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Aparshakti Khurana
Khurrana at Dinesh Vijan's birthday bash in 2018
Born (1987-11-18) 18 November 1987 (age 35)
Years active 2014–present
Akriti Ahuja Khurana
(m. 2014)
Relatives Ayushmann Khurrana (brother)

Aparshakti Khurana (born 18 November 1987) is an Indian actor, radio jockey, comedian, singer, music director, television host and a former Indian cricketer who was the captain of Haryana U-19 Cricket Team. He is the younger brother of actor Ayushmann Khurrana.

Khurrana'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 managed to play 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). In 2021, he acted in Helmet, his first film as a solo lead.

Early and personal life

Khurrana was born on 18 November 1987 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 of half-Burmese descent and an M.A. in Hindi. He completed his schooling and graduation in law from Chandigarh. He was also into sports at school and captained the Haryana U-19 cricket team. He completed his higher education in the field of Mass Communication from IIMC Delhi. He is also the younger brother of Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana.

He married Aakriti Ahuja, a businesswoman and an ISB graduate (whom he met at a dance class in Chandigarh) on 7 September 2014. In June 2021, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. The couple became parents to a baby girl on 27 August 2021, Arzoie A Khurana.


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) which is the real story of Mahavir Singh Phogat. He is 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 favorable reactions from critics and was highly anticipated. Dangal eventually proved to be the highest-grossing Indian film with over INR20 billion (US$340 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 INR2 billion (US$34 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 INR1.80 billion (US$31 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 starred Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Talwar and Amyra Dastur, and was poorly received.

Further supporting roles (2019–present)

Khurana took on another supporting role in Laxman Utekar's 2019 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 Kriti Sanon) and a television reporter (Guddu, played by Kartik Aaryan). His next film of the year was debutante Prashant Singh's Jabariya Jodi, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, which deals with the prevalence of groom kidnapping in Bihar. After doing a special appearance in his brother Ayushmann's commercially successful satire Bala directed by Kaushik, he played Aaryan's best friend in his last film of 2019, the comedy-drama Pati, Patni Aur Woh directed by Aziz, 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 next starred in Remo D'Souza's dance film Street Dancer 3D, a spin-off to the 2015 dance film ABCD 2, starring Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, which was released on 24 January 2020. His first lead role came in the comedy film Helmet which premiered on ZEE5. Khurana stars in Hum Do Hamare Do with Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon, released on 29 October 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar.



Year Title Role Ref.
2016 Dangal Omkar Singh Phogat
Saat Uchakkey Khappe
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Bhushan Mishra
2018 Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Aman Singh Wadhwa
Stree Bittu
Rajma Chawal Baljeet
2019 Luka Chuppi Abbas Sheikh
Jabariya Jodi Santosh Pathak
Kanpuriye Jaitaan Mishra
Bala Arjun Singh
Pati Patni Aur Woh Fahim Rizvi
2020 Street Dancer Amrinder
2021 Helmet Lucky
Hum Do Hamare Do Sandeep "Shunty" Sachdeva
2022 Dhokha: Round D Corner Haq Gul


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Box Cricket League Commentator
Popcorn Dhijendra Short film
2017 You Have Been Warned Host Talk show
Super Night with Tubelight
Om Shanti Om
2018 Bigg Buzz
Ace of Space 1 Himself Guest
Kanpur Wale Khuranas Host/Pramod's brother-in-law
2019 Khatra Khatra Khatra Himself Guest

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Dhatt Tere Ki

Music videos

Year Song Album Singer Ref.
2019 Tere Do Naina Naina Ankit Tiwari
Ruka Ruka Non-album single Shalmali Kholgade
2021 Aaya Jado Da Asees Kaur
2022 Yaaron Sab Dua Karo Stebin Ben, Meet Bros, Danish Sabri
Kaale Kaale Chashme Stebin Ben
Hum Dono Arko


Year Song Co-singer Music composer Lyrics Ref.
2016 Ik Vaari Ayushmann Khurrana Himself, Ayushmann Khurrana
2019 Kudiye Ni Neeti Mohan Himself
2020 Teri Yaar Millind Gaba, King Kaazi Music MG Millind Gaba, King Kaazi, Viruss, Stylish Singh
2022 Balle Ni Balle N/A Siddharth Amit Bhavsar Gurpreet Saini
2022 Choti Choti Gal N/A Arjuna Harjai Kumaar

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result Ref.
2017 Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer (Male) Dangal Won
Best Actor in a Comic Role Nominated
Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut
2019 Best Supporting Actor Stree Nominated
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