Ayushmann Khurrana Biography – an Indian Actor and was a Popular Radio Jockey

Ayushmann Khurrana 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.

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Real Name: Nishant Khurrana
Profession: Indian Actor
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India
Spouse: Tahira Kashyap
Age: 38

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).

Ayushmann Khurrana Biography
Ayushmann Khurrana Biography

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
Nishant Khurrana

14 September 1984 (age 38)

Chandigarh, India
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active 2004–present
Works Full list
Tahira Kashyap (m. 2008)
Children 2
Relatives Aparshakti Khurana (brother)
Awards Full list
Musical career
  • Filmi
Instrument(s) Vocals

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 MaanMain 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 MoviesCheque 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.

Ayushmann Khurrana Biography
Ayushmann Khurrana Biography

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 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
Year Film Role
2012 Vicky Donor Vicky Arora
2013 Nautanki Saala Ram Parmar aka RP
2014 Bewakoofiyaan Mohit Chaddha
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
2018 Andhadhun Akash Saraf
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
Ayushmann Khurrana Biography
Ayushmann Khurrana Biography


Year Show Role Note(s)
2004 MTV Roadies (Season 2) Contestant Winner
2007 Kayamath Saket Shergil
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
2011 MTV Grind
Just Dance
2014 1st Star Box Office India Awards Ceremony
2018 25th Star Screen Awards Co-host

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Category Result
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
Best Actor Nominated
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
2019 Andhadhun 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
Bala Best Actor Nominated
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

Personal life

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.

Ayushmann_Khurrana with His Family
Ayushmann Khurrana with His Family

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)

Year Song Album Composer Note(s)
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
2018 “Bachpan” Toffee Abhinav Bhansal
“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

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