Sushant, a Delhi-ite, was born to the Rajput family originally from Chandigarh. Pampered and indulged by his four elder sisters since childhood, Sushant is a fun loving and jovial guy with an emotional core. He defied his parents to follow his dreams of joining the glamour industry, promising to return if things did not work out. However, once he started, he had no reasons to look back at all. Today he is one of the biggest stars on television, having made his mark as an excellent actor and dancer. Always eager to creatively explore new grounds, Sushant aims to become a top notch director some day. Easily the current heartthrob, he broke a number of hearts when he proposed to his co-star Ankita Lokhande on National Television.
Academically inclined Sushant intended to be an engineer, and joined the Delhi College of Engineering, for which he even got a scholarship. However, he was drawn to the world of performing arts after watching a show by ace choreographer Shiamak Daver's dance troupe. He joined the group and was fortunate enough to get a lot of encouragement, as Shiamak, noticing Sushant's dedication and talent, gave him opportunities to perform in the 2006 Commonwealth games and Filmfare Awards. Upon his return, he also joined theatre classes with Barry John. His studies suffered, and it was then that he decided to concentrate on his true calling- he left his studies midway and directed his steps towards Mumbai. There he joined Ashley Lobo's dance group, learnt martial arts from Allan Amin, assisted director Mohit Suri during the making of Raaz 2, and did theatre with Nadira Babbar's group. It was at one such show for an NGO that he was spotted by a Balaji Production Executive, and a new phase in Sushant's life started.
Sushant started his innings in television in 2008 with Balaji Telefilms' 'Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil' on Star Plus, wherein he essayed the role of Preet Juneja. Though it was not the main lead, this happy go lucky character who progressed in the show from being a carefree young lad to a responsible brother, husband and son, won many hearts. But the show that propelled Sushant to new heights of stardom was Balaji Telefilms' Pavitra Rishta on Zee TV in which he plays the lead role of a soft spoken, shy mechanic called Manav Deshmukh. Sushant's endearing portrayal of this excellently sketched character soon garnered a huge fan following, and he received many accolades for the same. In May 2010, he participated on the dance show Zara Nach Ke Dikha on Star Plus, based on the theme of girls vs boys. Plagued by injuries and illnesses, he put in his best foot forward, but received appreciation in true sense in Dec 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television's Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, based on the British hit Strictly Come Dancing. Though he could not win the show, his excellent performances fetched him the most spotless performer award, loads of praise from stalwarts of dance and millions of fans as he set out an unsurmountable record of perfect scores.
1. In 2009, Best Jodi award with Ankita Lokhande at Zee Rishtey Awards.
2. In 2010, Best Actor (Male) award at KalaKaar Awards.
3. In 2010, Best Actor (Male) award at Zee Gold Awards.
4. In 2010, Best Actor (Male) award at Indian Television Academy Awards.
5. In 2010, Best Actor (Male) award at Xplore International Awards.
6. In 2010, Most Popular Face (Male) award at Zee Rishtey Awards.
7. In 2010, Best Jodi award with Ankita Lokhande at Zee Rishtey Awards.
8. In 2010, Big Star Television Actor (Male) award at Big Star Entertainment Awards.
9. In 2011, Favorite Popular Television Actor (Male) award at Lions Gold Awards.
10. In 2011, Best Television Actor (Male) award at The Global Film and Television Honors Awards.
11. In 2011, Best Television Actor (Male) award at FICCI Frames Excellence Awards.
12. 2011 Best Actor (Male) at Zee Gold Awards
21st January 1986
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