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Varun Kumar (born 27 February 1986 in Mumbai) is an Indian Model and television actor. He is best known for his role of Rajinder in popular TV show Kisne Pyaar Hogya. He was a finalist on Bigg Boss 9 which he participated in 2015. Varun is currently playing the role of Rajat in Life Ok's Sapne Ki Ek Chhal.

Early Life and modelling career

Varun Kumar was born on 27 February 1986 in Chandgarh in Punjab to Punjabi-Sikh parents. His father was in the army and now is retired while his mother was a dancer. He started his modelling career in 2003 at the age of 17 while studying. He went to Bombay Boarding School when they moved to Mumbai and completed his degree as a model and then became an actor. He has a sister who is also a actress Rashi Kumar Singh who married actor Varun Singh in 2014. He has a elder brother Arjun Kumar who is a model, his brother said "I don't want to be an actor".[4]

Kumar has admitted that he was not that popular in his school days as he was very quiet. He loves sport and used to play cricket all the time. In 2014, Kumar had said "I used to have a routine everyday I would got training, go to school, play sports, do homework and then go to sleep". In eleventh grade, she changed focus and decided to become a model and also be a fashion model. He stated "well my sister is a model so I decided to meet her steps. He told his parents and they wasn't upset at all.[5]

In 2005 he walked the ramp with many brands including Manish Malhotra and Amit Khanna. He bagged many awards in that year even got model of the year. In the same year, he did a small music video in the song Aaja Soniye. Kumar soon got offers for television and films which Ekta Kapoor had dicovered him for the show Kisne Pyaar Hogya.[6]

Acting Career

TV debut and breakthrough (2006-09)

Varun Kumar started his career with reality show India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj on Zee TV in 2004 along with sister Rashi.[7] He then got his first show with Balaji's Kisne Pyaar Hogya which was aired on Star Plus from 2006-2010.[8] He played the role of the bad boy Rajinder in the show. He stated in an interview in 2007 saying "I thank Ekta and Karan that I am getting much popularity just for this grey sided character" He then later quit the show in 2009, which then his character ended. He said "I had to quit due to some issues at my flat".[9]

After Kisne Pyaar Hogya, Kumar took a break from TV acting. In that time he was modelling for TV ads, magazines and also walked the ramps in many occasions. "I am taking a break as I have got commitments to make". He also moved to America to do some more projects and stayed the for 3 years.[10]

Film struggles and TV comeback (2010-2013)

In 2010, Kumar made his film debut with Mere Dolana opposite Shraddha Kapoor playing a ill person. The film realesed in June that year but unfortunate flopped at the box office.[11] In December 2011, He made a comeback in show Apna Pyaar Kya Hai 2 as a supproting role as Vishal Mehta opposite Ashika Kumar which aired from 2011 to 2013 on Star Plus. He entered the show in November 2012.[12][13] He next played the supporting role as Aditya in Star Plus Lakshmi playing Sanaya Irani's onscreen brother in 2013.[14]

Dance Ki Takkar and beyond (2014-present)

In January 2014, Kumar participated in the popular Indian dance show Dance Ki Takkar as wild card entrant and got evicted after 2 weeks of being in the show.[15][16] In Decmeber 2014, He was seen in Box Cricket League which is by Balaji Telefilms being one of the players in Karan Wahi, Suyyash Rai's team Delhi Dragons. He then appeared in Ekta Kapoor and Karan Chaggar's Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani...Ek Baar Phir playing the small role of Aarav from 2014 to 2015. He did a small cameo appearance in Life OK's Chand Toh Aii Hai Roshni...Ek Baar Phir as Ayush.[17]

He is currently playing the role of Aarav in Life Ok's show Sapne Ki Ek Chhal which is produced by Sahib Chaggar Productions and Sphere Origins and started to air on 29 February 2016. He then made his comeback to the film industry and played a small part in Honey Singh's Punjabi film, Zorawar which released on 6 May 2016. He has bagged three more films which include Karan Johar's Badrinath Ki Dulhania which stars Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Shweta Basu Prasad.[18]

