Vikas Bhalla

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Vikas Bhalla
Vikas Bhalla.jpg
Bhalla at Monaco Grand Prix Screening
Born (1972-10-24) 24 October 1972 (age 43)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Actor
Singer
Producer
Years active 1995 – present
Spouse(s) Punita Chopra
Children 2

Vikas Bhalla pronounced [ʋɪkaːs bʱəllaː] (born 24 October 1972) is an Indian film, television actor, singer and producer. Vikas is trained in Hindustani classical music from Allahabad University, under Pandit Jialal Vasant. He appeared as a lead actor in films in the late 1990s, and went on to feature in several music and video albums. In 1995, Bhalla made his film debut in Ramesh Modi's Sauda in which he played the lead role of Deepak, opposite Neelam. The film was inspired from Hollywood blockbuster Indecent Proposal.

Alongside his acting career, Bhalla also pursued his career in singing and launched an album named Dhuan, Awaara and Mehak Teri. His chart buster track "Hai Dhuan" from his debut album "Dhuan" got wide acceptance and made him popular and prominent singer.

In 2001, Bhalla made his television debut with Apne Paray, where he played the role of veteran actor Rajesh Khanna's son. After that, he acted in many serials, including Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan, Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny, Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, Shanno Ki Shaadi and Uttaran. Bhalla also worked in Zee TV's singing reality show Star Ya Rockstar.

In 2007, Bhalla gave his first playback voice for the song Paagal Si Saari Leheren from the movie Marigold. Thereafter, he came into prominence for being the playback voice for the super hit song Po Po featuring Salman Khan, Ajay Devgun and Sanjay Dutt from the blockbuster 2012 movie Son Of Sardar.

In addition to his acting and singing career, Bhalla owns a production company, Rat Race Entertainment, which was established in 2008 and also director and co-founder of IndoWest Films, which was established in 2013.

He was a contestant in the ninth season of Colors TV's Indian game reality show Bigg Boss 9.

Early life, education and family[edit]

Bhalla with wife at the screening of film No Problem

Bhalla was born on 24 October[1] 1972[2] into a Punjabi family to Neelam Bhalla.[3][4] He has one younger sister, Pooja Kalra, who is married.[5] Bhalla shifted to Mumbai when he was a child. He has completed his studies from Bombay Scottish School and graduation in B.Com. from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai.[6] He trained in Hindustani classical music from Allahabad University, under Pandit Jialal Vasant at a tender age of nine and then he began training under "Guru Iqbal Gill" in 1985, when he was thirteen.[7][8]

Bhalla began dating Punita, the daughter of veteran actor, Prem Chopra, since 1986, while they were studying high school education. He married to her at the age of 24 and the couple have two children, Sanchi and Veer.[3][9][10]

Apart from being an actor and singer, Bhalla has a production company, Rat Race Entertainment, which was established in 2008 and director and co-founder of IndoWest Films.[11] He is also an educationist and run a school in Bandra with his wife and mother.[12]

Acting career[edit]

Film career[edit]

Bhalla made his film debut with the 1995 Ramesh Modi's Sauda in which he played the lead role of Deepak, opposite Neelam.[13] Later, In the same year, he worked in another romantic crime film Taaqat where he portrayed the role of veteran actor Dharmendra's younger brother Aklakh, opposite Kajol.[14][15]

Bhalla worked in three different films in 1997, his first released Jeeo Shaan Se directed by "Talat Jani" starred Dharmendra and Reena Roy, where he played the role of Kishan opposite Sakshi Shivanand. It is the story of three friends Gopala (Ayub Khan), Kishan (Himself) and Jay Mehta (Govinda). Kishan and Jay believe in sexual promiscuity and crave to have sex with a new girl everyday while Gopala is a simpleton. They take pride in their manliness with the slogan "Jeeo Shaan Se". The next released being the Bollywood musical romance film Dil Ke Jharoke Main, in which he portrayed the male lead role of Vijay Rai opposite Manisha Koirala. The story about the two lovebirds, Suman and Vijay Rai. They are two virtually inseparable school-going children. Both are heart-broken when Suman's dad decides to move out to a new location, both have tattooed a "heart" on their arms and hope to remember each other for the rest of their lives.[16] This was followed by the Ek Phool Teen Kante directed by "Anup Malik", where he portrayed the pivotal role opposite Monica Bedi. In 1998, Bhalla acted in films including "Saazish", "Deewana Hoon Pagal Nahi".[17]

