Shantanu Maheshwari

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Shantanu Maheshwari
Shantanu Maheshwari.jpg
Born (1991-03-07) 7 March 1991 (age 28)
EducationH.R. College of Commerce and Economics
OccupationActor, Dancer, Choreographer, Host
Years active2011–present
Known forDil Dosti Dance; World of Dance (Winner); Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 9) (Top 3 finalist); Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 (Winner); Nach Baliye (season 9)
StyleDances – Hip hop, Contemporary, Popping, Locking, House dance, Bboying, Folk, Street dance, Bollywood

Shantanu Maheshwari (born 7 March 1991) is an Indian television actor, dancer, choreographer and host. He debuted in the show Dil Dosti Dance on Channel V in his breakout performance as the protagonist Swayam Shekhawat.[1] Maheshwari is a part of the Desi Hoppers dance crew who emerged as winners in the World of Dance 2015 Championship in Los Angeles.[2][3][4][5][6] In 2016, along with his crew Desi Hoppers he gave a special performance on America's Got Talent (season 11).[7] Maheshwari along with his crew Desi Hoppers has been conducting dance workshops all over India under the name Street Mation in which they teach a fusion of street dance with animation.

Maheshwari has done episodics in Yeh Hai Aashiqui, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, Twistwala Love and MTV Big F (season 2). In 2016, he played the protagonist in Girls on Top on MTV India.[8] He participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 9) on Colors TV as a celebrity contestant where he emerged as a top 3 finalist. He participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 8) and emerged as the winner of the stunt based reality show.[9]

Early life[edit]

Maheshwari was born on 7 March 1991 in Kolkata, India. He attended St. Joseph's College, Kolkata.[10] He moved to Mumbai for his higher studies where he attended H.R. College of Commerce and Economics and was a part of the Street Soul Dance Crew [SSDC] from his college. Maheshwari is versatile as a dancer but specializes mainly in Popping and (Liquid) Waving.[11]


Maheshwari began his acting career with Dil Dosti Dance[12] for Channel V. He rose to fame by essaying the role of the lead character, Swayam Shekhawat during the four-year run of the show.[13][14] His chemistry with co-stars Sneha Kapoor and Vrushika Mehta earned him widespread adulation as they went on to win the third spot as the Hottest Indian TV Jodi by the UK-based newspaper Eastern Eye.[15] According to the reports, "The big surprise was Vrushika Mehta and Shantanu Maheshwari from teen serial 'Dil Dosti Dance', who saw off competition from established names to come third in the list."[16] The pair also earned the Indian Television Academy Awards for Onscreen Couple of the Year in 2014.[17] [18]

Maheshwari appeared in Box Cricket League in 2013 and 2014 on Colors TV, as part of the team 'Chandigarh Cubs'.[19] In 2015, he appeared in Zing (TV channel)'s episodic show Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya where he played the role of a cancer patient.[20] He returned to the small screen with Dil Dosti Dance co-star Vrushika Mehta in an episodic of Bindass Yeh Hai Aashiqui, playing a verbally-challenged law student. [21][22] He has also dubbed for some episodes of Yeh Hai Aashiqui.[23] In the same year, he returned to Channel V with an episodic of Twistwala Love, playing the role of a dancer opposite Mohena Kumari Singh of Dance India Dance fame. Later that year, Maheshwari appeared in Bindass TV's Bindass Naach.[24][25] The finite series, which had appearances by the likes of Jaja Vaňková and Terence Lewis (choreographer), showcased the formation of his crew Desi Hoppers and their subsequent victory at World of Dance 2015.[26][27][28][29] Desi Hoppers became the first dance crew in the history to represent India at World of Dance and win it too. The crew was invited to give a special performance on America's Got Talent (season 11) and received praise from judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Nick Cannon.[30] The crew was later invited to give a special performance on China's famous talk show Day Day Up.

In 2015, he appeared in a television commercial for HP Pavilion x360 for their #BendTheRules campaign. In the same year, he starred in a music video under T-Series alongside Sunny Leone, by Kanika Kapoor and Mika Singh.

In 2016, he played Sahir Bhasin, an aspiring musician, in MTV India Girls on Top (2016 TV series).[31] In a first, he also played the part of actor Shah Rukh Khan's son from the movie Ra.One for the first ever Bollywood theme park in Dubai which opened in October 2016.[32] He also appeared in a promotional dance video for Fashion at Big Bazaar alongside Terence Lewis (choreographer).

He then participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on Colors.[33][34] He was one of the most consistent performers in the show and became the most popular and strongest contender for the title. He received praise from seasoned actor Ronit Roy who called him a "winner and my star".[35] Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan called Maheshwari a 'flying star'.[36] He was the second runner-up of the show.

