Abhimanyu Dassani (born 21 February 1990) is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films.[1] The son of actress Bhagyashree and Himalay, he made his acting debut in 2018 with the action film Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota, for which he won Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.[2]

Abhimanyu Dassani
Dassani in 2022
Born (1990-02-21) 21 February 1990 (age 33)
Occupation(s)Actor, film director, martial artist
Years active2018–present

He has since starred in the 2021 Netflix romantic comedy film Meenakshi Sundareshwar and the 2022 action film Nikamma.

Early life and work Edit

Dassani with his mother and sister in 2022

Dassani was born on 21 February 1990[3][4] in Mumbai, to film actress Bhagyashree and her husband Himalaya Dassani.[5] His younger sister Avantika Dassani is also an actress and made her debut with the web-series Mithya.[6]

Dassani went on to study at the New York Film Academy and Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[7] He also practices martial arts and is trained in taekwondo and karate.[8][9] He started his career by being an assistant to director Rohan Sippy on Dum Maaro Dum and Nautanki Saala!.[10]

Career Edit

Dassani made his feature film debut with Vasan Bala's action-comedy Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota opposite Radhika Madan.[11][12] Dassani played a man who does not feel any pain. He performed all the stunts himself. He broke a finger and dislocated his shoulder while filming.[13] Pradeep Menon of Firstpost said "he occupies the screen well" and noted that "his look suits the character of a guy who has not had enough meaningful interactions with the real world".[14] Raja Sen of Hindustan Times wrote, "Dassani is perfect as Surya, making an impressively limber debut with a stoic curiosity — with the blankness appropriate for someone who doesn’t know physical pain."[15] He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for his performance.[16]

Dassani at an event

Dassani next played the male lead in the 2021 romantic-comedy Meenakshi Sundareshwar opposite Sanya Malhotra, which released on Netflix.[17] The film received criticism for its stereotypical representation of Tamil people[18] and received mixed reviews. Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com noted, "Abhimanyu is just the man to play Sundaram embodying what a sincere heart and heartfelt apology cannot achieve."[19]

Dassani starred in the 2022 film Nikamma with Shilpa Shetty and Shirley Setia.[20] The film saw him as an unemployed person and received negative reviews.[21] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV stated, "The young actor does have potential but he needs to be far more judicious with his choice of roles. Here, he struggles to rise above the script."[22] Dassani appeared in a cameo in Monica, O My Darling, the same year.[23] In 2023, he did a cameo in Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, alongside his parents. Bollywood Hungama wrote that he "delivers a fine performance" in his special appearance.[24]

Dassani will next star in the comedy-drama Aankh Micholi with an ensemble cast alongside Mrunal Thakur[25] and in the laugh-caper Nausikhiye with Amol Parashar and Shreya Dhanwanthary.[26]

Filmography Edit

Films Edit

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Dum Maaro Dum Assistant director [27]
2013 Nautanki Saala! [28]
2018 Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Suryaanshu "Surya" Sampat [29]
2021 Meenakshi Sundareshwar Sundareshwar [30]
2022 Nikamma Aditya "Adi" Singh [31]
Monica, O My Darling Suryaanshu "Surya" Sampat Cameo appearance
2023 Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan Abhimanyu Cameo appearance
Aankh Micholi Rohit Patel Completed [32]
TBA Nausikhiye TBA Filming [33]

Music videos Edit

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2022 Kudi Meri Yash Narvekar, Dhvani Bhanushali, Lijo George [34]

Awards and nominations Edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2020 65th Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota Won [35]
21st IIFA Awards Star Debut of the Year – Male Won [36]
26th Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male Nominated [37]
20th Zee Cine Awards Best Male Debut Nominated [38]
2022 Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Super Stylish Emerging Talent - Male Won [39]
3rd Filmfare OTT Awards Best Actor Male - Web Original Film Meenakshi Sundareshwar Nominated [40]

