Sooraj Pancholi

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Sooraj Pancholi
Sooraj Pancholi graces Vogue Beauty Awards 2017.jpg
Vogue Beauty Awards 2017
Born (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 29)[1]
Years active2015–present
Parent(s)Aditya Pancholi (father)
Zarina Wahab (mother)
RelativesSana Pancholi (sister)[2]

Sooraj Pancholi (born 9 November 1990) is an Indian film actor who appears in Bollywood Hindi films. He debuted in the romantic action film Hero (2015) for which he won a Filmfare award for Best Newcomer.[3]

Early life[edit]

Pancholi was born on 9 November 1990 to Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab in Mumbai. His parents are also Bollywood actors[4] and his grandfather Rajan Pancholi was a filmmaker.


Sooraj was an assistant director on films such as Guzaarish and Ek Tha Tiger.[5] In 2015, he made his acting debut in the romantic action film Hero, which earned him a Filmfare Award for Best Newcomer in 2016.[3] He then acted in Satellite Shankar which released on 8 November 2019.[6] He has also been cast in the upcoming Indian dance film Time to Dance.[7] He has also appeared in the music videos GF BF (2016) and Dim Dim Lights (2019).

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Pancholi dated actress Jiah Khan, who died of suicide in June of that year. Based on Khan's suicide note, which blamed the couple's strained relationship as a reason for her death, Pancholi was arrested and interviewed under suspicion he aided Khan's suicide.[8][9] In 2018 Pancholi was formally charged with abetting Khan's suicide.[10][11]

The criminal case was expected to begin in March 2018, but as of November 2019, it had not begun yet, which Pancholi attributed to Khan's mother's refusal to proceed.[12] Pancholi has denied involvement in Khan's death, describing himself as a scapegoat for her decision to end her life.[13] His name has also come up in the Sushant Singh Rajput Death mystery .



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director Notes
2010 Guzaarish N/A Sanjay Leela Bhansali Assistant Director
2012 Ek Tha Tiger N/A Kabir Khan Assistant Director
2015 Hero Suraj Kaushik Nikkhil Advani Debut film,

Stardust Awards, Filmfare Awards

2019 Satellite Shankar Shankar Irfan Kamal [6]
TBA Time to Dancedagger TBA Stanley D'Costa [7]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Singer Co-Starring
2016 "GF BF" Gurinder Seagal Jacqueline Fernandez
2019 "Dim Dim Lights" Rahul Jain Larissa Bonesi


Year Film Award Category Result
2015 Hero Stardust Awards Best Jodi (Pair) Of The Year (Shared with Athiya Shetty) Won[14]
2016 Hero Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sooraj Pancholi opens up on Jiah Khan case: Lost someone I loved". mid-day. 18 September 2019. Archived from the original on 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  2. ^ "I'm not giving Sana anything,says Sooraj Pancholi". Archived from the original on 13 September 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 September 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ ""My mother is the real 'Hero' of my life" - Sooraj Pancholi". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 30 August 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  5. ^ "SOORAJ, AS HIS PALS KNOW HIM". Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Not Ujda Chaman, Sooraj Pancholi's Satellite Shankar to clash with Ayushmann Khurrana's Bala on November 8". newsx. Archived from the original on 5 November 2019. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  7. ^ a b "'Time To Dance': Katrina Kaif's sister Isabelle Kaif, Sooraj Pancholi's film to go on floors in London". DNA. 29 March 2018. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Jiah Khan suicide case: This is what Jiah Khan's letter to Sooraj Pancholi". India Today. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  9. ^ Mahendru, Tanya (25 September 2013). "Jiah Khan's suicide: Why is Sooraj Pancholi still in jail?". New Delhi: Living Media India Limited. India Today. Archived from the original on 13 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  10. ^ Dhillon, Amrit (31 January 2018). "Jiah Khan's ex-partner Sooraj Pancholi charged over death of Bollywood star". World, India: Guardian Media Group. The Guardian. Archived from the original on 15 August 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  11. ^ Mathur, Yashika (31 January 2018). "Sooraj Pancholi charged in Jiah Khan suicide: Father Aditya Pancholi 'happy' to start 'real fight'". Bollywood: HT Media Ltd. Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Trial against Sooraj Pancholi to start soon". Mumbai: Indian Express Group. The Indian Express. 14 November 2019. Archived from the original on 31 July 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Sooraj Pancholi opens up about Jiah Khan's suicide, #MeToo and more". Entertainment: Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. Times of India. 12 November 2019. Archived from the original on 13 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Stardust Awards 2015 Winners List!". Pinkvilla. Archived from the original on 20 August 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2018.

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