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Varun Sood (VJ)

Varun Sood (born 1 April 1995) is an Indian VJ and television personality. He is best known for participating in two youth shows MTV Roadies X2 and MTV Splitsvilla 9.[2] Varun made his debut as a VJ by hosting NBA Slam alongside Rannvijay Singha.[5]

Varun Sood
Born 1 April 1995 (1995-04) (age 23)[1]
Kolkata, West Bengal, India[2]
Alma mater Army Public School, Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University[3]
Occupation VJ, television personality
Home town Delhi, India[2]
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Parent(s) Brig. Vineet Sood, Anjali Sood [4]
Relatives Akshita Sood
Vedika Sood

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Early lifeEdit

Varun was born in Kolkata at the Belle Vue Clinic.[2] He attended 7 different schools; Dalhousie public school, Army public school Willington, Naval public school, Home schooling (Mowh), Army public school Kolkata and finished his schooling at Army Public School[2] Dhaula Kuan. He graduated with BCom Hons at Sri Venkateswara college, Delhi University.[3] Also a sport enthusiast, he has successfully been engaged in basketball at school and university. Varun has also been a former Indian national basketball player.[6] The fan heartthrob was not always this fit but basketball paved the way for him. He said, "From a fat under confident Varun to a fitter confident Varun, basketball had a huge role to play."[7] He was supposed to join the Indian Army like his father and grandfather but after Roadies X2, he found his footing. When he was in third year of college, he participated in Splitsvilla 9 and emerged as a runner up.[2]

CareerEdit

TV showsEdit

Varun Sood wants to walk in the path of Rannvijay Singha "I have always been inspired by him and wanted to be like him. I wanted to have a life like him. Not only his career, but also the way he is with his family and friends. Rannvijay and I have a common interest in basketball and so we play and watch a lot of videos on YouTube."[2]

He participated in his second reality show MTV Splitsvilla 9. "In Splitsvilla, there’s a misconception that you have to give gaalis and fight to stay in the competition and survive on the show. I wanted to change the misconception.. I wanted to show that I could be who I am and yet survive."[2] He emerged as the runners up after reaching the finals. Varun wants to stay with the youth and inspire them, "I am with MTV India now. I will be working as a VJ. I will soon start Campus Diaries, where I will travel to colleges across the country. I want to stay in the youth show category. Then, let’s see, I want to try for movies too."[2]

Varun Sood has hosted 3 episodes of NBA Slam along with Rannvijay Singha.[8][9][10]

He made his acting debut in an episodic with MTV Big F season 2.[11] On 6 January 2018, it was announced that Varun would be hosting UCypher, India's first multi-platform eSports league along with actress Ayesha Adlakha [12] which would go on air on 19 January 2018 [13]

Other worksEdit

Varun Sood was one of the fashion and lifestyle social influencers from the world representing India at Singapore for Digital Fashion Week 2015, where they hold fashion talks, meet fans and runways walks.[14] "Sood is used to a nomadic way of life because of his father, whose job as an officer with the Indian Army takes the family from place to place. No wonder he has a passion for travelling, fashion and adventure sports!"[14]

Varun has also represented brands like Koovs and Van Heusen.[7] He walked the ramp for Roadies VDot Collection[15][16][7] and was the show-stopper for the launch of Roadies Bottom Wear collection.[17]

He is also a part of Squadrann, a lifestyle Web series started by Rannvijay Singha. Prince Narula, Harman Singha, Vicky Arora, Dishank Arora, Archis Partil, Gurmeet Singh Rehal and Jay Bodas are also a part of this adventurous show [18][19]

Along with several celebrities like Farah Khan, Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Bharti Singh etc., Varun too was a part of the MTV India campaign #IAmFlawsome that urges youngsters to come out, be their real self and embrace their flaws.[20] The campaign gained immense momentum within 24 hours and the industry stalwarts started coming out in support of the campaign. "As a child I was often bullied because I was a fat kid. If I would have been affected by what others thought about me, I wouldn’t be where I am now. Nobody is perfect. I have the freedom to flaunt my flaws. #IAmFlawsome" Varun Sood said.[20][21][22][23]

Varun has also been part of HE Deodorant's digital campaign to celebrate International Men’s Day, encouraging all men to come forward and wear their ‘Bro Code’ on their sleeves.[24][25]

Personal lifeEdit

Sood first met Martina Tharyian during MTV Roadies (season 12) in 2015 where they both were in the same gang. Fans loved their chemistry instantly and called them a couple while both of them maintained that they were just friends.[26]

They appeared on-screen again in May 2016 for MTV Splitsvilla 9 where they both were called a power couple and the entertainment media and fans dubbed the couple Vartina.[27] In September 2016 rumor surrounded stating that Martina was cheating on Varun but they both tweeted stating that they had broken up on cordial terms but still remained friends.[28][29]

In May 2017, Varun was rumored to be dating his fellow MTV VJ Benafsha Soonawalla.[30][31]

