Ayushmann Khurrana is a talented actor, television host, and singer. Born 14 September 1984, Ayushmann was raised in a Punjabi family in Chandigarh. His father is an astrologer and author, while his mother is a housewife. He got married young. He has two children with his wife, Tahira Kashyap. He married Tahira Kashyap in 2008. He also has a brother, Aparshakti Khurana, who is an actor, radio jockey, and television host. He is a celebrated artist. He started out as a performer in 2003. His performances are often characterized by brilliant script choices and unconventional plot lines. He is known for his versatility and hard work.
Ayushmann Khurrana won the second season of the reality television show MTV Roadies in 2004, one of the famous plays, and then he ventured into an anchoring career. He made his first film debut in 2012 with the romantic comedy movie Vicky Donor, in which he performed the role of a sperm donor, from which he earned the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He also starred in the commercially and critically successful romance movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha in 2015. Khurrana performs many comedy movies like; Bareilly Ki Barfi in 2017, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan in the same year, Badhaai Ho in 2018, Dream Girl in 2019, and Bala in 2019; the thriller movie Andhadhun in 2018; and the crime drama Article 15 film in 2019. Khurrana’s played a role as a blind pianist in Andhadhun and perform an honest cop role in Article 15 movie, and for his best performance, he won two consecutive Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, and he also gains the National Film Award for Best Actor for the former.
Along with acting love to sing, and Khurrana has sung for several of his films, including the song “Pani Da Rang,” which gained him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
Early life & career
Ayushmann first appeared on Channel V’s Popstars in 2003. He was rejected from a reality show called India’s largest Cinestar ki Khoj. In 2004, Ayushmann became a part of Roadies Season 2 and subsequently won it. Not only did he won the show, but he must also have won a thousand hearts with his outshining performance and down-to-earth personality. This helped him transition and prosper into his anchoring career.
Nishant Khurrana, named Ayushmann Khurrana, was born on 14th September 1984 in Chandigarh parents Poonam and P. Khurrana. His parents changed his name from Nishant Khurrana to Ayushmann Khurrana when he was three years old. He was alumni of Guru Nanak Khalsa College. He completed his studies at St. John’s High School, Chandigarh, and DAV College, Chandigarh. He was specialized in English literature and had a master’s in Mass Communication completed from the School of Communication Studies, Punjab University. He did serious theatre for five years. He was also the co-founder of DAV College’s “Aaghaaz” and “Manchtantra,” the active theatre groups in Chandigarh. He thought up and acted in street plays and earned prizes in national college festivals such as Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay) and St. Bedes Shimla. OASIS, i.e., Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani. He also earned a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug.
He went to Guru Nanak Khalsa College and St. John’s High School of Chandigarh. He studied English Literature at DAV College of Chandigarh. Later, he also completed his master’s in Mass Communication from the School of Communication Studies at Panjab University. He pursued theatre for five years seriously. He was the founding member of two theatre groups called Aaghaaz and Manchtantra of DAV College in Chandigarh. He is known to have performed street plays in college festivals such as Mood Indigo of IIT Bombay, OASIS of BITS, Pilani, and St. Bedes in Shimla.
Vicky Donor was his Acting Debut in Bollywood in the year 2012. He was even awarded Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. Vicky Donor was Ayushmann’s first movie, and he set the benchmark for presenting unconventional stories. His work has empowered and initiated a lot of positive and healthy dialogue in the cinema.
Ayushmann Khurana has attained a long list of achievements in a brief span of time. After he won Channel V’s Popstars, his fate really turned around. He has been the winner of Roadies Season 2. He also won Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut for Vicky Donor. He also received two consecutive Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his characters in Article 15 and Adhadhun. He has also won the National Film Award for Best Actor for Andhadhun. He had also won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song ‘Pani Da Rang’ which was sung and composed by him. He has appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list from 2013 until 2019. He was also named on the list of one of the 100 most influential people in the world in Time’s Magazine 2020.
Television shows and early career (2004–2011)
Ayushman had his first job as a radio personality at BIG FM, Delhi. He got his first job after completing his post-graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. He hosted the show called Big Chai – Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann, for which he won the Young Achievers Award in 2007. He was also among the youngest recipient of the Bharat Nirman Award in New Delhi.
