Ayushmann Khurrana

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Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann Khurrana at the screening of ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’.jpg
Ayushmann Khurrana at the screening of ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’, 2017
Born (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 34)
Chandigarh, India
Occupation Actor, singer, anchor, writer. Previously video jockey and radio DJ
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Tahira Kashyap
Children 2
Relatives Aparshakti Khurana (brother)

Ayushmann Khurrana (born 14 September 1984)[1] is an Indian film actor, singer and anchor. He is the recipient of two Filmfare Awards. 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, and received Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.[2][3] He rose to prominence with romantic comedies Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) and Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), and the comedy-drama Shubh Mangal Savdhaan (2017), all of which were critically and commercially successful. He hosted the 63rd Filmfare Awards with Shah Rukh Khan, Parineeti Chopra and Karan Johar.

Early life and education[edit]

Khurrana was born in Chandigarh to Poonam and P. Khurrana,[4] and studied at St. John's High School and selected medical stream for +1 & +2.DAV College in Chandigarh.[5] He majored in English literature and has a master's degree in Mass Communication from the School of Communication Studies, Punjab University, in Chandigarh.[6] He did serious theatre for five years. He was also the founding member of DAV College's "Aaghaaz" and "Manchtantra", which are active theatre groups in Chandigarh.[6] He conceived and acted in street plays and won prizes in national college festivals such as Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay), OASIS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) and St. Bedes Shimla.[6] He also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug and was invited to the 2017 Actors' Roundtable hosted by Rajeev Masand.[7]


2004–2011: Television shows and early career[edit]

Ayushmann Khurrana was noticed on TV at the age of 17. It was the 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.[8] After completing his graduation and post-graduation in Journalism, his first job was as a DJ 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.[9] He was the youngest recipient of the Bharat Nirman Award in New Delhi.[10]

After radio, Khurrana moved on to become a Video Jockey on MTV with Pepsi MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan, an informative show for the youth.

He also worked in many other MTV shows such as MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India and Jaadoo Ek Baar.[11] He then turned television host with a multiple-talent based reality show India's Got Talent on Colors TV which he co-anchored with Nikhil Chinapa[12] 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 the singing reality show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla on STAR Plus.[13]

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.[14][15] Following which he took up the offer of anchoring the dance-based reality show Just Dance on STAR Plus.

2012–13: Film debut and critical acclaim[edit]

In 2012, he made his Bollywood debut with Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor[16] opposite Yami Gautam. The film marked actor John Abraham's debut as a producer.[17] He portrays 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.[3][18][19] For the film, he also sang the 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".[20] 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".[21] Khurrana went on to receive many accolades for his performance, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. He won all the debut awards for Vicky Donor.[22]

He followed by anchoring the IIFA Awards (2012), People's Choice Awards India (2012) and the Screen Awards (2013). Khurrana later appeared in a PETA ad campaign, encouraging pet owners to have their dogs and cats sterilized.[23]

Ayuyshmann Khurana and Kunaal Roy Kapur at 'MTV Video Music Awards India 2013'

Khurrana was next seen in Rohan Sippy's Nautanki Saala[24] 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".[25] Nautanki Saala was released on 12 April 2013.[26] The film managed to recover its production cost at the domestic box office, earning approx. 210 million (US$2.9 million).[27]

2014–present: Commercial fluctuations and critical success[edit]

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 and was commercially unsuccessful at the box office.[28] However, 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".[29] The following year, he played the role of scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade in the biopic Hawaizaada which also failed at the box office.[30][31]

His next release was Sharat Katariya-directed Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), which opened to strong reviews, whereas critics appreciated the acting of Ayushmann, the film was a major box office success under production of Yash Raj Films.[32] The film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

After a year-long absence from the screen, he starred in Akshay Roy's romance drama Meri Pyaari Bindu opposite Parineeti Chopra.[33] However, despite the anticipation, the film received mixed reviews and was a commercial failure.[34] Later in 2017, Khurrana featured in two more movies, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Savdhan both of which received critical and popular acclaim and were commercially successful.[35][36]

Personal life[edit]

