Jugal Hansraj

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Jugal Hansraj
Born (1972-07-26) 26 July 1972 (age 47)
OccupationActor, Director, Screenwriter, Author
Spouse(s)Jasmine Dhillon
AwardsNational Film Award for Best Animated Film (2008)

Jugal Hansraj (born 26 July 1972) is an Indian actor, model, producer, writer, author and a national award-winning director, based in Mumbai. Hansraj started his career as a child actor in the 1983 film Masoom, which starred Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. He continued his career as a child actor in films like Karma (1986) and Sultanat (1986). He featured as a model for TV and print as a child and appeared in notable ad campaigns. He made his acting debut as an adult in Aa Gale Lag Jaa in 1994. Subsequently, he featured in the Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and Salaam Namaste (2005). He served as writer and director for the 2008 computer-animated film Roadside Romeo.


Hansraj started his career as a child artist in the 1983 film Masoom, which starred Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi. The film was about a 9-year-old boy whose stepmother was not willing to accept him into the family because he was born out of an extramarital relationship. Masoom was based on Man, Woman and Child, a novel by Erich Segal. The film had a positive response and launched Hansraj's career. Later on, he continued his career as a child actor in films like Karma (1986) and Sultanat (1986). Hansraj was also featured as a model for TV and print as a child. He appeared in notable ad campaigns such as Vicks Vaporub, Saffola and Nutramul.[1]

He started his adult career with Aa Gale Lag Jaa in 1994, where he was paired with Urmila Matondkar, who incidentally played his sister in his first film Masoom. His second film was Papa Kehte Hai in 1995 opposite Mayuri Kango.[2] The 2000 film Mohabbatein, which also featured Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan, was his adult breakthrough film. He then played guest roles in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Salaam Namaste (2005), Aaja Nachle (2007) and Kahaani 2 (2016).

In 1998, Jugal composed the tune of the title song for his friend Karan Johar’s first film “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.” Karan confirmed this in his autobiography “An Unsuitable Boy.” The title song became a super hit and went on to become Dharma Productions theme title music. [3]

He served as writer and director for the 2008 computer-animated film Roadside Romeo. Produced jointly by Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Studios, it featured the voices of Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Javed Jaffrey. It received negative reviews from critics, but won the National Film Award for Best Animated Film.[4][5] A song sequence from the film was also nominated for the Visual Effects Society Awards in Los Angeles for Best Animated Sequence alongside sequences from WALL-E and Kung Fu Panda.[6]

His second film as a director was the romantic comedy Pyaar Impossible which released in January 2010. This was produced by Yash Raj Films and starred Priyanka Chopra and Uday Chopra.[7]

In 2017, Jugal became a published author with his first novel for children titled "Cross Connection." The book released in December 2017 by Rupa Publications.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2014, Hansraj married Jasmine Dhillon, an NRI investment banker from New York.[9] The couple have one child together.[10]



Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Notes}}
1983 Masoom Rahul Shekhar Kapur
1984 Jhuth Sach Bishan "Binny" Esmayeel Shroff
1986 Sultanat[11] Mukul S. Anand
Karma[11] Subhash Ghai
1987 Loha Hassan Ali Raj N. Sippy
Hukumat Chintu Anil Sharma
1994 Aa Gale Lag Jaa[12] Suraj Hamid Ali Khan
1995 The Don[12] Vijay Farogh Siddique
1996 Papa Kehte Hai[2] Rohit Dixit Mahesh Bhatt
1997 Gudgudee[2] Singer Basu Chatterjee
2000 Mohabbatein Sameer Sharma Aditya Chopra
2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham[13] Rohan's friend Karan Johar special appearance
2002 Hum Pyar Tumhi Se Kar Baithe[12] Vishwas Mohan Singh Rathor
2005 Soggadu[14] Chandu Ravi Babu
Salaam Namaste[15] Jignesh "Jerry" Siddharth Anand
2007 Aaja Nachle[16] Sanjay Mehra Anil Mehta
2008 Roadside Romeo[4] Himself also writer
2010 Pyaar Impossible![7] Store Manager Himself
2016 Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh[17] Mohit Dewan Sujoy Ghosh


Year Title Role(s) Notes
2003–2004 Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny[12] Kunal
2010 Rishta.com Akshay Dwiwedi [18]
2013 Yeh Hai Aashiqui Badminton Coach [19]


  1. ^ Hansraj, Jugal (4 October 2008). "It's much more than a rat race". Economic Times (India). Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. Retrieved 24 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "Rediff On The Net, Movies:An interview with Jugal Hansraj". www.rediff.com.
  3. ^ Johar, Karan (2016). An Unsuitable Boy. Penguin Books. p. 70. ISBN 9789385990939.
  4. ^ a b Ghosh, Labonita (25 October 2008). "Reinventing Jugal Hansraj". DNA India.
  5. ^ "56th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  6. ^ "7th Annual VES Awards". www.visualeffectssociety.com. 24 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b "'People want to remember me as the sweet kid from Masoom'". www.telegraphindia.com.
  8. ^ "Actor Jugal Hansraj turns author | Hindi Movie News - Bollywood - Times of India". timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  9. ^ "Jugal Hansraj marries partner Jasmine". 7 July 2014.
  10. ^ DelhiJune 2, India Today Web Desk New; June 2, 2019UPDATED:; Ist, 2019 16:28. "Mohabbatein actor Jugal Hansraj and wife Jasmine meet Manish Malhotra in NYC. See pic". India Today.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  11. ^ a b "Jugal Hansraj birthday: These throwback photos of the Masoom actor will win your heart over again!". www.timesnownews.com.
  12. ^ a b c d "Jugal Hansraj chat". Hindustan Times. 3 December 2002.
  13. ^ "Then and now: Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham". filmfare.com.
  14. ^ "Review : (2005)". www.sify.com.
  15. ^ "BBC - Movies - review - Salaam Namaste (Hi, Hello)". www.bbc.co.uk.
  16. ^ "Jugal Hansraj's special role in 'Aaja Nachle'". DNA India. 26 August 2007.
  17. ^ Khanna, Khushi (2 December 2016). "'Kahaani 2' review: Vidya Balan is back in form in this predictable thriller" – via The Economic Times.
  18. ^ "Jugal Hansraj is back on TV - Times of India". The Times of India.
  19. ^ "Yeh Hai Aashiqui: Jugal Hansraj returns to acting". News18.

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