Shabbir Ahluwalia is an Indian television and film actor, host, and producer. Born on 10th August 1979 in Mumbai, he studied at St. Xavier’s High School and the University of Maryland.
He began his acting career by debuting in Hip Hip Hurray. This was followed by his roles as Aniket in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Shashank in Kahin To Milenge, and Soumil Dixit in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, where he steadily built a name for himself. However, he’s most famous for portraying Rishi Garewal in the hit soap opera Kahiin To Hoga, and Milind Mishra in Kayamath. He also appeared on Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat, Kyaa Hoga Nimmo Kaa, as Vansh in KKavyanjali, as Sandeep Sikand in
Kasamh Se, as Omi in
Kasautii Zindagii Kay, and as Dutta Bhau in
Laagi Tujhse Lagan. He currently plays the lead role of Abhishek Mehra opposite
Sriti Jha in Zee TV’s drama serial
Kumkum Bhagya, which is loosely based on Sense and Sensibility, a novel by Jane Austen.
He has hosted many shows such as
Nach Baliye seasons 1 and 2,
Dancing Queen, Meethi Churi No. 1, and Guinness World Record Ab India Todega. He also participated in
Dhamaal Express and
Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 3, which he went on to win.
He made his big screen debut in Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007) and also featured in
Mission Istaanbul (2008), before becoming a producer of running Flying Turtles, his production company.
He works out a lot and plays badminton and squash. In November 2011, he married
Kanchi Kaul, and the couple is rumored to be expecting their first child. He says he would love to have a daughter. He finds anchoring as challenging as acting and thoroughly enjoys doing both. He claims that he is a very hard actor to please.