In 2017, he starred in a short film Something Like Love which marked his foray into web-based cinema. He also launched the Spring Collection of Max Fashion in Mumbai. He then appeared in the first episode of MTV Big F Season 2 hosted by actor Randeep Hooda, playing the role of a dancer/choreographer. Maheshwari was then seen in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 8 as a contestant which was shot in Spain and hosted by Bollywood director Rohit Shetty. He was the most consistent performer and was in the danger zone for the least number of times. Rohit Shetty called him the “silent killer”. He won the show by beating Hina Khan and Ravi Dubey in the finale. Along with his dance crew Desi Hoppers, Maheshwari was invited to perform an exhibition act at the World of Dance 2017 finals in Los Angeles.[37] [38] The crew also went on to perform at Asian Battleground, a cross-national dance reality show shot in Malaysia. Among the twelve dance crews that participated in the competition, Desi Hoppers came 3rd in the showcase rankings and were a part of top 4 finalists that advanced for the face-off round. In the same year, he appeared in a Christmas -special television commercial for HP Inc. Sprocket photo printer titled "Santa is Real".

In 2018, Maheshwari appeared as the host of MTV India’s weekly episodic series ‘Love On The Run’, showcasing the crazy lives of couples who are madly in love and have a wall of society standing between them.[39] Maheshwari then along with his crew Desi Hoppers participated in the world’s biggest dance reality show World of Dance (TV series) and in doing so they became the first ever Indian dance crew to represent India on such a big platform.[40] They received high praise from judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Derek Hough who loved their unique style and fusion of hip-hop with Indian culture. They also scored an impressive 96 to qualify for the next round which was also the highest score in round one.[41] Maheshwari launched the spring collection of Lee Cooper with #MasterofDenim look. He also gained popularity as the host of Zee TV’s reality show India's Best Dramebaaz.[42] which later won the favorite non fiction show award at Zee Rishtey Awards. Shantanu judged the 11th season of Living Bombay Times Fresh Face auditions held at Ruia College, Mumbai. He did his 2nd music album, a single by Aditi Singh Sharma named "Aaja Mahi Ve" opposite Vrushika Mehta.

Due to his influence on aspiring youth, IIMUN invited Shantanu to be one of the motivational speakers of IIMUN championship conference MUNCLAVE 2019. Shantanu along with Desihoppers has choreographed dance performances for the Zee TV show Yeh Teri Galiyan and has done dance direction for the same. Shantanu also appeared in a promotional video by Netflix for The Umbrella Academy (TV series) with Tiku Talsania, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Kubbra Sait. His third music video composed by Qaran and sung by Ash King on Sony Music India named "Haaye Oye" featuring Elli Avram opposite him, crossed 12 million views on YouTube within 2 weeks and has trended on different music platforms. He will be seen as Dr. Abir Basu in Ekta Kapoor's web series Medically Yours


Fiction shows[edit]

Year Show Role Channel Notes
2011–2015 Dil Dosti Dance Swayam Shekhawat Channel V Debut : Lead Role; 760 episodes
2011 Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai Special Performance as Swayam Shekhawat Star Plus Special Performance
2014 Yeh Hai Aashiqui Voice role Bindass Episodic; Season 1, Episode 48
2015 Bindass Naach Himself Bindass Lead Role; 10 Episodes (Finite Series)
2015 Yeh Hai Aashiqui Shaan Bindass[43] Episodic; Episode 93
2015 Twistwala Love Vivaan Channel V[44] Episodic; Season 2, Episode 61 to 65 (Season Finale)
2015 Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Rahul Zing (TV channel) Episodic; Season 3, Episode 14
2016 Girls on Top Sahir Bhasin MTV India Lead role; 120 Episodes
2016 Ra.One: Unleashed Prateek Subramanian Bollywood Parks Dubai [45]
2017 MTV Big F Season 2 Terry MTV India Episodic; Season 2, Episode 1
2017-2018 MTV Love On The Run Host MTV India Episodic Series
2019 Yeh Teri Galiyan Special dance performance with Kunwar Amar Zee TV Maha episode
2019 Medically Yourrs Dr. Abir Basu ALTBalaji Web Series, Lead Role

Non-fiction shows[edit]