In 2005, Bhalla starred opposite Deepshika in "Hriday Shetty's" Pyaar Mein Twist, where he portrayed the role of Yash Khurana's (Rishi Kapoor) son, Rajiv Khurana. The film tells the story of two lonely adults (played by Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia), who fall in love and decide to marry and how their grown up children find the entire situation offensive and they find themselves torn between love for each other.[18][19]

In 2006, Bhalla portrayed the role of Rohit Verma opposite Esha Deol in Vikram Bhatt's Ankahee. This movie was based upon the life of former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, who was publicly in a relationship with Indian film director Vikram Bhatt.[20] In the same year, he anchored the Bollywood Tonight on Zee Muzic.[8] He also appeared in Salman Khan starred Hollywood movie Marigold and Shahid Kapoor starred Chance Pe Dance.[21][22]

In 2014, Bhalla also worked with Salman Khan in movie Jai Ho directed and produced by Sohail Khan. He played a small role of Suman's (Genelia Deshmukh) brother, Rohan.[23] The film was released on 24 January 2014 along 3900 Screens in India and taking Overseas around 650 Screens, to mixed critical reception but was declared a Semi Hit by the Box Office India.[24]

Television career[edit]

In 2001, Bhalla started his television career with Apne Paray, where he played the role of veteran actor Rajesh Khanna's son.[25] Thereafter, he worked in Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny, Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin. He also appeared in Sanjog Se Bani Sangini as Ram on Zee TV.[26]

In 2002, Bhalla was approached by Anurag Basu to play the main lead in Zee TV's show Miit, where he portrayed the lead role of Aakash. The story of the show is based on the novel Noukadubi, written by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore in 1905. Later Bhalla left the show by replacing him with Hiten Tejwani.[27]

In 2003, Bhalla featured as male lead role of Aryan in Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan on Zee TV. The show is based on a popular Indian novel November Rain, The story revolves around Aryan who loses his girlfriend Muskaan in a road mishap. Blaming himself for her death, he goes into a state of depression.[28]

In 2004, Bhalla was approached for the lead role of Anil Sadarangani in Star Plus's show Shanno Ki Shaadi co-starring Divya Dutta. The story about a traditional Punjabi family having trouble finding a suitable match for the middle daughter, Shanno who is shy, introvertish and makes the best parathas. The show earned him a lot of popularity.[29]

Bhalla at the success bash of Uttaran

Bhalla has also the part of reality shows including, the 2006 stunt reality show Fear Factor India on Sony Entertainment Television and the 2011 celebrity singing reality show Star Ya Rockstar on Zee TV.[30][31]

In April 2012, Bhalla approached to play the negative role in Zee TV's drama series Sanjog Se Bani Sangini, in which he portrayed the role of Ram, a bank manager who married to Rudra's (played by Mohammad Iqbal Khan) sister to get revenge.[32][33]

In April 2012, Bhalla replaced Nandish Sandhu to play the protagonist in Film Farm productions's drama series Uttaran. He was cast as Yuvraj's father, Veer Singh Umed Singh Bundela. The show tells the story of two friends of different economic backgrounds, Tapasya (played by Rashami Desai) and Ichcha (played by Tina Dutta). Tapasya, a rich daughter of a wealthy Jogi Thakur (played by Ayub Khan) and Ichcha, a daughter of a maid. In spite of the vast difference in status, the little girls become best friends.[34]

