Karan Kundrra is a famous Indian actor and businessman. He came into the limelight by playing the role of Arjun Punj in the popular Indian television serial, Kitani Mohabbat Hai. Kundrra has done many Indian TV serials, daily soaps, reality shows, short movies besides, and judged many shows. Karan also appeared in many popular Bollywood and Pollywood films in his long-lasting career. Let’s see what Karan Kundrra did before he entered the glamour world, know about his personal life, family, religion, girlfriend, career and other facts.
Karan Kundrra was born on 11 October 1984 (37 years) in Jalandhar, Punjab. Karan has appeared in various reality shows like Zara Nachke Dikha, Gumrah: End of Innocence, MTV Spltsvilla Season 8, and Dating Aaj Kal. Kundrra is quite popular for judging a few seasons of MTV Roadies.
Karan Kundrra is a fitness freak and visits the gym regularly. The actor stands tall at 6’1″ and weighs around 75 kilos. Kundrra’s physique is well-proportioned with a 38″ chest, 32″ waist, and 14 biceps. The brown-eyed actor’s hair colour is black.
FAMILY & CASTE
Karan Kundrra hails from a wealthy Punjabi family.
Parents & Siblings
He was born to S. P. Kundra (construction businessman) and Suneeta Kundra.
Kundrra has three elder sisters named Madhu Malhotra, Meenu Malhotra, and Poonam Malhotra.
Initially, Karan was in a relationship with the Indian actress Kritika Kamra for a short period. During an interview, when his ex-girlfriend Kritika was asked about their split-up, she responded,
There is no definite reason for my split with Karan. There was no fight. Both of us got very busy with our new shows and this took a toll on our relationship. Sadly, we couldn’t take care of our relationship. There was an emotional attachment, we were together 24/7, but he never proposed to me and I am glad he didn’t. I am comfortable with all my exes and Karan is not the only one. See we started off as friends and ended up being friends. It’s an adulterated kind of friendship that we have and that has remained between us.”
After that, there was hearsay that Kundrra got engaged to a girl named Aanchal Singh (model) in an exclusive ceremony.
He has also dated a model named Swati Vasta.
Karan Kundrra was in a live-in relationship with Indian VJ Anusha Dandekar. The duo first met at an airport. Soon they announced their relationship publically through their Instagram profiles. Anushka acquired a lot of hatred from the Karnika fans (Karan and Kritika). In an interview, while talking about this trolling, Anushka stated,
Trolls want us to break up because they love Kritika (his former girlfriend) and Karan together. They were in a TV show. They looked great. They were everybody’s love.”
Afterwards, Karan Kundrra and Anushka Dandekar hosted some television shows and events jointly. They dated for three and a half years. However, the couple broke up in 2020. Their breakup introduced several arguments between them that were highlighted through their Instagram accounts. Anushka revealed,
That’s the thing. If they were the one. Then why do you spend so many nights overthinking? Why do you keep having sleepless nights? ‘You have watched me love so openly… now please watch me LOVE myself till I’m so full that I can share it with someone again someday. My advice one last time, Love comes in many forms, just don’t let it consume so much, that you lose yourself, let Love be respectful, kind and most importantly honest. I deserve it, you deserve it. The most important thing is understanding this because we accept the love we think we deserve. Thank you for always loving me the way you do my A-team! I love you. Forever grateful for the good and the bad, all are lessons learnt. My love story now begins with me.”
Subsequently, while talking about the separation, Anushka again wrote,
Here it is, before the year ends… Yes, I did a show called Love School, yes I was your Love Professor, yes everything I shared and the advice I gave has always been real and from my heart… yes I love hard, so hard… yes I don’t leave till there is nothing left for me to try and fight for, yes even I’m human, yes even I lost myself and some of my self-respect, yes I’ve been cheated and lied to… yes I waited for an apology, which never came, yes I learnt I actually had to apologise and forgive myself… And yes I grew, have grown and will continue to grow from all of it and look at the positive.”
Taking a dig towards Anushka, Karan Kundrra said,
I have remained silent out of respect for the relationship and I would like to keep it that way. At this point, I am also thinking about two families. I, too, can turn around and say a lot of things, but that’s not me. What was shared was her perspective. Sometimes I start laughing when I hear things. I don’t know what can make someone so hateful towards another person. We shared a beautiful relationship for three and a half years. I have learnt a lot from Anushka, and I have a lot of respect for her and her family. How are these allegations are being levelled against me when there is a development on my professional front? Why hasn’t any other person, who I have been in a relationship with, ever accused me of something as serious as this?”
