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Arjit Taneja
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Occupation
  • Actor
  • model
Years active 2012–present

Arjit Taneja is an Indian television actor and model. He made his television debut with V The Serial and then appeared in the reality shows MTV Splitsvilla 6 and Box Cricket League 1 and TV fiction dramas Kumkum Bhagya, Kaleerein, Bahu Begum, Naagin 5 & 6, Nath – Zewar Ya Zanjeer and Banni Chow Home Delivery.

Life and career

Early life and career beginnings (1992–2014)

Arjit Taneja belongs to a Punjabi family. He attended modern school, Delhi and graduated with a BA degree in computer programming at University of Delhi.

In November 2010, he joined the modelling agency Elite Model Management India Pvt. Ltd. 2 years later in mid-2012, Taneja moved from Delhi to Mumbai and began his acting career on television that year as the friend of Karan Kundra's character in Channel V India's V The Serial, produced by Ekta Kapoor.

In 2013 he collaborated with Ekta Kapoor on Sony TV's Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, where he had a very small role. Also he contested in MTV India's MTV Splitsvilla 6 and later in Sony TV's Box Cricket League 1, the latter of which was his third with Kapoor.

Breakthrough and establishment (2014–present)

Taneja's career finally saw a turning point when he signed the parallel lead role of Purab Khanna in Zee TV's popular daily soap Kumkum Bhagya, created by Kapoor. He won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Zee Gold Awards, and exited the show in 2016. In 2017, Arjit then moved to Indonesia for a few months where he was cast as lead in the Indonesian show Nadin ANTV alongside his former co-star from Kumkum Bhagya Mrunal Thakur and Indonesia Actress Dewi Persik.

Simultaneously along with Kumkum Bhagya , he was seen as Bilal Khan in another Ekta Kapoor production — Sony TV's Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do in 2015. In 2016, he did Zing's Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya and participated in Colors TV's Box Cricket League 2 produced by Ekta Kapoor .

Taneja left Indonesia and headed back to Bombay where he landed his first lead role in a TV show. In February 2018, Taneja began essaying the main character of Vivaan Kapoor in Zee TV's Kaleerein. It went off air in November 2018. In May 2018, Arjit also appeared as a guest in Zee TV's talk show Juzz Baatt with Sana Saeed, Adnan Khan and Karan Jotwani. Arjit was a Red Carpet host for Zee Rishtey Awards 2019.

His next TV series was Colors TV's love triangle-themed Bahu Begum which premiered in July 2019. In the show Taneja was cast as Azaan Akhtar Mirza, the Nawab of Bhopal. Bahu Begum culminated in January 2020. Arjit also made a special appearance at the ITA Awards in 2020.

In January 2021, he bagged the cameo role of Farishta, an angel in the supernatural revenge thriller Naagin 5 and reprised the same role in February 2021 for Kuch Toh Hai: Naagin Ek Naye Rang Mein, both of which were aired on Colors TV and created by Ekta Kapoor .

Arjit then landed the lead role as Shambhu Thakur on Nath – Zewar Ya Zanjeer on Dangal TV. The show premiered on August 23, 2021. But after a few months inside the show, Arjit decided to quit the show because ‘he did not see his role shaping up as he wanted it to be’. Arjit’s last shoot day was March 7, 2022 and his final episode aired on March 10, 2022, Episode 172.

On March 22, 2022 it was confirmed Arjit had been roped in to be a candidate as a suitor for Parineeti Chopra alongside other television actors Vishal Aditya Singh and Shivin Narang on Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan ‘Parineeti Ka Swayamvar’ on Colors TV. Taneja was seen doing just about everything from presenting her with roses, complimenting her with his soothing words, to getting down on one knee and even cooking to impress the Hasee Toh Phasee actress. Judges Karan Johar, Mithun Chakraborty and hosts Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiya were there to assist Parineeti Chopra in taking the right decision. Veteran singer Kumar Sanu also joined the panel as a special guest. When called on stage to showcase his cooking skill by making Parineeti Chopra’s favorite ‘Aloo Paratha’, Taneja was quite impressive. The actress could not resist the taste and initially she announced the winner : Best aloo paratha goes to her Punjabi munda, Arjit. Still indecisive of a suitor, Karan Johar then suggested they do a Bollywood Quiz via a Miss India format. Parineeti then chose Arjit as ‘Mr. India’ and Runner-Up Shivin Narang. After being quizzed, Taneja won with his impeccable and quick responses. Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan special episodes were aired on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March at 9pm and 7pm on Colors TV.

In April 2022, Taneja once more reprised his role as Farishta on Naagin 6.

In September 2022, it was made public knowledge that Arjit would join StarPlus show Banni Chow Home Delivery as a ‘Rockstar’ Agastya Kapoor. His first episode aired on September 14, 2022.

Filmography

Films

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2023 Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani Not yet released 0TBA Completed

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 V The Serial Himself Guest
2013 MTV Splitsvilla 6 Contestant 13th place
Bade Acche Lagte Hain Himself Guest
2014–2015 Box Cricket League 1 Contestant
2014–2016 Kumkum Bhagya Purab Khanna
2015 Pyaar Ko Ho Jaane Do Bilal Khan
Bad Company Himself Guest
2016 Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya Host
Box Cricket League 2 Contestant
2017 Nadin Ishaan
2018 Kaleerein Vivaan Kapoor
Juzzbaatt – Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak Himself Guest
Kundali Bhagya Vivaan
Zindagi Ki Mehek
Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega
2019–2020 Bahu Begum Azaan Akhtar Mirza
2019 Api & Cinta Sunjoy
Bepanah Pyaar Azaan Guest
Shakti - Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki
2020 Choti Sarrdaarni
2021 Naagin 5 Farishta
Kuch Toh Hai: Naagin Ek Naye Rang Mein Guest
2021–2022 Nath – Zewar Ya Zanjeer Shambhu Thakur
2022 Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan Himself Guest
Naagin 6 Farishta
2022–present Banni Chow Home Delivery Agastya Kapoor

Music videos

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2018 Main Jaandiyaan Meet Bros, Neha Bhasin, Piyush Mehroliyaa
2019 Naseeba Shaan
Farishta Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Asees Kaur
2020 Ik Dafa To Mil Oye Kunaal

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Indian Telly Awards Actor in a Supporting Role (Drama) Kumkum Bhagya Nominated
2016 Gold Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
2022 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Popular) Nath: Zewar Ya Zanjeer Nominated
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