash made his bollywood debut with Milind Dhaimade’s directorial debut feature, Tu Hai Mera Sunday (2016) costarring Barun Sobti and Shahana Goswami, which revolves around the lives of five friends. Raja Sen wrote in his NDTV review, “The most fascinating character, to me, is Rashid. Played by a wiry and likeable Avinash Tiwary, this is a young man who focusses on wearing the right t-shirts while living in a pigsty of a room, a womaniser who - depressingly enough - knows his place”.[5] The film had its World Premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival and has received positive critical acclaim.[6]

Critical recognition and rise to prominence (2017–present)[edit]

In 2017, Avinash signed Imtiaz Ali's romantic movie Laila Majnu after auditioning for it in December 2015. He took on the lead role of Qais/Majnu in the movie which tells the classic love story of Laila and Majnu but set in contemporary times. It is directed by Sajid Ali and bankrolled by Ekta kapoor. He has undergone major physical transformation for the role and has received critical acclaim for his natural performance as Majnu.[7] Raja Sen wrote in his Hindustan times review, “Avinash Tiwari plays her lover Qais Batt, and he is a strikingly self-aware actor. He was excellent as a hoarder in Tu Hai Mera Sunday, and here he uses his great voice to solid effect as the charmer early on, then switches gears impressively as his character embraces the impossibility of the situation and begins to reel under the mania of his love”.[8] IANS for Business Standard wrote “Newcomer Avinash Tiwary gives his all to Qais' transformation into Majnu (the crazy lover). At times he's so chillingly distraught in his grief that we almost feel his world falling apart piece by piece.”[9]

He has signed a three-film deal with Balaji Motion pictures.[10]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Film Year Role Language Notes
Tu Hai Mera Sunday 2017 Rashid Hindi
Laila Majnu 2018 Qais/ Majnu Hindi Debut Movie Lead


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Yudh Advocate Ajatshatru Negative Character


  1. ^ "Laila Majnu movie review: All you need is love". Hindustan Times. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. ^ "'I want to make Majnu aspirational': Avinash Tiwari on playing a reckless lover in 'Laila Majnu'". DNA India. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  3. ^ Sep 06, Firstpost •; Ist, 2018 08:43. "Avinash Tiwary on playing Imtiaz Ali's Majnu: It's like love in the times of Tinder and hashtag - Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Avinash Tiwary hits Big B on his head - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Tu Hai Mera Sunday Movie Review: Barun Sobti Stars In The Year's Nicest Film". NDTV.com. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Tu Hai Mera Sunday: Tu Hai Mera Sunday brings back happy, slice-of-life storytelling - Mumbai Mirror". mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Avinash Tiwary's shocking transformation! - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Laila Majnu movie review: All you need is love". hindustantimes.com. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Laila Majnu is redeemed by a brilliant second-half (Review)". Business Standard. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Avinash Tiwary: "I have been privileged not to be a victim of the casting couch."". msn.com. Retrieved 8 March 2019.

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