Shashank Arora

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Shashank Arora
Born (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 29)
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Occupation Actor, Musician and Writer.
Years active 2012–present

Shashank Arora is an Indian actor, writer and musician. His feature films have competed at more than two hundred film festivals around the world including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Locarno, London, New York and the Sundance Film Festival.[1][2] He was nominated as best newcomer at the five major Indian film awards for his first feature film Titli.

Early life and education[edit]

Born Shashank 'Sunny' Arora on 21 February 1989 in New Delhi, Shashank was interested in music and theatre from a young age. After finishing high school in early 2006, he left for Montreal, Canada to study cinema and music. While there, he briefly joined a street theatre group formed by human rights activists. In 2008, he moved to Mumbai where he studied acting for two years, to pursue a career in film.[3][4]


Shashank Arora first appeared as a supporting character in an indie feature film titled 'Myoho' (2012).

He then went on to play the title role in 'Titli'[5] (2014) which was a part of the Official Selection, Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival.[6] He was also nominated at Filmfare and Stardust in the 'Best Debut' category for his role in Titli.

Post Titli, he completed work on his second film in late 2014, again in a title role, in the comedy Brahman Naman, which was a part of the Official Selection, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

He has since finished work on 8 more feature films.

Actor's Filmography[edit]

Feature Films[edit]

Film Year Character Language
Titli 2015 Titli Hindi
Myoho 2016 Ranjit
The Song of Scorpions 2016 Muna
Rock On II 2016 Uday
Brahman Naman 2016 Naman English
Lipstick Under My Burkha 2017 Dhruv Hindi
Manto 2017 Shad
Zoo 2018 Bicky
Moothon 2018 Salim[7] Malayalam

Short Films[edit]

Short Year
The Listener 2017
Letters 2018

TV Shows[edit]

Show Year Character
Gangster Newton 2018 Newton
Made in Heaven 2018 Kabir

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film Year Award Category Result
Titli 2016 Stardust Awards Best Debut Actor Nominated[8]
Titli 2016 Producers Guild Film Awards Best Debut Actor Nominated[9]
Titli 2016 Filmfare Awards Best Debut Actor Nominated[10]
Titli 2016 Star Screen Awards Best Debut Actor Nominated[11]
Titli 2016 Zee Cine Awards Best Debut Actor Nominated