Bigg Boss 9

Kumar was among the eighteen contestants in the ninth season of the reality television show Bigg Boss, which began airing in October 2015.[19] He said "I am only doing Bigg Boss as I want to push my career up. In the previous season my sister Rashi took it up and I think this will be a life time experience." He entered the house and paired with Sanjeeda Sheikh, during the game they both shared great friendship until they both argued in Day 8 but soon later Alia got evicted from the house. He also had a great friendship with Hina Khan and Kishwar Merchant, another contestant on the show. He managed to grab so many hearts from the audience and was one of the strongest contestants. He became one of the 6 finalists and was declared in 4th place on 23 January 2016. After coming out Kumar had said "It was a great experience I never thought I would get this much love from the audience".[20]

Personal Life and popularity

Kumar shares a close bond with his family and visits them regular in his hometown of Punjab. She sometimes misses them and wishes to quit his job. She says, "I miss them, I usually get homesick sometimes when I'm in Mumbai for some work. A practising Sikh , Kumar considers religion to be an important aspect of her life and makes frequent visits to temples and other religious shrines and goes to the gurudwara every Sunday. During April 2010, Kumar suffered depression as he revealed it in an interview in October 2013. "At once I did suffer depression badly and was sent to a rehab centre but later in January 2011 but later I recovered.[21][22][23]

While shooting for TV show Kisne Pyaar Hogya, Kumar began dating co-star Kajal Singh and dated her for 2 years. In October 2009, they both parted ways and he stated "It was the most difficult thing to do but I got over it".[24]

In 2013, Wahi featured at number 46 in the UK newspaper Eastern Eye's "Sexiest Asian Man on the Planet" list.[25] In 2015, yet again Kumar featured at number 15 in the UK newspaper Eastern Eye's "50 Sexiest Asian Man"[26]

In 2015, during his time in the Bigg Boss house, Kumar was linked up with model Diana Penty where they spoke to each other's feelings.[27] Kumar stated "Me and Diana are just friends and no desire on getting into a relationship at the moment."

Kumar has been dating model/actress Alina Sharma since 2014.[28] They both are in a secret relationship. They both will get married in March 2017. They both met on the sets of Apna Pyaar Kya Hai. In February 2017, Kumar got married to long time girlfriend Alina Sharma.[29]

In the media

Journlist Preeti Singh had stated "Kumar is an excellent actor who can get on in life but he has stayed in with his limits and never got in trouble. Times of India described his personality as nice, powerful, and kind in 2012.

In 2013, Kumar was in the media after getting in a fight with Afghanistan model Khalid Qureshi in a party. For 2 years thay did not even speak to each other. In November 2015, they both faced each other in the Bigg Boss house when Khalid had came to support his sister Aaliya. He said to Hina, Arjun and Mandana that he will not be his friend for now on but in February 2016 they both patched at his 30th birthday bash.

Other work

Apart from acting, Kumar is an endorser of several brands and products. He also appeared in many advertisements. In 2009, Kumar hosted the Sahib Chaggar Awards night along with Karan Kundra. He hosted many other award events by Star Plus in 2013, including Apna Pyaar Kya Hai awards.

Filmography

Television

Year Show Role Channel Ref(s)
2006-2008 Kisne Pyaar Hogya Rajinder Star Plus [30]
2012-2013 Apna Pyaar Kya Hai 2 Vishal Mehta Star Plus [30]
2013 Lakshmi Aditya Star Plus [30]
2014 Dance Ki Takkar 1 Himself Wild card entry - Eliminated 26 January 2014 Star Plus [31]
2014 Box Cricket League (season 1) Himself - Player for Mumbai Wariors Sony TV [32]
2014-2015 Sapnon Hai Pyaar Ki Kahaani...Ek Baar Phir Aarav Star Plus [33]
2015 Chand Toh Aii Hai Roshni...Ek Baar Phir Ayush Life OK [34]
2015-2016 Bigg Boss 9 Himself Colors [35]
2016-Present Sapne Ki Ek Chhal Aarav Life OK [36]
2016 Box Cricket League (season 2) Himself - Player for Dehli Dragons Colors [37]
2016 Comedy Nights Bachao Himself Colors
2016 Dance Ki Takkar 4 Himself Life OK
2016-present Dance Ki Takkar 5 Host Star Plus [38]
2016 Bigg Boss 10 Himself Colors TV [39]
2017 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 Guest Contestant Colors TV [40]
2017 Dance Ki Takkar 6 Host Star Plus [41]

