Shantanu Maheshwari (born 7 March 1991) is an Indian television actor, dancer, choreographer and host. He debuted in the show Dil Dosti Dance on Channel V in his breakout performance as the protagonist Swayam Shekhawat.He also won 'Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi' Maheshwari is a part of the Desi Hoppers dance crew who emerged as winners in the World of Dance 2015 Championship in Los Angeles. In 2016, along with his crew Desi Hoppers he gave a special performance on America's Got Talent (season 11). Maheshwari along with his crew Desi Hoppers has been conducting dance workshops all over India under the name Street Mation in which they teach a fusion of street dance with animation.
|Education||H.R. College of Commerce and Economics|
|Occupation||Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Host|
|Known for||Dil Dosti Dance; World of Dance (Winner); Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 9) (Top 3 finalist); Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8 (Winner); Nach Baliye 9|
|Style||Dances – Hip hop, Contemporary, Popping, Locking, House dance, Bboying, Folk, Street dance, Bollywood|
Maheshwari has done episodics in Yeh Hai Aashiqui, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, Twistwala Love and MTV Big F (season 2). In 2016, he played the protagonist in Girls on Top on MTV India. He participated in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 9) on Colors TV as a celebrity contestant where he emerged as a top 3 finalist. He participated in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi (season 8) and emerged as the winner of the stunt based reality show.
Maheshwari was born on 7 March 1991 in Kolkata, India. He attended St. Joseph's College, Kolkata. He moved to Mumbai for his higher studies where he attended H.R. College of Commerce and Economics and was a part of the Street Soul Dance Crew [SSDC] from his college. Maheshwari is versatile as a dancer but specializes mainly in Popping and (Liquid) Waving.
Maheshwari began his acting career with Dil Dosti Dance for Channel V. He rose to fame by essaying the role of the lead character, Swayam Shekhawat during the four-year run of the show. His chemistry with co-stars Sneha Kapoor and Vrushika Mehta earned him widespread adulation as they went on to win the third spot as the Hottest Indian TV Jodi by the UK-based newspaper Eastern Eye. According to the reports, "The big surprise was Vrushika Mehta and Shantanu Maheshwari from teen serial 'Dil Dosti Dance', who saw off competition from established names to come third in the list." The pair also earned the Indian Television Academy Awards for Onscreen Couple of the Year in 2014.
Maheshwari appeared in Box Cricket League in 2013 and 2014 on Colors TV, as part of the team 'Chandigarh Cubs'. In 2015, he appeared in Zing (TV channel)'s episodic show Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya where he played the role of a cancer patient. He returned to the small screen with Dil Dosti Dance co-star Vrushika Mehta in an episodic of Bindass Yeh Hai Aashiqui, playing a verbally-challenged law student. He has also dubbed for some episodes of Yeh Hai Aashiqui. In the same year, he returned to Channel V with an episodic of Twistwala Love, playing the role of a dancer opposite Mohena Kumari Singh of Dance India Dance fame. Later that year, Maheshwari appeared in Bindass TV's Bindass Naach. The finite series, which had appearances by the likes of Jaja Vaňková and Terence Lewis (choreographer), showcased the formation of his crew Desi Hoppers and their subsequent victory at World of Dance 2015. Desi Hoppers became the first dance crew in the history to represent India at World of Dance and win it too. The crew was invited to give a special performance on America's Got Talent (season 11) and received praise from judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Nick Cannon. The crew was later invited to give a special performance on China's famous talk show Day Day Up.
In 2015, he appeared in a television commercial for HP Pavilion x360 for their #BendTheRules campaign. In the same year, he starred in a music video under T-Series alongside Sunny Leone, by Kanika Kapoor and Mika Singh.
In 2016, he played Sahir Bhasin, an aspiring musician, in MTV India Girls on Top (2016 TV series). In a first, he also played the part of actor Shah Rukh Khan's son from the movie Ra.One for the first ever Bollywood theme park in Dubai which opened in October 2016. He also appeared in a promotional dance video for Fashion at Big Bazaar alongside Terence Lewis (choreographer).
He then participated in the celebrity dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa on Colors. He was one of the most consistent performers in the show and became the most popular and strongest contender for the title. He received praise from seasoned actor Ronit Roy who called him a "winner and my star". Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan called Maheshwari a 'flying star'. He was the second runner-up of the show.
