Jugal Hansraj is a prominent Indian actor, screenwriter and National award-winning director. He was born on July 26, 1972, in Mumbai, India. He got married to Jasmine Dhillon in July 2014 through a small private ceremony, held in Oakland, Michigan. Jugal is the one who gave the first eight lines of the tune and lyrics of the song, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai from Karan Johar’s directorial film of the same name. The song became a huge hit up to this date.
His acting career started as a child through Shekhar Kapur’s Masoom in the year 1983; a film that is based on Erich Segal’s novel entitled Man, Woman and Child. Masoom earned positive reviews and marked the launch of his acting career. Later, he continued to star as a child actor in films like in the 1986 Bollywood film, Karma and Mukul S. Anand’s Sultanat in 1986. He also modelled for various television and print ads as a child. Jugal has made some remarkable ads for Vicks Vaporub, Nutramul and Saffola.
In 1994, he made his acting debut as an adult actor in the Hindi film, Aa Gale Lag Jaa, helmed by
Hamid Ali Khan. He acted in the film opposite
Urmila Matondkar, who played as his sister in Masoom. This was followed by Mahesh Bhatt’s Papa Kehte Hain in 1996, from where he was paired with
Mayuri Kango in the lead role along with
Anupam Kher. His breakthrough film came in the year 2000 through the musical romantic drama film Mohabbatein, together with
Amitabh Bachchan and
Shah Rukh Khan. Subsequently, he appeared in minor roles in films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in 2001; the Bollywood blockbuster hit film
Salaam Namaste in 2005 and Anil Mehta’s
Aaja Nachle in 2007, which marks the comeback of
Madhuri Dixit in the Indian cinema.
Jugal turned writer and director in the 3D Indian-American computer animated film,
Roadside Romeo, which was produced by
Aditya Chopra under the banner of Yash Raj Films and Disney World Cinema. Although the film earned negative reviews from the critics, it won the Best Animation Film Award, Best Director of Animation Film and the Technical Award for Best Animation at the National Film Award from the President of India. Roadside Romeo also won the Cairo International Film Festival for Best Animation Film and many more awards. In 2012, Jugal hosted a Master Class session from the Film Victoria at the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne. In 2010, he directed the Bollywood romantic comedy film ‘
Pyaar Impossible!’, which featured
Uday Chopra and
Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles. In 2014, he became the Head of Creative Development of Dharma Productions.