Kunal Khemu

Kunal Khemu (born 25th May 1983) is an Indian film actor. He made his film debut with Sir as a child actor. His notable roles as an actor include the films Raja Hindustani (1996), Zakhm (1998), Kalyug (2005), Traffic Signal (2007), Dhol, Golmaal, 99 (2009), Go Goa Gone (2013) and Kalank (2019), Malang (film) (2019)

Kunal Khemu
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Kunal Khemu
Born (1983-05-25) 25 May 1983 (age 37)
OccupationActor
Years active2005-present
Spouse(s)
Soha Ali Khan (m. 2015)
Children1
Relatives

Early and personal lifeEdit

Kunal was born to actors Ravi and Jyoti Kemmu in a Kashmiri Pandit family in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.[1] He is an elder child to the couple and has a younger sister named Karishma Kemmu. He stayed in Mira Road area of Mumbai. He finished his schooling from N.L.Dalmia High School in Mira Road where as attended SVKM's Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics at Vile Parle for his further studies. He now lives in Khar, Mumbai.

His grandfather, Moti Lal Kemmu (original spelling of last name), is a Kashmiri playwright and a recipient of several awards by the government of Jammu and Kashmir: Rashtra Bhasa Prachar Samiti, Sahitya Akademi award in 1982 for his contribution to Kashmiri literature as a playwright and Padma Shri.[2]

 
Kunal with Soha Ali Khan.

Kunal was in a live-in relationship with actress Soha Ali Khan since May 2013.[3][4] The couple got engaged in July 2014 and got married in a private ceremony in Mumbai on 25 January 2015 in the presence of selected members of Soha's family.[5][6] Soha Ali Khan gave birth to their daughter Inaaya Naumi Khemu on 29 September 2017.

CareerEdit

Kunal made his debut as a child actor appearing in the Doordarshan TV series Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (1987), directed by Ved Rahi. He made his film debut with Mahesh Bhatt's movie Sir (film) (1993). He went on to star as a child artist in movies including Raja Hindustani, Zakhm, Bhai, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, and Dushman.

He played the male lead in the 2005 film Kalyug, which was directed by Mohit Suri.[7][8] Kalyug was based on the pornography industry. In 2007, his first release was Madhur Bhandarkar's Traffic Signal, where he played a street-smart money lender who lends money to poor families, but always gets it back with interest.

His second release of 2007 was Dhol in which he again played lead. In 2008, in his only release, Superstar, he featured in a double role. In 2009, he starred in Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge and Jai Veeru. In 2009, he appeared in the comic-thriller 99. In 2010, he appeared in Golmaal 3 in which he played a supporting role as Laxman.

In 2012, he appeared in Mukesh Bhatt's Blood Money, in which played the lead role as Kunal Kadam, an honest and hard worker who is unknowingly taken into the dark side of Diamond Trade by his Boss. He co-starred in Go Goa Gone, a Zombie comedy film, which was released on 10 May 2013. Both the films fared well at the box office.

In 2015, after over a two-year break, Kunal returned to the screen with the thriller Bhaag Johnny about a man who gets to live two lives by the help of a Jinn, portrayed by director Vikram Bhatt. Though the film began shooting in 2013, it released on 25 September 2015 to mixed reviews and low box office collections.[citation needed] His second release of the same year was the comedy film Guddu Ki Gun, in which Kunal appears in the title role along with Sumeet Vyas. In 2017, he did a voice over in an animated film Hanuman: Da' Damdaar in role of Lord Indra. He also appeared in the fourth installment of Golmaal (film series) named Golmaal Again reprising his famous role of Laxman Sharma. He portrayed a noteworthy negative character in Malang and gained critical acclaim for his role in Kalank .[9]

Zee5 team will go on the release the Abhay Season 2[10] in September 2020 and the streaming will be in October 2020. Kunal Khemu playing main role in this web series. This series directed by Ken Ghosh.

