Gulshan Devaiah

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Gulshan Devaiah
Gulshan Devaiya at a special screening of Lipstick Under My Burkha (cropped).jpg
Devaiya at a special screening of Lipstick Under My Burkha
Kambeyanda Devaiah Gulshan

(1978-05-28) 28 May 1978 (age 41)[1]
Years active2010–present
Notable work
Mandar Ponskhe in Hunterrr,Commando 3,[2]
KC in
Siddharth Dhanrajgir in
Hate Story
Spouse(s)Kallirroi Tziafeta[3]

Gulshan Devaiah is an Indian film actor from Karnataka who appears primarily in Bollywood films.[4] Devaiah is mostly known for his roles in Shaitan, Hate Story and Hunterrr.[5][6] His performance in Shaitan was critically praised and earned him a nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.

Early and personal life[edit]

Devaiah was born on 28 May 1978 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, and is a NIFT graduate.[7] He is married to actress Kallirroi Tziafeta, who hails from Greece.[3][8] He is the son of Sri Devaiah and Pushpalata who worked in the same company, Bharat Electronics Ltd. He completed his primary education at Cluny Convent and St Joseph's Indian High School. He completed his graduation from NIFT. After graduation, he got jobs in the fashion industry where he worked for 10 years. He also taught Bangalore students, fashion, at Wigan & Leigh College. Devaiah started his Bollywood journey by playing small roles in Bangalore's English theatre. After he performed in several dramas, he moved to Mumbai for bigger opportunities.[9]


Gulshan Devaiah and Kalki Koechlin smiles for the camera
Devaiah with Kalki Koechlin at the 59th Filmfare Awards ceremony in 2016

Devaiah started his career from the Anurag Kashyap's short film That Girl in Yellow Boots, alongside Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah in 2010. The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by the Venice Film Festival.[10] He played the role of Chitiappa in the film. Next in 2011, he appeared in Rohan Sippy's crime thriller Dum Maaro Dum, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Prateik Babbar, where he played the role of Ricky. In the same year, Devaiah appeared in Bejoy Nambiar's Hindi thriller film Shaitan, starring Rajeev Khandelwal and Kalki Koechlin, where he portrayed the role of Karan Chaudhary "KC". Released in June 2011,[11] the film was a critical and commercial success, where Devaiah's performance was acclaimed. He was nominated for the several awards including, Filmfare Awards, Screen Awards, Stardust Awards and Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards in the category of Best Male Debut and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, along with other ensemble characters.

In 2012, Devaiah appeared in Vivek Agnihotri's erotic thriller Hate Story, produced by Vikram Bhatt, co-starring Paoli Dam. This was his first lead role, where he portrayed the antagonistic role of Siddharth Dhanrajgir, a cocky son of a rich business tycoon. The film went on to become a sleeper hit, and garnered the positive reviews from the critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated 3/5 to the film and labelled Devaiah's performance as "excellent".[12] The same year, he played in Vasan Bala's crime thriller film Peddlers alongside Nimrat Kaur, where he portrayed the role of Ranjit D'souza, a 20-years old boy, who gets trapped in the drug trade. The film was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, which was muted by the critics.[13] In 2013, Devaiah appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's romantic-tragedy drama film Ram-Leela, starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, where he played the negative role of Bhavani, which was a 'blockbuster' in the year. After a year gap, In 2015, Devaiah appeared in Harshavardan Kulkarni's adult comedy film Hunterrr, co-starring Radhika Apte, where he portrayed the role of Mandar Ponkshe, a sex-addicted man and describing his lustful journey in life.[14] The film did well at the box-office. In 2016, he was also seen playing the role of an NRI in Vivek Agnihotri's film Junooniyat, co-starring Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam in the lead roles.

Latest projects[edit]

Devaiah appeared in 4 different films in 2017, including Cabaret, A Death in the Gunj and CandyFlip. Devaiah was seen alongside Richa Chadda in Kaustav Narayan Niyogi's romantic dance film Cabaret, which is produced by Pooja Bhatt.

