Karan Singh Grover

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Karan Singh Grover
Karan Singh Grover Alone Trailer Launch.png
Grover c. 2015
Born (1982-02-23) 23 February 1982 (age 33)
New Delhi, India[1]
Alma mater IHM Mumbai
Occupation Actor, model, and producer
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s)
Signature
Karan Singh Grover's Signature.jpg

Karan Singh Grover (born 23 February 1982)[1] also known as KSG,[4][5] is an Indian actor and model who has appeared in a number of television shows including Dill Mill Gayye and Qubool Hai, as well as the Indian film Alone. Currently he is shooting for Hate Story 3.[6]

Early life[edit]

Grover was born in New Delhi, India on 23 February 1982 to a Punjabi Sikh family.[7] He has one younger brother.[8] When Grover was of 2 years of age his family faced a bit of distress due to riots in India in 1984.[9] When Grover was young his family moved to Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. He did his schooling at International Indian School Dammam. In 2000, he moved to Mumbai, India, and pursued a degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai, Dadar Catering College. He was also part of a band called the Thousand Decibels during his college days.[7] After completing his degree he worked as a Marketing Executive in the Sheraton Hotel in Oman.[7]

Career[edit]

Karan Singh Grover at Rocky S collection Launch.jpg

In 2004 he pursued a career in modelling and participated in the Gladrags Manhunt Contest and won the award of the most popular model.[7] In 2013, Grover was featured at number 13 in Asia's top 50 Sexiest Men on the Planet list.[10][11][12] In 2014 he was featured at number 12 in Asia's top 50 Sexiest Man on Planet list.[13] He has been featured multiple times in Times Top 50 most desirable men list. In 2010, he was at number 24, 29 in 2011, 39 in 2012,[14] 18 in 2013,[15] and was listed number 19 in 2014.[16] Grover is also one of the highest paid Indian Television Actors.[17]

He began his television career with Balaji Telefilms' Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi on MTV India.[7][18]In 2007 Grover got the show Dill Mill Gayye, a medical youth drama.[19] The Times of India reported that Grover became an "instant hit" and a "teenage icon" therefore making the show have the best ratings on the channel STAR One.[20]Times of India also stated "TV heartthrob Karan Singh Grover's name is enough to explain the fan following that the actor enjoys. His sheer presence on the small screen is enough to drive his female fans crazy. The actor, who become a youth sensation as Armaan Malik in Dill Mill Gayye enjoyed all the attention...in the cult youth show."[21]

Whilst shooting for the show he also participated in a few reality shows, he hosted Zara Nachke Dikha,[18] contested and became a finalist in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 3)[22] and also participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi.[23] It was reported that Grover would routinely report hours late for the shoot of Dill Mill Gayye and that Cinevistaas Limited were planning to sue him to recover their losses.[24] Grover left the show for a while, but returned to the show after 6 months because of fans' demands. [25] The show ended on 29 October 2010.[26] Later he hosted a Channel V India show called Perfect Couple.[27] He also acted in two shows of Cinevistaas Limited; he featured in Teri Meri Love Stories,[28] and did a cameo in Dil Dosti Dance.[29] He was also seen in advertisements of Rupa Frontline, Cleartrip.com, Indian Gem & Jewellery and Kajaria tiles.[7]

On 29 October 2012, Grover returned to daily fiction with 4 Lions Films' Qubool Hai.[30][31] Grover was paid a hefty amount because of his "formidable female fan base."[17] Due to Grover's presence, the show made a grand entry into Indian television. Times of india wrote that "Karan Singh Grover..is making his comeback on television after almost two years in a daily soap. And it is no mean feat for the broadcaster as they would want to give the best possible time SLOT to his show, Qubool Hai."[32] The show gained popularity pretty early becoming the number 2 show of Indian Television.[33]

Grover was mobbed by the public during outdoor shoots of the show, once in Bhopal, for which the maker of the show Gul Khan (producer) told Times of India "He was mobbed literally. We were scared seeing the mammoth gathering. I told my unit to get extra security so that the shoot could be completed without any hindrance. Karan had to commute in a police car for security reasons."[34] and once in Rajasthan, which Times of India described as "soon as the obsessive female fans in Jaipur learned that Karan Singh Grover was shooting for the show in the vicinity, they thronged the location in tens of thousands and within minutes, crowded him like bees on a honeypot. The situation almost got out of hand when an overzealous female fan demanded to meet Karan in person and if she wasn't allowed, threatened to jump off Amer Fort where the crew was shooting."[35]

