Kunal Khemu

25 May 1983 | Gemini

Actor

Kunal Khemu

Kunal Khemu

After rising to fame as the charming and witty child in Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Kunal Khemu returned to the big screen with his debut as the lead in Mohit Suri’s Kalyug.

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Filmography

15 May 200999
Sachin

2 August 2008Superstar
Kunal P. Mehra / Karan M. Saxena

14 September 2007Dhol
Gautam Sesodia

9 December 2005Kalyug
Kunal P. Darr

15 December 1999Zakhm
Young Ajay

1997Bhai
Krishna (Kundan's brother)

7 February 1997Judwaa
Young Salman

21 April 1995Aazmayish
Young Raja (as Master Kunal Khemu)

Biography

After rising to fame as the charming and witty child in Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Kunal Khemu returned to the big screen with his debut as the lead in Mohit Suri’s Kalyug. Kunal, whose ancestral place is Srinagar, was born to actors Ravi Khemu and Jyoti Khemu. He hails from a Kashmiri Pandit family and his grandfather, Moti Lal Kemmu was a renowned playwright who has received multiple awards from the Jammu and Kashmir government. After completing his schooling from Niranjanlal Dalmia High School, Mira Road, Mumbai, Khemu pursued higher studies at Amity University. Khemu’s career as a child artist started with the Doordarshan TV show Gul Gulshan Gulfaam in 1987, when he was still living in his hometown. His follow-up roles as a child were in movies, like Mahesh Bhatt-directed Sir in 1993 and Zakhm in 1998. Grasping the complexities of his character in Zakhm, at such a young age, earned him much recognition and praise. Kunal also appeared as a child artist in films like Bhai (1997), Judwaa (1997), Tamanna (1998), Dushman (1998) and Angaaray (1998). He was also a prominent member of the supporting cast of Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993) and Raja Hindustani (1996). Kunal Khemu made his debut as an adult with Mohit Suri’s Kalyug (2005). The film received a lukewarm response at the box office. Critical acclaim came with his part in Traffic Signal (2007), Madhur Bhandarkar’s seminal take on the seedy ecosystem of the streets. Several less-than-successful films followed, including Superstar (2007), in which Kunal Khemu had a double role, and 99 (2009) opposite Soha Ali Khan. He returned to the reckoning with Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3 in 2010, with his own performance being widely praised. He would continue this fine form in his role in Go Goa Gone, 2013’s pathbreaking zombie comedy. Even though the film wasn’t a super hit, it was appreciated by critics for its screenplay and comedy. His upcoming films include Bhaag johnny, which will be releasing in September, 2015 and Guddu ki Gun, which slated to release in October, 2015. He was in a live-in relationship with actress Soha Ali Khan since 2013 and the couple tied the knot in January, 2015.

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