Aparshakti Khurana

Aparshakti Khurana is an Indian actor, radio jockey and a television host.[1] He is the younger brother of actor Ayushmann Khurrana.[2]

Aparshakti Khurrana
Khurana at Dinesh Vijan's birthday party
Born (1987-11-18) 18 November 1987
Chandigarh, India
OccupationActor, television host, radio jockey, comedian, singer
Years active2014-present
Spouse(s)
Aakriti Ahuja (m. 2014)
RelativesAyushmann Khurrana (brother)

Khurana's first Bollywood project came with the sports biopic Dangal (2016), which emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time and earned him several awards and nominations. He rose to prominence with starring supporting roles in the romantic comedies Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) and Luka Chuppi (2019) and the comedy-drama Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (2018). Khurana went on to gain critical acclaim for playing a supporting role in the top-grossing horror comedy Stree (2018), for which he earned a Filmfare nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Early life and background

Khurana was born on 18 November 1987 in Chandigarh to Poonam and P. Khurrana.[3] He completed his schooling and graduation in law from Chandigarh.[4] He was also the sports captain at school[5] and captained the Haryana U-19 cricket team.[5] His brother Ayushmann Khurrana is a popular Bollywood actor.

Career

Debut and breakthrough (2016–18)

Khurana made his acting debut with Nitesh Tiwari's biographical sports drama Dangal (2016), about the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an Indian amateur pehlwani wrestler, who trains his two daughters Geeta and Babita to become India's world class top-female wrestlers. Aamir Khan was cast as Mahavir, while Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra featured as the two daughters, and Khurana played Omkar, Mahavir's nephew. The film garnered favourable reactions from critics and was highly anticipated. Dangal eventually proved to be the highest-grossing Indian film with grossings of over 20 billion (US$290 million) in global ticket sales, becoming Khurana's highest-grossing release ever and earning him praise along with a Screen Award for Best Male Debut and a nomination under the same category at the Filmfare Awards.

The Shashank Khaitan directed-romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) was Khurana's next film release. Co-starring Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan, the film narrated the story of an independent young woman (Bhatt) from rural India who refuses to conform to patriarchal expectations from her chauvinistic fiancé (Dhawan). Khurana was cast as Bhushan Mishra, Bhatt's brother-in-law. Badrinath Ki Dulhania proved to be one of the top-grossing productions of the year, grossing over 2 billion (US$29 million) worldwide.

In 2018, Khurana appeared in three films, the first of which was Mudassar Aziz's Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (a sequel to the 2016 film Happy Bhag Jayegi), a comedy about two girls who both are named Happy. A critical and commercial failure, it co-starred Sonakshi Sinha and Diana Penty, with Khurana playing the supporting part of Aman Wadhwa, the eloped fiancé of Happy 2 (Sinha). His next role was in Amar Kaushik's directorial debut Stree, a horror comedy co-starring Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, and Pankaj Tripathi. Stree emerged as a major commercial success with a worldwide gross revenue of 1.80 billion (US$26 million), and his performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at Filmfare. Khurana's final release of 2018 was the Netflix film Rajma Chawal. Directed by Leena Yadav, it co-starred Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Talwar, and Amyra Dastur and was a commercial failure.

Further supporting roles (2019–present)

In 2019, Khurana took on another supporting role in Laxman Utekar's romantic comedy Luka Chuppi, co-starring Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon and Tripathi. Set in Uttar Pradesh, Luka Chuppi is about the story of a live-in-relationship between a headstrong woman (Rashmi, played by Sanon) and a television reporter (Guddu, played by Aaryan). His next film of the year was Prashant Singh's Jabariya Jodi, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, which performed poorly at the box office. After doing a special appearance in his brother Ayushmann's commercially successful satire Bala, Khurana played Aaryan's best friend in his last film of 2019, the Mudassar Aziz-directed comedy Pati, Patni Aur Woh, a remake of the 1978 film with the same name, which relates the life of a philandering husband who gets attractive towards his female co-worker. While Luka Chuppi, Bala and Pati Patni Aur Woh were commercially successful, Jabariya Jodi performed poorly at the box office.