In 2017, he starred in a short film Something Like Love which marked his foray into web-based cinema. He also launched the Spring Collection of Max Fashion in Mumbai. He then appeared in the first episode of MTV Big F Season 2 hosted by actor Randeep Hooda, playing the role of a dancer/choreographer. Maheshwari was then seen in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 8 as a contestant which was shot in Spain and hosted by Bollywood director Rohit Shetty. He was the most consistent performer and was in the danger zone for the least number of times. Rohit Shetty called him the “silent killer”. He won the show by beating Hina Khan and Ravi Dubey in the finale. Along with his dance crew Desi Hoppers, Maheshwari was invited to perform an exhibition act at the World of Dance 2017 finals in Los Angeles. The crew also went on to perform at Asian Battleground, a cross-national dance reality show shot in Malaysia. Among the twelve dance crews that participated in the competition, Desi Hoppers came 3rd in the showcase rankings and were a part of top 4 finalists that advanced for the face-off round. In the same year, he appeared in a Christmas -special television commercial for HP Inc. Sprocket photo printer titled "Santa is Real".
In 2018, Maheshwari appeared as the host of MTV India’s weekly episodic series ‘Love On The Run’, showcasing the crazy lives of couples who are madly in love and have a wall of society standing between them. Maheshwari then along with his crew Desi Hoppers participated in the world’s biggest dance reality show World of Dance (TV series) and in doing so they became the first ever Indian dance crew to represent India on such a big platform. They received high praise from judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Derek Hough who loved their unique style and fusion of hip-hop with Indian culture. They also scored an impressive 96 to qualify for the next round which was also the highest score in round one. Maheshwari launched the spring collection of Lee Cooper with #MasterofDenim look. He also gained popularity as the host of Zee TV’s reality show India's Best Dramebaaz. which later won the favorite non fiction show award at Zee Rishtey Awards. Shantanu judged the 11th season of Living Bombay Times Fresh Face auditions held at Ruia College, Mumbai. He did his 2nd music album, a single by Aditi Singh Sharma named "Aaja Mahi Ve" opposite Vrushika Mehta.
Owing to his influence on aspiring youth, IIMUN invited Shantanu to be one of the motivational speakers of IIMUN championship conference MUNCLAVE 2019. Shantanu along with Desihoppers has choreographed dance performances for the Zee TV show Yeh Teri Galiyan and has done dance direction for the same. Shantanu also appeared in a promotional video by Netflix for The Umbrella Academy (TV series) with Tiku Talsania, Supriya Pilgaonkar and Kubbra Sait. His third music video composed by Qaran and sung by Ash King on Sony Music India named "Haaye Oye" featuring Elli Avram opposite him, crossed 12 million views on YouTube within two weeks and has trended on different music platforms. He has performed the character of Abir Basu in Ekta Kapoor's web series Medically Yours. The web series fetched a 8.9 IMDb rating and Shantanu's performance was much appreciated. He even received Likee's Digital Influencer award as the Youth Icon of the year for this web series. Currently, he is a participant of Nach Baliye season-9 with his girlfriend Nityaami Shirke who was his co-star in Medically Yours.
|2011–2015||Dil Dosti Dance||Swayam Shekhawat||Channel V||Debut : Lead Role; 760 episodes|
|2011||Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai||Special Performance as Swayam Shekhawat||Star Plus||Special Performance|
|2014||Yeh Hai Aashiqui||Voice role||Bindass||Episodic; Season 1, Episode 48|
|2015||Bindass Naach||Himself||Bindass||Lead Role; 10 Episodes (Finite Series)|
|2015||Yeh Hai Aashiqui||Shaan||Bindass||Episodic; Episode 93|
|2015||Twistwala Love||Vivaan||Channel V||Episodic; Season 2, Episode 61 to 65 (Season Finale)|
|2015||Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya||Rahul||Zing (TV channel)||Episodic; Season 3, Episode 14|
|2016||Girls on Top||Sahir Bhasin||MTV India||Lead role; 120 Episodes|
|2016||Ra.One: Unleashed||Prateek Subramanian||Bollywood Parks Dubai|
|2017||MTV Big F Season 2||Terry||MTV India||Episodic; Season 2, Episode 1|
|2017-2018||MTV Love On The Run||Host||MTV India||Episodic Series|
|2019||Yeh Teri Galiyan||Special dance performance with Kunwar Amar||Zee TV||Maha episode|
|2018||XXX (web series)||Bittu||ALTBalaji||Web Series, Episodic Lead Role|
