|Real Name:||Nishant Khurrana|
Ayushmann Khurrana (born Nishant Khurrana; 14 September 1984) is an Indian actor and singer who works in Hindi films. Known for his portrayals of ordinary men often battling social norms, he is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards. He has appeared in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list of 2013 and 2019, and Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.
Khurrana won the second season of the reality television show MTV Roadies in 2004 and ventured into an anchoring career. He made his film debut in 2012 with the romantic comedy Vicky Donor, in which his performance as a sperm donor earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Following a brief setback, he starred in the commercially and critically successful Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015).
Khurrana established himself with several box-office hits, including the comedy-dramas Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), Badhaai Ho (2018), Dream Girl (2019), and Bala (2019); the thriller Andhadhun (2018); and the crime drama Article 15 (2019). His performances as a blind pianist in Andhadhun and an honest cop in Article 15 won him two consecutive Filmfare Critics Awards for Best Actor, and he also won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the former. This success was followed by several films that gained positive reviews but fared poorly at the box office.
In addition to his acting roles, Khurrana has sung for several of his films. His song “Pani Da Rang”, which he sang and co-composed, earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
Ayushmann Khurrana Biography
14 September 1984
Tahira Kashyap (m. 2008)
|Relatives||Aparshakti Khurana (brother)|
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Early life and education (Ayushmann Khurrana Biography)
Khurrana was born in a Punjabi Hindu family, on 14 September 1984 in Chandigarh to Poonam and P. Khurrana, as Nishant Khurrana. His parents changed his name to Ayushmann Khurrana when he was 3 years old. He was a part of Guru Nanak Khalsa College. He studied at St. John’s High School, Chandigarh, and DAV College, Chandigarh. He majored in English literature and has a master’s degree in Mass Communication from the School of Communication Studies, Panjab University. He did serious theatre for five years. During his college days, he has done several plays in Gaiety Theatre, Shimla. He was also the founding member of DAV College’s “Aaghaaz” and “Manchtantra”, which are active theatre groups in Chandigarh. He conceived and acted in street plays and won prizes in national college festivals such as Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay), OASIS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani), and St. Bedes Shimla. He also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug.
Career (Ayushmann Khurrana Biography)
2004–2011: Television shows and early career
After completing his graduation and post-graduation in Journalism, his first job was as a radio personality at BIG FM, Delhi. He hosted the show Big Chai – Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann, and also won the Young Achievers Award in 2007 for it. He was the youngest recipient of the Bharat Nirman Award in New Delhi.
He also worked in many other MTV shows such as MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India, and Jaadoo Ek Baar. He then turned television host with a multiple-talent-based reality show India’s Got Talent on Colors TV, which he co-anchored with Nikhil Chinapa, and Stripped, which gave the latest updates on the Indian TV industry with a comic tinge, again on MTV. At the end of the year, he was also the anchor of the singing reality show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla on STAR Plus.
Apart from hosting the second season of MTV Rock On and India’s Got Talent on Colors, he was also a part of the anchoring team of Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League Season 3 on SET Max with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar, and Angad Bedi, following which he took up the offer of anchoring the dance-based reality show Just Dance on STAR Plus.
2012–2015: Film debut and career struggles
Khurrana made his acting debut in 2012 with Shoojit Sircar‘s romantic comedy Vicky Donor, co-starring Annu Kapoor and debutante Yami Gautam. Marking the production debut of actor John Abraham, who cameoed in a promotional song, it starred Khurrana in the titular role of a sperm donor. In preparation, he attended acting workshops and interacted with medical professionals. For the film’s soundtrack, he sang “Pani Da Rang”, which he had written and composed with Rochak Kohli back in 2003. Praising the film’s ensemble cast, Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com wrote that Khurrana’s “candid disposition and roguish face ensures his street-smart drollery works like a breeze”. With worldwide earnings of over ₹610 million (US$7.6 million) against a budget of ₹100 million (US$1.3 million), Vicky Donor emerged as a commercial success. At the Filmfare Awards ceremony, Khurrana was awarded trophies for Best Male Debut and Best Male Playback Singer.
