Paras Kalnawat (born 9 November 1996) is an Indian model and actor best known for portraying Sanjay Singh Ahlawat in Meri Durga, Faraz Sheikh in Ishq Aaj Kal, and Samar Shah in Anupamaa.

Paras Kalnawat
Kalnawat in 2024
Paras Bhushan Kalnawat

(1996-11-09) 9 November 1996 (age 27)
Alma materS.K. Somaiya College, Mumbai
  • Model
  • Actor
Years active2017–present
Known forMeri Durga
Ishq Aaj Kal

Early and personal life


Kalnawat, belonging to a Brahmin family, was born on 9 November 1996,[1] to a Nagpur-based businessman Bhushan Kalnawat and Anita Kalnawat in Bhandara, a district near Nagpur.[2] He has an elder sister named Pragati Kalnawat Sharma.[3]

He completed his schooling from a local school in Nagpur,[4] and later joined S. K. Somaiya College to earn his Bachelor of Commerce degree. Later, he moved to Mumbai in 2014 to become an actor and completed his dance diploma from Terence Lewis Dance Academy.[5] He also took formal training in acting from Barry John's Acting Classes.[6]

In 2021, Kalnawat revealed that he is in a serious relationship with someone outside the entertainment industry.[7]

On 27 March 2021, while shooting for Anupamaa, he received the news of his father's sudden demise due to heart attack.[8]

In November 2022, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with Spondylitis during his stint on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10.[9]



Modelling and early work (2016–2020)


Kalnawat began his career with modelling in 2016,[10] and later started his acting career in 2017 by appearing in an episodic role as Dhruv in Aye Zindagi. In July 2017, he made his television debut opposite Srishti Jain in Meri Durga on StarPlus, where he portrayed the lead role of Sanjay Singh Ahlawat until the show went off-air in March 2018.[11]

In May 2018, he was cast to play Rehaan Thakur opposite Priyanka Kandwal in Mariam Khan - Reporting Live by StarPlus, however, he quit the show in September 2018 due to some personal reasons.[12] Later in the same year he portrayed episodic roles in Kaun Hai? and Laal Ishq.

In 2019, he made his digital debut by portraying Shivam Noon in ALT Balaji's Dil Hi Toh Hai 2 opposite Palak Purswani. He went on to play the antihero Faraz Sheikh in Ishq Aaj Kal alongside Ankitta Sharma, Angad Hasija, and Puneett Chouksey in the same year,[13] and reprised his role as Shivam in Dil Hi Toh Hai 3 opposite Poulomi Das in early 2020.

Breakthrough and recognition (2020–2022)


In March 2020, he signed on to portray the role of Samar Shah in Anupamaa opposite Anagha Bhosale and Alma Hussein.[14] It turned out to be a turning point in his career as he became a household name as Samar due to the show's immediate success.[15]

He subsequently appeared in various music videos, including Tere Naal Rehna, Akhaa Vich, Khumariyaan, Yaar Ki Mehfil, and Baadal Barse.

In July 2022, he announced his participation in the dance-based reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10.[16] However, this led to the termination of his three-year-long contract by Rajan Shahi, Anupamaa's producer, who termed the actor unprofessional because the show was scheduled to air on the rival channel Colors TV.[17] Kalnawat revealed that he had already informed the makers about this conflict and they had asked him to choose between both shows. He chose Jhalak for his career growth, claiming his ouster to be a PR tactic in support of his former co-actor Anagha's allegations of set politics by the makers.[18] He later revealed many dark secrets of the production house.[19][20] He also confirmed that he would be paired up with choreographer Shweta Sharda for the reality show.[21] On 6 November 2022, he was eliminated in the season's first double elimination, finishing in 10th place.[22][23]

Further work (2023–present)


Since March 2023, he has been portraying Rajveer Arora Luthra opposite Sana Sayyad and later on opposite Adrija Roy in Zee TV's Kundali Bhagya.[24]

In March 2024, Kalnawat was a part of Pocket FM's audio series called Secret Ameerzada (Season 2) as Ahaan Raizada alongside Bhumika Gurung.[25]




Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Aye Zindagi Dhruv Episode 16
2017–2018 Meri Durga Sanjay Singh "SP/Prince" Ahlawat [26]
2018 Mariam Khan - Reporting Live Rehaan Thakur
Kaun Hai? Kunwar Ratan Pratap Singh Rathore Episode: "The Heir of Dhawalgarh"
2019 Laal Ishq Kabir Episode: "Khooni Wig"
Mannu Mittal Episode: "Mayavi Shev" [27]
2020–2022 Anupamaa Samar Shah Nominated– Gold Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role [28]
2022 Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Guest appearance
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 Contestant 10th place [29]
2023–present Kundali Bhagya Rajveer "Rudraksh" Arora Luthra [30]
2024 Kumkum Bhagya Guest appearance

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019–2020 Dil Hi Toh Hai Shivam "Shivi" Noon Seasons 2-3 [citation needed]
2019 Ishq Aaj Kal Faraz Sheikh [31]
2023 Butterflies Neeraj Season 4, Episode 3: "Kebab Mein Haddi" [citation needed]

Audio series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2024 Secret Ameerzada Ahaan Raizada Season 2

Music videos

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2020 Tere Naal Rehna Jeet Gannguli, Jyotica Tangri [32]
2021 Akhaa Vich Sonu Kakkar [33]
Ladki Star Hai Himani Bairwa [citation needed]
Dil Nu Dildaar Yasser Desai [34]
Khumariyaan Raj Barman, Samira Koppikar [35]
Sun Yaara Rahat Fateh Ali Khan [citation needed]
2022 Tum Subah Tum Shab Mohammad Danish, Sarodee Bora [36]
Yaar Ki Mehfil Stebin Ben [37][38]
Humnashi Palak Muchhal, Ashok Ojha [citation needed]
Baadal Barse Yasser Desai [citation needed]
2023 Zariya Tu Romy [citation needed]
Gallan Mithiyan Anmol Daniel [39]
2024 Imaan Tu Ankit Tiwari [citation needed]
O Rangreza Sonu Kakkar [citation needed]
Dheere Dheere Payal Dev, Aditya Dev [40]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2022 14th Gold Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anupamaa Nominated [41]
Most Stylish Actor


