Barun Sobti at the BBC Asian Network office, Birmingham, UK
21 August 1984 |
|Spouse(s)||Pashmeen Manchanda (m.2010)|
Barun Sobti (born 21 August 1984) is a popular Indian television and Film actor
He started his acting career with the Star Plus' faith-oriented television series Shraddha (2009), and after a cameo in a negative role in the popular medical TV series, Dill Mill Gayye, Sobti bagged the lead role in the popular Sony TV series Baat Hamari Pakki Hai (2010) and rose to fame through his portrayal of a carefree and irresponsible young man. Sobti became a household name when he starred in Star Plus' popular show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? for his portrayal as an angry and arrogant business tycoon in the show. He earned critical acclaim for his portrayal and his Bollywood debut film Main Aur Mr. Riight (2014), as a loud, enthusiastic man with the dreams of becoming an actor. In 2017, Sobti debuted into the digital space with the Hotstar Originals' hit series Tanhaiyan, in which he played the role of a casanova. He made his television comeback with a finite series, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3 (2017) in which he played the role of an anti-hero on a revenge mission. Sobti's second film, the critically acclaimed Tu Hai Mera Sunday released in 2017 after travelling across various film festivals.
Early life and family
Barun attended St. Mark's School in Paschim Vihar, New Delhi. Before entering into the entertainment industry, he worked as an Operations Manager at Jindal Telecom for 7 years. He married his childhood girlfriend Pashmeen Manchanda on 12 December 2010 in a Gurudwara.
He then appeared in a negative cameo role of Dr. Raj in Dill Mill Gayye, after which he played the lead role of the carefree Shravan Jaiswal in the Sony television series Baat Hamari Pakki Hai (2010).
Through Baat Hamari Pakki Hai, Sobti received his first noticeable role as the carefree Shravan Jaiswal, a rich spoilt brat finding his love through a beautiful heartfelt journey from a directionless irresponsible boy to a responsible and caring husband. He starred opposite Ankita Mayank Sharma and was nominated for the Best Actor award in the prestigious Apsara Awards (Star Guild) for his role as Shravan.
Sobti then went on to star as an angry young man in Star Plus' drama Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? opposite Sanaya Irani. He became a household name through his role as the rude and suave business tycoon Arnav Singh Raizada, and became the Heartthrob of the Indian Television industry overnight. He received numerous awards for his flawless portrayal and his character, fondly called ASR went on to become an iconic character on Indian television. After Sobti announced his exit from the show, the negative response from fans ultimately led to the series' cancellation.
After Iss Pyaar Ko...Sobti made his Bollywood debut in 2014 through the film Main aur Mr Riight. The film was a romantic comedy and featured a light hearted take on love, relationships and singlehood. Sobti earned rave reviews from critics for his portrayal as the loud and aspriring actor Sukhi Singh who plays the pretend boyfriend of casting director Shenaz Treasury's character and while pretending, the two indeed end up falling in love with each other.
Sobti then featured in short film called Dry Dreams (2015), opposite Kritika Kamra. The story, revolving around the important topic of water conservation, involves a man who dreams about a beautiful girl but suddenly realizes that his life goes upside down because of her. It is one of the most watched and widely shared videos on its distributor - Pocket Films' website.
Owing to his popularity outside India, Sobti featured in 2 foreign language films. In 2016, he made a special appearance as himself in an Uzbek film Sevadi Sevmaydi and in 2017, he starred in an Indonesian short film titled as Calon Istriku Putri Dari India alongwith Daljeet Kaur Bhanot. Sobti played the character Ajay, who protects his sister, played by Dalljiet, and helps her get married to her boyfriend.
In early 2017, Sobti made his debut into the digital space and featured in a Hotstar Originals romantic web-series Tanhaiyan opposite Surbhi Jyoti. He played the role of an emotionally scarred Casanova Haider Ali Khan who finds love in an equally emotionally scarred fashion designer, played by Surbhi. The series features a beautiful journey of friendship, pain, love and separation. It consisted of nine episodes and was an instant hit and is one of the most watched and liked videos on Hotstar.
In July 2017, it was announced that Sobti would again be the lead in the third installment of the Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon franchise, opposite Shivani Tomar.
Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3, an intense love story of revenge and redemption had Sobti playing the unapologetically dark anti-hero Advay Singh Raizada who struggles between love and revenge, passion and pain. The show garnered mostly negative reviews however, Sobti received a lot of appreciation from fans, critics and the television fraternity and he was nominated as the Best Actor Popular for his role in the Indian Television Academy awards.