Grover was also praised by his colleagues for his work in Qubool Hai. Kratika Sengar stated "I think Karan is one of the finest actors on television currently and I would love to work with him in the future. I have met him on the sets and think that he is a very humble and down-to-earth as a person... He is doing a fantastic job in the show (Qubool Hai). I still remember that there was a maha episode...I liked the way he presented himself in that scene. He literally had tears in his eyes. He was that natural!"[36] Gautami Kapoor also stated that she feels Grover is currently the most popular television actor and that he is acting really well in the show.[37]

Grover won two Best Actor Awards for his portrayal of Asad Ahmed Khan.[38][39] Grover's work at Qubool Hai ended at the end of 2013.[40] The channel, Zee TV, said that it had fired him because of his unprofessional behavior.[41][42] Grover denied the allegations, saying that the channel was trying to defame him, and stated that he left because his contract ended[43] and due to ill health.[44] Fans protested to bring Grover back on to the show.[45] Grover's exit caused a sizeable drop in the viewership figures of the show.[46]

In May 2014 Grover became a producer with 4 Lions Films.[47][48] He also started shooting for the Indian Film Alone which co-starred Bipasha Basu, and was directed by Bhushan Patel, it released on January 16, 2015.[49][50] Business of Cinema reported that the trailer had two million hits on YouTube, becoming the #1 video in under 48 hours with a 95% "like" ratio.[51] Grover and Bipasha Basu promoted the movie at various places including Comedy Nights with Kapil.[52] Bollywood Hungama gave a positive review to Grover for the movie and stated that "Karan Singh Grover makes a sprightly debut. He's not conscious of the camera at all. Considering he has done TV, he is high on emotional appeal. He has all the trappings of being a star."[53] Times of India also reported that Grover "won rave reviews for his performance in the film."[54]Box Office India stated that Alone had the highest opening of the four major films released in its weekend.[55] According to Bollywood Hungama Alone grossed 19.35 crore (US$2.9 million) domestically.[56]

Grover signed T-Series' Hate Story 3 in April 2015, it is set to release on 11 December 2015.[57] In 2015 Grover inaugurated Jack & Jones in Lucknow, Times of India reported "The occasion saw fans of the actor queing up outside the store..to catch a glimpse of the star.. a throng of excited fans"[58] Grover also endorsed Warrior Safety shows from Liberty Shoes brand.[59] Grover also became the brand ambassador of Rocky S's signature Brand RS by Rocky Star along with Bipasha Basu.[60] In September 2015 Grover will be hosting a new talk show on ABP News called "Selfie" in which he will be interviewing actors like Salman Khan and Vidya Balan[61]

Personal life[edit]

Grover married actress Shraddha Nigam on 2 December 2008. The marriage ended in divorce after 10 months.[2][62][63][64][65] Grover married Jennifer Winget, his costar and friend from Dill Mill Gayye and Kasautii Zindagii Kay, on 9 April 2012.[3][66][67] In November 2014 Winget stated that she and Grover had separated.[66][68] Grover also stated through twitter about his impending divorce from Winget.[69]

Grover states that he does not believe in any particular religion, but that he is spiritual.[70] Grover also has body tattoos mainly on his biceps, and is also a huge fitness enthusiast.[71] Grover is also a bike enthusiast, and reportedly had gifted his bike to an ex crew member of Qubool Hai[72]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Fiction shows[edit]

Year Title Role Ref(s)
2004–05 Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi Arnav Deol [73]
2005 Princess Dollie Aur Uska Magic Bag Aman
2005–06 Kasautii Zindagii Kay Sharad Gupta
2006–07 Solhah Singaarr Abhimanyu
2007–10 Dill Mill Gayye Armaan Malik [74]
2012 Teri Meri Love Stories Raghu [28]
2012 Dil Dosti Dance Professor Karan Mallik [29]
2012–13 Qubool Hai Asad Ahmed khan [75][17]

Non-fiction shows[edit]

Year Film Role Source
2008 Zara Nachke Dikha Host
2009 Jhalak Dikhla Jaa 3 2nd Runner Up
2010 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Contestant
2011 Perfect Couple Channel V Host [27]
2014 Star Holi Masti Gulal Ki Host
2015 Thank You Maa

Films[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes Notes
2008 Bhram Carlson
2012 I M 24 Aman [76]
2015 Alone Kabir
2015 Hate Story 3 Films which have not yet been released TBA Filming [77]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Gladrags Manhunt Contest[7] Most Popular Model Award Won
2008 Kalakar Awards[78] Best Promising Star Dill Mill Gayye
2012 Zee Rishtey Awards[79][80] Favourite Bhai Qubool Hai
Favourite Naya Sadasya
2013 Favourite Jodi
Favourite Bhai
Indian Telly Awards[81] TV Personality of the Year
Indian Television Academy Awards[82] Desh Ka Sitara - Best Actor Popular
Zee Gold Awards[39] Best Onscreen Jodi
Best Actor Popular
2014 FHM Awards[83] Bachelor of the year (mysterious)

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