  1. ^ "Paras Kalnawat celebrates 26th birthday with Anupamaa family and friends". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  2. ^ Trivedi, Tanvi. ""Like my onscreen mother I'm close to my mother in real life too", Paras Kalnawat on portraying Samar in Anupamaa". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  3. ^ "Paras Kalnawat opens up about his sister's sacrifices on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Jhalak's Paras Kalnawat misses his dad while visiting hometown Nagpur after years, writes, "The city won't feel the same without Papa's presence"". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10: Paras Kalnawat reveals how Terence Lewis has been a guiding force in his career; says, "Looked back just to see how far I've come"". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 October 2022.
  6. ^ "Taking inspiration from Sidharth Malhotra to participating in JDJ 10: All about Paras Kalnawat". Pinkvilla. 19 October 2022. Archived from the original on 28 May 2023. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  7. ^ Wadhwa, Akash. "Exclusive: I'm dating someone and we are very serious about each other, says Paras Kalnawat". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 March 2021.
  8. ^ MumbaiMarch 27, Vishal Sharma (27 March 2021). "Anupamaa actor Paras Kalnawat's father dies of massive heart attack". India Today. Retrieved 13 August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10: Evicted Paras Kalnawat REVEALS he was on pills during the show- EXCLUSIVE". Pinkvilla. 7 November 2022. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  10. ^ "Jhalak DIkhhla Jaa 10's Paras Kalnawat on his body transformation; says 'Everyone make an effort to body shame and ridicule you'". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 October 2022.
  11. ^ "Rupali Ganguly To Gaurav Khanna; How Anupamaa's Star Cast Has Transformed Since Their Debut Shows". The Times of India. August 2022. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  12. ^ "Paras Kalnawat pens down an emotional goodbye post for his entire team of Mariam Khan - Reporting Live; see pic - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  13. ^ "'Bigg Boss 12' fame Roshmi Banik to make acting debut with 'Ishq Subhan Allah' spin-off; Paras Kalnawat & Ankitta Sharma finalised as leads?". ABP Live. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2024.
  14. ^ Trivedi, Tanvi. "Paras Kalnawat aka Anupamaa's Samar speaks up about his role and love track in show". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  15. ^ Trivedi, Tanvi. "I left a big show like Anupamaa to move on to another big show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa... I am focussed on it now: Paras Kalnawat". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  16. ^ Maheshwri, Neha. "I believe I made the right decision & I'm very happy with where I'm right now: Paras Kalnawat on his journey from Anupamaa to Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  17. ^ "Anupamaa makers terminate Paras Kalnawat's contract after he signs up Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10, actor responds". The Indian Express. 26 July 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  18. ^ "Exclusive!Paras Kalnawat Calls His Ouster from Anupamaa 'PR Tactic', Reveals Rupali Ganguly Didn't Even Contact Him". 29 July 2022. Retrieved 1 October 2022.
  19. ^ "Exclusive Interview! "Dark & Shady Things Happened With Me", Paras Kalnawat bares it all". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  20. ^ "Anupamaa makers said I can't do Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 because it's on rival channel". Pinkvilla. 27 July 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  21. ^ "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 EXCLUSIVE: Paras Kalnawat will dance to the tunes of choreographer Shweta Sharda while Rubina Dilaik and Sanam Johar pair-up to perform some sizzling dance moves!". Pinkvilla Telly. 25 August 2022. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  22. ^ "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10: Amruta Khanvilkar and Paras Kalnawat call their elimination 'painful'". Pinkvilla. 7 November 2022. Archived from the original on 7 November 2022. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  23. ^ "Amruta Khanvilkar gets eliminated from Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10 along with Paras Kalnawat, fans call makers unfair over her exit". The Indian Express. 7 November 2022. Retrieved 7 November 2022.
  24. ^ "The 20-year leap will contribute to the freshness in Kundali Bhagya: Paras Kalnawat". The Times of India. 16 March 2023. Retrieved 16 March 2023.
  25. ^ "Anupamaa Fame Paras Kalnawat Joins Bhumika Gurung For Secret Ameerzada". Times Now News. 20 March 2024. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  26. ^ "Model Paras Kalnawat to make his acting debut with Meri Durga - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  27. ^ "&TV's Laal Ishq brings forth another story that depicts a testament of time and love". The Tribune. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  28. ^ Trivedi, Tanvi. ""My character was just reduced to being a family member in background with nothing to do anything and it never evolved" says Paras Kalnawat clearing the rumours about being kicked off from Anupamaa and reveals he himself quitted the series". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  29. ^ ""I want audience to watch the first episode of Jhalak to know me better", Paras Kalnawat on his reality stint through Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 10". Pinkvilla. 8 August 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  30. ^ "Kundali Bhagya Promo: Paras Kalnawat, Sana Sayyed and Baseer Ali join, 4 things to expect after 20-year-leap". Pinkvilla. 14 March 2023. Retrieved 14 March 2023.
  31. ^ "Zee5 premieres Ishq Aaj Kal, a first of its kind television spin-off on OTT featuring Ankitta Sharma, Angad Hasija and Paras Kalnawat". Zee News. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  32. ^ "Paras Kalnawat, currently seen as Samar in Star Plus' Anupamaa, makes his debut in a music video titled Tere Naal Rehna. He talks about it & more". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  33. ^ "Hindi Song Music Video - 'Akhaa Vich' Sung By Sonu Kakkar". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  34. ^ "Latest Hindi Song - 'Dil Nu Dildaar' Sung By Yasser Desai". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  35. ^ "Khumariyaan song: पारस कलनावत के रोमांटिक अंदाज पर फैंस फिदा". Prabhat Khabar (in Hindi). 19 November 2021. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  36. ^ "क्या नंदिनी को छोड़ इस लड़की को डेट करने लगा अनुपमा का बेटा समर! देखें Video". Zee News (in Hindi). Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  37. ^ "अशनूर कौर, अनुज सैनी, पारस कलनावत का गाना यार की महफिल हुआ रिलीज". दैनिक भास्कर हिंदी (in Hindi). 15 February 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  38. ^ "Paras Kalnawat, Ashnoor Kaur and Anuj Saini talks about their new music video Yaar Ki Mehfil". ABP LIVE. 18 February 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  39. ^ "Paras Kalnawat and Karishma Sharma feature in a brand new single 'Gallan Mithiya'". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  40. ^ "Dheere Dheere Song Out: Mannara Chopra-Paras Kalnawat's Romantic Track Is All About Falling In Love With Time". Times Now News. Retrieved 27 June 2024.
  41. ^ "14th Boroplus Gold Awards, 2022: Check Out The List Of Nominees". Gold Awards. Retrieved 13 August 2022.