Viineet Kumar is an Indian film actor and writer. After few series of performances in his early career including the 2010 film City of Gold, he got noticed for his role in films like Bombay Talkies and Gangs of Wasseypur. His role in Ugly and the portrayal of the character Milan Shukla in the film Daas Dev won him appreciation. He made his debut as lead actor in the 2018 Anurag Kashyap film Mukkabaaz.
Kumar is from Varanasi. He was interested in sports and played Basketball on a National level. His father is a mathematician. Though Kumar wanted to join the National School of Drama, he could not pursue the same due to parental pressure and social norms. He is CPMT qualified and topper from his Medical College. He is a licensed medical practitioner with an MD (Doctor of Medicine) in Ayurveda from Shri Ayurveda.
Kumar came to Mumbai to participate in Superstars Talent Hunt. After winning the competition, actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar, who was one of the judges gave him a role in the Sanjay Dutt starrer Pitaah. The film was received poorly and Singh faced trouble getting further roles. He then worked as an associate / assistant director for Mahesh Manjrekar in films like Viruddh (2005) and Deh. In 2007, Singh left direction to focus solely on acting. After doing a few Bhojpuri serials and insignificant roles in films like Gori Tere Pyaar Mein and Isaaq, he got his break in the Hindi-Marathi bilingual City of Gold (2010). It was after film, he was cast by director Anurag Kashyap for the role of Danish Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur. He then acted in Ugly and Bombay Talkies (2013). His role in Ugly got him his first Screen nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also appeared in Birla Sunlife and 7up Nimbooz commercials. Kumar was seen opposite Raima Sen in the 2016 Film Bollywood Diaries, directed by K.D. Satyam. In the 2018 film Mukkabaaz, the actor played the role of a boxer. Kumar trained hard for two years to prepare himself as the protagonist of this Anurag Kashyap film. Kumar also won huge appreciation for his role of Milan Shukla in the film Daas Dev, directed by Sudhir Mishra. Kumar has appeared in Akshay Kumar-starrer Gold (2018). In 2018, Singh was signed as the main lead with Prithvi Hatte in Aadhaar directed by Suman Ghosh and produced by Manish Mundra's Drishyam Films which deals with the government's controversial Aadhaar program.
In 2019, Kumar had a supporting role in Saand Ki Aankh. His upcoming projects include the biopic Gunjan Saxena co-starring Janhvi Kapoor, scheduled to release in March 2020. and a Hindi remake of the Tamil film Thiruttu Payale 2, in which he will be seen opposite Urvashi Rautela.
In the Critics Choice Film Awards 2019, Kumar received the Best Actor (male) award for his role in Mukkabaaz. He was nominated for Best Actor (Critics) award in the 64th Filmfare Awards for the film Mukkabaaz.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2007||Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii||Sohail|
|2008||Jannat||Cricket team captain|
|2009||Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy||Marathi Film|
|2010||City of Gold||Mohan|
|2012||Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1||Danish Khan||2012 Cannes Film Festival (Director's Fortnight)|
|2012||Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2||Danish Khan||2012 Cannes Film Festival (Director's Fortnight)|
|2013||Shorts||Lallan||Segment Shor South Asian International Film Festival Winner. IFFLA (Grand Jury Award-Best Short)|
|2013||Bombay Talkies||Vijay||Segment Murabba Cannes Film Festival special screening.|
|2013||Ugly||Chaitanya||2013 Cannes Film Festival (Director's Fortnight.)|
|2018||Mukkabaaz||Shravan Singh||Screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2017 Mumbai Film Festival. |
Nominated—Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
|2018||Daas Dev||Milan Shukla|
|2019||Saand Ki Aankh||Dr. Yashpal|||
|2020||Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl||Dileep Singh|
|2019||Bard of Blood||Veer Singh||Ribhu Dasgupta||Netflix series|
|2020||Betaal||Vikram Sirohi||Patrick Graham, Nikhil Mahajan||Netflix series|
Awards and nominations
|2019||Filmfare Awards||Best Actor (Critics)||Mukkabaaz||Nominated|
|2019||Critics’ Choice Film Awards 2019 (CCFA)||Leading Role (Male)||Mukkabaaz||Won|
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- "Not scared of any Boxer Now – Actor Vineet Kumar Singh". Business Standard India. 16 September 2017.
- Bains, Pahull (31 October 2017). "The sweet science of 'Mukkabaaz'". Livemint.
- Iranii, Shaheen. "Exclusive: Vineet Kumar Singh speaks about his struggles, Mukkabaaz and Gold". Deccan Chronicle.
- Bureau, FPJ. "Vineet Kumar Singh has his eyes set on 'Gold'". Freepress Journal.
- "Mukkabaaz actor Vineet Kumar Singh on his upcoming film: It will have an interesting take on Aadhar card". First Post. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
- ANI (29 August 2019). "Janhvi Kapoor's first look as Gunjan Saxena from 'The Kargil Girl' will bowl you over!". Sify. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
- "Kargil Girl first poster: Janhvi Kapoor gives wings to her ambition in Gunjan Saxena biopic, see pic". Hindustan Times. 29 August 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
- "Urvashi Rautela to star opposite Vineet Kumar Singh in Hindi remake of Tamil film Thiruttu Payale 2". India Today. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
- "Critics Choice Film Awards 2019 complete winners' list: Alia Bhatt, Mukkabaaz actor Vineet Singh win big. See pics". Hindustan Times. 22 April 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
- "Vineet Kumar Singh - Critics Best Actor in Leading Role Male Nominee | Filmfare Awards". filmfare.com. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
- "Anurag Kashyap's 'Mukkabaaz' to open Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Fest". The Statesman. 8 September 2017.
- Gera, Sonal (23 October 2019). "Saand Ki Aankh Review | A compelling feminist statement with a few flaws". India TV. Retrieved 23 October 2019.