Kunal Khemu

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Kunal Kemmu
Khemu Kunal.jpg
Born Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Ethnicity Kashmiri
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Religion Hinduism
Spouse(s) Soha Ali Khan (m. 2015)
Parent(s) Ravi Kemmu
Jyoti Kemmu
Relatives Saif Ali Khan (Brother-in-law)
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (Father-in-law)
Sharmila Tagore (Mother-in-law)

Kunal Kemmu is an Indian film actor. He made his acting debut as a child artist in the 90s and made his comeback as an adult in 2005 with Kalyug. He is best known for his pivotal roles in the films Traffic Signal (2007), Golmaal 3 (2010) and Go Goa Gone (2013).

Early life and family[edit]

Kemmu was born to actors Ravi and Jyoti Kemmu in Kashmiri Pandit family in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.[1] He attended Niranjanlal Dalmia High School in Mira Road, Mumbai and pursued higher education at Amity University.

His grandfather, Moti Lal Kemmu (original spellings of last name), is a well-known 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]

Career[edit]

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 (1993), starring Naseeruddin Shah and Pooja Bhatt. He went on to star as a child artist in many movies such as Raja Hindustani, Zakhm, Bhai and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke.

As an adult, he made his comeback as the male lead in the 2005 film, Kalyug, which was directed by Mohit Suri.[3][4] 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 the year 2007, was the Dhol in which he again played a lead. In 2008, 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 opposite Soha Ali Khan. In 2010, he appeared in Golmaal 3 in which he played a supporting role as Laxman.

His comeback venture in 2012, was Mukesh Bhatt's Blood Money: He played the lead role as Kunal Kadam, an honest and hard worker who is unknowingly taken into the underworld by his senior boss. His latest release is Go Goa Gone, which is India's first zombie comedy film, opposite Saif Ali Khan, Vir Das, Anand Tiwari, and Puja Gupta. It released on 10 May 2013.

Khemu is currently working on Vikram Bhatt's Bhaag Johnny. Directed by Shivam Nair, the film is a thriller, which started shooting in 2013. Along with that he will also appear in a movie named Guddu Ki Gun. He has also done a special appearance in the 2014 spy-comedy Mr. Joe B. Carvalho.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kunal with his spouse Soha Ali Khan.

Khemu was in a live-in relationship with actor Soha Ali Khan, since May 2013.[6][7] The couple got engaged in July 2014.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Actor
Year Film Role Source
1993 Sir Kunal
1993 Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke Sunny
1996 Raja Hindustani Rajnikant
1997 Bhai Krishna
1997 Judwaa Young Salman
1998 Zakhm Young Ajay
1998 Dushman Bheem
2005 Kalyug Kunal P. Darr
2007 Traffic Signal Silsila
2007 Dhol Gautam "Goti" Sisodia
2007 Superstar Kunal Mehra / Karan Saxena
2009 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge CA Anand Pawar
2009 Jai Veeru Veeru
2009 99 Sachin
2010 Golmaal 3 Laxman
2012 Blood Money Kunal Kadam
2013 Go Goa Gone Hardik
2014 Mr Joe B. Carvalho

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