Next, Devaiah was also seen in Konkona Sen Sharma's directorial debut and coming-of-age drama film A Death In The Gunj co-starring Kalki Koechlin. He will appear in the Shanawaz NK's psychedelic thriller film CandyFlip, which is a Hindi/English language film.He also acted as the antagonist in Commando 3 in 2019.


Year Film Role Notes Ref(s)
2010 That Girl in Yellow Boots Chittiappa Siddanna Gowda [15]
2011 Dum Maaro Dum Ricky [7]
Shaitan Karan 'KC' Chaudhary [16]
2012 Hate Story Siddharth Dhanrajgir [17]
Peddlers Ranjit D'Souza [18]
2013 Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela Bhavani [19]
2015 Hunterrr Mandar Ponkshe [20]
2016 Junooniyat Yash [21]
2017 A Death In The Gunj Nandan "Nandu" Bakshi [22]
2018 Kuldip Patwal - I didn't do it! Lawyer Parduman Shahpuri
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Karate Mani / Jimmy dual role [23]
2019 Cabaret Gaurav Released on ZEE5 [24]
Commando 3 Buraq
2020 CandyFlip Altaf Delayed [25]
Love Affair TBA Delayed [26]

Web Series[edit]

Period Name Role Genre Channel Notes
2018 Smoke (web series) JJ (Jairam Jha) Web series Eros Now Hindi Language
2020 Ghost Stories Girl's Father ( First Zombie) Web series Netflix Netflix Original Film
2020 Afsos (Web series) Nakul Web series Amazon Prime Videos Hindi Language


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday Gulshan!". Filmfare webdesk. Filmfare. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  2. ^ Steven Rego (20 January 2015). "Hunter Gulshan Devaiah". The Times Group. The Times of India (Kannada). Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Kashika, Saxena (1 May 2012). "My wife has no issue with my intimate scenes: Gulshan Devaiah". Times of India. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Friendship very important in film industry: Gulshan Devaiah". The Indian Express. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Can't spread my arms like Shah Rukh Khan: Gulshan Devaiah". The Indian Express. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Gulshan Devaiah upbeat about first film as lead protagonist". The Indian Express. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Bangalore-bredBollywood". The Hindu. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  8. ^ Blessy, Chettar (20 April 2012). "When you shoot a lovemaking scene all day, it gets really boring: Gulshan Devaiah". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Gulshan Devaiah Biography". Admin. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Anurag Kashyap's film to be screened at Venice Film Festival". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Shaitaan : Complete Cast and Crew details". 10 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2011.
  12. ^ Taran Adarsh. "Hate Story Movie Review : 3 out of 5 Stars". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Peddlers: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Hunterrr trailer: Gulshan Devaiah, the sex addict has all the fun in this adult film!". 15 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Role Dancing". India Today. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Shaitan". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Hate Story is a lot more beyond sexuality: Gulshan Devaiah". NDTV. 19 April 2012. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  18. ^ Young, Deborah (21 May 2012). "Peddlers: Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  19. ^ Pratim D., Gupta (5 December 2013). "Gulshan Devaiah on being Bhavani in Ram-Leela and his time in Bollywood". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Amol Palekar my inspiration for 'Hunterrr', says Gulshan Devaiah". Daily News and Analysis. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Gulshan Devaiah to do a cameo in 'Junooniyat'". Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  22. ^ IANS (3 January 2016). "Tillotama Shome, Gulshan Devaiah to play couple in Konkona Sen Sharma's directorial 'A Death In The Gunj'".
  23. ^ Shah, Shravan (13 February 2018). "Here's why Gulshan Devaiah was out of action for eight months". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  24. ^ "'Cabaret' is the biggest break for me: Gulshan Devaiah". CNN-IBN. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  25. ^ "Ex-Bollywood guys make a 'Goan movie'". 10 October 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  26. ^ "Soni Razdan's 'Love Affair' starring Ali Fazal and Kalki Koechlin to go on floors in January". CNN-IBN. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2016.

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