Khurrana was born in Chandigarh. His father P Khurrana is a politician, astrologer and an author on the subject of astrology, whereas his mother Poonam is a house wife and she is of half-Burmese descent[37] and a qualified M.A. in Hindi[citation needed]. While Ayushmann remains busy with his work in Mumbai, his family still stays in Chandigarh. His brother Aparshakti Khurana is a radio jockey at OYE 104.8 FM in Delhi and made his debut in the 2016 Aamir Khan-starrer film Dangal.[38][39] The ambience 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 Kashyap.[40][41] 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.[42][43]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
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
2017 Meri Pyaari Bindu Abhimanyu Roy Also playback singer for "Haareya (Rock Version)"
Bareilly Ki Barfi Chirag Dubey Also playback singer for "Nazm Nazm (Ayushmann Khurrana version)"
Shubh Mangal Savdhan Mudit Sharma Also playback singer for "Kanha (unplugged version)"
2018 Andhadhun[44] Film has yet to be released TBA Completed[45]
Badhaai Ho Film has yet to be released 19 October 2018 Post-Production[46]


Year Show Role Channel Notes
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
Stripped Anchor MTV
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
2011 MTV Grind Anchor MTV
MTV Roadies (Season 8) Anchor MTV
Just Dance Anchor Star Plus
2014 1st Star Box Office India Awards Ceremony Anchor Star Plus Co-hosted the show with Ali Zafar


Year Song Album Notes
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[47]
Mitti Di Khusboo Single Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Huma Qureshi[48]
2015 Yahin Hoon Main Single Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Yami Gautam[49]
2016 Ik Vaari Single Co-Composed with Aparshakti Khurana, features Aisha Sharma
2017 Nazm Nazm Bareilly Ki Barfi Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Kanha(unplugged) Shubh Mangal Savdhan Tanishk-Vayu
2018 Chan Kitthan Single Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Pranitha Subhash[50]


Year Title Genre Note(s)
2015 Cracking The CODE - My Journey To Bollywood Autobiographical Non-Fiction co-written with wife Tahira Kashyap[51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result
2007 N/A Bharat Nirman Awards Young Achievers Won[9]
2011 Just Dance Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor of Music/Film Based show (Jury) Won[52]
2012 Cosmopolitan Fun and Fearless Awards Best TV Anchor Won[53]
Star Parivaar Awards Favorite Mezbaan Won[54]
N/A GQ India Men of the Year Emerging Talent of the Year Won[55]
Vicky Donor Boroplus Gold Awards Rising Film Stars From TV Won[56]
Bhaskar Bollywood Awards Most Dramatic Newcomer (Male) Won[57]
Global Indian Music Awards Hottest Song (for "Pani Da Rang") Won[58]
Best Music Debut (as singer) Nominated[59]
Best Music Debut (as music composer/lyricist, along with Rochak Kohli)
People's Choice Awards India Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female) Nominated[60]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Male Won[61]
5th Mirchi Music Awards Male Vocalist of The Year Nominated[62]
Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year
Upcoming Music Composer of The Year Won[63]
Upcoming Lyricist of The Year
2013 Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Won[64]
Best Male Playback Singer
ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Male) Won[65]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male Won[66]
Best Male Playback Singer Nominated[67]
Zee Cine Awards Best Male Debut Won[68]
Best Playback Singer – Male Nominated[68]
Stardust Awards Best Actor Won[69]
New Musical Sensation (Male)
Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Nominated[70]
Renault Star Guild Awards Best Male Debut Won[71]
Best Male Playback Singer
Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[72]
Best Lyrics
Times of India Film Awards Best Debut – Male Won[73]
Best Playback Singer – Male Nominated[74]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Male Won[75]
Best Actor Nominated[76]
2018 Bareilly Ki Barfi FOI Online Awards, India Best Performance By An Ensemble Cast Nominated[77]
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan Best Performance By An Ensemble Cast
Screen Awards Best Actor – Male (Popular) Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor – Male (Viewer's Choice) Nominated[78]
Best Actor – Male (Jury's Choice)
Filmfare Awards Best Actor Nominated[79]


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