Films

Year Film Role Notes Ref(s)
2007 Om Shanti Om Himself [34]
2010 Mere Dolana Rajiv Shortfilm [34]
2013 Meri Pyaare Deewani Boyhfriend Arjun Bollywood Debut [34]
2016 Zorawar Kabir Khanna [42]
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania Vishal

Awards

Year Award Category Role Show Result
2007 Sahib Chaggar Awards Favorite Dushman Raninder Kisne Pyaar Hogya Won[43]
Favourite Bhai Won[43]
Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in Negative Role Won
2008 Star Parivaar Awards Favourite Khalnaayak Won
Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role Won
2009 Star Parivaar Awards Favourite Dushman Won
2012 Sahib Chaggar Awards Favourite Actor in Supporting Role Vishal Apna Pyaar Kya Hai 2 Nominated
Favourite Beta Won
2013 Star Parivaar Awards Favourite Pati Won
Favourite Beta Nominated
2016 Life OK Parivaar Awards Favourite Naya Sadasya - Male Rajat Sapne...Ki Ek Chhal Nominated
Favourite Digital Sadasya - Male Nominated
Favourite Beta Nominated
Sahib Chaggar Awards Favourite Naya Sadasya - Male Won
Favourite Pati Nominated
Favourite Beta Nominated
Most Stylish Sadasya - Male Nominated
Favourite Digital Sadasya - Male Nominated
Best Jodi Nominated
Zee Gold Awards Best Debut Male Won
Best Actor Nominated
Best Popular Jodi Nominated
Most Fit Actor Nominated
Indian Television Academy Awards Desh Ka Sitara - Best Actor - Popular Won
Sahib Chaggar Awards Best Actor in Leading Role Nominated
Favourite Pati Nominated
Most Stylish Sadasya - Male Won
Favourite Digital Sadasya - Male Won
Favourite Jodi Nominated
Favourite Host N/A Dance Ki Takkar 5 Won
2017 Life OK Parivaar Awards Favourite Pati Rajat Sapne...Ki Ek Chhal Nominated
Favourite Bhai Won
Most Stylish Sadasya - Male Nominated