Khurrana’s career prospects improved when he starred opposite newcomer Bhumi Pednekar in Sharat Katariya’s romance Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015). It tells the story of an underachieving man who is married against his will to an overweight woman and marked his first film where he did not sing any of the songs. Anuj Kumar of The Hindu praised him for effectively capturing his character’s “diction and body language”. Despite minimal promotions, the film emerged as a commercial success, grossing over ₹410 million (US$5.1 million) worldwide against its ₹140 million (US$1.8 million) budget.
2017–2020: Critical and commercial success
Two years later, after starring in the poorly received Meri Pyaari Bindu opposite Parineeti Chopra, Khurrana’s career progressed with his two other films releases of 2017, the romantic-comedy dramas Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, both of which were commercially successful. Adapted from Nicolas Barreau’s French novel The Ingredients of Love, the former starred him alongside Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon as a writer who gets involved in a love triangle with a tomboyish girl and a timid salesman. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV wrote that Khurrana does a “convincing job of mutating from a brooding jilted lover to a crooked manipulator who puts his own interests above everyone else’s”. In the latter, he starred opposite Pednekar as a newly engaged man suffering from erectile dysfunction. A remake of the Tamil film Kalyana Samayal Saadham (2013), the film, Khurrana hoped, to have a humorous take on mental and sexual problems faced by men which would bring wider attention to the topic. Rajeev Masand took note of how well the film handled sexuality without being crude and commended him for “investing the fellow with genuine likeability and an understated charm”. Khurrana received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the latter film.
For his next project, Khurrana actively looked for another mainstream film that would portray sexuality in a humorous manner. He found it in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020), in which he played a gay man who has trouble convincing his partner’s family of their relationship. Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express credited Khurrana for “allowing the film to be so much about” his lesser-known co-star Jitendra Kumar. The film’s box office was impacted by the shutdown of cinemas due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. He was next seen in the comedy-drama Gulabo Sitabo, directed by Sircar and co-starring Amitabh Bachchan. Due to the pandemic, the film premiered directly on Amazon Prime Video. Pallabi Dey Puryakastha of The Times of India noted that Khurrana’s “body language tellingly portrays sadness and bitterness borne out of poverty”.
2021–present: Commercial fluctuations
In 2021, Khurrana played a bodybuilder who falls in love with a trans woman in Abhishek Kapoor’s romantic comedy Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. He then reunited with Sinha for the Northeast India-based Anek (2022). Khurrana next headlined Anubhuti Kashyap’s medical drama, Doctor G (2022), with Rakul Preet Singh and Shefali Shah, and starred in Aanand L. Rai’s production, An Action Hero, directed by Anirudh Iyer. Despite positive reviews, none of these films performed well at the box office.
Khurrana will next star in Dream Girl 2, a spiritual sequel to his 2019 film Dream Girl, which is scheduled for release in August 2023.