Karan Kundrra completed his secondary education at Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan. He then went to Apeejay College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar, Punjab. Afterwards, he completed his MBA degree from Florida, USA. Since his college days, he was passionate about modelling and acting.
As a Businessman
When Karan was 17, he worked at an international call centre in Jalandhar, Punjab. After that, he started helping his father in their construction business. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Anusha Dandekar, he launched a clothing label named Man Up! Woman Up!’
As an Actor
After working at a BPO centre, he approached the Indian producer Ekta Kapoor by sending his photos via Facebook to her. She got mesmerized and proffered him the main character of Arjun Punj in the most famous Hindi TV serial Kitani Mohabbat Hai. His performance in the serial proved to be a breakthrough for him, which made him a popular face on television. He was paired with Kritika Kamra in Kitani Mohabbat Hai.
Subsequently, he appeared in many TV serials like Bayttaab Dil Kee Tamanna Hai, Aahat, Kitani Mohabbat Hai 2, Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum, Dil Hi Toh Hai, and many more.
Karan Kundrra made his Pollywood debut with the movie Pure Punjabi in 2012.
After that, there was no looking back for him as he appeared in many Punjabi movies including Jatt Romantic (2013), Bade Changay Ne Mere Yaar Kaminey (2004), and Control Bhaji Control (2015). In an interview, he explained how the Punjabi industry helped him in stepping into Bollywood, he said,
I don’t think so. There is a huge difference between the both of them. Both of them cater to different kinds of audiences. It’s no more like if you’ve won a beauty pageant, you will surely become an actress. Plus, both differ a lot in terms of budget, effort and bandwidth. So, I don’t think it’s fair to compare both of them. I’m a Punjabi. So, I enjoy doing films. It comes naturally to me. I don’t see it as a trial for Bollywood, but take up those films for my satisfaction.”
In 2013, he tried his luck in Bollywood with the horror-based movie Horror Story. However, the film flopped, and during an interview, Kundrra flagrantly spoke about it. He told,
I don’t have a godfather and no one has ‘launched’ me, so I’ve to choose wisely. Currently, I have two Hindi films in hand. As for Punjabi films, I act and co-produce them. I do them for fun and for a chance to stay in Punjabi for a month or two while shooting. But I’ve taken a hiatus from them now.”
Moreover, he went on to star in the films, Mubarakan (2017), 1921 (2018), and Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare (2020).
While talking about his first break in Bollywood, he said,
When Vikram sir had called me in 2012, I was doing a lot of TVs. I had just gotten into the phase where people knew me and were looking at working with me. So, that time Vikram sir said to me that, ‘I am making a small film. I am not directing it, and it is not going to be your launch. It is a psychological thriller about these young kids who get into a hotel and don’t survive the night.’ I immediately said yes because, for me, life is never a destination, it’s a journey. You keep moving ahead and the sum of your experiences makes your life. Vikram sir had liked my work in Horror Story and when he was planning 1921 last year, he remembered me and my work. That worked in my favour and I bagged the film.”
In 2020, he became the lead in Zee5’s web series, It Happened in Calcutta.
Karan Kundrra also took part in a dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha.
He gave a special appearance as a player of the Kolkata Baabu Moshayes team in the first season of the celebrity cricket league Box Cricket League (2014). Kundrra was also been a gang leader of MTV Roadies for the 12th, 14th, and 15th Seasons. During an interview, Kundrra talked about his experience with MTV Roadies. He stated,
It was a fabulous and life wandering experience because everything I did was something I had never done before. From travelling to biking, doing adventurous and life-endangering tasks. We faced many emotions as it is a reality show and people can react in any manner and being a gang leader, I had to face it. Apart from that I myself did a lot of new things which I never imagined to be physically possible.”
Kundrra has made several guest appearances in many TV shows like Bigg Boss 9, Comedy Nights Bachao, Ace of Space 1, Ace of Space 2.
In addition to acting and dancing, Karan has featured in some Hindi music videos including Do Chaar Din (2016) by Rahul Vaidya, Jiss Waqt Tera Chehra (2021) by Amit Mishra, and Na Maar (2021) by Afsana Khan.
