Ayushmann Khurrana is an Indian television anchor, film actor and singer. In 2012, Khurrana made his Bollywood debut in Shoojit Sircar's romantic comedy Vicky Donor, which touched on the topic of sperm donation. Upon release, the film was a critical and commercial success, and Khurrana received positive reviews for his performance.[1][2]

Early life and education

Ayushmann Khurrana is a native of Chandigarh, who studied at St. John’s High School and DAV College in Chandigarh. He majored in English Literature and has done Masters in Mass Communication from School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He has been active in theatre for 5 years. He was the founder member of DAV College’s Aaghaaz and Manchtantra, which are active theatre groups in Chandigarh. He has conceptualised and enacted in street plays and won prizes in national fests like Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay), Oasis (Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani) and St. Bedes Simla. He also won a Best Actor award for playing Ashwatthama in Dharamvir Bharati’s Andha Yug.


2004-11: Television and early career

Ayushmann Khurrana started his career when he turned out to be the winner in MTV Roadies Season 2.[3] After finishing studies, his first job was a Radio Jockey at BIG FM, Delhi. He hosted the show Big Chai – Maan Na Maan, Main Tera Ayushmann and also won the Young Achievers Award in 2007 for it.[4] After radio, Khurrana moved on to become a Video Jockey on MTV with Pepsi MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan, an informative show for the youth.

He also worked in many other MTV shows as well like MTV Fully Faltoo Movies, Cheque De India and Jaadoo Ek Baar.[5] He then turned as Television Anchor with a multiple-talent based reality show India's Got Talent on Colors TV which he co-anchored with Nikhil Chinapa[6] and Stripped which gave latest updates on the Indian TV industry with comic tinge, again on MTV. At the end of the year he was also the anchor of a singing reality show Music Ka Maha Muqqabla on STAR Plus.[7]

Apart from hosting the second seasons of MTV Rock On on MTV and India's Got Talent on Colors. Khurrana was also a part of the anchoring team of Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League Season 3 on SET Max with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar and Angad Bedi.[8][9] Instead of hosting the 3rd season of India's Got Talent, Khurrana took up the offer of anchoring the dance-based reality show Just Dance on STAR Plus[citation needed] judged by Hrithik Roshan, Vaibhavi Merchant and Farah Khan.

2012-present: Film debut and breakthrough

In 2012, he made his Bollywood debut with Shoojit Sircar's Vicky Donor[10] opposite Yami Gautam. The film marked actor John Abraham's debut as a producer.[11] Vicky Arora who marries a Bengali girl without telling her about his past as a sperm donor. Despite its small budget, the movie became a major commercial success and received critical acclaim.[1][2][12] For the film, he also sang a song Pani Da Rang composed by him and Rochak Kohli. Both the movie and song were well received. Khurrana received critical acclaim for his performance. Taran Adarsh notes "Ayushmann is a complete natural, has all the trappings of a fine actor and delivers a super confident performance."[13] Gaurav Malani adds that Khurrana "is so natural that it never seems he's acting but rather gliding through the role. He is a pro at both the comedy and emotional scenes."[14] Khurrana went on to receive many accolades for his performance, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. in spite of his successful Bollywood debut, Khurrana did not quit television completely, and was seen anchoring the IIFA Awards 2012, People's Choice Awards India 2012 and the Screen Awards 2013.

Khurrana was next seen in Rohan Sippy's Nautanki Saala[15] co-starring Pooja Salvi, Kunal Roy Kapoor,[16] and Evelyn Sharma.[17] The film opened to positive reviews from critics, with Taran Adarsh stating that the film was "uncontaminated, witty and amusing".[18] Khurrana has sung two songs in this movie namely Saddi Gali and Tu Hi Tu, one of which he has composed himself again in collaboration with Rochak Kohli. Nautanki Saala was released on 12 April 2013.[19] The film proved to be a moderate success at the box office, earning approx. INR21 crore (US$4.19 million) at the domestic box office.[20]

Khurrana is also set to reunite with his Vicky Donor team, in Hamara Bajaj, in which he will play the role of a struggling actor.[21][22] He has also been roped in for Yash Raj Films's next untitled project, Nupur Asthana, in which he will star opposite Sonam Kapoor.[23]

Personal life

Khurrana originally hails from Chandigarh and his family is still based there. His father Mr. P Khurrana, is a renowned astrologer and an author on the subject of astrology, while his mother Poonam is a house wife and a qualified M.A. in Hindi. His brother Aparshakti is a Radio Jockey at OYE 104.8 FM in Delhi. The ambiance of literature at home influenced Khurrana as well and he took to writing as a hobby. He also maintains a blog where he writes in Hindi and it has been received very well by his admirers. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Tahira.
Recently when he was in Delhi in January 2013, he inaugurated the Gili[24] Store at Greater Kailash - a new venture by Ayushmann Khurrana & Aparshakti Khurrana and their friends Vishal and Bhavneet.

