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.
Khurrana in 2012
14 September 1984
|Occupation||Actor, singer, television host, RJ|
|Relatives||Aparshakti Khurana (brother)|
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. 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). 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.
Early life and educationEdit
Khurrana was born on 14 September 1984 in Chandigarh to Anita and P. Khurrana, 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. He majored in English literature and has a master's degree in Mass Communication from the School of Communication Studies, Punjab University. 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. 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 and was invited to the 2017 Actors' Roundtable hosted by Rajeev Masand.
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. 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. 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 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, 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. 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 opposite Yami Gautam. The film marked actor John Abraham's debut as a producer. 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. 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". 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". 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.
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.
Khurrana was next seen in Rohan Sippy's Nautanki Saala 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". Nautanki Saala was released on 12 April 2013. The film managed to recover its production cost at the domestic box office, earning approx. ₹210 million (US$3.0 million).
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. 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". The following year, he played the role of scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade in the biopic Hawaizaada which also failed at the box office.
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. 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. However, despite the anticipation, the film received mixed reviews and was a commercial failure. 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.
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.
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 and a qualified M.A. in Hindi. 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. 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.  His son, Virajveer, was born on 2 January 2012 and his daughter, Varushka, was born on 21 April 2014.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|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|
|Dream Girl||Actor||2019||Laajwanti Khurrana/Lokesh Bisht||Filming|
|Bala (2019 film)||Actor||TBA||TBA||Filming|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Aap Se Milkar (Reprise)||Andhadhun||Amit Trivedi|
|Nain Na Jodeen||Badhaai Ho||Rochak Kohli|
|2015||Cracking The CODE - My Journey To Bollywood||Autobiographical Non-Fiction||co-written with wife Tahira Kashyap|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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- "Vicky Donor is a HIT". Indicine.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
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- "Winners of the 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards 2019". Filmfare. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
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- "City boy is MTV's most popular Roadie". The Tribune. 1 December 2004.
- "RJ Ayushmann of BIG 92.7 FM creates history: Wins Young Achievers Award". India PRwire. 1 May 2007.
- "Ayushmann Khurrana - Ayushmann Khurrana Biography". www.koimoi.com. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- "MTV launches Three Films". Telly Chakkar. 10 September 2008.
- "In conversation with the host- Ayushman and Nikhil". BuzzG.com. 30 June 2009.
- "Ayushmann to host Music Ka Mahamuqabla". Indya.com. 30 June 2009.
- "Max Unveils Mega Extra Innings T20 for IPL 2010". Zimbio.com. 10 March 2010.
- "Ayushmann Khurrana to host Superstar Buzz". Star Plus. 30 October 2010.
- "Ayushman's film debut". Indya.com. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- "I might cast a Kolkata girl: Shoojit Sircar". The Times of India. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
- "Vicky Donor is a HIT". Indicine.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
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- Malani, Gaurav. "Vicky Donor: Movie Review". The Times Of India. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Vicky Donor". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
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- "Box-Office Verdict 2013 | Box Office Collection of all 2013 Releases". Koimoi.com. 9 January 2015. Archived from the original on 3 August 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Tushar Joshi (14 March 2014). "Film Review: Bewakoofiyaan plays it too safe to rise above the ordinary | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". Dnaindia.com. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Bewakoofiyaan is a bland tale of yuppies. Bewakofiyaan floped at the box office". Hindustantimes.com. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- "Ayushmann plays a Marathi scientist in Bambai Fairytale". The Indian Express.
- "Ayushmann starrer Bambai Fairytale re-titled Hawaizaada". bollywoodhungama.com. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
- "First look: Ayushmann in Dum Laga Ke Haisha". filmfare.com. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
- "Watch: Parineeti Chopra sings and announces the title of her new film". CNN-IBN. 9 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- Hungama, Bollywood (30 May 2017). "Box Office: Understanding the economics of Yash Raj Films' Meri Pyaari Bindu - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "Bareilly Ki Barfi crosses 30 crore mark at the box office". Deccan Chronicle. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "'Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan' box-office collection fourth weekend: Ayushmann Khurrana-Bhumi Pednekar film collects Rs 41.50 crore in total - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "Ayushmann Khurrana has Burmese genes". Bollywood Hungama. 22 March 2017.
- "Ayushmann Khurrana's brother to make debut in Dangal".
- "Ayushmann My brother is more like Vicky: Ayushmann Khurrana". Times of India. 20 March 2014.
- "Ayushmann Khurrana: I had Rs 10,000 in my account when I got married". NDTV. 20 March 2014.
- "Why Ayushmann Khurrana's Wife Tahira Kashyap Is Trending".
- "It's a girl for Ayushmann Khurrana and wife Tahira!". The Times of India. 22 April 2014.
- "Ayushmann names his daughter Varushka". Filmfare. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- "Ayushmann Khurrana starrer 'Article 15' gets release date". Business Standard. 30 April 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (6 May 2019). "Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar and Yami Gautam... #Bala filming begins today... Costars Saurabh Shukla, Jaaved Jaaferi and Seema Pahwa... Directed by Amar Kaushik... Produced by Dinesh Vijan. #JioStudios: t.co/XGtrzhUNXq" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Mitti Di Khusboo new song by Ayushmann Khurrana". India Today.
- "YAHIN HOON MAIN Full Video Song | Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Rochak Kohli | T-Series".
- T-Series (28 June 2018), Official Video: Chan Kitthan Song | Ayushmann | Pranitha | Bhushan Kumar | Rochak | Kumaar, retrieved 4 July 2018
- "Ayushmann Khurrana's book is a cheat sheet for anyone with a dream". Hindustan Times.