Jay Bhanushali is a big-time gamer and is crazy about cricket. A devotee of Lord Ganesh, he visits the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai whenever he gets time. He likes Bollywood films with drama, suspense and emotion compared to Hollywood action thrillers.
Jay was first noticed on Disney India's show Dhoom Machaao Dhoom. The sweet, charming and talented hero has set to carve out a niche for himself the Indian television industry with his acting in the popular Balaji's 'Kayamath'. It was his own sister Hetal Bhanushali who told him to try his luck in modeling. In the initial stages he had his own reservations to embark the entertainment world. However he decided to try his luck. Initially he failed to make a mark and did not manage to bag commercials. But gradually things started out rolling for the actor. He featured in commercials like Motorola, Pepsi, Lays and Rediffmail.com.
In his last commercial Jay got spotted by one of the friend and associate of the soap queen Ekta Kapoor, who called him for a screen test followed by a mock shoot. Jay landed in the studio to give his best and within 2 hours he was finalized for the lead role in 'Kayamath'. 'Kayamath' earned him instant fame and recognition. The character 'Neev' is like a mirror reflection of Jay and he relates with him absolutely. Jay's awesome screen presence, cute smile, his style of doing romantic scenes and his one liner have made him instant hit. Jay did second season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as one of the contestants with Bindi Khare as his choreographer. Jay was among the top 3 finalists and was announced as the second runner-up. Jay has also participated in three more reality shows called Kaun Jeetenga Bollywood Ka Ticket on 9X, Tyohaar Dhamaka on 9X and Iss Jungle se mujhe bachao where he entered as wild card entry with Mika Singh and Chitrashi. He also featured in Indian Idol contestant Prajakta Shukre's music video called Ithun Dhakka. Recently Jay hosted the dancing reality show Dance India Dance season 2 on Zee TV.
1. Best Debut Actor award at ITA Award
2. Best TV Personality award at New Talent Awards
3. Best Supportng Actor award at Indian Telly Awards
25th December 1984
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