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Ayushmann Khurrana (born 14 September 1984) is an Indian actor, poet, singer, and television host. He has established a career in Hindi cinema and is the recipient of several awards, including three Filmfare Awards.

Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushman Khurana walks for Manish Malhotra & Shaina NC's show for CPAA 23.jpg
Khurrana in 2012
Ayushman Khurrana[1]

(1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 34)
Chandigarh, India
OccupationActor, singer, television host, RJ
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Tahira Kashyap
RelativesAparshakti Khurana (brother)
AwardsFull list

Khurrana won the second season of 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. His performance earned him several accolades including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.[2][3] Following a brief setback, he starred in the commercially and critically successful romance Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Khurrana went on to establish himself with the comedies Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017), Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017), and Badhaai Ho (2018), and the thriller Andhadhun (2018).[4] The latter ranks among one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time, a majority of which came from Chinese market; Khurrana's performance as a blind pianist won him the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.[5]

In addition to acting, Khurrana has sung for all his films, including the song "Pani Da Rang", which earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.


Early life and educationEdit

Khurrana was born on 14 September 1984 in Chandigarh to Anita and P. Khurrana,[6][7] as Nishant Khurrana, later his parents changed his name to Ayushmann Khurrana when he was 3 years old. He studied at St. John's High School and DAV College in Chandigarh.[8] He majored in English literature and has a master's degree in Mass Communication from the School of Communication Studies, Punjab University.[9] He did serious theatre for five years. He was also the founding member of DAV College's "Aaghaaz" and "Manchtantra", which are active theatre groups in Chandigarh.[9] 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.[9] He also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug and was invited to the 2017 Actors' Roundtable hosted by Rajeev Masand.[10]


2004–2011: Television shows and early careerEdit

Ayushmann Khurrana was noticed on TV at the age of 17. It was the reality show on Channel V; PopStars in 2002. He was one of the youngest contestants on the show. Roadies took place in 2004 whereby he turned out to be the winner in Roadies 2 at the age of 20.[11] After completing his graduation and post-graduation in Journalism, his first job was as an RJ 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.[12] He was the youngest recipient of the Bharat Nirman Award in New Delhi.[13]

After radio, Khurrana moved on to become a Video Jockey on MTV with Pepsi MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan, an informative show for the youth.

He also worked in many other MTV shows such as MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India and Jaadoo Ek Baar.[14] 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[15] and Stripped which gave 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.[16]

Apart from hosting the second season of MTV Rock On and India's Got Talent on Colors, Khurrana 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.[17][18] Following which he took up the offer of anchoring the dance-based reality show Just Dance on STAR Plus.

2012–2015: Film debut and commercial fluctuationsEdit

In 2012, he made his Bollywood debut with Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor[19] opposite Yami Gautam. The film marked actor John Abraham's debut as a producer.[20] He portrays Vicky Arora who marries a Bengali girl without telling her about his past as a sperm donor. Despite its small budget, the movie became a major commercial success and received critical acclaim.[21][22][23] For the film, he also sang the song "Pani Da Rang" composed by him and Rochak Kohli. Both the movie and song were well received. Khurrana received critical acclaim for his performance. Taran Adarsh notes: "Ayushmann is a complete natural, has all the trappings of a fine actor and delivers a super confident performance".[24] Gaurav Malani adds that Khurrana "is so natural that it never seems he's acting but rather gliding through the role. He is a pro at both the comedy and emotional scenes".[25] Khurrana went on to receive many accolades for his performance, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. He won all the debut awards for Vicky Donor.[26]

He followed by anchoring the IIFA Awards (2012), People's Choice Awards India (2012) and the Screen Awards (2013). Khurrana later appeared in a PETA ad campaign, encouraging pet owners to have their dogs and cats sterilized.[27]

Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunaal Roy Kapur at 'MTV Video Music Awards India 2013'

Khurrana was next seen in Rohan Sippy's Nautanki Saala[28] co-starring Pooja Salvi, Kunal Roy Kapoor and Evelyn Sharma. The film opened to positive reviews from critics, with Taran Adarsh stating that the film was "uncontaminated, witty and amusing".[29] Nautanki Saala was released on 12 April 2013.[30] The film managed to recover its production cost at the domestic box office, earning approx. 210 million (US$3.0 million).[31]

Khurrana's first film of 2014 was Yash Raj Films's Bewakoofiyaan, directed by Nupur Asthana, in which he starred alongside Sonam Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor. He was also the playback singer for "Khamkhaan" from the same movie, with Neeti Mohan. The film released on 14 March 2014 to mixed reviews and was commercially unsuccessful at the box office.[32] However, his performance was well received by critics. Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times praised Khuranna's performance, saying: "The strongest performance here is Ayushmann's. His anger and frustration at losing the good life are palpable".[33] The following year, he played the role of scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade in the biopic Hawaizaada which also failed at the box office.[34][35]

His next release was Sharat Katariya-directed Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015), which opened to strong reviews, whereas critics appreciated the acting of Ayushmann, the film was a major box office success under production of Yash Raj Films.[36] The film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Khurrana didn't have any releases in 2016.

2017–present: Critical and commercial successEdit

After two years-long absence from the screen, he starred in Akshay Roy's romance drama Meri Pyaari Bindu opposite Parineeti Chopra.[37] However, despite the anticipation, the film received mixed reviews and was a commercial failure.[38] Later in 2017, Khurrana featured in two more movies, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Savdhan both of which received critical and popular acclaim and were commercially successful. He also received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role as a Gurgaon guy in the latter.[39][40]

Khurrana had two releases in 2018. His first release was the crime thriller Andhadhun, alongside Radhika Apte and Tabu. He was cast as Akash, a pianist pretending to be blind. The film, and Khurrana's performance, received critical acclaim. With earnings of 111 crore (US$5 million), Andhadhun emerged as Khurrana's highest-grossing release. He won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and gained another Best Actor nomination at the ceremony.

