Ayushamann Khurrana at GQ Men Of The Year 2012
14 September 1984 |
|Occupation||television presenter, actor, singer, video jockey,
previously radio jockey, author
|Years active||2002–2007 (theatre)
2008–present (television presenter)
|Parent(s)||P. Khurrana, Mrs. Poonam Khurrana|
|Relatives||Aparshakti Khurrana (brother)|
Ayushmann Khurrana (born 14 September 1984) is an Indian film actor and singer, who started his career as a television anchor. In 2012, Khurrana made his film debut in Shoojit Sircar's romantic comedy Vicky Donor, which touched on the topic of sperm donation in India. Upon release, the film was a critical and commercial success.
Early life and education
Khurrana is a native of Punjab, and studied at St. John’s High School and DAV College in Chandigarh. He majored in English literature and has a master's degree in Mass Communication from School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, in Chandigarh. He did serious theatre for five years. He was also the founder member of DAV College’s "Aaghaaz" and "Manchtantra", which are active theatre groups in Chandigarh. He has conceptualised and acted in street plays and won prizes in national college festivals like Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay), Oasis (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) and St. Bedes Simla. He also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug.
2004–11: Television and early career
Ayushmann Khurrana got noticed on TV at the age of 17. It was a reality show on Channel V PopStars in 2002. He was one of the youngest contestants on the show. Roadies took place in 2004 whereby he turned out to be the winner in Roadies 2 at the age of 20. After completing his Graduation & Post Graduation in Journalism, his first job was a radio jockey at BIG FM, Delhi. He hosted the show Big Chai – Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann and also won the Young Achievers Award in 2007 for it. He was the youngest recipient of the Bharat Nirman Award in New Delhi.
He also worked in many other MTV shows like MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India and Jaadoo Ek Baar. He then turned as television host with a multiple-talent based reality show India's Got Talent on Colors TV which he co-anchored with Nikhil Chinapa and Stripped which gave latest updates on the Indian TV industry with comic tinge, again on MTV. At the end of the year he was also the anchor of a singing reality show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla on STAR Plus.
Apart from hosting the second season of MTV Rock On, and India's Got Talent on Colors, Khurrana was also a part of the anchoring team of Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League Season 3 on SET Max with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar and Angad Bedi. Instead of hosting the 3rd season of India's Got Talent, Khurrana took up the offer of anchoring the dance-based reality show Just Dance on STAR Plus judged by Hrithik Roshan, Vaibhavi Merchant and Farah Khan.
2012–present: Film debut and breakthrough
In 2012, he made his Bollywood debut with Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor opposite Yami Gautam. The film marked actor John Abraham's debut as a producer. Vicky Arora who marries a Bengali girl without telling her about his past as a sperm donor. Despite its small budget, the movie became a major commercial success and received critical acclaim. For the film, he also sang a song "Pani Da Rang" composed by him and Rochak Kohli. Both the movie and song were well received. Khurrana received critical acclaim for his performance. Taran Adarsh notes "Ayushmann is a complete natural, has all the trappings of a fine actor and delivers a super confident performance." Gaurav Malani adds that Khurrana "is so natural that it never seems he's acting but rather gliding through the role. He is a pro at both the comedy and emotional scenes." Khurrana went on to receive many accolades for his performance, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. He won all the debut awards for Vicky Donor.
In spite of his successful Bollywood debut, Khurrana did not quit television completely, and was seen anchoring the IIFA Awards 2012, People's Choice Awards India 2012 and the Screen Awards 2013. Riffing off the plot of Vicky Donor, Khurrana later appeared in a PETA ad campaign, encouraging pet owners to have their dogs and cats sterilized.
Khurrana was next seen in Rohan Sippy's Nautanki Saala co-starring Pooja Salvi, Kunal Roy Kapoor and Evelyn Sharma. The film opened to positive reviews from critics, with Taran Adarsh stating that the film was "uncontaminated, witty and amusing". Nautanki Saala was released on 12 April 2013. The film proved to be a moderate success at the box office, earning approx. ₹210 million (US$3.1 million) at the domestic box office.
Khurrana's first film of 2014 was Yash Raj Films's Bewakoofiyaan, directed by Nupur Asthana, in which he starred alongside Sonam Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor. He was also the playback singer for "Khamkhaan" from the same movie, with Neeti Mohan. The film released on 14 March 2014 to mixed reviews. His performance was well received by critics. Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times praised Khuranna's performance, saying, "The strongest performance here is Ayushmann’s. His anger and frustration at losing the good life are palpable". He has also played a scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade in a movie titled Hawaizaada (earlier titled Bambai Fairytale) which also failed at the box office. Khurrana starred in Sharat Katariya's directorial Dum Laga Ke Haisha.The film opened to good reviews whereas critics appreciated the acting of ayushmanna the film was a major box office success under production of Yash Raj Films banner. He has been nominated in the critics category for the Stardust Awards.
As of February 2016, Khurrana is filming Sameer Sharma's romance Manmarziyan opposite Bhumi Pednekar. He is also starring in Akshay Roy's romance drama Meri Pyaari Bindu opposite Parineeti Chopra.