He has also worked in shows like MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India, and Jaadoo Ek Baar. After that, he started his anchoring journey. He began to co-anchor India’s Got Talent on Colors with Nikhil Chinapa. He has anchored on the second season of MTV Rock On, Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League Season 3 on SET Max, and Just Dance on STAR Plus. After completing his schooling and graduation in Journalism, his first job was as a radio presenter at BIG FM, Delhi. He put on the show Big Chai – Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann, and also earned the Young Achievers Award in 2007 for his best performance. He was one of the youngest recipients of the Bharat Nirman Award in New Delhi.
He also worked in many other reality shows on MTV, such as MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India, and Jaadoo Ek Baar. He then turned television present with multiple talent-based reality shows in India’s Got Talent on Colors TV. He co-anchored with Nikhil Chinapa and cleanout, which gave him the latest updates on the Indian TV industry with a comic tinge, again on MTV. At the end of the year, he was also the presenter of the singing reality shows Music Ka Maha Muqqabla on STAR Plus.
Apart from anchoring the second season of MTV Rock On and India’s Got Talent on Colors TV, Khurrana was also part of the hosting team of Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 3 on SET Max with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar, and Angad Bedi. Following up which he took the offer of anchoring the dance-based reality show Just Dance on STAR Plus.
Khurrana’s career likelihood improved when he acted opposite newcomer Bhumi Pednekar in the Sharat Katariya directed-romance film Dum Laga Ke Haisha in 2015. This movie was about an underachieving man who is married against his will to an overweight woman. Despite minimal promotions, the film appears as a commercial success.
2012–2015: Film debut and career struggles
Ayushmann Khurrana’s acting debut was Vicky Donor. It was launched in 2012and Khurana’s co-stars were Annu Kapoor and Yami Gautam. It was also the production house debut of the other actor John Abraham. He had attended acting workshops and interacted with medical professionals to prepare for his role. He has also won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song ‘Pani Da Rang’, which was sung and composed by him for the same film.
Movies like Rohan Sippy’s Nautanki Saala! (2013), Bewakoofiyaan (2014), Hawaizaada (2015), and Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) followed. All these movies were a great stepping stone for him. Dum Laga Ke Haisha really turned things around for Khurrana. In 2015, Ayushmann starred with Bhumi Pednekar in Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The film was a colossal revenue commercial success, and it grossed over ₹410 million worldwide.
In 2017, Ayushmann starred in Meri Pyaari Bindu, Bareilly Ki Barfi, and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. In 2018, Ayushmann starred in Sriram Raghavan’s Andhadhun and Amit Sharma’s Badhai Ho. Andhadhun became the top-grossing film in Hindi. He even received Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the movie. He was then seen in movies like Bala, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Gulabo Sitabo, Article 15, and Dream Girl. All these movies had unconventional plot lines, and Ayushmann’s performance in each one of them was highly celebrated.
One of the very few controversies that blew up with Ayushamnn’s name in it was during the launch of Bala. Almost a year ago, Bala had gotten into an argument when Ujda Chaman, another movie, had come around the same time with a similar script. However, Ayushamnn seemed to be unfazed by the discussion as he was confident about the writing.
Another controversy blew up at the time of Article 15. Even though the film presented healthy dialogue, there were rumors of the film being anti-brahman. This was later solved by a press statement that said that movie does not take sides and would have been interrupted by the Censor Board if there was any such agenda.
Some Lesser known facts
1. Ayushmann Khurrana revealed that his wife was upset with him kissing in ‘Vicky Donor.’
2. Ayushmann Khurrana revealed that shooting in Delhi makes him feel at home.
3. Ayushmann is keen on writing because there was an ambience for literature at his home.
4. While Ayushmann was deemed to be the best in Bollywood, he actually suffered through a lot. While Andhadhun and Badhai Ho were released, his wife was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
5. Ayushmann’s real name was Nishant Khurrana. It was changed later in life.
6. During his college days, Ayushmann used to sing in trains and collect money.
7. Ayushmann actually donated his sperms when he was 20.
8. Ayushmann released his autobiography that was called ‘Cracking The CODE – My Journey To Bollywood.’
9. Ayushmann also has a personal blog for his shayaris and poems.
10. Ayushmann and Tahira met through tuition classes.