Career Chronology


Year Film Role Notes
2012 Vicky Donor Vicky Arora Also sung and composed the single Pani Da Rang
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer
Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2013 Nautanki Saala Ram Parmar aka RP Also sung Saadi Galli Aaja and Tu Hi Tu
2013 O Heeriyee Mohit Chaddha Filming
2014 Hamara Bajaj Pre-Production

Television Shows

Year Show Role Channel Notes
2004 MTV Roadies Season 2 Contestant MTV India Winner of MTV Roadies Season 2
2007 Kayamath Saket Shergil Star Plus
2008 Pepsi MTV Wassup, The Voice of Youngistaan Video Jockey MTV India Co-hosted the show with MTV VJs Bani J and Vineet Modi
2008 MTV Fully Faltoo Movie-Cheque De India Fakir lan MTV Spoof of Shahrukh Khan starrer movie Chak De! India
2008 MTV Fully Faltoo Movie-Jadoo Ekbar Prince Jalebi MTV Spoof of the movie Jodhaa Akbar
2008 MTV Roadies Hell Down Under Anchor MTV India Anchor at the auditions only
2008 Ek Thi Rajkumari Antagonist Zee Next Antagonist
2008–09 Fantastic 5 Video Jockey MTV India
2009 India's Got Talent Season 1 Anchor Colors TV Co-Hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa
2009 Kurkure Desi Beats Rock on with MTV Season 1 Anchor MTV India Anchor at the auditions only
2008 MTV Roadies Season 7 Anchor MTV India Anchor at the auditions only
2009 Stripped Anchor MTV India
2009 Amul Music Ka Maha Muqqabla Anchor STAR Plus
2010 Extra Innings T20 for Indian Premier League Season 3 Presenter SET Max Co-Hosted the show with Gaurav Kapur, Samir Kochhar and Angad Bedi
2010 India's Got Talent Season 2 Anchor Colors TV Co-Hosted the show with Nikhil Chinapa
2010 Kurkure Desi Beats Rock on with MTV Season 2 Anchor MTV India Co-Hosted the show with Lisa Haydon
2010 – present Airtel Super Star Buzz Anchor Star Plus
2011 MTV Grind Anchor MTV India
2011 MTV Roadies Season 8 Graveyard Anchor MTV India
2011 Just Dance Anchor Star Plus Winner, Indian Television Academy Award For Best Anchor of Music/Film Based show

Events Hosted

Year Function Channel
2009 Apasara Awards Colors TV
2009 Pearls Wave Awards Sony Entertainment Television
2009 I am She
2010 STAR Parivaar Awards Star Plus
2010 Sahara India Sports Awards Star Plus
2010 Big Star Entertainment Awards Star Plus
2011 STAR Parivaar Awards Star Plus
2011 Ra.One Press Conference YouTube
2012 Femina Miss India Sony Entertainment Television
2012 International Indian Film Academy Awards Star Plus
2012 People's Choice Awards India Colors TV
2013 Screen Awards Colors TV
2013 Mirchi Music Awards Colors TV


Year Song Film
2012 Pani Da Rang Vicky Donor
2013 Tu Hi Tu Nautanki Saala
Saddi Gali Nautanki Saala
2013 O Heeriye Single

Music Direction

Year Song Film Notes
2012 Pani da rang Vicky Donor with Rochak Kohli
2013 Saddi Gali Nautanki Saala with Rochak Kohli