|2019||Medically Yourrs||Abir Basu||ALTBalaji||Web Series, Lead Role|
|2001||Kya Masti Kya Dhoom||Himself||Star Plus|
|2002||Boogie woogie||Himself||Sony TV|
|2008||Dance Bangla Dance||Contestant||Zee Bangla|
|2013||Nach Baliye 5||Special Performance with D3 team||Star Plus|
|2013||Saath Hai Hum Uttarakhad - Relief for Uttarakhand Floods||Special Performance with D3 team||Life OK|
|2013-2014||Box Cricket League||Player in Chandigarh Cubs||Sony TV|
|2014-2015||Box Cricket League - Season 2||Player in Chandigarh Cubs||Colors TV|
|2016||Day Day Up||Special Performance (with Desi Hoppers)||Hunan Television|
|2016||America's Got Talent (season 11)||Special Performance (with Desi Hoppers)||NBC|
|2016-2017||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9||Celebrity Contestant (Second Runner Up)||Colors TV|
|2016||Bigg Boss 10||Special Performance||Colors TV|
|2017||Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8||Contestant (Winner)||Colors TV|
|2017||World of Dance||Exhibition Act|
|2017||Asian Battleground - Malaysia||Contestant (Top 4)||Astro AEC|
|2018||World of Dance (TV series) Season 2||Contestant||NBC|
|2018||DID Li'l Masters Season 4||Special Performance & Host for the finale episode||Zee TV|
|2018||India's Best Dramebaaz||Host||Zee TV|
|2018||Star Parivaar Awards||Host for the Red Carpet event||Star Plus|
|2018||Iconic India||Special feature on the crew Desi Hoppers||CNN|
|2019||Jabong Hoop Wars||Celebrity guest in episode 4||Sony Liv|
|Kitchen Champion||Celebrity guest alongside Vikas Gupta in episode 44||Colors TV|
|Khatra Khatra Khatra||Celebrity guest along with Aastha Gill in episode 52, 53 & 54||Colors TV|
|Nach Baliye 9||Contestant (Finalist)||Star Plus|
|2019||MTV Ace of Space season 2||Celebrity guest for Grand finale||MTV|
|2016||Indian Television Academy Awards||Special Performance||Colors TV|
|2016||Radio Mirchi Top 20||Special Performance||Colors TV|
|2017||Golden Petal Awards||Special Performance||Colors TV|
|2017||&TV It’s Diwali||Special Performance||&TV|
|2017||Indian Television Academy Awards||Special Performance||Colors TV|
|2017||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards India||Special Performance||Nickelodeon (India)|
|2018||DID Li'l Masters (Season 4 Finale)||Special Performance||Zee TV|
|2018||Gold Awards||Special Performance||Zee TV|
|2018||Adbhut Ganesh Utsav||Special Performance||Star Plus|
|2018||Dandiya Nights||Special Performance||Star Plus|
|2015||"I like your Soch, but love my approach #BendTheRules" TVC for HP Pavilion x360||HP Inc.|
|2016||"FBB Denim Dance" featuring Terence Lewis||Big Bazaar|
|2017||“Santa is Real” TVC for HP Sprocket Photo Printer||HP Inc.|
|2019||"If your family had super powers" TVC for The Umbrella Academy (TV series) ft. Kubbra Sait||Netflix|
|2019||"Be a Maniac For Milkshake" with Shantanu Maheshwari' TVC for Keventers||Keventers Milkshakes|
|2019||"Manna Go Grains - Bring Back Childhood Days with 1 Chocolaty Sip - Feat. Shantanu Maheshwari' TVC for Manna Foods India||Manna Foods India|
|2019||"Gillette SkinGuard- Loves your Skin as much as you do - Feat. Shantanu Maheshwari' TVC for Gillette India||Gillette India|
|2019||"This Navratri Style your hair with SET WET' TVC for Set Wet Styling||Set Wet|
|2015||Super Girl From China||Male protagonist opposite Sunny Leone||Kanika Kapoor & Mika Singh under T-Series|
|2018||Aaja Mahi Ve||Male protagonist opposite Vrushika Mehta||Aditi Singh Sharma 1st single under Gaana.com Originals|
|2019||Haaye Oye||Male protagonist opposite Elli Avram||QARAN ft. Ash King under Sony Music India|
|2017||Something Like Love||Rishabh||Youtube||Short Film|
|2018||XXX (web series)||Bittu||ALTBalaji||Web Series|
|2019||Medically Yourrs||Abir Basu||ALTBalaji||Web Series|
|2014||Indian Television Academy Award||GR8 On Screen Couple (Viewers Choice Awards) (along with Vrushika Mehta)||Dil Dosti Dance||Won|
|2014||Indian Telly Awards||Indian Telly Jury Award for Best Choreographer (along with Macedon D'Mello)||Dil Dosti Dance||Nominated|
|2015||World of Dance||World of Dance,L.A. 2015 Championship (as part of Desi Hoppers)||Desi Hoppers||Won|
|2016||Asian Viewers Television Awards (AVTA)||Male Actor of the Year||Girls on Top||Nominated|
|2017||Indian Television Academy Award||Favourite Popular Star (Male)||Khatron Ke Khiladi||Nominated|
|2018||Zee Rishtey Awards||Favourite Anchor (Jury)||India's Best Dramebaaz||Nominated|
|2018||Social Swagger||India's Best Dramebaaz||Nominated|
|2018||Indian Television Academy Award||Popular Star (Male)||MTV Love On The Run||Nominated|
|2019||Likee's Digital Influencer Award||Youth Icon Of The Year||Medically Yourrs||Won|
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