Khurrana's second and final release of 2018 was the comedy-drama Badhaai Ho, co-starring Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Sanya Malhotra, Sheeba Chaddha and Surekha Sikri. He played the role of Nakul Kaushik, a man whose 52-year-old mother Priyamvada (played by Gupta) gets pregnant when he was in a relationship with his colleague named Renee (played by Malhotra). The film received positive reviews from critics, and was a commercial success.

As of 2019, Khurrana has several upcoming projects. He is all set to star alongside Nushrat Bharucha in the romantic comedy Dream Girl and alongside Isha Talwar in the investigative drama Article 15. He has also signed to feature in the satire comedy Bala.

Personal lifeEdit

Khurrana was born in Chandigarh. His father P Khurrana is an astrologer and an author on the subject of astrology, whereas his mother Anita is a housewife and she is of half-Burmese descent[41] and a qualified M.A. in Hindi[citation needed]. While Ayushmann 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.[42][43] The ambiance 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. Ayushman is known for being very close to his family and wife, Tahira Kashyap who has directed a critically acclaimed film Toffee. They are childhood sweethearts and are parents of a son and a daughter. [44][45] His son, Virajveer, was born on 2 January 2012 and his daughter, Varushka, was born on 21 April 2014.[46][47]


  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Title Credited as Year Role Notes
Vicky Donor Actor, playback singer 2012 Vicky Arora Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer
Nautanki Saala Actor 2013 Ram Parmar/RP
Bewakoofiyaan Actor, playback singer 2014 Mohit Chaddha
Hawaizaada Actor 2015 Shivkar Bapuji Talpade
Dum Laga Ke Haisha Actor 2015 Prem Tiwari
Meri Pyaari Bindu Actor, playback singer 2017 Abhimanyu Roy
Bareilly Ki Barfi Actor 2017 Chirag Dubey
Shubh Mangal Savdhan Actor 2017 Mudit Sharma Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Andhadhun Actor 2018 Akash Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated– Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Badhaai Ho Actor 2018 Nakul Kaushik
Article 15   Actor 2019 Ayan Ranjan Post-production[48]
Dream Girl   Actor 2019 Laajwanti Khurrana/Lokesh Bisht Filming
Bala (2019 film)   Actor TBA TBA Filming[49]


Year Show Role Channel Notes
2004 MTV Roadies (Season 2) Winner MTV Winner of 'MTV Roadies Season 2'
2007 Kayamath Saket Shergil Star Plus
2008 MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan Video Jockey MTV India Co-hosted the show with MTV VJs Bani J and Vineet Modi
MTV Fully Faltoo Movie-Cheque De India Fakir Khan Spoof of Shahrukh Khan starrer movie Chak De! India
MTV Fully Faltoo Movie-Jadoo Ekbar Prince Jalebi Spoof of the movie Jodhaa Akbar
MTV Roadies Hell Down Under Anchor Anchor for the auditions only
Ek Thi Rajkumari Zee Next Antagonist
2008–09 Fantastic 5 Video Jockey Ktv
2009 India's Got Talent (Season 1) Anchor Colors TV Co-hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa
Rock on with MTV ( Season 1) MTV Anchor for the auditions only
MTV Roadies (Season 7)
Amul Music Ka Maha Muqqabla Star Plus
2010 Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Himself Sab TV Guest appearance (to promote IPL 3)
Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League (Season 3) Presenter SET Max Co-hosted the show with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar and Angad Bedi
India's Got Talent (Season 2) Anchor Colors TV Co-hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa
Rock on with MTV (Season 2) MTV Co-hosted the show with Lisa Haydon
Super Star Buzz Star Plus
2011 MTV Grind MTV
MTV Roadies (Season 8)
Just Dance Star Plus
2014 1st Star Box Office India Awards Ceremony
2018 25th Star Screen Awards Co-host Star Plus


Year Song Album Notes
2012 Pani Da Rang Vicky Donor Co-composed with Rochak Kohli
2013 Saddi Gali Nautanki Saala!
Tu Hi Tu
O Heeriye Single Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Rhea Chakraborty
2014 Khaamakhaan Bewakoofiyaan Duet with Neeti Mohan
Mitti Di Khusboo Single Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Huma Qureshi[50]
2015 Dil-E-Naadan Hawaizaada Rendition of Mirza Ghalib's version
Moh Moh Ke Dhage (Reprise) Dum Laga Ke Haisha Anu Malik
Yahin Hoon Main Single Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Yami Gautam[51]
2016 Ik Vaari Single Co-Composed with Aparshakti Khurana, features Aisha Sharma
2017 Hareyaa (Rock Version) Meri Pyaari Bindu Sachin-Jigar
Nazm Nazm (Ayushmann Khurrana Version) Bareilly Ki Barfi Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Kanha(Unplugged) Shubh Mangal Savdhan Tanishk-Vayu
2018 Chan Kitthan Single Co-Composed with Rochak Kohli, features Pranitha Subhash[52]
Aap Se Milkar (Reprise)[1] Andhadhun Amit Trivedi
Nain Na Jodeen Badhaai Ho Rochak Kohli


Year Title Genre Note(s)
2015 Cracking The CODE - My Journey To Bollywood Autobiographical Non-Fiction co-written with wife Tahira Kashyap[53]

Awards and nominationsEdit


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