Awards and nominations

Year Film/TV show Award Category Result
2007 Bharat Nirman Awards Young Achievers Won[4]
2011 Just Dance Indian Television Academy Awards Best Anchor of Music/Film Based show (Jury) Won[25]
2012 Cosmopolitan Fun and Fearless Awards Best TV Anchor Won[26]
Star Parivaar Awards Favorite Mezbaan Won[27]
Vicky Donor 5th Boroplus Gold Awards Rising Film Stars From TV Won[28]
Bhaskar Bollywood Awards Most Dramatic Newcomer (Male) Won[29]
GQ India Men of the Year Emerging Talent of the Year Won[30]
Global Indian Music Awards Best Music Debut Won
People's Choice Awards India Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female) Nominated[31]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Male Won[32]
2013 Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Won[33]
Best Male Playback Singer Won[33]
ETC Bollywood Business Awards Most Profitable Debut (Male) Won[34]
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Male Won[35]
Best Male Playback Singer Nominated[36]
Zee Cine Awards Best Male Debut Won[37]
Best Playback Singer – Male Nominated[37]
Stardust Awards Best Actor Won[38]
New Musical Sensation (Male) Won[38]
Superstar of Tomorrow – Male Nominated[39]
Renault Star Guild Awards Best Male Debut Won[40]
Best Male Playback Singer Won[40]
Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[41]
Best Lyrics Nominated[41]
Times of India Film Awards Best Debut - Male Won[42]
Best Playback Singer - Male Nominated[43]
IIFA Awards Star Debut of the Year – Male Won[44]
Best Actor Nominated[45]
Best Lyricist Nominated[45]
Best Male Playback Nominated[45]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Vicky Donor gets very good reviews from film critics" Retrieved 2013-01-26
  3. 4.0 4.1 RJ Ayushmann of BIG 92.7 FM creates history: Wins Young Achievers Award. India PRwire (1 May 2007).
  4. MTV launches Three Films. Telly Chakkar (10 September 2008).
  5. In conversation with the host- Ayushman and Nikhil. (30 June 2009).
  6. Ayushmann to host Music Ka Mahamuqabla. (30 June 2009).
  7. Max Unveils Mega Extra Innings T20 for IPL 2010. (10 March 2010).
  8. Ayushmann Khurana to host Superstar Buzz. Star Plus (30 October 2010).
  9. Ayushman's film debut. (23 June 2011). Retrieved on 2011-10-11.
  10. I might cast a Kolkata girl: Shoojit Sircar. Times of India (6 July 2011). Retrieved on 2011-10-11.
  11. Ayushmann's film debut as Sperm Donor. Times of India (6 October 2011). Retrieved on 2011-10-11.
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  13. Malani, Gaurav. Vicky Donor: Movie Review. Retrieved on 2012-01-26.
  14. Abhishek calls Ayushmann 'Nautanki Saala'. Bolly Spice.
  15. Ayushmann Khurrana, Kunal Roy Kapoor in Sippy's next film. NDTV.
  16. Evelyn Sharma to star with Ayushmann Khurrana and Kunal Roy Kapur. Bolly Spice.
  17. Nautanki saala review.
  18. Bhushan Kumar finalises April 12 for Nautanki Saala. Retrieved on 2012-01-26.
  20. After Vicky Donor, Ayushmann bags John's Hamara Bajaj. Indian Express.
  21. Ayushmann to play struggling actor in Hamara Bajaj. Bollywood Hungama.
  22. Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonam Kapoor star in the next Yash Raj film. India TV.
  23. Ravi Solanki Photography
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  26. Star Parivaar Awards 2012 Winner List. Retrieved on 2012-01-26.
  27. Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami of VICKY DONOR bag Gold Awards. Retrieved on 2012-01-26.
  28. Bollywood Bhaskar Awards Winners List. Retrieved on 2012-01-26.
  29. 2012 GQ INDIA MEN OF THE YEAR. Retrieved on 2012-01-26.
  30. Kumar, Ravi. People's Choice Awards 2012 Nominees. Retrieved on 2012-01-27.
  31. Star Plus Big Star Entertainment Awards Winner List 31st December 2012. Retrieved on 2012-01-27.
  32. 33.0 33.1 "Filmfare Awards 2013 Winners" Retrieved 2013-01-26
  33. ETC Business Awards Winners: 2012 – 2013. Retrieved on 2012-01-26.
  34. Winner's of 19th Annual Screen Awards. Retrieved on 2012-01-26.
  35. Nominations for 19th Annual Colors Screen Awards. Retrieved on 2012-01-26.
  36. 37.0 37.1 "Zee Cine Awards 2013: Team 'Barfi!', Vidya Balan, Salman Khan bag big honours" Retrieved 2013-01-26
  37. 38.0 38.1 "Stardust Awards 2013 Winners" Retrieved 2013-01-27
  38. Nominations for Stardust Awards 2013. Retrieved on 2012-01-27.
  39. 40.0 40.1 "Winners of Renault Star Guild Awards 2013" Retrieved 2013-06-20
  40. 41.0 41.1 "8th Star Guild Apsara Awards Nominations: Shahrukh Khan or Ranbir Kapoor, Vidya Balan or Priyanka Chopra – who will win?" Retrieved 2013-06-20
  41. Time Of India Film Awards 2013 Winners List. Indicine. Retrieved on 2013-06-20.
  42. TOIFA Awards 2013 Nominations. Indicine. Retrieved on 2013-06-20.
  43. IIFA Awards 2013: The winners are finally here!. Retrieved on 2013-07-07.
  44. 45.0 45.1 45.2 "Nominations for IIFA Awards 2013 Retrieved 2013-06-20

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Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer
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