Apart from being an actor, he is a great host and hosted numerous TV shows like Gumrah: End of Innocence (2012), MTV Splitsvilla 8 (2015), and Dating Aaj Kal (2021).
- In 2014, Karan Kundrra’s ex-manager Sonia Singh arraigned him for defaming and intellectually molesting her. She even lodged a police complaint against him. In an interview, Karan Kundrra spoke about this matter, he said,
Sonia is like my sister. She never managed me, but treated me like a friend. We were good friends, but she started interfering in my personal life, which I do not like. After that, I started keeping my distance from her, but after a few days, she threatened suicide. I was getting worried, I took help from my father and friends in this matter. They advised me to stay away from Sonia and complain against her. I did the same. In Jalandhar, I filed a complaint against her and didn’t talk to her for 6 months. She is doing such ludicrous acts just to get sympathy. As for me, I am fully cooperating with the police.”
- In 2015, he again became a controversial figure while shooting for the Hindi television serial Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum, there was a directed scene when his co-star Saanvi Talvar had to slap him. She slapped him tightly, and Karan got offended. As a consequence, he slapped her back after the completion of the scene.
- Kundrra was criticized for slapping a male contestant during the auditions of MTV Roadies Rising. The incident occurred when the male contestant shared that he had slapped his sister once. As a result, Karan was replaced by the Indian VJ Nikhil Chinapa in the next season.
- Karan Kundrra likes to eat Rajma Chawal and Chole Bathure.
- He prefers Chinese and South Indian cuisines at any time.
- Kundrra likes to watch Shah Rukh Khan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Heath Ledger on the silver screen.
- Priyanka Chopra and Jennifer Lawrence is his all-time favourite actress.
- Johnny Bravo is his favourite cartoon character.
- Tennis and Badminton top his list of favourite sports.
- He loves to eat Cheese Cake and Gulab Jamun.
- Karan Kundrra’s all-time favourite exercise is Heavy Weight Lifting.
- He likes the Punjabi, Hip-Hop, and R&B music genres.
BIKE & CAR COLLECTION
Karan Kundrra has Range Rover and a Mini Cooper. He also owns a Harley Davidson 48 bike.
SALARY & NET WORTH
Karan Kundrra earns nearly Rs. 8 lakh per week in Bigg Boss Season 15. His net worth is estimated to be Rs. 4.12 crore (2019).
- His fans call him lovingly with the nicknames like Sunny, King K, and Princess.
- In an interview, he shared his insane fan moment, he told,
That happens now and then. When I was doing the show (Kitani Mohabbat Hai on NDTV Imagine), people would actually write letters using their blood! Such a handkerchief had actually come to the channel’s office. I wouldn’t do something like that for anybody in my life! Sometimes little girls come to my place. I make them sit, have lunch with me and then I drop them home because I don’t know how they will go back. Since my shows have also been translated into Arabic countries, I have fans from everywhere. It’s funny, but I have even got marriage proposals from princesses in royal families in Egypt and Saudi Arabia!”
- His love for non-vegetarian food is way too much.
- He is a dog lover and often shares his pictures with dogs on his Instagram account.
- He has a text tattoo (Fakira) on his left chest.
- Karan Kundrra revealed through an Instagram post, that he added an extra r in his surname.
- He appeared twice on the list of Top 100 Indian celebrities by Forbes India (2018).
- Apart from judging, he has also walked the ramp in numerous fashion shows.
- Karan Kundrra likes to drink alcohol.
- Karan and his ex-girlfriend Anusha Dandekar were one of the few guests who attended Priyanka Chopra’s wedding ceremony in 2018.
- He also got an offer to play the character of Mr Bajaj in the popular Hindi television serial Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 in 2018. but he could not play the character due to some unknown reasons.
- In an interview, when Karan was questioned about his family importance, he stated,
It is my family. At the end of the day if I don’t talk to my family, my sisters and my closest friends I don’t feel complete. Sometimes when I don’t talk to my sisters, I know they are there for me and a simple good morning and good night message works.”
- In 2021, Karan became a matter of trolling for the cybernauts because of Raj Kundra’s obscene case. It happened because Karan was mistaken as Raj Kundra because of their identical surname. Later, through an Instagram video Karan clarified the whole matter.
JOURNEY IN BIGG BOSS
Karan Kundrra is one of the smartest players of Bigg Boss 15. He is getting immense love and praise from his fans because of his strongest gameplay. His sharp mind will surely help him to reach the finals of the show.
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