Khurrana originally belongs to Chandigarh and his family is still based there. His father Mr. P Khurrana, is an astrologer and an author on the subject of astrology, while his mother Poonam is a house wife and a qualified M.A. in Hindi. His brother Aparshakti is a radio jockey at OYE 104.8 FM in Delhi and is going to make debut in 2016 Aamir Khan starrer film Dangal. The ambiance of literature at home influenced Khurrana as well and he took to writing as a hobby. He also maintains a blog where he writes in Hindi and it has been received very well by his admirers. He is married to his childhood friend Tahira. He has two children, a son and a daughter. His son, Virajveer, was born on 2 January 2012 and his daughter, Varushka, was born on 21 April 2014.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2012||Vicky Donor||Vicky Arora||Also playback singer and composer for song "Pani Da Rang"|
|2013||Nautanki Saala||Ram Parmar aka RP||Also playback singer for "Saadi Galli Aaja" and "Tu Hi Tu"|
|2014||Bewakoofiyaan||Mohit Chaddha||Also playback singer for "Khamakhaan"|
|2015||Hawaizaada||Shivkar Bapuji Talpade||Also playback singer and composer for "Dil-e-Nadaan"|
|Dum Laga Ke Haisha||Prem Prakash Tiwari|
|Meri Pyaari Bindu||TBA||Pre Production|
|2004||MTV Roadies (Season 2)||Winner||MTV||Winner of 'MTV Roadies Season 2'|
|2007||Kayamath||Saket Shergil||Star Plus|
|2008||MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan||Video Jockey||MTV India||Co-hosted the show with MTV VJs Bani J and Vineet Modi|
|MTV Fully Faltoo Movie-Cheque De India||Fakir Khan||MTV||Spoof of Shahrukh Khan starrer movie Chak De! India|
|MTV Fully Faltoo Movie-Jadoo Ekbar||Prince Jalebi||MTV||Spoof of the movie Jodhaa Akbar|
|MTV Roadies Hell Down Under||Anchor||MTV||Anchor for the auditions only|
|Ek Thi Rajkumari||Zee Next||Antagonist|
|2008–09||Fantastic 5||Video Jockey||MTV|
|2009||India's Got Talent (Season 1)||Anchor||Colors TV||Co-hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa|
|Rock on with MTV ( Season 1)||Anchor||MTV||Anchor for the auditions only|
|MTV Roadies (Season 7)||Anchor||MTV||Anchor for the auditions only|
|Amul Music Ka Maha Muqqabla||Anchor||Star Plus|
|2010||Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah||Himself||Sab TV||Guest appearance (to promote IPL 3)|
|Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League (Season 3)||Presenter||SET Max||Co-hosted the show with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar and Angad Bedi|
|India's Got Talent (Season 2)||Anchor||Colors TV||Co-hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa|
|Rock on with MTV (Season 2)||Anchor||MTV||Co-hosted the show with Lisa Haydon|
|2010 – Present||Super Star Buzz||Anchor||Star Plus|
|MTV Roadies (Season 8)||Anchor||MTV|
|Just Dance||Anchor||Star Plus||Winner|
|2012||Pani Da Rang||Vicky Donor||Co-composed with Rochak Kohli|
|2013||Saddi Gali||Nautanki Saala!||Co-composed with Rochak Kohli|
|Tu Hi Tu||Nautanki Saala!|
|O Heeriye||Single||Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Rhea Chakraborty|
|2014||Khaamakhaan||Bewakoofiyaan||Duet with Neeti Mohan|
|Dil-e-Naadan||Hawaizaada||Rendition of Mirza Ghalib's version |
|Mitti Di Khusboo||Single||Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Huma Qureshi |
|2015||Yahin Hoon Main||Single||Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Yami Gautam |
|2015||Cracking The CODE - My Journey To Bollywood||Autobiographical Non-Fiction||Co-Written with wife Tahira Kashyap |
Awards and nominations
|Year||Title of Work||Award||Category||Result|
|2007||Bharat Nirman Awards||Young Achievers||Won|
|2011||Just Dance||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Anchor of Music/Film Based show (Jury)||Won|
|2012||Cosmopolitan Fun and Fearless Awards||Best TV Anchor||Won|
|Star Parivaar Awards||Favorite Mezbaan||Won|
|Vicky Donor||5th Boroplus Gold Awards||Rising Film Stars From TV||Won|
|Bhaskar Bollywood Awards||Most Dramatic Newcomer (Male)||Won|
|GQ India Men of the Year||Emerging Talent of the Year||Won|
|Global Indian Music Awards||Hottest Song (for "Pani Da Rang")||Won|
|Best Music Debut (as singer)||Nominated|
|Best Music Debut (as music composer/lyricist, along with Rochak Kohli)||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards India||Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female)||Nominated|
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Male||Won|
|2013||Filmfare Awards||Best Male Debut||Won|
|Best Male Playback Singer||Won|
|ETC Bollywood Business Awards||Most Profitable Debut (Male)||Won|
|Screen Awards||Most Promising Newcomer – Male||Won|
|Best Male Playback Singer||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Male Debut||Won|
|Best Playback Singer – Male||Nominated|
|Stardust Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|New Musical Sensation (Male)||Won|
|Superstar of Tomorrow – Male||Nominated|
|Renault Star Guild Awards||Best Male Debut||Won|
|Best Male Playback Singer||Won|
|Best Actor in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|Times of India Film Awards||Best Debut – Male||Won|
|Best Playback Singer – Male||Nominated|
|IIFA Awards||Star Debut of the Year – Male||Won|
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