References Edit

  1. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani Has A Noteworthy Take on Hypocrisy of People Towards Olympic Medal Winners". India Times. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Presenting the winners of the 65th Amazon Filmfare Awards 2020". Filmfare. 6 November 2021. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  3. ^ "How Bhagyashree wished her son Abhimanyu Dassani on his 33rd birthday!". NDTV India. Retrieved 21 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Radhika Madan, Sanya Malhotra and others attend Abhimanyu Dassani's birthday bash". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  5. ^ Goyal, Divya. "Bhagyashree Revisits Italy Trip With Husband Himalaya Dasani: "Once Upon A Sea Swim"". NDTV India. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Mithya actor Avantika Dassani: Proud to be known as Bhagyashree's daughter, but here to make my name". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 12 March 2022.
  7. ^ "Sanya Malhotra, Abhimanyu Dassani star in Netflix's 'Meenakshi Sundareshwar'". The Hindu. 25 November 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani, Vidyut Jammwal on taking up MMA for their films". Mid-day. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  9. ^ IANS (20 July 2018). "Abhimanyu Dassani trained in martial arts for debut film". Business Standard India. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani Has A Noteworthy Take on Hypocrisy of People Towards Olympic Medal Winners". India Times. 28 July 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  11. ^ Singh, Suhani (17 September 2018). "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota wins audience award at TIFF". India Today. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  12. ^ "A full house: 'Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota' gets standing ovation at MAMI Mumbai Film Festival". The Economic Times. 27 October 2018. Archived from the original on 28 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Broke finger, dislocated shoulder while filming Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota: Abhimanyu Dassani". India Today. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  14. ^ Menon, Pradeep (17 October 2018). "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota movie review: A cocktail of gorgeous action sequences, absurd laugh-out-loud moments". Firstpost. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  15. ^ Sen, Raja (21 March 2019). "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota movie review: Hilarious Hindi action movie scores a flawless victory". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Filmfare Awards step out of Mumbai for first time in 6 decades; 2020 show to be held in Guwahati". The Economic Times. 26 November 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Sanya Malhotra-Abhimanyu Dassani pair-up for Netflix release 'Meenakshi Sundareshwar', first look out!". Zee News. 25 November 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  18. ^ Sahu, Sushri (9 November 2021). "Netflix's 'Meenakshi Sundareshwar' is being called out for stereotyping and appropriating Tamil Culture. Again!". Mashable India. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  19. ^ Verma, Sukanya. "Meenakshi Sundareshwar - Movie Review". Rediff.com. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  20. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani kickstarts 2021 with 'Nikamma' co-star Shirley Setia". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  21. ^ "Nikamma Movie Review". India Herald. Retrieved 10 September 2022. The film 'Nikamma' is getting overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics and audience.
  22. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal. "Nikamma Review: No Matter What, Shilpa Shetty's Comeback Film Remains Just That - No Good". NDTV. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  23. ^ "Monica O My Darling Movie Review: Rajkummar Rao, Radhika Apte, Huma Qureshi serve a delicious murder mystery". India Today. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  24. ^ "Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan Movie Review: A perfect Eid gift for Salman Khan's fans". Bollywood Hungama. 21 April 2023. Archived from the original on 22 April 2023. Retrieved 21 April 2023.
  25. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani, Mrunal Thakur announce new film 'Aankh Micholi' – Details here". Zee News. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  26. ^ "Nausikhiye: Abhimanyu Dassani, Amol Parashar, Shreya Dhanwanthary in Lionsgate India's next". The Hindi. Retrieved 12 February 2023.
  27. ^ "Assistant director of Dum Maaro Dum to make big Bollywood debut in Mard Ko Dard Hota". Elle India. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  28. ^ "Did you know Abhimanyu Dassani assisted in films like 'Dum Maaro Dum' and 'Nautanki Saala!' before stepping in front of the camera?". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  29. ^ "Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota: Hilarious Hindi action movie scores a flawless victory". Hindustan Times. 21 March 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  30. ^ "Meenakshi Sundareshwar: A Strange Film, Starring Sanya Malhotra And Abhimanyu Dassani". NDTV India. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  31. ^ "REVEALED: Abhimanyu Dassani's character in Nikamma has an Ajay Devgn connection". Bollywood Hungama. 16 May 2022. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  32. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani announces new film Aankh Micholi with Mrunal Thakur: I got my eyes on you". India Today. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  33. ^ "Abhimanyu Dassani, Shreya Dhanwanthary and Amol Parashar are staying in Bhopal for Nausikhiye". Times of India. 27 February 2023. Retrieved 27 February 2023.
  34. ^ "Kudi Meri: Dhvani Bhanushali, Abhimanyu Dassani, Manoj Bajpayee's recreated version of Sapne Mein Milti Hai". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  35. ^ "Presenting the winners of the 65th Amazon Filmfare Awards 2020". Filmfare. 6 November 2021. Archived from the original on 16 February 2020. Retrieved 6 November 2021.
  36. ^ "IIFA Awards 2020 – Popular Award Winners". IIFA Awards. 25 November 2021. Archived from the original on 26 November 2021. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  37. ^ Maghnani, Devika (9 December 2019). "The coolest candid Bollywood moments from inside the Star Screen Awards 2019". Vogue. Retrieved 23 December 2019.[permanent dead link]
  38. ^ "The 20th Zee Cine Awards 2020 Viewers Choice Awards Nominees & Winners". Zee Cine Awards. Archived from the original on 21 November 2020. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  39. ^ "Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards Winners List: Find out who won what at the starry night". Pinkvilla. 17 June 2022. Retrieved 4 October 2022.
  40. ^ "Nominations announced for Danube Properties Filmfare OTT Awards 2022". Filmfare. 21 December 2022. Retrieved 21 December 2022.

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