Ishaan Khatter

Ishaan Khatter (born 1 November 1995) is an Indian actor who works in Hindi films. The son of actors Rajesh Khattar and Neelima Azeem, he made his first screen appearance as a child in the 2005 film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!, which starred his half-brother Shahid Kapoor.[1][2]

Ishaan Khatter
Ishaan Khatter in 2018 (cropped).jpg
Khatter at an event for Dhadak in 2018
Born (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 25)
Years active2017–present
Parent(s)Rajesh Khattar
Neelima Azeem
RelativesShahid Kapoor (half-brother)

Khatter had his first leading role in Majid Majidi's drama Beyond the Clouds (2017), in which his performance as a drug dealer won him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. His first commercial success came with the romantic drama Dhadak (2018), and he has since starred in the British miniseries A Suitable Boy (2020).

Early life and backgroundEdit

Khatter is the son of actors Neelima Azeem and Rajesh Khattar. His half-brother, Shahid Kapoor, is Azeem's son from her first marriage to actor Pankaj Kapur.[3][4] Khatter describes himself as someone who is proud of his middle class values.[5] He explains that he grew up in a household rich in culture, cinema, and the performing arts, and that he worked towards developing himself as an artiste.[5] Khatter was educated at Jamnabai Narsee School and Billabong High International School, Juhu in Mumbai.[6] He also studied dance at Shiamak Davar's academy.[7]

After making his first screen appearance as a child in the 2005 film Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!, starring Kapoor,[1] Khatter worked as an assistant director to Abhishek Chaubey on his film Udta Punjab (2016) and Danish Renzu on the independent film Half Widow (2017).[8]


Khatter's first acting role as an adult came with Beyond the Clouds (2017), directed by Majid Majidi, in which he played Amir, a drug dealer. It premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and was released theatrically in 2018.[9] Reviewing the film for The Hollywood Reporter, Deborah Young wrote that Khatter's "noteworthy screen charisma promises well for his future career".[10] He won the Best Actor award at the 5th International Bosphorous Film Festival and the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.[11][12]

Khatter next played the lead role in Shashank Khaitan's romantic drama Dhadak (2018), a remake of the Marathi film Sairat (2016), co-starring newcomer Janhvi Kapoor.[13][14] It tells the story of two young lovers in rural Rajasthan who face political opposition to their relationship due to caste discrimination. Uday Bhatia of Mint criticised Dhadak for lacking the depth of the original film, but found "a soulfulness to [Khatter] that's at odds with Hindi cinema's current penchant for bratty, hyperactive onscreen male personas".[15] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express too disliked the film, but labelled Khatter a "natural" performer and took note of his "mobile, expressive face".[16] With worldwide earnings of over 1.1 billion (US$15 million), Dhadak emerged as a commercial success.[17][18]

In 2020, Khatter starred in the British miniseries A Suitable Boy, Mira Nair's adaptation of Vikram Seth's novel of the same name, in which he was paired opposite Tabu.[19] It aired in six parts on BBC One.[20] He was drawn to the project due to its depiction of an older woman-young man romance, which he hoped would challenge social stigma of such relationships.[21] Hugo Rifkind of The Times found Khatter to be "suitably charismatic and dangerous" in his part.[22] The same year, he starred alongside Ananya Panday in the action film Khaali Peeli.

He will feature alongside Katrina Kaif and Siddhant Chaturvedi in the comedy horror film Phone Bhoot.[23][24] He has also committed to star as an army tank commander in the war film Pippa, about the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.[25]



  Film or show that is yet to be released
Year Film Role Notes
2005 Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi! Ishaan
2016 Udta Punjab Unnamed Cameo; also assistant director[26]
2017 Half Widow Assistant director[27]
Beyond the Clouds Amir
2018 Dhadak Madhukar Bagla
2020 Khaali Peeli Banda Blackie
2021 Phone Bhoot   TBA Filming[28]


Year Title Role Notes
2020 A Suitable Boy Maan Kapoor Miniseries; 6 episodes

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2017 International Bosphorous Film Festival Best Actor Beyond the Clouds Won [12]
2018 Screen Awards Best Male Debut Dhadak / Beyond the Clouds Won [29]
2019 Zee Cine Award Best Male Debut Dhadak / Beyond the Clouds Won [30]
Filmfare Award Best Male Debut Beyond the Clouds Won [31]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Debut of the Year – Male Dhadak Won [32]


