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Aparshakti Khurana

Actor, TV host, Radio jockey, Comedian, Singer

Aparshakti Khurana 

born 18 November 1987 is an Indian actor, radio jockey and a television host. He is the younger brother of actor Ayushmann Khurrana.

Khurana’s first Bollywood project came with the sports biopic Dangal (2016), which emerged as one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time and earned him several recognitions. He subsequently portrayed supporting roles in several other commercially successful films such as Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017), Stree (2018), Luka Chuppi (2019) and Pati Patni Aur Woh (2019).Aparshakti Khurana has completed his higher education in the field of Mass Communication from IIMC Delhi

Early life and background

Khurana was born on 18 November 1987 in Chandigarh to Poonam and P. Khurrana. He completed his schooling and graduation in law from Chandigarh. He was also the sports captain at school and captained the Haryana U-19 cricket team.His brother Ayushmann Khurrana is a popular Bollywood actor.

Career

Aparshakti auditioned for MTV Roadies (Season 3 : Episode 2). It was the first time, he faced the camera.

Debut and breakthrough (2016–18)

Khurana made his acting debut with Nitesh Tiwari’s biographical sports drama Dangal (2016), about the story of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an Indian amateur pehlwani wrestler, who trains his two daughters Geeta and Babita to become India’s world class top-female wrestlers. Aamir Khan was cast as Mahavir, while Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra featured as the two daughters, and Khurana played Omkar, Mahavir’s nephew. The film garnered favourable reactions from critics and was highly anticipated. Dangal eventually proved to be the highest-grossing Indian film with grossings of over ₹20 billion (US$280 million) in global ticket sales, becoming Khurana’s highest-grossing release ever and earning him praise along with a Screen Award for Best Male Debut and a nomination under the same category at the Filmfare Awards.

The Shashank Khaitan directed-romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017) was Khurana’s next film release. Co-starring Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan, the film narrated the story of an independent young woman (Bhatt) from rural India who refuses to conform to patriarchal expectations from her chauvinistic fiancé (Dhawan). Khurana was cast as Bhushan Mishra, Bhatt’s brother-in-law. Badrinath Ki Dulhania proved to be one of the top-grossing productions of the year, grossing over ₹2 billion (US$28 million) worldwide.

In 2018, Khurana appeared in three films, the first of which was Mudassar Aziz’s Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi (a sequel to the 2016 film Happy Bhag Jayegi), a comedy about two girls who both are named Happy. A critical and commercial failure, it co-starred Sonakshi Sinha and Diana Penty, with Khurana playing the supporting part of Aman Wadhwa, the eloped fiancé of Happy 2 (Sinha). His next role was in Amar Kaushik’s directorial debut Stree, a horror comedy co-starring Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, and Pankaj Tripathi. Stree emerged as a major commercial success with a worldwide gross revenue of ₹1.80 billion (US$25 million), and his performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at Filmfare. Khurana’s final release of 2018 was the Netflix film Rajma Chawal. Directed by Leena Yadav, it co-starred Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Talwar, and Amyra Dastur and was a commercial failure.

Further supporting roles (2019–present)

In 2019, Khurana took on another supporting role in Laxman Utekar’s romantic comedy Luka Chuppi, co-starring Kartik Aaryan, Kriti Sanon and Tripathi. Set in Uttar Pradesh, ‘Luka Chupi’ is about the story of a live-in-relationship between a headstrong woman (Rashmi, played by Sanon) and a television reporter (Guddu, played by Aaryan). His next film of the year was Prashant Singh’s Jabariya Jodi, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, which performed poorly at the box office. After doing a special appearance in his brother Ayushmann’s commercially successful satire Bala, Khurana played Aaryan’s best friend in his last film of 2019, the Mudassar Aziz-directed comedy Pati, Patni Aur Woh, a remake of the 1978 film with the same name, which relates the life of a philandering husband who gets attractive towards his female co-worker. While Luka Chuppi, Bala and Pati Patni Aur Woh were commercially successful, Jabariya Jodi performed poorly at the box office.

Khurana starred in Remo D’Souza’s dance film Street Dancer, a spin-off to the 2015 dance film ABCD 2. Co-starring Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, which released on 24 January 2020.

Personal life

Khurana was born in Chandigarh. His father P Khurrana is an astrologer and an author on the subject of astrology, whereas his mother Poonam is a house wife and she is of half-Burmese descent and an M.A. in Hindi. He married Aakriti Ahuja (whom he met at a dance class in Chandigarh) on 7 September 2014.

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