In September 2013, Bhalla roped to play an episodic role in 4 Lions Films production's crime thriller show Arjun, where he played the role of a psycho killer, who changes different avatars to kill the people.[35]

In October 2015, he entered Colors TV's game show Bigg Boss 9 as a contestant and was paired opposite Yuvika Chaudhary but got evicted on 1 November 2015 in 3rd week..[36][37]

Music career[edit]

Debut and breakthrough[edit]

Bhalla also pursued his career in singing. In 1995, he launched his first album entitled Awaara. Thereafter, In 1997, he launched an album named Dhuan, which has a song "Hai Dhuan" received wide acceptance and gave him immense popularity.[38][39] In 2007, he gave his first playback voice for the song Paagal Si Saari Leheren from the movie Marigold.[40] In September 2007, Bhalla launched his album titled, Mehek Teri, which has seven songs. The album has launched under Frankfinn Music, produced by Jatin Sharma and music composed by Sandeep-Surya and Vivek Bakshi.[41][42] Bhalla came into prominence for being the playback voice for the super hit song Po Po featuring Salman Khan, Ajay Devgun & Sanjay Dutt from the blockbuster 2012 movie Son Of Sardar.[43][44]

Hai Dhuan and success (1997)[edit]

In 1997, Bhalla launched an album named Dhuan, it's song "Hai Dhuan" which became a huge hit and gave him immense popularity. This song marked a significant turning point in his singing career. Speaking about what music means to him, he said: "Music is religion for me. It gives me peace of mind, which is extremely important in our profession where one goes through so much stress. When I sit with my tanpura and do my ‘riyaaz’ in the morning, I transcend into another world."[45]

Film production and direction[edit]

Bhalla owns a production company, Rat Race Entertainment, which was established in 2008. It has made programmes for one Canadian and two Pakistani TV channels. The production house has also produced two shows - Bol Bachan and Pixtionary for Indian channels Zee and etc network.[45] Bhalla also director of IndoWest Films, which was established in 2013. It's primarily a line production company and is founded by two Indo-Canadians, one is himself and the other is his partner in Canada, Sam Chandola. company is designed to assist Indian productions to get easy, expert and dependable access to the locations.[46]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Sauda Deepak lead role, opposite Neelam.
1995 Taaqat Aklakh he played the role of veteran actor Dharmendra's younger brother Aklakh, opposite Kajol.
1997 Jeeo Shaan Se Kishan lead role opposite Sakshi Shivanand
1997 Dil Ke Jharoke Main Vijay Rai lead role opposite Manisha Koirala
1997 Ek Phool Teen Kante pivotal role
1998 Saazish Supporting role
1998 Deewana Hoon Pagal Nahi Supporting role
2000 Shikaar Supporting role
2005 Pyaar Mein Twist Rajiv Khurana lead role
2006 Ankahee Rohit Verma Supporting role opposite Esha Deol
2007 Marigold Raj Sondi Supporting role
2010 Chance Pe Dance Gaurav Saxena Supporting role
2014 Jai Ho Rohan Supporting role
2015 Chooriyan Supporting role

Discography[edit]

Title Year Album/Film
"Awaara" 1995 Awaara
"Hai Dhuan" 1997 Dhuan
"Mehek Teri"
(featuring Vikas Bhalla)
2007 Mehek Teri
"Paagal Si Saari Leheren" 2007 Marigold
"Po Po" 2012 Son of Sardar
"Tu Ne Maaliq Mere" 2013 Dilli Gang

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role
2001-02 Apne Paraye
2003 Karishma - The Miracles of Destiny Arjun
2003 Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin CJ
2003 Tum Bin Jaaoon Kahaan Aryan
2003 Miit Aakash
2005 Shanno Ki Shaadi Anil Sadarangani
2010 Sanjog Se Bani Sangini Ram
2012-2013 Uttaran Veer Singh Bundela
2015 Bigg Boss 9 Himself - Evicted on Day 21 (1 November 2015)

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