Filmography (Ayushmann Khurrana Biography)
|†||Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2012||Vicky Donor||Vicky Arora|
|2013||Nautanki Saala||Ram Parmar aka RP|
|2015||Hawaizaada||Shivkar Bapuji Talpade|
|Dum Laga Ke Haisha||Prem Tiwari|
|2017||Meri Pyaari Bindu||Abhimanyu Roy|
|Bareilly Ki Barfi||Chirag Dubey|
|Shubh Mangal Saavdhan||Mudit Sharma|
|Badhaai Ho||Nakul Kaushik|
|2019||Article 15||ACP Ayan Ranjan|
|Dream Girl||Karamveer Singh/Pooja|
|Bala||Balmukund “Bala” Shukla|
|2020||Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan||Kartik Singh|
|Gulabo Sitabo||Baankey Rastogi|
|2021||Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui||Manvinder “Manu” Munjal|
|2022||Anek||Aman / Joshua|
|Doctor G||Dr. Uday Gupta/Guddu|
|An Action Hero||Maanav Khuranna|
|2023||Dream Girl 2 †||Karamveer Singh/Pooja|
|2004||MTV Roadies (Season 2)||Contestant||Winner|
|2008||MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan||Video Jockey||Co-hosted the show with MTV VJs Bani J and Vineet Modi|
|MTV Fully Faltoo Movie – Cheque De India||Fakir Khan||Spoof of Chak De! India|
|MTV Fully Faltoo Movie – Jadoo Ekbar||Prince Jalebi||Spoof of Jodhaa Akbar|
|MTV Roadies Hell Down Under||Anchor||Anchor for the auditions only|
|Ek Thi Rajkumari||Prem|
|2009||India’s Got Talent (Season 1)||Anchor||Co-hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa|
|Rock on with MTV (Season 1)||Anchor for the auditions only|
|2010||Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah||Himself||Guest appearance (to promote IPL 3)|
|Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League (Season 3)||Presenter||Co-hosted the show with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar, and Angad Bedi|
|India’s Got Talent (Season 2)||Anchor||Co-hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa|
|Rock on with MTV (Season 2)||Co-hosted the show with Lisa Haydon|
|2014||1st Star Box Office India Awards Ceremony|
|2018||25th Star Screen Awards||Co-host|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Just Dance||Indian Television Academy Awards||Best Anchor of Music/Film Based show (Jury)||Won|
|2012||Vicky Donor||Boroplus Gold Awards||Rising Film Stars From TV||Won|
|People’s Choice Awards India||Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female)||Nominated|
|BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Male||Won|
|5th Mirchi Music Awards||Male Vocalist of The Year (for “Pani Da Rang”)||Nominated|
|Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year (for “Pani Da Rang”)|
|Upcoming Music Composer of The Year||Won|
|Upcoming Lyricist of The Year (for “Pani Da Rang”)|
|2013||Filmfare Awards||Best Male Debut||Won|
|Best Male Playback Singer (for “Pani Da Rang”)|
|ETC Bollywood Business Awards||Most Profitable Debut (Male)||Won|
|Screen Awards||Most Promising Newcomer – Male||Won|
|Best Male Playback Singer (for “Pani Da Rang”)||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Male Debut||Won|
|Best Playback Singer – Male (for “Pani Da Rang”)||Nominated|
|Stardust Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|New Musical Sensation (Male) (for “Pani Da Rang”)|
|Superstar of Tomorrow – Male||Nominated|
|Renault Star Guild Awards||Best Male Debut||Won|
|Best Male Playback Singer (for “Pani Da Rang”)|
|Best Actor in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|Best Lyrics (for “Pani Da Rang”)|
|Times of India Film Awards||Best Debut – Male||Won|
|Best Playback Singer – Male (for “Pani Da Rang”)||Nominated|
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Star Debut of the Year – Male||Won|
|Producers Guild Film Awards||Best Male Playback Singer (for “Pani Da Rang”)||Won|
|2018||Shubh Mangal Saavdhan||Screen Awards||Best Actor – Male (Popular)||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor – Male (Viewer’s Choice)||Nominated|
|Best Actor – Male (Jury’s Choice)|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Best Actor (Critics)||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor – Male (Viewer’s Choice)||Won|
|National Film Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|Andhadhun & Badhaai Ho||Asiavision Awards||Best Actor (Critics)||Won|
|2020||Article 15||Screen Awards||Won|
|Dream Girl||Best Actor in a Comic Role||Nominated|
|Article 15||Filmfare Awards||Best Actor (Critics)||Won|
|2021||Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan||Nominated|
|Best Male Playback Singer (for “Mere Liye Tum Kaafi Ho”)||Nominated|
|2023||—||Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards||Glamorous Trendsetter Of The Year – Male||Won|
|—||Bollywood Hungama Style Icons||Most Stylish Youth Icon (Male)||Nominated|
|—||Most Stylish Actor People’s Choice (Male)||Nominated|
Khurrana was born in Chandigarh. His father P. Khurrana was an astrologer and an author on the subject of astrology who passed away in 2023, whereas his mother Poonam is a housewife of half-Burmese descent and a qualified M.A. in Hindi.
