Viraf Patel

Viraf Patel (born Viraf Phiroz Patel on 12 June 1980) is an Indian model and television actor. He was a sailor in the merchant navy between 1999 and 2004 and was titled as The Grasim Mr. India 2005. He is best known for his role in the Yashraj Teleseries, Mahi Way as Shiv, Adityaraj Merchant in another Yashraj production-Kismat, as Shreshth in Teri Meri Love Stories opposite Shilpa Anand and most recently as Mrityunjay in BBC's production for Life OK "Ek Boond Ishq". The 2010 Limca Softdrink Campaign [1] established Viraf as a formidable actor/face on the Indian advertising and celluloid space. He made his debut in Theatre with Vikram Kapadia's "Bombay Talkies" in 2012.

Viraf Phiroz Patel
Viraf Patel.jpg
Portrait of Viraf Patel
Born (1980-06-12) 12 June 1980 (age 41)
NationalityIndian
OccupationDJ, Anchor, Host, TV Endorser, Sailor, Actor, Model
Years active2005–present
Height188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Spouse(s)Saloni Khanna
Websitevirafpatel.com

Personal lifeEdit

Viraf was born and brought up in a Parsi Zoroastrian family in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Following encouragement from his brothers, he participated in Grasim Mister India Contest by Aditya Birla Group in 2005 and won the title of Grasim Mr India. He has two elder brothers. Viraf got engaged to Saloni Khanna on 20 February 2021[2][3][4] and tied a knot on 6 May 2021 [5][6][7]

CareerEdit

Viraf completed 5 years of sailing in the merchant navy, then won the personality pageant ’Grasim Mr. India 2005‘ [8] and has been in front of the camera since. Campaigns, ramp shows & music videos,[9] TV commercials (most notably the Limca 2010 one) & TV anchoring came post that.

Viraf has also been the face of the country’s then largest garment retail brand Pantaloon between 2005 ~09. On the ramp, he has walked for the most sought after designers on the most watched platforms like India Fashion week, Lakme Fashion week et al., right until he started work on his TV debut.

He started his acting career in one of India’s most successful television mini series, Mahi Way produced by Yashraj in 2010.[10]

He followed it up with another show with the Yashraj banner, called Kismat,[11] as the lead character of, Aditya Raj Merchant in 2011.

Viraf portrayed the role of a business man 'Shreshth' in the BBC telefilm 'Tere Meri Love Stories' opposite Shilpa Anand.

He played the role of Mrityunjay Singh Shekhawat in the life ok drama Ek Boondh Ishq, a BBC worldwide production and his first daily soap. The show ended on October 2014.[12]

In 2015 Viraf started work on Mahesh Bhatt's Naamkarann,[13] for the leading Hindi entertainment TV channel Star Plus, which eventually went on air went on air in Sept 2016.

Viraf was also seen playing a hot boss in the MTV series called BigF in April 2017.

He is also reported to be working on a documentary [14] he is producing and directing himself since 2013, based on daughters of sex workers.[15]

Viraf is working on few scripts and is learning screenwriting from Boman Irani at Spiral Bound[16]

He made his debut [17] on the digital space with 13 Mussoorie on Viu.[18]

TelevisionEdit

Year Show Role Channel Co-Star
2010 Mahi Way Shiv Deshraj Sony Entertainment Television (India) Pushtiie Shakti
2010 Rishta.com Arjun Khanna(cameo) Sony Entertainment Television (India) Shruti Seth
2011 Kismat [19][20] Aditya Raj Merchant[21] Sony Entertainment Television (India)[22] Khalida Turi
2012 Teri Meri Love Stories Shreshth Kashyap[23] Star Plus Shilpa Anand[24]
2013–2014 Ek Boond Ishq Mrityunjay Singh Shekhawat[25] Life OK Chhavi Pandey
2015 Hunnarbaaz Season 2 Host DD National
2016-2017 Naamkarann Ashish Mehta Star Plus Barkha Bisht
2017 MTV Big F S2E06 [26] Samrat S.[27] MTV Charu Mehra
2018 Showbiz with Vahbiz E09 Guest Indian Wiki Media Freddy Daruwala
2018 13 Mussoorie Rishi Pant Viu Shriya Pilgaonkar[28]
2018 Laal Ishq E38 [29] Amar &TV Debina Bonnerjee
2019 Flip E03 - "Massage" [30] Navzar Eros Now[31] Sandeepa Dhar
2019 Heartbreak Hotel E01 - "Phenomenal" [32] Vikram Sony Liv[33] Saloni Khanna
2019 The Verdict - State vs Nanavati Prem Bhagwandas Ahuja ALTBalaji and ZEE5 Elli AvrRam
2020 Taish Shozi ZEE5 Pulkit Samrat

