Life and career

Kushal was born on March 28th 1985 in Lucknow as the youngest of three to Sandhya Tandon and Billu Tandon, he has two older sisters who adore him. Kushal refers to his older sister Tina Bhushan as his second mom and his second sister Bhavana Tandon Kapoor as his harshest critic. His grandfather is a Lucknow Member of Parliament and Ex U.P minister Lalji Tandon. His dad runs a transport and oil business and is president of the Transport union in UP. Though he comes from a political and Business background, his mind was always set on showbiz and he always dreamt of being an actor. Kushal did his schooling with Scindia Boarding School. He was an avid sportsman at school, he was the captain of the swim team, a state level hockey champion and a soccer player in his school years. He Joined College at Hans Raj College in Delhi, but destiny had different plans for him. Three months into College, one of his friends submitted an application form on his behalf for the Grasim Mr India competition. He was selected for the competition, so he went to Mumbai to take part in it and never went back to College and never regretted that decision ever. The Grasim Mr India competition 2005 was held at Goregaon Sports Club in North Mumbai on 29th January 2005, Kushal won the competition as the first runner up out of the 28 finalists at an age of 19.


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Kushal’s career began as a model, he was a popular face of big advertisements like Sony Ericsson, Skoda, Activia, Airtel, Dairy Milk, Eva Deodorant, Only Vimal Reid & Taylor (with Amitabh Bachchan) and Kawasaki Bajaj. Kushal has also walked the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week and shows for Provogue, Spykar and Giodarno. If he had not entered the glamorous world of modeling and acting he would have been running his dad's business.

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In 2010, he took a break from his career to do an acting course with New York Film Academy. During his studies in USA, as part of his course work he got opportunities to do exciting things like shooting at Universal Studios every weekend. He met Elena Boeva a model from Bulgaria who was his classmate at NYFA, and the two hit it off right away and had been together ever since. Kushal was one of only two guys in a class with fourteen other girls. Kushal regards his time at NYFA as the best time in his life. He loved life in LA so much that one of his wishes is to own a home in LA and rotate his time between LA, Mumbai and Lucknow, his three favorite locations to live.

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Upon return from USA after his acting course, he was offered the role of Virat Singh Vadhera in the show Ek Hazaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. Kushal liked the character sketch of Virat, the character resembled Kushal in so many ways and he decided to do the role. Virat is a bitter young rich singer who lives life on his own terms, he has a mixture of rebellious attitude as well as respect and love for his family. Kushal was a perfect Virat , be it his naughty pranks with Manvi or his resentment towards his past love Maya or his bitterness towards his dadaji or his love and affection towards his mother.  He did wonders with Virat's different shades. He has mentioned in many interviews that Virat is very similar to Kushal himself. His Virat was an instant hit, people loved him and wanted to see more of him in the show.

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Kushal captured everybody's heart as this bitter young singer Virat with a lost career who was dejected by his first love and later finds love once again but this time with a cancer patient. He stunned his viewers with the portrayal of Virat's shock when he comes to find out that his love is suffering from cancer.  His character became a youth icon as he becomes the support and backbone to his girl while she battles and wins over cancer.  

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Kushal took a bold step of shaving off his hair for his character Virat who does the act in the show to show his support for a bald young cancer patient. No viewer of EHMMBH can forget this scene, his performance in that scene took everyone by storm and he received complements and applause from viewers and even received phone calls with compliments from Salman's Dad and Hrithik's sisterThe hairloss track was the high point of the show to date and took the show to the highest TRP that the show has ever seen.   

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Kushal's chemistry with co-star Nia Sharma is well accepted and loved by viewers of the show. They have created a magical chemistry and have taken the show to one of the top shows with the central cancer track. Kushal and Nia were the backbone of the show during this track and did wonders with their appropriate characters. They still remain one of the most loved Jodi's of Tellywood.

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Kushal won multiple awards for his performance this year. The first one being the Fresh face of the year award in ITA 2012. He also won the Golden Awards best debut award 2012. He was awarded the Lambi race ka goda award by SBS in 2012 as well. He was among the highest placed newcomers in Top 50 sexiest Asian men list published by Asjad Nazir for the famous British newspaper Eastern Eye. He grabbed rank # 6 in the list, pushing many top Bollywood stars behind him. He was the top most TV celebrity in the list. This list is annually published by one of the most established newspaper in UK [the Eastern Eye]. Kushal’s fans were so determined to get him into the top of this list that #KushalTandon was amongst the most popular trending topic on twitter in India for a week.


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But beyond all this comes the biggest achievement for him, the huge number of fans and their hearts that he has won.  It is a known fact that he has a huge fan following, he often gets showered with gifts from his fans, he even received an iPad from his fans some time back. Though Kushal gets irked by expensive gifts and often scolds his fans, the fans stay determined to send their love in the form of gifts, sometimes even a bit expensive. 
   
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Outside the shell of Virat, his fans also got to see him as Kushal Tandon himself when he took part in NachBaliye season 5 with his girlfriend Elena Boeva. Kushal do not consider himself a good dancer and he do not like to be judged as he himself said in an interview. But he took NachBaliye as a platform to try something new putting behind his trepidation of being judged. He struggled managing the time demands from his daily show and the dance show and admits that he was not able to give his best to the dance show. His fans loved seeing him shake his leg in the show and disagrees with him that he is not a good dancer. After his elimination kushal had an opportunity to re-enter the dance show, but he opted to not take part in that opportunity and refused the Wild Card entry and decided to give his attention to only his daily show for now.

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Kushal’s era in the industry is just beginning and Kushal has big dreams. He is among those who aims high and go after his dreams with full determination, like how one of his favorite songs "Eye of the Tiger" goes:

It's the Eye of the Tiger
It's the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor
Stalks his prey in the night




17 comments:

  1. i am a big fan of urs n m sharing birthdate you, m so happy dat we born on same day....

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  2. he is a losser salla life mein kuch nahi kar payega..

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    1. Oh ya! At least he won't log into sumone's blog to put sum rubbish comments outta jealousy! huh! Geta lyf dude

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  3. dhyan se pado upar uske achievements likhe hai.....loser hone ka to sawal hi nahi paida nahi hota...

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  4. Love Kushal for your class, character, spirit, straight forward attitude, and of course your Dashing Looks man!! U a too good for TV series! Come outta it, U deserve much better and bigger ... God Bless ...

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  5. Y don't U tell Armann, ur "AUKAAT"..

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  6. Kushal always best strong men win bb7. Best of luck my hero

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  7. u r a gr8 person buddy.........................all the best 4 everything in life.........hope u win bb7

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  8. KEEP GOING BROTHER. You are very loved by all.

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  9. Kushal Tandon & Gauhar Khan Rocks Togeather.

    In dono ko saath me dekh ke -Ajaz Khan,Tanisha Mukherjee, Armaan Kohli aur kuch Big Boss me kaam kerne wale log Jealous feel ker rahe hain.

    Subse bada Jealous feel kerna wala to hamesha Gauhar aur Kushal ke topic ke bare me keahta hai.

    Dude you always Rocks..

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  10. you were awesome!!! i wish gauhar wins the game...
    that will be the answer to all speculations.......

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  11. you are a self made man. god bless you

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  12. Lambi race ka ghoda....true wrds for u
    lga reh bhai.....we always with you....

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