Kunal Khemu

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Kunal Khemu
Kunal Khemu Promotions of 'Go Goa Gone' in association with Volkswagen 07.jpg
Born1983 (age 35–36)
Years active2005-present
Soha Ali Khan (m. 2015)

Kunal Khemu (born 1983) is an Indian film actor. He made his film debut with Sir as a child actor. His notable roles as an actor include the films Kalyug (2005), Traffic Signal (2007), Dhol, Golmaal, 99 (2009), Go Goa Gone (2013) and Kalank (2019).

Early and personal life[edit]

Kunal was born to actors Ravi and Jyoti Kemmu in a Kashmiri Pandit family in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.[1] He is an elder child to the couple and has a younger sister named Karishma Kemmu. He stayed in Mira Road area of Mumbai. He finished his schooling from N.L.Dalmia High School in Mira Road where as attended SVKM's Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics at Vile Parle for his further studies. He now lives in Khar, Mumbai.

His grandfather, Moti Lal Kemmu (original spelling of last name), is a Kashmiri playwright and a recipient of several awards by the government of Jammu and Kashmir: Rashtra Bhasa Prachar Samiti, Sahitya Akademi award in 1982 for his contribution to Kashmiri literature as a playwright and Padma Shri.[2]

Kunal with Soha Ali Khan.

Kunal was in a live-in relationship with actress Soha Ali Khan since May 2013.[3][4] The couple got engaged in July 2014 and got married in a private ceremony in Mumbai on 25 January 2015 in the presence of selected members of Soha's family.[5][6] Soha Ali Khan gave birth to their daughter Inaaya Naumi Khemu on 29 September 2017.


He made his debut as a child actor appearing in the Doordarshan TV series Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (1987), directed by Ved Rahi. He made his film debut with Mahesh Bhatt's movie Sir (film) (1993). He went on to star as a child artist in movies including Raja Hindustani, Zakhm, Bhai, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, and Dushman.

He played the male lead in the 2005 film Kalyug, which was directed by Mohit Suri.[7][8] Kalyug was based on the pornography industry. In 2007, his first release was Madhur Bhandarkar's Traffic Signal, where he played a street-smart money lender who lends money to poor families, but always gets it back with interest.

His second release of 2007 was Dhol in which he again played lead. In 2008, in his only release, Superstar, he featured in a double role. In 2009, he starred in Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge and Jai Veeru. In 2009, he appeared in the comic-thriller 99. In 2010, he appeared in Golmaal 3 in which he played a supporting role as Laxman.

In 2012, he appeared in Mukesh Bhatt's Blood Money, in which played the lead role as Kunal Kadam, an honest and hard worker who is unknowingly taken into the dark side of Diamond Trade by his Boss. He co-starred in Go Goa Gone, a Zombie comedy film, which was released on 10 May 2013. Both the films fared well at the box office.

In 2015, after over a two-year break, Kunal returned to the screen with the thriller Bhaag Johnny about a man who gets to live two lives by the help of a Jinn, portrayed by director Vikram Bhatt. Though the film began shooting in 2013, it released on 25 September 2015 to mixed reviews and low box office collections.[citation needed] His second release of the same year was the comedy film Guddu Ki Gun, in which Kunal appears in the title role along with Sumeet Vyas. In 2017, he did a voice over in an animated film Hanuman: Da' Damdaar in role of Lord Indra. He also appeared in the fourth installment of Golmaal (film series) named Golmaal Again reprising his famous role of Laxman Sharma. He portrayed a negative character for the first time in his career in Kalank .[9]



Year Film Role Remark
1993 Sir Kunal Film Debut (Child Actor)
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke Sunny
1994 Naaraaz Sunny
1996 Raja Hindustani Rajnikant
Pratishwar Shelved
1997 Tamanna Young Sajid
Bhai Krishna
1998 Zakhm Young Ajay Screen Award for Best Child Artist[10]
Dushman Bheem
Angaaray Young Amar
2005 Kalyug Kunal P. Darr Film Debut (Lead Actor)
2007 Traffic Signal Silsila
Dhol Gautam Sisodia (Goti)
Superstar Kunal Mehra / Karan Saxena
2009 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge CA Anand Pawar
Jai Veeru Veeru
99 Sachin
2010 Golmaal 3 Laxman Sharma
2012 Blood Money Kunal Kadam
2013 Go Goa Gone Hardik
2014 Mr Joe B. Carvalho Himself Special Appearance
2015 Bhaag Johnny Janardhan Arora (Johnny)
Guddu Ki Gun Gowardhan Prasad (Guddu)
2017 Hanuman: Da' Damdaar Lord Indra Voice Over
Poster Boys Himself Special Appearance
Golmaal Again Laxman Sharma
2018 Simmba Himself Special Appearance
2019 Kalank Abdul Khan
Lootcase Nandan Kumar
2020 Malang Post Production

Web Series[edit]

Year Series Role Remark Aired On
2019 Abhay (TV series) SP Abhay Pratap Singh Web Debut Zee5


Year Series Remark Aired On
1987 Gul Gulshan Gulfaam TV Debut as a Child Actor (Age 4) Doordarshan
1989 Chitra Kathaien 1 Episode (Jhoot ka Aalam) Doordarshan

Short Film[edit]

Year Film Role Remark Aired On
2014 Haircut Himself Special Appearance YouTube


  1. ^ "Kunal Khemu is sad that Srinagar in on news for bloodshed". Daily News and Analysis. 3 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Kashmiri Playwrights". Ikashmir.net. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Soha Ali khan: Living-in with Kunal Khemu is like being married". Movies.ndtv.com. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Spotted: Soha Ali Khan with beau Kunal Khemu". Mid-day.com. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu get engaged". The Hindu. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Soha Ali Khan Marries Kunal Khemu, Saif-Kareena Play Hosts - NDTV Movies". Movies.ndtv.com. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ Subhash K Jha (21 December 2005). "Kunal Khemu: Child grows up". Sify. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Coming of age: Interview". Screen. 9 December 2005.
  9. ^ "Kunal Khemu does cameo in Mr Joe B. Carvalho | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News". BollywoodHungama.com. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Award Winners". Screen. Archived from the original on 22 October 1999. Retrieved 2 October 2019.

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