While Khurrana remains busy with his work in Mumbai, his family still stays in Chandigarh. His brother Aparshakti Khurana is a radio jockey at Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM in Delhi and made his debut in the 2016 Aamir Khan-starrer film Dangal. The ambience of literature at home influenced Khurrana as well and he took writing as a hobby. He also maintains a blog where he writes in Hindi and it has been received very well by his admirers.
Khurrana married his childhood friend, filmmaker, and journalism teacher Tahira Kashyap, in 2010. They have a son and daughter together. Tahira was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 but was declared cancer free in 2020. Khuranna credits their belief in Nichiren Buddhism for helping them get through the tough time.
Discography (Ayushmann Khurrana Biography)
|2012||“Pani Da Rang”||Vicky Donor||Himself, Rochak Kohli|
|“Pani Da Rang (Female)”||sung by Sukanya Purkayastha|
|2013||“Saddi Gali”||Nautanki Saala!||Duet with Neeti Mohan|
|“Saddi Gali (Unplugged)”|
|“Tu Hi Tu”||Mikey McCleary|
|“O Heeriye”||Single||Rochak Kohli||Features Rhea Chakraborty|
|2014||“Khaamakhaan”||Bewakoofiyaan||Raghu Dixit||Duet with Neeti Mohan|
|“Mitti Di Khushboo”||Single||Rochak Kohli||Features Huma Qureshi|
|2015||“Dil-E-Naadan”||Hawaizaada||Himself||Rendition of Mirza Ghalib’s version|
|“Dil-E-Naadan (Reprise)” (Along with Shweta Subram)|
|“Turram Khan”||Rochak Kohli||With Papon and Monali Thakur|
|“Moh Moh Ke Dhage (Reprise)”||Dum Laga Ke Haisha||Anu Malik|
|“Yahin Hoon Main”||Single||Rochak Kohli||Features Yami Gautam|
|2016||“Ik Vaari”||Aparshakti Khurana||Features Aisha Sharma|
|2017||“Haareya (Rock version)”||Meri Pyaari Bindu||Sachin–Jigar|
|“Orrey Mon”||Single||Upal Sengupta||Features Ritabhari Chakraborty|
|“Nazm Nazm”||Bareilly Ki Barfi||Arko|
|“Kanha (Unplugged)”||Shubh Mangal Savdhan||Tanishk-Vayu|
|“Aap Se Milkar (Reprise)”||Andhadhun||Amit Trivedi|
|“Naina Da Kya Kasoor”|
|“Chan Kitthan”||Single||Rochak Kohli||Features Pranitha Subhash|
|“Nain Na Jodeen”||Badhaai Ho|
|2019||“Intezaar (Reprise)”||Article 15||Anurag Saikia|
|“Ik Mulakat (Reprise)”||Dream Girl||Meet Bros|
|“Ab Teri Baari (with Naezy)”||Single||Clinton Cerejo|
|2020||“Mere Liye Tum Kaafi Ho”||Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan||Tanishk-Vayu|
|“Arrey Pyaar Kar Le”||Tanishk Bagchi|
|2021||“Kinni Soni He”||Quaranteen Crush||Sameer Kaushal||Part of the series, Feels Like Ishq|
|“Maafi”||Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui||Sachin-Jigar|
|2022||“O Sweetie Sweetie”||Doctor G||Amit Trivedi|
|2023||“Rataan Kaaliyan”||Single||Rochak Kohli|