Akashdeep Saigal

Akashdeep Saigal is an Indian television actor known for his portrayal of Ansh Virani and Eklavya Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as well as participating in Bigg Boss 5.[1]

Akashdeep Saigal
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Other namesSky
OccupationModel, Actor
Years active1997–present

Personal lifeEdit

Saigal's father and older brother are lawyers. He also has a sister, Madhu Bhatia who lives in Dubai. During his modeling days he dated Madhu Sapre for 6 months, and Shazahn Padamsee for 3 years. He took the alias 'Sky' as it is how his close friends address him. He also dated Pooja Bedi for 3 years after they met on Bigg Boss 5


Akash won the Gladrags Manhunt Contestant, supermodel of the year in 1998. The same year he appeared on the 1998 music video for Shweta Shetty's Deewane to Deewane Hain. He started his acting career with the film Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi (1999). He made his debut on small screen with the popular serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus.[2] He had participated in the first season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, a dance competition on Sony Entertainment Television channel.[3]

In 2009, he has played the role of the villain in Tamil blockbuster hit Ayan.



Year Name Role Notes Ref
2004–2008 Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Ansh Mihir Virani/ Eklavya Ansh Virani Negative Role [2]
2005 Kkusum Trishul Kapoor [4]
Time Bomb 9/11 Usmaan Bin Laden [4]
2006 Fear Factor India Contestant Finalist [4]
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 1 Eliminated 5th Place [5]
2007–2008 Kuchh Is Tara Ranbir Nanda Lead Role [6]
2008 Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki Kans Supporting Role [4]
Kaho Na Yaar Hai Contestant Along with Sanaya Irani [4]
Comedy Circus Along with Pervez Siddiqui [4]
Kaun Jeetega Bollywood Ka Ticket Finalist [4]
2009 Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao Evicted Day 52 [7]
2011 Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout Finalist [8]
2011–2012 Bigg Boss 5 Finalist [9]
2017 Sher-e-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh Peer Muhammad Negative Role [10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Show Category Result Ref.
2004 Indian Telly Awards Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Best Actor in a Negative Role Nominated [11]
2005 Won [12]
2007 Nominated [13]


  1. ^ "Dare to play devil?, Mumbai Mirror". Mumbaimirror.com. 3 November 2011. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b Pisharoty, Sangeeta Barooah (16 December 2004). "Ansh... Knocked Off". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 May 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  3. ^ Pisharoty, Sangeeta Barooah (6 September 2004). "A finger in every pie". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 March 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Who is Akashdeep Saigal". 30 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa: Akashdeep eliminated". 12 October 2006.
  6. ^ "Kuchh Is Tara to go off air". 21 August 2008.
  7. ^ "The most controversial shows on TV". 6 October 2009.
  8. ^ "Akshdeep gives Endemol Zor ka Jhatka". 1 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Akashdeep Saighal to enter Bigg Boss tonight". 24 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Maharaja Ranjit Singh review: Nothing stands out, except a dry script, and a sad Akashdeep Saigal". 22 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Telly awards 2004 Popular Awards nominees". Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Telly awards 2005 Popular Awards winners". Archived from the original on 17 September 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Telly awards 2007 Popular Awards nominees".

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