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Notes Ref.
1993 Sir Kunal Mahesh Bhatt Film Debut (Child Actor) [11][12]
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke Sunny [11][12]
1994 Naaraaz Sunny [12]
1996 Raja Hindustani Rajnikant Dharmesh Darshan [11][12]
Pratishwarika Shelved
1997 Tamanna Young Sajid Mahesh Bhatt [12]
Bhai Krishna Deepak Shivdasani [12]
1998 Zakhm Young Ajay Mahesh Bhatt Screen Award for Best Child Artist [11][13]
Dushman Bheem Bahadur Singh Tanuja Chandra
Angaaray Young Amar Mahesh Bhatt
2005 Kalyug Kunal P. Darr Mohit Suri Film Debut (Lead Actor)
2007 Traffic Signal Silsila Madhur Bhandarkar [14]
Dhol Gautam Sisodia (Goti) Priyadarshan [15]
Superstar Kunal Mehra / Karan Saxena (Twins) Rohit Jugraj Chauhan [16]
2009 Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge CA Anand Pawar Umesh Shukla [17]
Jai Veeru Veeru Puneet Sira [18]
99 Sachin Raj and D.K. [19]
2010 Golmaal 3 Laxman Sharma Rohit Shetty [20]
2012 Blood Money Kunal Kadam Vishal Mahadkar [21]
2013 Go Goa Gone Hardik Raj & D.K. [22]
2014 Mr Joe B. Carvalho Himself Samir Tewari Special Appearance [23]
2015 Bhaag Johnny Janardhan Arora (Johnny) Shivam Nair [24]
Guddu Ki Gun Gowardhan Prasad (Guddu) Shantanu Ray Chhibber
Sheershak Anand
[25]
2017 Hanuman: Da' Damdaar Lord Indra Ruchi Narain Voice Over [26]
Poster Boys Himself Shreyas Talpade Special Appearance
Golmaal Again Laxman Sharma Rohit Shetty [27]
2018 Simmba Himself Special Appearance [28]
2019 Kalank Abdul Khan Abhishek Varman [29]
2020 Malang Michael Rodriguez Mohit Suri [30]
Lootcase Nandan Kumar Rajesh Krishnan [31]
2021 Go Goa Gone 2 Hardik Raj & D.K. Announced [32]

Web SeriesEdit

Year Series Role Remark Aired On
2019 Abhay (TV series) SP Abhay Pratap Singh Web Debut Zee5
2020 Abhay (TV series Season 2) SP Abhay Pratap Singh Announced Zee5

TelevisionEdit

Year Series Remark Aired On
1987 Gul Gulshan Gulfaam TV Debut as a Child Actor (Age 4) Doordarshan
1989 Chitra Kathaien 1 Episode (Jhoot ka Aalam) Doordarshan

Short FilmEdit

Year Film Role Remark Aired On
2014 Haircut Himself Special Appearance YouTube

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Kashmiri Playwrights". Ikashmir.net. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Soha Ali khan: Living-in with Kunal Khemu is like being married". Movies.ndtv.com. 9 May 2013. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Spotted: Soha Ali Khan with beau Kunal Khemu". Mid-day.com. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Soha Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu get engaged". The Hindu. 24 July 2014. Archived from the original on 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Soha Ali Khan Marries Kunal Khemu, Saif-Kareena Play Hosts - NDTV Movies". Movies.ndtv.com. 25 January 2015. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ Subhash K Jha (21 December 2005). "Kunal Khemu: Child grows up". Sify. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Coming of age: Interview". Screen. 9 December 2005.
  9. ^ "Kunal Khemu does cameo in Mr Joe B. Carvalho | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | News". BollywoodHungama.com. 12 December 2013. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Abhay Season 2". webseriesreviews.com. 4 May 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d "From Aamir Khan to Urmila Matondkar, 10 child actors who made it big". Business Today. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "I feel underutilised as an actor". Outlook India. 29 February 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Award Winners". Screen. Archived from the original on 22 October 1999. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Kunal Khemu has made a comeback in Madhur Bhandarkar's Traffic Signal". Hindustan Times. 3 February 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Dhol". The Indian Express. 1 November 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Kunal Khemu starrer Superstar". Bollywood Hungama. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Dhoondte Reh Jaoge with Kunal Khemu & Soha Ali Khan". Sify. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  18. ^ "'Jai Veeru'; a 'humourous' saga of cops, crooks". Daily News and Analysis. 14 March 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Kunal Khemu releases music album of 99". Hindustan Times. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  20. ^ "I was the butt of many jokes on G3 sets". The Indian Express. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  21. ^ "My character in 'Blood Money' is relatable". The Indian Express. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  22. ^ "'Go Goa Gone' was once in a lifetime experience". The Indian Express. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  23. ^ "Kunal Khemu does cameo in Mr Joe B. Carvalho". Bollywood Hungama. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  24. ^ "Kunal Khemu back as lover boy with 'Bhaag Johnny'". Business Standard. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  25. ^ "Kunal Khemu's male organ to be main attraction in Guddu Ki Gun?". India Today. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  26. ^ "'Hanuman Da Damdaar': A modern retelling of Hanuman the great!". Business Standard. 3 June 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  27. ^ "Shooting for 'Golmaal Again' wrapped up". The New Indian Express. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  28. ^ "Simmba: Golmaal cast to make special appearance". Firstpost. 31 October 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  29. ^ "Played the part to the best of my ability". India TV. 25 April 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  30. ^ "Kunal Kemmu glad to reunite with Mohit Suri in 'Malang'". Gulf News. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  31. ^ "Lootcase starring Kunal Kemmu and Rasika Dugal". Republic World. 4 October 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  32. ^ "Go Goa Gone 2 officially announced". Firstpost. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.

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