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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sister. The 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.
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.
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.
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.