Zain Imam is an Indian actor. He is known for his portrayal of Neil Khanna in Star Plus's Naamkarann, Yuvraj Luthra in Zee TV's Tashan-E-Ishq and participation in Colors TV's Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9. He is currently playing the character Agastya Raichand in Fanaa: Ishq Mein Marjawan.

Zain Imam
Zain Imam in 2018 (cropped) 2.jpg
Imam in 2018
Born18 May[1]
  • Actor
  • Model
Years active2014–present
Known for


Imam studied MBA from Amity International Business School.[1]


2014–2017: Early acting career and successEdit

Imam started his career as a model, working for agencies such as Aldo Group, and also did few TV commercials before debuting in Hindi television.[1] His first work as an actor came with MTV India television series Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan where he played Abhimanyu Thakkar.[2]

From 2015 to 2016, he played a grey-shaded character of Yuvraj Luthra in Zee TV's love triangle Tashan-e-Ishq.[3][4][5] The show proved a breakout for him, he won the Gold Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role.[6]

Then, he was cast as Abir Dharmadhikari, new male lead of Zee TV's Yeh Vaada Raha when it took a large leap, from October 2016 to January 2017.[7]

2017–2021: Establishment and other projectsEdit

Imam got his biggest success when he was introduced as ACP Neil Khanna in StarPlus's drama Naamkarann with Aditi Rathore after a generation leap.[8] The show wrapped up in May 2018.[citation needed]

After doing an episodic in &TV's Laal Ishq with Mahhi Vij, Imam entered the popular StarPlus series Ishqbaaaz as Mohit Malhotra, a full-fledged antagonist in September 2018.[9][10]

Venturing into reality shows, Imam next participated in the adventure stunt-based series Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 in 2019 where his place was 9th.[11]

His subsequent fictional role as Kabir Mittal, a former army officer in StarPlus' mystery revenge drama Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna failed to impress audience.[12]

He was next seen in 2020 in the music video Tanhaai by Tulsi Kumar under T-Series.[13]

In 2021, Imam progressed into digital platform with the web series Crashh co-starring Rohan Mehra, Kunj Anand, Aditi Sharma and Anushka Sen.[14]

2022–present: Television comebackEdit

Imam returned to television after a long break of 3 years with his role of Agastya Raichand, the main protagonist in Gul Khan production Fanaa: Ishq Mein Marjawan on Colors TV opposite Reem Shaikh. His chemistry with the co star is highly appreciated amongst the masses.[15][16]


He was ranked fifth in Times of India's Top 20 Most Desirable Men on Indian Television 2018.[17]



Year Title Role
2014–15 Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan Abhimanyu Thakkar
2015–16 Tashan-e-Ishq Yuvraj Luthra
2016–17 Yeh Vaada Raha Abir Dharmadhikari
2017–18 Naamkarann ACP Neil Khanna
2018 Laal Ishq Arjun Singh
Ishqbaaaz Mohit Malhotra
2019 Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 Contestant
Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna Kabir Mittal
2022–present Fanaa: Ishq Mein Marjawan Agastya Raichand

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role
2020 Never Kiss Your Bestfriend - Lockdown Special Zayed
Poison 2[18] Harshvardhan Oberoi
2021 Crashh Dr. Rishabh Sachdeva

Music videosEdit

Year Title Singer(s) Label Ref.
2019 Yaara 2 Mamta Sharma One Music Originals [19]
2020 Yaariyan
Tanhaai Tulsi Kumar T-Series [20]
2021 Mujhko Mana Lena Alka Yagnik, Ashok Ojha Saregama [21]
Ishqiya Shubham Singh Rajput Zee Music Company [22]
Promise Ayaana Khan [23]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Show Result Reference
2016 Gold Awards Best Actor In Negative Role (Critics) Tashan-e-Ishq Won [24]
2017 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Popular) Naamkarann Nominated [25]
2018 Nominated [26]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Happy Birthday Zain Imam—7 Facts You Must Know About The Birthday Boy!". Filmibeat. 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Zain Imam: If you aren't talented, you can't survive competition". Times of India. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  3. ^ Chitransh, Tanisha (16 December 2020). "Actor Zain Imam completes 6 successful years on Indian Television: top reasons why fans adore him!". Tellyexpress.
  4. ^ "Five shades of grey for Zain in Tashan-E-Ishq". Times of India. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  5. ^ "PICS: Zain Imam's new look in Tashan-E-Ishq". Times of India. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  6. ^ "'Tashan-E-Ishq' to end on September 16". Times of India. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Zain Imam finalized to play lead in Zee TV's Yeh Vaada Raha". Tellychakkar. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Zain Imam wants to marry his Naamkarann co-star Aditi Rathore. Here's what he said".
  9. ^ "Zain Imam and Mahhi Vij roped in for &TV's Laal Ishq". IWMBuzz. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Zain Imam's entry confirmed in 'Ishqbaaaz'". BizAsia. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Zain Imam on his preparation for Khatron Ke Khiladi: I am working a lot on my strength". The Indian Express. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  12. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Zain Imam on his character in Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna, being secure as an actor & web series". Pinkvilla.
  13. ^ "Tulsi Kumar's Rock-Ballad Tanhaai Is Out Now". Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  14. ^ Barve, Ameya (24 December 2020). "First look of 'Crashh': Saga of sibling love and pain of being separated". Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Zain Imam to play the anti-hero in Dipti Kalwani's Fanaa, Akshit Sukhija and Reem Shaikh join the cast too". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Zain Imam and Reem Shaikh start shooting for Gul Khan's next". 15 December 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Meet television's most desirable dudes". The Times of India.
  18. ^ "I enjoy playing dark characters without any apprehension: Zain Imam". Hindustan Times. 11 February 2022.
  19. ^ "I hope a vaccine is found soon, and everyone's life goes back to normal". Hindustan Times. 5 June 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "Music Video - 'Tanhaai' Sung By Tulsi Kumar Featuring Zain Imam". Retrieved 15 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Zain Imam: "Alka Yagnik ji is a LEGEND and when I came to know that..." | Mujhko Mana Lena - Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 15 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ Ishqiya, 6 October 2021, retrieved 15 December 2021
  23. ^ "Zain Imam and Ayaana Khan on launch party of their song 'Promise' | SBS". 1 November 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  24. ^ "Gold Awards 2016: List of Winners". India Today. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  25. ^ ITA 2017 Best Actor - Popular Nominations, retrieved 3 September 2019
  26. ^ ITA 2018 Best Actor - Popular Nominations, retrieved 3 January 2019

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