FilmographyEdit

Year Movie Role Language Notes
2011 Mummy Punjabi Arjun Arora Hindi Debut
2017 Hanuman: Da' Damdaar Lord Vishnu Hindi Voice
2021 Koi Jaane Na Vicky Singhania Hindi

AdvertisementsEdit

Year Brand Director
2006 Planet Sports Sameer Puri
2006 onegramoflatex Vishal Suchak
2006. TVS Apache Marco Kalantri.
2006 Maruti Alto Amit Sharma
2006 Sony Handycam Prahlad Kakkar
2008 Sony Bravia N/A
2009 V-Guard pump
2009 ICICI Mutual Funds Amit Sharma
2010 Limca [34] Vinil Matthew [35]
2011 Chik Shampoo Pradeep Sarkar
2011 Bank Of India,Home Loans Shivendra Singh
2013 Vento Volkswagen Shivendra Singh [36]
2015 Indica Easy Hair Colour Ice Media Lawrance
2015 Mine Diamonds Bhanuprakash A V
2016 TVS Victor [37] Abhijit Chaudhuri [38]
2016 Britannia Nutrichoice Oat Cookies Kamlesh Pandey
2016 Wild Stone Deo Vivek Kakkad
2016 Grand Mills Chakki Fresh Atta Aatish Dabral
2017 Coolpad Note 5 Robbie Grewal
2017 Wheel 2 in 1 Hemant Bhandari
2017 Saffola Masala Oats
2018 NetMeds.com Aatish Dabral
2018 Sufi Banaspati and Cooking Oil [39] Shwetabh Varma
2018 Philips Ceiling Secure Downlight [40]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ https://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/bollywood/viraf-patel-gets-engaged-actress-saloni-khanna/
  3. ^ "POPULAR TV Actor Viraf Patel Engaged to Girlfriend Saloni Khanna". 24 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Yahoo Search - Web Search".
  5. ^ "Congrats! 'Naamkarann' Actor Viraf Patel to Marry His Fiancée Saloni Khanna on THIS Date". 6 May 2021.
  6. ^ VIRAF weds SALONI I THE COVID LOVE STORY, retrieved 6 May 2021
  7. ^ "Viraf Patel ties the knot with Saloni Khanna, gives her a rubber band instead of wedding ring". The Indian Express. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Mr. India: Adonis with brains!". www.rediff.com. 2 February 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Meet Viraf 'Gentleman 2.0' Phiroz". www.ciol.com. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Mahi Way clicked because of the woman power involved : Viraf Phiroz Patel". www.tellychakkar.com. 5 June 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Kismat is for the family audience : Viraf Phiroz Patel". www.tellychakkar.com. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Viraf's special surprise for the crew of Ek Boond Ishq". www.tellychakkar.com. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Viraf Phiroz Patel to play the lead in Mahesh Bhatt's biopic on Star Plus". www.tellychakkar.com. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
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  15. ^ "Viraf Patel busy at Kamathipura". www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  16. ^ "'Three things that COVID-19 pandemic gave me' - TV actor Viraf Patell". 18 March 2021.
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  18. ^ "Viraf Patel replaces Harman Singha in Viu's next series". www.indianexpress.com. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
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  22. ^ "Sony TV confirms launch of two new YRF shows". www.bizasialive.com. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  23. ^ "Shilpa Anand & Viraf Phiroz in STAR Plus' Teri Meri Love Stories!". www.adgully.com. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  24. ^ "Shilpa Anand to romance Viraf Phiroz in Star Plus' telefilm". www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Viraf Patel is excited to be back on small screen with Life OK's Ek Boond Ishq". www.tellychakkar.com. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  26. ^ "Big F to deal with the issue of sexual harassment". www.tellychakkar.com. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  27. ^ "It's time people celebrate women for their strengths: Viraf Patel". www.timesnownews.com. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  28. ^ "I was shy performing romantic scenes for 13 Mussorie: Viraf Phiroz Patel". www.tellychakkar.com. 23 September 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  29. ^ "Debina bonnerjee, Viraf patel and Sheena Shahabadi in & TV's Laal Ishq". www.tellychakkar.com. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  30. ^ "Full marks to creator Bejoy Nambiar for Flip: Viraf Phiroz Patel". www.iwmbuzz.com. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
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  37. ^ "TVS Victor showcases features with a song, brings smiles to a family". www.campaignindia.in. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  38. ^ "TVS Victor rides on comfort". www.bestmediainfo.com. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  39. ^ "Viraf Phiroz Patel talks about his Turkish short film". www.iwmbuzz.com. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  40. ^ "Philips Ceiling Secure downlighter's new ad campaign promotes easy 'Twist and Fit' technology". www.brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com/. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.

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