Sobti's second film, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, opposite Shahana Goswami released on 6 October 2017 after travelling across the globe in various prestigious Film Festivals. The film premiered at the BFI's London Film Festival in 2016 and won the Audience Choice award at the Cinequest Film Festival (USA). It was also screened at the Mumbai Film Festival and New York International Film Festival. Sobti received rave reviews from the critics and audience for his portrayal as the easy-going Arjun Anand in this slice-of-life film.
|2009-10||Shraddha||Neha Janpandit||Swayam Khurana||Debut show|
|2010||Dill Mill Gayye||Neha Jhulka||Raj Singh||Cameo|
|2010-11||Baat Hamari Pakki Hai||Ankita Sharma||Shravan Jaiswal||Lead role|
|2011-12||Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?||Sanaya Irani||Arnav Singh Raizada||Lead role|
|2017||Tanhaiyan (web series)||Surbhi Jyoti||Haider Ali Khan||Lead role|
|2017||Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3||Shivani Tomar||Advay Singh Raizada||Lead Role|
|2018||Dysfunctional Family (web series)||TBA||TBA||Lead Role|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2014||Main Aur Mr. Riight||Sukhi Singh||Debut film|||
|2015||Dry Dreams||Unnamed||Short film on water conservation|||
|2017||Calon Istriku Putri Dari India||Ajay||Indonesian short film|
|2017||Tu Hai Mera Sunday||Arjun Anand|||
|2018||Satra Ko Shaadi Hai||Naresh Sinhal|
|2018||22 Yards||Ron Sen||Post-Production|||
Advertisements & Endorsements
Prior to entering the Indian television industry, Sobti appeared in a Reliance BIG TV advertisement and three Ford Figo advertisements with Panchi Bora. During Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?, Sobti as Arnav along with Sanaya Irani featured in a Dulux Paints advertisement.
In 2015, Sobti became the brand ambassador for an eyewear company, Scavin and featured in a promotional video called Dawn.
In 2017, he featured in four promotional videos for Tinder, the official sponsor of his hit webseries Tanhaiyan. Soon after, Sobti featured in an Asian Paints advertisement.
2013: Sobti featured in a comedy stage play titled Do Fool Chaar Maali in Dubai. He was the narrator along with Mrunal Thakur.
- 2010: Boogie Woogie - (dance performance with Ankita Sharma to promote Baat Hamari Pakki Hai)
- 2010: Indian Idol Grand Finale - (guest appearance as Shravan with Ankita Sharma)
- 2011: India Ne Bana Di Jodi - (dance performance with Ankita Sharma)
- 2012: Star Parivaar Awards - (as a host)
- 2012: Star Diwali Har Chehre Pe Muskaan - (as a host)
- 2012: Star Parivaar Live, UK - (as a host, dance performance)
- 2016: Sevadi Sevmaydi as Himself - (special appearance in an Uzbek film)
- 2017: Star Parivaar Awards - (dance performance - unveiling of Advay Singh Raizada and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? 3)
- 2017: Ye Hai Mohabbatein as Advay Singh Raizada - (To promote Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? 3)
- 2017: Ishqbaaaz as Advay Singh Raizada - (To promote Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? 3)
Awards and nominations
|2011||Star Guild Awards (Apsara Awards)||Best Actor||Baat Hamari Pakki Hai||Nominated|
|2012||Star Parivaar Awards||Favorite Jodi (with Sanaya Irani)||Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon? (2011 TV series)||Won|
|Favorite International Jodi (with Sanaya Irani)||Won|
|Favorite Naya Sadasya - Male||Won|
|Most Stylish Sadasya - Male||Won|
|The Global Indian Film and TV Honours||Best Television On-Screen Jodi (with Sanaya Irani)||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male)||Won|
|People's Choice Awards India||Favorite TV Drama Actor||Won|
|Favorite On-Screen Jodi (with Sanaya Irani)||Won|
|Indian Television Academy Awards||Desh Ka Sitara - Best Actor Popular||Won|
|Indian Telly Awards||Indian Telly Award for Best Onscreen Couple (with Sanaya Irani)||Won|
|Indian Telly Award for Best Television Personality of the Year||Nominated|
|Big Star Young Entertainer Awards||Big Star Young Super Entertainer||Nominated|
|2017||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Actor Popular||Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon 3||Nominated|
Sobti is the only television actor to be featured in the "20 Most Intriguing People of 2012" list by People magazine India and to have bagged 4 awards in just one year at the Star Parivaar Awards for his role as Arnav Singh Raizada.
He was also voted as the 3rd Sexiest Asian Man by a UK Magazine, Eastern Eye and the Best Indian Actor for his Influence on Social Media in the year 2015-16 by iOchoice Awards which recognize and honour the best Indians on social media.
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