TelevisionEdit

Year(s) Show Channel Role Notes Ref(s)
2015 MTV Roadies X2 MTV India Contestant Episodes 1-15 [32]
2016 MTV Splitsvilla 9 MTV India Contestant Episodes 1-21 [32]
2016 NBA Slam Sony SIX Sony ESPN Host 3 Episodes [33][6][10]
2017 MTV Campus Diaries MTV India Host - [32]
2017 MTV Big F MTV India Daljeet Brar Episodic; Season 2 Episode 2 [34]
2018 U Cypher MTV India Host Season 1(35 Episodes) [35][36]
2018 Box Cricket League MTV India Himself Season 3 [37][38]
2018 MTV Troll Police MTV India Himself Episode 2 and 8 [39][40]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The 21-year old was hard to beat in any challenge throughout the show and never failed to impress us". Times Of India. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Teen throb Varun Sood talks Calcutta & Pokemon Go, Martina & Rannvijay, basketball and youtube". The Telegraph. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "I was studying BCom at Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University, when I was selected for Roadies X2". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Vineet Sood, Anjali Sood". Splitsvilla 9EntertainmentAtoZ. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "The first episode will feature Bollywood actor and VJ Rannvijay Singha engaging in a humorous face-off with celebrity guest Varun Sood". www.televisionpost.com. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "former Indian national basketball players and hardcore NBA fans". india.nba.com. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c "engaged in basketball at school and university". www.digitalfashionweek.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "The first episode will feature Bollywood actor and VJ Rannvijay Singha engaging in a humorous face-off with celebrity guest Varun Sood". www.televisionpost.com. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "NBA Slam Is Here!". india.nba.com. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "NBA Slam: Episode 5 – The Horford-Aldridge Conundrum". india.nba.com. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Varun Sood learns a new sport for MTV Big F Season 2". Times of India. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Varun Sood, Ayesha Adlakha to host eSports league UCypher". Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "Ronnie Screwvala's eSports league UCypher to hit the screens soon". Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  14. ^ a b "The Fashion World According To Global Influencers". Elle. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "Get Your Roadie Attitude On with new Roadies Collection by VDOT Roadies VDot Collection Launch". www.theshopaholic-diaries.com. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Roadies inspired fashion collection launched". Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Viacom18 Consumer Products launches Roadies Bottomwear in association with Beevee". www.exchange4media.mobi. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  18. ^ "Rannvijay Singh Singha on style, Snapchat and Squadrann..." The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Squad Rann: Ranvijay Singh and his Team on Tv Show". www.boxofficebull.com. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "Awesome yet beautifully flawed in so many ways - MTV's #IamFlawsome". FirstPost. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Bharti Singh, Abhay Deol, Varun Sood, Yuvraaj Thakur, Martina Thariyan reveal why despite having flaws, they still are awesome!". huntnews.in. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "Varun, Martina, Yuvraj share their flaws!". www.tellychakkar.com. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "#IAmFlawsome: Bharti Singh, Abhay Deol & others reveal how despite having flaws, they still are awesome!". www.pinkvilla.com. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  24. ^ "HE Deodorant celebrates International Men's Day 2016 with the 'Bro Code'". www.exchange4media.mobi. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  25. ^ "HE Deodorant Celebrates International Men's Day With #Brocode". adageindia.in. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  26. ^ "Martina and I are close since Roadies X2". Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  27. ^ "6 times vartina from splitsvilla 9 showed us how to love". MTV India. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  28. ^ "This Popular Reality TV Couple Just Broke Up & It Was Fairly Dramatic!". www.missmalini.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  29. ^ "OMG! Martina Thariyan ditched Varun Sood to date THIS guy post MTV Splitsvilla season 9 finale!". www.india.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  30. ^ "Is Something Brewing Between Varun Sood And This Ex-Roadie?". www.missmalini.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  31. ^ "Hot photos: Ex-roadies contestant Benafsha Soonawalla is killing with her stunning looks". www.inuth.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017. 
  32. ^ a b c "With two youth shows on MTV — Roadies X2 and Splitsvilla 9". 26 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  33. ^ "NBA Slam Is Here!". india.nba.com. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  34. ^ "Varun Sood learns a new sport for MTV Big F Season 2". Times of India. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  35. ^ "Varun Sood, Ayesha Adlakha to host eSports league UCypher". Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  36. ^ "UCypher, one of India's biggest esports phenomenon that launches on January 19 on MTV". Retrieved 19 January 2018. 
  37. ^ "Box Cricket League 2018". Retrieved 6 March 2018. 
  38. ^ "This year's lineup boasted of all the top names, from youth stars like Karan Wahi, Varun Sood, Abhishek Verma". Retrieved 16 March 2018. 
  39. ^ "Troll faces Malishka's wrath on Voot". Retrieved 4 March 2018. 
  40. ^ "Inspiring Jwala champions her troll!". Retrieved 4 March 2018.