References

  1. Varun Kumar celebrates 30th birthday with close family and friends. Rediff (10 December 2015). Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved on 27 February 2016.
  2. Varun Kumar – Profile and Biography. Veethi (2014-09-23). Retrieved on 2015-10-19.
  3. Bigg Boss 9 contestant Varun Kumar gets married to Alina Sharma. The Times of India.
  4. Varun and Rashi's brother Arjun does not want to become an actor!. India Today. Retrieved on 14 March 2015.
  5. I had a basic routine back in my childhood says Varun Kuamar. India Today. Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  6. I thank Ekta and Karan for making me a star: Varun Kumar. India Today. Retrieved on 14 March 2015.
  7. I never thought that I will be this popular: Varun Kumar. India Today. Retrieved on 14 September 2009.
  8. Varun Kumar to play negative role against sister Rashi in Kisne Pyaar Hogya. India Today. Retrieved on 14 September 2006.
  9. After Surveen; Varun quits Kisne Pyaar Hogya. India Today. Retrieved on 12 May 2009.
  10. I am taking a break from TV says Kisne Pyaar Hogya actor Varun Kumar. India Today. Retrieved on 12 June 2010.
  11. Varun Kumar and Shraddha Kapoor's film flops at box office. India Today. Retrieved on 6 October 2010.
  12. Varun Kumar makes a comeback on TV. India Today. Retrieved on 17 October 2012.
  13. Varun Kumar to enter Star Plus' popular show Apna Pyaar Kya Hai. India Today. Retrieved on 12 October 2012.
  14. Varun Kumar to play Sanaya Irani's brother in Star Plus' next. India Today. Retrieved on 14 January 2013.
  15. Varun Kumar, Sonali Raut to enter Dance Ki Takkar as wildcards. India Today. Retrieved on 15 January 2014.
  16. I loved my journey on the show says Varun Kumar after Dance Ki Takkar. India Today. Retrieved on 27 Jnauary 2014.
  17. Varun Kumar to enter Chand Toh Aii Hai Roshni season 2. India Today. Retrieved on 11 May 2015.
  18. Varun Kumar bags Karan Johar's sequel of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. India Today. Retrieved on 14 July 2016.
  19. Goswami, Parismita (2015-10-16). "'Bigg Boss 9': Day 8: Varun Kumar argues with Alia Bhatt will they change their friendship towards each other". International Business Times. http://www.ibtimes.co.in/bigg-boss-9-varun-kumar-argues-alia-bhatt-will-changing-partner-end-their-friendship-650762. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
  20. Bigg Boss 9: finalist Varun Kumar evicted. India Today. Retrieved on 23 January 2016.
  21. TV actor Varun Kumar opens up about his depression. India Today. Retrieved on 23 January 2014.
  22. WTF: Varun Kumar was sent to rehab after suffering depression. India Today. Retrieved on 23 January 2014.
  23. At one point I did say to myself my life is over: Varun Kumar. India Today. Retrieved on 23 January 2014.
  24. Bigg Boss 9 contestant Varun Kumar went out with model Kajal Singh. India Today. Retrieved on 23 November 2015.
  25. Ali Zafar beats Hrithik Roshan to 'Sexiest Asian Man On The Planet' title. Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved on 2 November 2015.
  26. Sexiest Asian Men (2015) List. Rediff (10 December 2015). Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved on 17 September 2016.
  27. Bigg Boss 9: Are Varun Kumar and Diana Penty a couple. India Today. Retrieved on 23 January 2016.
  28. Sapne Ki Ek Chhal actor and former contestant Varun Kumar is dating this model secretly. India Today. Retrieved on 23 December 2016.
  29. Congratulations! Sapne Ki Ek Chhal actor and former Bigg Boss 9 contestant Varun Kumar and Alina get married see pics.. India Today. Retrieved on 17 February 2017.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Arjun hooked and booked. The Times of India. Retrieved on 4 March 2016.
  31. Apna Pyaar Kya Hai actor Varun Kumar to participate in Dance Ki Takkar!. The Times of India. Retrieved on 14 January 2014.
  32. Box Cricket League Teams: BCL 2014 Team Details With TV Actors & Names of Celebrities. india.com. Retrieved on 14 December 2014.
  33. Telly heartthrobs’ soapy ride to success. The Times of India. Retrieved on 4 March 2016.
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 From Barun Sobti to Jay Bhanushali: Nine TV heartthrobs to debut in Bollywood. The Times of India. Retrieved on 4 March 2016.
  35. Bigg Bos 9: TV actors Kishwar Merchant, Hina Khan and Varun Kumar to enter the mad house. india.com. Retrieved on 27 September 2015.
  36. Sapne Ki Ek Chhal: Bigg Boss 9 finalist Varun Kumar returns to TV with this show; to star with Mrunal Thakur. india.com. Retrieved on 14 December 2014.
  37. Box Cricket League Teams: BCL 2014 Team Details With TV Actors & Names of Celebrities. india.com. Retrieved on 14 December 2014.
  38. Varun Kumar and Karishma Tanna to host Dance Ki Takkar this year. india.com. Retrieved on 25 September 2016.
  39. Bigg Boss 10: ex contestants Kishwer Merchant and Varun Kumar grill Jasmin and Priyanka, motivate Bani and Khalid and praises Deepika Singh. india.com. Retrieved on 14 December 2016.
  40. Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9: Varun Kumar, Sana Saeed, Puja Bose sizzle on teen ka tadka. india.com. Retrieved on 7 January 2017.
  41. Dance Ki Takkar 6: Sapne Ki Ek Chhal and EX Bigg Boss fame Varun Kumar and Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai's Anita Bhabhi aka Saumya Tandon to host the show. Retrieved on 17 April 2017.
  42. TV actor and ex Bigg Boss contestant Varun Kumar returns to films with 'Zorawar'. mid-day (30 March 2016). Retrieved on 4 March 2016.
  43. 43.0 43.1 2007 Sahib Chaggar Awards. awardsandwinners.com. Retrieved on 11 May 2016.

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