Year Show Role Network
2001 Kya Masti Kya Dhoom Himself Star Plus
2002 Boogie woogie Himself Sony TV
2008 Dance Bangla Dance Contestant Zee Bangla
2013 Nach Baliye 5 Special Performance with D3 team Star Plus
2013 Saath Hai Hum Uttarakhad - Relief for Uttarakhand Floods Special Performance with D3 team Life OK
2013-2014 Box Cricket League Player in Chandigarh Cubs Sony TV[46][47]
2014-2015 Box Cricket League - Season 2 Player in Chandigarh Cubs Colors TV[48]
2016 Day Day Up Special Performance (with Desi Hoppers) Hunan Television
2016 America's Got Talent (season 11) Special Performance (with Desi Hoppers) NBC[49]
2016-2017 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Celebrity Contestant (Second Runner Up) Colors TV[35]
2016 Bigg Boss 10 Special Performance Colors TV
2017 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 Winner Colors TV
2017 World of Dance Exhibition Act [50]
2017 Asian Battleground - Malaysia Contestant (Top 4) Astro AEC[51]
2018 World of Dance (TV series) Season 2 Contestant NBC[52]
2018 DID Li'l Masters Season 4 Special Performance & Host for the finale episode Zee TV[53]
2018 India's Best Dramebaaz Host Zee TV[54]
2018 Star Parivaar Awards Host for the Red Carpet event Star Plus
2018 Iconic India Special feature on the crew Desi Hoppers CNN
2019 Jabong Hoop Wars Celebrity guest in episode 4 Sony Liv
Kitchen Champion Celebrity guest alongside Vikas Gupta in episode 44 Colors TV
Khatra Khatra Khatra Celebrity guest along with Aastha Gill in episode 52, 53 & 54 Colors TV
Nach Baliye 9 Contestant Star Plus

Stage performances[edit]

Year Show Role Network
2016 Indian Television Academy Awards Special Performance Colors TV
2016 Radio Mirchi Top 20 Special Performance Colors TV
2017 Golden Petal Awards Special Performance Colors TV
2017 &TV It’s Diwali Special Performance &TV
2017 Indian Television Academy Awards Special Performance Colors TV
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards India Special Performance Nickelodeon (India)
2018 DID Li'l Masters (Season 4 Finale) Special Performance Zee TV
2018 Gold Awards Special Performance Zee TV
2018 Adbhut Ganesh Utsav Special Performance Star Plus
2018 Dandiya Nights Special Performance Star Plus


Year Title Brand Ref(s)
2015 "I like your Soch, but love my approach #BendTheRules" TVC for HP Pavilion x360 HP Inc. [55][56]
2016 "FBB Denim Dance" featuring Terence Lewis Big Bazaar [57]
2017 “Santa is Real” TVC for HP Sprocket Photo Printer HP Inc. [58]
2019 "If your family had super powers" TVC for The Umbrella Academy (TV series) ft. Kubbra Sait Netflix [59]
2019 "Be a Maniac For Milkshake" with Shantanu Maheshwari' TVC for Keventers Keventers Milkshakes [60]
2019 "Manna Go Grains - Bring Back Childhood Days with 1 Chocolaty Sip - Feat. Shantanu Maheshwari' TVC for Manna Foods India Manna Foods India [61]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist Ref(s)
2015 Super Girl From China Male protagonist opposite Sunny Leone Kanika Kapoor & Mika Singh under T-Series [62][63]
2018 Aaja Mahi Ve Male protagonist opposite Vrushika Mehta Aditi Singh Sharma 1st single under Originals [64]
2019 Haaye Oye Male protagonist opposite Elli Avram QARAN ft. Ash King under Sony Music India [65]


Year Title Role Platform Notes
2017 Something Like Love Rishabh Youtube Short Film[66]
2018 XXX (web series) Bittu ALTBalaji Web Series
2019 Medically Yourrs Abir Basu ALTBalaji Web Series


Year Award Category Work Result
2014 Indian Television Academy Award GR8 On Screen Couple (Viewers Choice Awards) (along with Vrushika Mehta) Dil Dosti Dance Won[67]
2014 Indian Telly Awards Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Choreographer (along with Macedon D'Mello) Dil Dosti Dance Nominated
2015 World of Dance World of Dance,L.A. 2015 Championship (as part of Desi Hoppers) Desi Hoppers Won[68]
2016 Asian Viewers Television Awards (AVTA) Male Actor of the Year Girls on Top Nominated
2017 Indian Television Academy Award Favourite Popular Star (Male) Khatron Ke Khiladi Nominated
2018 Zee Rishtey Awards Favourite Anchor (Jury) India's Best Dramebaaz Nominated
2018 Social Swagger India's Best Dramebaaz Nominated
2018 Indian Television Academy Award Popular Star (Male) MTV Love On The Run Nominated
2019 Likee's Digital Influencer Award Youth Icon Of The Year Medically Yourrs Won[69]


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