  1. ^ a b "Dhadak: Janhvi Kapoor looks like mother Sridevi in debut film's 3 posters with Ishaan Khattar". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 15 November 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. ^ "SEE: Karan Johar unveils poster of Janhvi Kapoor's debut film Dhadak opposite Ishaan Khatter". India Today. Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ Ishan Khattar dances just like big brother Shahid Kapoor in video. Check it out Archived 8 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Hindustan Times, 7 Nov 2017.
  4. ^ Rajesh Khattar REACTS To Nepotism Allegations On Son Ishaan Archived 8 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine,, 18 Nov 2017.
  5. ^ a b I’m proud of my middle-class background, says Ishaan Khatter Archived 8 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine, Daily News and Analysis, 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Ishaan Khatter On Privilege, Peculiar Family Dynamics And The Quest For Acting Glory". Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Shiamak Davar proud of Dhadak star Ishaan Khattar". Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  8. ^ Mukherjee, Shreya (16 August 2018). "What mom Neelima Azeem told Ishaan Khatter: It's good to have fire in your belly". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  9. ^ "'Beyond The Clouds': London Review". Screen Daily. 15 October 2017. Archived from the original on 15 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  10. ^ "'Beyond the Clouds' ('Ansooy-e Abrha'): Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 22 January 2018. Archived from the original on 7 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Winners of the 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards 2019". Filmfare. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Ishaan Khatter wins Best Actor award at Turkish film fest for debut film Beyond The Clouds". Hindustan Times. 27 November 2017. Archived from the original on 14 May 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Dhadak first look: Janhvi Kapoor has Sridevi's charm and Ishaan Khatter is Bollywood's next chocolate boy". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Dhadak: Release date of Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khatter starrer postponed to 20 July". Firstpost. Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  15. ^ Bhatia, Uday (20 July 2018). "Film Review: Dhadak". Mint. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  16. ^ Gupta, Shubhra (20 July 2018). "Dhadak movie review: There is no 'dhak dhak' in this Janhvi Kapoor starrer". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 21 July 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  17. ^ "The Real Winner With Dhadak". Box Office India. 25 July 2018. Archived from the original on 25 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Box Office: Worldwide Collections and Day wise breakup of Dhadak". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  19. ^ Kotwani, Hiren (12 August 2019). "Ishaan Khatter, Tabu and Tanya Maniktala in Mira Nair's next, an adaptation of Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  20. ^ "Cast announced for BBC One's A Suitable Boy, the first screen adaptation of Vikram Seth's classic novel". BBC. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  21. ^ Ramasubramanian, Uma (28 July 2020). "Ishaan Khatter On A Suitable Boy: Can Bring A New Point Of View Through Art". Mid Day. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  22. ^ Rifkind, Hugo (31 July 2020). "A Suitable Boy review — Vikram Seth's Indian epic turns more soapy and domestic on screen". The Times. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Khaali Peeli first look: Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter cannot take their eyes off each other". India Today. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  24. ^ "Ishaan Khatter opens up about his film Phone Booth with Katrina Kaif and Siddhant Chaturvedi; says it's an absolute blast of a script". Bollywood Hungama. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  25. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (13 August 2020). "'A Suitable Boy' Star Ishaan Khatter Heads Cast of War Film 'Pippa'". Variety. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  26. ^ "Photos: Ishaan Khattar On The Set Of Udta Punjab". Business of Cinema. 18 June 2016. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  27. ^ Dedhia, Sonal (8 April 2018). "Ishaan Khatter: Not Dyslexic, But Often Felt Like Ishaan From Taare Zameen Par". Mid Day. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ishaan Khatter starrer 'Phone Bhoot' shoot begins". India TV News. 12 December 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  29. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2018 complete winners list: Alia Bhatt wins Best Actress, Rajkummar Rao and Ranveer Singh are Best Actors". Hindustan Times. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  30. ^ "Zee Cine Awards full winners list: Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone win big". India Today. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  31. ^ "Ranbir, Alia win big at 64th Filmfare Awards".
  32. ^ "IIFA 2019: Ranveer Singh Named Best Actor, Alia Bhatt Wins Best Actress Award".

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