Sunny Moza

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Sunny Moza
Sunny Moza Kaaya Film Poster.jpg
Sunny Moza in his upcoming film Kaaya
Born
OccupationActor, MC, TV host, radio jockey, stand-up
Years active2004-present
RelativesKunal Khemu (Second Cousin)
Websitewww.sunnymoza.com

Sunny Moza is an Indian actor[1][2][3] who made his debut with the TV series Bhabhi[3][4] (2004) and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2004).[3][5] He is known for his performance as the lead actor in the Bollywood music video "Ab Laut Aa" (2013) and as the TV host in the reality show Dance USA Dance (2017).[5][6] His notable roles as an actor include the films Kurse (2008),[2][5][7][8] According to Plan A (2012),[5][6] Yellow (2015),[5] Babru (2019)[3] and Songs of Silence (2020).[9][10]

Early life[edit]

Sunny Moza was born and raised in Jammu, J&K, India.[2][10][11] His second cousin, Kunal Khemu, is a Bollywood actor.[2][3][12]

Sunny completed his master's degree in computer engineering[10] at San Jose State University.[5][8] While studying, he also took film and acting classes at local colleges in California.[2][8]

Career[edit]

Sunny Moza made his debut as an actor appearing in the StarPlus TV series Bhabhi[3][4] (2004) and Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (2004).[3][5] He made his film debut with Kurse (2008) which he also wrote, directed and produced.[2][8] His film received the Audience Choice Award at the Northern California Film Festival.[5][7]

Sunny later appeared alongside Ali Fazal in the 2012 film According to Plan A in which he played a supporting role.[5][6] The film received the "Best of the Fest" Award at the Riverside International Film Festival.[5][6] The following year, he played the male lead in the Bollywood music video "Ab Laut Aa"[5] (2013) which was produced by Sanjoy and featured Sunidhi Chauhan.[6] The music video was well-received with more than a million views within weeks of its release.[6]

In 2015, Sunny starred in the silent thriller Yellow[5] on NDTV Prime.[6] A few years later, in 2017, he performed onstage in the award-winning play Ideation written by Aaron Loeb[5] in which he later reappeared in 2019.[12][13] He also hosted season 1 of the reality TV show Dance USA Dance[5] with Saroj Khan on Zee TV in 2017.[6]

In addition to acting and hosting,[10][13] Sunny anchors radio shows on Radio Zindagi[5] and performs stand-up comedy at various events.[11] In 2018, he became known in the Indian stand-up comedy circuit when he shared the stage with Indian comedians like Zakir Khan.[11] He also gained attention in Kannada cinema in 2019 for his role as Fedrico in the film Babru with Suman Nagarkar.[3]

Most recently, Sunny made his entry in Punjabi cinema with the film Songs of Silence directed by Sukhwant Dhadda on PTC Punjabi in 2020.[9][10] Currently, he is working on releasing his film Kaaya.[3][5]

Awards[edit]

Sunny Moza won the Director's Award at the San Francisco India Pageant.[4][6] His film, Kurse, received the Audience Choice Award at the Northern California Film Festival in 2008.[5][7] He also received the Best Event Anchor Award at BASAFF.[12]

Theater/Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Medium Notes
2020 Songs of Silence[9][10] Roshan Pannu Film Directed by Sukhwant Dhadda on PTC Punjabi
2019 Babru[3] Fedrico Film Co-Actor: Suman Nagarkar
Ideation[12][13][14] Lead Actor Theater Written by Aaron Loeb
2017 Dance USA Dance[5][6] MC/TV Host TV Judged by Saroj Khan on Zee TV
Ideation[5][6] Lead Actor Theater Written by Aaron Loeb
2015 Yellow[5][6] Lead Actor Film Released on NDTV Prime
2013 "Ab Laut Aa"[5][6] Attacker Music Video Producer: Sanjoy Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan Music: Gaurav Dagaonkar Lyricist: Niranjan Iyengar
2012 According to Plan A[5][6] Raghu Film Co-Actor: Ali Fazal
2008 Kurse[2][8] Sahil Film Written, Directed and Produced by Sunny Moza
2004 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi[3][5] Sunny TV Produced by Ekta Kapoor/Balaji Telefilms on StarPlus
Bhabhi[3][5] Rahul TV Produced by Ronnie Screwvala/UTV on StarPlus

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kashmiri People: Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Salman Rushdie, Rajiv Gandhi, Gita Sahgal, Faisal Shahzad, Muhammad Iqbal, Fazal Mahmood. General Books LLC. 2011. p. 185. ISBN 9781156513132.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Brown, Todd (29 February 2008). "Hindi movie to premiere tonight". East Bay Times. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Singh, Renu (15 December 2019). "Kyunki Kannada feels like family: Sunny Moza". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Bollywood Director Sunny Moza Biography". NETTV4U. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "An Engineer by Profession But An Actor by Passion : Sunny Moza". The Talented Indian. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Kang, Jasmine (6 June 2018). "Sunny Moza - Chasing His Dreams In The Entertainment World". Life Beyond Numbers. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Monga, Ankit (16 October 2011). "LOVE FOOL BY SUNNY MOZA". Shehjar Magazine. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e Stephens, Kyle (6 March 2008). "Bollywood meets Indie horror". Ohlone Monitor. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Shaminder (1 April 2020). "Watch on PTC Punjabi PTC Box Office Movie 'Songs Of Silence'". PTC Punjabi. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  10. ^ a b c d e f Cherukuvada, Srilekha (28 July 2020). "Sunny Moza, multi-talented artist, shares an inside look at his inspiring life". Urban Asian. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  11. ^ a b c "Sunny Moza – Comedy's new rising star". India Post. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d Sharma, Gehna (19 July 2019). "Fireside Chat with an Artist: Here's Looking at You, Sunny Moza". Indspire Me. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  13. ^ a b c "This multi-talented desi is redefining success!". The Brown Desi. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  14. ^ "The Mendocino Theatre Company Presents Aaron Loeb's Comic Thriller IDEATION". Broadway World News. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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