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
Karan Singh Grover's Signature.jpg

Karan Singh Grover (born 23 February 1982)[1] also known as KSG,[4] is 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.[5]

Early life[edit]

Grover was born in New Delhi, India on 23 February 1982 to a Punjabi Sikh family.[6] He has one younger brother.[7] when Grover was of 2 years of age his family faced distress due to the Sikh riots in 1984.[8] 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.[6] After completing his degree he worked as a Marketing Executive in the Sheraton Hotel in Oman.[6]


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In 2004 he pursued a career in modelling and participated in the Gladrags Manhunt Contest and won the award of the most popular model.[6] In 2013, Grover was featured at number 13 in Asia's top 50 Sexiest Men on the Planet list.[9][10][11] In 2014 he was featured at number 12 in Asia's top 50 Sexiest Man on Planet list.[12] 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,[13] 18 in 2013,[14] and was listed number 19 in 2014.[15] Grover is also one of the highest paid Indian Television Actors.[16]

He began his television career with Balaji Telefilms' Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi on MTV India.[6][17] In 2007 Grover joined the cast of Dill Mill Gayye, a medical youth drama.[18] 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.[19] Whilst shooting for the show he also participated in a few reality shows, he hosted Zara Nachke Dikha,[17] contested and became a finalist in the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 3)[20] and also participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi.[21] 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.[22] Grover left the show for a while, but returned to the show after 6 months because of fans' demands.[23][24] The show ended on 29 October 2010.[25] Later he hosted a Channel V India show called Perfect Couple.[26] He also acted in two shows of Cinevistaas Limited; he featured in Teri Meri Love Stories,[27] and did a cameo in Dil Dosti Dance.[28] He was also seen in advertisements of Rupa Frontline, Cleartrip.com, Indian Gem & Jewellery and Kajaria tiles.[6]

On 29 October 2012, Grover returned to daily fiction with 4 Lions Films' Qubool Hai.[29][30] Grover was paid Rs. 20 lakhs per month because of his "formidable female fan base."[16] 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."[31] The show gained popularity pretty early becoming the number 2 show of Indian Television.[32] Grover won two Best Actor Awards for his portrayal of Asad Ahmed Khan.[33][34] Grover was mobbed by the crowd during outdoor shoots of the show, once in Bhopal,[35] and once in Rajasthan.[36]

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!"[37] 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.[38]

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

In May 2014 Grover became a producer with 4 Lions Films.[46][47] 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.[48][49] 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.[50] Grover and Bipasha Basu promoted the movie at various places including Comedy Nights with Kapil.[51] 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."[52] Times of India also reported that Grover "won rave reviews for his performance in the film."[53] He signed T-Series' Hate Story 3 in April 2015, it is set to release on 11 December 2015.[54]

Personal life[edit]

Grover married actress Shraddha Nigam on 2 December 2008. The marriage ended in divorce after 10 months.[2][55][56][57][58] Grover married Jennifer Winget, his costar and friend from Dill Mill Gayye and Kasautii Zindagii Kay, on 9 April 2012.[3][59][60] In November 2014 Winget stated that she and Grover had separated.[59][61]

Grover claims that he does not believe in any particular religion, however is spiritual.[62] Grover is a fitness enthusiast, and claims that exercise provides him inner peace. [63] Grover also loves to swim, sing and write. He also claims that he loves his Mother the most in the world.[8]



Fiction shows[edit]

Year Title Role Ref(s)
2004–05 Kitni Mast Hai Zindagi Arnav Deol [64]
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 [65]
2012 Teri Meri Love Stories Raghu [27]
2012 Dil Dosti Dance Professor Karan Mallik [28]
2012–13 Qubool Hai Asad Ahmed khan [66][67]

Non-fiction shows[edit]

Year Film Role Source
2008 Zara Nachke Dikha Host
2009 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 3) 2nd Runner Up
2010 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Contestant
2011 Perfect Couple Channel V Host [26]
2014 Star Holi Masti Gulal Ki Host
2015 Thank You Maa [68]


Year Film Role Notes
2008 Bhram
2012 I M 24
2015 Alone Kabir
2015 Hate Story 3 TBA


Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Gladrags Manhunt Contest Most Popular Model Award - Won[6]
2008 Kalakar Awards Best Promising Star Dill Mill Gayye Won[69]
2012 Zee Rishtey Awards (Awards for Zee TV shows) Favourite Bhai (brother) Qubool Hai Won[70]
2012 Zee Rishtey Awards (Awards for Zee TV shows) Favourite Naya Sadasya (new member) Qubool Hai Won[70]
2013 Indian Telly Awards TV Personality of the Year - Won[71]
Zee Gold Awards (Television Awards) Best Jodi (couple) Qubool Hai Won[34]
Zee Gold Awards (Television Awards) Best Actor Won[34]
13th Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards Best Actor Desh ka Sitara (India's Star) Won[72]
Zee Rishtey Awards (Awards for Zee TV shows) Favourite Jodi (couple) Won[73]
2013 Zee Rishtey Awards (Awards for Zee TV shows) Favourite Bhai (brother) Qubool Hai Won[73]
2014 FHM (India) 'Bachelor of the Year' Bachelor of the year (Mysterious Category) - Won[74]


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