Khurana will next star in Remo D'Souza's dance film Street Dancer, a spin-off to the 2015 dance film ABCD 2. Co-starring Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, it is scheduled to be released on 24 January 2020.

Personal life

Khurana was born in Chandigarh. His father P Khurrana is an astrologer and an author on the subject of astrology, whereas his mother Anita is a house wife and she is of half-Burmese descent[6] and an M.A. in Hindi. He married Aakriti Ahuja (whom he met at a dance class in Chandigarh)[5] on 7 September 2014. Ahuja is an MBA graduate from Indian School of Business and the founder of LaFeria Events.

Filmography

Key
Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Character Director Notes
2016 Dangal Omkar Nitesh Tiwari Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Saat Uchakkey Khappe Sanjeev Sharma
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Bhushan Mishra Shashank Khaitan
2018 Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Aman Singh Wadhwa Mudassar Aziz
Stree Bittu Amar Kaushik Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
Rajma Chawal Baljeet Singh Chautala Leena Yadav [7]
2019 Luka Chuppi Abbas Sheikh Laxman Utekar [8]
Jabariya Jodi Santosh Prashant Singh
Kanpuriye Jaitan Mishra Ashish Aryan Hotstar Specials film [9]
Bala N/A Amar Kaushik Cameo appearance
Pati, Patni Aur Woh Fahim Rizvi Mudassar Aziz
2020 Street Dancer TBA Remo D'Souza Post-production[10]
Jayeshbhai Jordaar TBA Divyang Thakkar Filming

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result Ref.
2017 Dangal Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer (Male) Won [11]
Best Actor in a Comic Role Nominated
62nd Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut
2019 Stree Lions Gold Awards Best Actor In A Comic Role (Male) Won
64th Filmfare Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated

Television

Year Show Role Channel Notes
2014 Box Cricket League Commentator Sony TV
Popcorn Dhijendra Short Film [12]
2017 You Have Been Warned Host Discovery Channel Talk Show
Super Night with Tubelight Host Sony TV
Om Shanti Om Star Bharat
2018 Bigg Buzz Voot
Ace Of Space 1 Guest MTV India
Kanpur Wale Khuranas Host, Pramod's Brother-in-law Star Plus
2019 "Khatra Khatra Khatra" Guest/Recurring Colors TV

Discography

Year Song Album Notes
2016 Ik Vaari Single Co-Composed with Ayushmann Khurrana, features Aisha Sharma
2019 Kudiye Ni Single with Neeti Mohan, features Sargun Mehta

Music video

Year Song Album Notes
2019 Tere Do Naina Naina Artist: Gourov-Roshin

Featured artist: Ankit Tiwari

Ruka Ruka Single Artist: Shalmali Kholgade

References

  1. "Aparshakti Khurana Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  2. "Ayushmann Khurrana's younger brother to make Bollywood debut with negative character". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  3. Singh, Veenu (6 October 2018). ""I'd swipe right for Meghan Markle on Tinder": Aparshakti Khurana". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  4. "8 Things you didn't know about Aparshakti Khurana | VeryShortNews.com". VeryShortNews.com. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  5. "Ten things Ayushmann and Aparshakti Khurrana fight about". Hindustan Times. 1 October 2016.
  6. "Ayushmann Khurrana has Burmese genes". Bollywood Hungama. 22 March 2017.
  7. Vishnu Raguvanshi (8 December 2018). "Rajma Chawal comedy" via YouTube.
  8. "Aparshakti Khurana roped in for Kriti Sanon's 'Luka Chuppi' even before release of 'Stree' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  9. "Kanpuriye' to release on Hotstar on Oct 25". Business Standard India. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  10. "Street Dancer posters: Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor ready for dance battle". The Statesman. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  11. "Star Screen Awards 2018: Here's The Complete List Of Winners!". Desimartini. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  12. "Popcon" via www.imdb.com.
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